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

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)
  • 1915 Allan Jackson, newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • 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/film titler (James Bond), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928 Dena Dietrich, American actress (Mother Nature in Chiffon margarine), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1930 Ronnie Corbett, comedian (The Two Ronnies), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Horst Buchholz, actor (Magnificent 7, Raid on Entebbe), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1934 Victor French, actor (Highway to Heaven), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1934 Wink Martindale, TV host (Tic-Tac-Dough, Can You Top This), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • 1937 Max Baer Jr, 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, actress (Miep Gies-Anne Frank)
  • 1941 Humberto Solas, director/writer (Lucia)
  • 1942 Gemma Jones, English actress
  • 1943 Patti Chandler, California, actress (Bikini Beach)

Person of interestJeff Bridges

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

  • 1949 Pamela Stephenson, New Zealand-born Australian actress (Superman 3, Sat Night Live)
  • 1950 Jan Rietman, Dutch radio/TV host
  • 1950 Karel van de Graf, Dutch TV host
  • 1951 Patricia Wettig, actress (Nancy Weston-30 Something), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1954 Tony Todd, American actor and producer
  • 1964 Marisa Tomei, American actress (My Cousin Vinny), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1964 Chelsea Noble, US actress (Kate-Growing Pains), born in Cheektowaga, New York
  • 1964 Jonathan Goldstein, American actor
  • 1965 Álex de la Iglesia, Spanish film director
  • 1966 Fred Armisen, American actor and musician
  • 1966 Chris Shepherd, English film director
  • 1970 Kevin Sussman, American actor (Ugly Betty, The Big Bang Theory), born in NYC, New York
  • 1970 Sylvester Terkay, American wrestler
  • 1972 Nikki Tyler, American actress

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
  • 1984 Brooke Adams, American model
  • 1984 Lindsay Felton, American actress
  • 1984 Lauren London, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding 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, US actor (12 Angry One), dies of heart attack at 74
  • 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