This Week in Film History 28th Sept
This Week in Film History 28th Sept

This Week in Film History – 28th Sept – 4th Oct

We love to celebrate the history of cinema here at More Movies and enjoy delving in to the rich history of film. Each week, we like to highlight some of the most important moments in the history of cinema, including milestone releases, births and deaths of the industry’s most notable characters, along with other notable events. This week we cover the period between 28th September and 4th of October.

Buster Keaton Born

Buster Keaton Born

Born Joseph Frank Keaton in Piqua, Kansas, U.S. Keaton would become one of the first and best loved stars of the silver screen.
4th October, 1895
Charlton Heston Born

Charlton Heston Born

Hollywood icon Charlton Heston is born in Evanston, Illinois, U.S. He appeared in almost 100 films over the course of a 60 year career.
4th October, 1923
Marcello Mastroianni Born

Marcello Mastroianni Born

Italian actor Mastroianni, who would become one of the coolest stars of European cinema is born in Fontana Liri, Italy. His work with Federico Fellini would become seminal in films such as La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2.
28th September, 1924
George Peppard Born

George Peppard Born

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Peppard became famous for his roles in films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Carpetbaggers. He was more recognisable to later generations as Hannibal Smith in TV’s The A Team.
1st October, 1928
Anita Ekberg Born

Anita Ekberg Born

Swedish actress Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg was born in Malmö. She shot to fame starring in La Dolce Vita in 1960.
29th September, 1931
Brigitte Bardot Born

Brigitte Bardot Born

French actress,singer and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot is born in Paris, France. Famous for portraying sexually emancipated women, she became one of the world’s greatest cultural icons.
28th September, 1934
The Matese Falcon Premieres

The Matese Falcon Premieres

Directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor, this classic film noir was based on the Dashiell Hammett novel of the same name.
3rd October, 1941
Madeline Kahn Born

Madeline Kahn Born

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, the multi-talented Kahn would rise to fame starring in the Mel Brooks’ comedies Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.
29th September, 1942
Mildred Pierce Opens

Mildred Pierce Opens

Starring Joan Crawford and directed by Michael Curtiz, this classic film noir crime drama became a massive hit and won Crawford the Best Actress in a Leading Role Oscar.
28th September, 1945
Susan Sarandon Born

Susan Sarandon Born

Born in Jackson Heights, New York, Sarandon made her feature film debut with Joe in 1970. Since then she has gone on to star in over 160 different film and TV productions.
4th October, 1946
Hamlet Opens

Hamlet Opens

Directed by and starring Laurence Olivier, his film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet opened at Park Avenue Cinema on this date in 1948.
29th September, 1948
A Star is Born Premieres

A Star is Born Premieres

The second version of A Star is Born is released at Pantages Theatre, Hollywood. Starring Judy Garland and James Mason, the film would be remade again in 1976 and 2018.
29th September, 1954
James Dean Dies

James Dean Dies

Most famous for his role as Jim Stark in Rebel Without a Cause, the young actor is killed in a car crash at the age of 24.
30th September, 1955
Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

British filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock premieres his new TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents on CBS in the U.S.
2nd October, 1955
The Bridge Over The River Kwai

The Bridge Over The River Kwai

This powerful Second World War drama film directed by David Lean is released in the U.K. The film stars William Holden, Jack Hawkins and Alec Guniess.
2nd October, 1957
Eric Stoltz Born

Eric Stoltz Born

Born in Whittier, California, Stoltz first rose to fame playing Rocky Dennis alongside Cher in the 1985 film Mask.
30th September, 1961
Night of the Living Dead Premieres

Night of the Living Dead Premieres

George A. Romero’s seminal horror film premieres in Pittsburgh, PA.
1st October, 1968
Zach Galifianakis Born

Zach Galifianakis Born

Funny man Zachary Knight Galifianakis is born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. His most famous role to date is as Alan Garner in the Hangover Trilogy films.
1st October, 1969
Neve Campbell Born

Neve Campbell Born

Canadian actress Neve Campbell was born in Guelph, Ontario. She became a star in the 1990’s starring in a string of hits which led to her most famous role as Sidney Prescott in the Scream franchise.
3rd October, 1973
The Texas Chainsaw Premieres

The Texas Chainsaw Premieres

Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre premieres in his hometown of Austin, Texas, ten days before it’s national release.
1st October, 1974
Marion Cotillard Born

Marion Cotillard Born

French actress Marion Cotillard, famous for films such as Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and La Vie En Rose is born in Paris, France.
30th September, 1975
Alicia Vikander Born

Alicia Vikander Born

Alicia Amanda Vikander is born in Gothenburg, Sweden. She is famous for her roles in A Royal Affair, Jason Bourne and Tomb Raider.
3rd October, 1988
Brie Larson Born

Brie Larson Born

Actress and film director Brie Larson is born in Sacremento, California. Her most well known role is Captain Marvel from the MCU. She currently puts out lots of self-created content on her YouTube channel.
1st October, 1989
Ed Wood Premieres

Ed Wood Premieres

Tim Burton’s tribute to the titular filmmaker starring Johnny Depp and Martin Landau premieres at the New York Film Festival.
28th September, 1994
Gene Autry Dies

Gene Autry Dies

Known as The Singing Cowboy, Autry was an American icon of music, television and film. He passed away at his home in Studio City, California at the age of 91.
2nd October, 1998
Roddy McDowall Dies

Roddy McDowall Dies

English born actor and film director Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall died of lung cancer in his Los Angeles home at the age of 70.
3rd October, 1998
Janet Leigh Dies

Janet Leigh Dies

Star of The Manchurian Candidate, Touch of Evil and Psycho, Janet Leigh dies at home in Los Angeles aged 77.
3rd October, 2004
O.J. Found Guilty

O.J. Found Guilty

American football star and film actor O. J. Simpson is found guilty of kidnapping and robbery.
3rd October, 2008
Tony Curtis Dies

Tony Curtis Dies

American actor Tony Curtis dies of a cardiac arrest at home. Photographed just days beforehand, Curtis requested of photographer Andy Gotts, “Can you make me look like an icon just one more time?”
29th September, 2010
Norman Wisdom Dies

Norman Wisdom Dies

British comedian and film actor Norman Wisdom dies in a nursing home on the Isle of Man at the age of 95.
4th October, 2010

Well there we go folks, that’s our picks for this week in film history. Be sure to join us next week for some more fun film facts. If you think we missed something important, be sure to let us know in the comments.

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Greg Fisher
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