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26th April – 2nd May: Discover This Fascinating Week in Film History

This week we cover the period between 26th April – 2nd May 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.

2nd May

American actor Lionel Barrymore, famous for his roles in It’s A Wonderful Life, Grand Hotel and A Free Soul, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
28th April, 1878

German actress Lucie Mannheim, famous for her roles in So Little Time, Beyond the Curtain and Detour, was born in Berlin
30th April, 1899

British actor Brian Aherne, famous for his roles in Juarez, The Locket and Merrily We Live, was born in King’s Norton, Worcestershire
2nd May, 1902

Austrian businessman Oskar Schindler, subject of the novel Schindler’s Ark and the film Schindler’s List, was born in Zwittau, Austria-Hungary
28th April, 1908

American actor William Bakewell, famous for his roles in All Quiet on the Western Front, Gone with the Wind and Lady Luck, was born in Los Angeles, California
2nd May, 1908

British actor Colin Gordon, famous for his roles in Strongroom, The Pink Panther and Casino Royale, was born in Ceylon
27th April, 1911

American actor Robert Cornthwaite, famous for his roles in The Thing, The War of the Worlds and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, was born in St. Helens, Oregon
28th April, 1917

Irish actor Daniel O’Herlihy, famous for his roles in RoboCop, The Last Starfighter and Robinson Crusoe, was born in County Wexford, Ireland
1st May, 1919

American actor Tommy Noonan, famous for his roles in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Promises….. Promises! and Swingin’ Along, was born in Bellingham, Washington
29th April, 1921

Welsh actor Keith Baxter, famous for his roles in Chimes at Midnight, Killing Time, and The Barretts of Wimpole Street, was born in Newport, Monmouthshire
29th April, 1933

American actor Burt Young, famous for his roles in Convoy, Rocky and Amityville II: The Possession, was born in New York City
30th April, 1940

Citizen Kane, directed by Orson Welles and starring himself, Joseph Cotten and Dorothy Corningore, premiered at the Palace Theater in New York City
1st May, 1941

French actress Claudine Auger, famous for her role as Domino in Thunderball, was born in Paris, France
26th April, 1942

The Postman Always Rings Twice, directed by Tay Garnett and starring Lana Turner and John Garfield, was released in the U.S.
2nd May, 1946

English actor David Suchet, TV’s Poirot and famous for his roles in Executive Decision, American Assassin and A Perfect Murder, was born in London
2nd May, 1946

English actor Warren Clarke, famous for his roles in A Clockwork Orange, Red Riding and Firefox, was born in Oldham, Lancashire
26th April, 1947

American actor Paul Guilfoyle, famous for his roles in Beverly Hills Cop 2, Air Force One and Mrs. Doubtfire, was born in Boston, Massachusetts
28th April, 1949

Seven Samurai, Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune, was released into cinemas
26th April, 1954

American actor Tom Tyler, famous for his roles in Code of the Outlaw, Stagecoach and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, died aged 50
1st May, 1954

German actor and prototype for silent film villians Rudolf Klein-Rogge, famous for his roles in Metropolis and Spies, died aged 69
30th April, 1955

American actor Edward Arnold, famous for his roles in The Devil and Daniel Webster, Eyes in the Night and Mr Smith Goes to Washington, died aged 66
26th April, 1956

English actor Daniel Day-Lewis, one of only three actors to win three Oscars, famous for his roles in There Will Be Blood, The Last of the Mohicans and Gangs of New York, was born in London, England
29th April, 1957

American actor James LeGros, famous for his roles in Phantasm II, Point Break and Enemy of the State, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
27th April, 1962

Chinese Singaporean actor and martial artist Jet Li, famous for his roles in The One, Romeo Must Die and Unleashed, was born in Beijing, China
26th April, 1963

American film actor and director Anthony Mann, famous for The Man from Laramie, El Cid and Winchester ’73, died aged 60
29th April, 1967

American actor Ed Begley, famous for his roles in 12 Angry Men, Hang ‘Em High and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, died aged 69
28th April, 1970

American actress Uma Thurman, famous for her roles in Kill Bill, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and Pulp Fiction, was born in Boston, Massachusetts
29th April, 1970

American pro wrestler and actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, known for his roles in Central Intelligence, Jumanji: The Next Level and The Mummy Returns, was born in Hayward, California
2nd May, 1972

American actress Penélope Cruz, famous for her roles in Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Vanilla Sky and Waking Up in Reno, was born in Madrid, Spain
28th April, 1974

