1950 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 27 2nd Emmy Awards: Ed Wynn Show & Texaco Star Theater win
  • Jan 30 "Robert Montgomery Presents" dramatic anthology premieres on NBC TV
  • Feb 2 1st broadcast of "What's My Line" on CBS-TV
  • Feb 15 KENS TV channel 5 in San Antonio, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 15 WSYR (now WSTM) TV channel 3 in Syracuse, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

Feb 15 Walt Disney's animated film "Cinderella" premieres in Boston

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Feb 16 Longest-running prime-time game show, "What's My Line" begins on CBS
  • Feb 21 WOI TV channel 5 in Ames-Des Moines, IA (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 23 7th Golden Globes: "All the King's Men", Broderick Crawford, & Olivia de Havilland win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 25 "Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca premieres on NBC Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon & Woody Allen

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
Actor & Director
Mel Brooks
Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 23 22nd Academy Awards: "All The King's Men", Broderick Crawford and Olivia de Havilland win

  • Mar 27 WHAS TV channel 11 in Louisville, Kentucky (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 2 WTAR (now WTKR) TV channel 3 in Norfolk, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 1 WJIM (now WLNS) TV channel 6 in Lansing, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 29 3rd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Bicycle Thieves" Best Film
  • Jun 1 WKZO (now WWMT) TV channel 3 in Kalamazoo, MI (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 1 WHBF TV channel 4 in Rock Island, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 10 "Your Hit Parade" premieres on NBC (later CBS) TV
  • Jul 20 "Arthur Murray Party" premieres on ABC TV (later DuMont, CBS, NBC)

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 10 "Sunset Boulevard", American film noir directed by Billy Wilder and starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC

  • Aug 19 ABC begins Saturday morning kid shows (Animal Clinic & Acrobat Ranch)
  • Aug 20 11th Venice Film Festival: "Justice est faite" directed by Andre Cayatte wins the Golden Lion

Film release premierFilm Release

Aug 25 "Rashomon", Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune and Machiko Kyō, is released (Honorary Academy Award 1952)

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • Aug 27 1st transmission of a TV programme from continental Europe shown on BBC
  • Sep 11 Dick Tracy TV show sparks uproar concerning violence
  • Sep 29 "Tin Pan Alley TV" last airs on ABC-TV
  • Sep 30 WSM TV channel 4 in Nashville, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 11 The U.S. Federal Communications Commission issues the first license to broadcast television in color, to CBS

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 13 "All About Eve" directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Bette Davis and Anne Baxter premieres (Academy Awards Best Picture 1951)

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 13 James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial

Actor James Dean
Actor
James Dean

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 20 "Harvey" starring James Stewart premieres in New York


Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 209

  • Jan 3 Victoria Principal, American actress (Earthquake, Pamela-Dallas), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Jan 7 Erin Gray, actress (Silver Spoons, Buck Rogers), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jan 7 Johnny Lever [John Prakasa Rao Janumala ], Indian Bollywood actor and comedian, born in Prakasam, Andhra Pradesh
  • Jan 13 John McNaughton, American film director
  • Jan 16 Debbie Allen, dancer/actress (3 Girls 3, Lydia-Fame), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 16 Jesse Dizon, American actor, born in Oceanside, California
  • Jan 19 Sébastien Dhavernas, Quebec actor
  • Jan 20 Liza Goddard, British actress
  • Jan 23 Richard Dean Anderson, actor (MacGyver, Emerald Pt NAS), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jan 23 Richard Gilliland, actor (Jonesy-Waltons, Tom-Heartland), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jan 24 Daniel Auteuil, Algeria, actor (Elegant Criminal, Manon of Spring)
  • Jan 26 Janet Lupo, American model
  • Jan 27 Derek Acorah, English spirit medium and TV personality (Most Haunted), born in Bootle, England
  • Jan 28 Barbi Benton, [Klein], California, Playboy model (Hee Haw, Sugar Time!)
  • Jan 29 Ann Jillian, actress (Mr Mom, Jennifer Slept Here), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jan 30 Bruce Howard Lidington, actor (Sword of Valiant, Mosses)
  • Jan 30 Trinidad Silva, American actor (d. 1988)
  • Feb 2 Barbara Sukowa, German actress (Zentropia, Sicilian, Voyager, Lola)
  • Feb 2 Osamu Kido, wrestler (NJPW/UWF)
  • Feb 3 Morgan Fairchild, [Patsy McClenny], actress (Falcon Crest), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 4 Pamela Franklin, actress (Satan's School for Girls), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Feb 8 Cristina Ferrare, American former supermodel and actress
  • Feb 11 Johanna E "Joke" Beerens, actress (Schipper Next to God)
  • Feb 12 Michael Ironside, actor, (Starship Troopers)
  • Feb 13 Ewa Aulin, Swedish actress (Candy, Fiorina La Vacca), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Feb 14 Raymond van het Groenewoud, Belgian vocalist/actor (Brussels by Night)
  • Feb 18 Cybill Shepherd, actress (Moonlighting, Last Picture Show), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Feb 18 John Hughes, American film director (Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • Feb 20 John Voldstad, actor (Darryl-Newhart), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Feb 20 Ken Shimura, Japanese performer and actor
  • Feb 22 Ellen Greene, American vocalist/actress (Little Shoppe of Horrors), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 22 Julie Walters, English actress (Educating Rita, Prick Up Your Ears), born in Birmingham, England
  • Feb 22 Miou-Miou [Sylvette Herry], actress (Dog Day, My Other Husband), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 28 Ilene Graff, American actress (Marsha-Mr Belvedere), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 2 Matthew Laurance, actor (Duet)
  • Mar 2 Mitchel Laurance, actor (LA Law, Not Necessarily the News)
  • Mar 3 Ed Marinaro, actor (Hill Street Blues)
  • Mar 3 Tim Kazurinsky, comedian (SNL, Police Academy 2, 3, 4), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 4 Ofelia Medina, Mexican actress and screenwriter
  • Mar 5 Harvey Jacob Alperin, actor (Cocktail), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Mar 7 Mark Pinter, Decorah Iowa, actor (Behind the Screen, Another World)
  • Mar 12 Jon Provost, actor (Timmy-Lassie)
  • Mar 12 Wheeler Winston Dixon, American filmmaker, critic and author
  • Mar 13 William H Macy, actor (Homicide, Water Engine), born in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 18 Brad Dourif, WV, actor (Ragtime, Eyes of Laura Mars, Fatal Beauty)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 20 William Hurt, actor (Big Chill, Children of a Lesser God), born in Washington, D.C.

