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19th – 25th April: Discover This Fascinating Week in Film History

This week we cover the period between 19th – 25th April as we look back at the the fascinating past of the film industry. We love to celebrate the history of cinema here at More Movies and we really enjoy delving into and highlighting 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.

25th April

American actor Robert Harron, famous for his roles in Birth of a Nation and Intolerance as well as his work in over 200 films in the silent era, was born in New York City
24th April, 1893

French actor Georges Renevant, famous for his roles in Moulin Rouge, Scotland Yard Investigator and Comrade X, was born in Paris
23rd April, 1894

American actress Paula Trueman, famous for her roles in Dirty Dancing, Paint Your Wagon and Annie Hall, was born in New York City
25th April, 1897

American actor Eddie Albert, famous for his roles in Roman Holiday, Green Acres and The Heartbreak Kid, was born in Rock Island, Illinois
22nd April, 1906

Mexican actor Antonio Quinn, famous for his roles in Zorba the Greek, Lawrence of Arabia and Lust for Life, was born in Chihuahua
21st April, 1915

Dutch-American actress Nina Foch, famous for her roles in The Ten Commandments, Spartacus and An American in Paris, was born in Leiden, Netherlands
20th April, 1924

The Passion of Joan of Arc, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer and starring Renée Jeanne Falconetti and Eugène Silvain, was released in Denmark
21st April, 1928

American actress Shirley Temple, famous 1930s child star known for her roles in Bright Eyes, Heidi and The Little Princess, was born in Santa Monica, California
23rd April, 1928

All Quiet on the Western Front, based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Louis Wolheim and Lew Ayres, premiered in Los Angeles
21st April, 1930

US gangster film Public Enemy, starring James Cagney and Jean Harlow, premiered in the U.S.
23rd April, 1931

Shirley Temple appears in her first feature length film Stand Up & Cheer
19th April, 1934

English actor and comedian Dudley Moore, famous for his roles in 10, Arthur and Bedazzled, was born in London
19th April, 1935

American actor and singer Glen Campbell, famous for his roles in The Cool Ones, True Grit and Norwood, was born in Delight, Arkansas
22nd April, 1936

Filipino actor and 13th President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada, known for his roles in Asiong Salonga, Flight to Fury and Ito Ang Pilipino, was born in Tondo, Philippines
19th April, 1937

American actor George Takei, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek films and TV shows, was born in Los Angeles, California
20th April, 1937

American actor Jack Nicholson, legendary Hollywood star famous for his roles in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Shining and Batman, was born in Neptune City, New Jersey
22nd April, 1937

Legendary American actor Al Pacino, famous for his roles in The Godfather, Scarface and Scent of a Woman, was born in New York City
25th April, 1940

American singer, actress and award winner Barbra Streisand, famous for her roles in Funny Girl, A Star is Born and Hello Dolly!, was born in Brooklyn, New York
24th April, 1942

English actor Tim Curry, famous for his roles in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, It and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, was born in Grappenhall, Cheshire
19th April, 1946

American actress Jessica Lange, famous for her roles in King Kong, Tootsie and The Postman Always Rings Twice, was born in Cloquet, Minnesota
20th April, 1949

Shane, directed by George Stevens and based on the 1949 novel by Jack Schaefer, starring Alan Ladd and Jean Arthur, was released in the U.S.
23rd April, 1953

American filmmaker Michael Moore, famous for his documentary films Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine and Sicko, was born in Flint, Michigan
23rd April, 1954

American actor Crispin Glover, famous for his roles in Back to the Future, River’s Edge and Willard, was born in New York
20th April, 1964

English actor Andy Serkis, most famous for his CGI character work, particularly as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films, was born in London
20th April, 1964

Casino Royale, the James Bond comedy film starring David Niven and Peter Sellers premiered in London
19th April, 1967

American model and actress Carmen Electra, famous for her roles in Scary Movie, Meet the Spartans and Cheaper by the Dozen 2, was born in Sharonville, Ohio
20th April, 1972

Russian actor George Sanders, famous for his roles in Rebecca, All About Eve and The Jungle Book, commits suicide aged 65
25th April, 1972

American film director and producer Merian C. Cooper, famous for his films King Kong, Son of Kong and Mighty Joe Young, died aged 79
21st April, 1973

American actor James Flavin, famous for his roles in King Kong, Francis in the Haunted House and Uncertain Glory, died aged 69
23rd April, 1976

English film director Carol Reed, famous for his films The Third Man, Oliver! and Odd Man Out, died aged 69
25th April, 1976

Annie Hall, directed by Woody Allen and starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, was released in the U.S.
20th April, 1977

American professional wrestler, rapper and actor John Cena, famous for his roles in The Suicide Squad, Fast & Furious 9 and The Marine, was born in West Newbury, Massachusetts
23rd April, 1977

American actor James Franco, famous for his roles in The Disaster Artist, Spider-Man and 127 Hours, was born in Palo Alto, California
19th April, 1978

American actress Kate Hudson, famous for her roles in Bride Wars, Almost Famous and You, Me and Dupree, was born in Los Angeles, California
19th April, 1979

Scottish actor James McAvoy, famous for his roles in X-Men: First Class, Split and Atonement, was born in Glasgow, Scotland
21st April, 1979

Canadian actor Hayden Christensen, most famous for his role as Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars movies (and for not liking sand), was born in Vancouver, British Columbia
19th April, 1981

British actor Richard Haydn, famous for his roles in The Sound of Music, Sitting Pretty and Singapore, died aged 80
25th April, 1985

English actor Dev Patel, famous for his roles in Slumdog Millionaire, Lion and Hotel Mumbai, was born in London
23rd April, 1990

American film director Don Siegel, known for his films Dirty Harry, Coogan’s Bluff and Escape from Alcatraz, died aged 78
20th April, 1991

English comedian and comic actor Frankie Howerd, famous for his roles in the Carry On films, died aged 70
19th April, 1992

British comedian and actor Benny Hill, famous for his roles in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Italian Job and Who Done It?, died aged 68
20th April, 1992

Scottish film director Donald Cammell, who gained a cult reputation largely due to his debut film Performance, which he wrote the screenplay for and co-directed with Nicolas Roeg, died aged 62
24th April, 1996

American graphic designer of logos and film titles Saul Bass, famous for his work on The Man with the Golden Arm, North by Northwest and Psycho, died aged 75
25th April, 1996

British actor Sir John Mills, famous for his roles in Ryan’s Daughter, Great Expectations and Hobson’s Choice, died aged 97
23rd April, 2005

Italian actress Alida Valli, famous for her roles in The Paradine Case, The Third Man and Senso, died aged 84
22nd April, 2006

Shrek Forever After, directed by Mike Mitchell with voices by Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival
21st April, 2010

Christy Turlington’s directorial debut, No Woman, No Cry, was released in the U.S.
24th April, 2010

Star Trek Into Darkness, directed by J. J. Abrams and starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, premiered in Sydney
23rd April, 2013

American actor Don Gordon, famous for his roles in The Final Conflict, Bullitt and Papillon, died aged 90
24th April, 2017

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr and a large ensemble cast, premieres in Los Angeles
23rd April, 2018

Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr and a large ensemble cast, premieres in Los Angeles
22nd April, 2019

Well there we have our picks for this week in film history between 19th – 25th April.

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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