This Week in Film History 16th November
This Week in Film History 16th November

9th – 15th November: Discover This Fascinating Week in Film History

This week we cover the period between 9th – 15th November 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.

9th – 15th November

British actor Claude Rains, famous for his roles in CasablancaThe Invisible Man and Notorious, was born in London.
10th November, 1889

American actor Jack Oakie, famous for his role in The Great Dictator, was born in Sedalia, Missouri.
12th November, 1903

American singer turned actor Dick Powell, famous for roles in Murder, My Sweet and Pitfall, was born in Mountain View, Arkansas.
14th November, 1904

American actor Robert Ryan, famous for roles in The Dirty Dozen and The Longest Day, was born in Chicago, Illinois.
11th November, 1909

The first possible movie stunt took place: a man jumps into the Hudson river from a burning hot air balloon.
12th November, 1910

Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-American actress known for her roles in Ecstasy and Samson & Delilah as well as inventing a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes, was born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary.
9th November, 1914

Welsh stage and screen actor Richard Burton, famous for his roles in Where Eagles DareCleopatra and The Robe, was born in Pontrhydyfen, South Wales.
10th November, 1925

British film director John Guillermin, famous for directing The Towering Inferno and King Kong, was born in London.
11th November, 1925

American actor Don Gordon, famous for his roles in The Final ConflictBullitt and Papillon, was born in Los Angeles, California.
13th November, 1926

Princess of Monaco and Hollywood Icon Grace Kelly, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
12th November, 1929

The 4th Academy Awards take place. Cimarron wins Best Picture, Lionel Barrymore wins Best Actor & Marie Dressler wins Best Actress.
10th November, 1931

American actor John Kerr, famous for roles in South Pacific and Peyton Place, was born in New York City.
15th November, 1931

American actor Roy Scheider, famous for his roles in Jaws, The French Connection, Marathon Man and Paper Lion, was born in Orange, New Jersey.
10th November, 1932

American actor Yaphet Kotto, famous for roles in Alien and Live and Let Die, was born in New York City.
15th November, 1939

Walt Disney begins serving as an informer for the Los Angeles office of the FBI; his job is to report back information on Hollywood subversives.
10th November, 1940

Walt Disney’s Fantasia was released in cinemas.
13th November, 1940

American actor Sam Waterston, famous for his roles in Capricorn One and Heaven’s Gate, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
15th November, 1940

Walt Disney’s controversial Song of the South is released.
12th November, 1946

Gentlemen’s Agreement, directed by Elia Karan, and starring Gregory Peck and Dorothy McGuire, premiered in New York. It won Best Picture in 1948.
11th November, 1947

American bodybuilder and actor Lou Ferrigno, famous for portraying the Incredible Hulk, was born in Brooklyn, New York.
9th November, 1951

American actor Lionel Barrymore, famous for his roles in It’s A Wonderful LifeGrand Hotel and A Free Soul, died aged 76.
15th November, 1954

British actress Karen Dotrice, famous for playing the young Jane Banks in Mary Poppins, was born in Guernsey, Channel Islands.
9th November, 1955

American actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg, famous for roles in The Color Purple and Sister Act, was born in New York City.
13th November, 1955

English actor Paul McGann, famous for playing the Eighth Doctor in the Doctor Who television movie and playing “I” in Withnail and I, was born in Liverpool.
14th November, 1959

American actress Demi Moore, famous for roles in Ghost and G.I. Jane, was born in Roswell, New Mexico.
11th November, 1962

English actress Vanessa Angel, famous for her role in Kingpin, was born in London.
10th November, 1966

English actor Jonny Lee Miller, famous for his role in Trainspotting, was born in London.
15th November, 1972

American actor Leonardo DiCaprio, famous for roles in Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Revenant and Titanic, was born in Los Angeles, California.
11th November, 1974

Network, directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch and William Holden, premiered in Los Angeles and New York City.
14th November, 1976

American actor Lewis Charles, famous for roles in Topaz and The Feather & Father Gang, died aged 59.
9th November, 1979

Canadian actor Ryan Gosling, famous for roles in The Notebook and Drive, was born in London, Ontario.
12th November, 1980

American actor William Holden, famous for his roles in The Blue KnightSunset Boulevard and The Bridge on the River Kwai, slipped on a rug and bled to death aged 63.
12th November, 1981

American actress Anne Hathaway, famous for roles in Les Misérables, The Dark Knight Rises and The Princess Diaries, was born in New York City.
12th November, 1982

British actor John Le Mesurier, famous for roles in The Italian Job and Jabberwocky, died aged 71.
15th November, 1983

Wes Craven’s horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street premiered in the U.S.
9th November, 1984

John Hughes’ film Home Alone, directed by Chris Columbus, and starring Macaulay Culkin, premiered in Chicago.
10th November, 1990

American model and actress Evelyn Venable, most famous for portraying the statue on the Columbia Pictures logo, died
aged 80.
15th November, 1993

British actor Ernest Clark, famous for roles in Ghandi and The Dam Busters, died aged 82.
11th November, 1994

GoldenEye, the 17th James Bond film was released in cinemas. It stars Irish actor Pierce Brosnan in the lead role as 007 and Judi Dench as M. Both appear in these roles for the first time.

Check out our review of GoldenEye here.
13th November, 1995

Star Trek: Insurrection, directed by Jonathan Frakes and starring Patrick Stewart premiered in the U.S.
10th November, 1998

Toy Story 2, directed by John Lasseter, starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, premiered in the U.S.
13th November, 1999

British actress Margaret “Peggy” Mount, famous for her role as Mrs. Bumble in Oliver!, died aged 86.
13th November, 2001

British actress Charlotte Coleman, famous for her role in Four Weddings and a Funeral, died of an asthma attack aged just 33.
14th November, 2001

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was released in cinemas, based on the second book in the series by J. K. Rowling.
14th November, 2002

Budding young American actor Jonathan Brandis, who had starred in films such as Stepfather II and Sidekicks, commits suicide aged just 27.
12th November, 2003

Casino Royale, the 21st James Bond film, starring Daniel Craig in his first Bond appearance, premiered in London.
14th November, 2006

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, directed by Francis Lawrence, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, premiered in London.
11th November, 2013

The Hunger Games” Mockingjay – Part 1, directed by Francis Lawrence, and starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, premiered in London.
10th November, 2014

American actor Robert Vaughn, famous for roles in Superman III and The Magnificent Seven, died aged 83.
11th November, 2016

Jackie Chan is awarded an honorary Oscar for his film achievements at 8th Annual Governors Awards ceremony.
12th November, 2016

American actor John Hillerman, famous for roles in Magnum PI, Chinatown and Blazing Saddles, died aged 84.
9th November, 2017

Well there we have our picks for this week in film history between 9th – 15th November.

Be sure to check back next week for some more fun film facts and tidbits. If you think we missed something important, be sure to let us know in the comments.

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David Roberts
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