1941 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 7 Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Feb 27 13th Academy Awards: "Rebecca", James Stewart & Ginger Rogers win

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
Actor James Stewart
Actor
James Stewart

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Mar 1 Captain America created by cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby is first published by Timely Comics (premiere issue released on December 20, 1940)

Comic Book Artist and Writer Jack Kirby
Comic Book Artist and Writer
Jack Kirby

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 22 James Stewart is inducted into the Army, becoming the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 24 Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie for 20th Century Fox

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 1 "Citizen Kane", directed by Orson Welles and starring himself, Joseph Cotten and Dorothy Corningore, premieres at the Palace Theater in New York City

Actor and Director Orson Welles
Actor and Director
Orson Welles
  • May 2 FCC approves regular scheduled commercial TV broadcasts to begin July 1
  • May 16 Nazis forbid Dutch Organization of Actors (NOT)
  • Jul 1 1st commercial TV licenses granted-W2XBS-WNBT (NBC) & WCBW (CBS), NYC
  • Jul 1 WCBW (now WCBS) TV channel 2 in NY, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 1 WNBT TV (W2XBS, Now WNBC) channel 4 in NYC (NBC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 19 BBC World Service begins playing V(ictory) ("...-" in Morse code) (opening of Ludwig van Beethoven's 5th symphony)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 19 Tom and Jerry first appear under their own names in cartoon "The Midnight Snack" by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera

Animator Joseph Barbera
Animator
Joseph Barbera
Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
  • Aug 31 Great Gildersleeve, a spin-off of Fibber McGee & Molly debuts on NBC
  • Sep 3 KYW TV channel 3 in Philadelphia, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 3 "The Maltese Falcon" directed by John Huston and based off Dashiell Hammett's 1929 novel of the same name, starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor, premieres in New York City

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 23 Walt Disney's animated film "Dumbo" released

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 28 "How Green Was My Valley" based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn, directed by John Ford and starring Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O'Hara premieres in New York (Best Picture 1942)

Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
  • Dec 5 "Sullivan's Travels", directed by Preston Sturges and starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake, is released

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 166

  • Jan 3 Shima Iwashita, actress (Red Lion, Hara-Kiri, Double Suicide)
  • Jan 4 John Bennett Perry, singer/actor (Falcon Crest), born in Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • Jan 5 Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese filmmaker (Spirited Away), born in Tokyo
  • Jan 8 Graham Chapman, English comedian (Monty Python's Flying Circus), born in Leicester, England (d. 1989)
  • Jan 14 Marjoe Gortner, American actor (Speak Up America, Falcon Crest), born in Long Beach, California

Person of interestFaye Dunaway

Jan 14 Faye Dunaway, American actress (Chinatown, Bonnie & Clyde), born in Bascom, Florida

Actress Faye Dunaway
Actress
Faye Dunaway
  • Jan 16 Richard Bohringer, actor (Diva, I Married a Shadow), born in Paris, France
  • Jan 18 Iva Zanicchi, actress (Ragazza Tutta d'Oro)
  • Jan 18 Denise Bombardier, Quebec journalist, television host and novelist
  • Jan 19 Tony Anholt, British actor (d. 2002)
  • Jan 19 Pat Patterson, Canadian wrestler
  • Jan 20 Pierre Lalonde, Canadian singer & television host, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 2016)
  • Jan 21 Stathis Giallelis, Greek actor
  • Jan 21 Ivan Putski, Polish-born American professional wrestler
  • Jan 25 Gregory Sierra, American actor, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 26 Henry Jaglom, actor (Eating, Lucky Ducks, Always), born in London, England
  • Jan 26 Scott Glenn, actor (Right Stuff, Personal Best, Backdraft), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 28 Joel Crothers, actor (Edge of Night), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jan 31 Jessica Walter, American actress (Play Misty For Me, Arrested Development), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 1 Karl Dall, German television host
  • Feb 3 Bridget Hanley, American actress (Here Come the Brides), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Feb 5 David Selby, Morganstown WV, actor (Falcon Crest, Flamingo Road)
  • Feb 6 Gigi Perreau, American actress (Journey to Center of Time), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 8 Nick Nolte, American actor (The Thin Red Line, 48 Hrs), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Feb 9 Sheila James Kuehl, politician/actress (Zelda-Dobie Gillis)
  • Feb 10 Michael Apted, director/researcher (Granada TV)
  • Feb 13 Bo Svenson, Swedish actor (North Dallas 40, Walking Tall), born in Goteborg, Sweden
  • Feb 15 Florinda Bolkan [Bulcão], Brazilian model and actress (Damned, Last Valley, Word), born in Uruburetama, Brazil
  • Feb 24 Joanie Sommers, American singer and actress
  • Feb 25 David Puttnam, film producer/CEO (Columbia Pictures), born in London, England
  • Feb 25 Susan Browning, Baldwin NY, actress (Pat-Mary Hartman)
  • Feb 27 Ian McGarry, British trade union leader (British Actors' Equity Association)
  • Mar 4 John Aprea, actor (Lucas-Another World, The Godfather Part II), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Mar 4 John Hancock, American actor (Black Marble, Traxx, Houston Knights), born in Hazen, Arkansas (d. 1992)
  • Mar 6 Karyn Kupcinet, American actress (Carol-Gertrude Berg Show), born in Karyn Kupcinet (d. 1963)
  • Mar 8 Andrei Mironov, Soviet actor (d. 1987)
  • Mar 14 Wolfgang Petersen, Emden Germany, actor (Shattered, Enemy Mine)
  • Mar 15 Dick Top, Dutch actor and director (Witch of Haarlem)
  • Mar 15 Cecil Turtle, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Tex Avery (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Tortoise Beats Hare"

