On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for December 29

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1806 Thomas Dibdin's pantomime "Harlequin and Mother Goose" starring Joseph Grimaldi, in his most famous clown performance, opens at the Covent Garden Theatre, London

Greatest Clown in History Joseph Grimaldi
Greatest Clown in History
Joseph Grimaldi
  • 1913 1st movie serial "Adventures of Kathlyn" premieres in Chicago

Film release premierFilm Release

1933 "Sons of the Desert" film directed by William A. Seiter starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy is released

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy
Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel
  • 1949 1st UHF television station operating regular basis Bridgeport, Connecticut

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 Barbra Streisand's 1st recording "You'll Never Know" at age 13

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Film release premierFilm Premier

1965 "Thunderball", 4th James Bond film starring Sean Connery and Claudine Auger premieres in Tokyo

  • 1965 CBS purchases NFL TV rights for 1966-68 at $18.8 million per year

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965 The Supremes release "My World is Empty Without You"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • 1967 Star Trek's "Trouble With Tribbles" 1st airs
  • 1972 "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" film written and directed by Werner Herzog, starring Klaus Kinski premieres in West Germany
  • 1989 Jane Pauley says goodbye to NBC's "Today" show
  • 2003 50th National Film Awards (India): "Mondo Meyer Upakhyan" wins the Golden Lotus

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1892 Emory Parnell, American actress (Rocket Man, County Fair), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1979)
  • 1908 Claire Dodd, American actress (Lady, In the Navy), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1973)
  • 1915 Jo Van Fleet, American actress (Cool Hand Luke, Cinderella, East of Eden), born in Oakland, California (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Viveca Lindfors, Swedish actress (Way We Were, Life Goes On), born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Dina Merrill, American actress (Operation Petticoat, Butterfield 8), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Bernard Cribbins, British character actor, voice-over artist and musical comedian (Val Doonican Show), born in Oldham, Lancashire
  • 1932 Inga Swenson, American actress (Gretchen-Benson), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1934 Ed Flanders, American actor (Dr Westphall-St Elsewhere), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1934 Tom Jarriel, American television news reporter (ABC Weekend News, 20/20), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • 1934 Forough Farrokhzad, Iranian pre-eminent poet and film director, born in Tehran, Iran (d. 1967)

Person of interestMary Tyler Moore

1936 Mary Tyler Moore, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ordinary People), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)

  • 1936 Eduard Martsevich, Soviet-Russian actor and People's Artist of the RSFSR, born in Tbilisi, USSR (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Barbara Steele, English actress (Black Sunday, 8½), born in Birkenhead, Cheshire

Person of interestJon Voight

1938 Jon Voight, American actor (Deliverance, Midnight Cowboy), born in Yonkers, New York

Actor Jon Voight
Actor
Jon Voight
  • 1942 Rajesh Khanna, Indian Bollywood actor officially titled "The First Superstar of Indian cinema," born in Amritsar, Punjab Province (d. 2012)
  • 1947 Ted Danson, American actor (Cheers, 3 Men & A Baby, CSI), born in San Diego, California
  • 1947 Vincent Winter, Scottish child actor, born in Aberdeen, United Kingdom (d. 1998)
  • 1950 Jon Polito, American actor (Fire With Fire, Homicide), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1951 Yvonne Elliman, American actress & singer (I Don't Know How to Love Him), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1953 Gali Atari, Israeli singer & actress, born in Rehovot, Israel
  • 1956 Fred MacAulay, Scottish comedian, born in Perth, United Kingdom
  • 1957 Brad Grey, American film and TV producer, Chairman of Paramount Pictures, born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1957 Paul Rudnick, American screenwriter & playwright, born in Piscataway, New Jersey
  • 1959 Paula Poundstone, American stand-up comedian (Emmy Awards), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1960 Katerina Didaskalou, Greek actress, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1963 Dave McKean, British artist & filmmaker, born in Maidenhead, United Kingdom
  • 1964 Kimberly Russell, American actress (Sarah-Head of the Class), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Jason Gould, son of actor Elliott Gould and singer and actress Barbra Streisand, born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Lilly [formerly Andy] Wachowski, American film director (Matrix trilogy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Jennifer Ehle, American actress, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1970 Kevin Weisman, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Jude Law, English actor (The Talented Mr. Ripley), born in London
  • 1972 Evan Seinfeld, American musician (Biohazard) and actor, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1974 Mekhi Phifer, American actor, born in Manhattan, New York City
  • 1976 Danny R. McBride, American actor, writer, and producer, born in Statesboro, Georgia
  • 1977 Katherine Moennig, American actress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1979 Diego Luna, Mexican actor, born in Toluca, Mexico
  • 1982 Alison Brie, American actress (Community, GLOW), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1986 Kim Ok-bin, South Korean actress, born in Suncheon, South Korea

