On This Day

July 1974 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jul 15 TV news reporter Christine Chubbuck shoots herself live on WXLT-TV, Florida, first person to commit suicide in a live broadcast

Film Release

Jul 24 "Death Wish", based on the novel by Brian Garfield, directed by Michael Winner and starring Charles Bronson is released in the US

  • Jul 31 6th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jul 1 Michele Krasnoo, American actress (Kickboxer IV), born in Culver City, California
  • Jul 2 Moon So-ri, South Korean actress
  • Jul 8 Zhanna Friske, Russian actress and singer
  • Jul 8 Tami Erin, American actress and model
  • Jul 10 (Idalmis) Marina Vidal, American actress, journalist and beauty queen (Miss Florida 1996), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jul 10 Chiwetel Ejiofor, British film and stage actor ("Twelve Years a Slave"), born in London, England
  • Jul 12 Gregory Helms, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 14 David Mitchell, English comedian and actor (Mitchell and Webb, Peep Show), born in Salisbury, England
  • Jul 16 Chris Pontius, American actor and Jackass cast member, born in Pasadena, California
  • Jul 19 Rey Bucanero, Mexican professional wrestler
  • Jul 20 Simon Rex, American actor
  • Jul 22 Viktoria Tolstoy [Louise Viktoria Kjellberg], Swedish jazz singer ("Meet Me at the Movies"), born in Sigtuna Municipality, Sweden
  • Jul 22 Franka Potente, German actress
  • Jul 23 Sonny Siaki, Samoan-born professional wrestler, born in Pago Pago, American Samoa
  • Jul 23 Kathryn Hahn, American actress (WandaVision), born in Westchester, Illinois
  • Jul 25 Jay R. Ferguson, American actor (Evening Shade, Mad Men), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 25 Kenzo Suzuki, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Hekinan, Aichi, Japan
  • Jul 28 Justin Lee Collins, British radio host, actor and comedian, born in Southmead, Bristol
  • Jul 28 Hannah Waddingham, British actress (Ted Lasso; Game of Thrones, 2015-16), and musical theater singer, born in London, England

Hilary Swank

Jul 30 Hilary Swank, American actress (Boys Don't Cry, Million Dollar Baby), born in Lincoln, Nebraska

  • Jul 31 Emilia Fox, English actress (The Pianist), born in London

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jul 15 Christine Chubbuck, American TV news reporter, commits suicide live on TV at 29
  • Jul 19 Joseph "Joe" Flynn, American character actor (McHale's Navy, Batman), dies of a heart attack while swimming at 59
  • Jul 20 Allen Jenkins, American actor (Hey Jeannie, Top Cop, Girl Habit), dies at 74
  • Jul 22 Edna Lewis Thomas, American actress (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 88
  • Jul 22 Lili Darvas, Hungarian actress (Szerelem, Cimmaron), dies at 68
  • Jul 23 Mary Forbes, actress (Nun-Les Miserables, Ivy), dies at 90
  • Jul 24 Chris Chubbock, newscaster, shoots self on air
  • Jul 24 Ernest Milton, actor (Julius Caesar, Cat Girl), dies at 84
  • Jul 28 Truman Bradley, American TV host (Science Fiction Theater), dies at 69