Film in History

Events in Film & TV

Events 1 - 100 of 609

  • 1864-03-01 Louis Ducos du Hauron patents movie machine (never built)

First Moving Images

1878-06-15 World's first moving pictures caught on camera (used 12 cameras, each taking 1 picture) done to see if all 4 of a horse's hooves leave the ground

  • 1881-09-18 Chicago Tribune reports on a televideo experiment

Historic Invention

1888-10-17 Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie)

Film & TV History

1889-04-06 George Eastman begins selling his Kodak flexible rolled film for the first time

  • 1891-05-20 1st public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope to members of the National Federation of Women's Club
  • 1892-06-11 The Limelight Department, one of the world's first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1893-02-01 Thomas Edison completes worlds 1st movie studio at West Orange, New Jersey
  • 1894-01-07 William K.L. Dickson captures "Fred Ott's Sneeze" as a motion picture at Thomas Edison's Black Mariah Studio, West Orange, New Jersey [1]
  • 1894-01-09 William K.L. Dickson's motion picture "Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze" aka "Fred Ott's Sneeze" receives first US copyright for the format; it was filmed a few days earlier at Edison Studio, West Orange, New Jersey [1]
  • 1894-04-14 1st public showing of Thomas Edison's kinetoscope (moving pictures)
  • 1894-09-08 Employed by Thomas Edison, William K.L. Dickson films first boxing match at West Orange, New Jersey, an exhibition between world heavyweight champion James J. Corbett and Peter Courtney
  • 1895-03-22 Auguste & Louis Lumiere show their 1st movie to an invited audience
  • 1895-05-20 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)
  • 1895-07-11 Auguste and Louis Lumière show film for scientists
  • 1896-03-12 1st movie in Netherlands (Kalverstr 220)
  • 1896-04-23 Vitascope system of movie projection 1st shown at Koster & Bial's Music Hall, New York City
  • 1896-07-26 Vitascope Hall, 1st permanent for-profit movie theatre, opens in New Orleans
  • 1897-05-14 Oldest continuously operating movie theater in the world, the State Theatre first opens in Washington, Iowa (Guinness World Records)
  • 1897-08-31 Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope [kinetographic camera], a device which produces moving pictures
  • 1900-02-14 Date of events in Australian movie "Picnic at Hanging Rock"
  • 1902-03-10 A United States court of appeals rules that Thomas Edison did not invent the movie camera
  • 1902-04-02 "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California

Topsy the Elephant is Electrocuted

1903-01-04 Topsy the elephant is electrocuted by her owners at Luna Park, Coney Island and filmed by Edison Manufacturing movie company [1]

  • 1907-05-22 Plaza Cinema opens in Ottawa, Kansas, the world's oldest purpose-built movie theatre [1]

Film & TV History

1907-11-28 In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater

  • 1908-05-21 1st American horror movie silent film "Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde" premieres in Chicago
  • 1909-03-06 Dutch film distributor Jean Desmet opens his first permanent cinema, the Cinema Parisien in Rotterdam
  • 1909-12-11 Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1910-11-12 1st possible movie stunt: man jumps into the Hudson river from a burning balloon
  • 1912-05-08 Film and television production and distribution studio Paramount Pictures is founded
  • 1912-05-18 Maurits Binger establishes 2 Dutch movie companies
  • 1912-07-31 US government prohibits movies and photos of prize fights (censorship)
  • 1912-09-23 1st Mack Sennett "Keystone Comedy" movie released "Cohen Collects a Debt"
  • 1913-12-29 1st movie serial "Adventures of Kathlyn" premieres in Chicago

Sports History

1914-02-07 Charlie Chaplin debuts silent film character The Tramp in "Kid Auto Races at Venice"

Film Release

1914-02-12 "The Squaw Man", 1st feature-length film shot in Hollywood, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel, is released in the US

  • 1914-04-04 Film serial "Perils of Pauline" shown for the first time in Los Angeles

Film Release

1915-02-08 "The Birth of a Nation" the first 12-reel film in America, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish and Mae Marsh, opens at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles

Contract of Interest

1916-06-24 Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract

  • 1916-09-05 "Intolerance", silent film directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Vera Lewis and Ralph Lewis, is released
  • 1919-02-05 Hollywood film studio United Artists founded by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and D. W. Griffith
  • 1920-02-26 German silent horror film classic "The Cabinet of Dr Caligari" starring Werner Krauss is released

Film Release

1920-11-21 Silent film "The Last of the Mohicans" released, adapted from James Fenimore Cooper's novel, starring Wallace Beery, Barbara Bedford

Film & TV History

1920-11-27 "The Mark of Zorro" directed by Fred Niblo and starring Douglas Fairbanks is shown in New York - 1st American superhero film

  • 1921-02-06 Charlie Chaplin releases his first full-length feature - "The Kid", a silent film starring Charlie Chaplin & Jackie Coogan

