2003 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 7 "In Da Club" single is released by 50 Cent (MTV Video Music Award Best Rap Video and Best New Artist 2003, Billboard Song of the Year 2003)

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 12 29th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & 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 17 8th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Chicago wins Best Film

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 19 60th Golden Globes: The Hours, Jack Nicholson, & Nicole Kidman win

  • Jan 26 19th Sundance Film Festival: "American Splendor", directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 Jennifer Lopez starts a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'All I Have'

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Feb 21 Bill Maher's political talk show "Real Time with Bill Maher" debuts on HBO

Political Commentator and Comedian Bill Maher
Political Commentator and Comedian
Bill Maher
  • Feb 23 49th National Film Awards (India): "Dweepa" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Feb 23 56th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Pianist" Best Film, Roman Polanski Best Director

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 1 17th Soul Train Music Awards: LL Cool J, Mariah Carey & Nelly win

Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J
Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
  • Mar 8 34th NAACP Image Awards: "Antwone Fisher" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Mar 22 23rd Golden Raspberry Awards: "Swept Away" wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 23 75th Academy Awards: "Chicago," Adrien Brody & Nicole Kidman win

  • Apr 5 18th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
  • Apr 13 49th British Academy Television Awards: "Alistair McGowan's Big Impression" Best Comedy, "Spooks" Best Drama

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

May 20 The reality series "America's Next Top Model", created by Tyra Banks, debuts on UPN

Supwemodel & Actress Tyra Banks
Supwemodel & Actress
Tyra Banks
  • May 25 56th Cannes Film Festival: "Elephant" directed by Gus Van Sant wins the Palme d'Or

Film release premierFilm Release

May 30 "Finding Nemo", directed by Andrew Stanton and starring Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres is released in the US and Canada

Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres
Comedian and TV Star
Ellen DeGeneres

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 10 "Wicked", starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, officially opens at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco

Actress/Singer Idina Menzel
Actress/Singer
Idina Menzel

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 28 "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl", directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, premieres at Disneyland

  • Jul 17 36th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Aug 27 60th Venice Film Festival: "The Return" directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev wins Golden Lion

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Sep 21 55th Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Everybody Loves Raymond, James Gandolfini & Edie Falco wins

  • Sep 23 Crime drama "NCIS" starring Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherley, Pauley Perrette and David McCallum premieres on CBS in the US

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 27 Actress Halle Berry announces her separation from second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet

Actress Halle Berry
Actress
Halle Berry

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 7 American gubernatorial recall election is held in California. Governor Gray Davis is recalled and Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes governor.

Actor, Body Builder & Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder & Politician
Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Oct 30 "Wicked" premieres on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 17 Britney Spears, at 21 years old, becomes the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 1 "The Return of the King", 3rd and final film in the Lord of the Rings series, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in Wellington, New Zealand

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actor Elijah Wood
Actor
Elijah Wood
Actor Ian McKellen
Actor
Ian McKellen
  • Dec 17 "The Return of the King" 3rd Lord of the Ring films is released. Makes US$72 million opening weekend, 2nd film to gross over 1 billion worldwide.
  • Dec 29 50th National Film Awards (India): "Mondo Meyer Upakhyan" wins the Golden Lotus

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 26 Robby Novak [Kid President], American internet personality (YouTube), born in Henderson, Tennessee

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 "Lord of The Rings" actress Miranda Otto (35) weds actor Peter O'Brien (44) at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia
  • Jan 1 "A Beautiful Mind" actress Jennifer Connelly (32) weds actor Paul Bettany in Scotland
  • Jan 3 Actress Emily Mortimer (31) weds actor Alessandro Nivola (30) in Chilterns, Buckinghamshire

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 11 "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" actor Taye Diggs (32) weds broadway actress Idina Menzel (31) at Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Actress/Singer Idina Menzel
Actress/Singer
Idina Menzel
  • Jan 11 "The Sixth Sense" actress-singer Toni Collette (30) weds musician Dave Galafassi in a Buddhist ceremony near Sydney, Australia

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 23 Actor Paul Rudd (33) weds publicist Julie Yaeger

Actor Paul Rudd
Actor
Paul Rudd

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 1 "The Silence of the Lambs" actor Anthony Hopkins (65) weds actress-producer Stella Arroyave (47) in Malibu, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 25 Actress-model Liv Tyler (25) weds rock band vocalist Royston Langdon (30) at a private villa in St James, Barbados

Actress Liv Tyler
Actress
Liv Tyler

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 7 Academy Award "Gladiator" actor Russell Crowe (39) weds singer Danielle Spencer (32) at his 560-acre cattle farm in Nana Glen, New South Wales, Australia

  • Apr 22 "Star Trek: Enterprise" actress Jolene Blalock (28) weds "Live Nation" CEO Michael Rapino in Negril, Jamaica
  • Apr 25 "Angel" actress Amy Acker (26) weds actor James Carpinello (27) at Hans Fahden Vineyard in Napa Valley, California

