October 1940 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


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Oct 15 "The Great Dictator", a satiric social commentary film by and starring Charlie Chaplin released

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin

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Oct 30 Film premiere of "One Night in the Tropics" first film for Abbott and Costello Paterson New Jersey.

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Oct 3 Alan O'Day, rocker, born in Hollywood, California (d. 2013)
  • Oct 6 Ellen Travolta, actress (Grease, Charles in Charge), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Oct 14 Christopher Timothy, British actor (All Creatures Great & Small)
  • Oct 14 Pat Finley, actress (Ellen Hartley-Bob Newhart Show), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Oct 16 Barry Corbin, actor (Maurice-Northern Exposure)
  • Oct 19 Michael Gambon, English actor (Singing Detective, Paris at Night)
  • Oct 21 Julie Parrish, Middlesboro Ky, actress (Good Morning World, Capitol)
  • Oct 28 Susan Harris, American television writer and producer

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Oct 10 Berton Churchill, Canadian-American actor (I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now), dies at 63
  • Oct 12 Tom Mix, American actor (Texan, Hidden Gold), dies at 60