1908 in Film & Television

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Events in Film & TV

  • May 21 1st horror movie (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde) premieres in Chicago
  • Aug 14 The first beauty contest is held in Folkestone, England.
  • Aug 17 Booth Tarkington & Harry Leon Wilson's play "Man from Home" premieres in New York
  • Aug 17 Projection in Paris of the very first animated cartoon, Fantasmagorie realized by Émile Cohl

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 101

  • Jan 2 Ben Grauer, American newscaster (Big Story), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 5 George Dolenz [Jure Dolenc], Italian actor (Scared Stiff, Count of Monte Cristo), born in Trieste, Austria-Hungary (d. 1963)
  • Jan 8 "Fearless" Nadia [Mary Ann Evans], Australian actress (Hunterwali), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 1996)
  • Jan 8 William Hartnell, English actor (first Doctor in Doctor Who, Jackpot), born in London (d. 1975)
  • Jan 10 Bernard Lee, British actor (M in James Bond movies, Fallen Idol, Dr No), born in London, England (d. 1981)

Person of interestPaul Henreid

Jan 10 Paul Henreid, Austrian-American actor (Casablanca, Now, Voyager), born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1992)

  • Jan 11 Lionel Stander, American blacklisted actor (Hart to Hart, Unfaithfully Yours), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • Jan 14 Russ Columbo [Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolfo Colombo], American baritone, violinist and actor (You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1934)
  • Jan 16 Ethel Merman, American stage and screen actress (Anything Goes, Call Me Madam), born in Queens, New York (d. 1984)
  • Jan 18 Jacob Bronowski, Polish-born British mathematician and science writer best known as the presenter of the BBC television series, The Ascent of Man, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1974)
  • Jan 25 Howard Wendell, American actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Murder Your Wife), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)
  • Jan 26 Jill Esmond, English actress, born in London, England (d. 1990)
  • Jan 30 Richard Hearne, British actor (Tons of Trouble, The Time of His Life), born in Norwich, England (d. 1979)
  • Feb 2 Cal Tinney, US comedian (Stop Me If You Heard This One), born in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma
  • Feb 4 Gordon Fraser, newscaster (All Star News), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Feb 5 Peg Entwistle, Welsh actress, born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 1932)
  • Feb 6 Edward Lansdale, general/model (Quiet American, Ugly American)
  • Feb 7 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1932) and actor (Tarzan the Fearless, Flash Gordon), born in Oakland, California (d. 1983)
  • Feb 8 Myron McCormick, American actor (Hustler, Jolson Sings Again), born in Albany, Indiana (d. 1962)
  • Feb 12 August Neo, Estonian wrestler (d. 1982)
  • Feb 13 Pauline Frederick, journalist/correspondent (UN, NBC TV)
  • Feb 17 Staats Cotsworth, American actor (Hamlet, Peyton Place), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1979)
  • Feb 18 Angelo Rossitto, American dwarf actor (known as "Little Moe", Carousel), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1991)
  • Feb 22 Sir John Mills, British actor (Ryan's Daughter, Big Sleep, King Rat, War & Peace), born in North Elmham, Norfolk, England (d. 2005)
  • Feb 28 Billie Bird, American actress (Jury Duty), born in Pocatello, Idaho (d. 2002)
  • Mar 1 Terence De Marney, British actor (Lorna Doone, Doctor Who, The Immortal Gentleman), born in London, England (d. 1971)

Person of interestRex Harrison

Mar 5 Rex Harrison, English actor (My Fair Lady, Dr Doolittle), born in Huyton, England (d. 1990)

Person of interestAnna Magnani

Mar 7 Anna Magnani, Italian actress (Rose Tattoo, Miracle, Wild is the Wind), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1973)

Actress Anna Magnani
Actress
Anna Magnani
  • Mar 12 Inez Courtney, American actress (13th Man, Crime Ring, Raven), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • Mar 13 Paul Stewart, American actor (Citizen Kane, Kiss Me Deadly), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • Mar 16 Robert Rossen director/writer (Hustler, All the King's Men, Mambo)
  • Mar 20 Frank Stanton, Muskegon Mich, broadcasting executive (CBS)
  • Mar 20 Michael Redgrave, British actor (Browning Version, Lady Vanishes), born in Bristol (d. 1985)