HeartWedding of Interest

May 3 "Friends" actor Matt LeBlanc (35) weds former model Melissa McKnight (38) at a private estate overlooking Anini Beach in Kilauea, Hawaii

  • May 10 "Broadway" singer-actress Carol Channing (82) weds Harry Kullijian at Big Valley Grace Community Church in Modesto, California

HeartWedding of Interest

May 10 "Ocean's Eleven" director and producer Steven Soderbergh (40) weds former fashion model Jules Asner (35) in Manhattan, New York

  • May 18 Actress Rena Sofer (34) weds director and producer Sanford Bookstaver (29) in Malibu, California

HeartWedding of Interest

May 22 Actor and comedian Kevin Hart (23) weds Torrei Hart

Comedian and Actor Kevin Hart
Comedian and Actor
Kevin Hart

HeartWedding of Interest

May 24 Oscar winning-actress Kate Winslet (27) weds director Sam Mendes (36) in Anguilla Island

Actress Kate Winslet
Actress
Kate Winslet
  • May 24 Actor and film director Kenneth Branagh (42) weds film art director Lindsay Brunnock in a secret ceremony

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 7 "Sidewalks of New York" actor-director Edward Burns (34) weds Calvin Klein model Christy Turlington (32) at St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church in San Francisco, California

Supermodel Christy Turlington
Supermodel
Christy Turlington
  • Jun 7 "Dawson's Creek" actor Kerr Smith (31) weds actress Harmoni Everett (28) at The La Quinta Resort and Club in Palm Springs, California
  • Jun 8 "The Sopranos" actor Dominic Chianese (72) weds United Nations conference planner Jane Pittson (56) in Manhattan

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 22 Actor Adam Sandler (36) weds actress-model Jackie Titone (28) at Dick Clark's oceanfront in Malibu, California

  • Jun 28 Colombian American actor John Leguizamo (42) weds estate planner Justine Maurer (35) on a Catholic-Jewish ceremony in New York

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 29 Actress Emma Thompson (44) weds actor Greg Wise (37) in Loch Eck, Scotland

Actress Emma Thompson
Actress
Emma Thompson
  • Jul 4 Screenwriter and producer Dean Devlin (40) weds "Another World" actress Lisa Brenner (29)
  • Jul 5 TV personality Debbie Matenopoulos (28) weds Lions Gate Entertainment president Jay Faires at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 5 "Dawson's Creek" actor James Van Der Beek (26) weds actress Heather Ann McComb (26) at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 5 Actress Elizabeth Banks (29) weds sportswriter and producer Max Handelman (30) at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills

  • Jul 11 "The Sopranos" actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler (22) weds her manager A.J. Discala at Brooklyn Botanical Garden in New York
  • Jul 19 "King of Queens" actress Leah Remini (33) weds actor/salsa musician Angelo Pagan (45) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 19 "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" actress Melissa Joan Hart (27) weds "Course of Nature" lead singer-guitarist Mark Wilkersonin (26) in Florence, Italy

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 22 Film director Leni Riefenstahl (101) weds cinematographer Horst Kettner (59)

Film director Leni Riefenstahl
Film director
Leni Riefenstahl

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 23 "The Hours" actress Julianne Moore (42) weds "The Myth of Fingerprints" director Bart Freundlich (33) in New York

  • Sep 20 "Will & Grace" actress Megan Mullally (44) weds actor Nick Offerman (32) in Los Angeles
  • Sep 25 Prince of Venice and Piedmont Emanuele Filiberto (31) weds French actress Clotilde Courau (34) at the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome
  • Oct 11 "The West Wing" actress Annabeth Gish (32) weds former "The X-Files" stunt man Wade Allen at The Sea Ranch Lodge
  • Oct 12 Actor Danny Nucci (35) weds actress Paula Marshall (39) in Los Angeles
  • Nov 1 "Showgirls" actress Elizabeth Berkley (31) weds artist Greg Lauren (33) at Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 22 Actress Carmen Electra (31) weds rocker Dave Navarro (36) at the St. Regis Hotel in Los Angeles, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 29 Composer and former Oingo Boingo singer Danny Elfman (50) weds actress Bridget Fonda (39) at First Congressional Church in Los Angeles

Composer Danny Elfman
Composer
Danny Elfman

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 5 Coldplay lead vocalist Chris Martin (35) weds actress and singer Gwyneth Paltrow (39) at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California

Lead Vocalist of Coldplay Chris Martin
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay
Chris Martin
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow
Actress
Gwyneth Paltrow

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 27 Actress Angelina Jolie (26) divorces actor Billy Bob Thornton (47) due to irreconcilable differences


