1921 in Film & Television

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Events in Film & TV

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 6 "The Kid", silent film starring Charlie Chaplin & Jackie Coogan, released

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
  • Mar 21 Walter Kerr Theater (Ritz, CBS, NBC, ABC) opens at 223 W 48th St NYC
  • May 23 "Shuffle Along" 1st black musical comedy, opens in NYC
  • Sep 7 In Atlantic City, New Jersey, the first Miss America Pageant, a two-day event, is held.
  • Sep 8 1st Miss America crowned in Atlantic City - Margaret Gorman (16) of Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 28 Amsterdam's Tuschinski movie theater opens

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 30 "The Sheik", a silent film starring Rudolph Valentino, premieres in Los Angeles

Silent Film Star Rudolph Valentino
Silent Film Star
Rudolph Valentino

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 137

  • Jan 3 John Russell, American actor (Pale Rider, Rio Bravo), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1991)
  • Jan 9 Lister Sinclair, Canadian broadcaster and playwright (d. 2006)
  • Jan 11 Gory Guerrero, professional wrestler (d. 1990)
  • Jan 15 Frank Thornton, English actor
  • Jan 17 Dehl Berti, Pueblo Colo, actor (John Taylor-Guns of Paradise)
  • Jan 21 John Doucette, Brockton Mass, actor (Lock Up, Big Town)
  • Jan 28 Alfred Marks, actor/comedian (Desert Mice, Scream & Scream Again)
  • Jan 29 Anthony George, American actor (d. 2005)
  • Jan 31 Carol Channing, American actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), singer and comedian, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jan 31 John Agar, actor (Fort Apache, Sands of Iwo Jima), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 31 Mario Lanza, actor/singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 1 Peter Sallis, English actor (Last of the Summer Wine, Taste the Blood of Dracula), born in Twickenham, England
  • Feb 5 Ken Adam, British film production designer (James Bond sets), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2016)
  • Feb 9 B M Ducat-Amos, Air Commandant/director (RAF Nursing Service)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 16 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress/dancer (Wonder Man), born in Norwood, Ohio

Actress Vera-Ellen
  • Feb 22 Giulietta Masina, Italian actress, (La Strada, Swindle, White Sheik) wife of Federico Fellini
  • Feb 24 Abe Vigoda, American actor (Barney Miller, The Godfather), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • Feb 24 Douglass Watson, Jackson GA, actor (Satan Murders, Another World)
  • Feb 26 Betty Hutton, Battle Creek Mich, actress (Greatest Show on Earth)
  • Feb 27 Michael Fox, American actor (Quincy, Dallas, Bold & the Beautiful)
  • Feb 28 John Bouber, [Blom], actor/author (Fool of Heideloo)
  • Mar 1 Jack Clayton, film director
  • Mar 3 Diana Barrymore, American actress (Nightmare, Lady Courageous, Fired Wife), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 4 Joan Greenwood, actress/director (Amorous Mr Prawn), born in London, England
  • Mar 6 Ross Hunter, American film producer (Airport, Madame X, Pillow Talk), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1996) date of birth disputed)
  • Mar 8 Alan Hale, Jr., American actor (Skipper-Gilligan's Island), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1990)
  • Mar 9 Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (d. 1998)
  • Mar 10 Cec Linder, actor (Goldfinger), born in Galicia, Poland
  • Mar 12 Gordon MacRae, singer/actor (Oklahoma, Carousel), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Mar 15 Madelyn Pugh, American television writer
  • Mar 19 Tommy Cooper, British comedian and magician (d. 1984)
  • Mar 21 Logan Ramsey, actor (Head, Joy Sticks, Say Yes), born in Long Beach, California
  • Mar 22 Nino Manfredi, Italian actor (d. 2004)
  • Mar 25 Nancy Kelly, actress (Double Exposure, Jesse James), born in Lowell, Massachusetts

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 25 Simone Signoret, French actress (Casque d'Or, Room at the Top), born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 1985)

