2016 in Film & Television

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Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 6 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" breaks North American box office record, passing the $760.5m taken by "Avatar"

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 10 73rd Golden Globes: The Revenant, The Martian, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson win

  • Jan 24 TV drama "The X-Files" returns after 13 years, reuniting lead actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and produced again by Chris Carter
  • Jan 27 OnThisDay.com receives a substantial face-lift, courtesy of a fresh new website design and brand by design studio Fhoke. Dedicated history and film and television channels are launched alongside the new design.
  • Feb 4 Fifth Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast on MSNBC, held in Durham, New Hampshire
  • Feb 6 Eighth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by ABC, held in Goffstown, New Hampshire
  • Feb 11 Sixth Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast on CNN and PBS, and held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 14 69th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Revenant" Best Film, Alejandro González Iñárritu Best Director
  • Feb 25 Tenth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN, held in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 28 36th Razzies Awards: "Fifty Shades of Grey" wins worst film, worst actor and actress

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Feb 28 88th Academy Awards: Best Picture "Spotlight", Best Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Best Actor/Actress Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson

  • Mar 6 Seventh Democratic presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN and held in Flint, Michigan

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Mar 8 Turner Classic Movies show several of Claire Trevor’s films to honor the 106th anniversary of her birth

Actress Claire Trevor
Actress
Claire Trevor
  • Mar 10 Twelfth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN, held in Coral Gables, Florida

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Mar 19 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Synder and starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, first premieres in Mexico City

Music releaseAlbum Release

Apr 23 Beyoncé releases her 6th album "Lemonade" with a 1 hour film on HBO

  • May 22 69th Cannes Film Festival: "I, Daniel Blake," directed by Ken Loach wins the Palme d'Or

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May 24 Bill Cosby is ordered to stand trial in a sexual assault case in Norristown

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • Jun 7 "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", a play written by Jack Thorne with JK Rowling, premieres in London

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Jun 23 Amy Schumer announces her first world tour during a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden

Comedian Amy Schumer
Comedian
Amy Schumer
  • Jul 22 Japan’s Funai Electric announce they will manufacture world's last videocassette this month

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 16 "When the Levees Broke" documentary directed by Spike Lee, of effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans, premieres at New Orleans Arena

Director Spike Lee
Director
Spike Lee

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Sep 19 68th Emmy Awards: hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, "Game of Thrones", Julia Dreyfus, Rami Malek win

TV Host Jimmy Kimmel
TV Host
Jimmy Kimmel

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Oct 2 Kim Kardashian is robbed at gunpoint of $10 million worth of jewelry in her hotel in Paris

TV Personality & Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality & Model
Kim Kardashian
  • Oct 10 Actress Shailene Woodley arrested for trespassing while protesting against proposed Dakota Access Pipeline
  • Oct 28 Disney and Alessia Cara release the sing "How Far I'll Go" for the film "Moana"

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Nov 12 Jackie Chan awarded honorary Oscar for his film achievements at 8th Annual Governors Awards ceremony

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 14 "Moana" animated Disney film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker with voices by Auli'i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson premieres in Los Angeles

Actor & Professional Wrestler The Rock
Actor & Professional Wrestler
The Rock
  • Dec 10 "Rogue One", 1st of the Star Wars Anthology films, directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, premieres in Los Angeles

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Jan 16 Actress and singer Jamie-Lynn Sigler (35) weds baseball player Cutter Dykstra (53) in Palm Springs, California
  • Jan 19 "Ghajini" actress Asin Thottumkal (30) weds Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma in India
  • Feb 14 Model and actress Liberty Ross (37) weds producer Jimmy Iovine (62) in Malibu, California
  • Feb 20 TV personality and actress Casey Reinhardt (30) weds longtime beau Sean Brown in California
  • Feb 29 Actor Michael C. Hall (45) weds editor Morgan MacGregor at New York's City Hall

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 4 Media mogul Rupert Murdoch (84) weds model Jerry Hall (59) in a private civil ceremony at Spencer House in London

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • Apr 14 Actor Trai Byers (32) weds Grace Gealey at a mansion on Grand Cayman Island
  • May 2 Actor Adam Rodriguez (41) weds longtime love Grace Gail in a romantic ceremony in Tuscany, Italy
  • May 6 Actress Kaitlin Doubleday (31) weds DJ Devin Lucien in an outdoor ceremony in Big Sur, California

HeartWedding of Interest

May 21 Actress Eva Longoria (41) weds Televisa media executive Jose Antonio Baston in Valle de Bravo, Mexico