Film Premiere

1921-10-21 "The Sheik", a silent film starring Rudolph Valentino, premieres in Los Angeles

  • 1921-10-28 Amsterdam's Tuschinski movie theater opens

Film Premiere

1922-03-04 1st vampire film "Nosferatu", an un-authorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, premieres at the Berlin Zoological Garden, Germany

  • 1922-11-26 1st successful Technicolor movie (The Toll of the Sea), premieres at the Rialto Theatre in NYC
  • 1924-03-18 Silent film classic "The Thief of Bagdad" based on One Thousand and One Nights, starring Douglas Fairbanks and directed by Raoul Walsh is released

Film Release

1924-12-23 German silent film classic "The Last Laugh" directed by F. W. Murnau and starring Emil Jannings is released

  • 1925-12-21 "Battleship Potemkin", Soviet silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein, starring Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barksy and Grigori Aleksandrov, premieres in Moscow
  • 1926-05-20 Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies

Film Release

1926-08-06 "Don Juan" starring John Barrymore is released by Warner Bros, the 1st feature-length film to utilize the Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system with a synchronized musical score and sound effects

  • 1927-01-05 Fox Studios exhibits Movietone
  • 1927-01-10 Fritz Lang's silent film "Metropolis" premieres in Berlin
  • 1927-01-11 Louis B. Mayer head of film studio MGM announces creation of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Film Premiere

1927-02-05 "The General", American silent film starring Buster Keaton and Marion Mack, co-directed by Keaton and Clyde Bruckman, premieres in New York City

Film Release

1927-02-15 Silent film "It" is released in the US starring Clara Bow

Film Release

1927-10-08 "The Second Hundred Years" silent short film released starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy - 1st Laurel and Hardy film with them appearing as a team

  • 1928-05-15 Mickey Mouse makes his 1st ever appearance in silent film "Plane Crazy"
  • 1929-02-01 "The Broadway Melody" directed by Harry Beaumont and starring Bessie Love is released. 1st film with sound to win an Oscar (Outstanding Picture 1930)
  • 1930-03-31 The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film for the next 38 years

Film Release

1931-02-14 The original "Dracula" film starring Bela Lugosi as the titular vampire, is released

  • 1931-03-14 1st theater built for rear movie projection (NYC)

Film Release

1931-04-06 "A Connecticut Yankee" film based on novel by Mark Twain, directed by David Butler, starring Will Rogers is released

Film Premiere

1931-04-23 US gangster film "The Public Enemy" starring James Cagney and Jean Harlow premieres

  • 1931-05-11 "M" Fritz Lang's first sound film starring Peter Lorre premieres in Berlin

Film Release

1931-11-21 Horror film "Frankenstein" is released, starring Boris Karloff as the monster, directed by James Whale and based on Mary Shelley's 1818 novel "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus"

  • 1932-07-28 "White Zombie" - 1st feature length zombie film directed by Victor Halperin and starring Bela Lugosi is released in the US
  • 1932-12-22 "The Mummy" directed by Karl Freund and starring Boris Karloff is released in the US - 1st Mummy horror film

Film Premiere

1932-12-29 Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers' 1st joint movie "Flying Down to Rio," directed by Thornton Freeland, premieres in NYC

  • 1933-03-09 "42nd Street" a musical film revolving around rehearsals for a Broadway show, directed by Lloyd Bacon, with choreography by Busby Berkeley, and songs by Harry Warren and by Al Dubin, premieres at the Strand, NYC; later adapted as a stage musical

Film Premiere

1933-07-06 "Nertsery Rhymes" short film starring Ted Healy and His Stooges premieres, one of the first film appearance of The Three Stooges

  • 1933-11-17 Marx brothers film "Duck Soup" directed by Leo McCarey and starring the Marx Brothers is released in the US

Contract of Interest

1933-12-21 Fox Films signs Shirley Temple aged 5, to a studio contract

Film Premiere

1934-12-21 French film "Zouzou" premieres in Paris, starring Josephine Baker; 1st black woman to star in a major motion picture

Film Release

1935-03-28 Influential Nazi Propaganda film "Triumph of the Will" released showing Nuremberg rallies, commissioned by Adolf Hitler and directed by Leni Riefenstahl

  • 1935-04-19 "Bride of Frankenstein" horror film classic and sequel to "Frankenstein" starring Boris Karloff and Elsa Lancaster is released

Film Release

1935-09-06 "Steamboat Round the Bend" film directed by John Ford and starring Will Rogers released weeks after Rogers' death

  • 1936-02-05 "Modern Times", silent film directed by, written by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released
  • 1936-02-07 Felix the Cat, animated film released by Van Beuren Studios licensed from Otto Messmer

Film Release

1937-09-02 Film "The Prisoner of Zenda" based on the novel and play by Anthony Hope, starring Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is released

