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Events in Film & TV

  • Jul 13 The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles. It originally reads "Hollywoodland " but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949.
  • Sep 7 Mary Katherine Campbell (Ohio), 16, crowned 2nd Miss America 1922-23
  • Oct 16 Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio founded

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 4 Cecil B. DeMille's first version of "The Ten Commandments" premieres

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • Dec 31 BBC begins using Big Ben chime ID
  • Dec 31 Harry Tierney and Joseph McCarthy's musical "Kid Boots," premieres in New York City

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 140

  • Jan 3 Charles Tingwell, Australian actor
  • Jan 8 Larry Storch, American comedian (F Troop, Larry Storch Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 13 Jack Watling, actor (Nanny, Adventure for 2, Naked Heart), born in London, England
  • Jan 16 Gene Feist, American stage actor and producer
  • Jan 17 Onno Molenkamp, Dutch actor (Lifespan, Broken Mirrors, The Lift)
  • Jan 17 Carol Raye, Australian actress
  • Jan 19 Jean Stapleton, American actress (Damn Yankees, Klute, All in the Family) (d. 2013), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 21 Lola Flores, singer, dancer and actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), born in Cadiz, Spain
  • Jan 22 Diana Douglas, actress (The Cowboys), born in Devonshire Bermuda (d. 2015)
  • Jan 23 Florence Halop, Queens, actress (Florence-Night Court, St Elsewhere)
  • Jan 26 Anne Jeffreys, NC, actress (Dick Tracy, Topper, General Hospital)
  • Jan 31 Eddie Ryder, American actor (Slick Jones-General Hospital), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 31 Joanne Dru, Logan WV, actress (Guestwood Ho, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon)
  • Feb 2 Bonita Granville, American actress (Hitler's Children, Lone Ranger), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 2 James Dickey, poet and actor (Deliverance), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Feb 2 Liz Smith [Mary Elizabeth], American journalist and gossip columnist known as "The Grand Dame of Dish" (WNBC, NY Daily News), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2017)
  • Feb 4 Conrad Bain, Alberta Canada, actor (Maude, Diff'rent Strokes), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 5 Stephen J Cannell, TV producer/writer
  • Feb 7 Keefe Brasselle, actor (Be Our Guest), born in Elyria, Ohio
  • Feb 9 Kathryn Grayson, American vocalist and actress (Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • Feb 15 Keene Curtis, Salt Lake City Utah, actor (Magician, Amanda's)
  • Feb 18 Allan Melvin, actor (Brady Bunch, Barney-All in Family), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Feb 21 Lucille Bremer, Amsterdam, New York, American actress/dancer (Meet Me in St. Louis, Ziegfeld Follies)
  • Feb 27 Dexter Gordon, American tenor saxophonist/actor (Connection)
  • Feb 28 Charles Durning, American actor (Fury, Sting, Tootsie), born in Highland Falls, New York (d. 2012)
  • Mar 1 Bonita Granville, actress/producer (Perry Mason)
  • Mar 3 Barney Martin, American actor (d. 2005)
  • Mar 6 Ed McMahon, American TV host (Johnny Carson Show, Star Search), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 8 Sembene Ousmane, Senegalese author/novelist/director (Doctor Noir)
  • Mar 11 Terry Alexander, actor (Tony-Behind the Scenes), born in London, England
  • Mar 12 Mae Young, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 19 Tige Andrews, actor (Capt Adam Greer-Mod Squad), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 21 Philip Abbott, actor (Arthur Ward-The FBI), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Mar 24 Murray Hamilton, Washington NC, actor (Rich Man Poor Man)
  • Mar 26 Bob Elliott, American comedian (Bob & Ray, Get a Life), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • Apr 1 Bobby Jordan, NY, actor (Bowery Champs, Kid Dynamite, Flying Wild)
  • Apr 2 Gloria Henry, American actress (Dennis the Menace), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Apr 3 Jan Sterling, American actress (Ace in the Hole, The High and the Mighty), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 4 Manon H E Alving, Dutch actress (Short American)
  • Apr 4 Peter Vaughan, British actor (Porridge, Game of Thrones), born in Wem (d. 2016)
  • Apr 5 Michael V Gazzo, actor (Cookie, Fear City), born in Hillside, New Jersey
  • Apr 8 Edward Mulhare, Irish actor (Knight Rider), born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1997)
  • Apr 9 Dann Cahn, American film editor (I Love Lucy, Beverly Hillbillies), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2012)
  • Apr 10 Floyd M Simmons, actor/decathlete (Olympic bronze 1948, 52)
  • Apr 13 Don Adams, American actor and comedian (Get Smart), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 17 Harry Reasoner, American newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS), born in Dakota City, Iowa (d. 1991)

Journalist Harry Reasoner
Harry Reasoner
  • Apr 20 Mother Angelica, American nun and broadcaster
  • Apr 21 Andrea Domburg, Dutch actress, (Theo d'Or Prize, Keetje Tippel)
  • Apr 22 Betty Page, Kingsport Tn, playmate (Jan, 1955)/model (Dark Angel)
  • Apr 22 Hugh Lloyd, actor (Punch & Judy Man, Dunroamin' Rising)
  • Apr 22 Avis Bunnage, English actress (d. 1990)
  • Apr 22 Aaron Spelling, American television producer (Charlie's Angels), (d. 2006)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 22 Bettie Page, American Playboy pin-up model, born in Nashville, Tennessee

