On This Day

Year 2001 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 7 27th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Drew Carey & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

Actress Jennifer Aniston
Actress
Jennifer Aniston
Actress Julia Roberts
Actress
Julia Roberts
Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson
  • Jan 9 ABC-TV deputs "The Mole" for the first time
  • Jan 9 Apple announced iTunes at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, for organizing and playing digital music and videos
  • Jan 12 Downtown Disney opens to the public in Anaheim

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Disney Channel series "Lizzie McGuire" premieres starring Hilary Duff

Actress and Singer Hilary Duff
Actress and Singer
Hilary Duff

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 14 Jennifer Lopez scored her first UK No.1 single with 'Love Don't Cost A Thing'

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jan 19 Cult film "Donnie Darko" written and directed by Richard Kelly, starring Jake Gyllenhaal premieres at the Sundance Film Festival

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 21 58th Golden Globes: "Gladiator", Tom Hanks, & Julia Roberts win

Actor Tom Hanks
Actor
Tom Hanks
Actress Julia Roberts
Actress
Julia Roberts
  • Jan 28 17th Sundance Film Festival: "The Believer", directed by Henry Bean, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Feb 7 51st Berlin International Film Festival: "Intimacy" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 23 32nd NAACP Image Awards: "Remember the Titans" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Film tv awardsBAFTA Awards

Feb 25 54th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Gladiator" Best Film, Ang Lee Best Director

Filmmaker Ang Lee
Filmmaker
Ang Lee
  • Mar 4 IRA detonates a bomb in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, injuring 11 people
  • Mar 24 21st Golden Raspberry Awards: "Battlefield Earth" wins

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 25 73rd Academy Awards: "Gladiator", Russell Crowe & Julia Roberts win

Sport defeatWrestleMania

Apr 1 WrestleMania XVII, Astrodome, Houston, TX: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin beats The Rock in a no disqualification match for the WWF Championship

Actor and Professional Wrestler Dwayne Johnson
Actor and Professional Wrestler
Dwayne Johnson

Music releaseMusic Single

Apr 23 Fatboy Slim releases single "Weapon of Choice", music video directed by Spike Jonze starring Christopher Walken dancing

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 8 36th Academy of Country Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Toby Keith win

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
Singer-Songwriter Natalie Maines
Singer-Songwriter
Natalie Maines
Country Singer and Actor Toby Keith
Country Singer and Actor
Toby Keith
  • May 13 47th British Academy Television Awards: "Da Ali G Show" Best Comedy, "Clocking Off" Best Drama

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 16 "Mulholland Drive", directed by David Lynch, starring Justin Theroux and Naomi Watts, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Filmmaker David Lynch
Filmmaker
David Lynch

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 18 DreamWorks Pictures "Shrek", starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz in voice-over roles, debuts

Actor Eddie Murphy
Actor
Eddie Murphy
Actress Cameron Diaz
Actress
Cameron Diaz
Actor and Comedian Mike Myers
Actor and Comedian
Mike Myers
  • May 25 54th Cannes Film Festival: "The Son's Room" directed by Nanni Moretti wins the Palme d'Or

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 3 55th Tony Awards: "The Producers" and "Proof" win

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Jun 3 TV drama "Six Feet Under" created by Alan Ball, starring Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall and Frances Conroy premieres on HBO

Television Writer and Director Jill Soloway
Television Writer and Director
Jill Soloway

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 15 Indian epic "Laagan" directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, starring Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh premieres

Actor and Director Aamir Khan
Actor and Director
Aamir Khan

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 18 "The Fast and the Furious" film directed by Rob Cohen starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez premieres

Actor Paul Walker
Actor
Paul Walker
Actor, Producer and Screenwriter Vin Diesel
Actor, Producer and Screenwriter
Vin Diesel

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 29 "A.I. Artificial Intelligence", directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law and Frances O'Connor, is released

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 9 "The Office" mockumentary created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, starring Ricky Gervais and Martin Freeman premieres on BBC Two in the UK

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 16 "Jurassic Park III", starring Sam Neill and William H Macy, premieres in the US

