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7th – 13th June: Discover This Fascinating Week in Film History

This week we cover the period between 7th – 13th 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.

7th - 13th June

British actress Lillian Fontaine, famous for her roles in The Bigamist, Ivy and The Imperfect Lady, was born in Reading, Berkshire
11th June, 1886

English actor and director Leslie Banks, famous for his roles in The Most Dangerous Game, The Man Who Knew Too Much and Cottage to Let, was born in Liverpool
9th June, 1890

South African born British actor Basil Rathbone, most famous for his role of Sherlock Holmes in fourteen Hollywood films made between 1939 and 1946, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa
13th June, 1892

Hattie McDaniel, the first African American actress to win an Oscar for her role as “Mammy” in Gone With The Wind, was born in Wichita, Kansas
10th June, 1895

British actor Ronald Shiner, famous for his roles in The Night We Got the Bird, Aunt Clara and Dry Rot, was born in London, England
8th June, 1903

Mary Pickford makes her screen debut at the age of 16
7th June, 1909

British actress Jessica Tandy, famous for her roles in The Birds, Cocoon and Driving Miss Daisy, was born in London, England
7th June, 1909

American singer, comedian and actor Dean Martin, famous for his roles in Rio Bravo, Ocean’s 11 and The Cannonball Run, was born in Steubenville, Ohio
7th June, 1917

British actor Peter Jones, famous for his roles in Carry On England, School for Scoundrels and Private’s Progress, was born in Wem, Shropshire
12th June, 1920

American actress Judy Garland, famous for her roles in The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me In St. Louis and Easter Parade, was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota
10th June, 1922

British actor Lionel Jeffries, famous for his roles in The Railway Children, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Camelot, was born in Forest Hill, London
10th June, 1926

Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927) was released
11th June, 1928

American conceptual designer Ralph McQuarrie, famous for his work on Star Wars, was born in Gary, Indiana
13th June, 1929

American comedian and actor Jackie Mason, famous for his roles in Caddyshack II, The Jerk and History of the World: Part I, was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
9th June, 1931

American actor Gene Wilder, famous for his roles in Blazing Saddles, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Young Frankenstein, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
11th June, 1933

Shooting begins on Paramount Pictures’ Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor.
12th June, 1939

English actor Malcolm McDowell, famous for his roles in A Clockwork Orange, Caligula and if…. , was born in Leeds, England
13th June, 1943

Irish-American actor Liam Neeson, famous for his roles in Schindler’s List, Taken and The Phantom Menace, was born in Ballymena, County Antrim
7th June, 1952

Canadian comedian and actor Tim Allen, famous for his roles in The Santa Clause, Toy Story and Galaxy Quest, was born in Denver, Colorado
13th June, 1953

English actor Hugh Laurie, famous for his roles in Stuart Little, 101 Dalmatians and Sense and Sensibility, was born in Oxford, England
11th June, 1959

Canadian actor Michael J. Fox, famous for his roles in Back to the Future, Casualties of War and Teen Wolf, was born in Edmonton, Alberta
9th June, 1961

American screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, famous for writing the films A Few Good Men, The Social Network and Moneyball, was born in New York City
9th June, 1961

Lolita, based on Vladimir Nabokov’s novel, directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring James Mason and Sue Lyon, was released in the U.S.
13th June, 1962

American actress Ally Sheedy, famous for her roles in WarGames, The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire, was born in New York City
13th June, 1962

American actor Johnny Depp, famous for his roles in Edward Scissorhands, Pirates of the Caribbean and Sweeney Todd, was born in Owensboro, Kentucky
9th June, 1963

Cleopatra, directed by Joseph Mankiewicz and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, premiered in New York City
12th June, 1963

English actress and playwright Kathy Burke, famous for her roles in Kevin and Perry Go Large, Nil by Mouth and Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, was born in London, England
13th June, 1964

American comedienne and actress Judy Holliday, famous for her roles in Born Yesterday, It Should Happen to You and Bells Are Ringing, died aged 43
7th June, 1965

English actress Elizabeth Hurley, famous for her roles in Bedazzled, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and Passenger 57, was born in Basingstoke, England
10th June, 1965

American actor Spencer Tracy, famous for his roles in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Inherit the Wind and Judgment at Nuremberg, died aged 67
10th June, 1967

You Only Live Twice, the fifth James Bond film starring Sean Connery, premiered in London
12th June, 1967

Rosemary’s Baby, based on the bestselling novel of the same name, directed by Roman Polanski, premiered in the U.S.
12th June, 1968

American actor Peter Dinklage, famous for his roles in I Care a Lot, Avengers: Infinity War and Elf, was born in Morristown, New Jersey
11th June, 1969

American actor John Wayne, famous for his roles in The Searchers, Rio Bravo and Stagecoach, died aged 72
11th June, 1979

Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman, famous for her roles in V for Vendetta, Black Swan and The Phantom Menace, was born in Jerusalem, Israel
9th June, 1981

Raiders of the Lost Ark, directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford, premiered in the U.S.
12th June, 1981

American actor Chris Evans, famous for his roles in Knives Out, Captain America: The First Avenger and Fantastic Four, was born in Boston, Massachusetts
13th June, 1981

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore, was released in the U.S.
11th June, 1982

American comedy film Trading Places, directed by John Landis and starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, was released in the U.S.
8th June, 1983

American supernatural comedy film Ghostbusters, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and starring Bill Murrary and Dan Aykroyd, was released in the U.S.
8th June, 1984

American comedy horror film Gremlins, directed by Joe Dante and starring Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, was released in the U.S.
8th June, 1984

American actor Shia LaBeouf, famous for his roles in Transformers, Holes and The Peanut Butter Falcon, was born in Los Angeles, California
11th June, 1986

Canadian actor Michael Cera, famous for his roles in Superbad, Juno and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, was born in Brampton, Ontario
7th June, 1988

Jurassic Park, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum premiered in the U.S., setting a box office weekend record of $502 million
11th June, 1993

English comedian and actor Bernard Bresslaw, famous for his role in the Carry On films, died aged 59
11th June, 1993

Batman and Robin, directed by Joel Schumacher and starring George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chris O’Donnell, premiered in Los Angeles
12th June, 1997

Samuel L. Jackson is honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
13th June, 2000

American actor Gregory Peck, famous for his roles in Roman Holiday, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Guns of Navarone, died aged 87
12th June, 2003

Transformers, directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, premiered in Sydney
12th June, 2007

Toy Story 3, directed by Lee Unkrich and starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, premiered at the Taormina Film Fest in Italy. It becomes the first animated film to earn 1 billion dollars.
12th June, 2010

The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, premiered at the Tokyo Film Festival
13th June, 2012

The Superman film Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, premiered in New York City
10th June, 2013

English actor and comedian Rik Mayall, famous for his role in Drop Dead Fred, died aged 56
9th June, 2014

English actor Sir Christopher Lee, famous for his roles in Dracula, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, died aged 93
7th June, 2015

American actor Adam West, famous for his roles in Batman, Chicken Little and Meet the Robinsons, died aged 88
9th June, 2017

British actress and the first Bond Girl Eunice Gayson, famous for her roles in Dr. No and From Russia With Love, died aged 90
8th June, 2018

Actor Vince Vaughn arrested for drunk driving and resisting arrest near Los Angeles
10th June, 2018

Toy Story 4, directed by Josh Cooley with the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, premiered in the U.S.
11th June, 2019

Well there we have our picks for this week in film history between 7th – 13th June.

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David Roberts
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