On This Day

Year 1936 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 Noël Coward's "Astonished Heart" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • Jan 16 Screen Actors Guild incorporates with King Vidor as president

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 5 "Modern Times", silent film directed by, written by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • Feb 7 Felix the Cat, animated film released by Van Beuren Studios licensed from Otto Messmer
  • Feb 15 Sonja Henie of Norway becomes the most successful Olympic figure skater ever by winning her 3rd consecutive gold medal at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games; beats Cecilia College of Great Britain by 6.4 points
  • Feb 17 The world's first superhero, The Phantom, a cartoon strip by Lee Falk, makes his first appearance in comics
  • Feb 22 Sonja Henie of Norway follows up her Winter Olympics victory with an incredible 10th consecutive women’s World Championship figure skating gold medal in Paris, France

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 5 8th Academy Awards: "Mutiny on the Bounty", Victor McLaglen & Bette Davis wins

Film release premierFilm Premier

Mar 22 "The Great Ziegfeld" directed by Robert Z. Leonard and starring William Powell and Luise Rainer premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1937

Actress Luise Rainer
Actress
Luise Rainer
  • Jun 1 "Lux Radio Theater" moved from NYC to Hollywood
  • Jun 9 Page Miss Glory (1936), premieres in USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 29 George M. Cohan is the first artist to be presented with a US Congressional Gold Medal, by Franklin D. Roosevelt (for raising war morale)

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan
  • Jul 7 RCA shows 1st real TV program (dancing, film on locomotives, Bonwit Teller fashion show and monologue from Tobacco Road & comedy)
  • Aug 10 4th Venice Film Festival opens

Film release premierFilm Release

Sep 4 "Swing Time", directed by George Stevens, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, is released

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • Sep 28 Bachelor's Children debuts on CBS radio (at 9:45 am)
  • Nov 2 At 3pm the BBC begins the world's first regular high-definition TV broadcast service from specially constructed studios at Alexandra Palace, North London
  • Nov 2 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is established
  • Nov 12 1st ever TV Gardening show "In Your Garden" shown on BBC television
  • Nov 24 Noël Coward's "Tonight at 8:30" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 16 John Monks and Fred Finklehoff's play "Brother Rat" premieres in New York City
  • Dec 17 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen & dummy Charlie McCarthy, appear on TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 30 Beginning of the "feud" between comedians Fred Allen and Jack Benny on Allen's "Town Hall Tonight" show

Comedian Jack Benny
Comedian
Jack Benny

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 3 Betty Rollin, actress (Crossing Delancey)/author (Last Wish)
  • Jan 5 Florence King, American humorist, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2016)
  • Jan 10 Burnum Burnum, Australian Aboriginal activist, actor, author and dreamer, born in Dignams Creek, Australia (d. 1997)
  • Jan 11 Linda Lawson, actress (Don't Call Me Charlie), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jan 11 Meindert Leerling, Dutch TV director/MP (RPF)
  • Jan 16 Michael White, British theater & film producer (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), born in Glasgow (d. 2016)
  • Jan 17 Jerry Fogel, actor (Jerry-Mothers-in-Law, White Shadow), born in Rochester, New York
  • Jan 21 Koji Hashimoto, Japanese film director (d. 2005)
  • Jan 23 Arlene Golonka, American actress (Millie Swanson-The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry R.F.D.), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 25 Diana Hyland, American actress (Peyton Place, 8 is Enough), born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • Jan 27 Troy Donahue, American actor (Surfside Six, Cockfighter, Hawaiian Eye), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)

Person of interestAlan Alda

Jan 28 Alan Alda [Alphonso D'Abruzzo], American actor (Hawkeye Pierce-M*A*S*H), born in NYC, New York

Actor, Director and Comedian Alan Alda
Actor, Director and Comedian
Alan Alda
  • Feb 2 Duane Jones, American actor
  • Feb 4 Gary Conway, actor (Burke's Law, Land of the Giants), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 4 David Brenner, American stand-up comedian and TV talk show host (Nightlife) known as a pioneer of observational comedy, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • Feb 9 Clive Swift, actor (Frenzy, Passage to India), born in Liverpool, England