Actor Sam Neill
Actor
Sam Neill
  • Jul 19 34th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 20 "Spirited Away " written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki is released in Japan (Academy Award Best Animated Feature 2003)

Animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki
Animated filmmaker
Hayao Miyazaki

Film release premierFilm Release

Aug 3 The Princess Diaries, starring Anne Hathaway in her film debut, is released

Actress Anne Hathaway
Actress
Anne Hathaway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 27 Angelina Jolie is named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva

  • Aug 29 58th Venice Film Festival: "Monsoon Wedding" directed by Mira Nair wins Golden Lion

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Sep 9 "Band of Brothers" based on book by Stephen E. Ambrose, created by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks premieres, then most expensive miniseries ever made

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 10 Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan is awarded Actor of the Century at the Alexandria Film Festival

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Oct 2 "Scrubs", starring Zach Braff as Dr. John "J.D." Dorian, premieres on NBC

Actor Zach Braff
Actor
Zach Braff

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

Nov 4 53rd Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Sex and the City, James Gandolfini & Edie Falco win

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 4 "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" 1st film adaptation of the books by J. K. Rowling, premieres starring Daniel Radcliffe

  • Nov 6 TV drama series "24" starring Kiefer Sutherland premieres on Fox

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 7 35th Country Music Association Award: Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack & Toby Keith wins

Country Singer and Actor Toby Keith
Country Singer and Actor
Toby Keith
Country Musician and Actor Tim McGraw
Country Musician and Actor
Tim McGraw

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 5 "Ocean's Eleven" directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts premieres in Westwood, California

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 10 "The Fellowship of the Ring" Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in London

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actor Elijah Wood
Actor
Elijah Wood
Actor Ian McKellen
Actor
Ian McKellen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 12 Winona Ryder is arrested on shoplifting charges in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Winona Ryder
Actress
Winona Ryder
  • Dec 13 "A Beautiful Mind" based on the bio by Sylvia Nasar, directed by Ron Howard and starring Russell Crowe premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 2002)

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 19 "The Fellowship of the Ring", 1st Lord of the Rings film is released. Makes US$47 million US opening weekend, $871 million total worldwide.

Actress Liv Tyler
Actress
Liv Tyler
Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Oct 14 Rowan Blanchard, American actress (Girl Meets World) and activist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 18 Annelise Manojlovic, English actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Jan 20 "Fast Lane" actor Peter Facinelli (27) weds actress and director Jennie Garth (28) at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Montecito, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 8 MLB outfielder David Justice (34) weds model Rebecca Villalobos

MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 10 Singer-comedian Weird Al Yankovic (41) weds Suzanne Krajewski

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • Feb 18 Comedian Kathy Griffin (37) weds computer administrator Matthew Moline (32) at the 360 Degree Restaurant in Hollywood

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 4 Actress and model Brooke Shields (35) weds sitcom writer Chris Henchy (37) in Catalina Island, California

Supermodel & Actress Brooke Shields
Supermodel & Actress
Brooke Shields

LoveWedding of Interest

May 6 Actress-singer Billie Piper (18) weds media mogul Chris Evans (35) at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas

Singer and Actress Billie Piper
Singer and Actress
Billie Piper
  • May 11 Actress Suzanne Pleshette (64) weds actor Tom Poston (79) at Manhattan's City Hall
  • May 12 American actor Eddie Cibrian (28) weds TV personality Brandi Glanville (28) at the beachfront Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 3 Writer and actress Tina Fey (31) weds "Saturday Night Live" composer Jeff Richmond (40) on a Greek Orthodox ceremony at The Merion Tribute House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Actress & Writer Tina Fey
Actress & Writer
Tina Fey
  • Jun 9 "Law & Order" actress and model Angie Harmon (28) weds New York Giant NFL player Jason Sehorn (30) at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 7 "Charlie's Angels" star Drew Barrymore (26) weds actor-comedian Tom Green (29) in Malibu

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 4 "James Bond" actor Pierce Brosnan (49) weds TV host and journalist Keely Shaye Smith (37) at the 785-year-old Ballintubber Abbey in County Mayo, Ireland

