July 1948 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jul 21 WSPD TV channel 13 in Toledo, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 26 1st black host of a network show-CBS' Bob Howard Show
  • Jul 30 Professional wrestling premieres on prime-time network TV (DuMont)

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jul 2 Saul Rubinek, Canadian film actor
  • Jul 5 William Hootkins, American actor (d. 2005)
  • Jul 6 Nathalie Baye, Mainneville France, actress (Beau Pere, Honeymoon)
  • Jul 7 Jean Leclerc, French-Canadian actor
  • Jul 8 Kim Darby, American actress (True Grit, Enola Gay, Rich Man Poor Man), born in Hollywood, California
  • Jul 12 Jay Thomas [Jon Thomas Terrell], American actor and comedian (Cheers, Murphy Brown), born in Kermit, Texas (d. 2017)
  • Jul 13 Daphne Maxwell Reid, actress (Frank's Place)
  • Jul 16 Rubén Blades, Panamanian singer and actor
  • Jul 18 Carlos Colón, Sr., Puerto Rican professional wrestler
  • Jul 19 Beverly Archer, actress (Iola-Mama's Family), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Jul 21 Art Hindle, Halifax Nova Scotia, actor (Jeff-Dallas, Berrengers)
  • Jul 22 Otto Waalkes, German comedian
  • Jul 28 Georgia Engel, American actress (Georgette- The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 28 Gerald Casale, American musician and director (founding member of Devo), born in Ravenna, Ohio
  • Jul 30 Jean Reno, Moroccan-born French actor

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jul 5 Carole Landis, US actress (1 Million BC, Topper Returns), dies at 29
  • Jul 9 James Baskett, American actor (Song of the South) 1st African American male to receive an Oscar, dies from diabetes at 44
  • Jul 11 King Baggot, actor (Tish, San Francisco), dies at 68

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Jul 23 D.W. Griffith, American director and producer, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 73

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  • Jul 31 Maria "Marie" Hens, Flemish actress (Female Revue), dies at 70