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Theater Premiere

1806-12-29 Thomas Dibdin's pantomime "Harlequin and Mother Goose" starring Joseph Grimaldi, in his most famous clown performance, opens at the Covent Garden Theatre, London

  • 1880-02-04 Steele MacKay's play "Hazel Kirke" premieres in New York City

Sports History

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

  • 1895-03-30 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, New York City
  • 1901-12-04 Anne Russell's play "'Girl and the judge" premieres in New York
  • 1903-12-01 "The Great Train Robbery" the 1st Western film, released starring Justus D. Barnes and G. M. Anderson
  • 1908-08-17 Booth Tarkington & Harry Leon Wilson's play "Man from Home" premieres in New York
  • 1913-03-25 Home of vaudeville, Palace Theatre, opens (NYC) starring Ed Wynn

Film Release

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

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

  • 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
  • 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

Film Release

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

Film & TV History

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

  • 1924-02-04 George Kelly's play "Show-Off," premieres in New York City
  • 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

  • 1925-06-26 "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

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

Theater Premiere

1927-01-26 Maxwell Anderson's play "Saturday's Children" premieres in New York City

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

  • 1927-08-12 "Wings", one of only two silent films - the other being The Artist in 2011 - to win an Oscar for best picture, opens starring Clara Bow (Outstanding Picture 1929)

Film Release

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)

Jazz Singer Sounds Death Knell for Silent Movies

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)

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

Music Premiere

1927-12-27 Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's landmark musical "Show Boat", based on Edna Ferber's novel, opens at the Ziegfeld Theatre, NYC; runs for 572 performances

Film Release

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

  • 1928-09-11 1st ever TV drama WGY's "Queens Messenger" broadcast in the New York area starring Izetta Jewell
  • 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)
  • 1929-11-04 John L. Balderston's play "Berkeley Square" starring Leslie Howard premieres in NYC

Film Premiere

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

  • 1930-04-21 "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 Los Angeles (Academy Awards Outstanding Production 1930)

Film Premiere

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

Film Release

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

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"

  • 1932-02-03 "Shanghai Express" directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook and Anna Mae Wong premieres in Los Angeles

Film Release

1932-04-02 "Tarzan the Ape Man" released starring Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller in the first of his 12 Tarzan films

Film Premiere

1932-04-12 "Grand Hotel" directed by Edmund Goulding and starring Greta Garbo and John Barrymore premieres in New York, includes the line "I want to be alone" (Best Picture/Production 1932)

Film Release

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

  • 1932-07-28 "White Zombie" - 1st feature length zombie film directed by Victor Halperin and starring Bela Lugosi is released in the US

Film Premiere

1932-09-29 Film "Bill of Divorcement" starring John Barrymore and Katharine Hepburn, directed by George Cukor premieres at the Mayfair

  • 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

Film Premiere

1933-01-05 "Cavalcade" based on the play by Noël Coward, directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1934)

King Kong Premieres

1933-03-02 "King Kong" film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Fay Wray premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in NYC

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

  • 1933-12-29 "Sons of the Desert" film directed by William A. Seiter starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy is released
  • 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)
  • 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

Film Premiere

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

  • 1934-12-28 Film "Bright Eyes" premieres starring Shirley Temple and featuring the song "On the Good Ship Lollipop"
  • 1935-02-22 "The Little Colonel" premieres starring Shirley Temple, Lionel Barrymore and Bill Robinson, featuring famous stair dance with Hollywood's first interracial dance couple
  • 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

  • 1935-09-07 Romantic comedy film "Page Miss Glory" starring Marion Davies premieres in the USA

Mutiny On The Bounty

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

Film Premiere

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

  • 1936-09-04 RKO Radio Pictures releases "Swing Time", directed by George Stevens, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
  • 1936-12-16 John Monks and Fred Finklehoff's play "Brother Rat" premieres in New York City

Music History

1937-05-19 John Murray and Allen Boretz's stage comedy "Room Service", starring Sam Levene, Eddie Albert, and Phillip Loeb, opens at the Cort Theatre, NYC; runs for 500 performances

  • 1937-07-19 Joris Ivens' "Spanish Earth" premieres in Hollywood

Film Premiere

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

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

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

Film Premiere

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

  • 1938-07-16 John Murray and Allen Boretz's stage comedy "Room Service", starring Sam Levene, Eddie Albert, and Phillip Loeb, closes at the Cort Theatre, NYC, after 500 performances

Film Premiere

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)

