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This Week in Film History: 1st – 7th March

We love to celebrate the history of cinema here at More Movies and we really enjoy delving in to the rich history of the film industry. Each week, we like to highlight some of the most interesting moments in the world of movies, including milestone releases, births and deaths of the industry’s most notable characters, along with other historic happenings. This week we cover the period between 1st – 7th March.

American actor Bill Nestell, famous for his roles in Leather Burners, Dangerous Venture and Buckskin Frontier, was born in San Francisco, California
3rd March, 1893

British actor Henry Daniell, famous for his roles in The Great Dictator, Camille and The Philadelphia Story, was born in London
5th March, 1894

British dramatist, actor and writer Hugh Williams, famous for his roles in Wuthering Heights, Secret Mission and Bank Holiday, was born in East Sussex, England
6th March, 1904

American actor Edgar Barrier, famous for his roles in Phantom of the Opera, Macbeth and Rocky, was born in New York City
4th March, 1907

English actor Rex Harrison, famous for his roles in My Fair Lady, Dr Doolittle and Cleopatra, was born in Huyton, Liverpool
5th March, 1908

Italian actress Anna Magnani, famous for her roles in The Rose Tattoo, Miracle and Wild is the Wind, was born in Rome
7th March, 1908

British actor David Niven, famous for his roles in Casino Royale, The Pink Panther and Around the World in 80 Days, was born in London
1st March, 1910

American actress Jean Harlow, famous for her roles in Red Dust, Dinner at Eight and Bombshell, was born in Kansas City, Missouri
3rd March, 1911

English comedian and actor Frankie Howerd, most famous for his roles in the Carry On films, was born in Fulham, London
6th March, 1917

American actress Jennifer Jones, famous for her roles in Duel in the Sun, A Farewell to Arms and The Towering Inferno, was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
2nd March, 1919

Canadian actor James Doohan, most famous for his roles as “Scotty” in the Star Trek films, was born in Vancouver, British Columbia
3rd March, 1920

British director, producer and screenwriter Lewis Gilbert, famous for his films You Only Live Twice and Sink the Bismarck!, was born in London
6th March, 1920

British film director Jack Clayton, known for his films The Innocents, Room at the Top and The Great Gatsby, was born in Brighton, England
1st March, 1921

Nosferatu, the first vampire film and a loose adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, premiered at Berlin’s Zoological Garden
4th March, 1922

British actor Richard Vernon, known for his roles in Village of the Damned, Gandhi and A Hard Days Night, was born in Reading, England
3rd March, 1925

King Kong, directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack and starring Fay Wray, premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York City
2nd March, 1933

American actress Anne Haney, famous for her roles in Mrs. Doubtfire, The American President and Liar Liar, was born in Memphis, Tennessee
4th March, 1934

American actor Robert Conrad, famous for his roles in Wild Wild West, Jingle All The Way and The Lady in Red, was born in Chicago, Illinois
1st March, 1935

British actor Frank Vosper, famous for his roles in Love from a Stranger, The Man Who Knew Too Much and Rome Express, died at sea aged 37
6th March, 1937

American actor John Heard, famous for his roles in Home Alone, Cat People and Big, was born in Washington, D.C.
7th March, 1945

American actor and director Ron Howard, famous for directing Solo: A Star Wars Story, Rush and Apollo 13, was born in Duncan, Oklahoma
1st March, 1954

Canadian actress Catherine O’Hara, famous for her roles in Home Alone, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Beetlejuice, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
4th March, 1954

American actor Bryan Cranston, famous for his roles in The Upside, Trumbo and Why Him?, was born in Canoga Park, California
7th March, 1956

American actor Edward “Eddie” Deezen, famous for playing “geeky” characters in films such as Grease, I Wanna Hold Your Hand and WarGames, was born in Cumberland, Maryland
6th March, 1957

British actress Miranda Richardson, famous for her roles in Sleepy Hollow, Damage and The Crying Game, was born in Southport, England
3rd March, 1958

English comedian & actor Rik Mayall, famous for his roles in Drop Dead Fred, The Wind in the Willows and Little Noises, was born in Epping, Essex
7th March, 1958