Deaths in Film & TV

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  • Jan 1 Cyril Shaps, British actor, producer and voice artist (The Pianist), dies at 79
  • Jan 5 Massimo Girotti, Italian actor (Last Tango in Paris, In the Name of the Law), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • Jan 11 Richard Simmons, American actor (Sergeant Preston of the Yukon), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • Jan 11 Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (The Naked Childhood), dies at 77
  • Jan 13 Norman Panama, American screenwriter and director (b. 1914)
  • Jan 17 Richard Crenna, American actor (Rambo, Summer Rental, Sand Pebbles), dies at 76
  • Jan 18 Edward "The Sheik" Farhat, American professional wrestler (b. 1926)
  • Jan 20 Nedra Volz, American actress (b. 1908)
  • Jan 23 Nell Carter, American singer and actress (b. 1948)
  • Feb 3 Lana Clarkson, American actress (b. 1962)
  • Feb 9 Vera Ralston [Věra Helena Hrubá], Czech figure skater and actress (Dakota, Accused of Murder), dies of cancer at 83
  • Feb 10 Curt Hennig, American professional wrestler, dies at 44
  • Feb 13 Stacy Keach, Sr., American actor (Pretty Woman, The Parallax View), dies at 88
  • Feb 22 Daniel Taradash, American screenwriter (b. 1913)
  • Feb 25 Alberto Sordi, Italian actor (Miser, Taxi Driver in NY, Me and Caterina), dies of cancer at 82

Person of interestFred Rogers

Feb 27 Fred Rogers, host of TV's "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" dies at age 74

TV Host Fred Rogers
TV Host
Fred Rogers
  • Mar 3 Horst Buchholz, German actor (b. 1933)
  • Mar 4 Sébastien Japrisot, French author, screenwriter and film director (b. 1931)
  • Mar 8 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (b. 1940)
  • Mar 8 Karen Morley, American actress (b. 1909)
  • Mar 9 Stan Brakhage, American filmmaker (b. 1933)
  • Mar 12 Lynne Thigpen, American actress (b. 1948)
  • Mar 15 Dame Thora Hird, British actress, comedian, presenter and writer (Last of the Summer Wine, The Love Match), dies at 91
  • Mar 19 Émile Genest, French-Canadian actor (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Les Plouffe), dies at 81
  • Mar 20 Sailor Art Thomas, American professional wrestler (b. 1924)
  • Mar 27 Daniel Ceccaldi, French actor (Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board), dies at 75
  • Mar 30 Michael Jeter, American actor (The Fisher King), dies at 52
  • Mar 31 Anne Gwynne [Marguerite Gwynne Trice], American model and actress (Ride 'em Cowboy, House of Frankenstein), dies following a stroke at 84
  • Apr 1 Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor, singer and composer (Farewell My Concubine), commits suicide at 46
  • Apr 4 Anthony Caruso, American actor (b. 1916)
  • Apr 4 Resortes, Mexican comedian (b. 1916)
  • Apr 15 Erin Fleming, Canadian actress (b. 1941)
  • Apr 16 Graham Jarvis, Canadian actor (Mary Hartman, Misery), dies of multiple myeloma at 72
  • Apr 20 Ruth Hale, American playwright and actress (b. 1908)
  • May 1 Miss Elizabeth [Hulette], pro wrestling valet (Randy Savage), dies of overdose at 42
  • May 3 Suzy Parker, American model and actress, dies at 69
  • May 14 Wendy Hiller, English actress (Major Barbara, David Copperfield), dies at 90
  • May 14 Robert Stack, American actor (The Untouchables, Unsolved Mysteries, Written on the Wind), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • May 18 Anna Santisteban, Puerto Rican beauty contest organizer (b. 1914)
  • May 23 Jean Yanne, French actor and director (b. 1933)
  • May 24 Rachel Kempson, English actress (b. 1910)
  • May 28 Martha Scott, American actress (The Ten Commandments, Our Town, Ben-Hur), dies of natural causes at 90
  • Jun 2 Fred Blassie, American professional wrestler (b. 1918)
  • Jun 7 Trevor Goddard, English actor (b. 1962)
  • Jun 11 David Brinkley, American NBC news anchor (Huntley-Brinkley), dies at 82
  • Jun 11 William Marshall, American actor, director, and opera singer (Blacula, Scream Blacula Scream), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 78

Person of interestGregory Peck

Jun 12 Gregory Peck, American actor (To Kill a Mockingbird, MacArthur), dies of bronchopneumonia at 87

  • Jun 15 Hume Cronyn, Canadian actor (World According to Garp, Cocoon), dies at 91
  • Jun 19 Laura Sadler, English actress (b. 1980)
  • Jun 24 Vladimir Garin, Russian actor (b. 1987)
  • Jun 27 David Newman, American filmmaker (b. 1937)