Person of interestDavid Lean

Mar 25 David Lean, English director (Doctor Zhivago, Ryan's Daughter), born in Croydon, England

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
  • Mar 29 Arthur O'Connell, American actor (Mr Peepers, Second Hundred Years), born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • Mar 29 Dennis O'Keefe, actor and director (T-Men, Fighting Seabees), born in Fort Madison, Iowa (d. 1968)
  • Apr 2 Christian "Buddy" Ebsen Jr., American actor (Beverly Hillbillies, Breakfast at Tiffany's), born in Belleville, Illinois (d. 2003)

Person of interestBette Davis

Apr 5 Bette Davis, American actress (Of Human Bondage, Jezebel), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1989)

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis
  • Apr 11 Leo Rosten, American writer and humourist (Joys of Yiddish), born in Łódź, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • Apr 12 Virginia Cherrill, American actress (Lake Extra, Brat, City Lights, Delicious), born in Santa Barbara, California (d. 1996)

Person of interestLita Grey

Apr 15 Lita Grey, American actress, born in Hollywood, California (d. 1995)

Actress Lita Grey
Actress
Lita Grey
  • Apr 18 Eric Spear, British film and TV composer (Coronation Street theme)
  • Apr 20 Lionel Hampton, American jazz vibraphone player and actor, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • Apr 23 Marcel Hillaire, German actor (Take the Money and Run, Seven Thieves), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1988)
  • Apr 24 Marceline Day [Newlin], American actress (The Cameraman, The Arm of the Law), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 2000)
  • Apr 25 Edward R. Murrow, American newscaster (Person to Person), born in Guilford County, North Carolina (d. 1965)
  • Apr 28 Michael Fitzmaurice, American radio actor (Superman, Reported Missing, 14 Hours), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)

Person of interestOskar Schindler

Apr 28 Oskar Schindler, Austrian businessman and subject of the novel "Schindler's Ark" and the film "Schindler's List", born in Zwittau, Austria-Hungary (d. 1974)

Industrialist Oskar Schindler
Industrialist
Oskar Schindler
  • Apr 30 Eve Arden [Eunice Mary Quedens], American actress (Our Miss Brooks), born in Mill Valley, California, (d. 1990)
  • May 2 William Bakewell, American actor (All Quiet on the Western Front, Gone with the Wind), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1993)
  • May 8 Laura Liddell, English actress (Shakespeare Wallah), born in Barrow-in-Furness, England (d. 1992)

Person of interestJames Stewart

May 20 Jimmy Stewart, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life), born in Indiana, Pennsylvania (d. 1997)

