Directors in History

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 850

  • 1720-08-12 Konrad Ekhof [Hans Konrad Dieterich Eckhof], German actor and director, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1778)
  • 1757-02-01 John Philip Kemble, British actor and director (Drury Lane, Covent Garden), born in Prescot, Lancashire, England (d. 1823)
  • 1847-02-27 Ellen Alice Terry, British Shakespearean actress and director (Imperial Theatre), born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 1928)
  • 1852-02-02 Teunis Stoel, Dutch actor and director (Small Theater), born in Rotterdam (d. 1914)
  • 1852-08-08 Barend Barendse, Dutch actor and director (Heilig recht), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1935)
  • 1854-05-13 Louis H Chrispijn, Dutch actor and director (Krates, Lost & Found, Silvia Silombra), born in Amsterdam, Netherland (d. 1926)
  • 1866-01-19 Harry Davenport, American actor and director (Her Unborn Child, My Sin), born in NYC, New York (d. 1949)
  • 1868-03-22 Henry W Methorst, lawyer/director (Dutch Cent Bureau of Statistics)
  • 1870-12-13 Edward LeSaint, American actor and director (Modern Times, The Dumb Messenger), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1940)
  • 1871-11-25 Cornelis J "Cor" van Ast, Dutch actor and director (Ghost Hotel, Two Boys), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1939)
  • 1872-01-16 Edward Gordon Craig, British modernist actor, director and theorist (On the art of theatre), born in Stevenage Hertfordshire, England (d. 1966)
  • 1872-04-26 William Desmond Taylor [Deane-Tanner], Irish director and actor (The Awakening, Broken Coin), born in County Carlow, Ireland (d. 1922)
  • 1872-11-29 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano/director
  • 1873-01-07 Adolph Zukor, Hungarian movie producer/director/executive (Paramount)
  • 1873-03-19 Arthur Hoyt, American actor and director (Gold Dust Gertie, Goldie Get Along), born in Georgetown, Colorado (d. 1953)
  • 1873-05-04 Joe De Grasse, Canadian film director, born in Bathurst, New Brunswick Canada (d. 1940)
  • 1873-07-01 Alice Guy-Blaché, French film director who was the first woman to direct a film (The Fairy of the Cabbages), born in Paris (d. 1968)
  • 1873-09-20 Sidney Olcott, Canadian film director (Ben Hur), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1949)
  • 1874-02-09 Vsevolod Meyerhold [Karl Kasimir Theodor], Russian theatrical director and actor (Houligan), born in Penza Oblast, Russian Empire (d. 1940)
  • 1874-04-28 Sidney Toler, American actor, director and playwright (Madame X, Meeting at Midnight), born in Warrensburg, Missouri (d. 1947)
  • 1874-11-13 Henry Kolker, German-American actor and director (Holiday, Baby Face, Mad Love), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1947)
  • 1874-12-11 Paul Wegener, German actor and director (The Golem, The Student of Prague), born in Arnoldsdorf, West Prussia, Germany (d. 1948)

Person of interestD. W. Griffith

1875-01-22 D.W. Griffith, American film director and producer (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), born in LaGrange, Kentucky (d. 1948)

