On This Day

Year 1946 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 7 18th Academy Awards: "The Lost Weekend" Ray Milland & Joan Crawford win

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Mar 30 3rd Golden Globes: "The Lost Weekend", Ray Milland, & Ingrid Bergman win

Film release premierFilm Release

May 2 "The Postman Always Rings Twice" film based on the novel by James M. Cain, directed by Tay Garnett and starring Lana Turner and John Garfield is released

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner
  • May 9 1st hour long entertainment TV show, "NBC's Hour Glass" premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 26 Fred Allen's last radio show, his guest is Jack Benny

Comedian Jack Benny
Comedian
Jack Benny

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 25 At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 23 "The Big Sleep" directed by Howard Hawks and starring Humphrey Bogart (Philip Marlowe) and Lauren Bacall first premieres

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 28 Film noir "The Killers" premieres, directed by Robert Siodmak, starring Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner, based on a story by Ernest Hemingway

  • Aug 31 Foghorn Leghorn, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Robert McKimson and Warren Foster, (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Walky Talky Hawky"
  • Sep 29 "Adventures of Sam Spade" debuts on CBS Radio
  • Oct 2 1st network soap opera "Faraway Hill" begins broadcasting on DuMont Television Network
  • Oct 5 1st Cannes Film Festival ends
  • Nov 1 WABC becomes WCBS radio in NYC
  • Nov 1 WEAF radio changes call letters to WNBC (NYC)
  • Nov 12 Walt Disney's "Song Of South" released

Film release premierFilm Release

Nov 21 "The Best Years of Our Lives", film directed by William Wyler, based on MacKinlay Kantor's novella Glory for Me, starring Myrna Loy and Fredric March, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1947)

Actor Fredric March
Actor
Fredric March
Actress Myrna Loy
Actress
Myrna Loy
Film Director William Wyler
Film Director
William Wyler

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 19 Noël Cowards musical "Pacific 1860" premieres in London

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

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 20 Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" film premieres in New York, directed by Frank Capra, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore

Actor Lionel Barrymore
Actor
Lionel Barrymore
Actor James Stewart
Actor
James Stewart
Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 220

  • Jan 1 Rivellino, Brazilian soccer midfielder and broadcaster (92 caps; 1970 FIFA World Cup; Corinthians; TV Cultura), born in São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Person of interestDiane Keaton

Jan 5 Diane Keaton, American actress (Annie Hall, Little Drummer Girl), born in Los Angeles, California

Actress Diane Keaton
Actress
Diane Keaton
  • Jan 8 Kathleen Noone [O'Meara], American actress (All My Children, Party of 5, Knots Landing), born in Hillsdale, New Jersey
  • Jan 9 Leo Gullotta, Italian actor (Sinbad of the 7 Seas), born in Catania, Italy
  • Jan 16 Katia Ricclarelli, Italian soprano and actress (Falstaff, Otello, Turandot), born in Rovigo, Italy
  • Jan 17 Michèle Deslauriers, Quebec actress, born in Quebec, Canada

Person of interestDolly Parton

Jan 19 Dolly Parton, American country singer-songwriter ("Jolene"; ""I Will Always Love You", "9 to 5"), actress, and literacy advocate, born in Sevierville, Tennessee

Country Singer Dolly Parton
Country Singer
Dolly Parton

Person of interestDavid Lynch

Jan 20 David Lynch, American actor & director (Dune, Eraserhead), born in Missoula, Montana

