On This Day

Year 1928 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 13 RCA and GE install three test television sets in homes in Schenectady, New York allowing American inventor E.F.W. Alexanderson to demonstrate the first home television receiver which delivered a poor and unsteady 1.5 square inch picture
  • Feb 18 Sonja Henie of Norway wins the women’s figure skating gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympic Games; her first of 3 consecutive titles in the event

Music releaseMusic Recording

Mar 1 Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra record "Ol' Man River" for Victor Records featuring Bing Crosby

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • Mar 19 "Amos & Andy" debuts on radio (NBC Blue Network-WMAQ Chicago)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 22 Noël Coward's musical "This Year of Grace" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Apr 9 Mae West's NYC debut in a daring new play "Diamond Lil"

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West

Film release premierFilm Release

Apr 21 "The Passion of Joan of Arc", directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, starring Renée Jeanne Falconetti and Eugène Silvain, is released in Denmark

French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc
French Soldier and National Heroine
Joan of Arc
  • May 10 WGY, Schenectady begins regular TV programming
  • May 15 Mickey Mouse makes his 1st ever appearance in silent film "Plane Crazy"

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 11 Alfred Hitchcock's film, "Case Of Jonathan Drew," (or "The Lodger") is released

  • Jul 2 The Jenkins Television Corporation (owned by Charles Jenkins) goes on air with W3XK, the first television broadcasting station in the USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 3 John Logie Baird demonstrates the first colour television transmission in London

Inventor of Television John Logie Baird
Inventor of Television
John Logie Baird
  • Jul 12 1st televised tennis match

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 29 Test footage first created for Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" with Mickey Mouse

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Sep 11 1st ever TV drama WGY's "Queens Messenger" broadcast in the New York area starring Izetta Jewell

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 12 Katharine Hepburn's NYC stage debut in "Night Hostess"

  • Nov 18 Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" released, first Mickey Mouse sound cartoon
  • Nov 26 Philip Barry's play "Holiday" premieres in New York City
  • Dec 12 Robert Nichols and Maurice Browne's play "Wings over Europe" premieres in New York City
  • Dec 23 NBC sets up a permanent, coast-to-coast radio network

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 26 Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming

Swimmer and Actor Johnny Weissmuller
Swimmer and Actor
Johnny Weissmuller

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Ernest R Tidyman, Ohio, novelist/screenwriter (The French Connection)
  • Jan 6 Capucine [Germaine Lefebvre], French actress and fashion model (Pink Panther, What's New Pussycat?), born in Saint-Raphaël, Var, France (d. 1990)

