On This Day

Year 1925 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 21 Noël Coward's "Fallen Angels" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 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 and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • Jun 30 Charles Jenkins is granted the U.S. patent for Transmitting Pictures over Wireless (early television)
  • Dec 7 Noël Coward's "Easy Virtue" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 21 "Battleship Potemkin", Soviet silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein, starring Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barksy and Grigori Aleksandrov, premieres in Moscow

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 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, English actor (Decoy), born in Portsmouth, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • Jan 9 Lee Van Cleef, American actor (For a Few Dollars More, Escape from NY), born in Somerville, New Jersey (d. 1989)
  • Jan 12 Bill Burrud, American television host (Safari to Adventure, Animal World), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1990)
  • Jan 12 Katherine "Scottie" MacGregor, American actress (Little House on the Prairie), born in Glendale, California (d. 2018)
  • Jan 13 Gwyneth “Gwen” Verdon, American actress, singer 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, British TV producer, born in Cheshire, England
  • Jan 18 Edouard Dermithe, Italian actor (Orpheus, Thomas the Impostor), born in Gallignana, Istria, Italian Empire (d. 1995)
  • Jan 24 William Hudson, American actor (I Led 3 Lives), born in Gilroy, California (d. 1974)
  • 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 and Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor and 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, American actor (Days of Wine & Roses, Missing), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2001)

  • 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 14 Elliot Lawrence [Broza], American jazz pianist, film score composer (Network), arranger, and orchestra leader (Tony and Emmy Award broadcasts; As The World Turns, 1981-93), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 17 Fritz Behrendt, German Dutch cartoon character (The Slogan)
  • Feb 17 Hal Holbrook, American stage and screen Tony and Emmy award-winning actor (All the President's Men; “Mark Twain Tonight!”), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2021) [1]
  • Feb 18 George Kennedy, American 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, American film director (The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs), born in Fresno, California (d. 1984)
  • Feb 25 Bert Remsen, Glen Cove NY, actor (Mario-It's a Living)
  • Feb 28 Harry H Corbett, English actor (Steptoe & Son, Jabberwacky), born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1982)
  • Mar 3 Richard Vernon, England, actor (Servant, Gandhi, Hard Days Night)
  • Mar 8 Francisco Rabal, Aguilas Spain, actor (Holy Innocents, Camorra)
  • Mar 12 Georges Delerue, French film composer (Sword of Gideon; A Little Romance), born in Roubaix (d. 1992)
  • 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, English theater and film director (Marat/Sade), born in London
  • Mar 22 Gerard Hoffnung, German-British artist, humorist and tuba player (Hoffnung Music Festival), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)
  • Mar 23 David Watkin, English cinematographer (d. 2008)
  • 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 2 Hard Boiled Haggerty [Don Stansauk], American pro wrestler (AWA, NWA, WWA World Tag Team C'ship; IWA World Heavyweight C'ship) and actor (The Incredible Hulk), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • 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
  • Apr 12 Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer and writer, born in Hendon, London (d. 2008)

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, American 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 24 Pedro Gonzales-Gonzalez, American actor (Rio Bravo), born in Aguilares, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 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)

Person of interestTony Curtis

Jun 3 Tony Curtis [Bernard Schwartz], American actor (Some Like It Hot), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2010)

  • Jun 5 Bill Hayes, Harvey Ill, actor (Your Show of Shows, Days of our Life)
  • Jun 14 Pierre Salinger, American newsman (ABC) and press secretary (John F. Kennedy), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2004)
  • 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, American actor (Hunter, Brave Eagle), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2006)
  • Jun 18 Robert Arthur, American actor (12 O'Clock High, Just For You), born in Aberdeen Washington (d. 2008)
  • 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, American actor (Arnold, Rope, Deathmask), born in San Jose, California (d. 2011)
  • Jul 6 Merv Griffin, American TV host (Merv Griffin Show), born in San Mateo, California (d. 2007)
  • 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 15 [Donn Alan] DA Pennebaker, American documentary filmmaker (Don't Look Back), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 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 (Happy Days) and actor (Dick Van Dyke Show-Jerry), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1986)
  • Jul 29 Mikis Theodorakis, Greek classical and film music composer (Raven; Zorba the Greek; Serpico), born on the island of Chios, Greece
  • 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 9 Len Sutton, American auto racer and broadcaster (Indianapolis 500 1962 runner-up), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2006)
  • Aug 14 Russell Baker, American columnist, author and humorist (NY Times), born in Loudoun County, Virginia (d. 2019)
  • Aug 15 Mike Connors [Krekor Ohanian], American actor (Mannix), born in Fresno, California (d. 2017)
  • Aug 16 Fess Parker, American actor (Davy Crockett, Old Yeller), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2010)
  • Aug 21 Judy Grable [Nellya Baughman], American professional wrestler, born in Bremerton, Washington (d. 2008)

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Hollywood Mogul Samuel Goldwyn
Hollywood Mogul
Samuel Goldwyn

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Comedian Moe Howard
Comedian
Moe Howard

LoveWedding 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
  • May 19 Viking Eggeling, Swedish artist/filmmaker (Symphonie Diagonale) dies at 44
  • 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
  • Nov 1 Max Linder [Gabriel-Maximilien Leuvielle], French actor, comic and director (Seven Years Bad Luck: Max Prend un Bain), commits suicide at 41