Film Director D. W. Griffith
Film Director
D. W. Griffith
  • 1877-09-28 Stanner E.V. Taylor, American director and screenwriter (Lucky Jim, Ramona), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1948)
  • 1879-06-13 Lois Weber, American film director who became the first woman to direct a full feature-length film (The Merchant of Venice) and the first to own her own studio, born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania (d. 1939)
  • 1879-07-19 Hendrik Gerrit Cannegieter, meteorology/director (KNMI), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1964)
  • 1879-09-28 Benjamin Christensen, Danish actor (Barnet, Mockery) and film director (Häxan), born in Viborg Denmark (d. 1959)
  • 1879-11-08 King Baggot, American actor and director (Tumbleweeds), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1948)
  • 1880-03-14 Oscar [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, Dutch actor and director (Pink Kate), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1939)
  • 1880-05-12 W Hupkes, Dutch engineer and Dutch Rail director
  • 1880-07-12 Tod Browning, American film director (Dracula), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1962)
  • 1880-11-01 Karel Paul van der Mandele, Dutch financier and director (Rotterdam Bank), born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1975)
  • 1881-11-24 Al Christie, Canadian-born film director and producer (d. 1951)
  • 1882-01-03 Willem Benoy, Flemish actor and director (Pygmalion), born in Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1939)
  • 1882-07-27 Donald Crisp, British actor and director (How Green Was My Valley, Pollyana), born in Bow, London, England (d. 1974)
  • 1883-02-01 Yevgeny Vakhtangov, Armenian-Russian theatrical director of the Moscow Art Theatre (Vakhtangov Theatre), born in Vladikavkaz, Russia (d. 1922)
  • 1883-07-10 Sam Wood, American communist fighter and director (For Whom the Bell Tolls), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1949)
  • 1883-07-17 Mauritz Stiller [Moshe Stiller], Swedish actor and director (The Saga of Gösta Berling, Erotikon), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1928)
  • 1883-12-16 Max Linder [Gabriel-Maximilien Leuvielle], French actor, comic and director (Seven Years Bad Luck: Max Prend un Bain), born in Saint-Loubès, Gironde, France (d. 1925)
  • 1884-09-01 Sigurd Wallén, Swedish actor and film director (Ebberöds bank, Med folket för fosterlandet), born in Tierp, Uppsala län, Sweden (d. 1947)
  • 1884-11-09 Hector Abbas, Flemish actor and director (Rosa Lynd Company), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1942)
  • 1885-09-22 Erich von Stroheim, Austrian-American film director and actor (Greed; La Grande Illusion; Sunset Boulevard), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1957)
  • 1886-01-24 Henry King, Christiansburg Virginia, American film director (d. 1982)

Person of interestFrank Lloyd

1886-02-02 Frank Lloyd, Scottish actor and director (Mutiny on Bounty, Oliver Twist, Blood on the Sun), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1960)

Actor and Director Frank Lloyd
Actor and Director
Frank Lloyd
  • 1886-04-10 Val Paul, American actor and director (Suspense, The Phantom Thief), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1962)
  • 1886-05-12 Piotr F. Scharoff, Russian-Italian actor and director (Chechov), born (d. 1969)
  • 1886-12-24 Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-born American film director, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1962)
  • 1887-03-11 Raoul Walsh, American film director (Thief of Baghdad, Battle Cry), (d. 1980)
  • 1887-06-01 Clive Brook, British actor and director (List of Adrian Messenger), born in London, England (d. 1974)
  • 1887-06-25 George Abbott, American theater producer and film director (Damn Yankees, Pajama Game), born in Forestville, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1887-09-26 Antonio Moreno, Spanish actor and director (It, Careers), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1967)
  • 1887-12-23 John Cromwell, American actor and director (Spitfire, Of Human Bondage), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1979)
  • 1888-01-08 Matt Moore, Irish-American actor and director (Coquette, Deluge), born in Kells, County Meath Ireland (d. 1960)
  • 1888-02-20 Marie Rambert, English ballet producer/director/teacher, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1888-04-08 Victor Schertzinger, American composer and director (Uptown NY), born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania (d. 1941)
  • 1888-10-09 Irving Cummings Sr., American silent screen actor and director (Curly Top), born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1889-01-05 Albert van Dalsum, Dutch actor and director (Wilton's Zoo; Little Rascal), born in Nieuwer-Amstel, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1971)

Person of interestVictor Fleming

1889-02-23 Victor Fleming, American film director (The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind), born in Pasadena, California (d. 1949)

