On This Day

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

2001 "Ocean's Eleven" directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts premieres in Westwood, California

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
Actor
Elijah Wood
Actor Ian McKellen
Actor
Ian McKellen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 Mexican singer Thalia the "Queen of Latin Pop" is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Thalía
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Thalía

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 Audrey Hepburn's Givenchy little black dress from film "Breakfast at Tiffany's" auctioned for charity for record £467,200 ($923,187) at Christie's, London

Actress Audrey Hepburn
Actress
Audrey Hepburn
Courtier and Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy
Courtier and Fashion Designer
Hubert de Givenchy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008 Former NFL star O.J. Simpson is sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 2017 Netflix fires actor Danny Masterson from "The Ranch" after allegations of rape

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1890 Fritz Lang, Austrian-German-American filmmaker and screenwriter (Metropolis), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1976)
  • 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, born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1977)
  • 1898 Grace Moore, American soprano and actress (One Night of Love), born in Slabtown, Tennessee (d. 1947)

Person of interestWalt Disney

1901 Walt [Walter Elias] Disney, American animator, (Mickey Mouse), producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Co., born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • 1905 Otto Preminger, Austrian director and producer (Laura, Exodus), born in Wiznitz, Austria-Hungary (d. 1986)
  • 1910 Abraham Polonsky, American writer and director (Tell them Willie Boy is Here), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Margaret Hayes, American actress (Blackboard Jungle, Robert Montgomery Presents), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1977)
  • 1921 Alvin "Alvy" Moore, American comic actor (Green Acres, Scream, Intruder), born in Vincennes, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • 1921 Peter Hansen, American actor (General Hospital, The War of the Roses), born in Oakland, California (d. 2017)
  • 1924 George Savalas, Greek-American actor (Kojak, Kelly's Heroes), 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, born in Brynmawr, Brecknockshire, Wales
  • 1942 Randy Kirby, American actor (Randy-Girl From UNCLE), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944 Jeroen Krabbé, Dutch actor (The Fugitive), born in Amsterdam
  • 1949 Lewis Arlt, American actor (Littlest Victims, Ken-Another World), born in Kingston, New York
  • 1951 Morgan Brittany [Suzanne Cupito], American actress (Katherine-Dallas), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 Larry Zbyszko [Living Legend, Whistler], American professional wrestler (WCW/AWA/NWA/WWF), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1956 Brian Backer, American actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1958 Dean Erickson, American actor and founder and CEO of Bionic Capital LLC, born in Maine
  • 1959 Connie Needham Newton, American actress (Eight is Enough, Fame), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1963 Carrie Hamilton, American actress (Fame), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1966 Joseph Barbara, American actor (Joe Carlino-Another World), born in New Smyrna Beach, Florida
  • 1968 Lisa Marie [Sliwa], American actress (Mars Attack), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 1968 Margaret Cho, American actress and comedienne (Face/Off), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1969 Morgan J. Freeman, American film director (Hurricane Streets), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1971 Kali Rocha, American actress (Liv and Maddie), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1972 Angela Shelton, American actress and screenwriter (Tumbleweeds), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 1973 Shalom Harlow, model (House of Style, Harper's Bazaar), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1975 Paula Patton, American actress (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1976 Amy Acker, American actress (Root-Person of Interest), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1979 Nick Stahl, American actor (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), born in Harlingen, Texas
  • 1980 Shizuka Itō, Japanese voice actress (seiyū), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1981 Leila Tong, Hong Kong actress (The Last Breakthrough), born in Hong Kong
  • 1985 Frankie Muniz, American actor (Malcolm in the Middle), born in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey
  • 1988 Ross Bagley, American actor (Nicky-Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Film & TV

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

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

LoveWedding 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
Actress
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 [Moreno], Mexican singer and actor (The Rebel, La madrina del diablo), dies of hepatitis at 42
  • 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, Italian actor, writer and director (Divorce Italian Style, The Facts of Murder), dies from hepatitis 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 (Get Smart), dies at 70
  • 1995 Robert Parrish, film director editor/actor (Casino Royale), dies at 79
  • 2008 Nina Foch, Dutch-American actress (The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, An American in Paris), dies from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome at 84
  • 2008 Beverly Garland [Fessenden], American actress (My Three Sons, Scarecrow and Mrs. King), dies at 82
  • 2009 Garfield Morgan, British actor (Odessa File, To Catch a Spy), dies at 78
  • 2010 Don Meredith, American football player and broadcaster (b. 1938)
  • 2010 Alan Armer, American television producer and director (b. 1922)
  • 2015 Marília Pêra, Brazilian actress (Better Days Ahead, Pixote), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • 2016 Jayaram Jayalalitha, Indian actress and politician, chief minister of Tamil Nadu, dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 2017 Johnny Hallyday [Jean-Philippe Smet], French singer and actor known as the "Elvis Presley of France," dies from lung cancer at 74