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page
  • Apr 23 Antonino Rocca, professional wrestler
  • Apr 25 Aafje J R Bouber, [Blom], actress (Traveller Without Baggage)
  • Apr 25 Anita Bjorak, actress (Miss Julie, Loving Couples, Night People)
  • Apr 28 Adele Mara, Dearborn Mich, actress/singer (Cool Million, Wheels)
  • Apr 28 William Guarnere, South American WWII Veteran portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • Apr 29 Maxine Audley, actress (Peeping Tom, Ricochet, House of Cards), born in London, England
  • Apr 30 Al Lewis [Alexander Meister ], American actor (Grandpa in "The Munsters"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • May 4 Eric Sykes, English writer, actor and director (Goon Show, Sykes and A...), born in Oldham (d. 2012)
  • May 5 Godfrey Quigley, Irish actor (Barry Lyndon, Educating Rita, Rooney), born in Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine (d. 1994)
  • May 6 Elizabeth Sellars, actress (Chalk Garden), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • May 6 Vladimir Etush, Russian actor
  • May 9 Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer (d. 2008)
  • May 15 Johnny Walker, Indian actor (d. 2003)
  • May 18 Liam Sullivan, Jacksonville Ill, actor (Mapoy-Monroes)
  • May 20 Edith Fellows, actress (Pennies From Heaven, City Streets), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 24 Siobhan McKenna, Irish stage actress (Saint Joan)
  • May 24 Seijun Suzuki, Japanese cult film director, born in Tokyo (d. 2017)
  • May 26 Horst Tapper, German director/actor (Derrick)
  • May 26 James Arness, actor (Matt Dillon-Gunsmoke, Thing), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 26 Roy Dotrice, Guernsey Channel Island, actor (Wizard)
  • May 30 Jimmy Lydon, Harrington Pk NJ, actor (Richard-Love That Jill)
  • Jun 15 Erland Josephson, actor/dramatist (Utflykt), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jun 21 John Compton, American actor (Shannon-D.A.'s Man), born in Lynchburg, Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • Jul 1 Constance Ford, actress (Ada Hobson-Another World), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • Jul 6 Cathy O'Donnell, Siluria AL, actress (Miniver Story, Man from Laramie)
  • Jul 6 Marie McDonald, Burgin KY, singer/actress (Promises Promises)
  • Jul 13 Sudie Bond, actress (Flo, Temperature Rising), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jul 14 Dale Robertson, Harrah Ok, actor (Death Valley Days, Walter-Dynasty)
  • Jul 21 Henny Alma, [Hendrika den Broek], Dutch actress (Soldier of Orange)
  • Jul 22 Lillian Ellison, American professional wrestler (d. 2007)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 25 Estelle Getty, American actress ("The Golden Girls", "The Golden Palace"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)

Actress Estelle Getty
Estelle Getty
  • Jul 29 Gordon Mitchell, American actor (d. 2003)
  • Aug 1 Paul Lambert, actor (Tom-Executive Suite), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Aug 6 Jackie Kelk, actor (Homer-Aldrich Family), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 9 Hillevi Lagerstam, Kurikka, Finnish actress
  • Aug 10 Rhonda Fleming, [Marilyn Louis], actress (Spellbound), born in Hollywood, California
  • Aug 15 Rose Marie, American actress (Sally Rogers-Dick Van Dyke Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 20 Jim Reeves, US country singer/actor (Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim), born in Panola County, Texas (d. 1964)
  • Aug 23 Humphrey Fisher, TV producer
  • Aug 24 Helena Carter [Helen Rickerts], American model and actress (Invaders from Mars), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • Aug 29 Richard Attenborough, Cambridge, English actor and director (Gandhi, Young Winston)
  • Aug 29 Marmaduke Hussey, BBC Chairman (d. 2006)
  • Aug 31 Larry Grayson, British comedian (Generation Game), born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England (d. 1995)
  • Aug 31 Serafina K "Sera" Anstadt, Polish/Dutch actress/author
  • Sep 3 Terry Wilson, California, actor (Bill-Wagon Train)
  • Sep 7 Peter Lawford, actor (Mrs Miniver, Thin Man), born in London, England
  • Sep 8 Francois Chaumette, actor (They Never Slept, Christine)

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

May 17 Actress and singer Marlene Dietrich (21) weds assistant director Rudolf Sieber (26) in Berlin, Germany

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 12 Actor Spencer Tracy (23) weds Louise Treadwell (26) in Cincinnati, Ohio

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 25 Film director Frank Capra (26) weds actress Helen Howell in San Francisco, California

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 18 Wallace Reid, actor (Birth of a Nation), dies at 31
  • Mar 26 Sarah Bernhardt, [Henriette], actress (Queen Elizabeth), dies at 77
  • Apr 9 Mauritius H Binger, director and producer (Living Ladder), dies