On This Day

February 1938 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

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Feb 11 Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

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  • Feb 11 World's first science fiction TV program - a broadcast of the play R.U.R. by Karel Čapek

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


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Feb 1 Sherman Hemsley, American actor (All in the Family; The 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, actor (Man from Atlantis, Untouchables), born in San Diego, California
  • Feb 11 Simone de Oliveira, Portuguese actress
  • Feb 13 Oliver Reed, English actor (Big Sleep), born in London (d. 1999)
  • 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 23 Jiří Menzel, Czech film director (Closely Watched Trains), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2020)
  • 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, American actor (Mr Shamley-James at 15), born in Somerville, Mississippi
  • Feb 27 Pascale Petit, French actress (Code Name: Jaguar, End of Desire), born in Paris, France

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Feb 18 Alida Tartaud-Klein, Dutch actress and nomination artist (Rotterdam Stage), dies at 64