On This Day in Film & TV for December 8

Events in Film & TV


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1949 "On the Town", the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller and Vera-Ellen, is released

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1954 WPTZ TV channel 5 in Plattsburgh, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting

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1955 Black Ealing comedy "The Ladykillers", directed by Alexander Mackendrick and starring Alec Guinness is released in the UK

Film release premierFilm Premier

1978 "The Deer Hunter", directed by Michael Cimino and starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep, premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Best Picture 1979)

Film release premierFilm Release

1982 "Sophie's Choice", directed by Alan J. Pakula and based on William Styton's 1979 novel of the same name, starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, is released (Academy Awards Best Actress 1983)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Ringo Starr appears on "Saturday Night Live"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • 1985 NBC premiere of thriller "Final Jeopardy", starring Richard Thomas and Mary Crosby
  • 1986 NBC premiere of miniseries "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna" (Part 2)

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1987 US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1992 NBC announces that "Cheers" will go off the air in May 1993

Music awardsMusic Awards

1993 4th Billboard Music Awards: Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard Soundtrack win

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1861 George Melies, early filmmaker (A trip to the Moon), born in Paris, France
  • 1888 Paul Cavanagh, British actor (The Woman in Green, Tarzan & his Mate), born in Chislehurst, England (d. 1964)
  • 1894 James (Grover) Thurber, humorist (Men, Women & Dogs), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1899 John Qualen, Canadian actor (Casablanca, The Grapes of Wrath, The Searchers), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1987)
  • 1905 Frank Faylen, American actor (It's a Wonderful Life, Funny Girl), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 1911 Lee J Cobb, actor (Virginian, 12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront), born in NYC, New York
  • 1915 Ernest Lehman, American screenwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1916 Richard Fleischer, American film director (d. 2006)
  • 1921 Terence Morgan, actor (Adv of Sir Francis Drake), born in London, England
  • 1925 Samuel "Sammy" Davis Jr., American singer/dancer/actor (Ocean's 11, Candy Man), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)

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1930 Maximilian Schell, Swiss-Austrian actor and director (Odessa File, Julia), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2014)

  • 1933 Flip Wilson, [Clerow], comedian (Flip Wilson Show), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1935 Dharmendra, Indian actor
  • 1936 David Carradine, actor (Kung Fu, Mean Streets, Kill Bill V.1 & 2), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1937 James MacArthur, actor (Danny Williams-Hawaii 5-0), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1940 Jenny Linden, English actress (Hedda, Dr Who & the Daleks)
  • 1943 Mary Woronov, Brooklyn Hgts NY, actress (Eating Raoul, Terror Vision)
  • 1946 John Rubinstein, actor/composer (Family, Boys from Brazil), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Sharmila Tagore, Indian Actress
  • 1947 Belinda Balaski, actor (Cannonball, Proud Men, Howling), born in Inglewood, California

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1953 Sam Kinison, American screaming comedian and actor (Back to School, Charlie Hoover), born in Yakima, Washington (d. 1992)

Comedian Sam Kinison
Comedian
Sam Kinison
  • 1953 Kim Basinger, American actress
  • 1958 Billy Hufsey, actor (Christopher-Fame, Days of our Life)
  • 1959 Paul Rutherford, vocalist (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax)
  • 1961 Mikey Robins, Australian comedian
  • 1963 Toshiaki Kawada, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1964 Teri Hatcher, actress (Lois & Clark, Desperate Housewives), born in Sunnyvale, California
  • 1965 Carina Lau, Hong Kong actress
  • 1966 Matthew Laborteaux, actor (Albert-Little House on Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966 Jeff Tremaine, American television and film director
  • 1967 Marina Augusta Baker, Windsor England, playmate (Mar, 1987)
  • 1967 Kotono Mitsuishi, Japanese seiyu (voice actress)
  • 1968 Michael Cole, American professional wrestling commentator
  • 1969 Steve Van Wormer, American actor
  • 1973 Doron Bell Jr., Canadian actor
  • 1976 Dominic Monaghan, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, Lost), born in Berlin, West Germany
  • 1977 Elsa Benítez, Mexican supermodel
  • 1978 Ian Somerhalder, American actor
  • 1993 AnnaSophia Robb, American actress and singer

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 2007 "Happy Days" actor and legendary bachelor Scott Baio (46) weds longtime girlfriend Renee Sloan at a luxury high-rise in Los Angeles

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1811 Eliza Poe, English-American actress and the mother of the American author Edgar Allan Po, dies of tuberculosis at 23 or 24
  • 1954 Gladys George, actress (Roaring Twenties), dies at 50
  • 1957 Reginald Sheffield, British actor (Suspicion, Of Human Bondage, Second Chance), dies at 56
  • 1983 Slim Pickins, actor (Blazing Saddles), dies after brain surgery at 64
  • 1984 Luther Adler, American actor (D.O.A., The Desert Fox), dies at 81
  • 1988 Anne Seymour, actress (Misty, Chevy Mystery Show), dies at 79
  • 1990 Martin Ritt, American director/actor (Norma Rae), dies at 70
  • 1993 Andre Cerf, French actor/producer (Nana), dies at 93
  • 1995 George J Lewis, Mexican-born actor (Don-Zorro), dies at 91
  • 1996 Howard E Rollins Jr, actor (Ed Harding-Another World), dies at 46
  • 2005 Georgiy Zhzhonov, Russian actor and author (b. 1915)
  • 2008 Robert Prosky, American actor (b. 1930)
  • 2013 Don Mitchell, American actor, dies at 70