Films in History

Events in Film & TV

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  • 1880-02-04 Steele MacKay's play "Hazel Kirke" premieres in New York City
  • 1895-03-30 British inventor Birt Acres films Oxford and Cambridge boat race
  • 1896-04-23 Vitascope system of movie projection 1st shown at Koster & Bial's Music Hall (NYC)
  • 1901-12-04 Anne Russell's play "'Girl and the judge" premieres in New York
  • 1903-01-21 "The Wizard of Oz" muscial premieres in New York City
  • 1908-08-17 Booth Tarkington & Harry Leon Wilson's play "Man from Home" premieres in New York
  • 1912-12-12 Rudolf Friml and Otto Harbach's musical "Firefly" premieres in New York City
  • 1913-02-03 Golden and Cawthorne's musical "Sunshine Girl" premieres in New York City
  • 1913-03-25 Home of vaudeville, Palace Theatre, opens (NYC) starring Ed Wynn

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1914-12-21 1st feature-length silent film comedy "Tillie's Punctured Romance" released starring Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand and Charles Chaplin

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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

Film director D. W. Griffith
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  • 1915-10-09 Louis Kaufmans comedy "Unchastened Woman" premieres in New York City
  • 1916-09-05 "Intolerance", silent film directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Vera Lewis and Ralph Lewis, is released
  • 1917-01-11 Guy Bolton & PG Wodehouse's "Have a Heart" premieres in New York
  • 1917-02-20 Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton & P.G. Wodehouse's musical "Oh, Boy!" premieres in New York
  • 1917-12-25 Louis Hirsch and Otto Harbach's musical "Going Up" premieres in New York City
  • 1918-02-01 Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton & P. G. Wodehouse's musical premieres in New York
  • 1919-02-03 Herbert and Blossom's musical "Velvet Lady" premieres in New York City
  • 1920-11-27 "The Mask of Zorro" directed by Fred Niblo and starring Douglas Fairbanks is shown in New York - 1st American superhero film

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1921-02-06 "The Kid", silent film starring Charlie Chaplin & Jackie Coogan, released

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin

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1921-10-30 "The Sheik", a silent film starring Rudolph Valentino, premieres in Los Angeles

Silent Film Star Rudolph Valentino
Silent Film Star
Rudolph Valentino

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1922-05-23 Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

Animator Walt Disney
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Walt Disney
  • 1923-12-31 Harry Tierney and Joseph McCarthy's musical "Kid Boots," premieres in New York City
  • 1924-02-04 George Kelly's play "Show-Off," premieres in New York City
  • 1925-02-08 Kaufman & Berlin's musical "cocoanuts" premieres in New York City
  • 1925-06-26 "The Gold Rush", directed, starring and written by Charlie Chaplin, 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
  • 1925-12-28 George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Tip-Toes" premieres in New York City
  • 1926-08-06 "Don Juan" starring John Barrymore is released, the 1st feature-length film to utilize the Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system with a synchronized musical score and sound effects
  • 1927-01-26 Maxwell Anderson's play "Saturday's Children" premieres in New York City
  • 1927-02-05 "The General", American silent film directed by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman, starring Al Boasberg, premieres in New York City

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

Silent Screen Actress Clara Bow
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Clara Bow
  • 1927-08-12 "Wings", the only silent film to win an Oscar for best picture, opens starring Clara Bow (Outstanding Picture 1929)

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1927-09-23 "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans", directed by F. W. Murnau, starring George O'Brien and Janet Gaynor, is released (Academy Awards Unique and Artistic Picture 1927)

Actress Janet Gaynor
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Janet Gaynor
  • 1927-10-06 "The Jazz Singer", directed by Alan Crosland, starring Al Jolson and May McAvoy, released, 1st film with a soundtrack (Honorary Academy Award 1928)

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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

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy
Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel
  • 1927-12-27 Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Show Boat" premieres in New York City
  • 1928-01-10 George Gershwin, Sigmund Romberg and P. G. Wodehouse's musical "Rosalie" premieres in New York

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1928-04-21 "The Passion of Joan of Arc", directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, starring Renée Jeanne Falconetti and Eugène Silvain, is released in Denmark

French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc
French Soldier and National Heroine
Joan of Arc
  • 1928-11-26 Philip Barry's play "Holiday" premieres in New York City
  • 1928-12-12 Robert Nichols and Maurice Browne's play "Wings over Europe" premieres in New York City
  • 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)

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1930-04-01 "The Blue Angel" starring Marlene Dietrich in her breakthrough role premieres in Germany

