This Week in Film History 12th - 18th October

This Week in Film History – 12th – 18th October

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 interesting 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 12th -18th of October.

American actor Robert Webber, known for his roles in 12 Angry Men and Moonlighting, was born in Santa Ana, California
14th October, 1924

South African-born British character actor Nigel Green, known for his roles in Zulu, Skull, Tobruk and the Ipcress File, was born born in Pretoria, South Africa
15th October, 1924

British actress Angela Lansbury, known for roles in Gaslight and Bedknobs and Broomsticks, was born in London, England
16th October, 1925

British actor Roger Moore, famous for playing James Bond, was born in London
14th October, 1927

American actor and director George C. Scott, known for Patton and Dr. Strangelove, was born in Wise, Virginia
18th October, 1927

Noël Coward’s Cavalcade premieres in London
13th October, 1931

American actor Peter Boyle, known for roles in Young Frankenstein, The Candidate and Taxi Driver, was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
18th October, 1935

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

All About Eve directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Bette Davis and Anne Baxter premieres
13th October, 1950

Around the World in 80 Days, based on the book by Jules Verne, directed by Michael Anderson and starring David Nivon and Cantinflas, premieres in New York
17th October, 1956

Jailhouse Rock, starring Elvis Presley, premieres in Memphis, Tennessee
17th October, 1957

Tim Robbins, famous for roles in Bull Durham and the The Shawshank Redemption, was born in West Covina, California
16th October, 1958

Belgian actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, famous for his roles in Double Impact, Kickboxer and No Retreat, No Surrender was born in Brussels
18th October, 1960

West Side Story, directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, the film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, starring Natalie Wood, is released
18th October, 1961

The Swedish film Persona, directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann, is released
18th October, 1966

Australian actor and singer Hugh Jackman, famous for roles in X-men and The Greatest Showman, was born in Sydney
12th October, 1968

Bullitt directed by Peter Yates and starring Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bisset is first released
17th October, 1968

British comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen, known for his characters Ali G and Borat, was born in London, England
13th October, 1971

Badlands directed by Terrence Malick and starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek premieres at the New York Film Festival
13th October, 1973

American singer and actor Bing Crosby, famous for roles in White Christmas and High Society, dies of a heart attack aged 74
14th October, 1977

English actress Felicity Jones, famous for her role in Rogue One, was born in Birmingham
17th October, 1983

American actor Zac Efron, famous for his roles in High School Musical and 17 Again, was born in California
18th October, 1987

My Own Private Idaho directed and written by Gus van Sant starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves is released
18th October, 1991

Actress Shirley Booth, dies of natural causes aged 94
16th October, 1992

American actor Ed Lauter, famous for roles in The Artist and The Number 23, dies from mesothelioma aged 74
16th October, 2013

Producer Harvey Weinstein is expelled by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after historical revelations of sexual harassment and abuse.
14th October, 2017

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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David Roberts
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