  • Aug 4 "Northern Exposure" actor Joshua Morrow (27) weds Tobe Keeney
  • Aug 10 "Dixie Chick's" Martie Maguire (31) weds actor Gareth Maguire in Kailua, Hawaii
  • Sep 1 "The Accidental Tourist" actress Geena Davis (45) weds Iranian American plastic surgeon Dr. Reza Jarrahy
  • Sep 1 "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" actor Nicholas Brendon (30) weds Tressa Di Figlia in Carlsbad

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 1 "Six Days Seven Nights" actress Anne Heche (32) weds cameraman Coleman Laffoon in Los Angeles, California

Actress Anne Heche
Actress
Anne Heche

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 29 Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez (32) weds dancer/choreographer Cris Judd (32) in Calabasas, California

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 5 F1 racing driver Ralf Schumacher (26) weds former model Cora Brinkmann at the church of Maria Plain in Salzburg, Austria

Formula 1 Driver Ralf Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Ralf Schumacher
  • Oct 14 Actor Breckin Meyer (27) weds "Can't Hardly Wait" director Deborah Kaplan in Malibu

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 20 Actor Johnathon Schaech (32) weds actress Christina Applegate (29) at the three-acre Cree Estate in Palm Springs, California

  • Nov 10 "Four Weddings and A Funeral" actress Andie MacDowell (43) weds businessman Rhett Hartzog (42) at Central United Methodist Church in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Nov 20 ABC News political analyst George Stephanopoulos (40) weds actress Alexandra Wentworth (36) at Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan
  • Nov 24 "Angel" actor David Boreanaz (32) weds actress Jaime Bergman (26) at Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, California
  • Dec 12 Actress Ashley Judd (33) weds race car driver Dario Franchetti (28) at Skibo Castle in Scotland
  • Dec 31 Glamour model and actress Coco Austin (33) weds rapper-actor Ice-T (54) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 22 Actress and former fitness guru Jane Fonda (63) divorces CNN founder Ted Turner (62) due to irretrievably broken marriage 10 years after getting married

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 16 "Kate & Leopold" actress Meg Ryan (38) divorces actor Dennis Quaid (46) after 9 years of marriage

Actress Meg Ryan
Actress
Meg Ryan

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 8 Actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman divorce after 10 years of marriage

Actress Nicole Kidman
Actress
Nicole Kidman

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 13 Oscar winning-actress Kate Winslet (26) divorces assistant film director Jim Threapleton (28) due to unreasonable behavior after 3 years of marriage

Actress Kate Winslet
Actress
Kate Winslet

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Ray Walston, American actor (My Favorite Martian, Damn Yankees), dies at 86
  • Jan 2 Teri Diver, American actress, dies at 29
  • Jan 5 Nancy Parsons, American actress (b. 1942)
  • Jan 10 Jacques Marin, French character actor (The Vintage, Charade), dies at 81
  • Jan 11 Michael Williams, British actor, husband of Judi Dench (b. 1935)
  • Jan 13 Michael Cuccione, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1985)
  • Jan 15 Ted Mann, American screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • Jan 16 Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (Meet the People, Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • Jan 18 Al Waxman, Canadian actor (b. 1935)
  • Jan 19 Dario Vittori, Argentinean actor (b. 1921)
  • Jan 30 Jean-Pierre Aumont, French actor (Lili, Cat & Mouse, Happy Hooker), dies at 90
  • Feb 7 Dale Evans, American actress and singer (Roy Rogers Show), dies at 88
  • Feb 7 Robert "King" Moody, American actor and comedian (Shtarker-Get Smart), dies at 71
  • Feb 8 Ivo Caprino, Norwegian animated film director (b. 1920)
  • Feb 9 Reginald Marsh, British actor (Sicilians, It Happened Here), dies at 74
  • Feb 10 Lewis Arquette, American actor (Horror Show, Book of Love), dies at 65
  • Feb 12 Kristina Söderbaum, German actress and photographer, dies at 88
  • Feb 16 Howard W. Koch, American film director (b. 1916)
  • Feb 19 Stanley Kramer, American producer/director (Inherit the Wind), dies at 87
  • Feb 20 Rosemary DeCamp, American actress (b. 1910)
  • Feb 23 Robert Enrico, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1931)
  • Mar 3 Louis Edmonds, American actor (b. 1923)
  • Mar 6 Kim Walker, American actress (b. 1968)
  • Mar 8 Edward Winter, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Mar 13 John A. Alonzo, American cinematographer (pioneered handheld work, lighting techniques and HD video development), dies at 66
  • Mar 15 Ann Sothern, American actress (b. 1909)
  • Mar 16 Norma MacMillan, Canadian voice actress (Casper the Ghost), dies at 79
  • Mar 21 Anthony Steel, British actor and singer (Malta Story, The Wooden Horse), dies from lung cancer at 80

