1929 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 3 27 year old William S Paley becomes CBS president
  • Jan 8 CBS radio network buys WABC in NYC
  • Jan 13 Humanist Society established, Hollywood, California
  • Feb 1 "The Broadway Melody" directed by Harry Beaumont and starring Bessie Love is released. 1st film with sound to win an Oscar (Outstanding Picture 1930)
  • Feb 5 Jimmy Hatlo's "They'll Do It Every Time" cartoon debuts in San Francisco

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

May 16 1st Academy Awards: "Wings", Emil Jannings & Janet Gaynor win

  • Sep 2 WOR (NYC) ends affiliation with CBS radio network
  • Oct 24 Rudy Vallee's "The Fleishmann's Yeast Hour" begins broadcasting on NBC radio

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 135

  • Jan 7 Douglas Kiker, NBC newsman (1970 Peabody Award)
  • Jan 7 Terry Moore [Helen Luella Koford], American actress (Little Sheba), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 8 Saeed Jaffrey, Indian actor (The Chess Players, Gandhi), born in Punjab, India (d. 2015)
  • Jan 11 Nicoletta Orsomando, Italian TV presenter, born in Casapulla
  • Jan 14 Aleksander Petrovic, film director
  • Jan 19 Ulu Grosbard, Belgian actor (Straight Time, Georgia, Falling in Love)
  • Jan 20 Arte Johnson, comedian (Laugh-in, Don't Call Me Charlie), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 26 Gordon Solie, American wrestling commentator (d. 2000)
  • Jan 31 Jean Simmons, British actress (Thorn Birds, Guys & Dolls),born in London, England (d. 2010)
  • Feb 4 Jerry Adler, American actor
  • Feb 6 Pierre Brice, French actor
  • Feb 14 Vic Morrow, American actor (Combat, Roots, Twilight Zone the Movie), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 15 Gerald Harper, broadcaster/actor (Tunes of Glory, Extra Day)
  • Feb 17 Dame Patricia Routledge, British actress and singer (Keeping Up Appearances, Talking Heads: A Lady of Letters), born in Tranmere, Birkenhead
  • Feb 19 Jacques Deray, French film director (d. 2003)
  • Feb 20 Amanda Blake [Beverly Louise Neill], American actress (Kitty Russell-Gunsmoke), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1989)
  • Feb 21 James Beck, English actor (d. 1973)
  • Feb 22 James Hong, American actor
  • Feb 22 Rebecca Schull [Wattenberg], American actress (Wings, United 93), born in New York City, New York
  • Feb 23 Eduard W "Ed" Bauer, [Eddy Evers], Dutch actor (Bluejackets)
  • Feb 24 Richard B Shull, actor (Diana, Holmes & Yoyo), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Mar 11 Timothy Carey, American actor (Paths of Glory, The Killing), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • Mar 13 Peter Breck, American actor (Black Saddle, Big Valley, Benji), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2012)
  • Mar 16 Nadja Tiller, Austrian actress (Ich suche Dich, Rosemary) and Miss Austria (1949), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Mar 20 Germán Robles, Spanish actor
  • Mar 21 James Coco, actor (Man of La Mancha, Murder by Death), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Mar 21 Jules Verne Berman, space & science reporter (ABC-TV)
  • Mar 21 Maurice Catarcio, wrestler
  • Mar 23 James Maxwell, American actor and director (The Portrait of a Lady, The Shadow of the Tower, The Evil of Frankenstein), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • Mar 25 Kenneth Haigh, Yorkshire England, actor (Search for the Nile)
  • Mar 27 Anne Ramsey, American actress (Throw Mama from the Train), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1988)
  • Mar 29 Ronald Clive Williams, Welsh actor and comedian (Twin Town), born in Cefneithin, Carmarthenshire, Wales (d. 1997)
  • Mar 29 Utpal Dutt, Indian actor and director (Manusher Adhikar), born in Barisal, Bengal Presidency, India (d. 1993)
  • Mar 30 Richard Dysart, Brighton Mass, actor (Leland MacKenzie-LA Law)
  • Mar 30 Shirley Stoler, actress (Frankenhooker, 7 Beauties), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 31 Lee Patterson, actor (Dave-Surfside Six, Another World), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Apr 1 Jane Powell, American singer and actress (7 Brides for 7 Brothers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Apr 3 Lee Leonard, American television personality (ESPN, CNN), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 5 Nigel Hawthorne, English actor (Tartuffe, Pope John Paul II), born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 2001)
  • Apr 6 Joi Lansing [Joyce Brown], American model, film and television actress, and nightclub singer (Touch of Evil, Bob Cummings Show), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1972)
  • Apr 8 Jacques Brel, Belgian singer, songwriter, actor, director and composer (Le Far West, Pain in the A__), born in Schaerbeek, Brussels (d. 1978)
  • Apr 8 WIlliam K Everson, film historian

Person of interestMax Von Sydow

Apr 10 Max Von Sydow, Swedish actor (Hawaii, Exorcist, Dune, Dreamscape), born in Lund, Sweden

  • Apr 12 Elspet Gray, Lady Rix, Scottish actress (4 Weddings & a Funeral, Solo, Tenko), born in Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland (d. 2013)
  • Apr 14 Gerry Anderson, English television producer, (d. 2012)
  • Apr 18 Peter Jeffrey, actor (Dr Phibes Rides Again, Twinsanity)
  • Apr 24 Dr.Rajkumar, Kannada actor
  • Apr 24 Shammi [Nargis Rabadi], Indian actress (Half Ticket, Dekh Bhai Dekh), born in Bombay, British India (d. 2018)
  • Apr 30 Peter Carsten, Weissenberg Bavaria, actor (Mr Super Invisible)

Person of interestAudrey Hepburn

May 4 Audrey Hepburn, British actress (Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1993)