Person of interestBurt Reynolds

Feb 11 Burt Reynolds, American actor (Deliverance, Evening Shade, Strip Tease, Cannonball), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 2018)

  • Feb 12 Joe Don Baker, American actor (Eischied, Walking Tall, Fletch), born in Groesback, Texas
  • Feb 12 Paul Shenar, American actor (Carrington-Roots), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 14 Andrew Prine, American actor (V, W.E.B., Wide Country), born in Jennings, Florida
  • Feb 17 John Leyton, British actor and singer ("Johnny Remember Me"), born in Frinton-on-Sea, England
  • Feb 20 Larry Hovis, American actor (Hogan's Heroes - "Sgt. Carter"; Gomer Pyle), born in Wapito, Washington (d. 2003)
  • Feb 20 Marj Dusay [Mahoney], Russell Ks, actress (Kate-Bret Maverick)
  • Feb 26 Manmohan Desai, Indian filmmaker (Amar Akbar Anthony, Suhaag), born in Bombay, British India (d. 1994)
  • Feb 27 Roger M. Mahoney, American cardinal (Archbishop of Los Angeles, 1985–2011), born in Hollywood, California
  • Feb 27 Virginia Maskell, English actress (Suspect, Doctor in Love, Man Upstairs), born in Shepherd's Bush, London (d. 1968)
  • Feb 29 Alex Rocco, American actor (The Godfather, The Famous Teddy Z), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Mar 2 Henny Boskamp [Hoelscher], actor (Troeleke)
  • Mar 5 Dean Stockwell, California, actor (Werewolf of Washington, Blue Velvet)
  • Mar 8 Sue Ane Langdon, actress (Bachelor Father, Arnie), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Mar 9 Marty Ingels, American comedian (I'm Dickens He's Fenster), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • Mar 9 Elina Salo, Finnish actress (Hamlet Goes Business), born in Sipoo, Finland
  • Mar 10 Juda Bar-Norwegian, Israeli/Dutch mime/actor (King)
  • Mar 12 Lloyd Dobbins, newscaster (NBC News Overnight), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • Mar 19 Ursula Andress, Swiss model, actress and sex symbol (Dr. No, Casino Royale, She, Sensuous Nurse), born in Ostermundigen, Switzerland

Person of interestVaughn Meader

Mar 20 Vaughn Meader, American comedian and musician, born in Waterville, Maine (d. 2004)

Comedian and Musician Vaughn Meader
Comedian and Musician
Vaughn Meader
  • Mar 27 Jerry Lacy, American actor (Play it Again Sam), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • Mar 29 Richard Rodney Bennett, English pianist, classical, jazz, and film score composer (Far From The Madding Crowd; Four Weddings And A Funeral), born in Kent, England (d. 2012)
  • Mar 31 Dokumamushi Sandayu, Japanese actor
  • Apr 8 Klaus Lowitsch, German actor (Despair, Marriage of Marla Braun), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 9 Jerzy Maksymiuk, Polish pianist, composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, 1983-93), born in Grodno, Poland

Person of interestJohn Madden

Apr 10 John Madden, NFL coach (Oakland Raiders) and sports commentator (CBS, FOX), born in Austin, Minnesota

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Apr 12 Charles Napier, American actor (Night Stalker, Rambo), born in Mt. Union, Kentucky (d. 2011)
  • Apr 14 Kenneth Mars, American actor (The Producers), born in Chicago Illinois (d. 2011)
  • Apr 18 Harold Innocent, English actor (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 1993)

Person of interestGlen Campbell

Apr 22 Glen Campbell, American actor and singer (Time I Get to Phoenix), born in Delight, Arkansas (d. 2017)

