On This Day in Film & TV for December 30

Events in Film & TV

  • 1936 Beginning of the "feud" between comedians Fred Allen and Jack Benny on Allen's "Town Hall Tonight" show

Film release premierFilm Release

1939 "Of Mice and Men", starring Burgess Meredith as George, Lon Chaney Jr. as Lennie, is released

  • 1953 The first ever NTSC color television sets go on sale for about USD at $1,175 each from RCA.
  • 1963 "Let's Make A Deal," debuts on NBC-TV

Music releaseMusic Recording

1968 Frank Sinatra first records "My Way" with lyrics were written by Paul Anka and based on the French song "Comme d'habitude"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1980 "Wonderful World of Disney" last performance on NBC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 North subpoenas Reagan & Bush as defense witnesses for upcoming trial

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1869 Stephen Leacock, Canadian economist/humorist/professor
  • 1883 Mary Forbes, British actress (Terror by Night), born in Hornsey England (d. 1974)
  • 1892 John Litel, American actor (Jezebel, Virginia City, My Hero), born in Albany, Wisconsin (d. 1972)
  • 1896 Tom Keene, American actor (Our Daily Bread), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1963)
  • 1907 Christina E "Christine" Auwen, Dutch model/singer (Haghezangers)
  • 1911 Jeanette Nolan, American actress (Richard Boone Show, Virginian), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1914 Bert Parks, [Jacobson], TV host (Miss America), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1914 Jo Van Fleet, American actress (Cool Hand Luke, East Eden), born in Oakland, California
  • 1917 Nancy Coleman, actress (Edge of Darkness), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1920 Jack Lord, American actor (Steve McGarrett in Hawaii FIVE-O, God's Little Acre), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1927 Bernard Barrow, American actor (Ryan's Hope, Louie Slavinsky-Loving), born in NYC, New York
  • 1929 Barbara Nichols, actress (Dear Heart, Disorderly Orderly), born in Queens, New York
  • 1929 Bob Bouma, Dutch TV host (For a Postcard in the Front Row)
  • 1934 Nicolas Coster, British actor (Our Private World, Ryan's Four), born in London
  • 1934 Russ Tamblyn, actor (Win Place or Steal, Twin Peaks), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1934 Joseph Bologna, American actor (Citizen Cohn, My Favorite Year), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1935 Jack Riley, American actor (The Bob Newhart Show), born in Cleveland (d. 2016)
  • 1940 James Burrows, TV producer and director (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Cheers)
  • 1942 Fred Ward, SD California, actor (Chain Reaction, Thunderheart, Equinox)
  • 1945 Concetta Tomei, American actress
  • 1945 Vernon Wells, Australian actor
  • 1947 Michael Burns, Mineola LI, actor (Barnaby West-Wagon Train)
  • 1956 Patricia Kalember, actress (Sisters)
  • 1956 Sheryl Lee Ralph, actress (Moesia, Designing Women)
  • 1957 Matt Lauer, American TV host (Today Show 1997-2017), born in New York City
  • 1957 Patricia Kalember, actress (Georgie Whitsig-Sisters), born in Schnectady, New York
  • 1958 Brandon Clark, American actor (Sean-The Fitzpatricks), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Tracey Ullman, Slough England, singer/actress (Tracey Ullman Show)
  • 1962 Henry Cho, Korean-American comedian
  • 1963 Alessandra Mussolini, actress (Ferragosto OK), born in Naples, Italy
  • 1964 Kimberly Taylor, [Cindy], model/Penthouse Pet (1990)
  • 1969 Dave England, American television personality
  • 1971 Daniel Sunjata, American actor
  • 1972 Maureen Flannigan, actress (Evie-Out of This World)
  • 1974 Johanna Sällström, Swedish actress (d. 2007)
  • 1978 Tyrese, American singer and actor
  • 1980 Eliza Dushku, actress (This Boy's Life, True Lies, Journey), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1982 Kristin Kreuk, Canadian actress
  • 1987 Jake Cuenca, Filipino actor and commercial model

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1975 Director Martin Scorsese (33) weds teacher and author Julia Cameron (27) in Libertyville, Illinois

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
  • 1984 Professional wrestling manager Miss Elizabeth (Hulette) & wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage (Poffo) wed
  • 1996 "The Last Emperor" Chinese actress Vivian Wu (30) weds producer-director Oscar Costo (43) in Shanghai, China

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2011 Scottish actor David Tennant (40) weds actress Georgia Moffett (27), daughter of Peter Davison, the Fifth Doctor, in London


Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1955 Actor Gregory Peck (39) divorces real estate broker Greta Kukkonen (44) after 13 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1931 Tyrone Power Sr., British actor (Big Trial, Test of Donald Norton, Alexanders Ragtime Band)), dies at 62
  • 1943 Hobart Bosworth, American actor (Woman of Affairs, Big Parade), dies at 76
  • 1961 Jacobus "Ko" van den Bosch, Dutch actor (Amsterdamned)/dir, dies at 53
  • 1971 Dorothy Comingore [Linda Winters], American actress (Citizen Kane), dies after illness at 58
  • 1971 Melba Rae, American actress (Search for Tomorrow) (b. 1922)
  • 1981 Alfie Anido, Filipino actor (b. 1959)
  • 1989 Madoline Thomas, actress (Girl in the Canal), dies
  • 1996 Jack Nance, actor (Meatballs 4, Whore, Voodoo), murdered at 53
  • 1996 Lew Ayres, screen actor (Salem's Lot, State Fair), dies at 88
  • 1998 George Webb, English actor (b. 1911)
  • 2000 Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter (Casablanca), dies at 91
  • 2002 Mary Brian, American actress (b. 1906)
  • 2003 Anita Mui, Hong Kong singer and actress (b. 1963)
  • 2008 Dick Green, Canadian actor
  • 2010 Per Oscarsson, Swedish actor (b. 1927)
  • 2014 Yolande Donlan, American-born British actress (Penny Princess, Express Bongo), dies at 94

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2014 Luise Rainer, German and American actress, - 1st actor to win multiple Academy Awards (1936, 1937), dies at 104

Actress Luise Rainer
Actress
Luise Rainer