  • 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

Theater Premiere

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

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

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

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

Theater Premiere

1939-10-11 Samson Raphaelson's play "Skylark" starring Gertrude Lawrence premieres in NYC

Film Release

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

  • 1939-11-09 Romantic comedy film "Ninotchka" directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Greta Garbo premieres

Film Premiere

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)


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1875-02-26 Emma Dunn, British-American stage, silent and sound film actress (Dr. Monica; Dr. Kildare (films); Hideaway), born in Birkenhead, Cheshire (d. 1966)

Lionel BarrymoreLionel Barrymore (1878-1954)

1878-04-28 American actor (It's A Wonderful Life; Dr. Kildare (films); Key Largo), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 1885-11-10 Esther Dale, American actress (Curly Top; The Egg and I; Ma and Pa Kettle films), born in Beaufort, South Carolina (d. 1961)
  • 1887-08-27 James Finlayson, Scottish-American stage and silent and "talkie" film actor (Laurel and Hardy films), born in Larbert, Stirlingshire, Scotland (d. 1953)
  • 1888-07-16 Percy Kilbride, American stage and screen actor (The Egg and I; Ma and Pa Kettle films), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1964)
  • 1888-11-24 Rudolf Klein-Rogge, German actor and prototype for silent films master criminal (Metropolis, Spies), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1955)
  • 1890-02-24 Marjorie Main [Mary Tomlinson], American vaudeville and screen actress (The Egg and I; Ma and Pa Kettle films; Another Thin Man), born near Acton, Indiana (d. 1975)

Stan LaurelStan Laurel (1890-1965)

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

  • 1891-03-21 Jonathan Hale [Hatley], Canadian-American, actor (Blondie films; The Saint films), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1960)
  • 1891-06-13 Nell Craig, American actress (Dr. Kildare (films); The Queen of Sheba), born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1965)
  • 1892-12-29 Emory Parnell, American vaudeville performer and character actor (Life of RIley; County Fair; Falcon films; Ma and Pa Kettle movies), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1979)
  • 1895-09-26 Fay Holden, British actress (Mother-Andy Hardy films), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1973)
  • 1895-12-02 Jesse Crawford, American pianist, theatre organist for silent films, and recording artist, born in Woodland, California (d. 1962)
  • 1897-09-10 David L. Snell, American pianist and composer for films (MGM Studio), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1967) 
  • 1899-08-07 Renie Riano, British-American vaudeville and screen actress (Jiggs and Maggie films; The Family Jewels), born in London, England (d. 1971)
  • 1901-12-05 Ray Whitley, American country and western singer-songwriter ("Back in the Saddle Again") and actor (Tim Holt films), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1979)

Ed GeinEd Gein (1906-1984)

1906-08-27 American serial killer who was the inspiration for the films "Psycho" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", born in La Crosse County, Wisconsin

  • 1908-04-24 Marceline Day [Newlin], American actress, mostly in silent films (The Cameraman; The Jazz Age; The Arm of the Law), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 2000)
  • 1908-12-28 Lew Ayres, American actor (All Quiet on Western Front; Holiday; Dr Kildare (films); Johnny Belinda), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1996)
  • 1909-04-05 Albert R. Broccoli, American film producer (James Bond films), sometimes known as "Cubby", born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1911-03-23 Charles Joseph A Russhon, USAF lt col/liaison (James Bond films)
  • 1911-12-03 Nino Rota [Giovanni Rota Rinaldi], Italian classical and film score composer (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze; The Godfather (I & II); 16 Federico Fellini films), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1979)
  • 1914-09-12 Desmond Llewelyn, Welsh actor (James Bond films, 1963-99), WWII army veteran and POW, born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales (d. 1999)

Ed SabolEd Sabol (1916-2015)

