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22nd – 28th March: Discover This Fascinating Week in Film History

This week we cover the period between 22nd – 28th March as we look back at the the fascinating history 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.

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Scottish actor John Laurie, famous for his roles in The Edge of the World, The 39 Steps and The Way Ahead, was born in Dumfries, Scotland
25th March, 1897

American actress Gloria Swanson, famous for his roles in Sunset Boulevard, Queen Kelly and Sadie Thompson, was born in Chicago, Illinois
27th March, 1899

American actress Joan Crawford, famous for her roles in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Mildred Pierce and The Women, was born in San Antonio, Texas
23rd March, 1905

American actress Mary Treen, famous for her roles in It’s a Wonderful Life, They Give Him a Gun and I Love a Soldier, was born in St Louis, Missouri
27th March, 1907

English director David Lean, famous for his films Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and The Bridge on the River Kwai, was born in Croydon, England
25th March, 1908

American actor Grégoire Aslan, famous for his roles in Cet homme est dangereux, Marry Me! Marry Me! and Checkerboard, was born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
28th March, 1908

Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, famous for his films Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo, was born in Tokyo, Japan
23rd March, 1910

American animator Joseph Barbera, one of the co-founders of Hanna-Barbera, was born in Manhattan, New York
24th March, 1911

Irish actor Wilfrid Brambell, famous for his roles in A Hard Day’s Night, Holiday on the Buses and Steptoe and Son Ride Again, was born in Dublin, Ireland
22nd March, 1912

American actor Karl Malden, famous for his roles in On the Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire and One-Eyed Jacks, was born in Chicago, Illinois
22nd March, 1912

American novelist and screenwriter Budd Schulberg, famous for writing On the Waterfront, was born in New York City
27th March, 1914

American actor Strother Martin, famous for his roles in Cool Hand Luke, Rooster Cogburn and True Grit, was born in Kokomo, Indiana
26th March, 1919

English actor Patrick Troughton, famous not only as the second Doctor in Doctor Who but for his roles in Jason and the Argonauts, The Omen and The Gorgon, was born in Mill Hill
25th March, 1920

French actress Simone Signoret, famous for her roles Madame Rosa, Casque d’Or and Room at the Top, was born in Wiesbaden, Germany
25th March, 1921

American actor Norman Fell, famous for his roles in Ocean’s 11, Three’s Company and The Graduate, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
24th March, 1924

British child actor Frederick “Freddie” Bartholomew, famous for his roles in Anna Karenina, David Copperfield and Captains Courageous, was born in London, England
28th March, 1924

American actor James Maxwell, famous for his roles in Private Potter, The Traitors and Ransom, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts
23rd March, 1929

American actor Steve McQueen, famous for his roles in Bullitt, The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape, was born in Beech Grove, Indiana
24th March, 1930

Canadian actor William Shatner, most famous for his role as James T. Kirk in the Star Trek films, was born in Montreal, Quebec
22nd March, 1931

American actor Leonard Nimoy, most famous for his role as Spock in the Star Trek films, was born in Boston, Massachusetts
26th March, 1931

Charlie Chaplin receives France’s distinguished Legion of Honor
27th March, 1931

Influential Nazi Propaganda film Triumph of the Will, commissioned by Adolf Hitler and directed by Leni Riefenstahl, was released with it’s infamous images showing the Nuremberg rallies
28th March, 1935

The Great Ziegfeld, directed by Robert Z. Leonard and starring William Powell and Luise Rainer, premiered in Los Angeles
22nd March, 1936

American film composer Angelo Badalamenti, famous for his compositions for Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, was born in Brooklyn, New York
22nd March, 1937

Wuthering Heights, directed by William Wyler and starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier, premiered in Los Angeles
24th March, 1939

American actor James Caan, famous for his roles in Misery, The Godfather and El Dorado, was born in The Bronx, New York
26th March, 1940

American actor Austin Pendleton, famous for his roles in Short Circuit, My Cousin Vinny and What’s Up, Doc?, was born in Warren, Ohio
27th March, 1940

James Stewart is inducted into the Army, becoming the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II
22nd March, 1941

English actor and writer Richard O’Brien, most famous for writing, and playing the role of Riff Raff, in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, was born in Cheltenham, England
25th March, 1942

American singer and actress Diana Ross, famous for his roles in The Wiz, Mahogany and Lady Sings the Blues, was born in Detroit, Michigan
26th March, 1944

American film director and screenwriter Curtis Hanson, famous for his films LA Confidential, 8 Mile and Wonder Boys, was born in Reno, Nevada
24th March, 1945

American actor Terry Alexander, famous for his roles in Day of the Dead, Amateur and House III: The Horror Show, was born in Detroit, Michigan
23rd March, 1947

