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

Death Wish

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 24 American newscaster Christine Chubbuck is the first person to commit suicide during a live TV broadcast at WXLT-TV
  • 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 Tami Erin, American actress and model (The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking), born in Wheaton, Illinois
  • Jul 8 Zhanna Friske [Jeanna Kopylova], Russian model, actress, and singer (Blestyashchiye), born in Moscow, USSR (d. 2015)
  • 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 15 Chris Taylor, Australian comedian, (The Chaser), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jul 16 Chris Pontius, American actor and Jackass cast member, born in Pasadena, California

Ramin Djawadi (49 years old)

Jul 19 Iranian-German Emmy Award-winning film and television composer (Iron Man; Game of Thrones; A Wrinkle in Time), born in Duisburg, West Germany

  • Jul 19 Rey Bucanero, Mexican professional wrestler
  • Jul 20 Simon Rex, American actor (Red Rocket), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jul 22 Franka Potente, German actress
  • Jul 22 Viktoria Tolstoy [Louise Viktoria Kjellberg], Swedish jazz singer ("Meet Me at the Movies"), born in Sigtuna Municipality, Sweden
  • Jul 23 Kathryn Hahn, American actress (WandaVision), born in Westchester, Illinois
  • Jul 23 Sonny Siaki, Samoan-born professional wrestler, born in Pago Pago, American Samoa
  • 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 Hannah Waddingham, British actress (Ted Lasso; Game of Thrones, 2015-16), and musical theater singer, born in London, England
  • Jul 28 Justin Lee Collins, British radio host, actor and comedian, born in Southmead, Bristol
  • Jul 29 Josh Radnor, American actor (How I Met Your Mother), born in Columbus, Ohio

Hilary Swank (49 years old)

Jul 30 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 12 Georg Annenkov, Russian-French artist and stage and film set designer ('The Mutiny of the Machines'), dies at 84
  • Jul 15 Christine Chubbock, American TV newscaster (WXLT-TV, Sarasota, Florida), commits suicide during live broadcast by shooting herself at 29
  • Jul 15 Christine Chubbuck, American TV news reporter, commits suicide live on TV at 29
  • Jul 19 Joe Flynn, American character actor (McHale's Navy - "Capt. Binghamton; The Love Bug; The Rescuers), dies of a heart attack while swimming in his pool at 49
  • Jul 20 Allen Jenkins, American actor (Hey Jeannie, Top Cop, Girl Habit), dies at 74
  • Jul 22 Edna Lewis Thomas, American actress (A 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 Ernest Milton, American-British actor (Julius Caesar, Cat Girl), dies at 84
  • Jul 28 Truman Bradley, American TV host (Science Fiction Theater), dies at 69

Cass Elliot (1941-1974)

Jul 29 American pop vocalist (Mamas & The Papas - "California Dreaming"; "Monday, Monday"; solo - "Dream A little Dream Of Me"; "Make Your Own Kind of Music"), dies of a heart attack in London at 32