Person of interestBernardo Bertolucci

Mar 16 Bernardo Bertolucci, Italian director (Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor), born in Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (d. 2018)

Director and Screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci
Director and Screenwriter
Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Mar 22 Bruno Ganz, actor (Strapless, Wings of Desire), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Mar 22 Jeremy Clyde, English musician (Chad & Jeremy) and actor (The Iron Lady), born in Dorney, Buckinghamshire
  • Mar 28 Alf Clausen, orchestra leader (Mary, Simpsons), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Mar 29 Terence Hill, Italian actor (Super Fuzz, They Call Me Trinity), born in Venice, Italy
  • Apr 3 Eric Braeden, German-American actor (Victor Newman-Young & Restless, Colossus), born in Bredenbek, Germany
  • Apr 4 Bill Tarmey, English actor (Coronation Street), born in Ardwick, Manchester (d. 2012)
  • Apr 5 Michael Moriarty, American-Canadian actor (Bang the Drum Slowly, Q, Stuff), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 7 Cornelia Frances [Zulver], British-Australian actress (Home and Away), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2018)
  • Apr 7 Gorden Kaye, British actor (Allo Allo), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 2017)
  • Apr 9 Hannah Gordon, British actress (Oh Alfie), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Apr 9 Chu Song-woong, South Korean stage actor, born in Goseong, South Gyeongsang, South Korea (d. 1985)

Person of interestJulie Christie

Apr 14 Julie Christie, British actress (Darling, Doctor Zhivago), born in Chukua, Assam, India

  • Apr 20 Ryan O'Neal, American actor (Love Story, Paper Moon), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 23 Ed Stewart, British DJ and broadcaster (Crackerjack), born in Exmouth, Devon (d. 2016)
  • Apr 23 Michael Lynne, American film producer (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 25 Bertrand Tavernier, French actor (Capt Conan, L627, Daddy Nostalgie), born in Lyon, France
  • Apr 28 Ann-Margret, Swedish-American actress (Bye Bye Birdie, Tommy), born in Valsjöbyn, Sweden
  • May 1 Barbara Barendrecht, [BHM Wurfbain], actress (Dirty Picture)
  • May 6 Ghena Dimitrova, Bulgarian operatic soprano, born in Pleven, Kingdom of Bulgaria (d. 2005)
  • May 8 Jim Mitchum, actor (Blackout, Invincible 6), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • May 13 Senta Berger, actress (Cast a Giant Shadow), born in Vienna, Austria
  • May 15 Lainie Kazan, singer/actress (Lust in the Dust, Beaches), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 17 Grace Zabriskie, American actress
  • May 18 Miriam Margolyes, English actress (Babe, Romeo and Juliet), born in Oxford
  • May 18 Diane McBain, actress (Surfside Six, Spinout, Donner Pass), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 19 Nora Ephron, NY, novelist/screenwriter/director (Michael, Heartburn), (d. 2012)
  • May 20 John Strasberg, American actor
  • May 22 Paul Winfield, American actor (Star Trek II, Huckleberry Finn, Mars Attack), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • May 24 Andrés García, Mexican-Dominican actor (Tiger Shark), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • May 27 Davina Phillips, actress
  • May 28 Beth Howland, actress (Vera - Alice, Company), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • May 29 Bob Simon, American TV correspondent (CBS, 60 Minutes), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • Jun 2 Stacy Keach, actor (Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer), born in Savannah, Georgia