Canadian comedian and actor Martin Short, famous for his roles in Three Amigos!, Father of the Bride and Clifford, was born in Hamilton, Ontario
26th March, 1950

Singin’ in the Rain, directed by Stanley Donen and star Gene Kelly, premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York City
27th March, 1952

English child actor Matthew Garber, famous for his role as Michael Banks in Mary Poppins, was born in London, England
25th March, 1956

British actor Robert Newton, famous for his roles in Long John Silver, Treasure Island and Oliver Twist, died from a heart attack aged 50
25th March, 1956

American actor Matthew Modine, famous for his roles in Full Metal Jacket, Vision Quest and The Dark Knight Rises, was born in Loma Linda, California
22nd March, 1959

American actress Kelly LeBrock, famous for her roles in Weird Science, The Woman in Red and Hard to Kill, was born in New York City
24th March, 1960

American director and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino, famous for his films Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill, was born in Knoxville, Tennessee
27th March, 1963

Hungarian-American actor Peter Lorre, famous for his roles in M, Casablanca and The Beast with 5 Fingers, died from a stroke aged 59
23rd March, 1964

American actress Sarah Jessica Parker, famous for her roles in Hocus Pocus, Footloose and Sex and the City, was born in Nelsonville, Ohio
25th March, 1965

Scottish actor Duncan Macrae, famous for his roles in Casino Royale, The Kidnappers and Rockets Galore!, died aged 61
23rd March, 1967

Anglo-Irish screenwriter and film director Martin McDonagh, famous for his films Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Seven Psychopaths and In Bruges, was born in London, England
26th March, 1970

American actor Vince Vaughn, famous for his roles in Swingers, Wedding Crashers and Dodgeball, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
28th March, 1970

English comedian and actor Nick Frost, famous for his roles in Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and Paul, was born in Dagenham, England
28th March, 1972

American actor Jim Parsons, famous for his roles in The Boys in the Band, Home and A Kid Like Jake, was born in Houston, Texas
24th March, 1973

American actress Alyson Hannigan, famous for her role as Michelle Flaherty in the American Pie film series, was born in Washington, D.C.
24th March, 1974

American actress Reese Witherspoon, famous for her roles in Home Again, Wild and Hot Pursuit, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana
22nd March, 1976

English actress Keira Knightley, famous for her roles in Pride & Prejudice, Pirates of the Caribbean and Atonement, was born in London, England
26th March, 1985

American singer-songwriter and actress Lady Gaga, famous for her roles in A Star is Born, Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, was born in New York City
28th March, 1986

American actress Joan Shawlee, famous for her roles in Some Like It Hot, Buck Privates Come Home and Bowery to Bagdad, died of cancer aged 61
22nd March, 1987

English actor Patrick Troughton, famous not only as the second Doctor in Doctor Who but for his roles in Jason and the Argonauts, The Omen and The Gorgon, died of a heart attack aged 67
28th March, 1987

At the 70th Academy Awards, Titanic was nominated for fourteen awards, tying the record with All About Eve. It won eleven awards, including Best Picture, tying the record for most awards for a film with Ben-Hur and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
23rd March, 1998

Groundbreaking film The Matrix, directed by The Wachowskis and starring Keanu Reeve, Lawrence Fishburne and Carrie-Ann Moss, premiered in the U.S.
24th March, 1999

American animator William Hanna, one of the co-founders of Hanna-Barbera, died aged 90
22nd March, 2001

English actor and comedian Dudley Moore, famous for his roles in Arthur, Bedazzled and Foul Play, died aged 66
27th March, 2002

Austrian-born American film director Billy Wilder, famous for his films Some Like It Hot, Sunset Boulevard and Double Indemnity, died aged 95
27th March, 2002

British actor Peter Ustinov, famous for his roles in Death on the Nile, Logan’s Run and Evil Under the Sun, died aged 82
28th March, 2004

After some initial hesitation, Emma Watson signs on to appear as Hermione in the final three Harry Potter films
23rd March, 2007

American actor Richard Widmark, famous for his roles in Kiss of Death, The Alamo and Cheyenne Autumn, died aged 93
24th March, 2008

English-American actress Elizabeth Taylor, famous for her roles in Cleopatra, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, died aged 79
23rd March, 2011

The Black Panther becomes the highest grossing superhero film in America earning $630.9m
26th March, 2018

Apple introduces new TV streaming platform Apple TV+, featuring original movies and tv shows for a subscription, to compete with the likes of Netflix and Disney+
25th March, 2019

Science fiction captain of the USS Enterprise James T Kirk, was born in Iowa on Planet Earth
22nd March, 2233

Well there we have our picks for this week in film history between 22nd – 28th March.

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