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14th – 20th June: Discover This Fascinating Week in Film History

This week we cover the period between 14th – 20th 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.

14th - 20th June

American actor Charles Coburn, famous for his roles in Around the World in 80 Days and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, was born in Savannah, Georgia
19th June, 1877

World’s first moving pictures caught on camera (used 12 cameras, each taking 1 picture) done to see if all 4 of a horse’s hooves leave the ground
15th June, 1878

English comedian and actor Stan Laurel, famous for his relationship with Oliver Hardy in the Laurel & Hardy films, was born in Ulverston, England
16th June, 1890

British actor Llewellyn Rees, famous for his roles in A Fish Called Wanda and Withnail & I, was born in Charmouth, Dorset
18th June, 1901

American actor Ralph Bellamy, famous for his roles in Rosemary’s Baby, His Girl Friday and Trading Places, was born in Chicago, Illinois
17th June, 1904

Czech actor George Voskovec, famous for his roles in 12 Angry Men and Somewhere in Time, was born in Sázava, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary
19th June, 1905

American actor Jack Albertson, famous for his role as Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, was born in Malden, Massachusetts
16th June, 1907

English screenwriter and producer Joan Harrison, who often worked with Alfred Hitchcock, famous for her work on Rebecca and They Won’t Believe Me, was born in Guildford, England
20th June, 1909

American actor E. G. Marshall, famous for his roles in 12 Angry Men and Nixon, was born in Owatonna Minnesota
18th June, 1914

American actor Harry Lauter, famous for his roles in Escape from the Planet of the Apes and Waterfront, was born in White Plains, New York
19th June, 1914

British film director Terence Young, famous for his work on the films Dr. No and Thunderball, was born in Shanghai, China
20th June, 1915

American-English actor Sam Wanamaker, famous for his roles in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Competition and Raw Deal, was born in Chicago, Illinois
14th June, 1919

French actor Louis Jourdan, famous for his roles in The Paradine Case, Gigi and Octopussy, was born in Marseille, France
19th June, 1921

American actor Martin Landau, famous for his roles in Ed Wood, North By Northwest and Crimes and Misdemeanors, was born in Brooklyn, New York
20th June, 1928

Hungarian-American cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, whose work in cinematography helped shape the look of American movies such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind in the 1970s, making him one of the leading figures in the American New Wave movement, was born in Szeged, Hungary
16th June, 1930

British film director Ken Loach, famous for his films I, Daniel Blake and The Wind That Shakes the Barley, was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire
17th June, 1936

American film critic Roger Ebert, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975, was born in Urbana, Illinois
18th June, 1942

American actress Candace “Candy” Clark, famous for her roles in The Man Who Fell to Earth, Q and American Graffiti, was born in Norman, Oklahoma
20th June, 1947

English actor Simon Callow, famous for his roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral and Shakespeare in Love, was born in London, England
15th June, 1949

Italian actress and model Isabella Rossellini, famous for her roles in Big Night and Blue Velvet, was born in Rome, Italy
18th June, 1952

American actor John Goodman, famous for his roles in 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Big Lebowski and Argo, was born in St Louis, Missouri
20th June, 1952

American actress Laurie Metcalf, famous for her roles in Uncle Buck, Lady Bird and Toy Story 2, was born in Carbonville, Illinois
16th June, 1955

American film director Bobby Farrelly, famous for his films There’s Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumber, was born in Cumberland, Rhode Island
17th June, 1958

American actor George Reeves, famous for playing Superman and his role in Gone with the Wind, committed suicide aged just 45
16th June, 1959

Psycho, psychological horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, and Vera Miles, opened in New York City
16th June, 1960

American actress Helen Hunt, famous for her roles in Twister, Cast Away and As Good as it Gets, was born in Los Angeles, California
15th June, 1963

American actress Courteney Cox, famous for her roles in Scream, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Longest Yard, was born in Birmingham, Alabama
15th June, 1964

British film To Sir, with Love, directed by James Clavell and starring Sidney Poitier, was released in the U.S.
14th June, 1967

The Dirty Dozen, directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine and Charles Bronson, was released in the U.S.
15th June, 1967

