1937 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 25 1st broadcast of "Guiding Light" on NBC radio

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 4 9th Academy Awards: "The Great Ziegfeld", Paul Muni & Luise Rainer wins

Actor Paul Muni
Actor
Paul Muni
Actress Luise Rainer
Actress
Luise Rainer
  • Apr 28 1st animated cartoon electric sign displayed (NYC)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 3 Del Mar Turf Club, with crooner Bing Crosby as president and actor Pat O'Brien as a club officer, opens for racing

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • Jul 19 Joris Ivens' "Spanish Earth" premieres in Hollywood
  • Aug 10 5th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 11 "The Life of Emile Zola" directed by William Dieterle and starring Paul Muni premieres in New York (Best Picture 1938)

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Sep 21 J. R. R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' is published by George Allen and Unwin in London

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Nov 13 NBC forms first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio
  • Dec 12 NBC & RCA sends 1st mobile-TV vans onto the streets of NY

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 21 The first full-length animated feature film and the earliest in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Dec 25 Arturo Toscanini conducts 1st Symphony of the Air over NBC Radio

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 27 Mae West performs Adam & Eve skit that gets her banned from NBC radio

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 141

  • Jan 3 Glen Larson, American television producer & writer (Battlestar Galactica, Magnum PI, & Knight Rider), born in Long Beach, CA, (d. 2014)
  • Jan 4 Dyan Cannon [Samile Diane Friesen], American actress, director and producer (Heaven Can Wait), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Jan 12 Marie Dubois, actress (Wise Guys, Jules & Jim), born in Paris, France
  • Jan 14 Shoban Babu, Indian actor
  • Jan 15 Margaret O'Brien, actress (Jane Eyre, Meet Me in St Louis), born in San Diego, California
  • Jan 16 Bob Bogle, Portland, rock bassist/guitarist (Ventures-Batman Theme)
  • Jan 16 Lorraine Bayly, Australian actress
  • Jan 20 Dorothy Provine, Deadwood SD, actress (Good Neighbor Sam, Darn Cat)
  • Jan 28 Ken Hill, playwright/director
  • Jan 30 Vanessa Redgrave, British actress (Blow-Up, Julia, Orient Express), born in London, England
  • Jan 30 Ed Hansen, American film director and editor (d. 2005)
  • Jan 31 Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (Birds, Emily-Bob Newhart Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 31 Regimantas Adomaitis, Lithuanian actor
  • Feb 1 Garrett Morris, actor (SNL, Martin, Carwash), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 2 Tom Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show, Serial), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 2 Remak Ramsay, American actor
  • Feb 4 Collin Wilcox, Highlands NC, actor (To Kill a Mocking Bird)
  • Feb 4 David Newman, American filmmaker (d. 2003)
  • Feb 5 Stuart Damon, American actor (Alan Quartermaine-General Hospital), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 8 Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street)
  • Feb 8 Manfred Krug, Duisburg Germany, actor (Boxer)
  • Feb 10 Don Wilson, rock guitarist (Ventures-Walk Don't Run, Batman Theme)
  • Feb 21 Gary Lockwood, Van Nuys Cal, actor (2001, Survival Zone, Lieutenant)
  • Feb 25 Bob Schieffer, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), born in Austin, Texas
  • Feb 25 Tom Courtenay, England, actor (Dresser, Doctor Zhivago, To Catch a Spy)
  • Mar 1 Jed Allan, actor (Days of our Lives, CC-Santa Barbara), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Mar 3 Bobby Driscoll, American actor (d. 1968)
  • Mar 6 Doug Dillard, actor (Clem-Popeye)
  • Mar 7 Anne Kristen, actress (Truth or Dare, Rachel-Dr Finlay, Sunset Song)
  • Mar 10 Joe Viterelli, American actor (d. 2004)
  • Mar 11 Carlos Larrañaga, Spanish actor
  • Mar 17 Adam Wade, actor (Kiss Me Goodbye, Crazy Joe)
  • Mar 20 Jerry Reed, singer/actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mar 22 Angelo Badalamenti, American film composer (Twin Peaks, The Straight Story, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 23 Tony Burton, actor (Rocky films) and boxer, born in Flint, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • Mar 30 Jay W Macintosh, actress (Sons & Daughters), born in Gainesville, Georgia
  • Mar 30 Warren Beatty, actor (Bonnie & Clyde, Shampoo, Dick Tracy), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Apr 3 William Gaunt, English actor (Champions), born in Pudsey, Yorkshire
  • Apr 3 Petunia Pig, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Frank Tashlin (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Porky's Romance"

