On This Day

Year 1940 in Film & Television (Part 2)

Events in Film & TV


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jul 17 Tim Brooke-Taylor, English comedian (The Goodies), born in Buxton, England (d. 2020)
  • Jul 18 James Brolin, American actor (Dr Kiley-Marcus Welby, Peter-Hotel), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 19 Dennis Cole, American actor (Felony Squad, Brackens's World), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)

Person of interestAlex Trebek

Jul 22 Alex Trebek, Canadian-American TV game host (High Rollers, Jeopardy), born in Sudbury, Ontario (d. 2020)

TV Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
TV Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek
  • Jul 22 Stan Ross, American actor, born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 23 Don Imus, American radio disc jockey (WNBC), born in Riverside, California
  • Jul 24 Dan Hedaya, American actor (Cheers, Marvin's Room, Clueless), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 28 Phil Proctor, American comedian (Firesign Theater), born in Goshen, Indiana
  • Jul 30 Reva Rose, American singer and actress (Temperature's Rising), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestMartin Sheen

Aug 3 Martin Sheen [Ramon Estevez], American actor (Badlands, The West Wing), born in Dayton, Ohio

  • Aug 6 Louise Sorel, actress (BS I Love You, Crimes of Passion), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 7 Marlyn Mason, American actress (Making It, Peyton Place), born in San Fernando, California
  • Aug 9 Beverlee McKinsey, American actress (Iris-Another World, Guiding Light), born in McAlester, Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • Aug 10 Sid Waddell, English darts commentator (the 'Voice of Darts'; Grenarda, BBC, Sky Sports), born in Alnwick, Northumberland, England (d. 2012)
  • Aug 11 Kip King, actor (Charlie & Company), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 12 Michael Brunson, TV reporter/newscaster/actor (Never Say Die)
  • Aug 19 Jan Claire, actor (American Anthem)
  • Aug 19 Jill St John [Oppenheim], actress (Diamonds are Forever), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 22 George Reinholt, American actor (Steve-Another World, One Life to Live), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • Aug 23 Richard Sanders, American actor (Les Nessman -WKRP), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 23 Tony Bill, American actor (What Really Happened to the Class of '65), born in San Diego, California
  • Aug 26 Don LaFontaine, American voice actor (d. 2008)
  • Aug 28 Ken Jenkins, American actor (Scrubs - Dr. Bob Kelso), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Aug 31 Jack Thompson [John Payne], Australian actor (Breaker Morant, The Man from Snowy River), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Sep 2 Beverly Sanders, actress (Lotsa Luck, CPO Sharkey), born in Hollywood, California
  • Sep 2 Harry Northup, American actor (The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver), born in Amarillo, Texas
  • Sep 3 Pauline Collins, English actress (Shirley Valentine), born in London, England

Person of interestRaquel Welch

Sep 5 Raquel Welch, American actress and singer (Myra Breckenridge; 1,000,000 BC; 100 Rifles), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actress Raquel Welch
Actress
Raquel Welch
  • Sep 6 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, born in Newcastle-under-Lyme (d. 2015)
  • Sep 8 Willie Tyler, American ventriloquist (Lester), born in Red Level, Alabama
  • Sep 11 Brian DePalma, film director (Body Double, Dressed to Kill), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Sep 12 Linda Gray, American actress (Sue Ellen Ewing-Dallas), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Sep 12 Wayne McLaren, American stuntman, rodeo performer, model and actor best known for playing the Marlboro Man and for dying of lung cancer, born in Lake Charles, Louisiana (d. 1992)
  • Sep 12 Patrick Mower, English actor (Emmerdale), born in Oxford, England
  • Sep 15 Merlin Olsen, American football player (Los Angeles Rams) and actor (Father Murphy), born in Logan, Utah (d. 2010)
  • Sep 17 Sotiris Moustakas, Greek actor (Zorba the Greek), born in Limassol, Cyprus (d. 2007)
  • Sep 18 Frankie Avalon [Francis Avallone], American actor and singer (Beach Party, Venus), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 19 Paul Williams, American singer, actor and composer (Rainy Days and Mondays, Evergreen), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sep 21 Bill Kurtis, American newscaster (American Parade), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Sep 22 Anna Karina, Danish French 'New Wave' actress (Alphaville), born in Solbjerg, Denmark (d. 2019)
  • 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 6 Ellen Travolta, 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, 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 (It Takes Two), born in Mount Vernon, New York
  • Nov 2 Gigi Proletti, Italian actor, director and singer (Alleluja brava gente), born in Rome, Italy
  • Nov 5 Elke Sommer [Elke Schletz], German actress (A Shot in the Dark, The Oscar), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Nov 13 Daniel Pilon, Canadian actor, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Nov 15 Sam Waterston, American actor (Capricorn One, Heaven's Gate), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Nov 15 Ulf Pilgaard, Danish actor
  • Nov 22 Terry Gilliam, comedy author-animator (Monty Python), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Person of interestBruce Lee

Nov 27 Bruce Lee [Lee Yuen Kam], Chinese-American martial artist and actor (Enter the Dragon), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1973)

Martial Artist and Actor Bruce Lee
Martial Artist and Actor
Bruce Lee
  • Nov 27 John Alderton, English actor (Zardoz), born in Gainsborough, England
  • Dec 1 Matthias Habich, actor (Straight to the Heart, A Corps Perdu)

Person of interestRichard Pryor

Dec 1 Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (Lady Sings the Blues, Stir Crazy), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2005)

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • Dec 2 Gerry Cheevers, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goalie and broadcaster (longest undefeated streak-32 games 1972; Boston Bruins), born in St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Dec 2 Constance "Connie" Booth, American writer, actress, comedienne and psychotherapist (Fawlty Towers, Monty Python and the Holy Grail), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Dec 5 Adrian Street, Welsh professional wrestler, born in Brynmawr, Brecknockshire, Wales
  • Dec 7 Kumar Shahani, Indian writer and director (Kasbam Tarang, Maya Darpan), born in Larkana, Sindh
  • Dec 7 Stan Boardman, English comedian, born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England
  • Dec 8 Jenny Linden, English actress (Hedda, Dr Who & the Daleks), born in Worthing, Sussex, England
  • Dec 11 Donna Mills, American actress (Knots Landing, Incident), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 13 Edith Clever, German actress (Parsifal, L'Adolescente), born in Wuppertal, Germany
  • Dec 13 Steve Harmon, American actor (Ens Pulver-Mr Roberts), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 15 Nick Buoniconti, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins) and sportscaster (NBC), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • Dec 21 Frank Zappa, American rocker, composer, activist and filmmaker (Mothers of Invention, Hot Rats), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)
  • Dec 24 Sharon Farrell, American actress (Lori-Hawaii 5-0, Young & Restless), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • Dec 30 James Burrows, TV producer and director (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Cheers)
  • Dec 31 Tim Considine, American actor (Mike-My 3 Sons), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Film & TV


Deaths in Film & TV