1906 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Apr 7 The world's 1st animated cartoon "Humorous Phases of Funny Faces" by J. Stuart Blackton is released

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 14 William Bendix, American actor (Lifeboat, Babe Ruth Story, Life of Riley), born in NYC, New York (d. 1964)
  • Jan 16 Diana Wynyard, British actress (Cavalcade), born in London, England (d. 1964)
  • Jan 19 Ish Kabbible, [Merwyn Bogue], Penns, comedian (Kay Kyser's Kollege)
  • Jan 19 Lilian Harvey, Briths actress (Invitation to the Waltz), born in London, England (d. 1968)
  • Jan 22 Joe Gladwin, British actor (Nearest and Dearest, No Hard Feelings), born in Salford, Lancashire, England (d. 1987)
  • Jan 30 Greta Nissen, Norwegian-born American actress (Ambassador Bill), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1988)
  • Feb 1 Helen Chandler, American actress (Christopher Strong, Dracula), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1965)
  • Feb 5 John Carradine, American actor (The Grapes of Wrath, Stagecoach, Howling), born in Greenwich Village, New York (d. 1988)
  • Feb 10 Erik Rhodes [Ernest Sharpe], American actor (Top Hat, Night at the Ritz), born in El Reno, Indian Territory (d. 1990)
  • Feb 10 Lon Chaney Jr, American actor (Hawkeye, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1973)
  • Feb 11 Anita Garvin, American actress (Swiss Miss, Blotto, Charlatan, Hats Off), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • Feb 20 Gale Gordon [Charles Thomas Aldrich, Jr], American actor and comedian (Our Miss Brooks, Here's Lucy), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)
  • Feb 25 Warren Hymer, American actor (Girl From Havana, Meet the Mob), born in NYC, New York (d. 1948)
  • Feb 26 Madeleine Carroll, British actress (39 Steps, Secret Agent), born in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England (d. 1987)
  • Mar 3 Donald Novis, British singer and actor (Monte Carlo, The Singing Plumber), born in Hastings, East Sussex, England (d. 1966)
  • Mar 6 Bob Wills [James Robert Wills], American actor (Lone Prairie, Tornado in the Saddle), born in Limestone County, Texas (d. 1975)

Person of interestLou Costello

Mar 6 Lou Costello, American comedian and actor (The Abbott and Costello Show), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1959)

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
  • Mar 16 Henny Youngman, American comedian and violinist (Take my wife ... please), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • Mar 17 Michael O'Shea, American actor (It's a Great Life, Lady of Burlesque), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1973)
  • Mar 17 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, born in St. Petersburg (d. 1997)
  • Mar 20 Oswald "Ozzie" Nelson, American actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • Mar 24 John Cameron Swayze, American newscaster (Timex, Hindenberg), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1995) [OS]
  • Mar 28 Robert Allen [Irvine Theodore Baehr], American actor (The Awful Truth, Crime and Punishment), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 1998)
  • Mar 29 E. Power Biggs, English organist and composer (CBS), born in Westcliff-on-Sea, England (d. 1977)
  • Apr 1 Ned Glass, Polish-American actor (Sol-Julia, Uncle Moe-Bridget Loves Bernie), born in Poland (d. 1984)
  • Apr 4 Beatrice "Bea" Benaderet, American actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • Apr 4 John Cameron Swayze, American newscaster (Timex, Hindenberg), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1995) [NS]
  • Apr 5 Grady Sutton, American actor (Pruitts of South Hampton, The Bank Dick), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • Apr 5 Lord Buckley, American comedian, born in Tuolumne, California (d. 1960)
  • Apr 9 Rafaela Aparicio [Rafaela Díaz Valiente], Spanish actress, born in Málaga, Spain (d. 1996)

Person of interestEddie Albert

Apr 22 Eddie Albert [Heimberger], American actor (Roman Holiday, Green Acres), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 2005)

Person of interestMary Astor

May 3 Mary Astor, American actress (Maltese Falcon, Dinky), born in Quincy, Illinois (d. 1987)

Actress Mary Astor
Actress
Mary Astor
  • May 4 Esmond Knight, British actor (Hamlet, Sleeping Murder), born in East Sheen, England (dd. 1987)
  • May 5 Frances "Fran" Lee, American actress (Reckless Rosie), born in Eagle Grove, Iowa (d. 2000)
  • May 5 Ursula Jeans, British actress (Cavalcade, Over the Moon, I Lived With You), born in Simla, British India (d. 1973)
  • May 8 David Van Vactor, Plymouth Indiana, composer (Chaconne)
  • May 14 James Flavin, American actor (King Kong, In Cold Blood, Man With a Camera), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1976)
  • May 17 Horace McMahon, American actor (Detective Story, Martin Kane Private Eye), born in South Norwalk, Connecticut (dd. 1971)
  • May 19 Bruce Bennett, American athlete and actor (Before I Hang, Sahara), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2007)
  • Jun 4 Richard Whorf, American actor and director (Yankee Doodle Dandy, Keeper of Flame), born in Winthrop, Massachusetts (d. 1966)
  • Jun 5 Margaret Rawlings, British actress (Roman Holiday), born in Osaka, Japan (d. 1996)
  • Jun 8 Charles Janssens, Belgian actor (Mira, Malpertuis), born in Borgerhout, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • Jun 9 Tonio Selwart [Antonio Selmair-Selwart], German actor (Barefoot Contessa, Naked Maja), born in Wartenberg, Bavaria, Germany (d. 2002)
  • Jun 21 Helene Costello, American dancer and actress (Love Toy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1957)