Person of interestBilly Dee Williams

Apr 6 Billy Dee Williams, Harlem actor (Chiefs, Empire Strikes Back), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestMerle Haggard

Apr 6 Merle Haggard, country singer (Death Valley Days), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 2016)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Apr 9 Valerie Singleton, British broadcaster
  • Apr 13 Edward Fox, English actor (The Day of the Jackal, Gandhi), born in Chelsea, London
  • Apr 17 Daffy Duck, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Tex Avery and Bob Clampett (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Porky's Duck Hunt"
  • Apr 18 Robert Hooks, actor (Fast Walking, Aaron Loves Angela), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 19 Elinor Donahue, actress (Father Knows Best, Get a Life), born in Tacoma, Washington

Person of interestJoseph Estrada

Apr 19 Joseph Estrada, Filipino actor and 13th President of the Philippines (1998-01), born in Tondo, Philippines

President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada
President of the Philippines
Joseph Estrada

Person of interestGeorge Takei

Apr 20 George Takei, American actor (Sulu-Star Trek, Green Berets), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestJack Nicholson

Apr 22 Jack Nicholson, American actor (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Shining), born in Neptune City, New Jersey

  • Apr 25 Bo Brundin, Swedish actress (Rhinemann Exchange), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Apr 27 Phil Jones, newsman (CBS)
  • Apr 27 Sandy Dennis, American actress (Up the Down Staircase), born in Hastings, Nebraska (d. 1992)
  • May 1 Una Stubbs, English actress ( Till Death Us Do Part), born in Welwyn Garden City
  • May 2 Lorenzo Music, American writer, actor and voice actor (Carlton-Rhoda, Garfield), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2001)
  • May 4 Mr. Fuji [Harry Masayoshi Fujiwara], American professional wrestler, born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2016)
  • May 12 George Carlin, comedian (7 dirty words, AM & FM, Carwash), born in The Bronx, New York
  • May 13 Zohra Lampert, American actress (Doctor's Hospital), born in NYC, New York
  • May 14 Eric Herfst, Dutch cabaret performer/actor (Floris)
  • May 16 Yvonne Craig, actress (Batgirl-Batman, Kissin Cousin), born in Taylorville Illinois (d. 2015)
  • May 19 Pat Roach, English actor and wrestler (d. 2004)
  • May 27 Allan Carr, American producer and director (Grease, Happiest Millionaire), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)

Person of interestMorgan Freeman

Jun 1 Morgan Freeman, American academy award winning actor (Driving Mrs Daisy, Glory), born in Memphis, Tennessee

  • Jun 1 Rosaleen Linehan, Irish actress
  • Jun 4 Gorilla Monsoon, American professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • Jun 11 Luciana Paluzzi, Italian-American actress (Five Fingers, Thunderball), born in Rome, Italy
  • Jun 11 Chad Everett [Raymon Lee Cramton], American actor (Medical Center, Airplane II), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2012)
  • Jun 11 Johnny Brown, American comedian (Good Times, Leslie Uggams), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • Jun 14 Jørgen Leth, Danish film director
  • Jun 17 Peter Lupus, American bodybuilder and actor (Mission Impossible), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jun 18 Varbara Ann Teer, US actress/director (National Black Theatre Company)
  • Jun 20 Jerry Keller, rocker/actor (If Ever I See You Again)
  • Jun 26 Sombat Metanee, Thai film actor and director, born in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
  • Jun 28 Richard Bright, American actor (d. 2006)
  • Jul 2 Polly Holliday, Jasper Ala, actress (Flo-Alice, Flo-Flo)
  • Jul 6 Ned Beatty, actor (Deliverance, Repossed, Network), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Jul 8 Barbara Ann Loden, actress (Ernie Kovac's Show)

