On This Day

July 1948 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Pro Wrestling

Jul 20 Lou Thesz beats Bill Longson, to become NWA wrestling champion

Professional Wrestler Lou Thesz
Professional Wrestler
Lou Thesz
  • 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, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2005)
  • Jul 6 Nathalie Baye, French actress (Beau Pere, Honeymoon), born in Mainneville, France
  • Jul 7 Jean Leclerc, French Canadian actor (Jeremy Hunter-All My Children), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 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, born in Panama City, Panama
  • Jul 18 Carlos Colón, Sr., Puerto Rican professional wrestler, born in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico
  • Jul 19 Beverly Archer, American actress (Iola-Mama's Family), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Jul 21 Art Hindle, actor (Jeff-Dallas, Berrengers), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Jul 22 Otto Waalkes, German comedian
  • Jul 24 Marvin the Martian, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Haredevil Hare"
  • Jul 28 Georgia Engel, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show - "Georgette"; Hot In Cleveland), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2019)
  • Jul 28 Gerald Casale, American new wave bassist, vocalist, keyboardist, and music video director (Devo - "Whip It!': "Jocko Homo"), born in Ravenna, Ohio
  • Jul 30 Jean Reno, Moroccan-French actor (22 Bullets), born in Casablanca, Morocco

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jul 5 Carole Landis [Frances Ridste], American actress (I Wake Up Screaming, One Million BC, Topper Returns), allegedly commits suicide 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, American actor and director (Tumbleweeds), dies at 68

D. W. Griffith

Jul 23 D.W. Griffith, American director and producer (Birth of a Nation), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 73

Film Director D. W. Griffith
Film Director
D. W. Griffith
  • Jul 31 Maria "Marie" Hens, Flemish actress (Female Revue), dies at 70