On This Day in Film & TV for December 7

Events in Film & TV

  • 1952 KKTV TV channel 11 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1953 WCCB TV channel 18 in Charlotte, North Carolina (IND/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KCTS TV channel 9 in Seattle, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

1979 "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" first movie of the series premieres directed by Robert Wise, starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy

  • 1986 NBC premiere of miniseries "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna" (Part 1)

HeartEngagement of Interest

1990 Ted Turner & Jane Fonda announce their engagement

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Robert Goulet undergoes prostate cancer surgery

American Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
American Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005 U.S. debut of the second 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

  • 1801 Johann Nestroy, Austrian actor, singer and playwright (Judith und Holofernes), born in Ratibor, Silesia (d. 1862)
  • 1891 Fay Bainter, American actress (Jezebel, Our Town, State Fair), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1968)
  • 1892 Nora Nicholson, British actress (Blue Lagoon, Crow Hollow), born in Leamington, England (d. 1973)
  • 1895 Jack Pennick, American actor (Lady From Louisiana), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1964)
  • 1910 Rod Cameron [Nathan Roderick Cox], Canadian actor (City Detective, State Trooper, Trigger Trail), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1915 Eli Wallach, American actor (Magnificent 7, The Misfits, People Next Door), born in Brooklyn New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1919 Ellen Stewart, American actress, director and founder of La Mama Theatre Group, born in the US (d. 2011)
  • 1923 Ted Knight [Tadeusz Wladyslaw Konopka], American actor (Mary Tyler Moore, Too Close for Comfort), born in Terryville, Connecticut (d. 1986)

Person of interestEllen Burstyn

1932 Ellen Burstyn, American actress (Exorcist, Alice Doesn't Live Here), born in Detroit, Michigan

Actress Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
  • 1932 Gerard van den Berg, Dutch TV host (Like Father, Like Son)
  • 1940 Stan Boardman, English comedian
  • 1947 Peter de Jong, Dutch actor (Maxi-Mini & Maxi)
  • 1947 Vincent Baggetta, actor (Lou-Chicago Story), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1947 Tony Thomas, American TV and film producer
  • 1948 Gary Morris, country singer/actor (Colbys), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1952 Georges Corraface, Greek actor, president of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival
  • 1954 Julie Halston, actress (Juror, Drunks, Addams Family Values)
  • 1955 Priscilla Barnes, Ft Dix NJ, actress (License to Kill, 3s Company)
  • 1958 Edd Hall, TV announcer (Jay Leno's Tonight Show)
  • 1958 Rick Rude, American professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • 1961 Mary Beth Evans, actress (Katherine Ashton-Gen Hospital), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1964 Roberta Close, Brazilian model
  • 1965 Jeffrey Wright, American actor (Angels in America, Westworld), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966 C Thomas Howell, actor (Red Dawn, Tank, Soul Man), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Patrice O'Neal, American stand-up comedian, born in Boston (d. 2011)
  • 1972 Tammy Lynn Sytch, American professional wrestler
  • 1973 Rea Marie Bavilla, Miss USA-Alaska (1997)
  • 1976 Vanessa Lorenzo, Spanish fashion model
  • 1978 Shiri Appleby, American actress
  • 1979 Ayako Fujitani, Japanese actress and writer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1979 Derek Ramsay, Filipino actor and model
  • 1979 Jennifer Carpenter, American actress
  • 1987 Aaron Carter, American singer and actor
  • 1987 Baran Kosari, Iranian actress
  • 1988 Emily Browning, Australian actress
  • 1988 Asia Ray Smith, American actress
  • 1989 Nicholas Hoult, English actor

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1725 Florent Carton Dancourt, French dramatist and actor (Le Chevalier à la mode), dies at 64
  • 1946 Sada Yacco, Japanese stage actress (b. 1871)
  • 1956 Huntley Gordon, Canadian actor, dies at 77
  • 1959 Charlie Hall, English comedic actor (Tit for Tat, A Chump at Oxford), dies at 60
  • 1967 House Peters, British silent film actor (This Is the Life, Kansas Territory), dies at 87
  • 1969 Eric Portman, actor (Naked Edge), dies from heart ailment at 66
  • 1969 Hugh Williams, British dramatist, actor and writer (Wuthering Heights, Bank Holiday), dies after surgery at 65
  • 1975 Hardie Albright, actress (Silver Streak, Scarlet Letter), dies at 71
  • 1982 William "Will" Lee, American actor (They Live by Night, Melody Lane), dies from a heart attack at 74
  • 1983 Fanny Cano, Mexican actress (b. 1944)
  • 1984 Jeanne Cagney, American actress (Lion is in the Streets, Quicksand, Kentucky Rifle), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1988 Christopher Connelly, actor (Liar's Moon, Hawmps), dies at 47
  • 1989 William Calhoun, professional wrestler (b. 1934)
  • 1989 Haystacks Calhoun, American professional wrestler, dies at 55
  • 1990 Horst Bienek, German writer and director (The First Polka), dies at 60
  • 1990 Joan Bennett, US actress (House Across the Bay), dies at 80
  • 1990 Jean Duceppe, Quebec actor (Mon oncle Antoine), dies at 67
  • 1991 Michael Taylor, Male Model (b. 1913)
  • 1994 Elga Andersen, German/French model/actress (Global Affair), dies at 58
  • 2001 Pauline Moore [Joless Love], American actress (Colorado, Young Mr. Lincoln), dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 87
  • 2008 Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)
  • 2009 Mark Ritts, American actor (b. 1946)
  • 2010 Gus Mercurio, American-born Australian actor (The Blue Lagoon, Crocodile Dundee II), dies at 82

Person of interestHarry Morgan

2011 Harry Morgan, American actor (M*A*S*H) dies at 96

  • 2013 Édouard Molinaro, French film actor, director and screenwriter (La Cage aux Folles), dies a respiratory insufficiency at 85
  • 2014 Ken Weatherwax, American actor, dies from a heart attack at 59
  • 2014 John Bartholomew Tucker, American TV host (Candid Camera, Treasure Island), dies at 84