1938 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 16 "Bringing Up Baby" film directed by Howard Hawks, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, is released

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 10 10th Academy Awards: "The Life of Emile Zola", Spencer Tracy & Luise Rainer win

  • Mar 13 World News Roundup is broadcast for the first time on CBS Radio in the United States.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 26 NBC radio performance of Howard Hanson's 3rd Symphony

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson

Film release premierFilm Release

May 14 "The Adventures of Robin Hood", directed by Michael Curtiz, William Keighley and starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland is released

  • May 17 Radio quiz show "Information Please!" debuts on NBC Blue Network
  • Jul 26 1st radio broadcast of "Young Widder Brown" on NBC
  • Aug 8 6th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 14 BBC's 1st feature film on TV (Student of Prague)

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 23 "You Can’t Take It With You" from the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur premieres. Best Picture (1939)

Actor Jimmy Stewart
Actor
Jimmy Stewart
Playwright Moss Hart
Playwright
Moss Hart
Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 30 A radio broadcast of H. G. Wells "The War of the Worlds", narrated by Orson Welles, allegedly causes a mass panic

Author H. G. Wells
Author
H. G. Wells
Actor and Director Orson Welles
Actor and Director
Orson Welles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 23 Margaret Hamilton's costume catches fire in filming of "The Wizard of Oz"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 25 George Cukor announces Vivien Leigh will play Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind"

