1922 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Film release premierFilm Release

Mar 4 1st vampire film Nosferatu released in Germany, an adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula

Novelist Bram Stoker
Bram Stoker
  • May 21 "On the Road to Moscow" is 1st cartoon to receive a Pulitzer Prize

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 23 Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • Jul 11 The Hollywood Bowl opens.
  • Jul 25 AT&T begins broadcasting on WBAY (NYC-later WEAF, WNBC, WRCA & WFAN)
  • Oct 18 British Broadcasting Company (BBC) founded, later called British Broadcasting Corporation

CommunicationHistoric Communication

Nov 14 BBC begins daily radio broadcasts from the 2LO transmitter at Marconi House

Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi
Inventor and Nobel Laureate
Guglielmo Marconi
  • Dec 3 First successful technicolor movie (Tall of the Sea), shown in NYC
  • Dec 24 BBC broadcasts first British radio play "The Truth about Father Christmas"

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 155

  • Jan 2 Jason Evers, American actor (Wrangler, Channing), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 3 Bill Travers, Newcastle-on-Tyne England, actor (Born Free, Gorgo)
  • Jan 4 Rosalie Crutchley, English actress (d. 1997)
  • Jan 7 Vincent Gardenia, actor (All in the Family, LA Law), born in Naples, Italy
  • Jan 11 Kathleen Byron, actress (Abdication, Profile, 4 Days), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 17 Betty White, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls), born in Oak Park Illinois

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White
  • Jan 18 Constance Moore, Sioux City Iowa, actress (Window on Main Street)
  • Jan 19 Guy Madison, [Robert Moseley], California, actor (Wild Bill Hickok)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 21 Paul Scofield, English actor (A Man for All Seasons, Train), born in Hurst, England (d. 2008)

  • Jan 21 Telly Savalas, American actor (Kojak), born in Garden City New Jersey, (d. 1994)
  • Jan 25 Raymond Baxter, British TV host/author (Fast Lady)
  • Jan 26 Michael Bentine, England, author/comedian (Reluctant Jester)
  • Jan 30 Dick Martin, actor/comedian (Laugh-In, Carbon Copy), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 31 William Sylvester, actor (2001, Gorgo, Gemini Man), born in Oakland, California
  • Feb 5 Bernard Kalb, spokesman (State Dept)/actor (Dave)
  • Feb 6 Patrick Macnee, British actor (John Steed-Avengers), born in London (d. 2015)
  • Feb 6 Denis Norden, British television personality
  • Feb 7 Hattie Jacques, actress (Carry on films) (d. 1980), born in Kent, England
  • Feb 8 Audrey Meadows, American actress (The Honeymooners, The Jackie Gleason Show)
  • Feb 10 Neva Patterson, Iowa, actress (Governor & JJ, Doc Elliot, Nichols)
  • Feb 24 Steven Hill, actor (Mission Impossible, Law & Order), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • Feb 26 Margaret Leighton, actress (Astonished Heart), born in Birmingham, England
  • Mar 4 Richard E. Cunha, American cinematographer and film director (d. 2005)
  • Mar 4 Martha O'Driscoll, American film actress (d. 1998)
  • Mar 4 Dina Pathak (Deena Pathak), Veteran Gujarati theatre and film actress (d. 2002)
  • Mar 5 James Noble, actor (Gov. Gatling in "Benson"), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Mar 8 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 2008)
  • Mar 10 Adam Kennedy, actor (Dion-Californian), born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • Mar 10 Pamela Mason, actress (Navy vs Night Monsters), born in London, England
  • Mar 11 Vinnette Carroll, American actress (Alice's Restaurant, Reivers), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 11 José Luis López Vázquez, Spanish actor
  • Mar 12 Helen Parrish, actress (Hour Glass, Show Business), born in Columbus, Georgia

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 20 Carl Reiner, comedian (2000 Year Old Man, Dick Van Dyke Show), born in The Bronx, New York

Actor & Comedian Carl Reiner
Actor & Comedian
Carl Reiner
  • Mar 20 Jack Kruschen, Winnipeg Canada, actor (Papa-Webster, Busting Loose)
  • Mar 20 Ray Goulding, comedian (Bob & Ray), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Mar 21 Russ Meyer, American film director (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), born in San Leandro, California (d. 2004)
  • Mar 22 Stewart Stern, screenwriter (Rebel Without A Cause)
  • Mar 23 Marty Allen, Pitts, comedian (Allen & Rossi), "Hello Dere"
  • Mar 23 Ugo Tognazzi, Cremona Italy, actor and director (La Cage Aux Folles)
  • Mar 25 Bruno VeSota, Ill, actor and director (Chopper, Teenage Doll, Wild Rovers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 25 Eileen Ford, American modelling agency executive and co-founder (Ford Modelling Agency), born in Manhattan, New York, (d. 2014)