Director Victor Fleming
Director
Victor Fleming
  • 1889-02-23 Musidora [Jeanne Roques], French actress and director (Les vampires, Judex), born in Paris, France (d. 1957)
  • 1889-03-29 Howard Lindsay, American playwright, actor and director (State of the Union), born in Waterford, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1889-06-11 Wesley Ruggles, American actor, producer and director (I'm No Angel, Arizona, Too Many Husbands), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1972)
  • 1889-07-02 Cor Hermus, Dutch actor, director and writer (Bleeke Bet, William of Orange, Jantes, A Mother), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1953)
  • 1889-07-05 Jean Cocteau, French poet and writer (Les Enfants Terribles), born in Maisons-Laffitte, France (d. 1963)
  • 1889-07-16 Larry Semon, American comedian and director (The Wizard of Oz), born in West Point, Mississippi (d. 1928)
  • 1889-07-22 James Whale, English film director (Frankenstein, Show Boat), born in Dudley, England (d. 1957)
  • 1889-09-07 Albert Plesman, Dutch aviation pioneer and founder (KLM), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1953)
  • 1889-10-14 Clarence Muse, American actor, screenwriter and director (Casablanca, Black Stallion), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1979)
  • 1889-10-25 Abel Gance, French movie director (J'accuse), born in Paris (d. 1981)
  • 1890-01-16 Karl Freund, German cinematographer and film director (Dracula; I Love Lucy; The Mummy), born in Dvůr Králové (Königinhof), Bohemia, Austria-Hungarian Empire (d. 1969)
  • 1890-04-23 Marcel L'Herbier, French director and screenwriter (El Dorado), born in Paris (d. 1979)
  • 1890-04-26 Edgar Kennedy, American actor and director (My Old Dutch), born in Monterey County, California (d. 1948)
  • 1890-06-09 Leslie Banks, English actor and director (Jamaica Inn, 48 Hours)
  • 1891-02-03 Peter H "Paul" Huf, actor and director (Great Neth Stage)
  • 1891-04-15 Wallace Reid, American actor, director and screenwriter referred to as "the screen's most perfect lover" (Every Inch a Man), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1923)
  • 1891-06-24 Irving Pichel, actor and director (Mme Butterfly, Oliver Twist), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1892-01-06 Ludwig Berger, German film director and cinematographer (The Thief of Bagdad), born in Mainz (d. 1969)
  • 1892-01-14 Hal Roach, American producer & director (1 Million BC), born in Elmira, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1892-01-29 Ernst Lubitsch, German actor, producer and film director (To Be or Not to Be, Love Parade), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1947)
  • 1892-06-30 Pierre Blanchar, Algerian actor and director (Magnificent Sinner, Wooden Crosses,, Pastoral Symphony), born in Philippeville, Constantine, France (d. 1963)
  • 1892-08-21 Charles Vanel, French actor and director (Wages of Fear), born in Rennes, France (d. 1989)
  • 1892-09-22 Billy West [Roy B Weissburg], Russian actor, Charlie Chaplin impersonator and silent film director (Further Perils of Laurel & Hardy), born in Russia (d. 1975)

Person of interestElmer Rice

1892-09-28 Elmer Rice, American playwright (Pulitzer-Street Scene) and novelist, born in NYC, New York

Playwright and Novelist Elmer Rice
Playwright and Novelist
Elmer Rice
  • 1892-09-28 Ruth Stonehouse, American silent film actress and director (Dorothy Dares), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1941)
  • 1892-10-04 Luis Trenker, South Tyrolean film producer, director and actor (Berge in Flammen), born in Urtijëi, Tyrol (d. 1990)
  • 1892-10-07 Dwain Esper, American film director (The Seventh Commandment), born in Washington State (d. 1982)
  • 1892-11-07 Edward Sedgwick, American film director (The Flaming Frontier, Let 'er Buck), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1953)
  • 1893-02-21 Vsevolod Pudovkin, Soviet film director/theorist (Mother, Deserter)
  • 1893-04-20 Harold Lloyd sr, American silent film actor, comedian, and director (Why Worry, Safety Last!), born in Burchard, Nebraska (d. 1971)
  • 1893-07-02 August Maes, Flemish actor and director (Shylock-Hamlet) (d. 1979)
  • 1893-10-20 Charley Chase, American comedian, actor and director (d. 1940)

Person of interestMerian C. Cooper

1893-10-24 Merian C. Cooper, American film director and producer (King Kong) and aviator (Kościuszko Squadron, Director-Pan American Airways), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1973)