  • Mar 28 Dirk Bogarde (born Derek van den Bogaerde) actor (Death in Venice, Servant), born in London, England
  • Apr 3 Harry Landers, American actor (Ted Hoffman-Ben Casey), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 3 Robert Karvelas, American actor (d. 1991)
  • Apr 5 Robert Q Lewis, American TV host (Masquerade Party, Robert Q Lewis Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 8 Alfie Bass, actor (Moonraker, Are You Being Served), born in London, England
  • Apr 8 Virginia O'Brien, actress and singer (Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 9 Frankie Thomas, American actor (Tom Corbett Space Cadet), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 10 Chuck Connors, American actor (Rifleman, Branded, Cowboy in Africa), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 16 Peter Ustinov, actor (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), born in London, England
  • Apr 20 Janine Sutto, French Canadian actress
  • Apr 21 Jack Fletcher, actor, Grady, Bob Crane Show), born in Forest Hills, New York
  • Apr 23 Janet Blair, Altoona Pa, actress (Leave it to the Girls, Smith Family)
  • Apr 28 Rowland Evans, White Marsh Pa, news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak)
  • May 4 Patsy Garrett, actress (Nanny & the Professor), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • May 7 Gale Robbins, Chic, actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Mr Hex)
  • May 10 Nancy Walker, American actress (Rhoda, McMillan & Wife), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 14 Arve Opsahl, Norwegian actor (d. 2007)
  • May 16 Harry Carey Jr, American actor (Back to the Future Part III, Gremlins), born in Saugus, California (d. 2012)
  • May 19 Daniel Gelin, Angers France, Maria Schneider's dad, actor (Obsession)
  • May 23 Humphrey Lyttelton, jazz musician/actor (It's Great to Be Young)
  • May 23 James [Benjamin] Blish, US/UK, sci-fi author (Hugo, Star Trek Reader)
  • May 23 Loren Tindall, OK, actor (Meet Me on Broadway, Girl of Limberlost)
  • May 23 Montague Modlyn, broadcaster
  • May 29 James Clifton, actor (Live & Let Die), born in Spokane, Washington
  • May 31 Alida Valli, Pola Italy, actress (Miracle of the Bells, 3rd Man)
  • May 31 Howard Reig, American radio and television announcer
  • Jun 1 Nelson Riddle, Oradell NJ, musical conductor (Batman, Frank Sinatra)
  • Jun 8 Alexis Smith, Penticton BC Canada, actress (Jessica-Dallas, Follies)
  • Jun 8 Sheila Ryan, American actress (Big Fix, Mule Train, Ringside, Caged Fury), born in Topeka, Kansas (d. 1975)
  • Jun 12 Hendrik J Witteveen, economist/minister of finance/director (IMF)
  • Jun 12 James Houston, author/filmmaker (Tikta'Liktak), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jun 21 Jane Russell, Bemidji MN, full-figured actress (Outlaw)
  • Jun 21 Jean Kent, actress (Adv of Sir Francis Drake), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • Jun 21 Joan Tetzel, American actress (Hell Below Zero, Joy in the Morning), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 21 Judy Holliday, American comedienne/actress (Born Yesterday, Adam's Rib), born in NYC, New York (d. 1965)

Actress Judy Holliday
Judy Holliday
  • Jun 22 Joseph Papp, stage producer/director (Pirates of Penzance), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 27 Muriel Pavlow, British actress
  • Jul 2 Maria Britneva, Russian actress (A Room with a View, Maurice), born in Petrograd, Russia (d. 1994)
  • Jul 3 Susan Peters, actress (Random Harvest, Young Ideas), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Jul 10 Jeff Donnell, South Windham Maine, actor (Gidget Goes to Rome)
  • Jul 11 Ilse Werner, Dutch-born actress
  • Jul 13 Ernest Gold [Goldner], Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), born in Vienna (d. 1999)
  • Jul 13 Git Gay, Swedish actress and singer (d. 2007)
  • Jul 17 Acquanetta, [Mildred Davenport], Wyo, actress (Tarzan & Leopard Woman)
  • Jul 17 František Zvarík, Slovakian actor
  • Jul 23 Calvert DeForest, comedian (Larry "Bud" Melman), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 23 Heinz Bennent, Aachen Germany, Actor (Possession)
  • Jul 26 Jean Shepherd, American writer and actor (A Christmas Story), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • Jul 27 Émile Genest, Quebec actor (d. 2003)
  • Jul 29 Richard Egan, actor (Empire, Redigo, Pollyanna), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jul 30 Georg G Lampe, Dutch painter/director (Free Academy)
  • Aug 3 Marilyn Maxwell, actress (East of Sumatra)
  • Aug 6 Ella Raines, Sinoqualmie Falls Wash, actress (Janice Dean RN)
  • Aug 8 Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (Dangerous when Wet), born in Inglewood California (d. 2013)
  • Aug 12 Marjorie Reynolds, [Goodspeed], Buhl Id, actress (Peggy-Life of Riley)
  • Aug 17 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), Ranelagh, County Dublin (d. 2015)
  • Aug 19 Gene Roddenberry, executive producer (Star Trek), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Aug 26 David Begelman, film producer
  • Aug 26 William Preston, Columbia Penn, actor (Fisher King, Waterworld)
  • Aug 27 Leo Penn, American film director (d. 1998)
  • Aug 28 Joop Doderer, Velsen Netherlands, actor (Swiebertje)
  • Aug 28 Nancy Kulp, American actress (Miss Hathaway in Beverly Hillbillies), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 28 Fernando Fernán Gómez, Spanish actor, director, academic and playwright (d. 2007)
  • Sep 5 Jack Valenti, American political advisor and film executive, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2007)
  • Sep 8 Harry Secombe, Welsh actor, singer and goon (Down Among the "Z" Men), born in Swansea, Wales

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 25 Actor Jack Haley (22) weds Florence McFadden

Actor Jack Haley
Jack Haley

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 24 Comedian Oliver Hardy (29) marries actress Myrtle Reeves (24)

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Apr 8 Earnest von Possart, German actor/stage manager, dies
  • Apr 8 Ernst von Possart, German actor, stage manager and reciter, dies at 79
  • Apr 18 Earnest [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, Dutch actor (Inkwartiering, Kloris & Roses), dies at 70
  • Oct 17 Katherine Griffith, actress (Pollyanna), dies at 45