1934 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 1st Dutch talkie movie, Jan Teunissen's "Willem of Orange" premieres

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 22 "It Happened One Night" directed by Frank Capra and starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert opens at NY's Radio City Music Hall (Academy Awards Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay 1935)

Actor Clark Gable
Actor
Clark Gable
Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
Actress Claudette Colbert
Actress
Claudette Colbert

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 16 6th Academy Awards: "Cavalcade", Charles Laughton and Katharine Hepburn win, host Will Rogers announces "Come and Get it Frank" and wrong Frank gets up

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 19 Shirley Temple appears in her 1st movie, "Stand Up & Cheer"

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • Jun 9 1st appearance of Donald Duck in a cartoon, "The Wise Little Hen"
  • Aug 1 2nd Venice Film Festival opens
  • Sep 12 "L'Atalante", French film directed by Jean Vigo, starring Michel Simon, Dita Parlo and Jean Dasté, is released

Film release premierFilm Release

Sep 28 "Judge Priest" film directed by John Ford, starring Will Rogers is released

Humorist Will Rogers
Humorist
Will Rogers
Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
  • Dec 28 Film "Bright Eyes" premieres starring Shirley Temple and featuring the song "On the Good Ship Lollipop"

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 147

  • Jan 6 Sylvia Syms, English actress (Asylum, Moonraker, Shirley Valentine), born in London, England
  • Jan 8 Roy Kinnear, Lancashire England, actor (TW3, Help!, The 3 Musketeers)
  • Jan 13 Rip Taylor, American actor and comedian (Gong Show, $1.98 Beauty Show), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 14 Richard Briers, English actor, (d. 2013)
  • Jan 17 Donald Cammell, film director
  • Jan 17 Shari Lewis, ventriloquist/puppeteer (Lamb Chop), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 20 Tom Baker, English actor (fourth Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Liverpool
  • Jan 21 Audrey Dalton, Irish actress

Person of interestBill Bixby

Jan 22 Bill Bixby, actor (Incredible Hulk, My Favorite Martian), born in San Francisco, California

Actor Bill Bixby
Actor
Bill Bixby
  • Jan 23 Lou Antonio, actor (Barney-Snoop Sisters, Makin' It), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jan 25 Elizabeth Allen, actress (Laura-Bracken's World), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jan 28 Mitr Chaibancha, Thai actor (d. 1970)
  • Jan 29 Noel Harrison, singer/actor (Mark-Girl from UNCLE), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • Jan 30 Tammy Grimes, American actress (Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • Jan 31 James Franciscus, Clayton Mo, actor (Mr Novak, Longstreet, Hunter)
  • Feb 3 Jeremy Kemp, Chesterfield England, actor (Winds of War)
  • Feb 6 Bernard Erhard, American voice actor (d. 2000)
  • Feb 11 Tina Louise, American actress (Ginger-Gilligan's Island, Julie-Dallas), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 12 Annette Crosbie, British(?) actress
  • Feb 13 George Segal, actor/banjo player (Carbon Copy, Fun with Dick & Jane)
  • Feb 14 Florence Henderson, actress and singer (Carol in The Brady Bunch), born in Dale, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • Feb 15 Graham Kennedy, Australian actor (d. 2005)
  • Feb 17 Alan Bates, Allestree England, actor (Zorba the Greek, Unmarried Woman)
  • Feb 17 Barry Humphries, Australian comedian, actor and author known for his stage alter egos (Dame Edna Everage, Sir Les Patterson), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Feb 19 Carole Eastman, American screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • Feb 21 Rue McClanahan, Healdton Oklahoma, actress (Maude, Golden Girls)
  • Feb 23 Linda Cristal, Argentinian actress (High Chapparal), born in Buenos Aires
  • Feb 25 Bernard Bresslaw, English comedian (Carry On team), born in London, England (d. 1993)
  • Feb 27 Van Williams, American actor (Green Hornet, Tycoon), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Mar 3 Gia Scala, Italian actress (Angry Hills, Don't Go Near the Water)
  • Mar 4 Barbara McNair, singer/actress (Barbara McNair Show), born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • Mar 4 Anne Haney, American actress (Mrs. Sellner in Mrs. Doubtfire, Greta the secretary in Liar Liar), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • Mar 5 James B Sikking, CA, actor (Hill St Blues, Star Trek 3, Doogie Howser)
  • Mar 6 John Noakes, British TV presenter, born in Yorkshire, England (d. 2017)
  • Mar 8 Ron Taylor, Australian cinematographer (Those Amazing Animals), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2012)
  • Mar 9 Joyce Van Patten, American actress (Good Guys, Don Rickles Show), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 11 Sam Donaldson, ABC White House correspondent (Prime Time), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Mar 21 Al Freeman Jr, Tx, actor (One Life to Live, My Sweet Charlie), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 22 May Britt, Swedish actress (Young Lions)/wife of Sammy Davis Jr
  • Mar 22 Larry Martyn, English comedy actor (d. 1994)
  • Mar 23 Mark Rydell, American actor (Havana, Punchline, Long Goodbye), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 23 Fernand Gignac, Canadian singer and actor (d. 2006)
  • Mar 24 William Smith, American actor
  • Mar 26 Alan Arkin, American actor (Catch 22, In-Laws, Simon, Wait Until Dark), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 31 Richard Chamberlain, American actor (Dr Kildare), born in Beverly Hills, California
  • Apr 1 Don Hastings, American actor (Capt Video, Bob-As the World Turns), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 2 Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (Alien 3, Kes), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1997)
  • Apr 4 Dorothy Grenfell Williams, radio producer and broadcaster, born in Johannesburg (d. 1994)
  • Apr 7 Ian Richards, actor (Montgomery-Ike), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Apr 7 Ian Richardson, Scottish actor (d. 2007)
  • Apr 16 Richard Kenshaw, British broadcaster
  • Apr 18 James Drury, American actor (Virginian), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 18 Mark Kingston, actor (Intimate Contact)
  • Apr 24 John Barbour, TV host (Real People), born in Toronto, Ontario