Filmmaker David Lynch
Filmmaker
David Lynch
  • Jan 22 Andrew Rubin, actor (Hometown, Joe Bash) [or Jun 22], born in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Jan 24 John Harrison, South Africa correspondent (BBC), born in Aldershot, England (d. 1994)
  • Jan 24 Michael Ontkean, Canadian actor (Rookies, Slap Shot, Twin Peaks), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 26 Gene Siskel, American movie critic (Siskel & Ebert), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • Jan 28 Renne Jarrett, American actress (Nancy), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 31 Glynn Turman, American actor (Lew-Peyton Place, Manimal, Centennial), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 31 Jonathan Banks, actor (Armed & Dangerous, Cold Steel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 1 Bart Braverman, American actor (Bobby-Vega$, Roy-New Odd Couple), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 1 Elisabeth Sladen, English actress (Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures), born in Liverpool, England
  • Feb 5 Charlotte Rampling, English actress (Zardoz, Night Porter, Verdict), born in Sturmer, United Kingdom
  • Feb 7 Héctor Babenco, film director (Kiss of the Spider Woman), born in Mar del Plata, Argentina (d. 2016)
  • Feb 12 Ever Meulen [Eddy Vermeulen], Dutch illustrator and cartoonist (children stamps 1992), born in Kuurne, Belgium
  • Feb 12 Ajda Pekkan, Turkish singer and actress, born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Feb 13 Louis Kondos, Greek actor, born in Athens, Greece
  • Feb 14 Tina Aumont, actress (Master of Love, Casanova), born in Hollywood, California
  • Feb 16 Ian Lavender, British actor (Stupid Boy in Dad's Army)
  • Feb 17 Andre Dussollier, French actor (3 Men & a Cradle), born in Annecy, France
  • Feb 17 Zina Bethune, American actress (Nurses, Who's That Knocking at My Door), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Feb 18 Jean-Claude Dreyfus, French actor
  • Feb 20 Brenda Blethyn, actress (Secrets & Lies)
  • Feb 20 Sandy Duncan, Henderson Tx, actress (Hogan Family)

Person of interestAlan Rickman

Feb 21 Alan Rickman, English actor (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Die Hard, Harry Potter), born in Hammersmith, London (d. 2016)

  • Feb 21 Tyne Daly, actress (Cagney & Lacey, Angel Unchained), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Feb 21 Anthony Daniels, British actor (Star Wars - C-3PO)
  • Feb 24 John Stapleton, English television presenter
  • Mar 4 Red Stripe [David Gittins], British actor and songer (The Flying Pickets - "Only You"; Poets of the Machine), born in England
  • Mar 5 Michael Warren, Indiana, actor (Bobby Hill-Hill Street Blues)
  • Mar 6 Martin Kove, American actor (Victor-Cagney & Lacey), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 10 Mike Hollands, Australian animator
  • Mar 11 Brigitte Fossey, French actress (Man Who Died Twice), born in Tourcoing France

Person of interestLiza Minnelli

Mar 12 Liza Minnelli, American singer/actress (Sterile Cuckoo, Cabaret), born in Hollywood, California

