Filmmakers in History

Events in Film & TV

  • 1895-12-28 Filmmakers the Lumiere brothers, hold the first commercial film screening at Salon Indien du Grand Café, Paris

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1916-11-19 Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn establish Goldwyn Pictures (the company later became one of the most successful independent filmmakers).

Hollywood Mogul Samuel Goldwyn
Hollywood Mogul
Samuel Goldwyn
  • 1987-03-20 Soviet filmmakers arrive in Hollywood for an entertainment summit

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1990-03-26 Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa wins the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa

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2012-03-26 Canadian filmmaker James Cameron becomes the first person to visit Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth in over 50 years

Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron

Birthdays in Film & TV

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  • 1861-12-08 George Melies, early filmmaker (A trip to the Moon), born in Paris, France
  • 1880-09-09 Viking Eggeling, Sweden, artist/filmmaker (Diagonal Symphony)

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1881-08-12 Cecil B. DeMille, American filmmaker (The Ten Commandments), born in Ashfield, Massachusetts (d. 1959)

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • 1898-04-26 John Grierson, documentary filmmaker
  • 1898-11-14 Benjamin Fondane, Romanian-French writer and filmmaker (d. 1944)
  • 1900-04-23 Joseph Green, filmmaker
  • 1900-11-24 Jerzy Bonawentura Toeplitz, filmmaker/teacher
  • 1901-02-22 Stefan Lorant, Hungarian-American writer, photojournalist, filmmaker, born in Budapest (d. 1997)
  • 1901-06-15 Peter Shankland, filmmaker/writer
  • 1903-01-17 Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Assamese poet, playwright, filmmaker (d. 1953)

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1905-12-24 Howard Hughes, American reclusive billionaire, filmmaker and avaitor (Hughes Aircraft), born in Humble, Texas (d. 1976)

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes

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1906-06-22 Billy Wilder, Austrian-born American filmmakerr (Some Like It Hot, Apartment, Stalag 17), born in Vienna, Austria

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder
  • 1906-06-24 Willard Maas, American educator and experimental filmmaker (d. 1971)
  • 1908-05-22 Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker (d. 1970)
  • 1909-02-03 Andre Cayatte, French filmmaker, born in Carcassonne (d. 1989)
  • 1909-05-25 Marie Menken, American experimental filmmaker and socialite (d. 1970)
  • 1911-12-28 Phani Majumdar, filmmaker
  • 1913-06-28 Franz Antel, Austrian filmmaker (d. 2007)
  • 1915-05-27 Louise Annand-MacFarquhar, Lanarkshire, Scotland, painter and filmmaker (At the Museum), (d. 2012)
  • 1916-02-04 Colin Morris, playwright/documentary filmmaker

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1916-09-11 Ed Sabol, American filmmaker (NFL Films), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol
  • 1917-04-29 Maya Deren (born Eleanora Derenkowskaia), American filmmaker , born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1917-05-15 Hugh Edward Lance Falkus, filmmaker/naturalist
  • 1917-06-02 Heinz Sielmann, German photographer and filmmaker (d. 2006)
  • 1921-06-12 James Houston, author/filmmaker (Tikta'Liktak), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1922-04-14 Maria Luisa Bemberg, filmmaker
  • 1923-12-04 John Krish, British documentary filmmaker (Let My People Go), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1924-01-31 Tengiz Abuladze, filmmaker
  • 1924-10-10 Ed Wood, American filmmaker and director (Plan 9 from Outer Space), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1926-12-23 James Dewar, journalist/documentary filmmaker
  • 1927-02-03 Kenneth Anger, American Underground Filmmaker
  • 1927-08-14 Frank Cvitanovich, filmmaker
  • 1928-10-04 Torben Ulrich, Danish musician, writer, filmmaker and tennis player
  • 1928-12-11 Tomas Gutierrez Alea, filmmaker
  • 1929-10-07 Graeme Ferguson, Canadian filmmaker and executive
  • 1929-12-06 Alain Tanner, Swiss filmmaker
  • 1930-01-01 Frederick Wiseman, documentary filmmaker, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1930-02-23 Imre Gyongyossy, filmmaker
  • 1930-07-01 Moustapha Akkad, Syrian-American filmmaker (d. 2005)
  • 1930-09-19 Antonio Margheriti, Italian filmmaker (d. 2002)
  • 1931-09-20 Cherd Songsri, Thai filmmaker (d. 2006)
  • 1932-04-04 Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky, Soviet filmmaker (Andrei Rublev, Mirror, Stalker), born in Zavrazhye, Yuryevetsky District, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (d. 1986)
  • 1933-01-14 Stan Brakhage, American filmmaker (d. 2003)
  • 1934-07-15 Risto Jarva, Finnish filmmaker (d. 1977)
  • 1935-11-27 Les Blank, American documentary filmmaker
  • 1936-02-26 Manmohan Desai, filmmaker
  • 1936-06-30 Assia Djebar [Fatma-Zohra Imalhayène], Algerian writer and filmmaker, born in Iol, Algeria (d. 2015)
  • 1937-02-04 David Newman, American filmmaker (d. 2003)
  • 1938-11-30 Jean Eustache, French filmmaker
  • 1939-10-25 Robin Spry, Canadian filmmaker and producer (d. 2005)
  • 1941-01-05 Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese filmmaker (Spirited Away), born in Tokyo

