1927 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 5 Fox Studios exhibits Movietone
  • Jan 11 Royale Theater (Golden, CBS Radio Playhouse) opens at 242 W 45th NYC

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Jan 24 Alfred Hitchcock releases his first film as director - The Pleasure Garden, in England

  • Jan 26 Maxwell Anderson's play "Saturday's Children" premieres in New York City
  • Feb 5 "The General", American silent film directed by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman, starring Al Boasberg, premieres in New York City

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Feb 15 Silent film "It" is released in the US starring Clara Bow

Silent Screen Actress Clara Bow
Silent Screen Actress
Clara Bow
  • May 18 Grauman's Chinese Theater opens in Hollywood, California
  • Aug 1 Earliest date for a film to be considered for the Academy Awards
  • Aug 12 "Wings", the only silent film to win an Oscar for best picture, opens starring Clara Bow (Outstanding Picture 1929)
  • Sep 7 Philo Farnsworth demonstrates the first use of his electronic television in San Francisco

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Sep 23 "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans", directed by F. W. Murnau, starring George O'Brien and Janet Gaynor, is released (Academy Awards Unique and Artistic Picture 1927)

Actress Janet Gaynor
Actress
Janet Gaynor
  • Oct 6 "The Jazz Singer", directed by Alan Crosland, starring Al Jolson and May McAvoy, released, 1st film with a soundtrack (Honorary Academy Award 1928)

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Oct 8 "The Second Hundred Years" silent short film released starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy - 1st Laurel and Hardy film with them appearing as a team

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy
Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel
  • Dec 27 Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Show Boat" premieres in New York City

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 150

  • Jan 1 Barbara Baxley, actress (Norma Rae, Countdown), born in Stockton, California
  • Jan 1 Pat Heywood, Scottish actress
  • Jan 4 Barbara Rush, actress (Marsha-Peyton Place, Flamingo Road), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jan 10 Gisele MacKenzie, singer/actress (Your Hit Parade), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Jan 10 Lee Philips, American actor (Ellery Queen), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 15 Norm Crosby, comedian (Young at Heart Comedians), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 17 Eartha Kitt, singer/actress (Catwoman-Batman), born in North, South Carolina (d. 2008)
  • Jan 17 Michael Herford Wooller, TV/film producer
  • Jan 25 Gregg Palmer, actor (Scream, To Hell & Back), born in San Francisco
  • Jan 26 William Redfield, American actor (Jimmy Hughes Rookie Cop, Marriage), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 27 Doretta Morrow, American actress (Because You're Mine), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 27 Michael Craig, Poona India, actor (Escape 2000, Vault of Horror)
  • Jan 27 Nancy Dickerson, pioneering American radio and TV journalist (NBC, CBS), born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin (d. 1997)
  • Feb 3 Kenneth Anger, American Underground Filmmaker
  • Feb 5 Robert Brown, Herbrides Is, actor (Here Come the Brides, Primus)
  • Feb 5 Val Dufour, actor (Eugenie Grandet, Another World), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 8 Stanley Baker, Ferndale Wales, actor (Concrete Jungle, Zorro, Zulu)
  • Feb 12 Anne Gillis, actress (Adv of Tom Sawyer, Little Men), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Feb 14 Lois Maxwell, actress (Miss Moneypenny), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Feb 15 Harvey Korman, American actor (Carol Burnett Show, Blazing Saddles), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • Feb 16 June Brown, British actress
  • Feb 18 Tabe Bas, actor/opera vocalist (Leiser Wolf in Anatevka)

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Feb 20 Sidney Poitier, 1st African American actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor ('Lillies in the Field' - 1963), born in Miami, Florida

  • Feb 21 Erma Bombeck, humorist (The Grass is Always Greener over the Septic Tank), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • Feb 22 Donald May, actor (Adam-Edge of Night, Colt .45), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 24 Emmanuelle Riva, French actress (Hiroshima Mon Amour), born in Alsace-Lorraine (d. 2017)
  • Feb 25 Dick Jones, American actor (Buffalo Bill Jr), born in Snyder Texas, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 25 Jane Nigh, American actress (Lorelei-Big Town, Blue Blood, Rawhide), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1993)
  • Feb 27 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • Feb 27 Lynn Cartwright, American actress (d. 2004)
  • Mar 4 Thayer David, MA, actor (Eiger Sanction, Rocky, Nero Wolfe, Savages)
  • Mar 5 Jack Cassidy, actor (Oscar/Jetman-He & She), born in Richmond Hill, Virginia
  • Mar 6 William J Bell, soap opera creator (Young & Restless), born in Chicago, Illinois

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Mar 6 Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist (1982 Nobel Prize in Literature), born in Aracataca, Colombia (d. 2014)