  • Mar 23 Corrine Clery, actress (Moonraker, Yor), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 23 Anthony De Longis, American actor
  • Mar 26 Ernest Thomas, American actor (What's Happening!!), born in Gary, Indiana

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 26 Martin Short, Canadian comedian (SNL, SCTV, 3 Amigos), born in Hamilton, Ontario

  • Mar 26 Tony Papenfuss, American actor (Daryl-Newhart), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Mar 26 Alan Silvestri, American film score composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 30 Robbie Coltrane, Scottish actor (Harry Potter films) and comedian, born in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire

Actor and Comedian Robbie Coltrane
Actor and Comedian
Robbie Coltrane
  • Apr 3 Curtis Stone, N singer (Highway 101-Cry Cry Cry), born in Hollywood, California
  • Apr 3 Sally Thomsett, English actress (Straw Dogs, Man About the House), born in Sussex
  • Apr 4 Christine Lahti, American actress (Harvey Korman Show, Swing Shift), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 5 Miki Manojlović, Serbian actor
  • Apr 9 Nathan Cook, actor (Milton-White Shadow, Billy-Hotel), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 11 Bill Irwin, Santa Monica, actor (My Blue Heaven, Scenes From a Mall)
  • Apr 12 David Cassidy, American singer/actor (Keith-Partridge Family), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 13 Ron Perlman, actor (Quest for Fire, Beauty & the Beast), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Apr 13 Terry Lester, actor (Young & Restless, As World Turns), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Apr 14 Anna M "Ansje" Beentjes, actress (Blindgangers)
  • Apr 14 Randolph Powell, actor (Alan-Dallas, Logan's Run), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Apr 15 Amy Wright, actress (Inside Moves, Accidental Tourist), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 16 David Graff, Lancaster Ohio, actor (Police Academy 2, 3, 4, 6)
  • Apr 17 L. Scott Caldwell, American actress
  • Apr 18 Kenny Ortega, American film and TV producer and choreographer
  • Apr 22 Jancis Robinson, wine writer/broadcaster
  • Apr 28 Jay Leno, New Rochelle, comedian/talk show host (Tonight Show)
  • Apr 28 Willie Colon, actor (Last Flight), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Apr 29 Phillip Noyce, Australian film director
  • May 1 Dann Florek, American actor (Law & Order), born in Flat Rock, Michigan
  • May 4 Hilly Hicks, actor (Roll Out, Roots), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 4 René CM van Asten, Dutch actor (Herenstraat 10)
  • May 5 Googoosh, Faegheh Atashin (فائقه آتشین), Iranian, Persian Singer & actress
  • May 7 Randall 'Tex' Cobb, American boxer and actor, born in Bridge City, Texas

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 7 Tim Russert, American television journalist and host of NBC's Meet the Press, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2008)

