On This Day

Year 1943 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 Singer Frank Sinatra debuts on radio's "Your Hit Parade"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 4 15th Academy Awards: "Mrs. Miniver", James Cagney & Greer Garson win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 27 Blue Ribbon Town (with Groucho Marx) 1st heard on CBS Radio

Comedian Groucho Marx
Comedian
Groucho Marx

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Apr 29 Noël Coward's comic play "Present Laughter" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 25 Agnes Moorehead appears in "Sorry, Wrong Number" on the radio program "Suspense", her most successful appearance

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 21 "Stormy Weather", directed by Andrew L. Stone, starring Bill Robinson, Lena Horne and Fats Waller singing "Ain't Misbehavin'" premieres in the US

Tap Dancer and Actor Bill Robinson
Tap Dancer and Actor
Bill Robinson
Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller

Film release premierFilm Release

Nov 26 Last Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movie "Girl Crazy" released

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Jimmy Hart, American pro wrestling manager (WWF, WCW; Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Ted DiBiase and Jim Neidhart ), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Jan 2 Barış Manço, Turkish singer and television producer (d. 1999)
  • Jan 9 Freddie Starr, English comedian & singer (The Freddie Starr Showcase), born in Huyton, United Kingdom (d. 2019)
  • Jan 13 Richard Moll, American actor (Night Court, House, Dungeonmaster, Survivor), born in Pasadena, California
  • Jan 14 Holland Taylor, American actress (Bossom Buddies, Camilla-Naked Truth), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 14 Ronald Hunter, American actor (Lazarus Syndrome), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 17 Geoffrey Deuel, American actor, born in Lockport, New York
  • Jan 19 Petchara Chaowarat, Thai film actress
  • Jan 22 Marília Pêra, Brazilian actress (Better Days Ahead, Pixote), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 2015)
  • Jan 23 Gil Gerard, American actor (Buck Rogers in 25th Century), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Jan 24 Julie Bennett, American actress (Hey There It's Yogi Bear), born in Beverly Hills, California

Person of interestSharon Tate

Jan 24 Sharon Tate, American actress (Valley of the Dolls), born in Dallas, Texas

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • Jan 24 Subhash Ghai, Indian film director, born in Nagpur, India
  • Jan 25 Tobe Hooper, American film director, born in Austin, Texas (d. 2017)
  • Jan 26 Kathryn Leigh Scott, TV actress (Dark Shadows), born in Robbinsdale, Minnesota
  • Jan 28 John Beck, American actor (Dallas, Flamingo Road, Santa Barbara), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 28 Susan Howard, American actress (Donna-Dallas, Petrocelli), born in Marshall, Texas
  • Jan 29 Tony Blackburn, English radio DJ (Radio Caroline, BBC - 1st to broadcast), born in Guildford, England
  • Feb 1 Tina Sloan, NY, actress (Lillian-Guiding Light, Search for Tomorrow)
  • Feb 3 Blythe Danner, actress (Butterflies are Free), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 4 Cheryl Miller, Sherman Oaks California, actress (Paula-Daktari, Born Free)
  • Feb 5 Michael Mann, American actor & director (Sexpot, Close Friends), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 6 Gayle Hunnicutt, American actress (Legend of Hell House, Dallas), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Feb 7 Gareth Hunt, English actor (d. 2007)

Person of interestJoe Pesci

Feb 9 Joe Pesci, American actor (Half Nelson, Goodfellas), born in Newark, New Jersey