Person of interestSpalding Gray

Jun 5 Spalding Gray, American actor (Beaches, Clara's Heart, Heavy Petting), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2004)

  • Jun 10 Jurgen Prochnow, actor (Das Boot)
  • Jun 10 Mickey Jones, American musician and actor (Home Improvement, Justified), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2018)
  • Jun 12 Marv Albert, American "Yes!" sportscaster (NBC-TV)/back biter, born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 13 Robert Forster, American actor (Banyon, Nakia), born in Rochester, New York
  • Jun 13 Tom Hallick, American actor (Search), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Jun 18 Delia Smith, English cook and television presenter, born in Woking, England
  • Jun 19 Marlene Warfield, American actress (Victoria-Maude), born in Queens, New York
  • Jun 20 Stephen Frears, film director (Prick Up Your Ears, Dangerous Liaisons), born in Leicester, England
  • Jun 21 Pia Barendrecht, Indonesian-Dutch actress (Pinokkio)
  • Jun 21 Joe Flaherty, American-Canadian actor (Freaks and Geeks), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 22 Ed Bradley, Journalist and CBS news correspondent (60 Minutes), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 22 Michael Lerner, actor (8 Men Out, Harlem Nights), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 25 Denys Arcand, French Canadian film director (Jesus of Montreal), born in Deschambault, Quebec, Canada
  • Jun 27 Krzysztof Kieślowski, Polish film director (The Double Life of Veronique), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1996)
  • Jun 30 Micki Grant, American singer, composer and actress, 1st African Amerian woman to direct on Broadway, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 1 Sally Quinn, Georgia, CBS newscaster (Morning Show)
  • Jul 3 Adoor Gopalakrishnan, cinematographer (Kathapurushan, Mathulikal)
  • Jul 7 Bill Oddie, English comedian and ornithologist
  • Jul 10 Robert Pine, American actor (Joe Getraer-CHiPs), born in Scarsdale, New York
  • Jul 10 Jake Eberts, film producer (Chariots of Fire, Dances with Wolves), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2012)
  • Jul 12 Joseph Whipp, American actor (Escape from Alcatraz), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jul 13 Jacques Perrin, actress (Cinema Paradiso, 317th Platoon), born in Paris, France
  • Jul 13 Lut[guard] Tomsin, actress/director (Knock on the Door)
  • Jul 13 Robert Forster, actor (Lady in Red, Alligator), born in Rochester, New York
  • Jul 20 Kurt Raab, German actor (d. 1988)
  • Jul 25 Raúl Ruiz, Chilean filmmaker (Three Sad Tigers), born in Puerto Montt, Chile (d. 2011)

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 11 Comedian Stan Laurel and actress Virginia Ruth Rogers remarry for the 2nd time

Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 4 Actress Vera-Ellen (19) weds fellow dancer Robert Hightower

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen

LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 21 Actress Hattie McDaniel (45) weds real estate salesman James Lloyd Crawford

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 17 Actress Doris Day (19) weds trombonist Albert Jorden

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 1 Actress Gene Tierney (20) weds fashion designer Oleg Cassini (28)

Actress Gene Tierney
Actress
Gene Tierney

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 12 Actor William Holden (23) weds actress Brenda Marshall (25) in Las Vegas

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 10 Actor Jackie Coogan (26) weds actress Flower Parry in Gardnerville, Nevada

  • Aug 12 "I Love Lucy" actress Vivan Vance (32) weds actor Philip Ober (39)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 10 Joe Penner, Hungarian-born comedian and actor (b. 1904)
  • Mar 17 Marguerite Nichols, American actress (b. 1895)
  • May 12 Ruth Stonehouse, silent film actress and director, dies at 48
  • Jun 10 Herschel Mayall, actor (Tale of 2 Cities), dies at 78
  • Jul 29 James Stephenson, British actor (Letter, Espionage Agent, Nancy Drew), dies at 52
  • Oct 9 Helen Morgan, American singer, actress, dies of liver ailment at 41
  • Oct 26 Victor Schertzinger, American composer and director (Uptown NY), dies at 53