This Week in Film History 30th November

This Week in Film History: 30th November – 6th December

We love to celebrate the history of cinema here at More Movies and we really enjoy delving in to the rich history of film. Each week, we like to highlight some of the most interesting moments in cinema, including milestone releases, births and deaths of the industry’s most notable characters, along with other historic events. This week we cover the period between 30th November – 6th December.

American actor William Gaxton, famous for his roles in Destry and Convoy, was born in San Francisco.
2nd December, 1890

American actress Agnes Moorehead, famous for playing Endora in Bewitched, was born in Clinton, Massachusetts.
6th December, 1900

American animator Walt Disney, co-founder of Walt Disney Co., was born in Chicago, Illinois.
5th December, 1901

English actor Charles Hawtrey, most famous for his role in the Carry On films, was born in Hounslow, England.
30th November, 1914

French actor Gérard Philipe, famous for his role in Caligula and Devil in the Flesh, was born in Cannes, France.
4th December, 1922

Greek-American actor George Savalas, brother of Telly Savalas and famous for his role in Kelly’s Heroes, was born in The Bronx.
5th December, 1924

American actor Richard Crenna, famous for his roles in First Blood, Summer Rental and Sand Pebbles, was born in Los Angeles.
30th November, 1926

French director Jean-Luc Godard, famous for his films Alphaville, Hail Mary and Breathless, was born in Paris.
3rd December, 1930

Fred Astaire’s 1st film, Dancing Lady, released.
2nd December, 1933

German actor Horst Buchholz, famous for his roles in The Magnificent 7 and Raid on Entebbe, was born in Berlin.
4th December, 1933

Belgian actor Patrick Bauchau, most famous for his role as Scarpine in A View To Kill, was born in Brussels.
6th December, 1938

Film director Terrence Malick, known for films including Badlands and The Tree of Life, was born in Ottawa, Illinois.
30th November, 1943

American film director and actor Woody Allen, famous for Manhattan and Annie Hall, was born in Brooklyn, New York.
1st December, 1935

English film director Ridley Scott, famous for his films Alien and Blade Runner, was born in South Shields, England.
30th November, 1937

American actress and singer Bette Midler, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1st December, 1945

American actor Jeff Bridges, famous for roles in Crazy Heart, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot and The Big Lebowski, was born in Los Angeles.
4th December, 1949

American actor Keith Szarabajka, famous for his role in The Equalizer and The Dark Knight, was born in Oak Park, Illinois.
2nd December, 1952

Cherokee actor Chief Thundercloud, famous for his roles in The Lone Ranger and Colt .45, died from stomach cancer aged 57.
1st December, 1955

Canadian actress Melody Anderson, most famous for her role in Flash Gordon, was born in Edmonton, Alberta.
3rd December, 1955

Cuban-American actor Steven Bauer, most famous for his roles in Scarface and Thief of Hearts, was born in Havana, Cuba.
2nd December, 1956

American actor Brian Backer, most famous for his role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, was born in Brooklyn.
5th December, 1956

British filmmaker and animator Nick Park, most famous for his Wallace and Gromit films, was born in Preston, Lancashire.
6th December, 1958

American actress Julianne Moore, most famous for her roles in Magnolia and Boogie Nights, was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
3rd December, 1960

American actress Marisa Tomei, most famous for her role in My Cousin Vinny, was born in Brooklyn.
4th December, 1964

American actor Ben Stiller, most famous for his roles in Dodgeball, Zoolander and Tropic Thunder, was born in New York City.
30th November, 1965

American actor Bert Lahr, most famous for playing The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, died aged 72.
4th December, 1967

American actor Brendan Fraser, most famous for his role in The Mummy films, was born in Indianapolis, Indiana.
3rd December, 1968

American comedian and actor Zeppo Marx of the Marx Brothers, died aged 78.
30th November, 1979

American actress Anna Chlumsky, most famous for her leading role in My Girl, was born in Chicago.
3rd December, 1980

Gandhi, directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Ben Kingsley and John Gielgud, premiered in New Delhi.
30th November, 1982

Tootsie, directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange, premiered in Hollywood.
1st December, 1982

American director and producer Robert Aldrich, famous for The Dirty Dozen, and Last Sunset, died aged 65.
5th December, 1983

Beverly Hills Cop, directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold, premiered in Los Angeles.
1st December, 1984

American actor Frankie Muniz, famous for the Agent Cody Banks films, was born in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey.
5th December, 1985

American actor Robert Cummings, famous for his roles in Love that Bob and Dial M For Murder, died of kidney failure aged 80.
2nd December, 1990

Italian actor Gian Maria Volontè, famous for his role in A Fistful of Dollars, died aged 61.
6th December, 1994

British actor Richard Vernon, famous for supporting roles in many films such as Gandhi and Hard Days Night, died aged 72.
4th December, 1997

Ocean’s Eleven, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts, premiered in Westwood, California.
5th December, 2001

The Two Towers, the 2nd Lord of the Rings film, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen, premiered in New York.
5th December, 2002

Adaptation, directed by Spike Jonze and starring Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep, premiered.
6th December, 2002

The Return of the King, the 3rd and final film in the Lord of the Rings series, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen, premiered in Wellington, New Zealand.
1st December, 2003

Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy little black dress from film Breakfast at Tiffany’s auctioned for charity for a record £467,200 ($923,187) at Christie’s, London.
5th December, 2006

Dutch-American actress Nina Foch, famous for her roles in The Ten Commandments, Spartacus and An American in Paris, died aged 84.
5th December, 2008

American actor Paul Walker, famous for his role in The Fast and the Furious film series, tragically dies in a car accident aged 40.
30th November, 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the 2nd film in the Hobbit series, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, premiered in Los Angeles.
2nd December, 2013

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, the 3rd and final Hobbit film, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, premiered in London.
1st December, 2014

Disney announces it has cast Chinese actress Liu Yifei to play Mulan in up-coming live action film.
30th November, 2017

Computer-animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse premieres in Los Angeles.
1st December, 2018

Well there we have our picks for this week in film history. Be sure to check back next week for some more fun film facts and tidbits. 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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