Actress Vivien Leigh
Actress
Vivien Leigh

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 146

  • Jan 1 Frank Langella, Bayonne, New Jersey, American actor (Dracula, Frost/Nixon)
  • Jan 2 John Considine, actor (Reginald Love-Another World)
  • Jan 6 Adriano Celentano, Italian singer and actor
  • Jan 8 Bob Eubanks, TV host (Newlywed Game), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Jan 9 Aad Kosto, Dutch theologist/actor/asst secretary of Justice
  • Jan 12 Lewis Fiander, Australian actor
  • Jan 13 Billy Gray, actor (Bud-Father Knows Best), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 13 William B. Davis, Canadian actor
  • Jan 14 Jack Jones, singer (Love Boat Theme), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 16 Michael Pataki, actor (Get Christie Love), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Jan 16 Jô Soares, Brazilian author, musician and TV personality
  • Jan 20 William Berger, Austrian actor (d. 1993)
  • Jan 21 John Savident, British actor
  • Jan 23 Shohei Baba, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • Jan 30 Marlies van Alcmaer, [Smal], Dutch actress/director (Bridge too Far)
  • Feb 1 Sherman Hemsley, actor (All in the Family, Jeffersons, Amen), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Feb 2 Bo Hopkins, actor (Dynasty, Midnight Express), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Feb 3 Victor Buono, SD California, actor (Man from Atlantis, Untouchables)
  • Feb 11 Simone de Oliveira, Portuguese actress
  • Feb 13 Oliver Reed, actor (Big Sleep), born in London, England
  • Feb 14 Lee Chamberlin, American actor (Once Upon a Family, Rupture Fatale), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 16 Barry Primus, American actor (Sgt McKenna-Cagney & Lacey, Boxcar Bertha), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 18 István Szabó, Hungarian film director
  • Feb 23 Diane Varsi, San Mateo California, actress (Peyton Place)
  • Feb 23 Sylvia Chase, newscaster (ABC Weekend News, 20/20), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Feb 24 James Farentino, actor (The Final Countdown), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • Feb 25 Diane Baker, actress (Diary of Anne Frank, Marnie), born in Hollywood, California
  • Feb 26 Jack Knight, Somerville Miss, actor (Mr Shamley-James at 15)
  • Feb 27 Pascale Petit, French actress (Code Name: Jaguar, End of Desire), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 5 Fred "Hammer" Williamson, NFLer (Chiefs)/actor (Julia), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Mar 9 Charles Siebert, actor (One Day at A Time, Trapper John), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Mar 10 Marina Vlady, Clichy France, actress (Conjugal Bed, The Hunt)
  • Mar 12 Millie Perkins, actress (Diary of Anne Frank, Table for 5, Shooting)
  • Mar 18 Carl Gottlieb, American comedian and script writer (Ken Berry Wow Show, Jaws, The Jerk), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 18 Shashi Kapoor [Balbir Raj Kapoor], prominent Indian Bollywood actor (Deewar, The Deceivers, Shalimar, Heat & Dust), born in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 2017)
  • Mar 23 Christopher Glenn, American news anchor (CBS Nightwatch), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 25 Hoyt Axton, actor (Black Stallion, Junkman, Rousters), born in Duncan, Oklahoma
  • Mar 29 Margaret Howard, British broadcaster
  • Mar 31 Nathaniel Taylor, actor (Rollo-Sanford & Sons), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 1 John Quade, American actor
  • Apr 4 Michael Parks, American actor (Then Came Bronson), born in Corona California (d. 2017)
  • Apr 6 Roy Thinnes, actor (Invaders, Falcon Crest, Gen Hospital), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 7 Yvonne Lime, actress (Father Knows Best, Dobie Gillis), born in Glendale, California
  • Apr 8 Lory Patrick, Beckley WV, actress (Trina-Tales of Welles Fargo)
  • Apr 15 Claudia Cardinale, Tunisian-born actress (The Pink Panther)
  • Apr 28 Madge Sinclair, actress (Bell-Roots, Trapper John), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Apr 28 Fred Dibnah, English television personality (d. 2004)
  • Apr 30 Gary Collins, actor (6th Sense, Home Show), born in Venice, California (d. 2012)
  • Apr 30 Juraj Jakubisko, Slovak film director
  • May 5 Michael Murphy, actor (McCabe & Mrs Miller, Unmarried Woman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 10 Peter Davies, Major-General/Director-General (RSPCA)
  • May 10 Jean Becker, French director, screenwriter and actor
  • May 12 Millie Perkins, actress (Jane-Knots Landings), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • May 12 Susan Hampshire, actress (Vanity Fair, Living Free), born in London, England
  • May 13 Buck Taylor, actor (Monroes, Gunsmoke), born in Hollywood, California
  • May 15 Mireille Darc, French actress (Week End, Hurried Man), born in Toulon
  • May 17 Don Dolan, actor (Guy Lewis- General Hospital), born in Staten Island, New York
  • May 17 Jason Bernard, actor (Judge-Liar Liar)
  • May 20 Marinella, Greek singer and actress
  • May 21 David Groh, American actor (Joe-Rhoda, Don-Another Day), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 22 Frank Converse, actor (It's About Time, Dr Cook's Garden, Movin' On)
  • May 22 Richard Benjamin, American director/actor (Goodbye Columbus, He & She), born in NYC, New York
  • May 22 Susan Strasberg, American actress (In Praise of Older Women, Manitou), born in NYC, New York
  • May 24 Tommy Chong, comedian and actor (Cheech & Chong), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Jun 2 Kevin Brownlow, English film historian and author
  • Jun 12 Tom Oliver, Australian actor
  • Jun 16 Mickie Finn, Hugo Oklahoma, TV hostess/banjo player (Mickie Finn's)
  • Jun 18 Don "Sugarcane" Harris, rocker/actor (Soup for 1, Greeased Lightning)
  • Jun 19 Ian Smith, Australian actor
  • Jun 21 Ron Ely [Ronald Pierce], American actor (Tarzan, Doc Savage), born in Hereford, Texas
  • Jun 22 Andrew Brown, film Producer
  • Jun 27 Shirley Ann Field, actress (Beat Girl, Kings of the Sun) [or Jul 27]
  • Jun 27 Kathryn Beaumont, British voice actress
  • Jun 28 John Byner, American comedian
  • Jul 9 Brian Dennehy, Ct, actor (Check is in the Mail, F/X, Cocoon, Ants)
  • Jul 18 Britt Leach, Gadsen Ala, actor (Mickey-Spencer's Pilots)
  • Jul 18 Paul Verhoeven, Dutch film director (Basic Instinct, Total Recall), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jul 20 Diana Rigg, Doncaster England, actress (Emma Peel-Avengers, Hospital)
  • Jul 22 Terence Stamp, English actor (The Collector, Billy Budd), born in London, England
  • Jul 23 Ronny Cox, Cloudcroft Mass, actor (St Elsewhere)
  • Jul 23 Götz George, German actor
  • Jul 27 Shirley Anne Field, England, actress (Alfie, War Lover) [or Jun 27]