Film Premiere

1937-12-21 "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", the first full-length animated feature film and the earliest in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre, Los Angeles

Film Release

1938-02-16 "Bringing Up Baby" film directed by Howard Hawks, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, is released

Film Premiere

1938-03-10 "Jezebel" film premieres directed by William Wyler, starring Bette Davis and Henry Fonda, from the play by Owen Davis

  • 1938-09-21 RKO film comedy "Room Service", starring the Marx Brothers, based on Allen Boretz and John Murray's play, premieres in NYC

Film Release

1939-01-24 Adventure film "Gunga Din", based on the poem by Rudyard Kipling and starring Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is released

Film Premiere

1939-02-10 "Stagecoach" western film directed by John Ford, starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne, premieres in Miami

Film Premiere

1939-03-24 "Wuthering Heights" film based on the Emily Brontë novel, directed by William Wyler and starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier, premieres in Los Angeles

Film Release

1939-03-31 "The Hound of Baskervilles" first of 14 films starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson is released

  • 1939-06-12 Shooting begins on Paramount Pictures' Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor.

The Wizard of Oz

1939-08-15 "The Wizard of Oz", American musical fantasy film adaptation of L. Frank Baum's book, premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood; directed by Victor Fleming and King Vidor with cast featuring Judy Garland (Dorothy), Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), Jack Haley (Tin Man), Bert Lahr (Cowardly Lion), Frank Morgan (Wizard), Billie Burke (Glinda), and Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch); songs by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg


Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 258

  • 1822-04-21 Hannibal Goodwin, Episcopal priest who patented a method for making film used in Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope, born in Taughannock, New York (d. 1900)
  • 1863-09-21 John Bunny, American film comedian, born in NYC, New York (d. 1915)
  • 1863-12-25 Charles Pathé, French pioneer of film and record industries (Pathé Brothers, 1896), born in Paris, France (d. 1957)
  • 1867-01-17 Carl Laemmle, German-born film executive (d. 1939)
  • 1870-04-21 Edwin S. Porter, American film pioneer and producer (Jack and the Beanstalk), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1941)
  • 1873-03-11 David Horsley, English-born film executive (d. 1933)
  • 1876-11-12 Archibald "Moonlight" Graham, American MLB baseball outfielder (New York Giants - 1 game, 1905), medical doctor, and subject of "Field of Dreams" film, born in Fayetteville, North Carolina (d. 1965)
  • 1877-10-29 Narcisa de León, Filipino film mogul, born in San Miguel, Bulacan, Philippines (d. 1966)
  • 1880-04-13 Charles Christie, Canadian film studio owner, born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1955)
  • 1883-05-14 Julian Eltinge [Dalton], American vaudeville, Broadway, and silent film female impersonator star (The Crinoline Girl), born in Newtownville, Massachusetts (d. 1941)

Jerome KernJerome Kern (1885-1945)

1885-01-27 American Broadway and film composer (Showboat; Roberta), born in NYC, New York

  • 1885-09-11 Herbert Stothart, American theater (Rose-Marie) and film score composer (The Wizard of Oz; Mutiny on the Bounty; A Night at the Opera), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1949)
  • 1887-01-28 Lily (Theresa) Strickland, American composer of art songs, piano, and silent film music, and ethnomusicologist (The Music Courier), born in Anderson, South Carolina (d. 1958)
  • 1888-04-19 William Axt, American film score composer (The Prisoner of Zenda), born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1888-05-10 Max Steiner, Austrian-American film score composer (King Kong; Casablanca: Gone With The Wind), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1971)
  • 1888-10-03 Roy Webb, American film score composer (films of Val Lewton), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1982)

Stan LaurelStan Laurel (1890-1965)