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1942-10-02 Steve Sabol, American filmmaker (35 Emmy awards, founder of NFL Films), born in Moorestown, New Jersey (d. 2012)

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol
  • 1943-11-22 Peter Adair, American filmmaker
  • 1944-08-24 Peter Hutton, American filmmaker, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1945-03-23 Franco Battiato, Italian singer, songwriter and filmmaker
  • 1945-12-06 Shekhar Kapur, Indian filmmaker
  • 1946-05-31 Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German filmmaker and director (Marriage of Maria Braum), born in Bad Worishofen, Bavaria, West Germany (d. 1982)
  • 1946-08-19 Dawn Steel, American filmmaker, 1st woman to head Hollywood studio, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1949-03-12 Moctesuma Esparza, Mexican-American producer and filmmaker
  • 1950-03-12 Wheeler Winston Dixon, American filmmaker, critic and author
  • 1951-09-25 Pedro Almodovar, Spanish filmmaker (Women the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Matador), born in Calzada de Calatrava, Spain
  • 1953-08-21 Ivan Stang, American writer and filmmaker (Church of the SubGenius), born in Washington, D.C.

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1954-04-23 Michael Moore, American filmmaker (Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, Sicko), born in Flint, Michigan

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore
  • 1954-06-25 Daryush Shokof, Iranian filmmaker
  • 1954-10-23 Ang Lee, Taiwanese-born American filmmaker (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi), born in Chaochou, Pingtung
  • 1954-11-24 Emir Kusturica, Serbian filmmaker
  • 1954-11-29 Joel Coen, filmmaker (Fargo, No Country for Old Men), born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota

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1956-01-03 Mel Gibson, American actor (Mad Max, Mrs Soffel, Lethal Weapon) and filmmaker, born in Peekskill, New York

Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson
  • 1956-04-12 Walter Salles, Brazilian filmmaker (The Motorcycle Diaries), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1957-08-03 Mani Shankar, Indian filmmaker
  • 1957-09-21 Ethan Coen, filmmaker (Fargo, No Country for Old Men), born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota
  • 1958-01-03 Shim Hyung-rae, South Korean filmmaker
  • 1958-08-20 David O. Russell, American filmmaker (Silver Linings Playbook), born in New York
  • 1958-09-07 D Elmina Davies, filmmaker
  • 1958-12-06 Nick Park, British filmmaker and animator
  • 1959-01-28 Frank Darabont, American filmmaker
  • 1959-07-23 Nancy Savoca, American filmmaker
  • 1959-09-18 Mark Romanek, American filmmaker
  • 1959-11-02 Peter Mullan, Scottish actor and filmmaker
  • 1960-04-29 Caveh Zahedi, American filmmaker