  • May 22 Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker (d. 1970)
  • May 26 Robert Morley, British actor (Marie Antoinette, The Young Ones, How the Other Half Loves), born in Semley, Wiltshire, England (d. 1992)
  • May 28 Ian Lancaster Fleming, author (James Bond novels), born in London, England
  • May 30 Mel Blanc, American voice actor, comedian best known for his Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons (Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd & Porky Pig), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1989)
  • May 31 Dominic "Don" Ameche, American actor (Cocoon, Trading Places), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin (d. 1993)
  • May 31 Nils Poppe, Swedish actor (the Seventh Seal, Dum-Bom), born in Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden (d. 2000)
  • Jun 3 Adele Dixon, American actress (Calling the Tune), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • Jun 12 Max Tailleur, Dutch adjudant to Prince Bernhard and Jewish humorist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1990)
  • Jun 12 Alphonse Ouimet, Canadian television pioneer and president of the CBC, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1988)
  • Jun 17 Frank Sully, American actor (Along Came Jones, Phantom Thief, Inside the Law), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)
  • Jun 18 Nedra Volz, American actress, born in Montrose, Iowa (d. 2003)
  • Jun 27 David Davis, British radio broadcaster (BBC Children's Hour), born in Malvern, Worcestershire, England (d. 1996)
  • Jul 12 Alain Cuny, French actor (La Dolce Vita, Detective, Weite Land, Emmanuelle), born in Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, France (d. 1994)
  • Jul 12 Milton Berle, Harlem comedian (Uncle Miltie, Mr Television), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • Jul 23 Karl Swenson, American actor (Lars Hanson-Little House on the Prairie), born in Brooklyn New York (d. 1978)
  • Jul 25 Jack Gilford, American actor (Save the Tiger, Cocoon, Arthur 2), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)
  • Aug 6 William "Will" Lee, American actor (They Live by Night, Melody Lane), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • Aug 13 Gene Raymond [Raymond Guion], American actor (Paris 7000, Love on a Bet, Fireside Theater), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • Aug 14 Manos Katrakis, Greek actor (Antigone, Marinos Kontaras), born in Kastelli Kissamou, Crete (d. 1984)
  • Aug 20 Jeanne Stern, German screenwriter (The Condemned Village), born in Bedous, Aquitaine (d. 1998)
  • Aug 21 David Farrar, English actor (Beat Girl, I Accuse, Watusi), born in Forest Gate, London (d. 1995)
  • Aug 25 Philip Coolidge, American actor (North by Northwest, North by Northwest, I Want to Live, Tingler), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • Aug 30 Fred MacMurray, American actor (Double Indemnity, The Apartment, My Three Sons), born in Kankakee, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • Sep 15 Penny Singleton, American actress (Blondie) and voice actress (Jane-Jetsons), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • Oct 6 Carole Lombard [Jane Alice Peters], American actress (My Man Godfrey, In Name Only), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 1942)
  • Oct 7 Richard Caldicot, British actor (Horse's Mouth, Strife, Mrs Thursday), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • Oct 14 Ruth Hale, American playwright and actress, born in Granger, Utah (d. 2003)
  • Oct 22 John Sutton, British actor (The Three Musketeers, Tower of London, Return of Fly), born in Rawalpindi, Punjab, British India (d. 1963)
  • Oct 22 John Gould, American humorist, essayist, and columnist (d. 2003)
  • Oct 23 Sally O'Neil, American actress (Beggar's Holiday, Moth), born in Bayonne, New Jersey (d. 1968)
  • Oct 29 Stewart Myles MacPherson, Canadian-born British broadcaster (WWII), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1995)
  • Nov 2 Reginald Beckwith, English actor (Genevieve, Doctor in Love), born in York, England (d. 1965)
  • Nov 4 Anthony Warde, American actor (Dangers of the Canadian Mounted, Buck Rogers, Black Widow), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)
  • Nov 19 Alan Baxter, East actor (Big Town Girl, Rags to Riches), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Nov 20 Alistair Cooke, TV host (Masterpiece Theatre), born in Manchester, England
  • Nov 23 Leendert P J Braat, Dutch sculptor/screenwriter
  • Nov 24 Libertad Lamarque, Agentinan actress (Madreselva, Puerta Cerrada), born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina (d. 2000)
  • Nov 29 N. S. Krishnan, Tamil film comedian (d. 1957)
  • Dec 2 Robert F. Simon, American actor (Man who shot Liberty Valance, Operation Petticoat, M*A*S*H), born in Mansfield, Ohio (d. 1992)
  • Dec 2 Rufus "Rufe" Davis, American actor (Cocoanut Grove, Trail Blazers, Gangs of Sonora), born in Vinson, Oklahoma (d. 1974)
  • Dec 3 Edward Underdown, British actor (Beat the Devil, Thunderball), born in London, England (d. 1989)
  • Dec 14 Laurence Naismith, British actor (Diamonds Are Forever, Camelot, Persuaders), born in Thames Ditton, Surrey, England (d. 1992)
  • Dec 14 Morey Amsterdam, American comedian and actor, born in San Franciso, California (d. 1996) probable date
  • Dec 18 Celia Johnson, English actress (Happy Breed, Brief Encounter), born in Richmond, Surrey (d. 1982)
  • Dec 20 Norman Hackforth, broadcaster
  • Dec 20 Dennis Morgan, American actor (Kitty Foyle), born in Prentice, Wisconsin (d. 1994)
  • Dec 25 Helen Twelvetrees, American actress (State's Attorney, Painted Desert), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1958)
  • Dec 28 Lew Ayres, American actor (All Quiet on Western Front, Holiday, Dr Kildare), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1996)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 10 Anna S Barbiers, Dutch actress (Klaasje Zevenster), dies at 65