1925 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Feb 8 Kaufman & Berlin's musical "cocoanuts" premieres in New York City
  • Jun 13 Charles Jenkins demonstrates the transmission of synchronized pictures and sound (early television)

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 26 "The Gold Rush", directed, starring and written by Charlie Chaplin, is released

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • Jun 30 Charles Jenkins is granted the U.S. patent for Transmitting Pictures over Wireless (early television)
  • Dec 21 "Battleship Potemkin", Soviet silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein, starring Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barksy and Grigori Aleksandrov, premieres in Moscow
  • Dec 28 George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Tip-Toes" premieres in New York City

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 150

  • Jan 1 Valentina Cortesa, Italian actress (Day for Night, Kidnap Syndicate), born in Milan, Italy
  • Jan 1 Matthew "Stymie" Beard, American actor (d. 1981)
  • Jan 1 Raymond Pellegrin, French actor
  • Jan 2 Larry Harmon, American entertainer and TV producer (d. 2008)
  • Jan 5 Wolf Morris, actor (Decoy)
  • Jan 9 Lee Van Cleef, NJ, actor (For a Few Dollars More, Escape from NY)
  • Jan 12 Bill Burrud, host (Safari to Adventure, Animal World), born in Hollywood, California
  • Jan 12 Katherine "Scottie" MacGregor, American actress (Little House on the Prairie), born in Glendale, California
  • Jan 13 Gwyneth “Gwen” Verdon, American actress, singe and dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity), born in Culver City, California (d. 2000)
  • Jan 13 Rosemary Murphy, American actress (Margaret-Lucas Tanner), born in Munich, Germany (d. 2014)
  • Jan 18 Anthony Joly de Lotbiniere, TV producer
  • Jan 24 William Hudson, California, actor (I Led 3 Lives)
  • Jan 26 Joan Leslie, American actress (High Sierra, Yankee Doodle Dandy), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)

Person of interestPaul Newman

Jan 26 Paul Newman, American actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler), racing car driver and charity food company founder (Newman's Own), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2008)

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • Jan 29 Pier Tania (Meinte Piet), radio/TV host (ANP, De Bezetting)
  • Jan 30 Dorothy Malone, American actress (At Gunpoint, Night & Day, Peyton Place), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • Feb 2 Elaine Stritch, American actress (30 Rock, Two's Company), singer and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • Feb 3 John Fiedler, American actor (Mr Peterson-Newhart), born in Platteville, Wisconsin
  • Feb 7 Romolo Valli, actor (Bobby Deerfield, Fistful of Dynamite, La Viaccia)

Person of interestJack Lemmon

Feb 8 Jack Lemmon, actor (Days of Wine & Roses, Missing), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • Feb 11 Kim Stanley [Patricia Reid], American actress (Séance on a Wet Afternoon, The Chase, Right Stuff), born in Tularosa, New Mexico (d. 2001)
  • Feb 17 Fritz Behrendt, German/Dutch cartoon character (The Slogan)
  • Feb 17 Hal Holbrook, actor (All the President's Men, Mark Twain), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 18 George Kennedy, actor (Cool Hand Luke, Airport, Blue Knight), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)

Person of interestRobert Altman

Feb 20 Robert Altman, American screenwriter, producer and director (The Player, M*A*S*H, Nashville), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)

Film Director Robert Altman
Film Director
Robert Altman
  • Feb 21 Al Fann, actor (Alvin-He's the Mayor), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 21 Sam Peckinpah, film director (Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs), born in Fresno, California
  • Feb 25 Bert Remsen, Glen Cove NY, actor (Mario-It's a Living)
  • Feb 28 Harry H Corbett, Rangoon Burma, actor (Steptoe & Son, Jabberwacky)
  • Mar 3 Richard Vernon, England, actor (Servant, Gandhi, Hard Days Night)
  • Mar 8 Francisco Rabal, Aguilas Spain, actor (Holy Innocents, Camorra)
  • Mar 16 Cornell Borchers, German actress (The Big Lift, Floodtide, Istanbul), born in Šilutė, Lithuania (d. 2014)
  • Mar 17 Gabriele Ferzetti, Italian film and stage actor
  • Mar 21 Peter Brook, director (1776)/TV writer, born in London, England
  • Mar 22 Gerard Hoffnung, British artist/humorist/musician, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)
  • Mar 24 Duncan Wood, TV director and producer
  • Mar 28 Innokenti Smoktunovsky, Soviet actor (Bely Prazdnik, Zakoldovannye), born in Tat'yanovka, Russia (d. 1994)
  • Mar 31 Jean Coutu, French Canadian actor (d. 1999)
  • Apr 4 Elizabeth Wilson, American screen and stage actress (Doc, East Side/West Side), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • Apr 8 Shecky Greene [Fred Greenfield], American comedian and actor (Love Machine, Combat), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestRod Steiger