  • May 5 John S Ragin, actor (Dr Astin-Quincy ME), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 9 Kay Dotrice, British actress (d. 2007)
  • May 14 Henry McGee, British actor (d. 2006)
  • May 23 Ulla Jacobson, Swedish actress (One Summer of Happiness)
  • May 25 Warren Frost, American actor
  • May 29 Katie Boyle, [Lady Sander Saunders], British broadcaster
  • May 30 Michael Mellinger, Bavaria, actor (Goldfinger)
  • May 31 Elaine Stewart, actress (Take the High Ground), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • Jun 6 Sunil Dutt, Indian Bollywood director, actor and politician (Yaadein, Mother India, Khandaan), born in Jhelum, Punjab (d. 2005)
  • Jun 7 The Grand Wizard of Wrestling, Wrestling manager (d. 1983)
  • Jun 10 Harald Juhnke, actor (Guitars of Love), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Jun 13 Ralph McQuarrie, conceptual designer (Star Wars, E.T.), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2012)
  • Jun 16 Ramon Bieri, American actor (d. 2001)
  • Jun 16 Pauline Yates, English actress (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), born in St Helens, Merseyside
  • Jun 19 Thelma Barlow, English actress (Mavis on Coronation Street)
  • Jun 20 Ronald Hines, British actor (Not in Front of the Children, Pack of Lies), born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • Jun 23 Dave King, Twickenham England, comedian (Kraft Music Hall)
  • Jun 27 William Afflis, American wrestler (d. 1991)
  • Jun 28 Don Dubbins, actor (Enchanted Island, Fix), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 29 Pat Crawford Brown, American actress
  • Jun 29 Leigh Snowden [Martha Lee Estes], American actress (All That Heaven Allows), born in Covington, Tennessee (d. 1982)
  • Jul 5 Katherine Helmond, actress (Soap, Mona-Who's the Boss), born in Galveston, Texas
  • Jul 18 Michael Medwin, English actor (Four in a Jeep, Scrooge, Checkpoint)
  • Jul 20 Rajendra Kumar, Indian actor (d. 1999)
  • Jul 21 Bob Orton, American wrestler (d. 2006)
  • Jul 22 Vivien Merchant, actress (Under Milk Wood), born in Manchester, England
  • Jul 31 Don Murray, American actor (Bus Stop, Advise & Consent, Endless Love), born in Hollywood, California
  • Aug 4 Kishore Kumar, Indian singer and actor, born in Khandwa, Central Provinces, British (d. 1987)
  • Aug 13 Pat Harrington Jr, actor (Danny Thomas Show, 1 Day at a Time), born in NYC, New (d. 2016)
  • Aug 16 Fritz Von Erich, American professional wrestler (d. 1997)
  • Aug 20 Norma Connolly, actress (Ruby Anderson-General Hospital), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 28 Rokie Roker, actress (Helen-Jeffersons), born in Miami, Florida
  • Sep 2 Hal Ashby, American film director (d. 1988)

Person of interestBob Newhart

Sep 5 Bob Newhart, comedian (Bob Newhart Show, Newhart), born in Oak Park, Illinois

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart
  • Sep 7 John Milford, Johnstown NY, actor (Lieutenant, Legend of Jesse James)
  • Sep 7 T. P. McKenna, Irish actor (Rivals, Holocaust), born in Mullagh, Ireland (d. 2011)
  • Sep 14 Maurice Vachon, French Canadian professional wrestler
  • Sep 17 Pat Crowley, American actress
  • Sep 20 Anne Meara, Brooklyn New York comedian/actress (Stiller & Meara, Archie's Place)
  • Sep 23 Wally Whyton, musician/broadcaster
  • Sep 25 Ronnie Barker, British comedian (the Two Ronnies)
  • Sep 25 Barbara Walters, newscaster (Today, 20/20, ABC-TV), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 27 Sada Thompson, actress (Family, Pursuit of Happiness), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Sep 28 Marilyn Clark, actress (House of Party Beach), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Oct 2 Moses Gunn, actor (Amityville II, Good Times, Shaft), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 4 Scotty Beckett, actor (Listen Darling, Battleground), born in Oakland, California
  • Oct 5 Skip Homeier, actor (Beachhead, Dan Raven, Interns), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 7 Graeme Ferguson, Canadian filmmaker and executive
  • Oct 11 Liselotte Pulver, Swiss actress
  • Oct 12 Magnús Magnússon, Icelandic television presenter, born in Reykjavik, Iceland (d. 2007)

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 29 Actress and dancer Ginger Rogers (17) weds her dancing partner Jack Pepper (26)

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 3 Actor and naval officer of World War II Douglas Fairbanks Jr (19) weds actress Joan Crawford (24) at St. Malachy in New York City

Actress Joan Crawford
Actress
Joan Crawford
  • Jul 22 American Playwright Eugene O'Neill (40) marries 3rd wife actress Carlotta Monterey (40)

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 23 Academy Award-winning Shirley Booth marries comic actor Ed Gardner

Actress Shirley Booth
Actress
Shirley Booth

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Feb 12 Lillie Langtry [Emilie Charlotte Le Breton], American actress (His Neighbor's Wife), dies at 75
  • Jun 9 Lewis Bennison, American actor, dies at 44
  • Jul 2 Gladys Brockwell, actress (Oliver Twist), dies at 34
  • Jul 3 Dustin Farnum, American actor (Squaw Man, Virginian, The Flaming Frontier), dies at 55
  • Aug 2 Mae Costello, American actress (b. 1882)
  • Sep 15 Sara Amsel, Indon/Dutch actress/wife of Carel van Hoisted, dies at 58
  • Oct 3 Jeanne Eagels, actress (The Letter), dies at 35