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

  • 1916-10-10 Benson Fong, American character actor (Charlie Chan films; Purple Heart; Flower Drum Song), and restaurateur, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1987)
  • 1916-11-23 Michael Gough, English actor (Hammer Horror Films, Search for the Nile), born in Kuala Lumpur, British Malaya (d. 2011)
  • 1919-08-26 Ronny Graham [Stringer], American composer, lyricist, screenwriter (M*A*S*H (TV series), and actor (Chico & the Man; Mel Brooks films), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1922-02-07 Josephine "Hattie" Jacques, British comedy actress (Carry on films, Hancock's Half Hour), born in Kent, England (d. 1980)
  • 1922-10-27 Poul Bundgaard, Danish comic actor (Olsen-banden films) and operetta singer (Royal Danish Theatre, 1958-73), born in Hellerup, Denmark (d. 1998)
  • 1923-03-06 Ed McMahon, American TV side-kick (Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson), and host (Star Search), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • 1923-07-22 Mukesh [Mathur], Indian "playback singer" for Bollywood films, born in Delhi, British India (d. 1976)
  • 1924-04-20 Leslie Phillips, British stage and screen, screen, and radio actor (Carry On; Harry Potter films), born in Tottenham, England (d. 2022) [1]
  • 1927-05-04 Owen "Terry" Scott, British actor and comedian (Terry and June, Carry On Films), born in Watford, Hertfordshire (d. 1994)
  • 1929-06-11 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2020)
  • 1929-12-09 Michel Fano, French composer (films of Alain Robbe-Grillet), born in Paris
  • 1930-05-09 Joan Sims, British actress ("Carry on" films, As Time Goes By), born in Laindon, Essex, England (d. 2001)

Sean ConnerySean Connery (1930-2020)

1930-08-25 Scottish actor and producer (James Bond films; Indiana Jones), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

  • 1932-04-29 King Hu, Chinese film director and actor (wuxia films), born in Beijing, Republic of China (d. 1997)
  • 1932-11-12 John Marshall, American filmmaker and activist (Ju/'hoan Bushman films), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2005) [1]
  • 1935-07-17 Donald Sutherland, Canadian actor (The Dirty Dozen; M*A*S*H (film): Ordinary People; Hunger; Games films), born in St. John, New Brunswick
  • 1935-07-31 Mort Crim, American broadcast journalist, author, and inspiration for the Ron Burgundy character in the "Anchorman" films, born in West Frankfort, Illinois
  • 1936-10-28 Carl Davis, American conductor and composer for silent films, born in NYC, New York
  • 1937-08-06 Barbara Windsor, British actress and Dame (Carry On films; EastEnders), born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • 1938-10-22 Christopher Lloyd, American Emmy Award-winning actor (Taxi - "Reverend Jim"; Back to the Future films), born in Stamford, Connecticut,

Steve SabolSteve Sabol (1942-2012)

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

  • 1943-05-03 Gregory Bowen, Welsh big band jazz and session trumpet player (James Bond films), born in Llangennech, South Wales
  • 1943-07-05 (Jaime) "Robbie" Robertson, Canadian-Native American singer-songwriter and rock guitarist (The Band - "The Weight"; "Up On Cripple Creek"), and soundtrack composer (Martin Scorsese films), born in Toronto, Ontario [1]
  • 1943-11-28 Randy Newman, American singer-songwriter ("Short People"; "You've Got a Friend in Me"; "Louisiana 1927") and film score composer (The Natural; Seabiscuit; Pixar films), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1944-07-17 Catherine Schell [Katherina Freiin Schell von Bauschlott], Hungarian-born British actress (two Pink Panther films), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1946-10-26 Holly Woodlawn, transgender Puerto Rican actress (Warhol films), born in Juana Díaz (d. 2015)
  • 1946-11-03 Tom Savini, American prosthetic makeup artist (George Romero films), actor, and director, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1948-09-24 Gordon Clapp, American Emmy Award-winning stage and screen actor (NYPD Blue - "Greg Medavoy"; John Sayles films), born in North Conway, New Hampshire
  • 1948-10-17 Margot Kidder, Canadian American actress (Lois Lane in Superman films, Amityville Horror), born in Yellowknife, Canada (d. 2018)
  • 1949-01-16 Caroline Munro, British actress (Golden Voyage of Sinbad; Hammer Horror films), and singer ("Tar and Cement"; "Pump Me Up"), born Windsor, England

Robbie ColtraneRobbie Coltrane (1950-2022)

1950-03-30 Scottish comedian and BAFTA Award-winning actor (Cracker; Harry Potter films; Nuns on the Run), born in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire

  • 1951-06-09 James Newton Howard, American film composer (The Hunger Games; M. Night Shyamalan films), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1952-06-05 Mukesh Bhatt, Indian film producer (Vishesh Films), born in Mumbai, India

Danny ElfmanDanny Elfman (69 years old)

1953-05-29 American singer-songwriter (Oingo Boingo - "Weird Science"), and Emmy and Grammy Award-winning composer (The Simspons Theme; Good Will Hunting; Tim Burton films), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1955-07-18 Teresa Ann Savoy, British actress in Italian Films (Caligula; Salon Kitty), born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1955-08-03 Corey Burton [Weinberg], American voice actor (Adventures in Odyssey; Dismey themeparks and films), born in Granada Hills, Los Angeles, California

