On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for December 4

Events in Film & TV

  • 1901 Anne Russell's play "'Girl and the judge" premieres in New York
  • 1933 Jack Kirkland's play "Tobacco Road" premieres in NYC, became the longest-running play of its time
  • 1961 WXGA TV channel 8 in Waycross, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 KETS TV channel 2 in Little Rock, AR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1981 "Falcon Crest" premieres on CBS-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 6th ACE Cable Awards: David Bowie: Serious Moonlight by Anthony Eaton and HBO

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • 1988 Actor Gary Busey critically injured in motorcycle crash
  • 1989 NBC's premiere of "Howard Beach: Making A Case for Murder", based on December 1986 murders of black youths by white youths in New York City

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005 U.S. debut of the first part of two-part TV biopic miniseries "Pope John Paul II" on CBS

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 2018 Scottish artist Charlotte Prodger wins the 2018 Turner Prize with film shot on her iPhone

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1861 Lillian Russell [Helen Leonard], American singer and actress (Great Mogul), born in Clinton, Iowa (d. 1922)
  • 1889 Isabel Randolph, American actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Our Miss Brooks), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • 1909 Jimmy Jewel [James Jewel Marsh], British comedic actor (The Avengers, Thicker Than Water), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Claude Renoir, French cinematographer (Spy Who Loved Me), born in Paris, France (d. 1993)
  • 1915 Allan Jackson, American newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • 1920 Michael Bates, English actor (Clockwork Orange, Patton), born in Jhansi, British India (d.1978)
  • 1921 Deanna Durbin [Edna Mae Durbin], Canadian actress and vocalist (Every Sunday, Three Smart Girls, 100 Men & a Girl), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Gérard Philipe, French actor (Caligula, Devil in the Flesh), born in Cannes, France (d. 1959)
  • 1923 John Krish, British documentary filmmaker (Let My People Go), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1925 Maurice Binder, American photographer and film title designer (James Bond Movies), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1928 Dena Dietrich, American actress (Mother Nature in Chiffon margarine), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1930 Ronnie Corbett, British comedian (The Two Ronnies), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Horst Buchholz, German actor (Magnificent 7, Raid on Entebbe), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Victor French, American actor (Highway to Heaven), born in Santa Barbara, California (d. 1989)
  • 1934 Wink Martindale, American TV host (Tic-Tac-Dough, Can You Top This), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • 1937 Max Baer Jr, American actor (Jethro-Beverly Hillbillies), born in Oakland, California
  • 1937 Donnelly Rhodes, Canadian actor (Da Vinci's Inquest, Danger Bay), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2018)
  • 1938 Liesbeth Struppert, Dutch actress (Miep Gies-Anne Frank), born in Deventer, Overijssel, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • 1941 Humberto Solás, Cuban film director and writer (Lucia), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2008)
  • 1942 Gemma Jones, English actress (Bridget Jones's Diary), born in Marylebone, London

Person of interestJeff Bridges

1949 Jeff Bridges, American actor (Stay Hungry, Against All Odds), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1949 Pamela Stephenson, New Zealand-born Australian actress (Superman 3, Sat Night Live), born in Takapuna, Auckland
  • 1950 Jan Rietman, Dutch radio and TV host, born in Doetinchem, Netherlands
  • 1950 Karel van de Graaf, Dutch TV host, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1951 Patricia Wettig, American actress (Nancy Weston-30 Something), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1954 Tony Todd, American actor and producer (Platoon), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1964 Marisa Tomei, American actress (My Cousin Vinny), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1964 Chelsea Noble, American actress (Kate-Growing Pains), born in Cheektowaga, New York
  • 1964 Jonathan Goldstein, American actor (Drake & Josh), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1964 Scott Hastings, Scottish rugby union centre and broadcaster (65 caps; 2 caps British & Irish Lions; Watsonians RFC), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1965 Álex de la Iglesia, Spanish film director (As Luck Would Have It), born in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain
  • 1966 Fred Armisen, American actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 1970 Kevin Sussman, American actor (Ugly Betty, The Big Bang Theory), born in NYC, New York
  • 1970 Sylvester Terkay, American pro wrestler (Ultimate Pro Wrestling's first Heavyweight Champion), born in Washington, Pennsylvania

Person of interestTyra Banks

1973 Tyra Banks, American supermodel and actress (Higher Learning, Fresh Prince of Bel Air), born in Inglewood, California

Supwemodel & Actress Tyra Banks
Supwemodel & Actress
Tyra Banks
  • 1983 Jimmy Bartel, Australian Rules Football utility and broadcaster (Brownlow Medal 2007; Norm Smith Medal 2011 AFL Premiership 2007, 09, 11, Geelong FC), born in Geelong, Australia
  • 1984 Brooke Adams, American model and professional wrestler, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1984 Lindsay Felton, American actress (Caitlin's Way), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1984 Lauren London, American actress (The Game), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1976 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (44) marries for the 7th time to politician John Warner (49)

LoveWedding of Interest

1979 Liza Minnelli's 3rd marriage (Mark Gero)

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2015 Actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas divorce after 19 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1967 Bert Lahr, [Irving Lahrheim], American comic and actor (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 72
  • 1973 Michael O'Shea, American actor (Smart Woman), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1974 Lee Kinsolving, actor (Explosive Generation), dies at 36
  • 1977 Leila Hyams, actress (Red Headed Woman, Freaks), dies at 72
  • 1979 Robert Karnes, actor (Max-The Lawless Years), dies at 62
  • 1983 Estelle Omens, actress (Effect of Gamma Rays), dies at 55
  • 1987 Rouben Mamoulian, American movie director and author (The Mark of Zorro, Applause), dies at 90
  • 1990 Edward Binns, American actor (12 Angry One), dies of heart attack at 74
  • 1991 Alex Graham, Scottish cartoonist who created the comic strip "Fred Basset", dies at 78
  • 1993 Frank Zappa, American rocker, composer, activist and filmmaker (Mothers of Invention, Catholic Girls), dies from prostate cancer at 52
  • 1996 Willard Parker, American actor (Kiss Me Kate, What A Woman), dies at 84
  • 1997 Richard Vernon, British actor (Gandhi, Hard Days Night), dies at 72
  • 2004 Carl Esmond, Austrian actor (Ministry of Fear, Smash-Up), dies of natural causes at 102
  • 2005 Gregg Hoffman, American film producer (b.1963)
  • 2006 James Kim, American television personality (b. 1971)
  • 2009 Eddie Fatu, Samoan-American professional wrestler (b. 1973)
  • 2015 Salvatore "Robert" Loggia, American actor (Jagged Edge, Big, Officer & a Gentleman, Scarface), dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 85
  • 2016 Margaret Whitton, American actress (Good & Evil, Major League), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2017 Shashi Kapoor [Balbir Raj Kapoor], prominent Indian Bollywood actor (Deewar, The Deceivers, Shalimar, Heat & Dust), dies from a chest infection at 79
  • 2017 Christine Keeler, British model and showgirl (Profumo affair), dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 75