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • Mar 12 Frank Welker, American voice actor (Scooby-Doo, Curious George), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Mar 12 Peter Whalley, British television writer and author
  • Mar 14 Jasper Carrott, English comedian (Jane & the Lost City, Detectives)
  • Mar 14 Steve Kanaly, actor (Fleshburn, Ray Krebbs-Dallas), born in Burbank, California
  • Mar 15 David Wall, English ballet dancers/director (Royal Academy of Dancing)
  • Mar 19 Bigas Luna, director/writer (Anguish)
  • Mar 21 Timothy Dalton, Welsh actor (James Bond), born in Colwyn Bay, Wales
  • Mar 22 Laraine Ashton, fashion models' agent (London)
  • Mar 25 Bonnie Bedelia [Culkin], American actress (Die Hard, Heart Like a Wheel), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 26 Johnny Crawford, actor (Mark-The Rifleman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 27 Carl Weintraub, American actor (Harry-Executive Suite)
  • Mar 29 Bruce Weber, American fashion photographer and director (Broken Noses), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 31 Gabe Kaplan, American comedian and actor (Welcome Back Kotter), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 5 Jane Asher, English actress (Deep End) and girlfriend of Paul McCartney, born in Willesden, London
  • Apr 8 Stuart Pankin, comedian (Striptease, Congo, Earl-Dinosaurs), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 8 Tim Thomerson, American actor
  • Apr 12 Ed O'Neill, American comedian and actor (Al Bundy-Married with Children), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Apr 12 Peter L de Baan, Dutch actor, director and playwright (Leonce & Lena)
  • Apr 17 Henry Kelly, Irish radio and TV broadcaster, born in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland
  • Apr 18 Hayley Mills, English actress (Parent Trap, Pollyanna), born in London, England
  • Apr 19 Tim Curry, English actor (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), born in Grappenhall, Cheshire, England
  • Apr 20 Julien Poulin, French-Canadian actor (Elvis Gratton: Le king des kings), born in Montréal, Québec
  • Apr 21 Claire Denis, French film director (Chocolat, Beau Travail), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 22 Nicole Garcia, French actress and director (Going Away), born in Oran, Algeria
  • Apr 24 Dick Rivers [Hervé Forneri], French rock and roll singer and actor, born in Nice, France (d. 2019)
  • Apr 25 Talia Shire [Coppola], American actress (Adrienne-Rocky), born in Lake Success, New York
  • Apr 28 Ginette Reno, French Canadian singer, songwriter and actress
  • Apr 30 Bill Plympton, American animator (Your Face), born in Portland Oregon
  • May 1 Bruce Robinson, actor (Story of Adele H)
  • May 1 Joanna Lumley, British actress (Absolutely Fabulous, OHM's Secret Service), born in Kashmir, India
  • May 2 David Suchet, English actor (The Way We Live Now), born in London
  • May 3 Greg Gumbel, American sportscaster (CBS TV, WFAN), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 4 Renee Powell, American golfer, broadcaster (first woman to compete in a men's golf tournament), born in East Canton, Ohio
  • May 6 Susan Brown, English actress (The Iron Lady, Game of Thrones), born in Bristol, England
  • May 9 Candice Bergen, Beverly Hills, actress (Carnal Knowledge, Murphy Brown)
  • May 10 Maureen Lipman, actress (Educating Rita, Wonderworks)
  • May 13 Tim Pigott-Smith, English actor (Jewel in Crown, King Charles III), born in Rugby (d. 2017)
  • May 18 Andreas Katsulas, American actor (d. 2006)
  • May 19 Diedre Lenihan, actress (Wendy-Needles & Pins), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 19 Michele Placido, Foggia Italy, actor (La Lupa, Poliziotti)

Person of interestAndré the Giant

May 19 André the Giant, French pro wrestler (WWF World Heavyweight C'ship 1988; WWF World Tag Team C'ship [with Haku] 1989), born in Grenoble, France (d. 1993)

Professional Wrestler André the Giant
Professional Wrestler
André the Giant

Person of interest Cher

May 20 Cher [Cherilyn Sarkisian], American singer and actress (I Got You Babe, Jack Lalane, Mask), born in El Centro, California

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • May 21 Ronald Bear, actor and director (Make-up), born in Havana, Cuba
  • May 23 Frederik de Groot, Dutch actor
  • May 27 Lewis Collins, English actor, (d. 2013)
  • May 28 Madeleine Le Roux, Wyoming, Broadway actress (Cry Uncle)
  • May 29 Robin Johnson, actress (Times Square), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 1 Brian Cox, Scottish actor (Troy, Jason Bourne films), born in Dundee
  • Jun 3 Tristan Rogers, Australia, actor (Robert Scorpio-General Hospital)
  • Jun 3 Penelope Wilton [Penelope Alice], Scarborough, North Yorkshire, English actress (Cry Freedom, Norman Conquests)
  • Jun 4 Bettina Gregory, correspondent/journalist (ABC-TV)
  • Jun 5 Gillian Hills, English actress (Blow-up, Clockwork Orange), born in Cairo, Egypt
  • Jun 5 Stefania Sandrelli, Italian actress (Afredo, Key), born in Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy
  • Jun 6 Lasse Hallström, Swedish writer and director (Once Around, My Life as a Dog, ABBA), born in Stockholm, Sweden