Actor Joe Pesci
Actor
Joe Pesci
  • Feb 9 Squire Fridell, American actor (Rosetti & Ryan), born in Oakland, California
  • Feb 14 Aaron Russo, American political activist, movie producer and director (Trading Places, Wise Guys, The Rose), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • Feb 20 Antonio Inoki, [Kanji Rikidozan], wrestler (NJPW/JWA)
  • Feb 20 Mike Leigh, dramatist/director (High Hopes, Secrets & Lies)
  • Feb 23 Jada Rowland, American actress (Penny-Hamptons, Amy-Secret Storm), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 26 Bill Duke, American actor (Bird on a Wire, Predator), born in Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Feb 27 Mary Frann, American actress (Joanna-Newhart, Days of Our Live), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Mar 3 Roger Swaybill, actor/writer (Porky's II, Breaking Point)
  • Mar 5 Hugh Scully, British TV presenter (The Antiques Roadshow), born in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire (d. 2015)
  • Mar 8 Lynn Redgrave, British-American actress (Gods and Monsters, Georgy Girl), born in London, England (d. 2010)
  • Mar 9 Trish Van Devere [Patricia Louise Dressel], American actress (The Changeling), born in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
  • Mar 10 Angelique Pettyjohn, actress (Body Talk, Star Trek), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 13 André Téchiné, French director and screenwriter (Scene of the Crime, Rendez-Vous), born in Valence-d'Agen, Tarn-et-Garonne, France
  • Mar 15 Brenda Scott, actress (Midge-Road West), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Mar 16 Kim Mu-saeng, South Korean actor (d. 2005)
  • Mar 17 Don Mitchell, actor (Mark-Ironside), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2013)
  • Mar 18 Kevin Dobson, American actor (Kojak, Knots Landing, Shannon), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 18 Toula Grivas, Greek actress
  • Mar 20 Paul Junger Witt, American TV producer
  • Mar 25 Paul Michael Glaser, American actor (Starsky-Starsky & Hutch), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Mar 28 Conchata Ferrell, American actress (Deadly Hero, Susan-LA Law), born in Loudendale, West Virginia
  • Mar 28 Mike Newell, English director and producer (Bad Blood, Awakening, Amazing Grace & Chuck), born in St. Albans, Hertfordshire
  • Mar 29 Eric Idle, English comedian, actor (Monty Python), born in South Shields, England
  • Mar 31 Christopher [Ronald] Walken, American actor (The Deer Hunter, Brainstorm), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 31 Roy Andersson, Swedish film director (A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Apr 3 Jonathan Lynn, English writer and actor (Greedy, Bar Mitzvah Boy), born in Bath, England
  • Apr 5 Max Gail, American actor (Barney Miller, Whiz Kids, DC Cab), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 6 Roger Cook, investigative journalist/broadcaster
  • Apr 6 Susan Tolsky, actress (Madame's Place, Here Comes the Brides), born in Houston, Texas
  • Apr 7 Roberta Shore, Monterrey Park, California, actress/singer (Virginian)
  • Apr 8 Robby Weaver, actor (Stone)
  • Apr 12 Charles Ludlam, American playwright and actor (Big Easy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • Apr 16 Ruth Madoc, British singer and actress (Hi Di Hi), born in Norwich, Norfolk
  • Apr 20 Edie Sedgwick, American actress (Ciao Manhattan) and socialite, born in Santa Barbara, California (d. 1971)
  • Apr 20 Michael Greer, American actor (Bobby Gentry Show), born in Galesburg, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • Apr 23 Hervé Villechaize, French-American actor (Fantasy Island - Ze plane! Ze plane!), born in Paris (d. 1993)
  • Apr 23 Bob van Toll, Dutch actor and director (Pastorale 1943), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2005)
  • May 1 Joy Harmon, American actress (Cool Hand Luke), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • May 2 Regina Carrol, American actress (Jessi's Girl), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1992)

Person of interestMichael Palin

May 5 Michael Palin, English comedian (Monty Python, Fish Called Wanda), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
  • May 7 Peter Horak, stuntman (Star Trek: Voyager), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2017)
  • May 10 David Clennon, American actor
  • May 11 Juliet Harmer, English actress
  • May 12 Linda Dano, actress (Felicia Gallant-Another World), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 13 Eve Babitz, American artist and author (Eve's Hollywood, Slow Days, Fast Company), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 15 Harve Brosten, comedy writer/producer/director (All in the Family)
  • May 18 James Reiher, American professional wrestler
  • May 24 Gary Burghoff, American actor (Radar - M*A*S*H), born in Bristol, Connecticut
  • May 25 Leslie Uggams, American singer and actress (Leslie Uggams Show, Roots), born in NYC, New York
  • May 27 Bruce Weitz, actor (Hill St Blues, Death of a Centerfold), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • May 27 Cilla Black [Priscilla White], pop singer and TV personality (Blind Date), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2015)
  • May 31 Sharon Gless, American actress (Chris Cagney-Cagney & Lacey), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 2 Charles Haid, actor (Andy Renko-Hill St Blues, Altered States), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 7 [Kenneth Charles] Ken Osmond, American actor (Leave It to Beaver), born in Glendale, California
  • Jun 8 Colin Baker, English actor (Sixth Doctor in Doctor Who, Swallows & Amazons), born in London
  • Jun 10 Jeff Greenfield, American media commentator (Firing Line, Nightline), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 13 Malcolm McDowell, English actor (Clockwork Orange, Caligula), born in Leeds, England
  • Jun 15 Aron Kincaid, actor (Warren-Bachelor Father, Ski Party), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 15 Johnny Hallyday [Jean-Philippe Smet], French singer and actor known as the "Elvis Presley of France," born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • Jun 16 Joan Van Ark, American actress and director (Valene-Dallas, Knots Landing), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 18 Barry Evans, English actor (Dr Upton-Dr in the House, Mind Your Language), born in Guildford, England (d. 1997)
  • Jun 24 Georg Stanford Brown, Cuban actor (Terry Webster-Rookies), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Jun 26 John Beasley, American actor (Everwood), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jun 27 Kjersti Døvigen, Norwegian actress (Offshore), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Jul 3 Kurtwood Smith, American actor (That '70s Show, Robocop), born in New Lisbon, Wisconsin
  • Jul 3 Gary Waldhorn, English actor (To the Camp & Back), born in London
  • Jul 4 Geraldo Rivera [Gerald Michael Riviera], American news personality (20/20, Geraldo), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 7 Joel Siegel, American film critic (d. 2007)
  • Jul 11 Susan Seaforth Hayes, actress (Days of our Life, Young & Restless), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jul 12 Ernie Anastos, American news anchor (WCBS, WABC), born in Nashua, New Hampshire
  • Jul 12 Walter Murch, American film editor and sound engineer (Apocalypse Now), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 13 Danny Lockin, Lanai, Hawaii, actor/dancer (Hello Dolly), (d. 1977)
  • Jul 14 Lynn Loring, American actress (Patty-Fair Exchange, Barbara-FBI), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 20 Wendy Richard, English actress (EastEnders), born in Middlesborough, England (d. 2009)
  • Jul 21 David Downing, American actor (Backstairs at the White House), born in NYC, New York