Person of interestWilliam Hanna

Mar 22 William Hanna, American animator and studio founder, dies at 90

Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
  • Mar 23 Rowland Evans, American news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak), dies at 79
  • Mar 23 Irving "Sully" Boyar, American actor (Dog Day Afternoon, Car Wash), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Mar 27 Anthony Dexter [Walter Fleischmann], Canadian actor (The Phantom Planet, Captain John Smith and Pocahontas), dies at 88
  • Apr 2 Jennifer Syme, American actress (b. 1972)
  • Apr 5 Brother Theodore, German-American comedian, dies at 94
  • Apr 7 David Graf, American actor (Police Academy- Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • Apr 7 Beatrice Straight, American actress (Network, Poltergeist, Power), dies of pneumonia at 86
  • Apr 11 Harry Secombe, Welsh actor, comedian, singer and goon (The Goon Show, Oliver!), dies of cancer at 79
  • Apr 13 Jimmy Logan, British comedian (Mad Death), dies at 73
  • Apr 20 Maria Karnilova, American dancer and actress (Fiddler on the Roof, Ivan the Terrible), dies at 80
  • May 2 Ted Rogers, British comedian (b. 1935)
  • May 2 Gina Mastrogiacomo, American actress (Goodfellas), dies at 39
  • May 10 Deborah Walley, American actress (b. 1943)
  • May 12 [Pierino] Perry Como, American singer (Catch A Falling Star) and TV personality (The Perry Como Show) dies at 89
  • May 13 Jason Miller, American actor and writer (Exorcist, Light of Day), dies at 62
  • May 22 Jack Watling, British actor (Nanny, Adventure for 2, Naked Heart), dies at 78
  • May 22 Whitman Mayo, American actor (Grady Wilson-"Sanford & Son"), dies at 70
  • May 26 Anne Haney, American actress (Mrs. Doubtfire - "Mrs. Sellner"; Liar Liar - "Greta"), dies of congestive heart failure at 67
  • May 27 Ramon Bieri, American actor (Badlands, The Andromeda Strain), dies at 71
  • May 31 Arlene Francis, American actress and radio and television personality (What's My Line?), dies at 93
  • Jun 3 Antonio "Anthony" Quinn, Mexican actor (Zorba the Greek, Lawrence of Arabia, Lust for Life), dies from complications of throat cancer at 86
  • Jun 4 Joan Vohs, American model and actress (Fort Ti, Vice Squad, Sabrina), dies at 73
  • Jun 15 Henri Alekan, French cinematographer (b. 1909)
  • Jun 19 John Heyer, Australian documentary filmmaker (b. 1916)
  • Jun 21 Carroll O'Connor, American actor (All in the Family, In the Heat of the Night), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Jun 21 Souad Hosni, Egyptian actress (b. 1942)
  • Jun 23 Corinne Calvet, French actress (Phantom of Hollywood, Apache Uprising), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 76
  • Jun 26 Soccer (dog actor) (b. 1988)

Person of interestJack Lemmon

Jun 27 Jack Lemmon, American actor (Days of Wine & Roses, Missing), dies of colon cancer and metastatic cancer of the bladder at 76

