1944 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 1st feature-length foreign movie "African Journey", shown on TV, NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 7 Bing Crosby records "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • Feb 20 Batman & Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers
  • Feb 21 "War As It Happens" news show premieres on NBC TV (NYC only)

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 2 16th Academy Awards: "Casablanca", Jennifer Jones & Paul Lukas win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 22 American movie star Jimmy Stewart flies his 12th combat mission, leading the 2nd Bomb Wing in an attack on Berlin

  • May 2 WABD (WNEW, now WNYW) TV channel 5 in NYC (DUM/MET/FOX) 1st broadcast
  • May 3 "Going My Way", directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby premieres in New York (Best Picture 1945)

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May 4 "Gaslight", starring an 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her film debut, is released

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Jul 3 "Double Indemnity" film noir directed by Billy Wilder and starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck is released in Baltimore, Maryland

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder
  • Aug 13 Jackie Gleason-Les Tremayne show premieres on NBC radio
  • Sep 28 1st TV Musical comedy (The Boys from Boise)
  • Oct 8 "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" debut on CBS radio

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Oct 11 "Laura" directed by Otto Preminger starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews is released in NYC, New York

Actress Gene Tierney
Actress
Gene Tierney

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 174

  • Jan 1 Don Novello, American actor and comedian (Father Guido Sarducci-Saturday Night Live), born in Ashtabula, Ohio
  • Jan 1 Jimmy Hart, American wrestling manager
  • Jan 5 Felix Arons, Dutch director/actor (Waaldrecht)
  • Jan 6 Bonnie Franklin, Santa Monica Cal, TV actress (Ann-1 Day at a Time), (d. 2013)
  • Jan 10 William Sanderson, American actor (Newhart, Blade Runner, True Blood), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 12 Carlos Villagrán, Mexican actor
  • Jan 23 Rutger Hauer, Dutch actor (Blade Runner, Ladyhawke, Osterman Weekend)
  • Jan 24 David Gerrold [Jerrold David Friedman], American science fiction screenwriter (Star Trek) and author (The Martian Child), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 29 Barbara Moore, Wardell Mo, actress (Lisa Rogers-Man From UNCLE)
  • Feb 1 Leo Burmester, actor (Flo, Chiefs, Abbys, Odd Jobs), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Feb 2 Katherine Crawford, actress (Gemini Man, Captains & Kings), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 2 Karen Foss, American broadcaster
  • Feb 2 Geoffrey Hughes, British actor, (d. 2012)
  • Feb 3 Trisha Noble, Australian singer and actress
  • Feb 6 Michael Tucker, actor (Stuart Markowitz-LA Law), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Feb 13 Stockard Channing, American actress (Grease, Big Bus, Without a Trace), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 13 Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Indian actor (d. 2006)
  • Feb 14 Alan Parker, English actor (Bugsy Malone, Evita)
  • Feb 21 Kitty Winn, actress (Beacon Hill), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 22 E J Peaker, actress (That's Life), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Feb 22 Jonathan Demme, American film director (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), born in Baldwin, New York (d. 2017)
