On This Day

Year 1886 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Sep 25 Comedy opera "Dorothy" first produced in London

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 Florence Lawrence, Canadian actress (Lady Helen's Escapade), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (d. 1938)
  • Jan 3 Josephine Hull, American Academy award actress (Harvey), born in Newtonville, Massachusetts (d. 1957)
  • Jan 11 George Zucco, British actor (Fog Island, Black Raven, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Captain Fury), born in Manchester, England (d. 1960)
  • Jan 11 Chester Conklin, American actor (Every Day's a Holiday, Greed), born in Oskaloosa, Iowa (d. 1971)
  • Jan 24 Henry King, Christiansburg Virginia, American film director (d. 1982)

Person of interestFrank Lloyd

Feb 2 Frank Lloyd, Scottish actor and director (Mutiny on Bounty, Oliver Twist, Blood on the Sun), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1960)

Actor and Director Frank Lloyd
Actor and Director
Frank Lloyd
  • Feb 8 Charlie Ruggles, American actor (Bringing Up Baby, The Patchwork Girl of Oz), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1970)
  • Feb 10 Olin Howland, American actor (Gone with the Wind, Them!, Circus Boy), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1959)
  • Mar 2 Willis O'Brien, American animator (d. 1962)
  • Mar 7 Raymond Largay, American actor (April in Paris, Variety Girl), born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (d. 1974)
  • Mar 18 Edward Everett Horton, American actor and narrator (Bulwinkle Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1970)

Person of interestWallace Beery

Apr 1 Wallace Beery, American circus performer (Ringling Brothers Circus) & actor (Alias a Gentleman, Dinner at 8), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1949)

  • Apr 3 Dooley Wilson [Arthur Wilson], American musician and actor (Beulah, Casablanca), born in Tyler, Texas (d. 1953)
  • Apr 10 Val Paul, American actor and director (Suspense, The Phantom Thief), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1962)
  • Apr 17 Otto Lederer, Austrian actor (The Jazz Singer), born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 1965)
  • Apr 21 Charles "Charlie" Naughton, Scottish actor (Frozen Limits), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1976)
  • May 12 Piotr F. Scharoff, Russian-Italian actor and director (Chechov), born (d. 1969)
  • May 26 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent actor (Mamie, Swanee), born in Seredžius, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1950)
  • Jun 11 Lillian Fontaine, British actress (Suddenly it's Spring), born in Reading, Berkshire, England (d. 1975)
  • Jun 26 Margaretha C E "Greta" Beekman, actress (Wrong Poes) (d. 1957)
  • Jun 28 Frank Mayo, American silent screen actor (Burning Gold, Hell's Headquarters), born in NYC, New York (d. 1963)
  • Jul 12 Jean Hersholt, Danish actor (Heidi, Greed, Men in White, Aryan), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1956)
  • Jul 26 Lars Hanson, Swedish actor (Flesh & Devil), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1965)
  • Jul 31 Fred Quimby, American film producer (Tom and Jerry), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1965)
  • Sep 22 Hobart Cavanaugh, American actor (Border Town, Black Angel), born in Virginia City, Nevada (d. 1950)
  • Sep 24 James Burke, American actor (Mystery Theater, Great Guy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • Oct 4 Luis Alberni, Spanish character actor (The Lady Eve, Topaze), born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1962)
  • Oct 5 Carter DeHaven, American actor (Courage Great Dictator), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1977)
  • Oct 9 Frank Newburg, American actor (Homemaker), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1969)
  • Oct 12 Karl Dane, Danish-American comedian and actor (Son of the Sheik), born in Copenhagen (d. 1934)
  • Oct 17 Spring Byington, American actress (December Bride), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1971)
  • Oct 25 Leo G. Carroll, English actor (Topper; Strangers On A Train; Man From U.N.C.L.E.), born in Weedon Bec, Northamptonshire (d. 1972)
  • Nov 2 Philip Merivale, British actor (Mr. & Mrs. Smith; Nothing But Trouble), born in Rehutia, Manickpur, India (d. 1946)
  • Nov 9 Ed Wynn [Isaiah Edwin Leopold], American comedian (Ed Wynn Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)

Person of interestVictor McLaglen

Dec 10 Victor McLaglen, English actor (Informer - Academy Award 1935), born in Tunbridge Wells, England (d. 1959)

  • Dec 12 Owen Moore, Irish actor (She Done Him Wrong), born in County Meath, Ireland (d. 1939)
  • Dec 24 Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-born American film director, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1962)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Sep 27 John Esten Cooke, American novelist (The Virginia Comedians) and Confederate States Army, dies at 55