  • Jun 28 Joan Sims, British actress ("Carry on" films, As Time Goes By), dies from liver failure and diverticulitis at 71
  • Jul 8 John O'Shea, New Zealand film director (b. 1920)
  • Jul 16 Terry Gordy, American professional wrestler, dies at 40
  • Jul 20 Werner Haentjes, German conductor and composer of operas and film scores, dies at 77
  • Jul 21 Steve Barton, American actor (b. 1954)
  • Jul 21 Sivaji Ganesan, South Indian Tamil actor (b. 1927)
  • Jul 22 Frances Horwich, American educator and television personality (Ding Dong School), dies at 94
  • Jul 27 Rhonda Singh, professional wrestler (b. 1961)
  • Jul 29 Alex Nicol, American actor (The Screaming Skull, Man From Laramie, Air Cadet), dies of natural causes at 85
  • Aug 3 Christopher Hewett, British actor (b. 1922)
  • Aug 4 Lorenzo Music, American writer, actor and voice actor (Rhoda - Carlton, the doorman; Garfield), dies at 64
  • Aug 6 Dorothy Tutin, British actress (Importance of Being Ernest, Cromwell), dies at 71
  • Aug 20 Kim Stanley [Patricia Reid], American actress (Séance on a Wet Afternoon, The Chase, Right Stuff), dies at 76
  • Aug 23 Kathleen Freeman, American actress (Beverly Hillbillies, 3 Ring Circus), dies of lung cancer at 82
  • Aug 24 Bettejane "Jane" Greer, American actress (Out of the Past, Prisoner of Zenda, Clown), dies at 76
  • Aug 25 Aaliyah [Haughton], American singer and actress, dies in a plane crash in the Bahamas at 22
  • Aug 25 Philippe Léotard, French actor and singer (b. 1940)
  • Aug 29 Francisco Rabal, Spanish actor (b. 1926)
  • Aug 30 Julie Bishop [Jacqueline Wells], American actress (My Hero, Northern Pursuit, Threat), dies of pneumonia at 87
  • Sep 2 Troy Donahue, American actor (Hawaiian Eye), dies at 65
  • Sep 3 Pauline Kael, American film critic (b. 1919)
  • Sep 3 Thuy Trang, Vietnamese-American actress (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), dies at 27
  • Sep 5 Justin Wilson, American Cajun chef (Wise Potato Chips) and humorist, dies at 87
  • Sep 7 Spede Pasanen, Finnish film director and comedian, dies at 71
  • Sep 7 Billie Lou Watt, American actress (b. 1924)
  • Sep 11 David Angell, American sitcom creator (b. 1946)
  • Sep 11 Berinthia "Berry" Berenson, American photographer, actress, model, and widow of actor Anthony Perkins, dies on American Airlines Flight 11 in the 9/11 attacks at 53
  • Sep 12 Victor Wong [Yee Keung Victor Wong], American actor (Big Trouble in Little China), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Sep 13 Dorothy McGuire, American actress (Gentlemen's Agreement, Old Yeller, Summer Magic), dies of cardiac arrest following a short illness at 85
  • Sep 15 Fred de Cordova, American film and TV producer (Tonight Show), dies at 90
  • Sep 16 Samuel Z. Arkoff, American film producer and co-founder of American International Pictures, dies at 83
  • Oct 1 Guy Beaulne, French-Canadian actor and theatre director (b. 1921)
  • Oct 7 Christopher Adams, British-born pro wrestler and judoka (b. 1955)
  • Oct 7 Polly Rowles, American actress (Sweet Liberty, Jamie), dies at 87
  • Oct 9 Dagmar [Virginia Ruth Egnor], American actress, model, and television personality (Broadway's Open House), dies at 79
  • Oct 9 Herbert Ross, American film director and producer (b. 1927)
  • Nov 3 Thomas Brasch, German writer and film director, dies at 56
  • Nov 5 Roy Boulting, English film director and producer (Desert Victory), dies at 87
  • Nov 7 Nida Blanca, Filipino actress (b. 1936)
  • Nov 12 Albert Hague [Marcuse], German-American actor, singer and composer (Fame, How the Grinch Stole Christmas), dies of cancer at 73
  • Nov 13 Margaret "Peggy" Mount, British actress (Oliver!, Panic in the Parlor), dies following a stroke at 86
  • Nov 14 Charlotte Coleman, British actress (Four Weddings and a Funeral), dies of an asthma attack at 33