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Year 1945 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 5 Pepe LePew debuts in Warner Bros cartoon "Odor-able Kitty"
  • Feb 3 Walt Disney's "3 Caballeros" released

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 15 17th Academy Awards: "Going My Way", Bing Crosby & Ingrid Bergman win

Actress Ingrid Bergman
Actress
Ingrid Bergman
Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 29 Movie star Jimmy Stewart is promoted to full colonel, one of the few Americans to rise from private to colonel in four years

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 30 "Arthur Godfrey Time" begins a 27 year run on CBS radio

Radio and TV Host Arthur Godfrey
Radio and TV Host
Arthur Godfrey
  • Jun 9 Warner Bros cartoon "A Gruesome Twosome" starring Tweety premieres in USA

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 6 Abbott and Costello's film "The Naughty Nineties" released featuring longest version of their "Who's on First" routine

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor Bud Abbott
Comedian and Actor
Bud Abbott

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 22 Noël Coward's revue "Sigh no More" premieres in London

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

Film release premierFilm Release

Sep 28 "Mildred Price" starring Joan Crawford opens at Strand

Actress Joan Crawford
Actress
Joan Crawford
  • Oct 5 Hollywood Black Friday: A six month strike by Hollywood set decorators turns into a bloody riot at the gates of Warner Brothers' studios.

Film release premierFilm Release

Nov 26 "Brief Encounter", based on Noël Coward's one-act play "Still Life", directed by David Lean and starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard is released

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
Actor Trevor Howard
Actor
Trevor Howard

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 29 "The Lost Weekend", based on Charles R. Jackson's novel, directed by Billy Wilder and starring Ray Milland and Jane Wyman premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Best Picture 1946)

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder
Actor Ray Milland
Actor
Ray Milland
Actress Jane Wyman
Actress
Jane Wyman

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 5 Roger Spottiswoode, Canadian-British film director, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • Jan 6 Pepé Le Pew, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Odor-able Kitty"
  • Jan 9 Frank Biondi, American businessman (HBO), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 9 John Doman, American actor, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 10 Colonel DeBeers [Edward Wiskoski], American professional wrestler, born in Saint Joseph, Missouri
  • Jan 10 Spider Sabich, American alpine skier (Olympics 1968; shot by actress Claudine Longet), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1976)
  • Jan 11 Christine Kaufmann, Austrian-born actress (Town Without Pity, Red Lips), born in Lendolf (d. 2017)
  • Jan 16 Kabir Bedi, Pakistani actor (Thief of Baghdad, Terminal Entry), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • Jan 20 Christopher Martin-Jenkins, British cricket journalist and broadcaster (President MCC; BBC Radio), born in Peterborough, England (d. 2013)
  • Jan 21 Martin Shaw, British actor (The Chief, Inspector George Gently), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jan 22 Michael Cristofer, actor/writer (Little Drummer Girl)
  • Jan 25 Leigh Taylor-Young, American actress (Peyton Place, Alice B Toklas), born in Washington, D.C.