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1960-07-30 Richard Linklater, American filmmaker (Before Sunrise, Boyhood), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1960-08-24 Takashi Miike, Japanese filmmaker
  • 1962-03-15 Igor Aleinikov, filmmaker
  • 1963-11-02 Craig Saavedra, American filmmaker
  • 1963-12-29 Dave McKean, British artist and filmmaker
  • 1964-01-03 Bruce LaBruce, Canadian filmmaker
  • 1964-07-04 Mark Whiting, American filmmaker and actor
  • 1964-11-06 Kerry Conran, American filmmaker
  • 1965-03-04 Paul W. S. Anderson, English filmmaker
  • 1965-05-25 George Hickenlooper, American documentary filmmaker
  • 1965-09-02 Partho Sen-Gupta, Indian filmmaker
  • 1965-09-05 Chris Gore, American filmmaker, born in Big Rapids, Michigan
  • 1966-11-02 Tim Kirkman, American filmmaker, born in Monroe, North Carolina
  • 1966-12-13 Don Roff, American writer and filmmaker
  • 1967-08-15 Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Indian spiritual leader and filmmaker, born in Sri Gurusar Modia
  • 1969-04-23 Richard Wolstencroft, Australian Filmmaker
  • 1969-09-03 Noah Baumbach, writer, director and independent filmmaker (The Squid and the Whale), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969-10-09 Steve McQueen, English filmmaker and artist (12 Years a Slave), born in London
  • 1970-06-26 Paul Thomas Anderson, American filmmaker (Boogie Nights, Magnolia), born in Studio City California
  • 1970-06-28 Mike White, American filmmaker and actor, born in Pasadena, California

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1902-08-16 Filmmaker Cecil B DeMille (21) weds actress Constance Adams (28) in Orange, New Jersey

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille

HeartWedding of Interest

1936-12-22 Filmmaker Billy Wilder (30) weds first wife Judith Coppicus

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder

HeartWedding of Interest

1963-02-02 Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola (23) weds documentary filmmaker Eleanor Jessie Neil (26) in Las Vegas, Nevada

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1984-04-01 Filmmaker Joel Coel marries actress Frances McDormand

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1984-10-01 Actress Sigourney Weaver (34) weds filmmaker Jim Simpson (28)

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1991-10-19 Filmmaker Michael Moore (37) weds movie producer Kathleen Glynn (32)

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore

HeartWedding of Interest

1993-10-02 Filmmaker Spike Lee weds attorney Tonya Lewis

Director Spike Lee
Director
Spike Lee
  • 1996-04-12 Actor and filmmaker Dennis Hopper (60) weds actress Victoria Duffy (29) at Boston's Old South Church

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1997-04-30 Actor Max Von Sydow (68) weds filmmaker Catherine Brelet

  • 2004-12-29 "The X-Files" actress Gillian Anderson (36) weds former journalist and documentary filmmaker Julian Ozanne (42) on Shella island in Lamu, Kenya

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2012-01-14 Pink Floyd vocalist Roger Waters (68) weds filmmaker Laurie Durning

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters

HeartWedding of Interest

2012-07-07 Documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux (42) weds TV director Nancy Strang (37)

Broadcaster Louis Theroux
Broadcaster
Louis Theroux
  • 2015-07-30 Filmmaker Guy Ritchie (47) weds model Jacqui Ainsley (33) in Ashcombe House in Wiltshire

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1938-01-21 George Melies, French early filmmaker (A Trip to the Moon), dies at 76
  • 1951-07-23 Robert Flaherty, American documentary filmmaker (Nanook of North), dies at 67

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1959-01-21 Cecil B. DeMille, American filmmaker (The Ten Commandments, Samson and Delilah), dies of heart failure at 77

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • 1961-10-13 Maya Deren (born Eleanora Derenkowskaia) American filmmaker dies of a brain hemorrhage aged 44
  • 1970-08-17 Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker (b. 1908)
  • 1970-12-29 Marie Menken, American experimental filmmaker and socialite (b. 1909)
  • 1971-01-02 Willard Maas, American educator and experimental filmmaker (b. 1906)
  • 1972-02-19 John Grierson, Scottish documentary filmmaker (b. 1898)

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1976-04-05 Howard Hughes, American reclusive billionaire, filmmaker and aviator, dies at 72