Actress Eva Longoria
Actress
Eva Longoria
  • May 28 TV presenter Rick Edwards (37) weds Eastenders star Emer Kenny (26) at Kew Gardens in London, England
  • May 29 Actor Topher Grace (37) weds actress and model Ashley Hinshaw in Santa Barbara, California
  • Jul 8 Model Ana Beatriz Barros (34) weds billionaire beau Karim El Chiaty on the Greek island of Mykonos
  • Jul 9 Fashion model Hannah Davis (26) weds former Yankees player Derek Jeter (42) at Meadowood Napa Valley Resort in St. Helena, California
  • Jul 17 Actress and model Tatyana Ali (37) weds Vaughn Rasberry in Beverly Hills, California
  • Jul 23 Actor Corbin Bleu (27) weds actress Sasha Clements (26) at Hummingbird Nest in Santa Susana, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 13 Comedian Kevin Hart (37) weds Eniko Parrish near Santa Barbara, California

Comedian and Actor Kevin Hart
Comedian and Actor
Kevin Hart
  • Aug 20 Stand-up comedian Chris Hardwick (31) weds actress Lydia Hearst (44) in Pasadena, California
  • Sep 10 Actress and singer Anna Camp (33) weds Pitch Perfect co-star Skylar Astin (29) in a vineyard wedding at Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, California
  • Sep 11 The Munsters actor Butch Patrick (63) weds Leila Murray at the Macon Roadhouse in Macon, Missouri
  • Sep 24 No Country for Old Men actor Josh Brolin (48) weds model Kathryn Boyd in North Carolina
  • Oct 1 TV host Louise Roe (33) weds Mackenzie Hunkin at the historic Eton College Chapel in Windsor, England
  • Oct 2 Actress Zosia Mamet (28) weds actor Evan Jonigkeit at the Cedar Lakes Estate in Port Jervis, New York
  • Oct 2 Actress Lyndsy Fonseca (29) weds actor Noah Bean (37) at Saltwater Farm in Connecticut
  • Oct 10 Actor and director Shia LaBeouf (30) weds "Nymphomaniac" co-star Mia Goth (23) at Viva Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Oct 15 Former "Glee" actress Dianna Agron (30) weds Mumford & Sons banjo player Winston Marshall (27) in Morocco
  • Oct 15 "The Flash" actor Robbie Amell (28) weds actress Italia Ricci (29) in downtown Los Angeles
  • Nov 6 TV personality and actress Audrina Patridge (31) weds professional BMX dirt bike rider Corey Bohan in Hawaii
  • Nov 13 The Office actress Angela Kinsey (45) weds Days of Our Lives actor Joshua Snyder in Topanga, California
  • Dec 10 Actress Troian Bellisario (31) weds actor and director Patrick J. Adams (35) in Santa Barbara, California

Divorces in Film & TV

  • Mar 30 Comedian Rosie O'Donnell and marketing executive Kelli O'Donnell divorce after 3 years of marriage
  • May 6 Actress Kaley Cuoco and professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting divorce after 2 years of marriage
  • May 12 Actress Billie Piper and fellow actor Laurence Fox divorce after 8 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 23 Actress Amber Heard (30) files for divorce from fellow actor Johnny Depp (52)

  • Jun 7 Model Amber Rose and rapper Wiz Khalifa divorce after 2 years of marriage
  • Jun 23 Actress and singer Mandy Moore and singer-songwriter Ryan Adams divorce after 7 years

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 15 Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and singer Chris Martin divorce after 12 years of marriage

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

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 19 Actress Angelina Jolie (41) files for divorce from fellow actor Brad Pitt (52) citing irreconcilable differences

Actor and Producer Brad Pitt
Actor and Producer
Brad Pitt
Actress Angelina Jolie
Actress
Angelina Jolie
  • Sep 26 Actress Naomi Watts and actor Liv Schreiber announce their separation after 11 years together

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 Michel Galabru, French actor (Judge & the Assassin), dies at 93
  • Jan 6 Pat Harrington Jr, American actor (Danny Thomas Show, One Day at a Time), dies at 86
  • Jan 9 Ed Stewart, British DJ and broadcaster (Crackerjack), dies of a stroke at 74
  • Jan 13 Brian Bedford, English actor (Anthony-Coronet Blue), dies at 80

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Jan 14 Alan Rickman, English actor (Die Hard, Harry Potter franchise), dies of cancer at 69