Person of interestBilly Wilder

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

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder
  • Jun 24 Willard Maas, American educator and experimental filmmaker (d. 1971)
  • Jun 25 Roger Livesey, Welsh actor (Drums, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp), born in Barry, Wales (d. 1976)
  • Jun 30 Anthony Mann, American film actor and director (El Cid, Winchester '73, The Glenn Miller Story), born in San Diego, California (d. 1967)
  • Jul 2 Alan Webb, British actor (King Lear, Taming of Shrew, Challenge of Lassie), born in York, England (d. 1982)
  • Jul 3 George Sanders, Russian actor (All About Eve-Academy Award 1950), born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1972)
  • Jul 3 Jack Earle, American actor and sideshow performer known as "The World's Tallest Man," born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1952)
  • Jul 9 Walter Sande, American actor (To Have and Have Not), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1971)
  • Jul 11 Harry Von Zell, TV announcer (Burns & Allen), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jul 16 Vincent Sherman, American film director (Mr. Skeffington), born in Vienna, Georgia (d. 2006)
  • Jul 17 John Carroll [Julian LaFaye], American actor (Flying Tigers, Go West), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1979)
  • Jul 23 Clancy Cooper, American actress (Enchanted Forest, Girls in Chains), born in Boise, Idaho (d. 1975)
  • Jul 29 Thelma Todd [Alison Loyd], American actress (Dangerous Female), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1935)
  • Aug 5 John Huston, Nevada Mo, director/writer (African Queen, Chinatown)
  • Aug 18 Andre Van Gyseghem, English actor (Search for the Nile), born in Eltham, Kent, England (d. 1979)
  • Aug 19 Philo T Farnsworth, American inventor (created electronic television, video camera tube), born in Beaver, Utah (d. 1971)
  • Aug 29 Lurene Tuttle, American actress (Father of Bride, Julia), born in Pleasant Lake, Indiana (d. 1986)
  • Aug 30 [Rose] Joan Blondell, American actress (Grease, The Blue Veil), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • Sep 2 Vera Vague [Barbara Jo Allen], American actress (Sleeping Beauty, Follow the Leader), born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • Sep 6 Raymond Keane, American actor (Midnight Sun, Love Eagle), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1973)
  • Sep 21 Derrick De Marney, British actor (The Girl Was Young, Inheritance), born in London, England (d. 1978)
  • Sep 24 Victor Wong, American actor (Mission to Moscow, War Correspondent, King Kong), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1972)
  • Sep 30 John I M Stewart, British detective writer (Comedy of Terrors)

Person of interestJanet Gaynor

Oct 6 Janet Gaynor, American actress (Sunrise, A Star Is Born), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)

Actress Janet Gaynor
Actress
Janet Gaynor
  • Oct 11 Katherine Emery, American actress (Maze, Isle of the Dead), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1980)
  • Oct 14 Benita Hume, British actress (Tarzan Escapes, High Treason, Halls of Ivy), born in London, England (d. 1967)
  • Nov 6 Francis Lederer, Czech actor (Diary of a Chambermaid), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2000)
  • Nov 13 Hermione Baddeley, British actress (Camp Runamuck, Maude, Good Life), born in Broseley, England (d. 1986)
  • Nov 17 Betty Bronson, American actress (Evel Knievel, One Stolen Night), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 1971)
  • Nov 22 Howard Petrie, American actor (Border River, Bounty Hunter), born in Beverly, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • Nov 24 Andreina Pagnani, Italian actress (Il Commandante), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1981)
  • Nov 29 Luis Van Rooten, Mexican-born American actor, author and translator (One Man's Family), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1973)
  • Dec 2 Donald Woods, Canadian actor (True Grit, Craig Kennedy; Criminologist), born in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada (d. 1998)
  • Dec 14 Guy Middleton, British actor (Oh! What a Lovely War, Laughter in Paradise), born in Hove, East Sussex, England (d. 1973)
  • Dec 18 Kam Tong, Chinese American actor (Have Gun Will Travel, Across the Pacific, Flower Drum Song), born in San Francisco (d. 1969)
  • Dec 19 H Allen Smith, Ill, humorist/author (Low Man on Totem Pole)
  • Dec 20 Lowell Gilmore, American actor (The Picture of Dorian Gray, Living Christ Series), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1960)
  • Dec 24 Franz Waxman, German film composer (d. 1967)
  • Dec 25 Lew Grade, British TV mogul (ATV)/movie producer (Boys from Brazil)
  • Dec 25 Frank Ferguson, American actor (Wagons West, Dynamite, My Gal Sal), born in Ferndale, California (d. 1978)
  • Dec 27 Oscar Levant, American actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1972)

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 14 Film director D. W. Griffith (31) weds Linda Arvidson (21) at Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts

Film director D. W. Griffith
Film director
D. W. Griffith

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Sep 2 Guiseppe Giacosa, Italian screenwriter (libretti opera Puccini), dies
  • Oct 21 Helena Amelung [Georgette A], Dutch actress (Scapegoat), dies at 55