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31st May – 6th June: Discover This Fascinating Week in Film History

This week we cover the period between 31st May – 6th June 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.

31st May - 6th June

American actor Frank Morgan, famous for his role as the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz, was born in New York City
1st June, 1890

British actress Margalo Gillmore, famous for her roles in Skirts Ahoy! and High Society, was born in London
31st May, 1897

British actor Maurice Evans, famous for his roles in Macbeth, Planet of the Apes and Rosemary’s Baby, was born in Dorchester, Dorset
3rd June, 1901

British actor John Abbott, famous for his roles in The Jungle Book, Gigi and Smorgasboard, was born in London
5th June, 1905

American actor Dominic “Don” Ameche, famous for his roles in Cocoon, Trading Places and Coming to America, was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
31st May, 1908

American actress Ellen Corby, famous for her roles in Vertigo, Caged and The Night of the Grizzly, was born in Racine, Wisconsin
3rd June, 1911

British comedian and actor Kenneth Connor, famous for his roles in the Carry On films, was born in Islington, London
6th June, 1918

American actor Tony Curtis, famous for his roles in Some Like It Hot, Operation Petticoat and Spartacus, was born in Manhattan, New York
3rd June, 1925

American actress Marilyn Monroe, famous for her roles in Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Seven Year Itch, was born in Los Angeles, California
1st June, 1926

Irish actor Milo O’Shea, famous for his roles in Barbarella, Romeo & Juliet and Ulysses, was born in Dublin, Ireland
2nd June, 1926

American actor and director Clint Eastwood, famous for his roles in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Gran Torino and Dirty Harry, was born in San Francisco, California
31st May, 1930

British singer and actor Edward Woodward, famous for his roles in the The Wicker Man, Breaker Morant and Callan, was born in Croydon, Surrey
1st June, 1930

American actor Bruce Dern, famous for his roles in Nebraska, The Hateful Eight and Django Unchained, was born in Chicago, Illinois
4th June, 1936

American Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, famous for his roles in The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en and Driving Mrs Daisy, was born in Memphis, Tennessee
1st June, 1937

Mrs Miniver, based on the novel by Jan Struther, directed by William Wyler and starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon, was released in the U.S.
4th June, 1942

British actor Leslie Howard, famous for his roles in the Gone With the Wind, The Petrified Forest and The Scarlet Pimpernel, died after Nazis shot down his plane aged 50
1st June, 1943

Scottish actor Brian Cox, famous for his roles in Manhunter, Troy and Braveheart, was born in Dundee
1st June, 1946

English actress Gillian Hills, famous for her roles in Blow-up, A Clockwork Orange and Three, was born in Cairo, Egypt
5th June, 1946

American actor Robert Englund, famous for playing the fictional serial killer Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street film series, was born in Glendale, California
6th June, 1947

American actor Tom Berenger, famous for his roles in Platoon, Sniper and The Big Chill, was born in Chicago, Illinois
31st May, 1949

American film producer Kathleen Kennedy, famous for producing E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Jurassic Park and for being President of Lucasfilm since 2012, was born in Berkeley, California
5th June, 1953

American actress Sandra Bernhard, famous for her roles in The King of Comedy, Hudson Hawk and Zoolander, was born in Flint, Michigan
6th June, 1955

American actor Keith David, famous for his roles in Platoon, There’s Something About Mary and They Live, was born in New York City
4th June, 1956

English actor Jason Isaacs, famous for his role as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series, was born in Liverpool, England
6th June, 1963

American model and actress Brooke Shields, famous for her roles in The Blue Lagoon, Pretty Baby and Endless Love, was born in New York City
31st May, 1965

American actor Paul Giamatti, famous for his roles in Big Fat Liar, Sideways and Saving Private Ryan, was born in New Haven, Connecticut
6th June, 1967

Movie star James Stewart retires from the US Air Force after 27 years of service
31st May, 1968

American actor and rapper Mark Wahlberg, famous for his roles in Ted, Boogie Nights and The Departed, was born in Boston, Massachusetts
5th June, 1971