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez
  • Mar 10 Claude Laydu, actress (Diary of a Country Priest)
  • Mar 10 Donn Trenner, orchestra leader (ABC's Nightlife), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Mar 10 Barbara Sinatra, American model and philanthropist, born in Bosworth, Missouri (d. 2017)
  • Mar 16 Karlheinz Boehm, Austrian actor (Face of Fear, Peeping Tom, Unnatural), born in Darmstadt, (d. 2014)
  • Mar 16 Olga San Juan, American actress (Variety Girl, 1 Touch of Venus), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 17 Patrick Allen, Malawi, actor (Roman Holiday, Dial "M" for Murder)
  • Mar 30 Peter Marshall, TV game show host (Hollywood Squares), born in Huntington, West Virginia
  • Mar 31 William Daniels, American actor (Dr Mark Craig-St Elsewhere, 1776), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 12 Jane Withers, Ga, actress (All Together Now, Josephine the plumber)
  • Apr 13 Mari Blanchard, actress (Kathy-Klondike), born in Long Beach, California
  • Apr 13 Maurice Ronet, Nice France, actor (Frantic, Sphinz, Circle of Love)
  • Apr 14 Dany Robin, actress (Follow the Boys, Topaz, Jupiter, Julietta)
  • Apr 14 Gloria Jean, American actress (Never Give a Sucker an Even Break), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Apr 16 Peter Mark Richman, actor (Andrew-Dynasty), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 21 Gerald Flood, British actor (d. 1989)
  • Apr 26 Anne McLaren, biologist/zoologist/actress (Things to Come)
  • Apr 26 Jack Douglas, comedian (My Brother Was an Only Child, Jack Paar Show)
  • May 1 Roland Verhavert, Flemish screen writer (Sea Gulls Die in the Harbor)
  • May 2 Ray Barrett, Australian actor
  • May 4 Terry (Owen John) Scott, Watford UK, English actor and comedian (Carry On Films)
  • May 5 Pat Carroll, Shrevport La, comedienne/actress (Make Room for Daddy)
  • May 6 Ettore Manni, actor (Fatal Desire, Heroes in Hell), born in Rome, Italy
  • May 7 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German screenwriter, (d. 2013)
  • May 8 Murray Lerner, American documentary and experimental film director and producer (Secrets of the Reef), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • May 11 Mort Sahl, comedian/political satirist/beatnik (Big Party), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 13 Herbert Ross, director/choreographer (Footloose)
  • May 20 David Hedison, Americann actor (Colbys, Voyage to Bottom of Sea), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • May 21 Kay Kendall, Yorkshire England, actress (Genevieve, Les Girls)
  • May 22 Michael Constantine, Penn, actor (Room 222, Don't Drink the Water)
  • May 26 Jacques Bergerac, French actor (Gigi, Les Girls, Thunder in Sun)
  • May 30 Clint Walker, Hartford Ill, actor (Kodiak, Cheyenne, Dirty Dozen)
  • May 30 Dick Noel, American TV host (It's a Small Wonder), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 4 Geoffrey Palmer, British actor (Smacks & Thistle)
  • Jun 4 Priscilla Morrill, American actress (Edie Grant-Mary Tyler Moore), born in Medford, Massachusetts

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Jun 8 Jerry Stiller, American comedian (Frank Constanza-Seinfeld), born in Brooklyn, New York

Comedian Jerry Stiller
Comedian
Jerry Stiller
  • Jun 10 Michael Walsh, major-general/director (Overseas Relations)
  • Jun 15 Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humourist and Urdu poet (d. 1978)
  • Jun 18 Paul Eddington, British actor (Devil Rides Out, Devil's Bride), born in Paddington, London (d. 1995)
  • Jun 21 Carl Burton Stokes, African American politician (51st mayor of Cleveland) and TV newscaster, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • Jun 22 Ann Petersen, Belgian actress (d. 2003)
  • Jun 23 Bob Fosse, choreographer/director (Cabaret, Damn Yankees), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 27 Peter Bayliss, Thames England, actor (From Russia With Love)
  • Jun 27 Robert Casey, actor (Henry-Aldrich Family Show), born in Rochester, New York
  • Jun 30 Harvey Vernon, actor (Jasper-Carter Country), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Jun 30 James Goldman, American screenwriter/playwright (The Lion in Winter, They Might Be Giants), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 2 Brock Peters, actor/singer (Carmen Jones, To Kill a Mockingbird), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 2 Ruth Berghaus, choreographer/director
  • Jul 4 Gina Lollobrigida, Subiaco Italy, actress (Trapeze, Falcon Crest)

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Jul 6 Janet Leigh [Jeanetta Morrison], American actress (Psycho), born in Merced, California (d. 2004)

Actress Janet Leigh
Actress
Janet Leigh
  • Jul 6 Pat Paulsen, Wash, comedian/presidential candidate (Smothers Bros Show)
  • Jul 6 Susan Cabot, actress (Carnival Rock), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jul 9 Ed Ames, Malden Mass, actor (Mingo-Daniel Boone)
  • Jul 10 William Smithers, actor (Witness, Peyton Place, Attack!), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Jul 10 Suzanne Cloutier, Canadian film actor (d. 2003)
  • Jul 14 John William Chancellor, news anchor (NBC, VOA), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 15 Carmen Zapata, American actress (Hagen, Viva Valdez, Man & the City), born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • Jul 25 Daniel Ceccaldi, French actor (d. 2003)
  • Jul 30 Richard Johnson, British actor (Never So Few, Restless, Beyond the Door), born in Upminster (d. 2015)
  • Jul 30 Victor Wong [Yee Keung Victor Wong], American actor (Big Trouble in Little China), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2001)
  • Aug 7 Carl Switzer, IL, actor (Alfalfa-Our Gang)
  • Aug 9 Robert Shaw, England, actor (Deep, Jaws, Sting, Black Sunday)
  • Aug 10 Vernon Washington, American actor (d. 1988)
  • Aug 14 Frank Cvitanovich, filmmaker
  • Aug 17 Robert Moore, actor (Marshall-Diana), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 20 Geriatric1927, English video blogger
  • Aug 20 Yootha Joyce, English actress (d. 1980)

Weddings in Film & TV


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May 30 Academy Award-winning actor Fredric March (29) marries actress Florence Eldridge


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jun 14 Johanna C P Barbiers, actress (Voddenraper of Paris), dies at 79
  • Jul 9 John Drew Jr., American Shakespearean actor (The Big Bonanza), dies at 73
  • Sep 20 George Nichols, actor (His Favorite Pastime, Star Boarder), dies at 62