Apr 14 Rod Steiger, American actor (Illustrated Man, Pawnbroker), born in Westhampton, New York (d. 2002)

  • Apr 18 Bob Hastings, American actor (McHale's Navy, All in the Family), born in Brooklyn, New York, (d. 2014)
  • Apr 19 Hugh O'Brian [Krampke], actor (Wyatt Earp, Search), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2016)
  • Apr 20 Elena Verdugo, American actress (Little Giant, Cavalier of the West), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2017)
  • Apr 22 George Cole, English actor (Minder, Vampire Lovers), born in London, England (d.2015)
  • Apr 25 Kay E. Kuter, American actor (Green Acres), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • Apr 29 Albert "Ab" Abspoel, Dutch actor and director (Surprise Attack, Elevator), born in The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2000)
  • Apr 29 Ned Austin, American character actor (d. 2007)
  • Apr 30 Corinne Calvet, French actress (Phantom of Hollywood, Apache Uprising), born in Paris, France (d. 2001)
  • May 2 Roscoe Lee Browne, American actor (McCoy, Saunders-Soap), born in Woodbury, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • May 2 John Neville, English theatre and film actor, born in Willesden, London (d. 2011)
  • May 8 Bettina Graziani [Simone Bodin] French model, one of the first supermodels, born in Normandy, France (d. 2015)
  • May 19 Guy Provost, French Canadian actor (d. 2004)
  • May 24 Mai Zetterling, Swedish actress and film director (Witches, Offbeat, Jet Storm), born in Västerås, Västmanland (d. 1994)
  • May 25 Jeanne Crain, American actress (Man Without a Star, Pinky), born in Barstow California (d. 2003)
  • May 26 Alec McCowen, English actor (Never Say Never Again), born in Tunbridge Wells (d. 2017)
  • May 28 Martha Vickers, American actress (Alimony, Man I Love, Ruthless), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 1971)
  • Jun 1 Richard Erdman, Enid Ok, actor (Stalag 17, Anything Goes)
  • Jun 3 Tony Curtis, [Bernard Schwartz], actor (Some Like It Hot), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jun 5 Bill Hayes, Harvey Ill, actor (Your Show of Shows, Days of our Life)
  • Jun 10 Don Costa, actor (Impossible Years, Soul of Nigger Charlie)
  • Jun 14 Pierre Salinger, newsman (ABC)/press secretary (John F. Kennedy)
  • Jun 15 Richard Baker, English broadcaster (newsreader for BBC News, 1954-1982), born in Willesden, Middlesex, England
  • Jun 16 Faith Domergue, American actress and early "scream queen" (Vendetta, House of 7 Corpses), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1999)
  • Jun 17 Keith Larsen, Salt Lake City Utah, actor (Hunter, Brave Eagle)
  • Jun 18 Robert Arthur, Aberdeen Wash, actor (12 O'Clock High, Just For You)
  • Jun 19 Charlie Drake [Charles Springall], English comedian (Plank, Rhubarb Rhubarb, Splish Splash), born in London, England (d. 2006)
  • Jun 20 Audie Murphy, American soldier who was among the most decorated in WW II with 33 medals and actor (To Hell and Back, Whispering Smiths), born in Kingston, Texas (d. 1971)
  • Jun 21 Maureen Stapleton, American actress (Lonelyhearts, Airport, Coccoon, Plaza Suite), born in Troy, New York (d. 2006)
  • Jun 23 Miriam Karlin, British actress (The Rag Trade), born in Hampstead, London (d. 2011)
  • Jun 25 June Lockhart, American actress (Lassie, Lost in Space, Petticoat Junction), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 29 Cara Williams, American actress (Pete & Gladys, Cara Williams Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 1 Farley Granger, actor (Arnold, Rope, Deathmask), born in San Jose, California
  • Jul 6 Merv Griffin, TV host (Merv Griffin Show), born in San Mateo, California
  • Jul 6 Ruth Cracknell, Australian actress (Mother and Son), born in Maitland (d. 2002)
  • Jul 9 Guru Dutt [Vasanth Padukone], Indian Bollywood actor, regarded as one of the greatest film directors of all time (Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool), born in Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore (d. 1964)
  • Jul 11 Ruth Niehaus, German actress, born in Krefeld, Germany (d. 1994)
  • Jul 15 Phil Carey, American actor (One Life to Live), born in Hackensack, New York (d. 2009)
  • Jul 16 Phillip Pine, American actor (Set-Up, Under the Ground), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2006)
  • Jul 18 Jaime de Mora y Aragón, Spanish actor and publicist (Last Judgement), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1995)
  • Jul 19 Sue Thompson [Eva Sue Mckee], American pop and country music singer ("Sad Movies (Make Me Cry"), born in Nevada, Missouri
  • Jul 21 Al Checco, actor (Extreme Close-up), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 23 Gloria DeHaven, American musical actress (Step Lively), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Jul 25 Jerry Paris, American director and actor (Jerry-Dick Van Dyke Show), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1986)
  • Jul 30 Jacques Sernas [Jokūbas Bernardas Šernas], Lithuanian actor (La Dolce Vita, Helen of Troy), born in Kaunas, Lithuania (d. 2015)
  • Aug 5 Cor Witschge, Dutch actor (Pipo the Clown), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • Aug 6 Barbara Bates, American actress (All About Eve, It's a Great Life), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1969)
  • Aug 14 Russell Baker, Loudoun County, Va, columnist/humorist (NY Times)
  • Aug 15 Mike Connors, [Krekor Ohanian], American actor (Mannix), born in Fresno, California (d. 2017)
  • Aug 16 Fess Parker, actor (Davy Crockett, Old Yeller), born in Fort Worth Texas
  • Aug 21 Judy Grable [Nellya Baughman], American professional wrestler, born in Bremerton, Washington (d. 2008)
  • Aug 21 Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (The Naked Childhood), born in Cunlhat, Puy-de-Dôme, France (d. 2003)
  • Aug 22 Honor Blackman, English actress (Goldfinger, The Avengers), born in Plaistow, London
  • Aug 27 Darry Cowl, French actor (d. 2006)
  • Aug 28 Donald O'Connor, American dancer and actor (Singin' in the Rain), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • Aug 30 Julien Schoenaerts, Flemish actor (Daens/Medea)
  • Sep 2 Ronnie Stevens, actor (Rodney-Dick & Duchess), born in London, England
  • Sep 8 Denise Darcel, French actress (Dangerous When Wet), born in Paris (d. 2011)