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
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Marlene Dietrich
  • 1930-04-25 "All Quiet on the Western Front", based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Louis Wolheim and Lew Ayres premieres in New York (Academy Awards Outstanding Production 1930)
  • 1931-01-26 "Cimarron" directed by Wesley Ruggles and starring Richard Dix and Irene Dunne premieres in New York. 1st western to win Best Outstanding Production/Picture (1931)
  • 1931-01-30 "City Lights", American silent romantic comedy film directed by Charlie Chaplin, starring himself and Virginia Cherrill, premieres at Los Angeles Theater

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

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

Humorist Will Rogers
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Will Rogers
Author Mark Twain
Author
Mark Twain
  • 1931-12-26 George and Ira Gershwin's "Of Thee I Sing," premieres in New York City
  • 1932-02-03 "Shanghai Express" directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook and Anna Mae Wong premieres in Los Angeles
  • 1932-04-12 "Grand Hotel" directed by Edmund Goulding and starring Greta Gabo and John Barrymore premieres in New York, includes the line "I want to be alone" (Best Picture/Production 1932)

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1932-04-16 Short film "The Music Box" starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy (1932 Academy Award Best Live Action Short Film)

Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel
Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy
  • 1932-07-28 "White Zombie" - 1st feature length zombie film directed by Victor Halperin and starring Béla Lugos 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
  • 1933-01-05 "Cavalcade" based on the play by Noel Coward, directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1934)
  • 1933-03-02 "King Kong", directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Fay Wray premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in NYC
  • 1933-11-17 Marx brothers film "Duck Soup" directed by Leo McCarey and starring the Marx Brothers is released in the US

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

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple

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1934-02-22 "It Happened One Night" directed by Frank Capra and starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert opens at NY's Radio City Music Hall (Academy Awards Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay 1935)

Actor Clark Gable
Actor
Clark Gable
Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
Actress Claudette Colbert
Actress
Claudette Colbert
  • 1934-09-12 "L'Atalante", French film directed by Jean Vigo, starring Michel Simon, Dita Parlo and Jean Dasté, is released
  • 1934-09-28 "Judge Priest" film directed by John Ford, starring Will Rogers is released

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

Film director John Ford
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John Ford
Humorist Will Rogers
Humorist
Will Rogers
  • 1935-11-08 "Mutiny on the Bounty" directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1936)
  • 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

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1936-03-22 "The Great Ziegfeld" directed by Robert Z. Leonard and starring William Powell and Luise Rainer premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1937

Actress Luise Rainer
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Luise Rainer
  • 1936-06-09 Page Miss Glory (1936), premieres in USA
  • 1936-09-04 "Swing Time", directed by George Stevens, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, is released
  • 1936-12-16 John Monks and Fred Finklehoff's play "Brother Rat" premieres in New York City
  • 1937-07-19 Joris Ivens' "Spanish Earth" premieres in Hollywood

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1937-08-11 "The Life of Emile Zola" directed by William Dieterle and starring Paul Muni premieres in New York (Best Picture 1938)

Actor Paul Muni
Actor
Paul Muni

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

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1938-05-14 "The Adventures of Robin Hood", directed by Michael Curtiz, William Keighley and starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland is released

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1938-08-23 "You Can’t Take It With You" from the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur premieres. Best Picture (1939)

Actor Jimmy Stewart
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Jimmy Stewart
Playwright Moss Hart
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Moss Hart
Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra

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

  • 1939-02-15 Lillian Hellman's play "The Little Foxes" premieres in New York City

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

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

  • 1939-07-07 "The Rules of the Game", French film directed by Jean Renoir, starring Nora Gregor and Paulette Dubost, premieres in Paris

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1939-08-15 "The Wizard of Oz", American musical fantasy film directed by Victor Fleming and King Vidor, premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, starring 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)

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1939-10-17 "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur, is released

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
Actor Jimmy Stewart
Actor
Jimmy Stewart

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1939-12-15 "Gone With the Wind", drama film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, premieres in Atlanta (Best Picture 1940, inflation not adjusted highest-grossing film of all time)

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1939-12-30 "Of Mice and Men", starring Burgess Meredith as George, Lon Chaney Jr. as Lennie, is released

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1940-01-24 "The Grapes of Wrath", directed by John Ford and based on John Steinbeck's novel of the same name, starring Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell, is released

Actor Henry Fonda
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Henry Fonda
Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
Author John Steinbeck
Author
John Steinbeck
  • 1940-03-27 "Rebecca" based on the book by Daphne du Maurier, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1941)
  • 1940-07-19 Nazi occupiers in Netherlands forbid anti-nazi films
  • 1940-10-15 "The Great Dictator", a satiric social commentary film by and starring Charlie Chaplin released

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1940-10-30 Film premiere of "One Night in the Tropics" first film for Abbott and Costello Paterson New Jersey.