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • Apr 24 Jill Ireland, English actress (Breakout, Assassination, Chino), born in London, England (d. 1990)
  • Apr 29 Lane Smith, actor (Perry White-Lois & Clark), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • May 2 Quinn Redeker, American actor (Dan Raven, Young & Restless), born in Woodstock, Illinois
  • May 5 Patrick Gowers, Britishchoral and film score composer (Viri Galilaei; Hamlet; Smiley's People), born in Islington, England (d. 2014)
  • May 6 Joanna Dunham, English actress (Possession, House the Dripped Blood), born in Luton, Bedfordshire (d. 2014)
  • May 9 Albert Finney, English actor (The Dresser, Under the Volcano), born in Salford, England (d. 2019)

Person of interestGlenda Jackson

May 9 Glenda Jackson, English actress (Women in Love), born in Cheshire, England

  • May 9 Terry Drinkwater, American TV newsman (CBS), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1989)
  • May 12 Tom Snyder, American newscaster (The Tomorrow Show, NBC Weekend News), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2007)
  • May 12 Klaus Doldinger, German jazz saxophonist (Passport) and composer for film, born in Berlin
  • May 13 Rafael Campos, Santiago Dominican Republic, actor (Tonka)
  • May 15 Anna Maria Alberghetti, Italian-American singer/actress (Cinderfella), born in Pesaro, Italy
  • May 16 Roy Hudd, British comedian (Blood Beast Terror, Vampire Beast Craves Blood), born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 2020)

Person of interestDennis Hopper

May 17 Dennis Hopper, American actor (True Grit, Blue Velvet, Easy Rider), born in Dodge City, Kansas (d. 2010)

Actor and Director Dennis Hopper
Actor and Director
Dennis Hopper
  • May 20 Anthony Zerbe, Cal, actor (Harry-O, Centennial, They Call Me Mr Tibbs)
  • May 22 Toshiaki Tsushima, Japanese film score composer, born in Okayama Prefecture, Japan (d. 2013)
  • May 23 Charles Kimbrough, actor (Murphy Brown)
  • May 27 Louis Gossett Jr, American actor (Officer & Gentleman, Deep), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 29 Arlene McQuade, American actress (Rosalie-Goldbergs), born in NYC, New York
  • May 30 Keir Dullea, actor (2001, 2010, David & Lisa), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 30 Ruta Lee, actress (Operation Eichmann, Marjorie Morningstar)
  • Jun 1 Bekim Fehmiu, Yugoslavian actor (Black Sunday, Permission to Kill, Cagliostro), born in Sarajevo, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2010)
  • Jun 2 Sally Kellerman, actress (M*A*S*H, Back to School), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jun 4 Bruce Dern, American actor (Nebraska, The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 4 Nutan Bahl, Indian actress (Seema, Bandini), born in Bombay, British India (d. 1991)
  • Jun 8 James Darren, American actor (TJ Hooker, Diamond Head, Venus in Furs), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 11 Jud Strunk, American singer and comedian (Laugh-In), born in Jamestown, New York (d. 1981)
  • Jun 15 Claude Brasseur, actor (Josepha, Pardon Mon Affair), born in Paris, France
  • Jun 16 Fred Oster, Dutch TV host
  • Jun 17 Ken Loach, British film director (The Wind That Shakes the Barley), born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire
  • Jun 22 Kris Kristofferson, American singer and actor (Amerika, Millennium), born in Brownsville, Texas
  • Jun 23 Berend Boudewijn [van der Woude], Dutch TV host/director (Baantjer)
  • Jun 30 Nancy Dussault, American actress (Muriel-Too Close for Comfort), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Jun 30 Tony Musante, American actor (David Toma-Toma, Nowhere to Hide), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 2013)
  • Jun 30 Assia Djebar [Fatma-Zohra Imalhayène], Algerian writer and filmmaker, born in Iol, Algeria (d. 2015)
  • Jul 5 Shirley Knight, American actress (Endless Love, Desperate Housewives), born in Goessel, Kansas (d. 2020)
  • Jul 6 Dave Allen, Irish comedian (Dave Allen Show), born in Firhouse, Dublin (d. 2005)
  • Jul 8 Rudolf W de Korte, Dutch Unilever-director/minister EA (L)
  • Jul 8 Tony Warren [Anthony McVay Simpson], actor and tv screenwriter (Coronation Street), born in Pendlebury, Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • Jul 9 James Hampton, American actor (Bugler Dobbs-F Troop, Teen Wolf), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jul 12 Jan Nemec, Czech film director (Diamonds of the Night), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)
  • Jul 24 Mark Goddard, actor (Don West-Lost in Space), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Jul 26 Kathryn Hays, American actress (Kim Hughes-As the World Turns), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 26 Mary Millar, English actress (Keeping Up Appearances), born in Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 1998)
  • Jul 30 Ralph Taeger, American actor (Klondike, Acapulco, Hondo), born in Richmond Hill, New York (d. 2015)
  • Aug 1 Laurie Taylor, English sociologist and broadcaster (BBC Radio 4), born in Liverpool, England
  • Aug 3 Edward Petherbridge, English actor (The Guardians), born in West Bowling, Bradford, Yorkshire, England
  • Aug 5 John Dancy, newscaster (Prime Time Sunday), born in Jackson, Texas
  • Aug 8 Keith Barron, Mexborough England, actor (At Earth's Core, Baby Love)
  • Aug 14 Trevor Bannister, British actor (Are You Being Served?), born in Durrington, Wiltshire (d. 2011)
  • Aug 16 Anita Gillette, American actress (Quincy ME, Marathon, Moonstruck), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Aug 16 Gary Clarke, actor (Hondo, Virginian, Michael Shayne), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 17 Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Native American musician and actor and activist, born on Lake Traverse Indian Reservation, South Dakota (d. 2007)