Linda HamiltonLinda Hamilton (66 years old)

1956-09-26 American actress (Beauty & the Beast, Terminator films), born in Salisbury, Maryland

  • 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
  • 1964-03-16 Gore Verbinski, American movie director (Pirates of the Caribbean films; Rango), born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Daniel CraigDaniel Craig (54 years old)

1968-03-02 English actor (James Bond films), born in Chester, England

  • 1970-02-03 Warwick Davis, English actor (Willow, Professor Flitwick in Harry Potter films), born in Epsom, England
  • 1970-07-03 Benedict Wong, English actor (Wong in Marvel films), born in Eccles, England
  • 1971-03-07 Matthew Vaughn, British producer and director (Kingsman films), born in London, England
  • 1972-05-14 Gabriel Mann [Mick], American actor (Bourne films - "Danny Zorn"; Revenge -"Norman"), born in Middlebury, Vermont
  • 1972-11-06 Rebecca Romijn (O'Connell), American model and actress (X-Men films; Ugly Betty; The Librarians), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1973-09-12 Maximiliano Hernández, American actor (Mr. Mercedes; The Americans, 2013; Marvel Universe films), born in Brooklyn, NYC

David KrumholtzDavid Krumholtz (44 years old)

1978-05-15 American actor (Numb3rs; Harold and Kumar films), born in NYC, New York

  • 1978-06-18 Tara Platt, American actress and voice actress for Japanese anime films (Temari-Naruto), born in Fairfax, Virginia
  • 1978-07-21 Justin Bartha, American actor (National Treasure films), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1978-11-10 Eve [Jeffers-Cooper], American rapper ("Let Me Blow Ya Mind"), actress (Barbershop films), and television personality (The Talk), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1979-03-14 Chris Klein, American actor (American Pie films), born in Hinsdale, Illinois
  • 1982-10-30 Clémence Poésy [Guichard], French stage and screen actress (Harry Potter films; The Tunnel), and fashion model, born in L'Haÿ-les-Roses, France
  • 1983-05-12 Domhnall Gleeson, Irish actor (Harry Potter films, The Revenant), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1986-02-25 James and Oliver Phelps, British identical twin actors (Harry Potter films), born in the Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, England
  • 1986-05-03 Pom Klementiff, French actress (Oldboy; Marvel Universe films), born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • 1986-11-15 Winston Duke, Tobagonian actor (Black Panther films; Us), born in Argyle, Tobago
  • 1987-09-22 Tom Felton, English Actor (Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter films), born in Epsom, England
  • 1988-06-20 Shefali Chowdhury, Welsh actress (Harry Potter films), born in Denbigh, Wales
  • 1993-07-01 Raini Rodriguez, American actress (Austin & Ally '"Trish"; Paul Blart: Mall Cop films), born in Bryan, Texas

Hailee SteinfeldHailee Steinfeld (26 years old)

1996-12-11 American actress (True Grit (2010); Pitch Perfect films), and singer ("Starving"), born in Los Angeles, California


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1933-11-12 James T. Kelley, Irish silent film actor (Charlie films - The Rink; The Immigrant; A Dog's Life), dies at 79
  • 1953-10-09 James Finlayson, Scottish-American stage, and silent and "talkie" film actor (Laurel and Hardy films), dies of a heart attack at 66

Lionel BarrymoreLionel Barrymore (1878-1954)

1954-11-15 American actor (It's A Wonderful Life; Dr. Kildare (films); Key Largo), dies at 76

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

Oliver HardyOliver Hardy (1892-1957)

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

  • 1961-07-23 Esther Dale, American actress (Curly Top; The Egg and I; Ma and Pa Kettle films), dies after surgery at 75
  • 1962-05-28 Jesse Crawford, American pianist, theatre organist for silent films, and recording artist, dies at 66
  • 1964-12-11 Percy Kilbride, American stage and screen actor (The Egg and I; Ma and Pa Kettle films), dies at 76
  • 1965-01-05 Nell Craig, American actress (Dr. Kildare (films); The Queen of Sheba), dies at 73

Stan LaurelStan Laurel (1890-1965)

