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21st – 27th June: Discover This Fascinating Week in Film History

This week we cover the period between 21st – 27th 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.

21st - 27th June

Irish actor Forrester Harvey, famous for his roles in Rebecca, Tarzan the Ape Man and A Chump at Oxford, was born in Cork, Ireland
27th June, 1884

American actor Donald McBride, famous for his roles in The Seven Year Itch, My Friend Irma and The Girl from Mexico, was born in Brooklyn, New York
23rd June, 1889

Western actor Edmund Cobb, Famous for Buffalo Bill, Motorcycle Gang and Comanche Territory, was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
23rd June, 1892

American businessman Roy O. Disney, co-founder of the Walt Disney Company and brother of Walt, was born in Chicago, Illinois
24th June, 1893

British actor Basil Radford, famous for his roles in The Lady Vanishes, Whiskey Galore and Night Train to Munich, was born in Chester, England
25th June, 1897

Austrian-born American filmmaker Billy Wilder, famous for his films Some Like It Hot, Sunset Boulevard and Double Indemnity, was born in Vienna, Austria
22nd June, 1906

Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract
24th June, 1916

American comedienne and actress Judy Holliday, famous for her roles in Born Yesterday and Adam’s Rib, was born in New York City
21st June, 1921

American film director Sidney Lumet, famous for his films 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon and Serpico, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
25th June, 1924

The Gold Rush, directed, starring and written by Charlie Chaplin, was released in the U.S.
26th June, 1925

American actor, director and political candidate Ralph Waite, famous for his roles in Cool Hand Luke, Five Easy Pieces and Cliffhanger, was born in White Plains, New York
22nd June, 1928

American actor George Siegmann, famous for his roles in The Birth of a Nation and Oliver Twist, died aged 46
22nd June, 1928

British actor Colin Clive, famous for his roles in Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein and Mad Love, died aged 37
25th June, 1937

English film director and producer Tony Scott, famous for his films True Romance, Top Gun and Man on Fire, was born in Northumberland, England
21st June, 1944

American actress Meryl Streep, famous for her roles in Mamma Mia!, Out of Africa and Sophie’s Choice, was born in Summit, New Jersey
22nd June, 1949

American actress Nancy Allen, famous for her roles in Dressed to Kill, Robocop and Carrie, was born in New York City
24th June, 1950

Canadian actor Graham Greene, famous for his roles in Dances with Wolves, Thunderheart and The Green Mile, was born in Ohsweken, Canada
22nd June, 1952

American actor and opera singer Robert Davi, famous for his roles in Die Hard, License to Kill and The Goonies, was born in Queens, New York
26th June, 1953

Walt Disney’s animated film Lady & the Tramp was released in the U.S.
22nd June, 1955

American actress Frances McDormand, famous for her roles in Nomadland, Fargo and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, was born in New York City
23rd June, 1957

American actor Paris Themmen, best known for his role as Mike Teavee in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, was born in Boston, Massachusetts
25th June, 1959

Polish cinematographer Janusz Kamiński, who rose to fame developing a partnership with Steven Spielberg and working on such films as Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan and Lincoln, was born in Ziębice, Poland
27th June, 1959

English actor and comedian Ricky Gervais, famous for his roles in The Invention of Lying, Ghost Town and David Brent: Life on the Road, was born in Reading, England
25th June, 1961

British actor David Morrissey, famous for his roles in Basic Instinct 2, Nowhere Boy and The Other Boleyn Girl, was born in Liverpool, England
21st June, 1964
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American director, screenwriter and producer Joss Whedon, famous for directing Serenity, The Avengers and Avengers Age of Ultron, was born in New York City
23rd June, 1964

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, was released in the U.S.
21st June, 1966
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American writer, producer and director J.J. Abrams, famous for his films The Force Awakens, Star Trek and Super 8, was born in New York City
27th June, 1966

American actress Judy Garland, famous for her roles in The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me In St. Louis and Easter Parade, died aged just 47 from an unintentional overdose
22nd June, 1969

Catch-22, directed by Mike Nichols and based on the novel of the same name by Joseph Heller, starring Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam and Art Garfunkel, was released in the U.S.
24th June, 1970

American actor Chris O’Donnell, famous for his roles in School Ties, Batman Forever and Vertical Limit, was born in Winnetka, Illinois
26th June, 1970

American filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, famous for his films There Will Be Blood, Magnolia and Boogie Nights, was born in Studio City, California
26th June, 1970

