1933 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 5 "Cavalcade" based on the play by Noel Coward, directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1934)
  • Jan 30 "Lone Ranger" begins a 21-year run on ABC radio

Film release premierFilm Premier

Mar 2 "King Kong" film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Fay Wray premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in NYC

  • May 27 Walt Disney's "3 Little Pigs" released
  • Jun 23 Don McNeill's Pepper Pot (Breakfast Club) begins 35½ year run on NBC
  • Sep 29 Little King, Cartoon Character, by Von Beuren, debut
  • Oct 2 Eugene O'Neill's comedy "Ah, Wilderness" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 17 Marx brothers film "Duck Soup" directed by Leo McCarey and starring the Marx Brothers is released in the US

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 2 Fred Astaire's 1st film, "Dancing Lady", released

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • Dec 4 Jack Kirkland's play "Tobacco Road" premieres in NYC, became the longest-running play of its time

AgreementContract of Interest

Dec 21 Fox Films signs Shirley Temple aged 5, to a studio contract

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 29 "Sons of the Desert" film directed by William A. Seiter starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy is released

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy
Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 135

  • Jan 1 Joe Orton, English actor and dramatist (Prick Up Your Ears), (d. 1967)
  • Jan 1 Norman Yemm, Australian actor
  • Jan 6 Emil Steinberger, Swiss comedian
  • Jan 7 Elliott Kastner, American film producer (Angel Heart, Where Eagles Dare), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • Jan 8 Charles Osgood, American news anchor (CBS Weekend News), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 14 Stan Brakhage, American filmmaker (d. 2003)

Person of interestSusan Sontag

Jan 16 Susan Sontag, American author/film director (Benefactor, 1966 Pol Award), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)

Author Susan Sontag
Author
Susan Sontag
  • Jan 17 Dalida, Egyptian actress and singer, Miss Egypt (The 6th Day)
  • Jan 17 Sheree North [Dawn Bethel], American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2005)
  • Jan 19 Marc F. A. Andries, Flemish actor (Central Station)
  • Jan 23 Arlene Golonka, American actress (Millie-Mayberry RFD), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 23 Chita Rivera, American actress (West Side Story, Sweet Charity), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 2 Tony Jay, English actor (d. 2006)
  • Feb 5 Nick Georgiade, American actor (Untouchables, Run Buddy Run), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 13 Caroline Blakiston, actress (At Bertram's Hotel)
  • Feb 13 Kim Novak, [Marilyn], American actress (Vertigo, Of Human Bondage), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 14 Madhubala [Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi], Indian actress regarded as "The Venus of Indian Cinema", born in Delhi, India (d. 1969)
  • Feb 18 Mary Ure, Scottish actress (Reflection of Fear, Windom's Way) (d. 1975), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Feb 26 Godfrey Cambridge, American actor (Cotton comes to Harlem), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 1 Joan Hackett, NY, actress (Will Penny, One Stone Pony)
  • Mar 3 Alfredo Landa, Spanish actor
  • Mar 6 William Davis, author/broadcaster (Battle at Bull Run)
  • Mar 12 Barbara Feldon, American actress (Agent 99-Get Smart), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Person of interestMichael Caine

Mar 14 Michael Caine [Maurice J Micklewhite], English actor (Alfie), born in London, England

Person of interestPhilippe de Broca

Mar 15 Philippe de Broca, French film director, born in Paris, France

Film Director Philippe de Broca
Film Director
Philippe de Broca
  • Mar 19 Renee Taylor [Wexler], American actress (Jack Paar Show, Mary Hartman, The Nanny), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 23 Monique van Vooren, Belgian actress (Andy Warhol's Frankenstein)
  • Mar 30 Jean-Claude Brialy, Algerian actor (Circle of Love, Cousins), born in Aumale, Algeria
  • Mar 31 Bob Simmons, Fulham England, stuntman (double for James Bond)
  • Mar 31 Shirley Jones, American actress (Partridge Family, Elmer Gantry), born in Smithton, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 5 Frank Gorshin, American comedian and impersonator (Riddler-Batman), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • Apr 6 Dudley Sutton, British actor (Leather Boys, Brimstone & Treacle)
  • Apr 7 Wayne Rogers, US actor (M*A*S*H, House Calls), born in Birmingham Alabama (d. 2015)
  • Apr 9 Jean-Paul Belmondo, French actor (Casino Royale, Magnifique), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 10 Poncie Ponce, American actor (Kazuo Kim-Hawaiian Eye), born in Maui, Hawaii (d. 2013)
  • Apr 13 Shani Wallis, Irish singer/actress (Oliver)

