1919 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Feb 3 Herbert and Blossom's musical "Velvet Lady" premieres in New York City
  • Jun 17 "Barney Google" cartoon strip, by Billy De Beck, premieres
  • Aug 23 "Gasoline Alley" cartoon strip premieres in Chicago Tribune

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Carole Landis, Fairchild WI, actress (One Million BC, Topper Returns)
  • Jan 3 Jesse White, American actor (Bedtime for Bonzo, Maytag repairman, Million Dollar Mermaid), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1997)
  • Jan 11 Veda Ann Borg, actress (Avalanche, Accomplice), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 13 Army Archerd, Hollywood columnist/TV host (Movie Game)
  • Jan 13 Robert Stack, actor (Eliot Ness-Untouchables, Airplane), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 14 Andy Rooney, CBS news correspondent (60 Minutes), born in Albany, New York
  • Jan 19 Anthony Dexter, [Walter Fleischmann], NB Canada, actor (Valentino)
  • Jan 20 Alex Nicol, actor (Man From Laramie, Air Cadet), born in Ossining, New York
  • Jan 21 Jinx Falkenburg, actress (Masquerade Party), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Jan 23 Ernie Kovacs, comedian (Ernie Kovacs' Show), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Jan 25 Edwin Newman, American newscaster/journalist/author (NBC-TV, Comment), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 5 Red Buttons, [Aaron Chwatt], Bronx comedian and actor (Sayonara), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 11 Eva Gabor, actress (Green Acres, Gigi) (d. 1995), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Feb 12 Forrest Tucker, Plainfield Ind, actor (O'Rourke-F Troop, Dusty Trail)
  • Feb 13 Tennessee Ernie Ford, country music singer and actor (Sixteen Tons), born in Bristol, Tennessee (d. 1991)
  • Feb 17 Jock Mahoney, actor (Dallas, Yancy Derringer, Day of Fury), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 17 Kathleen Freeman, actress (Beverly Hillbillies), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 26 Beppie Nooij, actress/director (Bluejackets-Rooie Sien)
  • Feb 26 Mason Adams, American actor (Lou Grant, Deadliest Season), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • Mar 2 Eddie Lawrence, comedian

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Mar 2 Jennifer Jones [Phyllis Isley], American actress (Farewell to Arms), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2009)

  • Mar 10 Marion Hutton, American actress and singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 1987)
  • Mar 15 John Gregson, actor (Gideon CID, Shirley's World), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1975)
  • Mar 15 Lawrence Tierney, actor (Abduction, Dillinger), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 21 Lois Collier, SC, actress (Mary-Boston Blackie, Slave Girl)
  • Mar 25 Jeanne Cagney, actress (Lion is in the Streets, Quicksand)

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Mar 26 Strother Martin, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Slapshot), born in Kokomo, Indiana (d. 1980)

  • Mar 27 Simon van Collem, Dutch journalist/TV host (Amsterdamned)
  • Mar 29 Eileen Heckart, actress (Doll's House, Trauma Center), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Mar 30 Ramsay Ames, actress (G-Men Never Forget, Ali Baba & 40 Thieves)
  • Apr 13 Phil Tonken, American radio and television announcer (d. 2000)
  • Apr 23 Dorian Leigh, American supermodel and icon of the fashion industry, born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2008)
  • May 1 Dan O'Herlihy, Irish actor (Fail Safe, Last Starfighter, Robocop)
  • May 2 Than Wyenn, American actor (Pete Kelly's Blues), born in NYC, New York

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May 7 Eva Perón [Evita], Argentine First Lady and actress, born in Los Toldos (d. 1952)

First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón
First Lady of Argentina
Eva Perón
  • May 9 Arthur English, comedian and actor (Malachi's Cove)

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May 16 Liberace [Wladziu Valentino], American pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), born in West Allis, Wisconsin (d. 1987)