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes
  • 1976-09-13 Albert Tessier, French Canadian priest, historian and filmmaker (b. 1895)
  • 1977-12-16 Risto Jarva, Finnish filmmaker (b. 1934)
  • 1978-12-10 Ed Wood, American filmmaker and director (Plan 9 from Outer Space), dies of heart failure at 54
  • 1982-06-10 Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German filmmaker and director (Marriage of Maria Braum), dies of drug overdose at 36
  • 1986-12-29 Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky, Soviet filmmaker (Andrei Rublev, Mirror, Stalker), dies at 54
  • 1989-02-06 Andre Cayatte, French filmmaker, dies at 80
  • 1993-04-03 Dieter Plage, German wildlife filmmaker, dies at 57
  • 1994-03-01 Manmohan Desai, filmmaker, dies at 57
  • 1994-03-02 Tengiz Abuladze, filmmaker, dies at 70
  • 1995-01-04 D Elmina Davies, filmmaker, dies at 36
  • 1995-07-24 Jerzy Bonawentura Toeplitz, filmmaker/teacher, dies at 94
  • 1995-08-12 Frank Cvitanovich, filmmaker, dies at 68
  • 1995-09-21 Peter Shankland, filmmaker/writer, dies at 94
  • 1995-12-09 Toni Cade Bambara, filmmaker, dies at 56
  • 1996-03-30 Hugh Edward Lance Falkus, filmmaker/naturalist, dies at 78
  • 1996-05-31 Colin Morris, playwright/documentary filmmaker, dies at 80
  • 1996-06-20 Joseph Green, filmmaker, dies at 96
  • 1997-08-25 James Dewar, journalist/documentary filmmaker, dies at 70
  • 1997-10-23 Bert Haanstra, Dutch filmmaker (b. 1916)
  • 1997-11-14 Stefan Lorant, Hungarian-American writer, photojournalist and filmmaker, dies at 96
  • 1997-12-20 Dawn Steel, American filmmaker, 1st woman to head Hollywood studio, dies of cancer at 51
  • 2001-06-19 John Heyer, Australian documentary filmmaker (b. 1916)
  • 2003-03-09 Stan Brakhage, American filmmaker (b. 1933)
  • 2003-06-27 David Newman, American filmmaker (b. 1937)
  • 2004-02-18 Jean Rouch, French filmmaker and ethnologist (b. 1917)
  • 2004-11-02 Theo van Gogh, Dutch filmmaker (b. 1957)
  • 2005-09-14 Robert Wise, American filmmaker (b. 1914)
  • 2006-07-20 Gérard Oury, French filmmaker (b. 1919)
  • 2007-01-04 Helen Hill, American independent filmmaker (b. 1970)
  • 2007-02-14 Ryan Larkin, Canadian animated filmmaker. (b. 1943)
  • 2009-07-22 Peter Krieg, German documentary filmmaker, producer and writer (b. 1947)
  • 2010-01-21 Paul Quarrington, Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, musician and educator (b. 1953)
  • 2010-05-31 Merata Mita, New Zealander filmmaker (b. 1942)
  • 2010-08-30 Alain Corneau, French filmmaker (b. 1943)
  • 2010-11-13 Luis García Berlanga, Spanish filmmaker (b. 1921)
  • 2011-04-04 Juliano Mer-Khamis, Israeli actor, director, filmmaker and political activist (b. 1958)
  • 2011-07-25 Mihalis Kakogiannis, Cypriot filmmaker (b. 1922)
  • 2011-08-19 Raúl Ruiz, Chilean filmmaker (b. 1941)
  • 2011-11-05 Bhupen Hazarika, Indian singer, composer, lyricist, music director, and filmmaker from Assam (b. 1926)
  • 2012-01-06 Louise Annand-MacFarquhar, Scottish painter and filmmaker, dies at 96

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2012-09-18 Steve Sabol, American filmmaker, dies from brain cancer at 69

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol
  • 2015-05-16 Prashant Bhargava, American filmmaker (Patang), dies of cardiac arrest at 42
  • 2015-08-30 Wes Craven, American filmmaker (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), dies at 76
  • 2016-05-07 John Krish, British documentary filmmaker (Let My People Go), dies at 92
  • 2016-06-25 Peter Hutton, American filmmaker, dies at 71
  • 2017-07-16 George A. Romero, American Canadian filmmaker "Father of the Zombie Film" (Night of the Living Dead), dies at 77