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 15 Model Bettie Page (19) weds high school sweetheart Billy Neal in Gallatin, Tennessee

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page

LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 14 Actress Lana Turner and actor Stephen Crane marry for the second time

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 10 Actor Peter Cushing (29) weds actress Violet Helene Beck in London, England

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 17 Actress Claire Trevor (34) weds Navy lieutenant Cyclos William Dunsmoore in Tijuana, Mexico

Actress Claire Trevor
Actress
Claire Trevor

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 16 Actor/comedian Charlie Chaplin (54) marries actress Oona O'Neill (18)

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 5 Actress Betty Grable (26) weds big band leader Harry James (27)

Film actress Betty Grable
Film actress
Betty Grable

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 7 "Gilda" actress Rita Hayworth (24) weds actor-director Orson Welles (28)

Actor and Director Orson Welles
Actor and Director
Orson Welles

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 30 Italian director Federico Fellini marries actress Giulietta Masina

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • Dec 5 Singer and actress Dinah Shore (27) weds actor George Montgomery (27)

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 24 Actor and comedian Carl Reiner (21) weds singer Estelle Lebost (29)

Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director Carl Reiner
Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director
Carl Reiner

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 29 Actor Jackie Coogan (28) divorces actress Flower Parry after almost 2 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 25 Spencer Charters, American actor (3 Faces West, Big Town Girl, St Louis Kid), dies at 67
  • Feb 14 Dora Gerson, German-Jewish actress, cabaret singer, and Holocaust victim (Caravan of Death), dies in Auschwitz concentration camp at 43
  • Feb 19 Lynne Overman, American actor (Reap the Wild Wind), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • Mar 10 Tully Marshall, American actor (Let's Go, Red Dust), dies at 78
  • Apr 3 Conrad Veidt, German actor (Casablanca, Cabinet of Dr Calgary), dies from a heart attack at 50
  • Apr 25 Vladimir Ivanovich Nemirovich-Danchenko, playwright/director, dies
  • May 17 Montagu Love, actor (Wind), dies at 65
  • Jun 1 Leslie Howard [Stainer], British actor (Gone With the Wind, Of Human Bondage), dies after Nazis shoot down his plane at 50
  • Jun 11 Sam[uel] de Vries, actor (Boefje, In Sobibor), dies at 50
  • Jul 14 Johannes F "Frits" Bakker Sr, actor, dies at 74
  • Jul 30 Owen Nares [Ramsay], British actor and manager (Maiden Erleigh), dies from a heart attack at 54
  • Sep 28 Fritzi Brunette, American actress, dies at 53
  • Oct 7 Eugeniusz Bodo [Bohdan Eugène Junod], Polish film director, producer and comedic actor, dies in the Gulag at 43
  • Nov 7 Dwight Frye, American actor (Black Camel, Dracula, Frankenstein), dies from a heart attack at 44
  • Nov 19 André Antoine, French actor and stage manager (founded Théâtre-Libre), dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Hobart Bosworth, American actor (Woman of Affairs, Big Parade), dies at 76