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 29 Peter Jennings, news anchor (ABC Evening News), born in Toronto, Ontario

Journalist and T.V. News Anchor Peter Jennings
Journalist and T.V. News Anchor
Peter Jennings
  • Aug 3 George Memmoli, American actor (Earl-Hello Larry), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 3 Terry Wogan, British broadcaster (Eurovision Song Contest, Blankety Blank), born in Limerick, Ireland (d. 2016)
  • Aug 6 Carry Tefsen, Dutch actress (Say A)
  • Aug 6 Paul Bartel, director/actor (Eating Raoul), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 6 Peter Bonerz, actor (Jerry-Bob Newhart Show, 9 to 5), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • Aug 8 Connie Stevens [Concetta Ingoglia], singer/actress (Hawaiian Eye, Back to Beach), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 9 Dick Anthony Williams, actor (Our Family Honor), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 19 Diana Muldaur, American actress (McCloud, Star Trek Next Gen, LA Law), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 23 Ronny Cox, actor/singer (Robocop, Dr John Gideon-St Elsewhere)
  • Aug 24 Mason Williams, American musician, songwriter, author and photographer (Classical Gas, Smother Brothers Comedy Hour), born in Abilene, Texas
  • Aug 25 David Canary, actor (Bonanza, One Life to Live), born in Elwood, Indiana (d. 2015)
  • Aug 26 Francine York, Aurora Minn, actress (Slattery's People)
  • Aug 29 Elliott Gould, actor (M*A*S*H, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice), born in Queens, New York
  • Aug 30 Steve Delaney, newscaster (Monitor), born in Dobbs Ferry, New York
  • Sep 2 Glyn Worsnip, broadcaster
  • Sep 4 Leonard Frey, American actor (Best of West, Mr Smith), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 17 Paul Benedict, Silver City NM, actor (Harry-Jeffersons)

Weddings in Film & TV


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 1 Comedian Stan Laurel (47) marries 3rd wife Vera Ivanova Shuvalova

Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 20 British actor Alec Guinness (24) weds actress Merula Sylvia Salaman (23)


Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 19 Actor Burgess Meredith (30) divorces actress Margaret Perry (25) after 2 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 6 Actress Bette Davis (30) divorces musician Harmon Nelson (31) due to cruel and inhuman manner after more than 6 years of marriage

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 12 Gösta Ekman (senior), Swedish actor (b. 1890)
  • Jan 21 George Melies, French early filmmaker (A Trip to the Moon), dies at 76
  • Feb 18 Alida J M Tartaud-Klein, Dutch actress and nomination artist (Rotterdam Stage), dies at 64
  • Mar 21 Oscar Apfel, American actor (The Squaw Man, Inspiration, Before Dawn), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • May 14 Jacobus C J "Jacques" Hermans, actor (Ghetto), dies at 81
  • Aug 4 Pearl White, US actress/stunt woman (Perils of Pauline), dies at 49
  • Aug 6 Warner Oland, Swedish actor (The Jazz Singer, Charlie Chan), dies at 58
  • Sep 4 Clifford Dempsey, actor (Salute), dies at 73
  • Sep 19 Pauline Frederick, American actress (b. 1883)
  • Nov 23 August Kiehl, Dutch actor (Op hoop van zegen, De kribbebijter), dies at 84
  • Dec 28 Florence Lawrence, silent screen actress (Confidence), dies at 48