Person of interestPeter Sellers

Sep 8 Peter Sellers, English actor and comedian (The Goon Show, Bobo, Pink Panther), (d. 1980), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire (d. 1980)

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
  • Sep 12 Dickie Moore, actor (Expert, Oliver Twist, Little Men), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 28 Actress Gloria Swanson (25) weds aristocrat Henri de la Falaise (26) in Paris, France

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 7 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (29) weds actress Estelle Taylor (30)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 23 Film producer Samuel Goldwyn (42) weds actress Frances Howard (21)

Hollywood Mogul Samuel Goldwyn
Hollywood Mogul
Samuel Goldwyn

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 7 Three Stooges leader Moe Howard (28) weds Helen Schonberger

Comedian Moe Howard
Comedian
Moe Howard

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 13 Film producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Productions Walt Disney (23) weds Lillian Bounds (26) at Lewiston's Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Lewiston, Idaho

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Mar 13 Lucille Ricksen [Ingeborg Ericksen], American silent-film actress, dies of tuberculosis 14
  • Apr 28 Louis Bouwmeester, Dutch actor (Shakespeare), dies at 82
  • Jun 1 Lucien Guitry, French actor (La Dame aux camélias), dies at 64
  • Aug 5 Jennie Lee, American actress (The Birth of a Nation), dies at 76
  • Oct 31 Max Linder, French actor, comic and director (Seven Years Bad Luck, Max Prend un Bain), commits suicide at 41