Person of interestShirley MacLaine

Apr 24 Shirley MacLaine, American actress and mystic (Irma la Douce), born in Richmond, Virginia

  • Apr 25 Denny "Scott" Miller, American actor (Wagon Train), born in Bloomington Ind, (d. 2014)
  • May 4 Pete Barbutti, American comedian (Garry Moore Show), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • May 9 Alan Bennett, England, playwright/actor (Secret Policeman's Other Ball)
  • May 10 Gary Owens, American disc jockey/TV host (Laugh In, Gong Show), born in Mitchell, South Dakota
  • May 10 Jeanine Basinger, American film scholar
  • May 14 Siân Phillips, Welsh actress
  • May 18 Dwayne Hickman, LA, actor (Dobie Gillis, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini)
  • May 19 David Sinclair, actor (Love & Hate)
  • May 27 Harlan Ellison, American sci-fi author and screen-writer (Star Trek-"The City on the Edge of Forever"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • May 29 Nanette Newman, English writer/actress (Endless Game, Of Human Bondage), born in Northampton, England
  • May 31 Jim Hutton, Binghamton NY, actor (Ellery Queen)
  • Jun 1 Charles "Pat" Boone, American singer, actor (April Love, Cross & Switchblade, No More Mr. Nice Guy) and TV personality (The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jun 1 Peter Masterson, actor (Ambush Bay), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jun 8 Millicent Martin, English actress (Alfie, Nothing but the Best), born in Romford, Essex
  • Jun 12 John A. Alonzo, American cinematographer (pioneered handheld work, lighting techniques and HD video development), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2001)
  • Jun 16 Eileen Atkins, actress (Equus, Devil Within Her), born in London, England
  • Jun 16 Janet Pilgrim, playmate (July 1955, Dec 1955, Oct 1956)
  • Jun 16 Bill Cobbs [Wilbert], American actor (Night at the Museum, The Color of Money), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jun 20 Wendy Craig, England, actress (Joseph Andrews)
  • Jun 20 Rossana Podestà, Italian actress (Helen of Troy), (d. 2013)
  • Jun 26 Josef Sommer, German-American actor (Witness, Target, Iceman, Forced March), born in Greifswald, Germany
  • Jul 1 Jamie Farr, actor (Klinger-M*A*S*H, AfterMASH), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Jul 1 Jean Marsh, actress (Dark Places, Eagle has Landed), born in London, England

