On This Day

1909 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

  • Mar 6 Dutch film distributor Jean Desmet opens his first permanent cinema, the Cinema Parisien in Rotterdam
  • Jun 7 Mary Pickford makes her screen debut at the age of 16
  • Dec 11 Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Actors and Actresses Who Died in 1909

  • Jan 27 BenoĆ®t-Constant Coquelin, French actor, dies at 68
  • Mar 12 Johanna "Lena" Bakker, Dutch actress and wife of Bruno Gerlach, dies at 34
  • Apr 9 Helena Modrzejewska, Polish-American actress, dies from Bright's disease at 68
  • May 20 Ernest Hogan, blackface comedian and musician (b. 1859)