Person of interestWilliam Peter Blatty

Jan 7 William Peter Blatty, American scriptwriter and author of The Exorcist, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty
  • Jan 8 Sander Vanocur, American journalist (NBC Weekend News), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jan 8 May Wynn [Donna Lee Hickey], American actress (Caine Mutiny, Noah's Ark), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 11 Mitchell Ryan, American actor (Dark Shadows, Lethal Weapon, Chase, Executive Suite), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jan 12 Lew Gallo, American character actor & screenwriter (Get Smart, Gunsmoke, 12 O'Clock High), born in Mount Kisco, New York (d. 2000)
  • Jan 12 Ruth Brown, American actress & singer sometimes known as the "Queen of R&B" (So Long, Teardrops from My Eyes), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • Jan 13 David Sheiner, American actor (Paul-Mr Novak, Norman-Diana), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 13 Gregory Walcott, American actor (Plan 9 from Outer Space, 87th Precinct), born in Wendell, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Jan 19 Gerard Schurmann, Dutch-British conductor, and composer of classical music (The Double Heart), and film scores, (The Bedford Incident), born in Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 2020) dies at 96
  • Jan 20 Peter Donat, Canadian-American actor (Flamingo Road, Different Story), born in Kentville, Canada (d. 2018)
  • Jan 23 Jeanne Moreau, French actress (Going Places, Jules & Jim), born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • Jan 24 Michel Serrault, French actor (Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud, La Cage aux Folles), born in Brunoy, France (d. 2007)
  • Jan 29 Peter Byrne, British director and actor (Postcards from America, Carry on Cabby), born in West Ham, Essex
  • Jan 30 Andrew Salkey, Panamanian-Jamaican novelist, born in Colón, Panama (d. 1995)
  • Jan 30 Harold Prince, American producer & director (West Side Story, Evita), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2019)
  • Feb 4 Dave Ketchum, American actor (Agent 13-Get Smart, M*A*S*H), born in Quincy, Illinois
  • Feb 8 Stanley Baker, Welsh actor and producer (Concrete Jungle, Zorro, Zulu), born in Ferndale, Glamorgan (d. 1976)
  • Feb 8 Jack Larson, American actor (The Adventures of Superman -"Jimmy Olsen"), screenwriter, and librettist (Virgil Thomson's "Lord Byron"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • Feb 9 Roger Mudd, American news anchor (CBS Weekend News, NBC Evening News), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 11 Conrad Janis, American jazz trombonist and actor (Mork & Mindy, Quark, Bonino), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 17 Marta Romero, Puerto Rican actress & singer (La Divina Infiel, The Shadow of the Bat), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2013)
  • Feb 22 Bruce Forsyth, English comedian & TV host (Generation Game), born in London, England
  • Feb 22 Paul Dooley, American actor, writer and comedian(16 Candles, Strange Brew, Wedding), born in Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • Feb 24 Al Lettieri, American actor (Deadly Kiss, Pulp, Mr Majestyk, Getaway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • Feb 25 Larry Gelbart, American television writer, playwright, director and author, best known as creator and producer of M*A*S*H, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • Feb 26 Monique Leyrac, French Canadian singer and actress (Lights of My City, Act of the Heart), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 27 Josh Greenfeld, American author and screenwriter (A Child Called Noah), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • Feb 28 Tom Aldredge, American actor (The Sopranos, What About Bob, Nurse, Mind Snatchers), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • Feb 29 Joss Ackland, British actor (Queenie, To Kill a Priest), born in London, England
  • Mar 1 Jacques Rivette, French New Wave film director, born in Rouen, Haute-Normandie (d. 2016)
  • Mar 10 Sara Montiel, Spanish actress and singer (The Last Torch Song, The Violet Seller), born in Campo de Criptana, Ciudad Real, Spain (d. 2013)
  • Mar 11 Albert Salmi, American character actor (Caddyshack, Daniel Boone, 79 Park Avenue), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)
  • Mar 17 Eunice Gayson, British actress and 1st Bond Girl (Sylvia Trench- "Dr. No" and "From Russia With Love"), born in London (d. 2018) [1]
  • Mar 19 Patrick McGoohan, American-born Irish actor, writer, and director (The Prisoner, Secret Agent/ Danger Man), born in Queens, New York (d. 2009)

Person of interestFred Rogers

Mar 20 Fred Rogers, American children's TV host (Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood), born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)

TV Host Fred Rogers
TV Host
Fred Rogers
  • Mar 24 Byron "Yanks" Janis, American concert pianist (debut with NBC Symphony Orchestra at age 15), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 24 Vanessa Brown [Smylla Brind], Austrian-born American actress (My Favorite Husband), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1999)
  • Mar 26 Carole Carr [Carless], British singer and actress (Down Among the Z Men), born in London, England (d. 1997)
  • Apr 1 George Grizzard, American Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor (Wrong is Right, Bachelor Party, Attica), born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • Apr 1 Herbert Klein, newscaster/press secretary
  • Apr 2 Rita Gam, American actress (Distortions, Hannibal), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Apr 3 Kevin Hagen, American actor (Little House on the Prairie), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • Apr 3 Jennifer Paterson, English chef and TV personality (Two Fat Ladies), born in Kensington, London (d. 1999)
  • Apr 4 Bill Ryan, American newscaster (Smithsonian), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 4 Jimmy Logan, British comedian (Mad Death), born in Dennistoun, Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2001)

Person of interestMaya Angelou

Apr 4 Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson], American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots), born in St Louis, Missouri