1890-06-16 English comedian (Laurel & Hardy films), born in Ulverston, England

  • 1891-11-10 Carl W. Stalling, American film composer (Disney's Silly Symphonies; Warner Brothers Cartoons), born in Lexington, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1891-12-05 Al Boasberg, American vaudeville, radio and film comedy writer (Jack Benny; Bob Hope; The Marx Brothers), born In Buffalo, New York (d. 1937)
  • 1894-12-19 Paul Dessau, German orchestral, film, and theater composer and conductor (Adventures of Casanova; Deutsches Miserere; Never Trust a Woman), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1979)
  • 1896-07-04 Adolph Hallis, South African concert pianist, classical and film score composer, and teacher, born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1987)
  • 1896-08-06 Cyril Mockridge, British composer for film and television (Miracle On 34th Street; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), born in London (d. 1979)
  • 1897-01-19 Natacha Rambova [Winifred Shaughnessy], American film costume designer, 2nd wife of Rudolph Valentino (1923-25), and Egyptologist, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1966)
  • 1897-09-10 David L. Snell, American pianist and composer for films (MGM Studio), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1967) 
  • 1898-01-16 Margaret Booth, American film editor (d. 2002)
  • 1899-11-13 Howard Hill, American expert bowman (billed as "The World's Greatest Archer"; movie technical adviser), born in Wilsonville, Alabama (d. 1975)
  • 1899-11-17 Douglas Shearer, Canadian film sound engineer (d. 1971)
  • 1899-12-15 Harold Abrahams, British athlete (Olympic gold 100m, silver 4x100m 1924; depicted in film "Chariots of Fire"), born in Bedford, England (d. 1978)
  • 1900-01-30 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta & film composer, born in Lokhvitsa, Russian Empire (d. 1955)
  • 1900-02-20 Antonio Veretti, Italian orchestral, theater, and film composer, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1978)
  • 1901-04-21 Julián Bautista, Spanish orchestral and film score composer, and conductor, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1961)
  • 1901-05-01 Heinz Roemheld, American film composer (Yankee Doodle Dandy; Ruby Gentry), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1985)
  • 1901-08-17 Henri Tomasi, French classical and film music composer (Requiem for Peace; The Silence of the Sea), born of Marseille, France (d. 1971)
  • 1901-10-20 Hans-Otto Borgmann, German film score composer under the Third Reich, born in Linden, Germany (d. 1977)
  • 1903-02-10 Matvey Isaakovich Blanter, Russian-Soviet composer of popular songs and film music ("Katyusha"), born in Pochep, Russian Empire (d. 1990)
  • 1905-01-16 Ernesto Halffter, Spanish classical and film score composer (Rapsodia portuguesa; Don Quixote de la Mancha), and conductor, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1989)
  • 1905-08-18 Peter Paul Kreuder, German-Austrian pianist and film score composer, born in Aachen, Germany (d. 1981)
  • 1906-08-19 Philo T. Farnsworth, American inventor (created electronic television, video camera tube), born in Beaver, Utah (d. 1971)
  • 1906-12-08 Leo Shuken, American film music composer and arranger (Stagecoach; The Fabulous Dorseys; The Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1976)
  • 1906-12-24 Franz Waxman [Wachsmann], German-American film score composer (Rebecca; Sunset Boulevard; A Place In The Sun), born in Königshütte, Silesia, German Empire (now Chorzów, Poland) (d. 1967)
  • 1907-08-19 Jiří Srnka, Czech classical and film score composer, born in Písek, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1982)
  • 1908-04-18 Eric Spear, British film and TV composer (Coronation Street theme), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 1966)

Oskar SchindlerOskar Schindler (1908-1974)

1908-04-28 Austrian businessman and subject of the novel "Schindler's Ark" and the film "Schindler's List", born in Zwittau, Austria-Hungary