  • Jan 15 Dan Haggerty, American actor (Grizzly Adams), dies of cancer at 73
  • Jan 15 Noreen Corcoran, American actress (Bachelor Father), dies at 72
  • Jan 19 Ettore Scola, Italian director and screenwriter (A Special Day), dies at 84
  • Jan 22 Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), dies at 93
  • Jan 23 Jack Bannister, English cricketer (Warwickshire stalwart) and commentator (BBC), dies at 85
  • Jan 26 Abe Vigoda, American actor (Barney Miller, The Godfather), dies at 94
  • Jan 29 Jacques Rivette, French New Wave film director (The Beautiful Troublemaker), dies at 87
  • Jan 30 Frank Finlay, English actor (Bouquet of Barbed Wire), dies at 89
  • Jan 31 Terry Wogan, British broadcaster (Eurovision Song Contest, Blankety Blank), dies of cancer at 77
  • Feb 2 Bob Elliott, American comedian (Bob & Ray, Get a Life), dies at 92
  • Feb 15 Denise Matthews "Vanity", singer (Prince protege) and actress (52 Pick Up), dies at 57
  • Feb 15 George Gaynes, actor (Tootsie, Punky Brewster), dies at 98
  • Feb 22 Yolande Betbeze Fox, Miss America 1951, first to refuse to parade in a swimsuit, dies at 87
  • Feb 24 Nabil Maleh, Syrian film director and writer, dies at 79
  • Feb 25 Tony Burton, American actor (Rocky films) and boxer, dies at 78
  • Feb 27 George Kennedy, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Naked Gun films), dies at 91
  • Feb 28 Frank Kelly, Irish stage and screen actor (Father Ted), dies at 77
  • Mar 1 Tony Warren [Anthony McVay Simpson], actor and tv screenwriter (Coronation Street), dies at 79
  • Mar 1 Martha Wright, American actress and singer (South Pacific, The Martha Wright Show), dies at 92
  • Mar 9 Robert Horton, American actor (Kings Row, Wagon Train, Arena), dies at 91
  • Mar 10 Ken Adam, British film production designer (James Bond sets), dies at 95
  • Mar 13 Adrienne Corri, British actress (River, Doctor Zhivago), dies at 85
  • Mar 18 Joe Santos, American actor (Rockford files), dies at 84
  • Mar 18 Jan Nemec, Czech film director (Diamonds of the Night), dies at 79
  • Mar 21 Peter Brown [Pierre Lind de Lappe], American actor (Lawman, Laredo, Bold & Beautiful), dies at 80
  • Mar 22 Rita Gam, American actress (Night People, Hannibal), dies at 88
  • Mar 23 Ken Howard, American actor (The White Shadow), dies at 71
  • Mar 24 Garry Shandling, American comedian (It's Garry Shandling's Show, Larry Sanders Show), dies at 66
  • Mar 28 James Noble, American actor (Gov. Gatling in "Benson"), dies at 94
  • Mar 29 Patty Duke, American actress (The Miracle Worker), dies at 69
  • Mar 31 Ronnie Corbett, British comedian (The Two Ronnies), dies at 85
  • Mar 31 Douglas Wilmer, British actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 96
  • Apr 3 Erik Bauersfeld, voice actor (Star Wars' Admiral Ackbar "Its a trap"), dies at 93

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Apr 6 Merle Haggard, American country music singer (Death Valley Days), dies at 79

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Apr 12 David Gest, American television producer, dies at 62
  • Apr 12 Anne Jackson, American stage actress (Twice Around the Park), dies at 90

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Apr 17 Doris Roberts, American actress (Everybody Loves Raymond), dies at 90

