On This Day

Year 1880 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Feb 4 Steele MacKay's play "Hazel Kirke" premieres in New York City

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Nov 8 French actress Sarah Bernhardt makes her US debut at NY's Booth Theater

Stage and Film Actress Sarah Bernhardt
Stage and Film Actress
Sarah Bernhardt

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Edie Martin, British actress (Titfield Thunderbolt), born in London, England (d. 1964)
  • Jan 6 Tom Mix [Thomas Hezikiah Mix], American silent screen cowboy actor (Dick Turpin), born in Mix Run, Pennsylvania (d. 1940)
  • Jan 28 Mary Boland, American comedienne and actress (Ruggles of Red Gap), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)
  • Jan 29 W C Fields [William Claude Dukenfield], actor (Bank Dick), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 21 Frank Orth, American actor (Boston Blackie, Brothers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1962)
  • Mar 3 Florence Auer, American actress (Eradicating Aunty), born in Albany, New York (d. 1962)
  • Mar 12 House Peters, British silent film actor (This Is the Life, Kansas Territory), born in Bristol, England (d. 1967)
  • Mar 14 Oscar [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, Dutch actor and director (Pink Kate), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1939)
  • Mar 21 Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor and the 1st cowboy in a movie (The Great Train, The Lucky Dog), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1971)
  • Apr 13 Charles Christie, Canadian film studio owner, born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1955)
  • May 12 W Hupkes, Dutch engineer and Dutch Rail director
  • May 16 Julian Tannen, NY, comedian (Great Moment)
  • Jun 15 Mahlon Hamilton, American actor (Honky Tonk, High School Girl, Mississippi), born at Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1960)
  • Jul 4 Pat Rooney, American vaudevillian and actor (Night Club), born in NYC, New York (d. 1962)
  • Jul 12 Tod Browning, American film director (Dracula), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1962)
  • Aug 6 Hans Moser, Austrian actor (Hello Service Man, Once Upon a Time), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1964)
  • Aug 26 Guillaume Apollinaire, French poet/movie critic (Alcoola)
  • Oct 21 Viking Eggeling, Swedish artist/filmmaker (Symphonie Diagonale), born in Lund, Sweden (d. 1925)
  • Oct 23 Una O'Connor, Irish-American actress (David Copperfield), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1959)
  • Nov 1 Karel Paul van der Mandele, Dutch financier and director (Rotterdam Bank), born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1975)
  • Nov 14 Eugene O'Brien, American actor (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), born inBoulder, Colorado (d. 1966)
  • Dec 10 Fred Immler, German actor (Zapata's Gang, Madame DuBarry), born in Germany (d. 1965)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Feb 12 Karl von Holtei, Silesian actor, playwright and author (Die Vagabunden), dies at 82
  • Jun 28 Texas Jack Omohundro, American frontier scout, actor, and cowboy, dies at 33
  • Aug 15 Adelaide Neilson, English stage actress (Julia-The Hunchback), dies while horse riding at 32