Person of interestBill Cosby

Jul 12 Bill Cosby, American actor and comedian (Cosby Show, I Spy, Leonard Part 6), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • Jul 17 Elmer Fudd [originally Egghead], Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Tex Avery and Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debut as Egghead in "Egghead Rides Again"
  • Jul 19 Richard Jordan [Robert Anson Jordan Jr.], American actor (Dune, Gettysburg), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 20 Ken Ogata, Japanese actor
  • Jul 22 Yasuhiro Kojima, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • Jul 23 Bruce Surtees, American cinematographer (Dirty Harry, Lenny), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • Jul 27 Don Galloway, American actor (Arrest & Trial, Ironside), born in Augusta, Kentucky (d. 2009)
  • Jul 28 Francis Veber, French film director and screenwriter, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • Aug 3 Steven Berkoff, English actor (Rambo: First Blood Part II), born in Stepney, London
  • Aug 5 Alan Howard, theatre and film actor (Royal Shakespeare Company), born in London (d. 2015)
  • Aug 6 Barbara Windsor, actress (Study in Terror)

Person of interestDustin Hoffman

Aug 8 Dustin Hoffman, American actor (Graduate, Tootsie, Kramer vs Kramer), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Aug 11 Allegra Kent, US actress (Addams Family)
  • Aug 11 Anna Massey, actress (De Sade, Doll's House)
  • Aug 16 Lorraine Gary, American actress (Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 4), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 18 William George Rushton, actor, author and cartoonist (TW3), born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • Aug 20 Jim Bowen, British TV game show host (Bullseye) and comedian, born in Heswall, England (d. 2018)
  • Aug 20 El Fary, Spanish singer and actor (d. 2007)
  • Aug 27 Tommy Sands, singer/actor (Teenage Rock, Dream With Me), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 31 Guido de Moor, Dutch actor (Apart, Because the Cats)
  • Aug 31 Warren Berlinger, actor (Larry-Joey Bishop Shop, Take Two), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 1 Ron O'Neal, actor (Superfly), born in Utica, New York
  • Sep 2 Derek Fowlds, British actor (Yes Minister), born in London, England
  • Sep 4 Mikk Mikiver, Estonian actor and director (d. 2006)

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 18 Actress Mary Astor (30) weds film editor Manuel del Campo (23) in Yuma, Arizona

Actress Mary Astor
Actress
Mary Astor

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 2 Film director D. W. Griffith (61) weds actress Evelyn Baldwin (26)

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 26 Actress Mary Pickford (45) weds actor and band leader Charles Rogers (32)

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 10 Actress Ingrid Bergman (21) weds dentist Petter Aron Lindström

  • Oct 5 Two-time Oscar winner actor Anthony Quinn (22) weds actress Katherine de Mille (26)

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 20 Actor Jackie Coogan (23) weds actress Betty Grable (20) at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Los Angeles


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 Ross Alexander, American actor (Captain Blood, Boulder Dam), commits suicide by gunshot at 29
  • Jan 13 Martin Elmer Johnson, American adventurer and filmmaker, dies at 52
  • Jan 21 Marie Prevost, Canadian actress (b. 1898)
  • Feb 3 Marija Leiko, Latvian film actress (b. 1887)
  • Mar 6 Frank Vosper, British actor (The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rome Express), dies at sea at 37
  • Apr 29 William Gillette, American actor, playwright and manager (Sherlock Holmes on stage), dies at 83
  • May 1 Snitz Edwards, Hungarian actor (College, Phantom of the Opera), dies at 69
  • May 10 William Tedmarsh, British silent movie actor (Two Beds and No Sleep), dies at 61
  • Jun 25 Colin Clive, British actor (Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Mad Love), dies from complications of tuberculosis at 37
  • Sep 2 Esther de Farmer-of Rich, actress (Kniertje-On hope of blessing), dies
  • Sep 15 Clifford Heatherley, actress (For Love or Money, Cash), dies at 48
  • Oct 15 James Marcus, American actor (The Eagle, The Lonely Trail), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • Nov 6 Johnston Forbes-Robertson, British actor and theatre director (Kathleen), dies at 84
  • Nov 10 Nikolai Batalov, Russian actor (Tretya meshchanskaya, Mother), dies from tuberculosis at 37
  • Nov 13 Mrs. Leslie Carter, American actress and writer (Rocky Mountain Mystery, The Heart of Maryland), dies at 75
  • Dec 12 Alfred Abel, actor (Dr Mabuse, Metropolis), dies at 57
  • Dec 21 Ted Healy [Ernest Lee Nash], American actor and comedian (Mad Love, San Francisco, Soup to Nuts), dies from acute toxic nephritis at 41