Pianist Liberace
Pianist
Liberace
  • May 17 Antonio Aguilar, Mexican singer and actor (d. 2007)
  • May 20 George Gobel, comedian/TV personality (I Love My Wife), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 23 Betty Garrett, actress (Irene-All in the Family), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • May 27 Kam Fong, actor (Hawaii Five-0), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • May 28 Frank Middlemass, actor (Island, Oliver Twist)
  • Jun 11 Richard Todd, Irish-born British actor (Dorian Gray, Assassin Yangtse Incident), born in Dublin (d. 2009)
  • Jun 12 Uta Hagen, German actress (Boys From Brazil)/teaches acting
  • Jun 12 Vera Hruba Ralston, Czech, actress (Dakota, Accused of Murder)
  • Jun 14 Sam Wanamaker, American-English actor (Holocaust, Competition, Raw Deal), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • Jun 14 Gene Barry [Eugene Klass], American actor (The Atomic City, Bat Masterson), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 15 Alberto Sordi, actor (Miser, Taxi Driver in NY), born in Rome, Italy
  • Jun 18 Mel Brandt, American actor (Faraway Hill), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 19 Louis Jourdan, French actor (Gigi, Octopussy), born in Marseille, France (d. 2015)
  • Jun 19 Pauline Kael, movie critic (NY Times, For Keeps)
  • Jun 20 Bruce Gordon, actor (Frank Nitti-Untouchables), born in London, England
  • Jun 20 Ronald Hines, Dutch/British actor (Pack of Lies)
  • Jun 24 Al Molinaro, actor (Murray-Odd Couple, Al-Happy Days), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin (d. 2015)
  • Jun 29 Slim Pickens, Kingsburg California, actor (Dr Strangelove, Blazing Saddles)
  • Jun 30 Lee Krieger, MD, actor (Clambake, One Way Wahini)
  • Jul 2 Johnny Bradford, Long Branch NJ, actor (Ransom Sherman Show)
  • Jul 7 Jon Pertwee, English actor and entertainer (third Doctor in Doctor Who, Worzel Gummidge), born in London (d. 1996)
  • Jul 12 Vera Hruba Ralston, actress (Dajkota) [or 6/12/1921], born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Jul 14 Lino Ventura, Parma Italy, actor (Happy New Year, Pain in the A--)
  • Jul 19 Patricia Medina, actress (High-Low), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2012)
  • Jul 26 Virginia Gilmore, American actress (Jennie, Western Union), born in El Monte, California (d. 1986)
  • Jul 31 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (ABC), born in Green River, Wyoming (d. 2006)
  • Aug 15 Huntz Hall, American actor (Cyclone, Gas Pump Girls, The Rating Game), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 15 Benedict Kiely, Irish author and broadcaster, born in Dromore, County Tyrone, Ireland (d. 2007)
  • Aug 23 James Quinn, film producer/actor (Joey, Hammett, Overlord)
  • Aug 24 Enrique Llanes, Mexican professional wrestler, born in Otumba de Gómez Farías, Mexico (d. 2004)
  • Aug 26 Ronny Graham, actor (Bob Crane Show, Chico & the Man), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 4 Howard Morris, American comedic actor (High Anxiety), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 9 Jacques Marin, actor (Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo), born in Paris, France
  • Sep 9 Richard Webb, Bloomington IL, actor (Invisible Monster, Git)
  • Sep 14 Kay Medford [ Margaret Kathleen Regan], American actress (Dean Martin Show, To Rome With Love), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)
  • Sep 15 Nelson Gidding, American screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • Sep 24 Dayton Allen, American comedian (Steve Allen Show, The Cotton Club), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • Sep 26 Barbara Britton, actress (Young & Willing), born in Long Beach, California
  • Oct 2 Shirley Clarke, film director
  • Oct 5 Allen Ludden, Mineral Point Wisc, TV host (Password)
  • Oct 5 Donald Pleasence, English actor (Fantastic Voyage, Halloween), born in Worksop, England
  • Oct 5 Robin Bailey, Hucknall England, actor (See No Evil, Screamtime)
  • Oct 7 Gabriel Dell, American actor (The Bowery Boys, Steve Allen Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • Oct 11 Jean Vander Pyl, American voice actress (d. 1999)
  • Oct 28 Bernhard Wicki, St Polten Austria, director/actor (Crime & Passion)
  • Oct 30 Jane Randolph, actress (Railroaded!)
  • Nov 1 John Secondari, newscaster (Open Hearing), born in Rome, Italy
  • Nov 2 Warren Stevens, American actor (Richard Boone Show), born in Clark's Summit, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Nov 3 Bert Freed, American actor (Rufe-Shane), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 4 Martin Balsam, American actor (Murray-Archie Bunker's Place, Catch 22), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 10 George Fenneman, American radio and TV announcer (You Bet Your Life), born in Peking China (d. 1997)
  • Nov 10 François Périer, French actor, born in Paris (d. 2002)
  • Nov 15 Carol Bruce, [Shirley Levy], Great Neck NY, actress (Lillian-WKRP)
  • Nov 18 Jocelyn Brando, actress (Ugly American), born in San Francisco, California
  • Nov 19 Alan Young, British actor (Wilbur Post in Mr Ed), born in North Shields, Tyne and Wear (d. 2016)
  • Nov 20 Dulcie Gray, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, actress (Mine Own Executioner)
  • Nov 21 Steve Brodie, actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), born in El Dorado, Kansas
  • Nov 24 David Kossoff, British actor (d. 2005)
  • Dec 7 Ellen Stewart, actress/founder (La Mama Theatre Group)
  • Dec 11 Marie Windsor, [Emily Marie Bertelson], Utah, American actress (Double Deal)
  • Dec 14 Felix the Cat, anthropomorphic cartoon character created in the silent film era by Pat Sullivan and Otto Messmer
  • Dec 25 Noele Gordon, British actress (Crossroads), born in East Ham, London, (d. 1985)

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 15 Author Maurice Maeterlinck (56) weds actress Renée Dahon in Nice, France

Author and Nobel Laureate Maurice Maeterlinck
Author and Nobel Laureate
Maurice Maeterlinck

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 20 Actress Gloria Swanson (20) weds businessman Herbert K. Somborn


Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 1 Actress Gloria Swanson (19) divorces actor Wallace Beery (31) after 2 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Feb 16 Vera Kholodnaya, Russian film star (b. 1893)
  • Mar 23 Jean HL Bossard, actor/impresario (2 Orphans), dies at 45
  • Apr 18 Enny Vrede, [Maria M Muller], Dutch actress, drowns at 35