Film Director and Producer Merian C. Cooper
Film Director and Producer
Merian C. Cooper
  • 1893-11-06 August Defresne, Dutch playwright and director (Uninhabited Island), born in Maastricht, Netherlands (d. 1961)
  • 1894-02-08 King Vidor, American film director (War & Peace, Stella Dallas), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1982)
  • 1894-08-13 Ferdinand Sassen, Dutch philosopher and director, born in Lugano, Switzerland (d. 1971)
  • 1894-09-15 Jean Renoir, French film director (Madame Bovary, Nana, Grand Illusion) and actor (Rules of the Game), born in Paris (d. 1979)
  • 1895-02-28 Marcel Pagnol, French playwright/director (Marchands de Gloire)
  • 1895-06-03 Zoltan Korda, Hungarian-British film director (Jungle Book, 4 Feathers), born in Pusztatúrpásztó, Austria-Hungary (d. 1961)
  • 1895-09-30 Lewis Milestone, Russian-born film director (d. 1980)
  • 1895-11-29 Yakima Canutt [Enos Edward], American rodeo cowboy, actor and director (Texas Terror), born in Colfax, Washington (d. 1986)
  • 1896-01-01 Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japanese actor and director (Gate of Hell, A Page of Madness, Jujiro, Jigoku-mon), born in Mie Ken, Japan (d. 1982)

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1906-03-14 Film director D. W. Griffith (31) weds Linda Arvidson (21) at Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts

Film Director D. W. Griffith
Film Director
D. W. Griffith

LoveWedding of Interest

1920-07-03 Film director John Ford (26) weds Mary Smith (25)

Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford

LoveWedding of Interest

1923-11-25 Film director Frank Capra (26) weds actress Helen Howell in San Francisco, California

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra

LoveWedding of Interest

1926-12-02 Film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock (27) weds director Alma Reville (27) at Brompton Oratory in London

LoveWedding of Interest

1930-06-28 Film director David Lean (22) weds his first cousin Isabel Lean

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
  • 1932-02-01 Film director Frank Capra (34) weds secretary Lucille Reyburn
  • 1932-08-03 Austro-Hungarian-American theatre and film director Otto Preminger (26) weds Marion Mill

LoveWedding of Interest

1932-09-30 Actor and director Ray Milland (27) weds Muriel Frances Weber

LoveWedding of Interest

1948-05-28 Film director Stanley Kubrick (19) weds high school sweetheart Toba Metz

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick

LoveWedding of Interest

1953-02-14 Actress Agnes Moorehead (52) weds actor & film director Robert Gist (35)

LoveWedding of Interest

1958-09-22 Film director Sydney Pollack (24) weds actress Claire Bradley Griswold (22)

Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film Director, Producer and Actor
Sydney Pollack

LoveWedding of Interest

1964-08-05 Film director Mel Brooks (38) weds actress Anne Bancroft (32) at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
Actor & Director
Mel Brooks
Actress Anne Bancroft
Actress
Anne Bancroft
  • 1964-09-24 American actress Jayne Mansfield (31) weds American film producer and director Matt Cimber (28) in Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico; divorce in 1966

LoveWedding of Interest

1965-08-14 Former fashion model and fitness guru Jane Fonda (27) weds director and producer Roger Vadim (37) in Las Vegas

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda

LoveWedding of Interest

1968-01-20 Actress Sharon Tate (24) weds actor and director Roman Polanski (34) in Chelsea, London

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
Film Director Roman Polanski
Film Director
Roman Polanski

LoveWedding of Interest

1970-10-31 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) weds singer Michelle Phillips (26) in Mexico

Actor and Director Dennis Hopper
Actor and Director
Dennis Hopper

LoveWedding of Interest

1971-04-10 Actress Penny Marshall marries actor and director Rob Reiner

Actor and Director Penny Marshall
Actor and Director
Penny Marshall

LoveWedding of Interest

1976-04-14 The Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein (32) weds writer and director Nora Ephron (34) at a civil ceremony in Manhattan

Investigative Reporter Carl Bernstein
Investigative Reporter
Carl Bernstein
  • 1978-11-04 "The Nanny" actress Fran Drescher (20) weds writer and director Peter Marc Jacobson (20)

LoveWedding of Interest

1979-01-01 Film director John Carpenter (30) weds actress Adrienne Barbeau (33)

Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter

LoveWedding of Interest

1983-08-06 Film director Philippe de Broca (50) weds actress Margot Kidder (34) in France

Film Director Philippe de Broca
Film Director
Philippe de Broca
  • 1988-04-29 "60 Minutes" newscaster Diane Sawyer weds film director Mike Nichols

LoveWedding of Interest

1989-02-24 Film director Tim Burton (30) weds photographer Lena Gieseke

Film Director Tim Burton
Film Director
Tim Burton

LoveWedding of Interest

1989-12-15 Actor and director George Clooney (28) weds actress Talia Balsam (30) in Las Vegas