British actor Eric Blore, famous for his roles in Top Hat, The Gay Divorcee and Shall We Dance, died aged 70
2nd March, 1959

The Sound of Music, one of the most popular musical films of all time starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, was released in the U.S.
2nd March, 1965

English filmmaker Paul W. S. Anderson, famous for his films Event Horizon, Mortal Kombat and Death Race, was born in Northumberland, England
4th March, 1965

English actor Daniel Craig, most famous for being the 7th official actor to portray James Bond, but also for films such as Knives Out and Layer Cake, was born in Chester, England
2nd March, 1968

Airport, directed by George Seaton and starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin, was released in the U.S.
5th March, 1970

American actor William Hopper, famous for his roles in Perry Mason, The Bad Seed and Rebel Without a Cause, died of pneumonia aged 55
6th March, 1970

English actress Rachel Weisz, famous for her roles in The Mummy, The Constant Gardener and The Favourite, was born in London
7th March, 1970

English actor Jack Davenport, famous for his roles in Pirates of the Caribbean The Talented Mr. Ripley and Kingsman: The Secret Secrvice, was born in London
1st March, 1973

American actor Kevin Connolly, famous for his roles in Entourage, Rocky V and The Notebook, was born in Patchogue, New York
5th March, 1974

American actress Eva Mendes, famous for her roles in Training Day, 2 Fast 2 Furious and Hitch, was born in Miami, Florida
5th March, 1974

Bette Davis becomes the first woman to receive American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award
2nd March, 1977

Charlie Chaplin’s coffin and remains are stolen from a Swiss cemetery in an extortion plot
1st March, 1978

Australian actress and producer Rebel Wilson, famous for her roles in Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids and Jojo Rabbit, was born in Sydney, Australia
2nd March, 1980

American actress Jessica Biel, famous for her roles in Blade: Trinity, Next and Total Recall, was born in Ely, Minnesota
3rd March, 1982

American actor Jackie Coogan, famous for his roles in Tom Sawyer, The Kid and Oliver Twist, died aged 69
1st March, 1984

British actor Henry Wilcoxon, famous for his roles in Cleopatra, Jericho and The Ten Commandments, died aged 78
6th March, 1984

American actor Randolph Scott, famous for his roles in Ride the High Country, Last of the Mohicans and Ride Lonesome, died aged 89
2nd March, 1987

American actor Jake Lloyd, famous for his role as the young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, was born in Fort Collins, Colorado
5th March, 1989

Canadian actor Robert Beatty, famous for his roles in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Where Eagles Dare and Odd Man Out, died aged 82
3rd March, 1992

Canadian actor John Candy, famous for his roles in Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Cool Runnings and Uncle Buck, died from a heart attack aged just 43
4th March, 1994

American film director Stanley Kubrick, famous for his groundbreaking films including 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange and The Shining, died aged 70
7th March, 1999

British actor Charles Gray, famous for his roles in Diamonds Are Forever, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and You Only Live Twice, died aged 71
7th March, 2000

American character actor Walter “Walt” Gorney, famous for roles in Friday the 13th, Trading Places and Cops and Robbers, died aged 91
5th March, 2004

Animated film Ice Age: The Meltdown, directed by Carlos Saldanha with voices by Ray Romano and John Leguizamo, premiered in Belgium
1st March, 2006

British actor Jack Wild, most famous for his role as the Artful Dodger in Oliver!, but also known for Flight of the Doves and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, died aged 53
1st March, 2006

American composer Leonard Rosenman, known for his scores for Rebel Without A Cause and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, died aged 83
4th March, 2008

Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska, was released in the U.S.
3rd March, 2010

American conceptual designer Ralph McQuarrie, most famous for his conceptual art work on the Star Wars films, died aged 82
3rd March, 2012

Harrison Ford crash-lands his 1942 Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR aeroplane in California. “Fly?… yes. Land…no!” Well, just about!
5th March, 2015

American actor Luke Perry, famous for his roles in The Fifth Element, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, died after a stroke aged 52
4th March, 2019

Well, there we have our picks for this week!

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David Roberts
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