Person of interestKatharine Hepburn

Jun 29 Katharine Hepburn, American actress (Adam's Rib, On Golden Pond), dies of natural causes at 96

  • Jul 1 N!xau, Namibian actor (b. 1944)
  • Jul 6 Christian "Buddy" Ebsen Jr., American actor (Beverly Hillbillies, Breakfast at Tiffany's), dies of complications from pneumonia at 95
  • Jul 22 Wahome Muthahi, Kenyan humourist (b. 1954)
  • Jul 25 John Schlesinger, British film director (b. 1926)

Person of interestBob Hope

Jul 27 Bob Hope [Leslie Townes Hope], English-born American actor, comedian and entertainer, dies at 100

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • Jul 29 Johnny Walker [Badruddin Jamaluddin Kazi], Indian actor (Madhumati, Chachi 420), dies at 82
  • Aug 1 Marie Trintignant, French actress (b. 1962)
  • Aug 2 Don Estelle [Ronald Edwards], British actor and singer (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), dies at 70
  • Aug 2 Mike Levey, American television personality (b. 1948)
  • Aug 9 Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer, dies of liver cancer at 57
  • Aug 9 Jacques Deray, French film director (b. 1929)
  • Aug 22 Imperio Argentina, Argentinian singer and actress (b. 1906)
  • Aug 27 Jinx Falkenburg [Eugenia], American actress and well-known US cover-girl model throughout 1930s-40s, dies at 84
  • Aug 29 Michel Constantin, French film actor (b. 1924)

Person of interestCharles Bronson

Aug 30 Charles Bronson, American actor (The Dirty Dozen, Death Wish), dies at 81

  • Sep 1 Rand Brooks [Arlington Rand Brooks Jr.], American actor (Gone with the Wind, Rin Tin Tin), dies of cancer at 84
  • Sep 5 Gisele MacKenzie [LaFlèche], Canadian singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), dies at 76
  • Sep 6 Harry Goz, American actor (b. 1932)
  • Sep 8 Jaclyn Linetsky, Canadian voice actress (b. 1986)

Person of interestLeni Riefenstahl

Sep 8 Leni Riefenstahl [Helene Bertha Amalie], German film director (Triumph of the Will) and actress (Tiefland), dies in her sleep at 101

Film director Leni Riefenstahl
Film director
Leni Riefenstahl
  • Sep 9 Larry Hovis, American actor (b. 1936)
  • Sep 11 John Ritter, American actor (b. 1948)
  • Sep 16 Sheb Wooley, American vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw), dies at 82
  • Sep 17 Erich Hallhuber, German actor (b. 1951)
  • Sep 20 Gordon Mitchell [Charles Allen Pendleton], American actor and bodybuilder (Sinbad), dies a 80
  • Sep 22 Gordon Jump, American television actor (b. 1932)
  • Sep 24 Lyle Bettger, American actor (b. 1915)
  • Sep 24 Lyle Betther, American actor (The Greatest Show on Earth, Lone Ranger), dies at 88
  • Sep 25 George Plimpton, American writer and actor (b. 1927)
  • Sep 27 Donald O'Connor, American dancer and actor (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 78
  • Sep 28 Elia Kazan, Greek-born American film director (b. 1909)
  • Oct 3 Florence Stanley, American actress (b. 1924)
  • Oct 5 Denis Quilley, British actor (Anything Goes, The Lady's Not For Burning, Masada), dies from liver cancer at 75
  • Oct 14 Patrick Dalzel-Job, English soldier and inspiration for James Bond (b. 1913)
  • Oct 16 Stu Hart, Canadian professional wrestler and trainer, dies at 88
  • Oct 17 Janice Rule, American actress (Alvarez Kelly, Doctor's Wife), dies at 72
  • Oct 19 Michael Hegstrand, American professional wrestler (b. 1960)
  • Oct 20 Jack Elam, American actor (The Dakotas, East Street, Rio Lobo), dies at 82
  • Oct 20 Čkalja [Miodrag Petrović], Serbian actor and one of the most popular comedians of former Yugoslavia, dies at 79
  • Oct 21 Fred Berry, African-American actor (Rerun-What's Happening), dies at 52
  • Oct 23 Tony Capstick, English actor, comedian, and musician (b. 1944)
  • Oct 27 Rod Roddy, American television announcer (b. 1937)
  • Nov 4 Ken Gampu, South African actor (b. 1929)
  • Nov 6 Crash Holly, American professional wrestler (b. 1971)
  • Nov 6 Eduardo Palomo, Mexican actor (b. 1962)
  • Nov 8 Bob Grant, English actor (b. 1932)

Person of interestArt Carney

Nov 9 Art Carney, American actor (Ed Norton-Honeymooners), dies of natural causes at 85

Actor Art Carney
Actor
Art Carney
  • Nov 10 Irv "Kup" Kupcinet, American columnist and television personality (b. 1912)