  • 1990-12-01 Film director John Carpenter (36) weds producer Sandy King
  • 1995-09-30 "Judging Amy" actress Amy Brenneman (31) weds TV and film director Brad Silberling (32)

LoveWedding of Interest

1996-03-31 Actor and director Clint Eastwood (65) weds news anchor Dina Ruiz (30) in Las Vegas

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood

LoveWedding of Interest

1998-11-22 "Titanic" actress Kate Winslet (23) weds assistant film director Jim Threapleton (25) at All Saints Church in Reading, England

Actress Kate Winslet
Actress
Kate Winslet

LoveWedding of Interest

1999-06-12 Actor and film director David Arquette (27) weds "Friends" actress Courteney Cox (34) at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California

Actress Courteney Cox
Actress
Courteney Cox
  • 2000-05-20 "Benny and Joon" actress Mary Stuart Masterson (33) weds film director Damon Santostefano
  • 2000-11-24 Actor, screenwriter and director Jon Favreau (34) weds physician Joya Tillem (30) in Sonoma, California

LoveWedding of Interest

2000-12-22 Pop singer Madonna (42) weds film director Guy Ritchie (32) at Skibo Castle in Scotland

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • 2001-01-20 "Fast Lane" actor Peter Facinelli (27) weds actress and director Jennie Garth (28) at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Montecito, California
  • 2003-05-24 Actor and film director Kenneth Branagh (42) weds film art director Lindsay Brunnock in a secret ceremony

LoveWedding of Interest

2003-08-22 Film director Leni Riefenstahl (101) weds cinematographer Horst Kettner (59)

Film director Leni Riefenstahl
Film director
Leni Riefenstahl

LoveWedding of Interest

2005-06-29 American actress Jennifer Garner (33) weds actor and film director Ben Affleck (32) at the Parrot Cay resort on Turks and Caicos Islands

LoveWedding of Interest

2006-04-08 Former Miss USA and "Eve" actress Ali Landry (32) weds film director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde (28) in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Actress and Beauty Queen Ali Landry
Actress and Beauty Queen
Ali Landry
  • 2006-04-29 "The O.C." actress Amanda Righetti (23) weds film director and writer Jordan Alan in Oahu, Hawaii
  • 2007-05-05 Actress and singer Brittany Murphy (29) weds writer and director Simon Monjack (37) at their home in Los Angeles City

LoveWedding of Interest

2009-07-11 Actor and film director Robert Redford (71) weds artist Sibylle Szaggars (51) at the luxurious Louis C. Jacob Hotel in Hamburg, Germany

LoveWedding of Interest

2009-08-22 Actress and model Milla Jovovich (36) weds film director Paul W. S. Anderson (47) in Beverly Hills, California

  • 2010-08-21 Actor and director Stephen Moyer (41) weds actress Anna Paquin (28) at a private estate in Malibu
  • 2011-06-27 Actress America Ferrera (28) weds actor and director Ryan Piers Williams (31) in New York
  • 2012-06-21 Actor Aaron Johnson (22) weds film director and artist Sam Taylor Wood (45) in Somerset
  • 2013-04-24 Actress and director Melissa Gilbert (48) weds actor Timothy Busfield (55) at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2013-12-21 Actress and model Teresa Palmer (27) weds actor/director Mark Webber (33) in Mexico
  • 2016-10-10 Actor and director Shia LaBeouf (30) weds "Nymphomaniac" co-star Mia Goth (23) at Viva Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2016-12-10 Actress Troian Bellisario (31) weds actor and director Patrick J. Adams (35) in Santa Barbara, California

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1936-03-02 Film director D. W. Griffith (61) divorces Linda Arvidson (50) after 30 years of marriage

Film Director D. W. Griffith
Film Director
D. W. Griffith

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1958-03-11 Actress Agnes Moorehead (57) divorces actor and film director Robert Gist (40) after 5 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1970-11-08 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) divorces singer Michelle Phillips (26) only 8 days after getting married

Actor and Director Dennis Hopper
Actor and Director
Dennis Hopper

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1984-09-14 Film director John Carpenter (36) and actress Adrienne Barbeau (39) divorce after 5 years of marriage

Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter
  • 2000-05-25 Television producer and director Mark Tinker (49) divorces actress and painter Kristin Harmon (54) after 12 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2001-12-13 Oscar winning-actress Kate Winslet (26) divorces assistant film director Jim Threapleton (28) due to unreasonable behavior after 3 years of marriage

Actress Kate Winslet
Actress
Kate Winslet

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2008-12-15 Pop singer Madonna (50) divorces film director Guy Ritchie (40) due to unreasonable behavior after almost 8 years of marriage

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • 2010-01-14 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (73) divorces his fifth wife Victoria Duffy due to irreconcilable differences and out-of-control spending

Deaths in Film & TV

Deaths 1 - 100 of 540

  • 1778-06-16 Konrad Ekhof [Hans Konrad Dieterich Eckhof], German actor and director, dies at 57
  • 1802-06-28 Johann Jakob Engel, German author (Herr Lorenz Stark), dies at 60
  • 1823-02-26 John Philip Kemble, British actor and director (Drury Lane, Covent Garden), dies at 66
  • 1914-03-23 Teunis Stoel, Dutch actor and director (Small Theater), dies at 62
  • 1922-02-01 William Desmond Taylor [Deane-Tanner], Irish director & actor (The Awakening, Broken Coin), murdered at 49
  • 1922-05-29 Yevgeny Vakhtangov, Armenian-Russian theatrical director of the Moscow Art Theatre (Vakhtangov Theatre), dies of cancer at 39
  • 1923-01-18 Wallace Reid, American actor, director and screenwriter referred to as "the screen's most perfect lover" (Every Inch a Man), dies from morphine addiction at 31
  • 1923-04-09 Mauritius H Binger, director and producer (Living Ladder), dies
  • 1924-11-19 Thomas Ince, American film director (b. 1882)
  • 1925-11-01 Max Linder [Gabriel-Maximilien Leuvielle], French actor, comic and director (Seven Years Bad Luck: Max Prend un Bain), commits suicide at 41
  • 1926-11-01 Louis H Chrispijn, Dutch actor and director (Krates), dies at 72
  • 1927-09-20 George Nichols, American director and actor (His Favorite Pastime, Star Boarder), dies at 62 or 63
  • 1928-10-08 Larry Semon, American comedian and director (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 39
  • 1928-11-08 Mauritz Stiller [Moshe Stiller], Swedish actor and director (The Saga of Gösta Berling, Erotikon), dies from an infective pleurisy at 45
  • 1930-02-23 Mabel Normand [Muriel Fortescue], American silent-film actress, director and comedienne (Mickey), dies of tuberculosis at 35
  • 1930-10-24 Renaat Verheijen, Flemish actor and director (Dr Faustus), dies at 26
  • 1931-03-11 F.W. Murnau, German film director (b. 1888)
  • 1934-10-05 Jean Vigo, French actor and director (Zero For Conduct, L'Atlante), dies of complications from tuberculosis at 29
  • 1935-03-10 Barend Barendse, Dutch actor and director (Heilig recht), dies at 82
  • 1936-01-09 John Gilbert, American actor, screenwriter and director (The Hater of Men, Man, Woman and Sin), dies from a heart attack at 40
  • 1939-11-13 Lois Weber, American film director who became the first American woman to direct a full feature-length film (The Merchant of Venice) and the first to own her own studio, dies of a stomach ulcer at 60
  • 1940-02-02 Vsevolod Meyerhold [Karl Kasimir Theodor], Russian theatrical director and actor (Houligan), executed during the Great Purge at 65
  • 1940-05-25 Joe De Grasse, Canadian film director, dies at 67
  • 1940-09-10 Edward LeSaint, American actor and director (Modern Times, The Dumb Messenger), dies at 69
  • 1941-10-26 Victor Schertzinger, American composer and director (Uptown NY), dies at 53
  • 1942-11-11 Hector Abbas, Flemish actor and director (Rosa Lynd Company), dies at 58
  • 1943-04-25 Vladimir Ivanovich Nemirovich-Danchenko, playwright/director, dies
  • 1943-10-07 Eugeniusz Bodo [Bohdan Eugène Junod], Polish film director, producer and comedic actor, dies in the Gulag at 43
  • 1945-03-04 Mark Sandrich, American film director, writer and producer (b. 1900)
  • 1947-02-03 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano/director, dies at 74
  • 1947-02-12 Sidney Toler, American actor, director and playwright (Madame X, Meeting at Midnight), dies at 72
  • 1947-03-20 Sigurd Wallén, Swedish actor and film director (Ebberöds bank, Med folket för fosterlandet), dies at 62
  • 1947-07-15 Henry Kolker, German-American actor and director (Holiday, Baby Face, Mad Love), dies at 72
  • 1947-11-30 Ernst Lubitsch, German actor, producer and film director (To Be or Not to Be, Love Parade, Anna Boleyn, Ninotchka), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • 1948-03-03 Antonin Artaud, French songwriter and director (Theatre Seraphin), dies at 51
  • 1948-07-11 King Baggot, American actor and director (Tumbleweeds), dies at 68

