On This Day

Year 1939 in Film & Television (Part 2)

Events in Film & TV


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Aug 29 Joel Schumacher, American film director (Lost Boys, Batman), born in New York City (d. 2020)
  • Aug 30 Elizabeth Ashley, American actress (Coma, Evening Shade), born in Ocala, Florida
  • Aug 30 John Peel, English DJ and Broadcaster (BBC Radio 1), born in Heswell, Merseyside (d. 2004)
  • Sep 1 Lily Tomlin, American comedienne and actress (9 to 5, Laugh-in, All of Me), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 5 Donna Anderson [Knaflich], American actress (On the Beach), born in Gunnison, Gunnison County Colorado
  • Sep 5 George Lazenby, Australian actor (OHMSS-James Bond), born in Goulburn, Australia
  • Sep 10 Greg Mullavey, American actor (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Tom Hartman"; Rituals - "Eddie Gallagher"), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Sep 13 Richard Kiel, American actor (So Fine, Jaws-Moonraker, Skidoo), born in Detroit, Michigan, (d. 2014)
  • Sep 17 Joseph Mosikili, American-born South African broadway actor and singer, born in Amarillo, Texas
  • Sep 17 Shelby Flint, American singer-songwriter (Angel on My Shoulder, Cast Your Fate to the Wind), born in North Hollywood, California
  • Sep 23 Janusz Gajos, Polish actor
  • Sep 25 Feroz Khan, Indian actor, producer and director (known as Clint Eastwood of Bollywood), born in Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India (d. 2009)
  • Sep 26 Ricky Tomlinson, English actor and comedian (Mike Bassett: England Manager), born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
  • Sep 28 Rudolph Walker, Trinidadian-born British actor
  • Sep 29 Larry Linville, Ojai California, actor (Frank Burns-M*A*S*H, Blue Movie)
  • Sep 29 Molly Haskell, American film critic
  • Sep 30 Len Cariou, actor (Four Seasons-Sherry), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Oct 1 Geoffrey Whitehead, English actor
  • Oct 3 'Bullet' Bob Armstrong, American pro wrestler (WWE Hall of Fame), born in Marietta, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • Oct 5 Marie Laforêt, French singer and actress, born in Soulac-sur-Mer, Gironde France
  • Oct 6 Melvyn Bragg, British broadcaster (The South Bank Show, 1978–2010), born in Carlisle, England
  • Oct 7 Clive James, Australian television presenter, poet writer, born in Kogarah, Australia (d. 2019)
  • Oct 8 Paul Hogan, Australian actor (Crocodile Dundee, Lightning Jack), born in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia
  • Oct 13 Melinda Dillon, American actress (Close Encounters, Slap Shot), born in Hope, Arkansas
  • Oct 22 Tony Roberts, actor (Annie Hall, Edge of Night, Lucie Arnaz Show), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestF. Murray Abraham

Oct 24 F. Murray Abraham, American actor (All the President's Men and Amadeus), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Oct 25 Robin Spry, Canadian filmmaker and producer (Action: The October Crisis of 1970), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2005)

Person of interestJohn Cleese

Oct 27 John Cleese, English actor and comedian (Monty Python), born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • Oct 28 Jane Alexander, American actress (Betsy, Kramer vs Kramer), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 31 Ron Rifkin, American actor (Arvin Sloane-Alias, L.A. Confidential), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 31 Tom O'Connor, English comedian, born in Bootle, Merseyside, England
  • Nov 2 Richard Serra, American sculptor and video artist, born in San Francisco, California
  • Nov 10 Russell Means, Native American activist, actor, writer, and musician, born in Porcupine, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota (d. 2012)
  • Nov 11 Denise Alexander, American actress (Mary McKinnon-Another World, Lesley Webber-General Hospital), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 15 Yaphet Kotto, African-American stage and screen actor (Live And Let Die; Alien; Homicide: Life on the Street), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2021) [1]
  • Nov 15 Thalmus Rasulala [Jack Crowder], actor (Blacula, Roots), born in Miami, Florida
  • Nov 16 Henrik Otto Donner, Finnish trumpeter, and avant garde and film score composer, born in Tampere, Finland (d. 2013)
  • Nov 18 Brenda Vaccaro, American actress (Cactus Flower, Sara, Paper Dolls), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 19 Garrick Utley, newscaster (1st Tuesday, NBC Weekend), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 20 Dick Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 21 Rick Lenz, actor (Hec Ramsey, Scandalous John), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • Nov 22 Allen Garfield, actor (Candidate, Beverly Hills Cop II), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Nov 25 Rosanna Schiaffino, actress (Minotaur, Mazzabubu), born in Genoa, Italy
  • Nov 29 Peter Bergman, American comedian, (d. 2012)
  • Dec 5 Horst Bastian, German writer and screenwriter, born in Exin (d. 1986)
  • Dec 14 Marilyn Cooper, American actress (Broadway Bound, Survivors), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 17 Novella Nelson, American actress (Antwone Fisher, Purlie, Chiefs), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • Dec 18 Henrica M L "Wiesje" Backer, Dutch dancer/actress/playwright
  • Dec 20 Kathryn Joosten, American actress (Desperate Housewives), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Dec 27 John Amos, actor (Good Times, Coming to America), born in Newark, New Jersey

Weddings in Film & TV


Divorces in Film & TV


Deaths in Film & TV