Person of interestTom Selleck

Jan 29 Tom Selleck, actor (Lance-Rockford Files, Magnum PI), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • Feb 1 Yasuhiro Takai, Japanese baseball first baseman, designated hitter and broadcaster (NPB record 27 career pinch-hit home runs; Hankyu Braves), born in Imabari, Japan (d. 2019)
  • Feb 3 Willeke Alberti [Verbruggen], Dutch vocalist/actress (Small Truth)
  • Feb 7 Pete Postlethwaite, English actor (In the Name of the Father, Inception), born in Warrington, England (d. 2011)
  • Feb 12 Cliff De Young, actor (F/X, Hunger, Shock Treatment), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 12 Maud Adams, Lulea Sweden, actress (Octopussy, Rollerball, Tattoo)
  • Feb 13 Ken Sitzberger, American diver and broadcaster (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1964), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 1984)
  • Feb 14 Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer (White Nights, Taps), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • Feb 17 Brenda Fricker, actress (My Left Foot), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Feb 17 Patricia Morrow, American actress (Rita-Peyton Place), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 18 Michael Nader, American actor (Peter-Gidget, Dex Dexter-Dynasty), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 19 Jon Whiteley, actor (Moonfleet)
  • Feb 19 Michael Nader, actor (Dynasty, All My Children)
  • Feb 19 Thomas Brasch, German writer and film director, born in Westow, England (d. 2001)
  • Feb 20 Andrew Bergman, director/screenwriter (Soapdish, Honeymoon in Vegas)
  • Feb 20 Brion James, American actor (d. 1999)
  • Feb 20 Annu Kapoor, Indian actor (Vicky Donor), born in Bhopal, India
  • Feb 22 Leslie Charleson, American actress (Monica-General Hospital), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Feb 27 Daniel Olbrychski, Polish actor (La Truite), born in Łowicz, Poland
  • Feb 28 Bubba Smith, American football player (Balt Colts) and actor (Police Academy), born in Orange, Texas (d. 2011)
  • Feb 28 Mimsy Farmer, actress (Devil's Angel, Road to Salina), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 1 Dirk Benedict, American actor (A-Team, Battlestar Galactica), born in Helena, Montana
  • Mar 2 Gordon Thompson, Canadian actor (Adam Carrington in Dynasty), born in Ottawa
  • Mar 2 Joy Garrett, American actress (Jo Johnson-Days of Our Lives), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1993)
  • Mar 3 Hattie Winston, actress (Nurse, Electric Company), born in Greenville, Mississippi
  • Mar 4 Jaime Tirelli, American actor (Orlando Lopez-Ball Four), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 4 Frank Novak, American actor
  • Mar 6 Anna Maria Horsford, American actress (Thelma Frye-Amen), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 7 John Heard, American actor (Home Alone, Cat People, Big), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2017)
  • Mar 8 Micky Dolenz, American singer and actor (Circus Boy, The Monkees), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 10 Katharine Houghton, actress (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Mar 11 Tricia O'Neal, actress (Piranha Part II), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Mar 18 Joy Fielding, Canadian novelist and actress, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 19 Lisa Nicole Baker, American Playboy playmate (Nov 1966, Playmate of the Year 1967), born in Detroit, Texas
  • Mar 19 Stefanos Kiriakidis, Greek actor
  • Mar 20 Jay Ingram, Canadian television host and author
  • Mar 23 Franco Battiato, Italian singer, songwriter and filmmaker
  • Mar 24 Curtis Hanson, American film director and screenwriter (LA Confidential, 8 Mile), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2016)
  • Mar 29 Willem Ruis, Dutch TV host (Willem Ruis Show), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1986)
  • Mar 31 Valerie Curtin, American actress, writer, and producer
  • Apr 1 Heather Young, American actress (Land of the Giants), born in Bremerton
  • Apr 2 Linda Hunt, American actress (Bostonians, Eleni, Silverado), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • Apr 3 Catherine Spaak, French actress (Libertine, Hotel, Circle of Love), born in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France
  • Apr 4 Caroline McWilliams, American actress (Sally-Soap, Marcy-Benson), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Apr 4 Walter Charles, American actor (Fletch Lives, Weeds), born in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 13 Tony Dow, American actor and director (Wally-Leave it to Beaver), born in Hollywood, California
  • Apr 20 Jimmy Winston [James Langwith], British organist and actor (Doctor Who, Small Faces), born in London, England
  • Apr 20 Michael Brandon, American actor (Dempsey and Makepeace), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 21 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (d. 2000)
  • Apr 29 Richard Warwick, actor (Johnny Dangerously, Sebastine, If)
  • May 2 Bianca Jagger, Nicaraguan model and socialite who married Mike Jagger, born in Managua, Nicaragua
  • May 5 Kurtis "Kurt" Loder, American film critic, TV personality and columnist (Rolling Stone, New York, Time), born in Ocean City, New Jersey
  • May 6 Richard Eyers, American actor (My Friend Irma, Stagecoach West), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 7 Robin Strasser, American actress (Dorian-One Life to Live, Another World), born in NYC, New York
  • May 8 Keith Jarrett, American jazz and classical pianist and composer (The Köln Concert), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • May 12 Linda Carlson, American actress (Bev-Newhart, Katie-Kaz), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • May 13 Sam Anderson, American actor
  • May 21 Richard Hatch, American actor (Battlestar Galactica), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2017)
  • May 23 Lauren Chapin, actress (Kathy-Father Knows Best)
  • May 23 Padmarajan, Indian film director (d. 1991)
  • May 24 Priscilla Presley, American actress (Jenna-Dallas, Naked Gun), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 30 Meredith MacRae, actress (Petticoat Junction, My 3 Sons), born in Houston, Texas
  • May 30 Norman Eshley, English actor
  • May 31 Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German filmmaker and director (Marriage of Maria Braum), born in Bad Worishofen, Bavaria, West Germany (d. 1982)
  • Jun 4 Margaret Impert, American actress (Maggie, Spencer's Pilots), born in Horseheads North, New York
  • Jun 5 Klaus Wyborny, actor (Klammer auf Klammer Zu)
  • Jun 6 David Dukes, American actor (Beacon Hill, 79 Park Avenue, Winds of War), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 11 Adrienne Barbeau, American actress (Maude, Swamp Thing), born in Sacramento, California
  • Jun 15 Nicola Pagett, British actress (Oliver's Story, Privates on Parade), born in Cairo, Egypt
  • Jun 17 Frank Ashmore, American actor (Airplane!, Airplane II: The Sequel), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Jun 19 Tim Hovey, actor (Queen Bee, Toy Tiger, Man Afraid), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 20 John McCook, Ventura Cal, actor (Codename: Firefox, Bold & Beautiful)
  • Jul 1 Mike Burstyn, Israeli-American actor (De Mike Bustyn Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 3 Michael Cole, American actor (Pete-Mod Squad), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Jul 5 Jeffrey Kramer, American actor (Ted Stein-Struck by Lightning), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 6 Burt Ward, American actor (Robin-Batman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 10 Ron Glass, American actor (Barney Miller, Frank's Place), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • Jul 10 Jean-Marie Poiré, French film director, born in Paris
  • Jul 12 Leopoldo Mastelloni, Italian actor (Inferno), born in Naples, Italy
  • Jul 16 Jos Stelling, Dutch film director (Pointsman), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Jul 17 Fenneken Fockema Andreae, Dutch actress (Sea Gull)
  • Jul 19 George Dzundza, American actor (The Deer Hunter, Law & Order), born in Rosenheim, Germany
  • Jul 21 Leigh Lawson, English actress (Fire & Sword, Charlie Boy), born in Atherston, England
  • Jul 21 Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress (d. 2008)
  • Jul 23 Harold W Hennep, Arubians Dutch dancer and actor (Plus Echo)
  • Jul 25 Donna Theodore, American actress and singer (Hollywood Talent Scouts), born in Pleasanton, California
  • Jul 26 Linda Harrison, American actress (Bracken's World, Planet of Apes), born in Berlin, Maryland