Actress Doris Roberts
Actress
Doris Roberts
  • Apr 20 Chyna [Joanie Laurer], American professional wrestler and reality TV star, dies at 46
  • Apr 20 Victoria Wood, British comedian and actress, dies of cancer at 62
  • Apr 22 Madeleine Sherwood, Canadian actress (Mother Superior - Flying Nun), dies at 93
  • May 7 John Krish, British documentary filmmaker (Let My People Go), dies at 92
  • May 8 William Schallert, American actor (Patty Duke Show, Get Smart), dies at 93
  • May 10 Louis van Gasteren, Dutch actor and director (The House, De prijs van overleven), dies at 93
  • May 16 Julia Meade, actress/TV hostess (Spotlight Playhouse), dies at 90
  • May 19 Morley Safer, Canadian American TV newscaster (60 Minutes), dies at 84
  • May 19 Alan Young, British actor (Wilbur Post - Mr Ed), dies at 96
  • May 24 Burt Kwouk, English actor (Pink Panther movies), dies at 85
  • Jun 6 Theresa Saldana, American actress (Raging Bull), dies at 62
  • Jun 14 Ann Morgan Guilbert, American actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 87
  • Jun 19 Anton Yelchin, Russian-born American actor (Star Trek), dies in an accident at 27
  • Jun 25 Peter Hutton, American filmmaker, dies at 71
  • Jun 27 Bud Spencer, Italian actor (Aladdin, Extralarge, Go For It), dies at 86
  • Jul 2 Caroline Aherne, British comedienne, writer and actress (The Royale Family), dies of cancer at 52
  • Jul 3 Noel Neill, American actress (Adventures of Superman), dies at 95
  • Jul 4 Abbas Kiarostami, Iranian author/director (Taste of Cherry), dies at 76
  • Jul 13 Héctor Babenco, film director (Kiss of the Spider Woman), dies at 70
  • Jul 19 Garry Marshall, American TV and film director (Happy Days, Pretty Woman), dies at 81
  • Jul 30 Gloria DeHaven, American musical actress (Step Lively), dies at 91
  • Aug 2 David Huddleston, American actor (The Big Lebowski), dies at 85
  • Aug 13 Kenny Baker, English actor (R2D2-Star Wars), dies at 81
  • Aug 14 Fyvush Finkel, American Jewish actor (Middle Ages, Picket Fences), dies at 93
  • Aug 19 Jack Riley, American actor (The Bob Newhart Show), dies at 80
  • Aug 20 Brian Rix [Lord Rix], English actor, dies at 92
  • Aug 23 Steven Hill, American actor (Mission Impossible, Law & Order), dies at 94
  • Aug 25 Marvin Kaplan, American actor (Top Cat, Henry-Alice), dies at 89

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 29 Gene Wilder [Jerome Silberman], American actor (Blazing Saddles, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), dies at 83

  • Sep 1 Jon Polito, actor (Fire With Fire, Homicide), dies at 65
  • Sep 5 Hugh O'Brian [Krampke], American actor (Wyatt Earp), dies at 91
  • Sep 9 James Stacy [Maurice William Elias], American actor (Lancer), dies at 79
  • Sep 17 Charmian Carr, American actress (The Sound of Music), dies at 73
  • Sep 20 Curtis Hanson, American film director and screenwriter (LA Confidential, 8 Mile), dies at 71
  • Sep 24 Bill Nunn, American actor (Do the Right Thing), dies at 63
  • Sep 28 Agnes Nixon, American television producer, director, and writer (All My Children), dies at 93
  • Oct 9 Andrzej Wajda, Polish film director (Ashes & Diamonds, Man of Iron), dies at 90
  • Oct 14 Jean Alexander, English actress (Hilda Ogden on Coronation Street), dies at 90
  • Oct 17 Eddie Applegate, American actor (Patty Duke Show), dies at 81
  • Oct 31 Tammy Grimes, American stage actress (Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 82
  • Nov 11 Robert Vaughn, American actor (Napolean Solo in Man from UNCLE, I Spy), dies at 83
  • Nov 12 Lupita Tovar, Mexican-born actress (Dracula), dies at 106
  • Nov 22 Florence Henderson, American actress and singer (Carol in The Brady Bunch), dies at 82
  • Nov 23 Andrew Sachs, German-born British actor (Manuel In Fawlty Towers), dies at 86
  • Nov 25 Ron Glass, American actor (Barney Miller, Frank's Place), dies at 71
  • Nov 26 Fritz Weaver, American actor (Holocaust, Day of the Dolphin), dies at 90
  • Nov 28 Grant Tinker, American TV executive (Chairman of NBC), dies at 90
  • Nov 28 Van Williams, American actor (Green Hornet, Tycoon), dies at 82
  • Nov 30 Alice Drummond, American actress (Awakenings), dies at 88
  • Dec 4 Margaret Whitton, American actress (Good & Evil, Major League), dies of cancer at 67
  • Dec 5 Jayaram Jayalalitha, Indian actress and politician, chief minister of Tamil Nadu, dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Dec 6 Peter Vaughan, British actor (Porridge, Game of Thrones), dies at 92
  • Dec 13 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor, singer-songwriter (Thicke of the Night, Growing Pains), dies at 69
  • Dec 18 Zsa Zsa Gabor [Sari Gabor], Hungarian-born actress (Queen of Outer Space), dies at 99
  • Dec 18 China Machado, Chinese-born model, 1st non-Caucasian super model, dies at 86
  • Dec 20 Michèle Morgan, French actress (Passage to Marseille), dies at 96

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 27 Carrie Fisher, American actress (Princess Leia in Star Wars, When Harry Met Sally...) and writer (Postcards from the Edge), dies at 60 four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles

Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher
  • Dec 28 Debbie Reynolds, American actress (Kathy Selden-Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies of a stroke at 84 one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher also passed away