30th August – 5th September: Discover This Fascinating Week in Film History

This week we cover the period between 30th August – 5th September 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, infamous events, births and deaths of the industry’s most notable characters, along with other historic happenings.

23rd - 29th August

American actress Jennie Lee, famous for her roles in North of Hudson Bay and The Birth of a Nation, was born in Sacramento, California
4th September, 1848

Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope, a device which produces moving pictures
31st August, 1897

American actor Fredric March, famous for his roles in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Best Years of Our Lives, was born in Racine, Wisconsin
31st August, 1897

British actor Cecil Parker, famous for his roles in The Ladykillers and The Lady Vanishes, was born in Hastings, East Sussex
3rd September, 1897

American actress Shirley Booth, famous for her roles in The Matchmaker and Hot Spell, was born in New York City
30th August, 1898

American film producer and former president of 20th Century Fox Darryl F. Zanuck, was born in Wahoo, Nebraska
5th September, 1902

American actor Fred MacMurray, famous for his roles in Double Indemnity and The Apartment, was born in Kankakee, Illinois
30th August, 1908

English motion picture make-up artist Stuart Freeborn, famous for his work on Yoda and Jabba the Hut in Star Wars, was born in London
5th September, 1914

American actor Meinhardt Raabe, who was one of the last surviving Munchkin actors in The Wizard of Oz, was born in Watertown, Wisconsin
2nd September, 1915

Intolerance, silent film directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Vera Lewis and Ralph Lewis, was released in the U.S.
5th September, 1916

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 accidentally shot to death aged 27
5th September, 1920

American actor James Coburn, famous for his roles in The Magnificent Seven and Duck, You Sucker!, was born in Laurel, Nebraska
31st August, 1928

American film director Hal Ashby, famous for directing The Last Detail and Shampoo, was born in Ogden, Utah
2nd September, 1929

Welsh actor Victor Spinetti, famous for his roles in A Hard Day’s Night and Help!, was born in Cwm, Ebbw Vale
2nd September, 1929

Swing Time, directed by George Stevens and starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, was released in the U.S.
4th September, 1936

American actor Harry Northup, famous for his roles in The Silence of the Lambs and Taxi Driver, was born in Amarillo, Texas
2nd September, 1940

American actress and singer Raquel Welch, famous for her roles in One Million Years B.C. and Bandolero!, was born in Chicago, Illinois
5th September, 1940

American actress Jennifer Salt, famous for her roles in Sisters and Midnight Cowboy, was born in Los Angeles, California
4th September, 1944

American actor Richard Gere, famous for his roles in Pretty Woman and An Officer And A Gentleman, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
31st August, 1949

The Third Man, directed by Carol Reed and starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli and Orson Welles, was released in the UK
2nd September, 1949

American actor Michael Keaton, famous for his roles in Batman and Beetlejuice, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
5th September, 1951

Rear Window, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly, was released in the U.S.
1st September, 1954

American actor Charles Coburn, famous for his roles in Around the World in 80 Days and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, died aged 84
30th August, 1961

Canadian actor Keanu Reeves, famous for his roles in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and The Matrix, was born in Beirut, Lebanon
2nd September, 1964

American actor Charlie Sheen, famous for his roles in Platoon and Wall Street, was born in New York City
3rd September, 1965

Mexican American actress Salma Hayek, famous for her roles in From Dusk Till Dawn and Desperado, was born in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico
2nd September, 1966

American stand-up comedien and actor Chris Tucker, most famous for his roles in the Rush Hour film series, was born in Atlanta, Georgia
31st August, 1971

American actress Cameron Diaz, famous for her roles in The Mask and Charlie’s Angels, was born in Long Beach, California
30th August, 1972

American director John Ford, famous for directing Stagecoach and The Searchers, died aged 78
31st August, 1973

American actress Rose McGowan, famous for her roles in Scream and Encino Man, was born in Florence, Italy
5th September, 1973

American actor Elden Henson, famous for his roles in The Mighty Ducks and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, was born in Rockville, Maryland
30th August, 1977

Horror film Dawn of the Dead, written and directed by George A. Romero and starring David Emge, Ken Foree and Scott H. Reiniger, premiered in Torino
1st September, 1978

American actress and dancer Vera-Ellen, famous for her roles in On the Town and White Christmas, died aged 60
30th August, 1981

Icelandic cellist and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, famous for her work on The Revenant and The Joker, was born in Reykjavík, Iceland
4th September, 1982

English actress Isabel Jeans, famous for her roles in Suspicion and Easy Virtue, died aged 93
4th September, 1985

German actor Gert Fröbe, famous for his roles in Goldfinger and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, died aged 75
5th September, 1988

Roger and Me, the first documentary directed by Michael Moore, premiered at the Telluride Film Festival
1st September, 1989

Italian-American film director Frank Capra, famous for his films It Happened One NightMr. Smith Goes to Washington and It’s a Wonderful Life, died aged 94
3rd September, 1991

American actor Tom Tryon, famous for his roles in The Cardinal and The Longest Day, died aged 65
4th September, 1991

American Actor Richard Jordan famous for his roles in DuneGettysburgLogan’s Run and The Friends of Eddie Coyle, died aged 55
30th August, 1993

American actor John Megna, best known for his role of “Dill” in the film To Kill a Mockingbird, died aged 42
4th September, 1995

American actress and singer Zendaya, famous for her roles in Spider-Man Homecoming and Dune, was born in Oakland, California
1st September, 1996

Being John Malkovich, directed by Spike Jonze and starring John Cusack and Cameron Diaz, premiered in the U.S.
2nd September, 1999

English film director J. Lee Thompson, famous for his films Cape Fear and The Guns of Navarone, died aged 88
30th August, 2002

American actor Charles Bronson, famous for his roles in The Dirty Dozen and Death Wish, died aged 81
30th August, 2003

American actor Rand Brooks, famous for his roles in Hoppy’s Holiday and Gone with the Wind, died aged 84
1st September, 2003

Canadian-American actor Glenn Ford, famous for his roles in The Big Heat and 3:10 to Yuma, died aged 90
30th August, 2006

Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Dev Patel, premiered at the Telluride Film Festival
30th August, 2008

American voice actor Don LaFontaine, famous for recording more than 5,000 voiceovers for film trailers, was born in Duluth, Minnesota. He became identified with the phrase “In a world…”, used in so many movie trailers that it became a cliché.
1st September, 2008

The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Jeremy Renner, premiered at the Venice Film Festival

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4th September, 2008

Argo, directed by Ben Affleck and starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman, premiered at the Telluride Film Festival
31st August, 2012

British variety performer and actor Max Bygraves, famous for his roles in Charley Moon and Tom Brown’s Schooldays, died aged 89
31st August, 2012

American actor Michael Clarke Duncan, famous for his roles in The Green Mile and Armageddon, died aged 54
3rd September, 2012

12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch, premiered at the Telluride Film Festival
30th August, 2013

American film director Wes Craven, famous for his films A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, died aged 76
30th August, 2015

Japanese actress Setsuko Hara, famous for her roles in Tokyo Story and Late Spring, died aged 95
5th September, 2015

The Favourite, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Olivia Coleman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, premiered at the Venice Film Festival
30th August, 2018

A Star is Born, directed by and starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, premiered at the Venice Film Festival
31st August, 2018

Actor Robert Pattinson tests positive for COVID-19, shutting down production of The Batman film he was shooting
3rd September, 2020

Well there we have our picks for this week in film history between 30th August – 5th September.

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David Roberts
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