  • Feb 24 Barry Bostwick, San Mateo Ca, actor (Rocky Horror Show, Megaforce)
  • Feb 24 Sheila Larkin, American actress (Deborah-Storefront Lawyer), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 25 Karen Grassle, American actress (Caroline-Little House on Prairie), born in Berkeley, California
  • Feb 25 Kristina Holland, American actress (Tina-Courtship of Eddie's Father), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Feb 26 Marilyn Michaels, comedienne (ABC Comedy Hour)
  • Feb 27 Alan Fudge, Wichita Ks, actor (Man From Atlantis, Paper Dolls)
  • Feb 28 Colin Nutley, director/writer (Such is Life, Black Jack)
  • Feb 28 Kelly Bishop, CO, actress (Unmarried Woman, Advice to Lovelorn)
  • Feb 29 Phyllis Frelich, Devil's Lake ND, actor (Love is Never Silent)
  • Feb 29 Dennis Farina, actor (Get Shorty, Law & Order, Crime Story), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • Mar 1 Roger Daltrey, English rocker/actor/producer (The Who-Tommy)
  • Mar 2 Katherine Crawford, actress (Captains & Kings, Gemini Man)
  • Mar 2 Uschi Glas, German actress
  • Mar 5 Paul Sands, comedian and actor (SCTV, Story Theater, St Elsewhere), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 8 Palito Ortega, Argentine singer and actor
  • Mar 15 Jacques Doillon director/writer (La Fille de Quinze Ans)
  • Mar 21 Marie-Christine Barrault, actress (Stardust Memories), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 24 R. Lee Ermey, American actor (Full Metal Jacket- Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), born in Emporia, Kansas (d. 2018)
  • Mar 27 Khosrow Shakibai, Iranian actor (Hamoun), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2008)
  • Mar 28 Ken Howard, American actor (Ken - The White Shadow), born in El Centro California (d. 2016)
  • Apr 1 Carol White, England, actress (Daddy's Gone a Hunting)
  • Apr 4 David Melville, British physicist and academic (Middlesex Polytechnic), born in Gateshead, Durham, England
  • Apr 4 Craig T. Nelson, American actor (Poltergeist, Hayden Fox-Coach), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Apr 5 Willeke van Ammelrooy, Dutch actress (Cidke de Rat, Antonia), born in Amsterdam
  • Apr 8 Hywel Bennett, South Wales, actor (Family Way, Shelley)
  • Apr 11 John Milius, American screenwriter (Red Dawn, 1941, Big Wednesday), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 19 Margo MacDonald, Scottish national broadcaster
  • Apr 29 Richard Kline, American actor and director
  • Apr 30 Jill Clayburgh, American actress (Unmarried Woman, Semi-Tough), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)
  • May 5 Jean-Pierre Leaud, actor (Detective), born in Paris, France
  • May 5 John Rhys-Davies, Salisbury England, actor (Sir Edward-Quest, Sliders)
  • May 5 Roger Raised, English actor (Nicholas Nickleby)
  • May 5 Roger Rees, Welsh Tony winning stage and screen actor (Cheers), born in Aberystwyth (d. 2015)
  • May 6 Anton Furst, American production designer (d. 1991)
  • May 7 Sivi Aberg, Swedish actress (Batman TV show), born in Gävle, Sweden
  • May 7 Eva Norvind, Norwegian-Mexican actress, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 2006)
  • May 7 Richard O'Sullivan, British comedy actor, born in Chiswick, London
  • May 10 Marie-France Pisier, Daclat, Vietnam, French actress and writer (Love on the Run, Cousin cousine)
  • May 14 Francesca Annis, actress (Madame Bovary, Dune), born in London, England

