On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for December 6

Events in Film & TV

  • 1964 KTVR TV channel 13 in La Grande, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WKID (WSCV) TV channel 51 in Fort Lauderdale, FL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1991 "Star Trek VI-Undiscovered Country" premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Michael Jackson collapses while rehearsing for an HBO special

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Film release premierFilm Premier

2002 "Adaptation" directed by Spike Jonze, starring Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008 American pin-up model Bettie Page (85) is hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a heart attack

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2009 Final Broadway performance of "A Steady Rain", starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1864 William S. Hart, American silent film actor (Wild Bill Hickok, Tumbleweeds), born in Newburgh, New York (d. 1946)
  • 1887 Lynn Fontanne, British actress (Peter Pan, The Guardsman), born in Woodford, Essex, England (d. 1983)
  • 1888 Will Hay [William Thomson Hay], British comedian, actor and amateur astronomer, born in County Durham, England (d. 1949)
  • 1892 Lina Carstens, German actress (Homeland, Broken Jug), born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 1978)
  • 1898 Herman Shumlin, American Broadway producer, director and actor (Watch on the Rhine), born in Atwood, Colorado (d. 1979)
  • 1899 Nikolai Batalov, Russian actor (Tretya meshchanskaya, Mother), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1937)

Person of interestAgnes Moorehead

1900 Agnes Moorehead, American actress (Endora in Bewitched), born in Clinton, Massachusetts (d. 1974)

  • 1909 Alan McGilvray, Australian cricketer (20 games for NSW mid 1930's) and commentator (ABC), born in Paddington, Sydney, Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Wallace "Wally" Cox, American comedian and actor (Mister, Underdog, Peepers, Hollywood Squares), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1973)
  • 1928 Bobby Van, American musical actor (The Affairs of Dobie Gillis), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1929 Robert "King" Moody, American actor and comedian (Shtarker-Get Smart), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Alain Tanner, Swiss film director, (Charles, Dead or Alive), born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1931 Zeki Müren, Turkish actor, singer, and composer (Game of Silence), born in Bursa, Turkey (d. 1996)
  • 1934 Nick Bockwinkel, American professional wrestler (WCW/AWA), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
  • 1935 Jean Lapointe, Quebec comedian, singer and senator
  • 1936 David Ossman, American writer and comedian (The Firesign Theatre), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1938 Patrick Bauchau, Belgian actor (Scarpine-A View To Kill), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1945 James Naughton, American actor (Stranger is Watching, Trauma center), born in Middletown, Connecticut
  • 1945 Shekhar Kapur, Indian filmmaker (Bandit Queen), born in Laghore, British India
  • 1948 JoBeth Williams, American actress (Kramer vs Kramer, Poltergeist), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1953 Gina Hecht, American actress (Melanie-Hizzoner, Mork & Mindy), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1953 Kin Shriner, American actor (Scott-General Hospital, Rituals), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953 Thomas Hulce, American actor (Amadeus, Equus, Echo Park), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1954 Miles Chapin, American actor (French Postcards, Get Crazy, Funhouse), born in NYC, New York
  • 1955 Steven Wright, American stand-up comedian (Steven Wright Live), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1958 Nick Park, British filmmaker and animator (Wallace and Gromit), born in Preston, Lancashire, England
  • 1962 Janine Turner, American actress (Maggie in Northern Exposure), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1967 Spanky Marcus, American actor (Jimmy Joe-Mary Hartman), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1971 Naozumi Takahashi, Japanese singer and voice actor, born in Ōshū, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
  • 1972 Sarah Rafferty, American actress (Suits), born in New Canaan, Connecticut
  • 1975 Noel Clarke, English actor and writer, born in London
  • 1976 Alicia Machado, Venezuelan-American actress, winner of Miss Universe 1996 and Donald Trump critic, born in Maracay, Venezuela
  • 1976 Lindsay Price, American actress (Bold & Beautiful, All My Children), born in Arcadia, California
  • 1976 Colleen Haskell, American television personality (Survivor: Borneo 2000 contestant), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • 1978 K. D. Aubert, American actress and singer, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1985 Dulce María, Mexican actress and singer, born in Mexico City, Mexico

Person of interestStefanie Scott

1996 Stefanie Scott, American actress (Quinn Brenner-Insidious: Chapter 3) and singer (New Girl in Town), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actress and Singer Stefanie Scott
Actress and Singer
Stefanie Scott

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1962 Actor Sean Connery (32) weds actress Diane Cilento on Gibraltar

LoveWedding of Interest

1997 ABC's World News Tonight news anchor Peter Jennings (59) weds Kayce Freed in Bridgehampton, New York

Journalist and T.V. News Anchor Peter Jennings
Journalist and T.V. News Anchor
Peter Jennings
  • 2008 "Lonestar" bass guitarist John Rich (34) weds former model Joan Bush in Nashville

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1938 Actress Bette Davis (30) divorces musician Harmon Nelson (31) due to cruel and inhuman manner after more than 6 years of marriage

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1988 Actor and comedian Robin Williams (37) divorces Valerie Velardi after 10 years of marriage

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1924 Gene Stratton-Porter, American author, screenwriter and naturalist (b. 1863)
  • 1951 J Edward Bromberg, Hungarian actor (The Mark of Zorro, Under 2 Flags), dies from a heart attack at 47
  • 1959 Len Doyle, actor (Harrington-Mr District Attorney), dies at 66
  • 1972 Janet Munro, actress (Crawling Eye, Swiss Family Robinson), dies at 38
  • 1984 Ruth Cummings, actress (Daybreak, Dream of Love), dies at 90
  • 1987 James Dobson, actor (Impulse, Jet Attack, Okinawa), dies
  • 1989 Frances Beauvier, actress (Aunt Bee, Mayberry), dies at 86
  • 1989 John Payne, American actor (The Restless Gun, Miracle on 34th Street), dies aged 77
  • 1991 Ann Sorg Coston, actress (Anna-Aldrich Family), dies at 62
  • 1992 Hank Worden, American actor (The Searcher, Red River), dies of natural causes at 91
  • 1992 Percy Herbert, actor (Capt Apache), dies of heart attack at 72
  • 1993 Dominic "Don" Ameche, American actor (Cocoon, Trading Places), dies of prostate cancer at 85
  • 1993 Rita Macedo, actress (Divinas Palabras), dies of heart attack at 65
  • 1994 Alan Owen, English screenplay/actor (Hard Day's Night), dies at 69
  • 1994 Gian Maria Volontè, Italian actor (Fistful of Dollars), dies at 61
  • 1995 Kathleen Harrison, English actress (Fast Lady, Big Money), dies at 103
  • 1997 Alan Mouncer, film director and producer, dies at 68
  • 2000 Werner Klemperer, German-American actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, Hogan's Heroes), dies of cancer at 80
  • 2003 Jerry Tuite, American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • 2007 Katy French, Irish Supermodel and Socialite, dies at 24
  • 2015 Holly Woodlawn, transgender Puerto Rican actress (Warhol films), dies at 69
  • 2016 Peter Vaughan, British actor (Porridge, Game of Thrones), dies at 93