  • 1908-07-18 Barry Gray [John Livesey Eccles], British pianist, ondist, Hammond organ player, film and television composer (Thunderbirds; Space:1999), born in Blackburn, Lancashire, England (d. 1984)
  • 1908-11-29 N. S. Krishnan, Tamil film comedian (d. 1957)
  • 1909-06-17 Ralph E. Winters, Canadian film editor, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2004)
  • 1909-09-13 Leith Stevens, American pianist, composer and conductor of scores for radio (Suspense), film (The Wild Ones; War of the Worlds), and television (Climax!), born in Mount Moriah, Missouri (d. 1970)
  • 1910-08-01 Walter Scharf, American film composer, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1910-08-06 Friedrich Schröder, Swiss light classical, operetta, schlager, and film score composer, born in Nafels, Switzerland (d. 1972)
  • 1911-01-26 Norbert Schultze, German composer, primarily of film scores, born in Brunswick, Saxony, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1912-05-10 Harold Myers, British film journalist (Variety), born in Russia (d. 1994)
  • 1912-08-04 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura; Modern Times), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1912-11-26 Gunnar Sønstevold, Norwegian jazz pianist, and orchestral and film score composer (Litany In Atlanta; The Dorian Cage), born in Elverum, Norway (d. 1991)
  • 1913-03-22 Lew Wasserman, American film studio executive (d. 2002)
  • 1913-05-30 Cedric Thorpe Davie, British composer of film scores and pedagogue (The Green Man; St. Andrews University), born in Lewisham, London (d. 1983)
  • 1914-05-31 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer, best known for his film scores in the Godzilla films, born in Kushiro Hokkaido, Japan (d. 2006)
  • 1914-08-19 Fumio Hayasaka, Japanese film score composer (Rashomon; Seven Samurai), born in Sendai, Honshū, Japan (d. 1955)
  • 1916-01-04 Lionel Newman, American film music composer (Peyton Place), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • 1916-05-16 Adriana Caselotti, voice of Snow White in Disney's animated film, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1997)
  • 1917-01-26 Louis Zamperini, American World War II veteran whose story of capture by the Japanese inspired the movie "Unbroken", born in Olean, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1917-02-07 Milt Holland [Milton Olshansky], American drummer, percussionist, ethno-musicologist, and tinkle-ist (film Tinkerbell's tinkle; Bewitched - Samantha's nose tinkle),, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • 1917-12-17 Louis Palange, American arranger, classical music and film score composer (Hollywood Panorama; King Dinosaur), and conductor, born in Oakland, California (d. 1979)
  • 1918-01-13 George "Bud" Hamilton, American film make-up artist (Westmore family), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1973)
  • 1918-08-26 Katherine Johnson, American NASA mathematician (portrayed in film Hidden Figures), born in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (d. 2020)
  • 1919-02-07 Desmond Doss, American soldier and 1st conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor who was the subject of the film Hacksaw Ridge, born in Lynchburg, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • 1919-12-14 Felix the Cat, anthropomorphic cartoon character created in the silent film era by Pat Sullivan and Otto Messmer
  • 1920-02-13 Eileen Farrell, American soprano (I Got A Right To Sing The Blues; Metropolitan Opera, 1960-66) and film voice (Interrupted Melody), born in Willimantic, Connecticut (d. 2002)
  • 1920-04-07 Gino Marinuzzi, Jr., Italian-American conductor, symphonic and film score composer (Le Carrosse d’or), and electronic music pioneer (Fonosynth), born in New York City (d. 1996)
  • 1920-05-08 Saul Bass, American graphic designer of logos and film titles, born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1921-03-19 Robert McFerrin, Sr., American operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1955-58; singing voice for Sidney Poitier in film "Porgy and Bess"), born in Marianna, Arkansas (d. 2006) [1]
  • 1921-07-13 Ernest Gold [Goldner], Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), born in Vienna (d. 1999)
  • 1921-09-05 Jack Valenti, American political advisor and film executive, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1921-09-24 Leonard Salzedo, British orchestral, ballet, and film composer (The Witch Boy; Requiem Sine Voxibus, Hammer Films), born in London, England (d. 2000)
  • 1921-11-09 Ivo Rudolph Jarosy, German-British film scholar and exhibitor, born in Berlin (d. 1996)
  • 1922-04-12 (Edwin) "Ted" Astley, British arranger, bandleader, and film and television composer (The Mouse That Roared; The Saint), born in Warrington, Lancashire, England (d. 1998)
  • 1922-05-24 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), born in Tokyo (d. 2012)
  • 1922-09-15 Bob Anderson, English Olympic Fencer, renowned film fight choreographer (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings) (d. 2012)
  • 1922-10-17 Pierre Juneau, Canadian film and broadcast executive, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2012)
  • 1922-12-16 Seymour "Cy" Leslie, American music (Pickwick Records) and video (MGM/UA Home Entertainment) executive, born in Israel (d. 2008)
  • 1923-01-08 Giorgio Tozzi, American operatic bass (dubbed vocals of Emile de Becque for "South Pacific" film), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1923-04-09 Dann Cahn, American film editor (I Love Lucy, Beverly Hillbillies), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2012)
  • 1923-07-22 Mukesh [Mathur], Indian "playback singer" for Bollywood films, born in Delhi, British India (d. 1976)
  • 1923-10-25 Don Banks, Australian orchestral, jazz, and film score composer, born in South Melbourne, Australia (d. 1980)
  • 1923-12-16 Werner Haentjes, German conductor and composer of operas and film scores, born in Bocholt, Germany (d. 2001)
  • 1924-02-01 Richard Hooker [Heister Richard Hornberger], American army surgeon, and novelist (MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors - inspiration for film and TV series), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 1997)
  • 1924-04-17 Donald Richie, American-born author and (Japanese) film critic, born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1925-07-19 Sue Thompson [Eva Sue McKee], American pop and country music singer ("Sad Movies (Make Me Cry")), born in Nevada, Missouri (d. 2021)
  • 1925-07-29 Mikis Theodorakis, Greek classical and film music composer (Zorba the Greek; Mauthausen Trilogy; Serpico), born on the island of Chios, Greece (d. 2021)
  • 1926-07-25 Teodor Grigoriu, Romanian classical music and film score composer, born in Galați, Romania (d. 2014)
  • 1926-10-18 John Morris, American film and Broadway composer who commonly worked alongside Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • 1926-11-07 Jimmie Haskell [Sheridan Pearlman], American arranger (Ricky Nelson, Chicago, Sheryl Crow), and film and television score composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1927-02-07 Laurence "Laurie" Johnson, British film and television score composer (Dr. Strangelove; The Avengers), born in Hampstead, England
  • 1927-03-18 John Kander, American musical theater and film composer, with Fred Ebb (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1927-08-20 Geriatric1927 [Peter Oakley], English video blogger, born in Norwich, Norfolk, England (d. 2014)
  • 1927-11-17 Robert Drasnin, American clarinetist, composer, and film and television music supervisor (CBS, 1977-91), born in Charleston, West Virginia (d. 2015)
  • 1928-01-19 Gerard Schurmann, Dutch-British conductor, and composer of classical music (The Double Heart), and film scores, (The Bedford Incident), born in Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 2020) dies at 96
  • 1928-04-04 Monty Norman [Noserovitch], British big band singer, songwriter (False Hearted Lover), and film composer (James Bond Theme), born in Stepney, England (d. 2022)