Person of interestD. W. Griffith

1948-07-23 D.W. Griffith, American director and producer, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 73

Film Director D. W. Griffith
Film Director
D. W. Griffith
  • 1948-09-13 Paul Wegener, German actor and director (The Golem, The Student of Prague), dies at 73
  • 1948-11-23 Stanner E.V. Taylor, American director and screenwriter (Lucky Jim, Ramona), dies at 71

Person of interestVictor Fleming

1949-01-06 Victor Fleming, American film director (The Wizard of Oz, Gone With Wind), dies at 65

Director Victor Fleming
Director
Victor Fleming
  • 1949-08-09 Harry Davenport, American actor and director (Her Unborn Child, My Sin), dies at 83
  • 1949-09-22 Sam Wood, American communist fighter and director (For Whom the Bell Tolls), dies at 66
  • 1949-12-16 Sidney Olcott, Canadian film director (Ben Hur), dies at 76
  • 1951-04-04 Al Christie, Canadian film director and producer (b. 1881)
  • 1951-09-29 Bradley Barker, American silent actor and film director, dies at 68
  • 1952-03-11 Pierre Renoir, French stage and film actor and director (b. 1885)
  • 1953-01-04 Arthur Hoyt, American actor and director (Gold Dust Gertie, Goldie Get Along), dies at 79
  • 1953-03-07 Edward Sedgwick, American film director (The Flaming Frontier, Let 'er Buck), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 1953-05-24 Cor Hermus, Dutch actor, director and writer (Bleeke Bet, William of Orange, Jantes), dies at 63
  • 1954-07-06 Dirk Verbeek, Dutch actor and director (Hofstad Stage), dies at 70
  • 1956-08-24 Kenji Mizoguchi, Japanese film director (b. 1898)
  • 1957-05-12 Erich von Stroheim, Austrian-American film director and actor (Greed; La Grande Illusion; Sunset Boulevard), dies of prostate cancer at 71
  • 1957-05-29 James Whale, English film director (Frankenstein, Show Boat), commits suicide by drowning at 67
  • 1959-04-02 Benjamin Christensen, Danish actor (Barnet, Mockery) and film director (Häxan), dies at 79
  • 1959-04-18 Irving Cummings, American silent screen actor & director (In Old Ariz), dies at 70
  • 1959-08-06 Preston Sturges [Edmund Biden], American director and screenwriter (Sullivan's Travels), dies at 60
  • 1959-11-25 Jean Grémillon, French film director, dies at 58
  • 1960-01-20 Matt Moore, Irish-American actor and director (Coquette, Deluge), dies at 72

Person of interestFrank Lloyd

1960-08-10 Frank Lloyd, Scottish actor and director (Mutiny on Bounty, Oliver Twist, Blood on the Sun), dies at 74