McCabe and Mrs Miller, directed by Robert Altman and starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie with songs by Leonard Cohen, was released in the U.S.
24th June, 1971

American actress Selma Blair, famous for her roles in Cruel Intentions, Hellboy and Legally Blonde, was born in Southfield, Michigan
23rd June, 1972

Live & Let Die, the eighth James Bond Film and first to star Roger Moore as 007, was released in the U.S.
27th June, 1973

Indian actor and singer Vijay, famous for his roles in Master, Theri and Sarkar, was born in Madras (now Chennai), India
22nd June, 1974

Australian actor Joel Edgerton, famous for his roles in Exodus Gods And Kings, Warrior and Revenge of the Sith playing Uncle Owen Lars, was born in Blacktown, Australia
23rd June, 1974

American actor Tobey Maguire, famous for his roles in Spider-Man, The Great Gatsby and Pleasantville, was born in Santa Monica, California
27th June, 1975

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, directed by Jim Sharman and starring Tim Curry, Richard O’Brien, Susan Sarandon and Meat Loaf, was released in Germany
24th June, 1976

The Rescuers, the animated adventure comedy-drama from Walt Disney, was released in the U.S. It became the first Disney film to get a sequel with The Rescuers Down Under in 1990.
22nd June, 1977

American actor Chris Pratt, famous for his roles in Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World and The Magnificent Seven, was born in Virginia, Minnesota
21st June, 1979

Moonraker, the eleventh James Bond film starring Roger Moore, premiered in London
26th June, 1979

Scottish actor John Laurie, famous for his roles in Hamlet, The 39 Steps and Jericho, died aged 83
23rd June, 1980

American actor Jason Schwartzman, famous for his roles in Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited and The Grand Budapest Hotel, was born in Los Angeles, California
26th June, 1980

For Your Eyes Only, the twelfth James Bond film directed by John Glen and starring Roger Moore, premiered in London
24th June, 1981

Science-fiction film Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer, was released in the U.S.
25th June, 1982

American stage and screen tap dancer and actor Fred Astaire, famous for his roles in Funny Face, Top Hat and Easter Parade, died aged 88
22nd June, 1987

American comedian and actor Jackie Gleason, famous for his roles in Smokey and the Bandit, The Hustler and The Toy, died aged 71
24th June, 1987

The Living Daylights, the fifteenth James Bond film and the first to star Timothy Dalton as 007, premiered in London
27th June, 1987

Batman, directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, premiered in the U.S.
23rd June, 1989

English actor Matthew Lewis, best known for his role as Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter film series, was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
27th June, 1989

Independence Day, directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum, premiered in Westwood, California
25th June, 1996

American actor Brian Keith, famous for his roles in The Parent Trap, The Rare Breed and The Wind and the Lion, died aged 75
24th June, 1997

Irish actress Maureen O’Sullivan, best known for playing Jane in the Tarzan series of films during the era of Johnny Weissmuller, died aged 87
23rd June, 1998

British actor David Tomlinson, famous for his roles in Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and The Love Bug, died aged 83
24th June, 2000

American actor Carroll O’Connor, famous for his roles in Kelly’s Heroes, Point Blank and Cleopatra, died aged 76
21st June, 2001

American actor Jack Lemmon, famous for his roles in Some Like It Hot, The Apartment and The Odd Couple, died aged 76
27th June, 2001

American filmmaker and screenwriter David Newman, famous for writing Bonnie and Clyde, Superman and Bad Company, died aged 66
27th June, 2003

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest, directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, premiered at Disneyland. It became the fastest film to gross over $1 billion at the box office.
24th June, 2006

American actress Farrah Fawcett, famous for her roles in The Cannonball Run, Logan’s Run and Man of the House, died aged 62
25th June, 2009

Transformers Dark of the Moon, directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf, premiered at the Moscow Film Festival
23rd June, 2011

American actor Peter Falk, famous for his roles in The Princess Bride, A Woman Under the Influence and Machine Gun McCain and for playing Colombo in the long-running television series, died aged 83
23rd June, 2011

American film composer James Horner, famous for his work on Titanic, Apollo 13 and Avatar, tragically died in a plane crash aged 61
22nd June, 2015
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British actor Patrick Macnee, famous for his roles in The Avengers, A View to a Kill and Sherlock Holmes in New York, died aged 93
25th June, 2015

American film director Joel Schumacher, famous for his films Batman Forever, The Lost Boys and St. Elmo’s Fire, died aged 80
22nd June, 2020

Well there we have our picks for this week in film history between 21st – 27th June.

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