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou
  • Apr 4 Monty Norman, English singer and film composer (James Bond Theme), born in London
  • Apr 4 Estelle Harris, American actress (Estelle Costanza - Seinfeld, Toy Story), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Apr 5 Michael Bryant, British actor (Sakharov; Girly), born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • Apr 7 James Garner, American actor (Rockford Files, Bret Maverick), born in Norman Oklahoma (d. 2014)
  • Apr 8 Eric Porter, British actor (Antony & Cleopatra; The 39 Steps), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • Apr 12 Hardy Krüger, German actor (The Flight of the Phoenix), born in Wedding, Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 23 Sir William "Bill" Cotton, British television producer and executive (Noel Gay TV), born in London, England (d. 2008)

Person of interestShirley Temple

Apr 23 Shirley Temple, American actress, famous 1930s child star (Bright Eyes, Heidi) and diplomat, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2014)

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • Apr 29 Heinz Wolff, German-born British scientist and presenter (BBC series "The Great Egg Race"), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2017)
  • Apr 30 Peter Carsten, German actor and film producer actor (A Study in Terror, Mr Super Invisible), born in Weißenburg in Bayern, Germany (d. 2012)
  • May 3 Jeanne Bal, American actress (Pat-Love & Marriage, Star Trek- The Man Trap), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1996)
  • May 5 Pierre Schoendoerffer, French Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter (The Anderson Platoon), born in Chamalieres, France (d. 2012)
  • May 7 John Ingle, American actor (Edward Quartermaine-General Hospital), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2012)
  • May 13 Édouard Molinaro, French film actor, director and screenwriter (La Cage aux Folles), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 2013)
  • May 18 Pernell Roberts, American actor (Adam-Bonanza, Trapper John MD), born in Waycross, Georgia (d. 2010)
  • May 21 Alice Drummond, American actress (Awakenings), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (d. 2016)
  • May 23 Nigel Davenport, British actor (Without a Clue, Masada), born in Cambridge, England (d. 2013)
  • May 23 Rosemary Clooney, American singer (Come On-a My House) and actress (White Christmas), born in Maysville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • May 23 Jeannie Carson [Shufflebottom], British-born comedian, actress, singer and dancer (As Long as They're Happy, An Alligator Named Daisy), born in Yorkshire, England
  • Jun 1 Bob Monkhouse, comedian (Bonkers), born in Kent, England
  • Jun 5 Robert Lansing, American actor (12 O'Clock High, Equalizer, A Man for All Seasons, Chariots of Fire), born in Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire (d. 1994)
  • Jun 7 James Ivory, American producer, director and screenwriter (Howard's End, Remains of the Day), born in Berkeley, California
  • Jun 7 Reg Park, British bodybuilder (Mr Universe 1951, 58, 65), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2007)
  • Jun 12 Tom Rosqui, American stage and screen character actor (The Godfather - "Rocco Lampone"), born in Oakland, California (d. 1991)
  • Jun 12 Vic Damone [Vito Farinola], American singer (On the Street Where You Live), entertainer, actor and TV presenter (Vic Damone Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2018)

Person of interestJohn Nash

Jun 13 John Nash, American mathematician (subject of movie "A Beautiful Mind") and Nobel laureate, born in Bluefield, West Virginia