Actor and Director Frank Lloyd
Actor and Director
Frank Lloyd
  • 1960-11-05 Mack Sennett, director and producer (Keystone Cops), dies
  • 1960-12-14 Gregory Ratoff, Russian producer, director and actor (Exodus, Skyscraper Souls, Corsican Brothers), dies of leukemia at 63
  • 1961-02-11 Eduard R Verkade, Dutch actor and director (Pygmalion), dies at 82
  • 1961-03-06 Kjeld Abell, Danish playwright and director (Tivoli), dies at 59
  • 1961-04-02 August Defresne, Dutch playwright and director (Anno Christi 969), dies at 67
  • 1961-06-02 Peter H "Paul" Huf, actor and director (Dutch Comedy), dies at 70
  • 1961-06-27 Paul Guilfoyle, American actor and director (White Heat, Cyrano de Bergerac), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1961-08-11 Antanas Škėma, Lithuanian writer actor and director (b. 1910)
  • 1961-10-13 Zoltan Korda, Hungarian-British film director (Jungle Book, 4 Feathers), dies at 66
  • 1962-01-15 Kenneth MacKenna, American actor and director (Judgment at Nuremberg, Those We Love), dies of cancer at 62
  • 1962-03-23 Val Paul, American actor and director (Suspense, The Phantom Thief), dies at 75
  • 1962-06-09 Henry Kendall, British director and actor (Amazing Quest, Shadow, Rich & Strange), dies from a heart attack at 65
  • 1962-10-06 Tod Browning, American film director (Dracula), dies at 82
  • 1963-01-02 Dick Powell [Richard Ewing Powell], American singer, actor, producer and director (Cry Danger, Dick Powell Theater), dies from cancer at 58
  • 1963-01-27 John Farrow, Australian director and actor (Botany Bay, Wake Island), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • 1963-09-03 Cruys Voorbergh [Ernest Pieter Coningh], Dutch actor and director (De vliegende Hollander, Flying Dutchman), dies from cardiac arrest at 64
  • 1963-10-07 Gustaf Gründgens, German actor and director (M, Faust, A Glass of Water), dies from an internal hemorrhage at 63
  • 1963-11-21 Pierre Blanchar, Algerian actor and director (Magnificent Sinner, Wooden Crosses,, Pastoral Symphony), dies from a brain tumor at 71
  • 1963-12-12 Yasujiro Ozu, Japanese film director (b. 1903)
  • 1964-06-14 [Hei]ko E Arnoldi, actor and director (3 Drops of Water), dies at 81
  • 1964-10-10 Guru Dutt [Vasanth Padukone], Indian Bollywood actor, regarded as one of the greatest film directors of all time (Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool), dies from an accidental overdose at 39
  • 1964-11-14 Hendrik Gerrit Cannegieter, meteorology/director KNMI, dies at 85
  • 1966-02-18 Robert Rossen, American screenwriter, producer, and director (b. 1908)
  • 1966-07-30 Edward Gordon Craig, British modernist actor, director and theorist (On the art of theatre), dies at 94
  • 1966-12-14 Richard Whorf, American actor & director (Yankee Doodle Dandy, Keeper of Flame), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 1967-02-13 Forough Farrokhzad, Iranian pre-eminent poet and film director, dies in a car crash at 32
  • 1967-02-15 Antonio Moreno, Spanish actor and director (It, Careers), dies at 79
  • 1967-04-29 Anthony Mann, American film actor and director (El Cid, Winchester '73, The Glenn Miller Story), dies from a heart attack at 60

Person of interestElmer Rice

1967-05-08 Elmer Rice, American playwright (Pulitzer-Street Scene) and novelist, dies at 74

Playwright and Novelist Elmer Rice
Playwright and Novelist
Elmer Rice
  • 1967-10-29 Julien Duvivier, French film director (La Bandera), dies at 71
  • 1968-02-11 Howard Lindsay, American playwright, actor and director (State of the Union), dies at 78
  • 1968-02-20 Anthony Asquith, British film director (Court Martial), dies at 65
  • 1968-03-24 Alice Guy-Blaché, French film director who was the first woman to direct a film (The Fairy of the Cabbages), dies at 94
  • 1968-12-01 Hugo Haas, Czechoslovakian actor and director (Bait, Pick Up, 2 Smart People), dies of asthma at 66
  • 1969-01-30 Allen Dulles, American Central Intelligence Agency director (1953-1961), dies of influenza complicated by pneumonia at 75
  • 1969-04-18 Piotr F. Scharoff, Russian-Italian actor & director (Chechov), dies at 82
  • 1969-05-03 Karl Freund, German cinematographer and film director (Dracula, I love Lucy, The Mummy), dies at 79
  • 1969-05-18 Ludwig Berger, German film director & cinematographer (The Thief of Bagdad), dies at 77
  • 1969-07-05 Leo McCarey, American film director (The Awful Truth), dies at 70
  • 1969-07-09 Rob de Vries, actor and director (Ciske de Rat, Silent Raid), dies at 51
  • 1969-08-09 Robert Lehman, US multi-millionaire/director (Met Museum of Art), dies

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