Person of interestDonald Trump

Jun 14 Donald Trump, 45th US President, real estate tycoon (Trump Towers) and TV personality (The Apprentice), born in NYC, New York

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Jun 15 Judy Pace, actress (Young Lawyers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 16 Simon Williams, American actor (Fiendish plot of dr Fu Manchu)
  • Jun 18 Bruiser Brody [Frank Goodish], professional wrestler (d. 1988)
  • Jun 20 Bob Vila, television presenter
  • Jun 21 Trond Kirkvaag, Norwegian comedian and author, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2007)
  • Jun 22 Andrew Rubin, actor (Police Academy) [or Jan 22], born in New Bedford, Massachusetts

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 17 Actor John Wayne (38) weds actress Esperanza Baur in Long Beach, California

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne

LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 30 Actress Doris Day (23) weds saxophonist George Weidler

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

LoveWedding of Interest

May 2 "Rebecca" actress Joan Fontaine (28) weds producer and actor William Dozier (38)

Actress Joan Fontaine
Actress
Joan Fontaine

LoveWedding of Interest

May 6 Comedian Stan Laurel (55) marries for the 5th time actress Ida Kitaeva (47)

Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 10 Playwright Moss Hart (41) weds singer and actress Kitty Carlisle (35)

Playwright Moss Hart
Playwright
Moss Hart

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 26 "Gone with the Wind" actress Olivia de Havilland weds screenwriter and novelist Marcus Goodrich

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 26 Actor Jackie Coogan (32) weds Ann McCormack (22)


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 5 George "Slim" Summerville, American actor (All Quiet on the Western Front, Keystone Cops), dies of a stroke at 53
  • Jan 16 Johanna HC Albregt, actress/wife of Henri Dons (Paradise), dies at 71

Person of interestGeorge Arliss

Feb 5 George Arliss, British actor (Devil, Green Goddess), dies at 77

  • Feb 8 Miles Mander, British actor (Tower of London, Wuthering Heights, Murder!), dies from a heart attack at 57
  • Mar 12 Philip Merivale, British actor (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Nothing But Trouble), dies from a heart ailment at 59
  • Apr 1 Noah Beery, American character actor (Story of Esther, The Mark of Zorro), dies at 64
  • Apr 22 Lionel Atwill, British actor (Captain Blood, To Be or Not to Be), dies at 61
  • Jun 1 Leo Slezak, Austrian tenor and actor (Othello, Zirkus Saran, Husaren heraus), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • Jun 23 William S. Hart, American silent film actor (Wild Bill Hickok, Tumbleweeds), dies at 75
  • Jun 28 Antoinette Perry, American actress and theater director, dies at 58
  • Aug 26 Jeanie MacPherson, American actress and screenwriter (b. 1887)
  • Sep 16 Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), dies at 63
  • Sep 20 Raimu [Jules Auguste Cesar Muraire], French actor (The Baker's Wife, Marius, Fanny), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • Sep 21 Olga Engl, Austrian actress (Phantom), dies at 75
  • Sep 25 Heinrich George [Georg August Friedrich Hermann Schulz], German actor (Hitlerjunge Quex), dies at 52
  • Oct 8 Rose Melville, American stage actress (Sis Hopkins) dies at 73
  • Nov 18 Donald Meek, Scottish-American actor (You Can't Take It with You, Stagecoach), dies at 86
  • Dec 7 Sada Yacco, Japanese stage actress (b. 1871)
  • Dec 12 Ben Carter, American actor (Crash Dive, Dark Alibi, Maryland), dies from diphtheria at 35
  • Dec 25 W C Fields, writer and comedian (Bank Dick, It's A Gift), dies at 67
  • Dec 31 Frederik "Frits" Tartaud, Dutch actor and husband of Dutch actress Alida Klein, dies at 89