Person of interestSydney Pollack

Jul 1 Sydney Pollack, American director, actor and producer (Tootsie, Out of Africa), born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 2008)

Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film Director, Producer and Actor
Sydney Pollack
  • Jul 1 Claude Berri, French actor, director and screenwriter
  • Jul 4 Colin Welland, British screenwriter (Chariots of Fire) and actor (Straw Dogs), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2015)
  • Jul 8 Marty Feldman, comedian (Young Frankenstein), born in London, England
  • Jul 15 Risto Jarva, Finnish filmmaker (d. 1977)
  • Jul 17 Pat McCormick, comedian (Don Rickles Show)
  • Jul 18 Edward Bond, English playwright and director (Blow-up), born in Holloway, North London
  • Jul 18 Darlene Conley, American actress (The Bold and the Beautiful), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • Jul 19 Willem Nijholt, Dutch actor (De Nietsnut, Respect, Op Afbetaling), born in Gombong, Central Java

Person of interestLouise Fletcher

Jul 22 Louise Fletcher, actress (One Flew over Cuckoo's Nest), born in Birmingham, Alabama

  • Jul 25 Claude Zidi, French film director and screenwriter (My New Partner), born in Paris
  • Jul 26 Ken Pogue, Canadian actor (Adderly, Katts and Dog), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2015)
  • Aug 3 Haystacks Calhoun, American professional wrestler, born in McKinney, Texas (d. 1989)
  • Aug 16 John Standing, British actor (Edward-Lime Street), born in London, England
  • Aug 16 Ketty Lester, [Revoyda Frierson], US singer/actress (Love Letters)
  • Aug 16 Pierre Richard, French actor and director (The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe), born in Valenciennes, Nord, France
  • Aug 20 Armi Kuusela, Finnish beauty queen
  • Aug 22 Diana Sands, American actress (Raisin in the Sun, Doctor's Wife), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 22 Margaret Douglas, chief political adviser (BBC), born in London (d. 2008)
  • Aug 24 Kenny Baker, English actor (R2D2-Star Wars), born in Solihull (d. 2016)
  • Aug 25 Eddie Ilarde, Filipino disk jockey, television host and Senator, born in Iriga, Philippines
  • Aug 30 Eric Schneider, Dutch actor (Drop Out, Family, Flanagan), born in Jakarta, Indonesia

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 30 Actor and comedian Lou Costello marries burlesque dancer Anne Battler

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
  • Feb 10 British-born actor "North by Northwest" Cary Grant (30) weds "City Lights" actress Virginia Cherrill (26)

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 29 "Titanic" actress Gloria Stuart (24) weds screenwriter Arthur Sheekman (33)

Actress Gloria Stuart
Actress
Gloria Stuart

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 13 Actress and dancer Ginger Rogers (23) weds "All Quiet on the Western Front" actor Lew Ayres (25)

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 7 Actress Gloria Swanson (35) divorces Michael Farmer after 3 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Mar 21 Lilyan Tashman, American actress (Millie, Bulldog Drummond), dies following cancer surgery at 34
  • Apr 14 Gerald du Maurier, British actor (Power, Escape!, Masks and Faces), at 61
  • Apr 14 Karl Dane, Danish-American comedian and actor (The Big Parade) dies at 47
  • May 29 Eugenie Besserer, American actress (Anna Christie, Madame X), dies at 65
  • Jun 8 Dorothy Dell [Goff], American child actress (Little Miss Marker, Wharf Angel), dies in a road accident at 19
  • Jun 27 Max Pallenberg, Austrian extempore farce actor (Morn to Midnight), husband of Operetta star Fritzi Massary, dies in air crash at 56

Person of interestMarie Dressler

Jul 28 Marie Dressler, Canadian-American actress (Dinner at 8, Anna Christie), dies at 65 of cancer

  • Sep 2 Russ Columbo [Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolfo Colombo], American baritone, violinist and actor (You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love), is shot at 26
  • Sep 18 Marie Shotwell, actress (Sally of the Sawdust), dies at 54
  • Oct 5 Jean Vigo, French actor and director (Zero For Conduct, L'Atlante), dies of complications from tuberculosis at 29
  • Nov 16 Alice Liddell, English schoolgirl model for Alice in Wonderland, dies at 82