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1997 Actress Cate Blanchett (28) weds screenwriter Andrew Upton (31) at Blue Mountains National Park in New South Wales, Australia

  • 2004 "The X-Files" actress Gillian Anderson (36) weds former journalist and documentary filmmaker Julian Ozanne (42) on Shella island in Lamu, Kenya
  • 2005 "One Life To Live" actress Bree Williamson (26) weds surfer Josh Evans near the Flor Blanca Resort in Mal Pais, Costa Rica
  • 2006 Comedian Jay Mohr (36) weds "Las Vegas" actress Nikki Cox (28) at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California
  • 2012 "The Glades" actress Kiele Sanchez (36) weds "Friday Night Lights" actor Zach Gilford (31) in Napa Valley, California

LoveWedding of Interest

2013 YouTube star Casey Neistat (32) weds Candice Pool in Cape Town, South Africa

YouTube Star and Filmmaker Casey Neistat
YouTube Star and Filmmaker
Casey Neistat

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2006 One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush (24) divorces actor Chad Michael Murray (25) for the reason of fraud after 5 months of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1953 Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress(b. 1887)
  • 1970 Marie Menken, American experimental filmmaker and socialite, dies at 61
  • 1971 Stuart Holmes, American actor (Life's Shop Window, Prisoner of Zenda), dies of stomach ailment at 87
  • 1980 Roy Engle, American writer and actor (The Man from Planet X, The Wild Wild West, My Favorite Martian), dies from meningitis at 67
  • 1982 Sol C Siegel, US film producer (High Society), dies at 79
  • 1986 Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky, Soviet filmmaker (Andrei Rublev, Mirror, Stalker), dies at 54
  • 1992 Vivienne Segal, American actress (Broadway, Pal Joey), dies at 95
  • 1993 Frunzik [Mher Mkrtchyan], Armenian actor (Mimino, Kidnapping, Caucasian Style), dies of cancer at 63
  • 1994 Frank Thring, Australian actor (El Cid, Ben-Hur), dies at 68

Person of interestLita Grey

1995 Lita Grey, second wife of Charlie Chaplin, dies of cancer at 87

Actress Lita Grey
Actress
Lita Grey
  • 1998 Donald "Don" Taylor, American director and actor (Father's Little Dividend, Escape from the Planet of the Apes), dies of hear failure at 78
  • 1998 Jeanne Stern, German screenwriter (The Condemned Village), dies at 90
  • 2003 Earl Hindman, American actor (b. 1942)
  • 2003 Dinsdale Landen, British actor (The Mask of Janus), dies at 71
  • 2003 Bob Monkhouse, English comedian and game show host (b. 1928)
  • 2004 Liddy Holloway, New Zealand actress (b. 1947)
  • 2009 "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, American former professional wrestler and football player (b. 1960)
  • 2010 Bill Erwin, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 2012 Jean Topart, French voice and film actor regarded as "one of the inimitable voices of French cinema" (Fantastic Planet), dies at 90
  • 2017 Peggy Cummins [Augusta Fuller], Welsh-born Irish actress (Gun Crazy, Curse of the Demon), dies at 92