On This Day in Film & TV for December 5

Events in Film & TV

  • 1941 "Sullivan's Travels", directed by Preston Sturges and starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake, is released
  • 1954 KTEW (now KJRH) TV channel 2 in Tulsa, OK (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 WTOL TV channel 11 in Toledo, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 KCBJ (now KMIZ) TV channel 17 in Columbia, MO (ABC) 1st broadcast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 Final episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus airs on BBC TV

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • 1982 15th NAACP Image Awards: "An Officer and a Gentleman" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Film release premierFilm Premier

2002 "The Two Towers" 2nd Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in New York

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actor Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood
Actor Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1892 Cyril Ring, American actor (I Wake Up Screaming, The Barber Shop), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1897 Nunnally Johnson, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1977)
  • 1905 Otto Preminger, Austrian director and producer (Laura, Exodus)
  • 1916 Margaret Hayes, American actress (Blackboard Jungle, Robert Montgomery Presents), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1977)
  • 1921 Alvy Moore, actor (Mr Kimball-Green Acres)
  • 1921 Peter Hansen, American actor (General Hospital), born in Oakland, California (d. 2017)
  • 1924 George Savalas, actor (Kojak), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1939 Horst Bastian, German writer and screenwriter, born in Exin (d. 1986)
  • 1940 Adrian Street, Welsh professional wrestler
  • 1942 Randy Kirby, actor (Randy-Girl From UNCLE), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944 Jeroen Krabbé, Dutch actor
  • 1949 Lewis Arlt, actor (Littlest Victims, Ken-Another World), born in Kingston, New York
  • 1951 Morgan Brittany, [Suzanne Cupito], actress (Katherine-Dallas), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 Larry Zbyszko, [Living Legend, Whistler], wrestler (WCW/AWA/NWA/WWF)
  • 1956 Brian Backer, American actor
  • 1958 Dean Erickson, American actor
  • 1959 Connie Needham Newton, American actress (Eight is Enough, Fame), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1963 Carrie Hamilton, Carol Burnett's daughter/actress (Fame)
  • 1966 Joseph Barbara, New Symrna Fla, actor (Joe Carlino-Another World)
  • 1968 Lisa Marie [Sliwa], actress (Mars Attack), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 1968 Margaret Cho, actress/comedienne (Face/Off)
  • 1969 Morgan J. Freeman, American film director
  • 1971 Kali Rocha, American actress
  • 1972 Angela Shelton, American actress & writer
  • 1973 Shalom Harlow, model (House of Style, Harper's Bazaar), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1975 Paula Patton, American actress
  • 1976 Amy Acker, American actress
  • 1979 Nick Stahl, American actor
  • 1980 Shizuka Ito, Japanese voice actress (seiyū)
  • 1981 Leila Tong, Hong Kong actress
  • 1985 Frankie Muniz, American actor
  • 1988 Ross Bagley, American actor (Nicky-Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1992 Giorgio Cantarini, Italian actor

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1943 Singer and actress Dinah Shore (27) weds actor George Montgomery (27)

HeartWedding of Interest

1945 Actor Eddie Albert (39) weds actress Margo (28)

  • 1993 Newhart actor William Sanderson (47) weds Sharon Wix (39)

HeartWedding of Interest

2003 Coldplay lead vocalist Chris Martin (35) weds actress and singer Gwyneth Paltrow (39) at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California

Lead Vocalist of Coldplay Chris Martin
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay
Chris Martin
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow
  • 2011 American game show host and executive producer Jeff Probst (50) weds actress/model Lisa Ann Russell (40) at a private house in Los Angeles
  • 2014 Actress and model Amber Stevens (28) weds "The Walking Dead" actor Andrew J. West (28) in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1928 Johannes "Johan" Bakker, Sr., Dutch actor and husband of Truus Soete, dies at 61
  • 1940 Wilfred Lucas, Canadian actor (Pardon Us, Chump at Oxford), dies at 69
  • 1953 Jorge Negrete, Mexican singer and actor (b. 1911)
  • 1955 Paul Harvey, American actor (Spellbound, Calamity Jane, Heldorado, Jamboree), dies at 73
  • 1964 Remy Angenot, Flemish actor ( Met den helm geboren, Patriot, Idiot), dies at 70
  • 1968 Fred Clark, American actor (Zotz, Auntie Mame), dies of liver ailment at 54
  • 1971 Hugh Wakefield, British actor (The Man Who Knew Too Much, Blithe Spirit), dies at 83
  • 1974 Henry Wadsworth, American actor (The Thin Man, Applause, Fast & Loose), dies at 77
  • 1974 Pietro Germi, actor and director (Serafino, Climax), dies at 60
  • 1975 Jimmy Nervo, actor (Frozen Limits), dies
  • 1983 Robert Aldrich, American director and producer (The Dirty Dozen, Last Sunset), dies at 65
  • 1991 Robert Karvelas, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 1995 Robert Parrish, film director editor/actor (Casino Royale), dies at 79
  • 2008 Nina Foch, Dutch-born American actress (b. 1924)
  • 2010 Don Meredith, American football player and broadcaster (b. 1938)
  • 2010 Alan Armer, American television producer and director (b. 1922)
  • 2016 Jayaram Jayalalitha, Indian actress and politician, chief minister of Tamil Nadu, dies of a heart attack at 68