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
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Lou Costello
  • 1940-11-13 "Fantasia" animated film by Walt Disney, starring Leopold Stokowski and Deems Taylor, is released
  • 1940-12-26 "The Philadelphia Story" film directed by George Cukor, based on the Broadway play of the same name and starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, is released (Academy Awards Best Actor 1941)

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1941-05-01 "Citizen Kane", directed by Orson Welles and starring himself, Joseph Cotten and Dorothy Corningore, premieres at the Palace Theater in New York City

Actor and Director Orson Welles
Actor and Director
Orson Welles

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1941-10-03 "The Maltese Falcon" directed by John Huston and based off Dashiell Hammett's 1929 novel of the same name, starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor, premieres in New York City

  • 1941-10-28 "How Green Was My Valley" based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn, directed by John Ford and starring Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O'Hara premieres in New York (Best Picture 1942)
  • 1941-12-05 "Sullivan's Travels", directed by Preston Sturges and starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake, is released
  • 1942-02-05 "Woman of the Year" film directed by George Stevens, starring Katherine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy opens at Radio City

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1942-05-29 "Yankee Doodle Dandy", directed by Michael Curtiz, starring James Cagney and Joan Lesley, premieres in NYC (Academy Awards Best Actor 1943)

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1942-06-04 "Mrs Miniver" based on the novel by Jan Struther, directed by William Wyler and starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon is released in the US (Best Picture 1943)

Actress Greer Garson
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Greer Garson

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1942-10-22 "Now, Voyager" film directed by Irving Rapper starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid and Claude Rain premieres in New York

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1942-11-26 "Casablanca" directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman premieres at Hollywood Theater, NYC (Academy Awards Best Picture 1943)


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1888-11-24 Rudolf Klein-Rogge, German actor and prototype for silent films master criminal (Metropolis, Spies), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1955)

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1890-06-16 Stan Laurel, [Arthur Stanley Jefferson], English comedian (Laurel & Hardy films), born in Ulverston, England (d. 1965)

Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel
  • 1895-09-26 Fay Holden, British actress (Mother-Andy Hardy films), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1973)
  • 1911-03-23 Charles Joseph A Russhon, USAF lt col/liaison (James Bond films)

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1916-09-11 Ed Sabol, American filmmaker (NFL Films), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol
  • 1916-11-23 Michael Gough, English actor (Hammer Horror Films, Search for the Nile), born in Kuala Lumpur, British Malaya (d. 2011)
  • 1922-02-07 Hattie Jacques, actress (Carry on films) (d. 1980), born in Kent, England
  • 1927-05-04 Terry (Owen John) Scott, Watford UK, English actor and comedian (Carry On Films)

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1930-08-25 Sean Connery, Scottish actor (James Bond films), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

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1942-10-02 Steve Sabol, American filmmaker (35 Emmy awards, founder of NFL Films), born in Moorestown, New Jersey (d. 2012)

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol
  • 1946-03-21 Timothy Dalton, Welsh actor (James Bond), born in Colwyn Bay, Wales
  • 1946-10-26 Holly Woodlawn, transgender Puerto Rican actress (Warhol films), born in Juana Díaz (d. 2015)
  • 1948-10-17 Margot Kidder, Canadian American actress (Lois Lane in Superman films, Amityville Horror), born in Yellowknife, Canada

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1950-03-30 Robbie Coltrane, Scottish actor (Harry Potter films) and comedian, born in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire

Actor and Comedian Robbie Coltrane
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Robbie Coltrane
  • 1960-11-10 Neil Gaiman, English writer of graphic novels, films and fiction (American Gods, The Graveyard Book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane), born in Portchester, Hampshire, England
  • 1968-03-02 Daniel Craig, English actor (James Bond films), born in Chester
  • 1973-07-26 Kate Beckinsale, British actress (Underworld series), born in London

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1955-04-30 Rudolf Klein-Rogge, German actor and prototype for silent films master criminal (Metropolis, Spies), dies at 69

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

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy

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

Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel
  • 1967-06-12 Bombardier Billy Wells [William Thomas Wells], English heavyweight boxer (Lionsdale Belt, 1911), dies at 79
  • 1973-06-23 Fay Holden, actress (Mother-Andy Hardy films), dies at 77
  • 1980-10-06 Hattie Jacques, actress (Make Mine Mink, Carry On films), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1982-06-26 Charles Russhon, USAF lt col/liaison for James Bond films, dies at 71
  • 1991-05-06 Wilfrid Hyde-White, British actor (My Fair Lady, Peyton Place), dies at 87
  • 1994-07-26 Terry (Owen John) Scott, English actor and comedian (Carry On Films) aged 67
  • 2011-03-17 Michael Gough, English actor (Hammer Horror Films, Search for the Nile), dies at 94
  • 2015-12-06 Holly Woodlawn, transgender Puerto Rican actress (Warhol films), dies at 69