Person of interestElizabeth Montgomery

Apr 15 Elizabeth Montgomery, US actress (Samantha/Serena-Bewitched), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Apr 16 Joan Bakewell, British broadcaster/actress (Cold Comfort Farm)
  • Apr 19 Jayne Mansfield [Vera Jane Palmer], US actress (The Girl Can't Help It), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • Apr 24 Patricia Bosworth, American actor, journalist, writer, and biographer, born in Oakland, California
  • Apr 24 Claire Davenport, English actress (The Elephant Man), born in Sale, Cheshire, England (d. 2002)
  • Apr 24 Helmuth Lohner, Austrian actor and director (Mrs. Warren's Profession), born in Vienna
  • Apr 26 Carol Burnett, American comedian and actress (Annie, 4 Seasons), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Apr 29 Keith Baxter, Welsh actor (Chimes at Midnight, Killing Time, Barretts at Wimpole Street), born in Newport, Monmouthshire
  • Apr 29 Rodney "Rod" McKuen, American poet, singer-songwriter and actor (Jean, Alone, Beatsville), born in Oakland, California (d. 2015)
  • May 3 Alex Cord [Alexander Viespi], American actor (Brotherhood, Fire, Street Asylum), born in NYC, New York
  • May 7 Nexhmije Pagarusha, Albanian singer and actress, born in Malishevë, Kosovo
  • May 9 Johnny Grant, unofficial mayor of Hollywood
  • May 14 Lajos Kovacs, Hungarian actor (Wings of Desire)
  • May 14 Michael Chevalier, German voice actor
  • May 20 Constance Towers, actress (Capitol, Shock Corrider, Naked Kiss)
  • May 22 Don Estelle [Ronald Edwards], British actor and singer (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), born in Crumpsall, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • May 23 Joan Henrietta Collins, actress (Alexis-Dynasty, Bitch), born in London, England
  • May 25 Roger Bowen, actor (M*A*S*H, Main Event, What about Bob, Petulia)
  • May 28 John Karlen, American actor (Harvey Lacey-Cagney & Lacey), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestJoan Rivers

Jun 8 Joan Rivers, American comedian and actress (Late Show, Hollywood Squares), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)

Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host Joan Rivers
Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host
Joan Rivers
  • Jun 9 Dick Orkin, Williamsport Pa, actor (Tim Conway Show)

Person of interestGene Wilder

Jun 11 Gene Wilder [Jerome Silberman], American actor ( Blazing Saddles, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2016)