John NashJohn Nash (1928-2015)

1928-06-13 American mathematician (subject of movie "A Beautiful Mind") and Nobel laureate, born in Bluefield, West Virginia

  • 1928-11-10 Ennio Morricone, Italian trumpeter, and composer of classical music and film scores ("The Mission"; "Cinema Paradiso"; "The Hateful Eight"), born in Rome, Italy (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1929-02-10 Jerry Goldsmith, American pianist, television and film composer ("The Twilight Zone"; "Planet Of The Apes"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)

Weddings in Film & TV

Oliver Hardy

1913-11-17 Film comedian Oliver Hardy (21) marries pianist Madelyn Saloshin in Macon, Georgia; divorce in 1921

Wedding of Interest

1951-11-07 American entertainer Frank Sinatra (35) marries 2nd wife American film star Ava Gardner (26); divorce in 1957

Oliver Stone

1971-05-22 American filmmaker Oliver Stone weds Najwa Sarkis; divorce in 1977

  • 1981-06-07 American filmmaker Oliver Stone (34) weds production assistant Elizabeth Burkit Cox; divorce 1993

Jerry Lewis

1983-02-13 Film genius Jerry Lewis (56) marries 2nd wife dancer SanDee Pitnick

  • 1992-07-18 Film critic Roger Ebert marries Chaz Hammel-Smith

Divorces in Film & TV

Oliver Stone

1993-08-11 American filmmaker Oliver Stone files for divorce from Elizabeth Cox, after 12 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1900-12-31 Hannibal Goodwin, Episcopal priest who patented a method for making film used in Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope, dies at 78
  • 1919-02-16 Vera Kholodnaya, Russian film star (b. 1893)
  • 1920-08-02 Ormer Locklear, American movie stunt pilot (The Great Air Robbery), dies at 28
  • 1937-06-18 Al Boasberg, American vaudeville, radio and film comedy writer (Jack Benny; Bob Hope; The Marx Brothers), dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 1941-03-07 Julian Eltinge [Dalton], American vaudeville, Broadway, and silent film female impersonator star (The Crinoline Girl), dies of a suspected cerebral hemorrhage at 59
  • 1942-10-23 Ralph Rainger [Reichenthal], American song and film composer (Thanks for the Memory; Love In Bloom), dies in a plane crash at 41
  • 1947-01-11 Eva Tanguay, Canadian-born vaudeville and film singer and entertainer dies at 68
  • 1949-02-01 Herbert Stothart, American theater (Rose-Marie) and film score composer (The Wizard of Oz; Mutiny on the Bounty; A Night at the Opera), dies at 63
  • 1953-02-25 Jesus Garcia Leoz, Spanish orchestral and film composer (The Sun Comes Out Every Day), dies at 49
  • 1955-07-25 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta and film composer, dies at 55
  • 1955-10-01 Charles Christie, American film studio owner, dies at 75
  • 1955-10-15 Fumio Hayasaka, Japanese film score composer (Rashomon; Seven Samurai), dies of tuberculosis at 41
  • 1956-11-21 Jean Desmet, Dutch early film distributor and cinema owner dies at 80

Oliver HardyOliver Hardy (1892-1957)

1957-08-07 American comedian (Laurel & Hardy films), dies at 65

  • 1957-12-26 Charles Pathé, French pioneer of film and record industries (Pathé Brothers, 1896), dies at 93
  • 1959-02-13 William Axt, American film scores composer (The Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 70
  • 1961-07-08 Julián Bautista, Spanish orchestral and film score composer, and conductor, dies at 60

Stan LaurelStan Laurel (1890-1965)