English comedian and actor Russell Brand, famous for his roles in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him To The Greek and Arthur, was born in Grays, Essex
4th June, 1975

American actress Angelina Jolie, famous for her roles in Maleficent, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, was born in Los Angeles, California
4th June, 1975

Irish actor Colin Farrell, famous for his roles in In Bruges, Minority Report and Alexander, was born in Dublin, Ireland
31st May, 1976

Irish actor Stephen Boyd, famous for his roles in Ben-Hur, The Fall of the Roman Empire and Fantastic Voyage, died aged 45
2nd June, 1977

Italian film director Roberto Rossellini, famous for his films Rome, Open City, Paisan and Stromboli, died aged 71
3rd June, 1977

English actor Dominic Cooper, famous for his roles in Mamma Mia!, The Devil’s Double and The Duchess, was born in Greenwich
2nd June, 1978

American actor Jack Haley, famous for his roles in The Wizard of Oz, Ford Star Revue and Poor Little Rich Girl, died aged 81
6th June, 1979

English actress Jodie Whittaker, famous for her roles in Attack the Block, St. Trinian’s and Venus, and as the first female Doctor Who, was born in Skelmanthorpe, England
3rd June, 1982

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, directed by Nicholas Meyer and starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and George Takei, was released in the USA
4th June, 1982

Octopussy, the thirteenth James Bond film, starring Roger Moore, Maud Adams and Louis Jourdan, premiered in London
6th June, 1983

New Zealand actor Daniel Logan, famous for playing the Young Boba Fett in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, was born in Auckland, New Zealand
6th June, 1987

Big, directed by Penny Marshall and starring Tom Hanks, premiered in U.S.
3rd June, 1988

Dead Poets Society, directed by Peter Weir and starring Robin Williams, premiered in the U.S.
2nd June, 1989

English actor Rex Harrison, famous for his roles in My Fair Lady, Doctor Dolittle and Blithe Spirit, died aged 82
2nd June, 1990

American comedic actor Jack Gilford, famous for his roles in Save the Tiger, Cocoon and Arthur 2, died aged 81
4th June, 1990

British actor Laurence Naismith, famous for his roles in Diamonds Are Forever, Camelot and Sink the Bismarck!, died aged 83
5th June, 1992

English film actor Tom Holland, famous for his roles in Cherry, Chaos Walking and as the title character in the Marvel Spider-Man films, was born in Kingston upon Thames
1st June, 1996

English actor Peter Glenville, famous for his roles in The Comedians, Hotel Paradiso and Becket, died aged 82
3rd June, 1996

Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova, famous for her role as Tutar Sagdiyev in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, was born in Burgas, Bulgaria
4th June, 1996

The Truman Show, directed by Peter Weir and starring Jim Carrey, Laura Linney and Ed Harris, was released in the USA
5th June, 1998

The Bourne Identity, directed by Doug Liman and starring Matt Damon, premiered in Los Angeles, California
6th June, 2002

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third film based on the books by J. K. Rowling, was released in UK cinemas
31st May, 2004

The fourtieth US President and actor Ronald Reagan, famous for his roles in Bedtime for Bonzo, Hellcats of the Navy and Law and Order, died aged 93
5th June, 2004

A fire at the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood destroys several icons from movies, such as Courthouse Square, the clock tower from Back to the Future, and the King Kong exhibit on the studio tour.
1st June, 2008

American actor James Arness, famous for his roles in Hondo, The Thing from Another World and Them!, died aged 88
3rd June, 2011

American actress Georgann Johnson, famous for her roles in Short Cut to Hell, Murphy’s Romance and Midnight Cowboy, died aged 91
4th June, 2018

Ocean’s 8, directed by Gary Ross and starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna, premiered in the U.S.
5th June, 2018

Former Twilight star Robert Pattinson was announced as the new Batman
31st May, 2019

Price of a movie ticket rose in Japan for the first time in 26 years from ¥1,800 to ¥1,900, while some cinemas keep the price the same
1st June, 2019

Well there we have our picks for this week in film history between 31st May – 6th June.

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David Roberts
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