  • Jun 20 Brett Halsey, actress (Paul-Follow the Sun), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Jun 20 Danny Aiello, American actor (Moonstruck, Radio Days), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 21 Bernie Kopell, American actor (Love Boat, Get Smart, That Girl), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 22 Jacques Martin, French TV host (d. 2007)
  • Jun 30 Lea Massari, Italian actress
  • Jul 1 Sam Rutigliano, American NFL coach/broadcaster (Cleveland Browns), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 4 Rufus "Freight Train" Jones [Carey Lloyd], American professional wrestler, born in Dillon, South Carolina (d. 1993)
  • Jul 5 Terence Cooper, Northern Ireland, actor (Casino Royale)
  • Jul 7 David McCullough, actor (Huey Long)
  • Jul 7 Dick Kallman, American actor (Born to Be Loved, Verboten!), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)
  • Jul 13 Patsy Byrne, English actress (Stealing Heaven, Blackadder II), born in Ashford, (d. 2014)
  • Jul 17 Bruce Wells, British boxer & actor
  • Jul 20 Aliki Vouyouklaki, actress (Madalena)
  • Jul 23 Bert Convy, American actor and game show host (Tattletales), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • Jul 24 John Aniston, American actor (Search for Tomorrow, Day of our Lives), born in Crete, Greece
  • Jul 26 Lance Percival, English actor and comedian (That Was The Week That Was), born in Sevenoaks, Kent, England (d. 2015)
  • Jul 29 Robert Fuller, actor (Laramie, Wagon Train), born in Troy, New York
  • Jul 29 Lou Albano, American pro wrestling manager
  • Jul 30 Edd "Kookie" Byrnes, American actor (77 Sunset Strip, Jack the Ripper), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 30 Ben Piazza, American actor (Blues Brothers, Ben Casey, Dallas), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1991)
  • Aug 1 Dom DeLuise, American comedian (End, Cannonball Run, Fatso), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 1 Jesse Corti, Venezuelan-American voice actor and comedian, born in Venezuela
  • Aug 5 Joan Weldon, actress (So This is Love, Them), born in San Francisco, California
  • Aug 9 Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Japanese television personality and children's author
  • Aug 13 Madhur Jaffrey, Indian cookbook writer and actress (Shakespeare Wallah), born in Delhi, British India
  • Aug 15 Lori Nelson, American actress (Greta-How to Marry a Millionaire), Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Aug 16 Julie Newmar, actress (Catwoman-Batman, Living Doll), born in Hollywood, California
  • Aug 17 Glenn Corbett [Glen Edwin Rothenburg], El Monte, California, American actor (Route 66, Shenandoah)
  • Aug 18 Roman Polanski, Polish-French film director (Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, Pirates), born in Paris, France
  • Aug 19 Debra Paget [Debralee Griffin], American actress (Love Me Tender), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Aug 21 Barry Norman, British film critic (Film Greats), born in London (d. 2017)
  • Aug 22 Sylva Koscina, Italian actress (Jessica, Hercules), born in Split, Dalmatia, Yugoslavia (d. 1994)
  • Aug 25 Tom Skerritt, actor (Ryan's Four, Alien, Big Bad Mama), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 29 Ramses Shaffy, Dutch singer and cabaret actor (Zaak MP, Liefdesbekentenissen), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 2009)
  • Sep 2 Victor Spinetti, Welsh actor, (d. 2012)
  • Sep 4 Richard Castellano, actor (The Godfather, Lovers & Other Stranger), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Sep 12 Tatiana Doronina, Russian actress, born in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Sep 13 Eileen Fulton, American actress (Our Private World), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Sep 14 Harve Presnell, American actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in Modesto, California (d. 2009)
  • Sep 14 Zoe Caldwell, Australian actress (Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Sep 15 Henry Darrow, American actor (Harry O, New Dick Van Dyke Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 16 George Chakiris, Norwood Ohio, actor (West Side Story)

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 1 Charlie Chaplin (44) weds Paulette Goddard (22)

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 24 Actor John Wayne (26) weds Josephine Saenz (25) in Los Angeles

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 12 Fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time Fred Astaire (34) weds socialite Phyllis Livingston Potter (25)

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 10 Actress Hedy Lamarr (19) weds Hirtenberger Patronen-Fabrik chairman Friedrich Mandl (33)

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr
Actress and Inventor
Hedy Lamarr

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 26 Director Victor Fleming (44) weds Lucile Rosson

Director Victor Fleming
Director
Victor Fleming

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 28 Actress Greer Garson (29) weds first husband Edward Snelson (29)

Actress Greer Garson
Actress
Greer Garson

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 15 Actor Gary Cooper (32) weds actress Veronica Balfe (20) in Park Avenue, New York City


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 3 Jack Pickford, Canadian-American actor (The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come), dies at 37
  • Feb 24 Spottiswoode Aitken, Scottish actor (The Birth of a Nation, The Avenging Conscience), dies at 65
  • Mar 17 Ferdinand Von Alten, German-Russian actor (Champagne), dies at 48
  • Apr 28 Robin Irvine, British actor (Easy Virtue, When Boys Leave Home), dies of pleurisy at 31
  • May 15 Ernest Torrence, Scottish actor (I Cover the Waterfront, Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies from complications following surgery for gall stones at 54
  • Jun 25 Bill Dana [William Szathmary], American comedian, characters actor (José Jiménez), and screenwriter (The Nude Bomb, The Bill Dana Show), dies at 92
  • Jun 29 Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, American actor (The Bell Boy, Moonshine, Keystone comedies), dies from a heart attack at 46
  • Aug 3 Arthur Collins, singer/comedian (Peerless Quartet), dies at 69
  • Aug 28 Helen Dunbar, American actress (b. 1863)
  • Oct 5 Renee Adoree, actress (Big Parade), dies at 35
  • Oct 25 Lillian Hall-Davies actress (Farmer's Wife, Ring), dies at 36
  • Nov 5 Texas Guinan, American saloon keeper, actress, and musician (b. 1884)
  • Nov 12 James T. Kelley, Irish actor (The Rink, The Immigrant), dies at 79