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

  • 1966-02-28 Jonathan Hale [Hatley], Canadian-American, actor (Blondie films; The Saint films), shoots himself at 74
  • 1966-12-14 Emma Dunn, British-American stage, silent and sound film actress (Dr. Monica; Dr. Kildare (films); Hideaway), dies at 91
  • 1967-03-27 David L. Snell, American pianist and composer for films (MGM Studio), dies at 69
  • 1971-07-03 Renie Riano, British-American vaudeville and screen actress (Jiggs and Maggie films; The Family Jewels), dies after long illness at 71
  • 1973-06-23 Fay Holden, actress (Mother-Andy Hardy films), dies at 77
  • 1975-04-10 Marjorie Main [Mary Tomlinson], American vaudeville and screen actress (The Egg and I; Ma and Pa Kettle films; Another Thin Man), dies of lung cancer at 85
  • 1976-08-27 Mukesh [Mathur], Indian "playback singer" for Bollywood films, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 1979-02-21 Ray Whitley, American country and western singer-songwriter ("Back in the Saddle Again") and actor (Tim Holt films), dies at 77
  • 1979-06-22 Emory Parnell, American vaudeville performer and character actor (Life of RIley; County Fair; Falcon films; Ma and Pa Kettle movies), dies of a heat attack at 86
  • 1980-06-18 Terence Fisher, English film director (Hammer Films), dies at 76
  • 1980-10-06 Josephine "Hattie" Jacques, British comedy actress (Carry on films, Hancock's Half Hour), dies of a heart attack at 58

Ed GeinEd Gein (1906-1984)

1984-07-26 American serial killer who was the inspiration for the films "Psycho" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", dies of lung cancer at 77

  • 1987-08-01 Benson Fong, American character actor (Charlie Chan films; Purple Heart; Flower Drum Song), and restaurateur, dies of a stroke at 70
  • 1993-11-28 Kenneth Connor, English comedian and actor, best known for his "Carry On" films, dies of cancer at 75
  • 1994-07-26 Owen "Terry" Scott, British actor and comedian (Terry and June, Carry On Films), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1996-06-27 Albert R. Broccoli, American film producer (James Bond films), sometimes known as "Cubby", dies at 87
  • 1996-12-30 Lew Ayres, American actor (All Quiet on Western Front; Holiday; Dr. Kildare (films); Johnny Belinda), dies at 88
  • 1997-01-14 King Hu, Chinese film director, (wuxia films), dies at 64
  • 1998-06-03 Poul Bundgaard, Danish comic actor (Olsen-banden films) and operetta singer (Royal Danish Theatre, 1958-73), dies at 75
  • 1999-07-04 Ronny Graham [Stringer], American composer, lyricist, screenwriter (M*A*S*H (TV series), and actor (Chico & the Man; Mel Brooks films), dies of liver disease at 79
  • 1999-12-19 Desmond Llewelyn, Welsh actor (James Bond films, 1963-99), WWII army veteran and POW, dies in a car crash at 85
  • 2000-02-16 Marceline Day [Newlin], American actress, mostly in silent films (The Cameraman; The Jazz Age; The Arm of the Law), dies at 91
  • 2001-06-28 Joan Sims, British actress ("Carry on" films, As Time Goes By), dies from liver failure and diverticulitis at 71
  • 2005-04-22 John Marshall, American filmmaker and activist (Ju/'hoan Bushman films), dies at 76 [1]
  • 2008-12-18 Jack Douglas, English actor (Carry On films), dies at 81
  • 2011-03-17 Michael Gough, English actor (Hammer Horror Films, Search for the Nile), dies at 94

Steve SabolSteve Sabol (1942-2012)

2012-09-18 American filmmaker (35 Emmy awards, founder of NFL Films), dies from brain cancer at 69

  • 2015-12-06 Holly Woodlawn, transgender Puerto Rican actress (Warhol films), dies at 69
  • 2017-01-09 Teresa Ann Savoy, British actress in Italian films (Caligula; Salon Kitty), dies of cancer at 61
  • 2018-05-13 Margot Kidder, Canadian American actress (Lois Lane in Superman films, Amityville Horror), dies at 69
  • 2020-05-28 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), dies at 90
  • 2020-12-10 Barbara Windsor, British actress and Dame (Carry On films, EastEnders). dies at 83

Robbie ColtraneRobbie Coltrane (1950-2022)

2022-10-14 Scottish comedian and BAFTA Award-winning actor (Cracker; Harry Potter films; Nuns on the Run), dies at 72

  • 2022-11-07 Leslie Phillips, British stage, screen, and radio actor (Carry On; Harry Potter films), dies at 98 [1]