Person of interestGeorge Lucas

May 14 George Lucas, American director (Star Wars, Indiana Jones), born in Modesto, California

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
  • May 15 Gunilla Hutton, Goteborg Sweden, actress (Petticoat Junction)
  • May 16 Danny Trejo, American actor
  • May 19 Peter Mayhew, British-American actor
  • May 25 Frank Oz, Hereford England, American muppetteer (Grover-Sesame Street, Muppet Show)
  • May 25 John Bunnell, former Sheriff of Multnomah County, Oregon and TV personality
  • May 28 Patricia Quinn, Lady Stephens, Northern-Irish actress, voice artist and singer (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • May 28 Faith Brown, British actress and impressionist
  • May 29 Helmut Berger, actor (Ash Wednesday, Damned, Picture of Dorian Gray)
  • Jun 1 Robert Powell, English actor (Jigsaw Man, Shaka Zulu, Secrets), born in Salford, England
  • Jun 4 Michelle Phillips, singer/actress (Mamas & Papas), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jun 8 Don Grady [Agrati], American actor (Robbie Douglas-My Three Sons), born in San Diego, California (d. 2012)
  • Jun 9 Brigid Bazlen, Wisc, actress (Pam-Too Young to go Steady)
  • Jun 12 Linda Foster, American actress (Doris-Hank), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 14 Joe Grifasi, American actor
  • Jun 17 Bill Rafferty, American comedian (Laugh-In, Real People), born in Queens, New York (d. 2012)
  • Jun 20 Terry Funk, pro wrestler (WWF/NWA)/actor (Paradise Alley), born in Hammond, Indiana
  • Jun 20 David Roper, English actor
  • Jun 21 Corinna Tsopel, Greek actress (Man Called Horse) and Miss Universe 1964, born in Athens, Greece
  • Jun 21 Tony Scott, English film director and producer (Top Gun, Revenge, Days of Thunder), born in Northumberland, England (d. 2012)
  • Jun 22 Klaus Maria Brandauer, Austrian actor (Mephisto, Out of Africa)
  • Jun 29 Gary Busey, Goose Creek Tx, actor (Buddy Holly Story, Star in Born)
  • Jul 3 Paul Young, actor (Another Time Another Place)
  • Jul 4 Ray Meagher, Australian actor
  • Jul 8 Jeffrey Tambor, actor (Jeffrey-Ropers, Larry Sanders), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jul 11 Bill Boggs, TV host/producer (Midday, Morton Downey Jr Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 12 Denise Nicholas, actress (Room 222, Baby I'm Back), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 15 Jan-Michael Vincent, actor (Hooper, Tribes, Buster & Billie), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jul 15 Millie Jackson, Thompson Ga, model/singer (Get it out 'cha system)
  • Jul 18 Jonelle Allen, American actress (Bessie-Palmerstown USA, Berringers), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 22 Guich Koock, actor (Harley Puckett-Carter Country), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jul 25 Helga I "Mijanou" van Baarzel, Dutch actress (Klaverweide-Alicia)
  • Jul 26 Kiel Martin, actor (Det LaRue-Hill Street Blues), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 30 Frances de la Tour, actress (Bejeweled, Wombling Free)
  • Jul 31 Geraldine Chaplin, actress (Doctor Zhivago, 3 Musketeers), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jul 31 Sherry Lansing, actress (China Syndrome, Black Rain), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 4 Richard Belzer, KOed by Hulk Hogan/comedian (How to be a Stand Up)
  • Aug 7 David Rasche, actor (Sledge Hammer), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Aug 7 John Glover, actor (52 Pick-Up, Something Special), born in Kingston, New York
  • Aug 8 Brooke Bundy, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 26 Actor Ralph Richardson (41) weds actress Meriel Forbes (30)

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 17 Actor Charlton Heston weds Lydia Clarke

HeartWedding of Interest

May 21 Actor Burgess Meredith (36) weds actress Paulette Goddard (33) at David O Selznick's Beverly Hills home

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 23 Actress Susan Hayward (31) weds actor Jess Barker (32) at St. Thomas Church in Los Angeles, California

Actress Susan Hayward
Actress
Susan Hayward

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 6 Actor Yul Brynner (24) weds actress Virginia Gilmore (25) at the Los Angeles County Courthouse

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 3 Comedian Jerry Lewis marries singer Patti Palmer

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 20 Model agency executive Eileen Ford (22) weds businessman Gerard W. Ford (20) in San Francisco, California

Co-Founder of Ford Models Eileen Ford
Co-Founder of Ford Models
Eileen Ford

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Feb 4 Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (b. 1867)
  • Mar 18 Benjamin Delmonte, theater director and actor (Black Haired Whore), dies at 79
  • May 30 Jessie Ralph, actress (Good Earth, San Francisco), dies at 79
  • Jul 1 Carl Mayer, Austrian-Jewish actor (Dreaming Lips, Ariane, Sunrise), dies of cancer at 49
  • Jul 20 Mildred Harris, American actress (b. 1901)
  • Aug 22 Raymond Aimos, actor (Golem, Mayerling, La Bandera), dies at 55
  • Dec 9 Laird Cregar, actor (Charley's Aunt, Hangover Square), dies at 28
  • Dec 13 Lupe Velez, actress (Joe Palooka), overdoses on seconal at 34
  • Dec 22 Harry Langdon, American comedian (The Strong Man, Tramp, Tramp, Tramp), dies at 60