1965-02-23 English comedian (Laurel & Hardy films), dies of a heart attack at 74

  • 1965-08-25 Archibald "Moonlight" Graham, American MLB baseball outfielder (New York Giants - 1 game, 1905), medical doctor, and subject of "Field of Dreams" film, dies at 88
  • 1966-02-06 Narcisa de León, Filipino film mogul, dies at 88
  • 1966-06-05 Natacha Rambova [Winifred Shaughnessy], American film costume designer, 2nd wife of Rudolph Valentino (1923-25), and Egyptologist, dies of a heart attack at 69
  • 1966-11-03 Eric Spear, British film and TV composer (Coronation Street theme), dies at 58
  • 1967-02-24 Franz Waxman [Wachsmann], German-American film score composer (Rebecca; Sunset Boulevard; A Place In The Sun), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1967-03-27 David L. Snell, American pianist and composer for films (MGM Studio), dies at 69
  • 1969-03-04 Nicholas Schenck, Russian-born film empresario (b. 1881)
  • 1969-04-23 Krzysztof Komeda, Polish jazz pianist and film composer (Rosemary's Baby), dies of head injuries as the result of a fall at 37
  • 1969-07-25 Douglas Moore, American concert, stage, and film composer (The Ballad of Baby Doe), dies at 75
  • 1970-06-16 Brian Piccolo, American NFL football running back, 1965-69 (Chicago Bears), and subject of the 1971 TV movie "Brian's Song", dies of cancer at 26
  • 1970-07-23 Leith Stevens, American pianist, composer and conductor of scores for radio (Suspense), film (The Wild Ones; War of the Worlds), and television (Climax!), dies of a heart attack (upon learning his wife was killed in a car accident) at 60
  • 1971-01-05 Douglas Shearer, Canadian film engineer (b. 1899)
  • 1971-01-13 Henri Tomasi, French conductor, classical and film music composer (Requiem for Peace; The Silence of the Sea), dies at 69
  • 1971-03-11 Philo Farnsworth, American inventor (created electronic television, video camera tube), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • 1971-08-16 Spyros Skouras, Greek-born American movie executive (20th Century Fox), dies at 78
  • 1972-11-29 Carl W. Stalling, American film composer (Disney's Silly Symphonies; Warner Brothers Cartoons), dies at 81
  • 1973-06-24 George "Bud" Hamilton Westmore, American film make-up artist (Westmore family), dies after a heart attack at 55

Oskar SchindlerOskar Schindler (1908-1974)

1974-10-09 Austrian businessman and subject of the novel "Schindler's Ark" and the film "Schindler's List", dies at 66