British actress Jodhi May, famous for her roles in The Last of the Mohicans, A World Apart and The Other Boleyn Girl, was born in London, England
1st May, 1975

South African-born British character & comedy actor Sid James, most famous for his role in the Carry On film series, died aged 62
26th April, 1976

American actor Stanley Adams, famous for his roles in Lilies of the Field, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Requiem for a Heavyweight, commits suicide aged just 61
27th April, 1977

American actor & director Ricardo Cortez, famous for his roles in The Maltese Falcon, Mandalay and The Phantom of Crestwood, died aged 76
28th April, 1977

American actor Sean Fox, famous for his roles in 3 Ninjas Kick Back, Calendar Girl and The Nephew, was born in Riverside, California
26th April, 1979

American actor Channing Tatum, famous for his roles in Step Up, 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike, was born in Cullman, Alabama
26th April, 1980

Legendary English director Alfred Hitchcock, most famous for his films Psycho, The Birds and Rear Window, died aged 80
29th April, 1980

American actress Jessica Alba, known for her roles in Fantastic Four, Dark Angel and Sin City, was born in Pomona, California
28th April, 1981

American actress Kirsten Dunst, famous for her roles in Jumanji, Interview with the Vampire and Spider-Man, was born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey
30th April, 1982

Shoah, a French documentary about the Holocaust, directed by Claude Lanzmann and starring Richard Glazar and Raul Hilberg, premiered in Paris
30th April, 1985

Israeli actress Gal Gadot, famous for her roles in Wonder Woman, Justice League and Fast & Furious, was born in Rosh Ha’ayin, Israel
30th April, 1985

American actor Broderick Crawford, famous for his roles in All The King’s Men, Born Yesterday and Human Desire, died aged 74
26th April, 1986

British actor William Moseley, famous for his role as Peter Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia films, was born in Sheepscombe, Gloucestershire, England
27th April, 1987

American actress Mae Clarke, famous for her roles in Frankenstein, Waterloo Bridge and Lady Killer, died aged 81
29th April, 1992

American actor William Quinn, famous for his roles in Star Trek, The Birds and Twilight Zone: The Movie, died aged 81
29th April, 1994

British actor Michael Hordern, famous for his roles in Whistle and I’ll Come to You, Where Eagles Dare and Watership Down, died aged 83
2nd May, 1995

Police arrest transsexual prostitute Atisone Seiuli over an outstanding warrant after being found in a car with actor and comedian Eddie Murphy
2nd May, 1997

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley, was released in cinemas
2nd May, 1997

English actor Oliver Reed, famous for his roles in Gladiator, Oliver! and The Devils, died aged 61
2nd May, 1999

Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix, premiered in Los Angeles
1st May, 2000

American professional bodybuilder and actor Stephen Reeves, famous for his roles as strongmen in films such as Hercules, Goliath and the Barbarians and Sandokan the Great, died aged 74
1st May, 2000

Mean Girls, teen comedy film released starring Lindsay Lohan and written by Tina Fey, was released in the U.S.
30th April, 2004

American actor Robert Greer, famous for his roles in The Green Mile, Con Air and The Vampire, died aged 90
28th April, 2007

The first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Man, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Robert Downey Jr, was released in the U.S.
2nd May, 2008

Indian actor, producer and director Feroz Khan, known as Clint Eastwood of Bollywood, best known for his roles in Aurat, Safar and Mela, died aged 69
27th April, 2009

Iron Man 2, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, premiered in Los Angeles
26th April, 2010

British-American actress Lynn Redgrave, famous for his roles in Georgy Girl, The White Countess and Gods and Monsters, died aged 67
2nd May, 2010

American film director Jonathan Demme, famous for Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia and The Manchurian Candidate, died aged 73
26th April, 2017

Superhero film Avengers: Infinity War sets a new record for an opening weekend earning $250 million in the US, $630 million worldwide
30th April, 2018

Disney says Marvel film Avengers: Endgame made estimated $1.2 billion worldwide, the first film to make more than $1 billion on opening
28th April, 2019

British American actor Peter Mayhew, best known for playing the iconic role of Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, died aged 74
30th April, 2019

Indian film producer & actor Irrfan Khan, known for his roles in Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and Jurassic World, died aged 53
29th April, 2020

Well there we have our picks for this week in film history between 26th April – 2nd May.

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David Roberts
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