Australian-American actress Nicole Kidman, famous for her roles in Eyes Wide Shut, Moulin Rouge and Batman Forever, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii
20th June, 1967

American director Robert Rodriguez, famous for his films El Mariachi, Spy Kids and From Dusk Til Dawn, was born in San Antonio, Texas
20th June, 1968

American rapper and actor Ice Cube, famous for his roles in Boyz in the Hood and Anaconda, was born in Los Angeles, California
15th June, 1969

The Wild Bunch, directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine, was released in the U.S.
18th June, 1969

French actor Jean Dujardin, the first french actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor for The Artist, was born in Rueil-Malmaison, Île-de-France
19th June, 1972

American actor Neil Patrick Harris, famous for his roles in Starship Troopers, Gone Girl and American Pie: Reunion, was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
15th June, 1973

Chinatown, directed by Roman Polanski and starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, was released in the U.S.
20th June, 1974

Jaws, based on the book by Peter Benchley, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Roy Scheider, was released in the U.S.
20th June, 1975

American actor Alan Reed, famous for his roles in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Lady and the Tramp, died aged 69
14th June, 1977

Grease, directed by Randal Kleiser and starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, was released in the U.S.
16th June, 1978

American actress Zoe Saldana, famous for her roles in Avatar and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, was born in Passaic, New Jersey
19th June, 1978

American film director Nicholas Ray, best known for the 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause, died aged 67
16th June, 1979

Musical comedy film The Blues Brothers, directed by John Landis and starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, premiered in Chicago
16th June, 1980

German-born Austrian actor Curd Jürgens, famous for his roles in The Spy Who Loved Me and The Longest Day, died aged 66
18th June, 1982

American actor Paul Dano, famous for his roles in Little Miss Sunshine and There Will Be Blood, was born in New York City
19th June, 1984

Scottish actor Richard Madden, famous for his roles in Cinderella, Rocketman and 1917, was born in Elderslie, Scotland
18th June, 1986

Ghostbusters II, directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Bill Murry and Dan Aykroyd, premiered in the U.S.
16th June, 1989

American NFL player and actor John Matuszak, famous for his role in The Goonies, died of an accidental overdose aged just 38
17th June, 1989

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, directed by Kevin Reynolds and starring Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman, was released in the U.S.
14th June, 1991

Batman Returns, directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer, was released in the U.S.
19th June, 1992

Disney’s animated musical film The Lion King was released in the U.S., taking $42 million at the Box Office in it’s opening weekend
15th June, 1994

The Fast and the Furious, directed by Rob Cohen and starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez, was released in the U.S.
18th June, 2001

The Bourne Identity, directed by Doug Liman and starring Matt Damon, was released in the U.S.
14th June, 2002

Batman Begins, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Katie Holmes, was released in the U.S.
15th June, 2005

French actress Suzanne Flon, famous for her roles in One Deadly Summer and Moulin Rouge, died aged 87
15th June, 2005

American special effects and makeup artist Stan Winston, best known for his work in the Terminator series, the first three Jurassic Park films, Aliens, the first two Predator films, Inspector Gadget, Iron Man, and Edward Scissorhands, died aged 62
15th June, 2008

Welsh actor Victor Spinetti, famous for his roles in A Hard Day’s Night and Help!, died aged 82
18th June, 2012

American actor James Gandolfini, famous for his roles in True Romance, Enough Said and Zero Dark Thirty, died aged 51
19th June, 2013

Jurassic World becomes the first film to make $500 million worldwide in its opening weekend
14th June, 2015

Pixar’s animated film Inside Out, with voices by Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Bill Hader and Mindy Kaling, was released in the U.S.
19th June, 2015

American actor Stephen Furst, famous for his roles in Animal House and The Dream Team, died aged 63
16th June, 2017

American film director John G. Avildsen, famous for his films Rocky and The Karate Kid, died age 81
16th June, 2017

British actor Daniel Day-Lewis,the first and only actor to have three Academy Awards for Best Actor, announced his retirement from acting
20th June, 2017

English actor Ian Holm, famous for his roles in The Lord of the Rings, Alien and King Lear, died age 88
19th June, 2020

Well there we have our picks for this week in film history between 14th – 20th June.

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