  • 1975-10-31 SD Burman, Indian singer and film music composer (Zindagi Zindagi), dies at 69
  • 1975-11-22 François de Roubaix, French film score composer, dies in diving accident at 36
  • 1976-07-24 Leo Shuken, American film music composer and arranger (Stagecoach; The Fabulous Dorseys; The Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 69
  • 1976-08-27 Mukesh [Mathur], Indian "playback singer" for Bollywood films, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 1977-07-26 Hans-Otto Borgmann, German film score composer under the Third Reich, dies at 75
  • 1978-01-14 Harold Abrahams, British athlete (Olympic gold 100m, silver 4x100m 1924; depicted in film "Chariots of Fire"), dies at 78
  • 1979-01-18 Cyril Mockridge, British composer for film and television (Miracle On 34th Street; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), dies at 82
  • 1979-04-10 Nino Rota [Giovanni Rota Rinaldi], Italian classical and film score composer (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze; The Godfather (I & II; 16 Fellini films), dies from a coronary thrombosis at 67
  • 1979-06-08 Louis Palange, American arranger, classical music and film score composer (Hollywood Panorama; King Dinosaur), and conductor, dies at 61
  • 1980-08-04 Diego Fabbri, Italian playwright and leader (Vatican movie bureau), dies at 69
  • 1980-09-05 Don Banks, Australian orchestral, jazz, and film score composer, dies of leukemia at 56
  • 1981-02-06 Hugo Montenegro, American composer, arranger, and orchestra leader, dies of emphysema at 55
  • 1981-06-28 Peter Paul Kreuder, German-Austrian pianist and film score composer, dies at 75
  • 1982-01-31 Jiří Srnka, Czech classical and film score composer, dies at 74
  • 1982-12-10 Roy Webb, American film score composer (films of Val Lewton), dies at 94
  • 1983-01-18 Cedric Thorpe Davie, British composer of film scores (The Green Man; St. Andrews University), and pedagogue, dies at 69
  • 1984-04-26 Barry Gray [John Livesey Eccles], British pianist, ondist, Hammond organ player, film and television composer (Thunderbirds; Space:1999), dies at 75
  • 1984-12-19 Michel Magne, French experimental music and film score composer (Gigot; Barbarella), and recording studio owner (Château d'Hérouville). takes his own life at 54
  • 1985-01-04 Brian Gwynne Horrocks, English Army Lt-General, author (A Full Life; Corps Commander), and film consultant (A Bridge Too Far), dies at 89
  • 1985-02-11 Heinz Roemheld, American film composer (Yankee Doodle Dandy; Ruby Gentry), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 1985-05-02 Hal LeRoy [John LeRoy Schotte], American vaudeville, Broadway and film dancer (Ziegfeld's Follies of 1931), dies at 71 after surgery
  • 1986-11-21 Dar Robinson, American film stuntman (b. 1947)
  • 1987-02-15 Osmo Lindeman, Finnish jazz pianist, film score composer, pedagogue, and electronic music pioneer, dies at 57
  • 1987-02-28 Nora Kaye, American ballet dancer, and Broadway and film choreographer, dies of cancer at 67
  • 1989-07-05 Ernesto Halffter, Spanish classical and film score composer (Rapsodia portuguesa; is Don Quixote de la Mancha), and conductor, dies at 84
  • 1990-09-27 Matvey Isaakovich Blanter, Russian-Soviet composer of popular songs and film music ("Katyusha"), dies at 87
  • 1991-10-18 Gunnar Sønstevold, Norwegian jazz pianist, and orchestral and film score composer (Litany In Atlanta; The Dorian Cage), dies at 78
  • 1992-05-02 Joey Cuevas, American movie dancer, dies at 34
  • 1992-07-12 Reginald Beck, English film editor (Robbery, Accident, Boom), dies
  • 1992-10-19 Maurice Le Roux, French conductor and film score composer (Kamouraska), dies at 69
  • 1993-02-17 George E. Wilburn, film editor, dies of emphysema at 77
  • 1993-11-27 Jerry Hunt, American experimental composer and video artist, commits suicide at 49
  • 1994-03-17 Harold Myers, British film journalist (Variety), dies at 81
  • 1994-07-23 Hans J. Salter, Austrian-American film composer (The Wolf Man; Christmas Holiday; This Love Of Ours), dies at 98
  • 1995-09-10 Derek Meddings, British TV and film special effects technician (Supermarionation, James Bond), dies at 64
  • 1996-02-20 Tōru Takemitsu, Japanese classical music and film score composer (November Steps; Ran), dies of pneumonia while being treated for bladder cancer at 65
  • 1996-03-28 Barbara McLean, film Editor, dies at 86
  • 1996-04-14 William K. Everson, English American film historian, dies at 67
  • 1996-04-22 David Shipman, English film historian, dies at 63
  • 1996-04-25 Saul Bass, American graphic designer of logos and film titles (Psycho), dies at 75
  • 1996-05-01 Ivo Rudolph Jarosy, German-British film scholar and exhibitor, dies at 74
  • 1996-09-09 Ruggero Mastroianni, Italian film editor (Giulietta degli spiriti), dies at 66
  • 1996-11-08 Gino Marinuzzi, Jr., Italian-American conductor, symphonic and film score composer (Le Carrosse d’or), and electronic music pioneer (Fonosynth), dies at 76
  • 1997-01-01 Hagood Hardy, American-Canadian jazz and easy listening pianist, vibraphonist and film score composer ("The Homecoming"), dies from lymphoma at 59
  • 1997-01-03 Burton Lane, American film and stage composer and lyricist (Finian's Rainbow), dies at 84
  • 1997-01-19 Adriana Caselotti, voice of Snow White in Disney's animated film, dies at 70
  • 1997-11-04 Richard Hooker [Heister Richard Hornberger], American army surgeon, and novelist (MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors - inspiration for film and TV series), dies of leukemia at 73
  • 1997-12-23 Hrvoje Horvatic, Croatian video artist, dies at 39
  • 1998-05-19 (Edwin) "Ted" Astley, British arranger, bandleader, and film and television composer (The Mouse That Roared; The Saint), dies at 76
  • 1998-07-23 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), dies at 67
  • 1999-02-20 Gene Siskel, American film critic (b. 1946)
  • 1999-03-17 Ernest Gold, Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), dies at 77
  • 2000-05-06 Leonard Salzedo, British orchestral, ballet, and film composer (The Witch Boy; Requiem Sine Voxibus, Hammer Films), dies at 78

Roberto Suárez GómezRoberto Suárez Gómez (1932-2000)

2000-07-20 Bolivian drug lord called the "King of Cocaine" whose story was the basis of the movie "Scarface", dies of a heart attack at 68

  • 2001-03-13 John A. Alonzo, American cinematographer (pioneered handheld work, lighting techniques and HD video development), dies at 66
  • 2001-07-20 Werner Haentjes, German conductor and composer of operas and film scores, dies at 77
  • 2001-09-03 Pauline Kael, American film critic (b. 1919)
  • 2002-03-23 Eileen Farrell, American soprano (I Got A Right To Sing The Blues; Metropolitan Opera, 1960-66) and film voice (Interrupted Melody), dies at 82
  • 2002-04-04 Harry L. O'Connor, Czech film stuntman
  • 2002-10-14 Norbert Schultze, German songwriter (Lili Marleen), opera and film score composer and reformed propagandist, dies at 91
  • 2002-10-28 Margaret Booth, American film editor (b. 1898)
  • 2003-02-24 Walter Scharf, American film composer, dies at 92
  • 2003-03-05 Gerhard Rosenfeld, German opera and film score composer, dies at 72
  • 2003-11-18 Michael Kamen, American composer and arranger (film scores to Brazil and Mr. Holland's Opus; Pink Floyd), dies from a heart attack at 55