Person of interestHelen Mirren

Jul 26 Helen Mirren [Ilyena Lydia Vasilievna Mironoff], English actress (The Queen, The Madness of King George), born in London, England

Actress Helen Mirren
Actress
Helen Mirren

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 29 Actress Gloria Swanson (45) weds William N. Davey

LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 21 Actor Humphrey Bogart (44) marries actress Lauren Bacall (20)

LoveWedding of Interest

May 21 Director Akira Kurosawa (35) weds actress Yoko Yaguchi (23)

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • Jun 13 "Three Smart Girls" actress Deanna Durbin (23) weds film writer, producer and actor Felix Jackson at The Little Church Of The West in Las Vegas

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 21 Master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era Groucho Marx (54) weds Kay Marvis

Comedian Groucho Marx
Comedian
Groucho Marx
  • Sep 7 "Star Trek" actor DeForest Kelley (25) weds Carolyn Dowling (25)

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 19 Actress Shirley Temple (17) weds actor John Agar (24) in an Episcopal ceremony at Wilshire Methodist Church

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 27 Actor Richard Cromwell (35) weds actress Angela Lansbury (19) in Independence, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 5 Actress Janet Leigh (18) weds Stanley Reames at Morris Chapel in Stockton, California

Actress Janet Leigh
Actress
Janet Leigh

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 17 Actress Ava Gardner (22) weds band leader Artie Shaw (35) in Hollywood

Actress Ava Gardner
Actress
Ava Gardner

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 30 Actress Bette Davis (37) weds artist William Grant Sherry

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 5 Actor Eddie Albert (39) weds actress Margo (28)

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 24 Actress Mary Astor (39) weds Thomas Gordon Wheelock

Actress Mary Astor
Actress
Mary Astor

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 25 Actor John Wayne (38) divorces Josephine Saenz (37) after 12 years of marriage

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Mar 4 Lucille La Verne, American actress (b. 1872)
  • Mar 4 Mark Sandrich, American film director, writer and producer (b. 1900)
  • Apr 24 Hubert Bath, British film composer and music director, dies at 61
  • Jul 19 George Barbier, American actor (Tarzan's Revenge, Wife vs Secretary), dies at 80
  • Sep 1 Jacobus W G Balfoort, Dutch actor (Heimwee, Head On), dies at 57
  • Oct 21 Henry Armetta, Italian-American actor (The Black Cat, Bell for Adano, Big Store), dies from a heart attack at 57
  • Oct 31 Henry Ainley, English actor (As You Like It), dies at 66
  • Nov 21 Robert Benchley, American humorist (My 10 years in a Quandary), dies at 56
  • Dec 14 Forrester Harvey, Irish actor (Rebecca, Tarzan, Chump at Oxford), dies at 61
  • Dec 31 Don Douglas, Scottish actor (The Black Castle), dies at 40