On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for December 30

Events in Film & TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Comedian Jack Benny
Jack Benny

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

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 Christine Auwen, Dutch model, singer and actress (Haghezangers), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • 1910 Herman van der Horst, Dutch cinematographer (Faja Lobbi)
  • 1911 Jeanette Nolan, American actress (Richard Boone Show, Virginian), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1998)
  • 1914 Bert Parks [Jacobson], TV host (Miss America), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 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 (d. 1993)
  • 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, AmericanTV producer and director (The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Cheers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Fred Ward, actor (Chain Reaction, Thunderheart, Equinox), born in San Diego, California

Person of interestDavy Jones

1945 Davy Jones, English singer (The Monkees), and actor (The Monkees), born in Manchester, England (d. 2012)

Singer Davy Jones
Davy Jones
  • 1945 Concetta Tomei, American actress
  • 1945 Vernon Wells, Australian actor
  • 1947 Michael Burns, American actor (Barnaby West-Wagon Train), born in Mineola, New York
  • 1956 Sheryl Lee Ralph, American actress on stage (Dreamgirls - Tony Award, 1981); in film (To Sleep with Anger); and television (Moesha), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • 1956 Patricia Kalember, American actress (Sisters - "Georgie Whitsig"; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), born in Schnectady, New York
  • 1957 Matt Lauer, American TV host (Today Show 1997-2017), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958 Brandon Clark, American actor (Sean-The Fitzpatricks), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958 Rod Harrington, English darts player and broadcaster (World Matchplay C'ship 1998, 99; PDC World C'ship 1999 runner-up), born in Boreham, Essex, England
  • 1959 Tracey Ullman, British actress (The Tracey Ullman Show) and singer ("They Don't Know"), born in Slough, England
  • 1962 Paul Crowder, British musician (The Adventures), sound engineer (Wham!), and filmmaker (Last Play At Shea), born in London
  • 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 [Gibson], American R&B singer (Tyrese) and actor (Transformers), born in Watts, Los Angeles, California
  • 1980 Eliza Dushku, American actress (True Lies, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1980 Kenny Kwan, Hong Kong singer (Boy'z), and actor (Banana Boys), born in The Philippines
  • 1982 Kristin Kreuk, Canadian actress
  • 1984 Andra Day [Cassandra Batie], American singer-songwriter ("Rise Up"), and actress (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), born in Edmonds, Washington
  • 1987 Jake Cuenca, Filipino actor and commercial model

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

2018 Singer Miley Cyrus (26) marries actor Liam Hemsworth (28) in Franklin, Tennessee

Actress and Singer Miley Cyrus
Actress and Singer
Miley Cyrus
Actor Liam Hemsworth
Liam Hemsworth

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
  • 1956 Ruth Draper, American actress and dramatist (The Italian Lesson), dies at 72
  • 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
  • 1995 Doris Grau, American script supervisor, actress and voice artist (Point Blank, King Kong), dies from respiratory failure at 71
  • 1996 (Marvin John) "Jack" Nance, American stage & screen actor (Eraserhead; Twin Peaks), dies at 53
  • 1996 Lew Ayres, American actor (All Quiet on Western Front, Holiday, Dr Kildare), dies at 88
  • 1998 George Webb, British actor (Keeping Up Appearances), dies of natural causes at 86
  • 2000 Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter (Casablanca), dies at 91
  • 2002 Mary Brian, American actress (b. 1906)
  • 2003 Anita Mui, Hong Kong Cantopop singer and actress, "Madonna of the East", dies of cancer at 40
  • 2004 Artie Shaw [Arthur Arshawsky], American bandleader, jazz clarinetist and actor (Begin the Beguine), dies at 94
  • 2008 Dick Green, Canadian actor
  • 2010 Per Oscarsson, Swedish actor (b. 1927)
  • 2014 Yolande Donlan, British-American actress (Jigsaw, Expresso Bongo, Penny Princess), dies at 94

Person of interestLuise Rainer

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

Actress Luise Rainer
Luise Rainer
  • 2014 Patrick Gowers, British choral and film score composer (Viri Galilaei; Hamlet; Smiley's People), dies at 78
  • 2018 Mrinal Sen, Bengali film director (In Search of Famine), dies at 95
  • 2020 Dawn Wells, American actress (Gilligan's Island -"Mary Ann"), dies of COVID-19 complications at 82 [1]