Co-Founder of Ford Models Eileen Ford
Co-Founder of Ford Models
Eileen Ford
  • Mar 26 William Milliken, actor (Drive-in)
  • Mar 30 Turhan Bey, actor (Dragon Seed, Ali Baba & 40 Thieves), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Mar 31 Patrick McGee, Northern Irish actor (Clockwork Orange), born in Armagh, Northern Ireland (d.1982)
  • Mar 31 Richard Kiley, actor (Man of La Mancha, Endless Love), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 3 Doris Day, "girl next door" actress (Pillow Talk), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • Apr 13 Jean Topart, actor (Fantastic Planet), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • Apr 14 Maria Luisa Bemberg, filmmaker
  • Apr 15 Michael Ansara, actor (Cochise-Broken Arrow, Centennial), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 2013)
  • Apr 18 Barbara Hale, American actress (Della Street in Perry Mason), born in DeKalb, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • Apr 18 Avril Angers, actress (Brass Monkey)
  • Apr 24 J D Cannon, Salmon Idaho, actor (McCloud, Ike, Call to Glory)
  • Apr 26 Mike Kellin, actor (Honestly Celeste, Fitz & Bones), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Apr 27 Daphne Anderson, actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice), born in London, England
  • Apr 29 Tommy Noonan, WA, actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Promises Promises)
  • May 5 Phil Gordon, Meridian Miss, singer/actor (Jasper-Bev Hillbillies)
  • May 7 Darren McGavin, actor (Night Stalker, Tribes, Turk 182), born in Spokane, Washington
  • May 7 Lew Anderson, American actor and bandleader (d. 2006)
  • May 9 Sheila Burrell, actress (Black Orchid, Paranoiac, Laughter in Dark)
  • May 13 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress (Maude, The Golden Girls), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • May 14 Richard Deacon, American actor (Dick Van Dyke Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)
  • May 18 Bill Macy, Revere Mass, actor (Walter-Maude, Oh! Calcutta)
  • May 19 David McLean, actor (Tate-Tate), born in Akron, Ohio
  • May 22 Judith Crist, NY, movie critic (TV Guide)
  • May 22 Quinn Martin, American television producer (d. 1987)
  • May 24 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), born in Tokyo (d. 2012)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 27 Christopher Lee, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit), born in London, England (d. 2015)

  • May 31 Denholm Elliott, actor (Alfie, Raiders of the Lost Ark), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • Jun 1 Joan Caulfield, actress (Liz-My Favorite Husband), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Jun 1 Joan Copeland, [Miller], American actress (Roseland, A Little Sex), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 2 Juan Antonio Bardem, Spanish director and screenwriter (d. 2002)
  • Jun 8 Myron Healy, Petalumus California, actor (Wyatt Earp)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 10 Judy Garland, [Frances Gumm], American actress/singer (The Wizard of Oz), born in Minnesota (d. 1969)

Actress Judy Garland
Judy Garland
  • Jun 11 John Bromfield, South Bend In, actor (Easy to Love)
  • Jun 11 Tony Charmoli, American dancer, choreographer, and director (Dinah Shore, Danny Kaye), born in America
  • Jun 24 Jack Carter [Chakrin], American comedian and actor, born in Brooklyn New York (d. 2015)
  • Jun 26 Eleanor Parker, Ohio, actress (Caged, Detective Story, Hans Brinker), (d. 2013)
  • Jun 26 Frances Rafferty, Sioux City Iowa, actress (December Bride)
  • Jun 28 Michael Vale, American actor (d. 2005)
  • Jun 28 Erik Bauersfeld, voice actor (Star Wars' Admiral Ackbar "Its a trap"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • Jul 6 William Schallert, American actor (Patty Duke Show, Get Smart), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Jul 10 Derek Prouse, writer actor/film festival director (Le Scandale)
  • Jul 11 Gene Evans, American actor (My Friend Flicka, Matt Helm, Alamo), born in Hollbrook, Arizona
  • Jul 13 Lois Kibbee, American actress (Edge of Night), born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin (d. 1993)
  • Jul 22 Dan Rowan [Daniel Hale Rowan], American comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In), born in Beggs, Oklahoma (d. 1987)
  • Jul 26 Blake Edwards, American writer and director (10, SOB, Breakfast at Tiffany's), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2010)
  • Jul 26 Jason Robards Jr, actor (A Thousand Clowns, Any Wednesday), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 27 Adolfo Celi, Italian film actor and director (Next Man, Murders in Rue Morgue), born in Messina, Sicily (d. 1986)
  • Jul 27 Lillian Hayman, American actress (Leslie Uggams Show), born in Baltimore,Maryland (d. 1994)
  • Jul 27 Norman Lear, TV writer/producer (All in The Family)
  • Aug 1 Arthur Hill, Saskatchewan Canada, actor (Owen Marshall, Glitter)
  • Aug 8 Rory Calhoun, actor (Blue & Gray, Judson Tyler-Capitol), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1999)
  • Aug 17 Ralph Roberts, Salisbury NC, actor (Tradition, Gone are the Days)
  • Aug 22 Micheline Presle, actress (Nea, Donkey Skin), born in Paris, France
  • Aug 23 Jean Darling, American child actress (Our Gang), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)
  • Aug 23 Pierre Gauvreau, Quebec painter, television writer and producer
  • Aug 26 Irving R. Levine, American journalist (NBC News), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (d. 2009)
  • Sep 1 Vittorio Gassman, actor (War & Peace), born in Genoa, Italy
  • Sep 1 Yvonne De Carlo, Canadian actress (10 Commandments, Lily-Munsters), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2007)
  • Sep 8 Sid Caesar, comedian (Your Show of Shows), born in Yonkers, New York

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

May 13 "Latin Lover" silent actor Rudolph Valentino (27) weds film costume and set designer Natacha Rambova (25) in Mexicali, Mexico

Silent Film Star Rudolph Valentino
Silent Film Star
Rudolph Valentino

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 28 Stage and film actor James Cagney (23) weds dancer Frances Vernon

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 9 Actress Gloria Swanson (23) divorces businessman Herbert K. Somborn after almost 3 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Feb 1 William Desmond Taylor, director/actor (Broken Coin), dies at 49
  • Mar 4 Bert Williams, African American comedian and entertainer, dies at 46
  • May 21 Sidney Ainsworth, British silent film actor (Not in the News, The Rajah's Tunic), dies at 49
  • May 29 Jevgeni B Vachtangov, Armenian-Russian actor and director, dies at 39
  • Nov 19 Frank Bacon, American playwright, actor and author (Lightnin'), dies from a heart attack at 58