Mathematician and Economist John Nash
Mathematician and Economist
John Nash
  • Jun 18 Marguerite "Maggie" McNamara, American actress (3 Coins in a Fountain, Cardinal), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • Jun 19 Nancy Marchand, American actress (The Sopranos, Beacon Hill, Margaret-Lou Grant), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2000)
  • Jun 19 Barry Took, English comedy writer (d. 2002)
  • Jun 20 William Berger, Austrian American actor (Face to Face, Adventure of Hercules), born in Innsbruck, Austria (d. 1993)
  • Jun 20 Martin Landau, American actor (Mission Impossible, Space 1999, Ed Wood), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • Jun 22 Ralph Waite, American actor, director and political candidate (Cool Hand Luke, The Waltons), born in White Plains, New York (d. 2014)
  • Jun 29 Ian Bannen, Scottish character actor (Eye of the Needle, Gorky Park), born in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1999)
  • Jul 2 Estelita Rodriguez, Cuban actress (Rio Bravo, Cuban Fireball, Havana Rose), born in Guanajay, Cuba (d. 1966)
  • Jul 2 Pavel Kohout, Czech, director/author (Poor Murderer)
  • Jul 5 Warren Oates, American actor (Dillinger, East of Eden, Stoney Burke), born in Depoy, Muhlenberg County (d. 1982)
  • Jul 8 Norma Donaldson, American singer and actress (Poetic Justice, 5 Heartbeats), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1994)
  • Jul 9 Vince Edwards, American actor, director, and singer (Ben Casey, The Devil's Brigade, Matt Lincoln, Firehouse), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • Jul 12 Sir Alastair Burnet [James William Alexander Burnet], British journalist and broadcaster (News at Ten), Born in Sheffield, England (d. 2012)
  • Jul 12 Kathy Staff [Minnie Higginbottom], British actress (Mary Reilly, Last of the Summer Wine, Open All Hours), born in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England (d. 2008)
  • Jul 13 Bob Crane, American DJ and actor (Col Hogan-Hogan's Heroes, Donna Reed), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 1978)
  • Jul 14 Nancy Olson, American actress (Absent-Minded Professor, Pollyanna), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jul 14 Pierre Olaf [Trivier], French actor (Camelot, Don't Drink the Water, Kraft Music Hall), born in Caudéran, Bordeaux (d. 1995)
  • Jul 21 Marcel Gauthier, Canadian wrestler (d. 1998)
  • Jul 22 Orson Bean, American actor and comedian (To Tell the Truth), born in Burlington, Vermont (d. 2020)
  • Jul 25 Mario Montenegro, Filipino actor (The Rites of May), born in Pagsanjan, Philippines (d. 1988)

Person of interestStanley Kubrick

Jul 26 Stanley Kubrick, American director (2001 A Space Odyssey, Dr Strangelove, Lolita), born in The Bronx NY (d. 1999)

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
  • Jul 27 Karloff Lagarde, Mexican professional wrestler, born in Zapotlán de Juárez, Hidalgo, Mexico (d. 2007)
  • Jul 30 Eunice Muñoz, Portuguese actress (Hard Times), born in Amareleja, Portugal
  • Aug 3 Cécile Aubry, French actress (The Black Rose), author (Belle et Sébastien), television screenwriter and director, born in Paris, France (d. 2010)

Person of interestAndy Warhol

Aug 6 Andy Warhol, American pop artist and film producer (Frankenstein, Bad), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)

Pop Artist Andy Warhol
Pop Artist
Andy Warhol
  • Aug 7 Romeo Muller, American screenwriter, born in the Bronx, New York (d. 1992)

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 26 Actress Mary Astor (21) weds director Kenneth Hawks (30) at her family home in Moorcrest

Actress Mary Astor
Actress
Mary Astor
  • Jun 15 "King Kong" actress Fay Wray (20) weds playwright-screenwriter John Monk Saunders (30)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 27 Marie Verstraete, Belgian actress (Mooi Juultje van Volendam, Frou Frou), dies at 74
  • Feb 16 Eddie Foy Sr. [Edwin Fitzgerald], Irish-American actor, singer and dancer (A Favorite Fool), dies at 71
  • Jun 22 George Siegmann, American actor (Birth of Nation, Queen of Sheba, Oliver Twist), dies from pernicious anemia at 46
  • Jul 21 Ellen Alice Terry, British Shakespearean actress and director (Imperial Theatre), dies at 81
  • Aug 10 Rex Cherryman, American actor (Camille, The Sunshine Trail, In for Thirty Days), dies from septic poisoning at 31
  • Sep 29 Lido Manetti [Arnold Kent], Italian-born American actor, dies in a car accident at 29
  • Oct 8 Larry Semon, American comedian and director (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 39
  • Nov 8 Mauritz Stiller [Moshe Stiller], Swedish actor and director (The Saga of Gösta Berling, Erotikon), dies from an infective pleurisy at 45
  • Dec 5 Johannes "Johan" Bakker Sr, Dutch actor and husband of Truus Soete, dies at 61
  • Dec 14 Theodore Roberts, American actor (Roaring Road, 10 Commandments), dies at 77