October 1940 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Film Release

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

Film Premiere

Oct 30 "One Night in the Tropics", first film for Abbott and Costello, premieres in Paterson, New Jersey


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Oct 3 Alan O'Day, American singer and songwriter ("Undercover Angel"; over 100 songs for the Muppet Babies), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2013)
  • Oct 3 Sheila Fearn, British actress (The Likely Lads; George and Mildred), born in Leicester, England
  • Oct 6 Ellen Travolta, American actress (Grease; Charles in Charge), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Oct 14 Christopher Timothy, Welsh actor (All Creatures Great & Small), born in Bala, Wales
  • Oct 14 Pat Finley, American actress (Ellen Hartley-Bob Newhart Show), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Oct 16 Barry Corbin, American actor (Northern Exposure - "Maurice"; One Tree Hill - "Coach Durham"), born in Lamesa, Texas
  • Oct 18 H.B. "Toby" Halicki, American filmmaker, stunt driver, and actor (Gone In 60 Seconds), born in Dunkirk, New York (d. 1989)

Michael GambonMichael Gambon (82 years old)

Oct 19 Irish-English actor (The Singing Detective, Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film series), born in Dublin, Ireland

  • Oct 21 Julie Parrish, Middlesboro Ky, actress (Good Morning World, Capitol)
  • Oct 28 Susan Harris, American television writer and producer (It Takes Two), born in Mount Vernon, New York

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