June 1940 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


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Jun 18 General Charles de Gaulle on BBC tells French to defy Nazi occupiers

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • Jun 29 Batman Comics, mobsters rubbed out a circus highwire team known as the Flying Graysons, leaving their son Dick (Robin) an orphan
  • Jun 30 "Brenda Starr, Reporter", 1st cartoon strip by a woman, Dale [Dalia] Messick, begins as a comic-book supplement to Chicago's Sunday Tribune

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jun 1 Rene Auberjonois, actor (Clayton-Benson, Star Trek Deep Space 9)
  • Jun 2 Christopher Bernau, actor (Guiding Light), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Jun 9 Dick Vitale, American sportscaster (ESPN, ABC "Oh Baby!")
  • Jun 14 Ben Davidson, actor (Rhino-Ball Four, Code R), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • Jun 14 Jack Bannon, actor (Art in Lou Grant, Trauma Center), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 18 Michael Sheard, British actor (d. 2005)
  • Jun 19 Paul Shane, English comedian and actor, born in Thrybergh, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 2013)
  • Jun 20 John Mahoney, British-born American actor (Fraiser, Frantic, 8 Men Out), born in Manchester, England (d. 2018)
  • Jun 21 Mariette Hartley, American actress (Poloroid spokesperson, Marooned), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 22 Abbas Kiarostami, Iranian author and director (Under the Olive Trees, Close Up, Taste of Cherry), born in Tehran (d. 2016)
  • Jun 22 Esther Rantzen, British TV presenter
  • Jun 23 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (d. 2003)
  • Jun 24 Vittorio Storaro, cinematographer (Taxi, Little Buddha, Dick Tracy)
  • Jun 25 Mary Beth Peil, American actress and singer (Mirrors, Dawson's Creek, The Stepford Wives), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • Jun 26 Robert Kramer, American actor and director, born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jun 6 E. E. Clive, Welsh actor (Night Must Fall, Dark Hour), dies at 56
  • Jun 7 James Hall, American actor (Hell's Angels, Four Sons), dies of cirrhosis at 39