March 1940 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Mar 23 1st radio broadcast of "Truth or Consequences" on CBS

Film release premierFilm Premier

Mar 27 "Rebecca" based on the book by Daphne du Maurier, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1941)

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Mar 3 Owen Spencer-Thomas, English broadcaster, journalist and Anglican clergyman
  • Mar 4 Kas Garas, Kaunas Lithuania, actor (Hamlyn-Strange Report)
  • Mar 5 Malcolm Hebden, English actor
  • Mar 6 Joanna Miles, Nice France, actress (Cross Creek, Delta County USA)
  • Mar 7 Daniel J Travanti, actor (Frank Furillo-Hill St Blues), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Mar 8 Susan Clark, actress (Night Moves, Webster), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • Mar 9 Raul Julia, Puerto Rican actor (Addams Family, Kiss of the Spider Woman), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1994)

Person of interestChuck Norris

Mar 10 Chuck Norris [Carlos Ray], American martial arts actor (Missing in Action), born in Ryan, Oklahoma

  • Mar 14 Eleanor Fount, English actress (Women in Love, Bedazzled)
  • Mar 20 Vito Picone, rocker (Elegants) and actor, born in Staten Island, New York
  • Mar 22 Haing S Ngor, Cambodian-American obstetrician, author, refugee and actor (The Killing Fields), born in Samrong Yong, Cambodia (d. 1996)
  • Mar 23 Tariq Yunus, actor (Bollywood, Ashanti, Deceivers)
  • Mar 24 Don Jardine, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 2006)
  • Mar 26 James Caan, American actor (Misery, The Godfather), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Mar 27 Austin Pendleton, Warren OH, actor (Short Circuit, Simon, Hello Again)
  • Mar 27 June Wilkinson, Eastbourne England, actress (Absolutely Glamarous)
  • Mar 28 Tony Barber, Australian television personality

Weddings in Film & TV

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 7 Comedian Oliver Hardy (48) marries film assistant Virginia Lucille Jones (30)

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Mar 1 Josef Swickard, German actor (The Wizard of Oz, Lost City, Tale of 2 Cities), dies at 73
  • Mar 10 Louis de Vries, Dutch actor (Blokkade, Ghetto, Merchant of Venice), dies at 68