On This Day in Film & TV for December 9

Events in Film & TV

  • 1960 1st broadcast of "Coronation Street" on British ITV
  • 1968 KRNE TV channel 12 in Merriman, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 Terence O'Neill, Northern Ireland Prime Minister, makes a television appeal for moderate opinion in what became known as the 'Ulster stands at the Crossroads' speech
  • 1973 Bruno Sammartino beats Stan Stasiak in NY, to become WWF champ
  • 1988 NY Yankees sign 12-year television contract with MSG for $500M
  • 1988 Premiere of fact based crime drama film "Mississippi Burning"
  • 1990 23rd NAACP Image Awards: "Coming to America" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Music awardsMusic Awards

1991 2nd Billboard Music Awards: Michael Jackson & Whitney Houston win

Singer and Actress Whitney Houston
Singer and Actress
Whitney Houston
King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Film release premierFilm Premier

1997 "Tomorrow Never Dies", 18th James Bond film starring Pierce Brosnan and Michelle Yeoh, premieres in London

Film release premierFilm Premier

2002 "Star Trek: Nemesis" film directed by Stuart Baird and starring Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes premieres

Film release premierFilm Release

2005 "Brokeback Mountain" film released, directed by Ang Lee, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, based on story by Annie Proulx

Film release premierFilm Premier

2017 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" directed by Rian Johnson, starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver premieres in Los Angeles

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1847 George Grossmith, British actor, comedian and writer (The Diary of a Nobody, A Society Clown), born in London, England (d. 1912)
  • 1876 Berton Churchill, Canadian-American actor (I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (d. 1940)
  • 1887 Tim Moore, American actor and vaudevillian, born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1958)
  • 1897 Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold, British actress (Gigi, Music Man), born in London, England (d. 1987)
  • 1899 Howard Freeman, American actor (Studio One, Double Dynamite), born in Helena, Montana (d. 1967)
  • 1901 Carol Dempster, American actress, born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 1991)

Person of interestMargaret Hamilton

1902 Margaret Hamilton, American actress (The Wizard of Oz), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1985)

  • 1904 Robert Livingston, American actor (Three Mesquiteers, The Lone Ranger and Zorro), born in Quincy, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • 1905 Dalton Trumbo, American writer/film director (Johnny Got His Gun)
  • 1909 Douglas Fairbanks Jr, American actor and decorated naval officer (Ghost Story), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)

Person of interestBroderick Crawford

1911 Broderick Crawford, American actor (All the King's Men, Highway Patrol), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)

  • 1914 Frances Reid, American actress (Days of Our Lives, The Andromeda Strain), born in Wichita Falls, Texas (d. 2010)

Person of interestKirk Douglas

1916 Kirk Douglas [Issur Danielovitch], American actor (Gunfight at OK Corral), born in Amsterdam, New York

  • 1922 Redd Foxx, comedian (Sandford & Son, Redd Foxx Show), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1928 Richard "Dick" Van Patten, American actor, businessman, and animal welfare advocate (Tom Bradford in 8 is Enough), born in Queens, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1929 John Cassavetes, Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter (Dirty Dozen, Rosemary's Baby), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1930 Buck Henry, American screenwriter/comedian (SNL, Get Smart), born in NYC, New York
  • 1931 William Reynolds, American actor (The Gallant Men, All That Heaven Allows), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1931 Ladislav Smoljak, Czech director, actor and screenwriter (An Uncertain Season), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2010)

Person of interestJudi Dench

1934 Judi Dench, British actress (Henry V, Wetherby, Skyfall), born in York, England

Actress Judi Dench
Judi Dench
  • 1937 Darwin Joston, American actor (d. 1998)
  • 1941 Beau Bridges, actor (Hotel New Hampshire, 5th Musketeer), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Michael Nouri, actor (Beacon Hill, Bay City Blues), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945 Matti Mäntylä, Finnish actor
  • 1946 Shatrughan Sinha, Indian actor
  • 1948 Ron Vawter, Latham NY, actor (Philadelphia, Empire City, Twister)
  • 1952 Michael Dorn, actor (Worf-Star Trek Next Generation)
  • 1953 John Malkovich, actor and director (Killing Fields), born in Christopher, Illinois
  • 1961 Joe Lando, actor (Byron Sully-Dr Quinn), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 David Anthony Higgins, American actor
  • 1962 Felicity Huffman, American actress
  • 1963 Barbara Palacios, Carcas Venz, Miss Universe (1986)
  • 1965 Brad Savage, Livdnia Mich, actor (Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice)
  • 1965 Karla Nelson, Pine City Minn, Ms America (1993)
  • 1966 Toby Huss, American actor
  • 1969 Allison Smith, actress (Jennie-Cagney & Lacey, Kate & Allie), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1969 Sebastian Spence, Canadian actor
  • 1972 Reiko Aylesworth, American actress
  • 1975 Joshua Rudoy, actor (Harry & Hendersons)
  • 1977 Saskia Garel, Canadian actress
  • 1978 Jesse Metcalfe, American actor
  • 1980 Simon Helberg, actor (The Big Bang Theory), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1981 Diya Mirza, Indian actress
  • 2340 Worf, Klingon character on Star Trek Next Generation

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1989 "Baywatch" actor David Hasselhoff (37) weds actress Pamela Bach (26) at the Little Brown Church in Studio City, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2005 "Bourne" actor Matt Damon (35) weds Argentine-born Luciana Barrosa (29) at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau near New York City Hall

Actor Matt Damon
Matt Damon
  • 2006 "The Office" actress Lucy Davis (33) weds actor Owain Yeoman (28) at St. Paul's Cathedral in London

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1982 Mary-Beth & William Hurt divorce

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1692 William Mountfort, English actor and dramatist, dies at approximately 38
  • 1944 Laird Cregar, actor (Charley's Aunt, Hangover Square), dies at 28
  • 1976 Nino Martini, Italian actor (The Gay Desperado, Here's to Romance), dies from a heart attack at 71
  • 1979 Fulton J Sheen, archbishop/religious broadcaster, dies in NYC at 84
  • 1982 Joey Forman, actor (Sid Caesar Show, Joey Bishop Show), dies at 53
  • 1983 David Rounds, American actor (Terence-Beacon Hill, Alice, The Blue and The Grey), dies of cancer at 53
  • 1990 Mike Mazurki, Austrian actor (Some Like It Hot, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World), dies at 82
  • 1990 Mike Mazurski, wrestler/actor (Centerfold Girls), dies at 80
  • 1992 Vincent Gardenia, Italian-American actor (Bang the Drum Slowly, Moonstruck, Little Shop of Horrors), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1995 Toni Cade Bambara, filmmaker, dies at 56
  • 1995 Vivian Blaine, American actress (Guys & Dolls, Skirts Ahoy), dies of heart failure at 74
  • 1997 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, dies at 91
  • 2004 Lea De Mae, Czech actress (b. 1976)
  • 2009 Gene Barry [Eugene Klass], American actor (The Atomic City, Bat Masterson), dies of congestive heart failure at 90
  • 2013 Eleanor Parker, American actress (Caged, Detective Story, Hans Brinker), dies from pneumonia at 91
  • 2014 Mary Ann Mobley, American model/actress, dies from breast cancer at 77