Television Journalist Tim Russert
Television Journalist
Tim Russert
  • May 9 Matthew Kelly, actor/TV host (Holding the Fort, Relative Strangers)
  • May 11 Jeremy Paxman, English broadcaster (University Challenge, Newsnight), born in Leeds, England
  • May 12 Bruce Boxleitner, Elgin Ill, actor (Scarecrow & Mrs King, Babylon 5)
  • May 12 Gabriel Byrne, actor (Hello Again, Cool World), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • May 13 John "Jocko" Marcellino, rocker/actor (Tagget, Hot to Trot, Rain Man)
  • May 14 Mark Blum, actor (Worth Winning, Blind Date, Presidio), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 15 Nicholas Hammond, American actor (The Amazing Spider-Man), born in Washington D.C.
  • May 18 Thomas Gottschalk, German radio and TV host (Telespiele), born in Bamberg, Germany
  • May 23 Linda Thompson, actress (Hee Haw), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • May 28 Jim Harris, American professional wrestler
  • May 30 Paresh Rawal, Indian actor
  • May 31 Gregory Harrison, Catalina California, actor (Trapper John, Logan's Run)
  • Jun 1 Gemma Craven, actress (Wagner, Story of Slipper & Rose), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jun 2 Joanna Gleason, actress (Morgan-Hello Larry), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jun 2 Toni Alessandrini, actress (Vice Academy Part 2), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 3 Suzi Quatro[cchio], singer (Stumblin')/actress (Happy Days), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jun 3 Melissa Mathison, American screenwriter (E.T.), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • Jun 4 Wayne Powers, actor (Laverne & Shirley, 13 East), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • Jun 5 J. J. Bittenbinder, American television host and author
  • Jun 6 Chantal Akerman, actor and director (Akermania, Je Tu II Elle), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2015)
  • Jun 7 Gary Graham, American actor (Alien Nation, Star Trek: Enterprise), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jun 8 Kathy Whitton Baker, Midland Tx, actress (Right Stuff, 16 Candles)

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 17 Natural history broadcaster David Attenborough (24) weds Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel

Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality David Attenborough
Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality
David Attenborough

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 24 Actress Ingrid Bergman (34) weds Roberto Rossellini

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 29 Actor Sidney Poitier (23) weds model Juanita Hardy

HeartWedding of Interest

May 6 Elizabeth Taylor (18) marries for the 1st time to hotel heir Conrad "Nicky" Hilton (23)

HeartWedding of Interest

May 7 Actor Jack Lemmon (25) weds tv actress Cynthia Stone (24)

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 28 Actress Bette Davis (42) weds actor Gary Merrill (34) in Mexico

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 17 Short story writer Dorothy Parker (57) weds screenwriter Alan Campbell (46)

Short Story Writer Dorothy Parker
Short Story Writer
Dorothy Parker

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 27 Actor Henry Fonda (45) weds socialite and third wife Susan Blanchard (22) in New York City

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 28 Author John Steinbeck (48) weds actress Elaine Anderson (36)


Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 1 Actress Ingrid Bergman (34) divorces dentist Petter Aron Lindström after 12 years of marriage

  • Jul 5 Actress Bette Davis (42) divorces artist William Grant Sherry after more than 4 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 2 Emil Jannings, German actor (Faust, The Blue Angel, The Way of All Flesh), dies of liver cancer at 65

  • Jan 22 Alan Hale Sr., American actor (Little John-The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies of a liver ailment and viral infection at 57
  • Jan 22 Corinne Luchaire, French actress (b. 1921)
  • Jan 24 Bull Montana [Luigi Montagna], Italian actor (Brass Buttons, Victory, The Son of the Sheik), dies from coronary thrombosis at 62
  • Jan 26 Betsy van den Arend, Dutch [Betje], actress (Miss Hobbs), dies at 78
  • Feb 26 Harry Lauder, Scottish comedian and singer (Roamin' in the Gloamin), dies at about 75
  • Mar 6 Lew Lehr, comedian (Stop Me if I heard this One), dies at 54
  • Mar 10 Marguerite De La Motte, American actress (b. 1902)
  • Mar 11 Florence Arliss, actress (Disraeli), dies at 78
  • Mar 25 Frank Buck, American actor (Africa Screams, Tiger Queen, Tiger Fangs), dies at 62
  • Mar 28 Georgine M "May" Basting, actress (Occupier), dies at 67
  • Apr 7 Walter Huston, Canadian actor (Maltese Falcon, Treasure of Sierra Madre), dies from an aneurysm at 67
  • Apr 27 Hobart Cavanaugh, American actor (Border Town, Black Angel), dies at 63
  • May 8 Franklin Dyall, British actor (Easy Virtue, Atlantic), dies at 80
  • Aug 25 Earl Caddock, professional wrestler (b. 1888)
  • Sep 13 Sara Allgood, Irish actress (Jane Eyre, Spiral Staircase), dies at 56
  • Sep 16 Pedro De Cordoba, American actor (Club Havana, Swamp Fire, Saboteur), dies at 68
  • Oct 23 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent actor (Mamie, Swanee), dies at 64