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 awardsFilm Awards

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

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
Actor Jimmy Stewart
Actor
Jimmy Stewart
  • 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 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 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 157

  • Jan 3 Shima Iwashita, actress (Red Lion, Hara-Kiri, Double Suicide)
  • Jan 3 Van Dyke Parks, Alabama, actor/musician (Bonino, Billy Crystal Hour)
  • 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, actor (Speak Up America, Falcon Crest), born in Long Beach, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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, Quebec singer and television host
  • Jan 21 Stathis Giallelis, Greek actor
  • Jan 21 Ivan Putski, Polish-born American professional wrestler
  • Jan 25 Gregory Sierra, American actor
  • 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, 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, Goteborg Sweden, actor (North Dallas 40, Walking Tall)
  • Feb 15 Florinda Bolkan, Ceara Brazil, actress (Damned, Last Valley, Word)
  • 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, general secretary (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 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, actor (Super Fuzz, They Call Me Trinity), born in Venice, Italy
  • Apr 3 Eric Braeden, Aust, actor (Victor Newman-Young & Restless, Colossus)
  • Apr 4 Bill Tarmey, Ardwick, Manchester, actor (Coronation Street), (d. 2012)
  • Apr 5 Michael Moriarty, actor (Bang the Drum Slowly, Q, Stuff), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 7 Gorden Kaye, British actor (Allo Allo), born in Huddersfield (d. 2017)
  • Apr 9 Hannah Gordon, actress (Oh Alfie)
  • Apr 9 Chu Song-woong, Korean stage actor (d. 1985)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

  • Apr 20 Ryan O'Neal, actor (Love Story, Paper Moon)
  • Apr 23 Ed Stewart, British DJ and broadcaster (Crackerjack), born in Exmouth, Devon (d. 2016)
  • Apr 23 Michael Lynne, American film executive
  • Apr 25 Bertrand Tavernier, actor (Capt Conan, L627, Daddy Nostalgie)
  • Apr 28 Ann-Margret, Valsjobya Sweden, actress (Bye Bye Birdie, Tommy)
  • May 1 Barbara Barendrecht, [BHM Wurfbain], actress (Dirty Picture)
  • May 6 Ghena Dimitrova, actress (Nabucco)
  • 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, LA, actor (Star Trek II, Huckleberry Finn, Mars Attack)
  • May 24 Andres Garcia, Santo Domingo Dom Rep, actor (Tiger Shark)
  • May 27 Davina Phillips, actress
  • May 28 Beth Howland, actress (Vera - Alice, Company), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Jun 2 Stacy Keach, actor (Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer), born in Savannah, Georgia

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • Jun 12 Marv Albert, American "Yes!" sportscaster (NBC-TV)/back biter, born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 13 Robert Forester, actor (Banyon, Nakia), born in Rochester, New York
  • Jun 13 Tom Hallick, actor (Search), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Jun 18 Delia Smith, English cook and television presenter
  • Jun 19 Marlene Warfield, 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 J Barendrecht, Indonesian/Dutch actress (Pinokkio)
  • Jun 21 Joe Flaherty, American-Canadian actor
  • 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 27 Krzysztof Kieslowski, Polish director/actor (Underground Passage)
  • 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 7 Bill Oddie, English comedian and ornithologist
  • Jul 10 Robert Pine, 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
  • 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 Raul Ruiz, Puerto Mott Chile, actor (Lexot, Capitolo 66)
  • Jul 29 David Warner, actor (Star Trek VI, Time Bandits), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Aug 1 √Čtienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (d. 2004)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 3 Martha Stewart, American business magnate and TV personality who founded Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, born in Jersey City, New Jersey

Business Magnate and TV Personality Martha Stewart
Business Magnate and TV Personality
Martha Stewart
  • Aug 4 Martin Jarvis, English actor, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
  • Aug 6 Hubertus AGM "Bert" Andre, Dutch actor (Turkish Fruit-Come Back)

Weddings in Film & TV


Person of interestPerson 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actress Gene Tierney
Actress
Gene Tierney

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding 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