Person of interestRobert Redford

Aug 18 Robert Redford, American actor (Sting, Candidate, Natural, Great Gatsby), born in Santa Monica, California


Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 1 Actor Paul Henreid (27) weds Elizabeth Camilla Julia Gluck

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 10 Actor Burgess Meredith (28) weds actress Margaret Perry (22)

  • Jun 14 Singer and cowboy actor Roy Rogers (24) weds Arlene Wilkins in Roswell, New Mexico

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 7 Animator William Hanna (26) weds Violet Blanch Wogatzke (23)

Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
  • Sep 12 "first Irish movie star" actress Maureen O'Sullivan (25) weds film director John Farrow (32)

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 16 American actor Henry Fonda (31) weds Canadian-American socialite Frances Ford Seymour (28) at Christ Church, New York City

  • Sep 28 "Marx Brothers" comedian Harpo Marx (47) weds "Million Dollar Legs" actress Susan Fleming (28)

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 22 Filmmaker Billy Wilder (30) weds first wife Judith Coppicus

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 10 Actress Mary Pickford (44) divorces actor Douglas Fairbanks (52) after 15 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 2 Film director D. W. Griffith (61) divorces Linda Arvidson (50) after 30 years of marriage

Film Director D. W. Griffith
Film Director
D. W. Griffith

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 9 John Gilbert, American actor, screenwriter and director (The Hater of Men, Man, Woman and Sin), dies from a heart attack at 40
  • Feb 20 Max Schreck, German actor (Count Orlok-Nosferatu), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Mar 18 Egon Friedell, Austrian journalist, actor and writer (Kleine Portratgalerie, Der Partylowe), commits suicide to avoid arrest by the Gestapo at 58
  • Apr 24 Finley Peter Dunne, American journalist and humorist (Mr Dooley), dies at 68
  • Apr 26 Tammany Young, American actor, dies at 49
  • Jun 17 Henry B Walthall, American actor (The Birth of a Nation, Klondike), dies at 58
  • Jul 2 Harry Northrup [Henri N.], French-born American poet and actor (The Heart of Maryland, The Unchastened Woman), dies at 60
  • Jul 11 James Murray, American actor (The Crowd, The Shakedown), drowns at 35
  • Aug 15 Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (The Mikado), dies at 71
  • Sep 14 Irving Thalberg, American film producer (MGM), dies of pneumonia at 37
  • Oct 23 [Marie] Louise Hens, Flemish actress (Bitter Pill), dies at 80