On This Day

July 1980 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jul 2 Comedy film "Airplane!" written and directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and starring Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty premieres
  • Jul 7 Shawn Weatherly, of USA, crowned 29th Miss Universe
  • Jul 7 Jineane Ford of Arizona replaces Shawn Weatherly (Miss Universe) as the 29th Miss USA
  • Jul 30 13th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jul 2 Nicole Manske, American beauty queen and motorsports television commentator
  • Jul 3 Olivia Munn, American actress (The Newsroom: X-Men: Apocalypse), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jul 4 Muhammad Ali Hasan, American filmmaker, born in Pueblo, Colorado
  • Jul 4 Max Elliott Slade, American film actor, born in Pasadena, California
  • Jul 6 Eva Green, French actress and model (Kingdom of Heaven, Casino Royale), born in Paris, France
  • Jul 7 Deidre Downs, American beauty queen, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jul 10 Thomas Ian Nicholas, actor (American Pie, Rookie of the Year), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jul 11 T.J. Wilson, Canadian professional wrestler
  • Jul 12 Johanna Klum, German TV presenter
  • Jul 15 Jasper Pääkkönen, Finnish actor and film producer
  • Jul 17 Brett Goldstein, English comedian and actor (Ted Lasso), born in London, England

Kristen Bell

Jul 18 Kristen Bell, American actress (Veronica Mars, Frozen), born in Huntington Woods, Michigan

  • Jul 18 Ryōko Hirosue, Japanese actress and singer, born in Kōchi, Japan
  • Jul 19 Mark Webber, American actor
  • Jul 20 Gisele Bündchen, Brazilian model
  • Jul 21 Lee Camp, American comedian (Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 26 Lee Dong-gun, South Korean actor, born in Gangnam District, Seoul
  • Jul 27 Dolph Ziggler [Nicholas Theodore Nemeth], American professional wrestler, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jul 27 Jessi Combs, American auto racer, television personality (women’s land speed class record [4 wheels] 2013, 16), born in Rockerville, South Dakota (d. 2019)
  • Jul 29 Rachel Miner, American actress
  • Jul 31 Harry Potter, fictional character portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe, born in Godric's Hollow, England

Weddings in Film & TV

Raquel Welch

Jul 5 Actress Raquel Welch (39) weds producer André Weinfeld

Michael Biehn

Jul 11 Actor Michael Biehn (23) weds actress Carlene Olson (25)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jul 6 Gail Patrick [Margaret Fitzpatrick], American actress (My Man Godfrey, Love Crazy), dies of leukemia at 69
  • Jul 7 Reginald Gardiner, British actor (The Flying Deuces; The Great Dictator), dies at 77
  • Jul 10 Komako Kimura, Japanese suffragette, actress and editor, dies at 92
  • Jul 11 Peggy Knudson, actress (April-So This is Hollywood), dies at 57
  • Jul 15 Eddie Jackson, comedian (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 84
  • Jul 17 Donald "Red" Barry, American actor (Adventures of Red Ryder, Jesse James' Women), commits suicide at 68

Peter Sellers

Jul 24 Peter Sellers, English actor and comedian (The Goon Show, Pink Panther), dies at 54

  • Jul 24 Uttam Kumar, Indian actor (b. 1926)
  • Jul 25 Vladimir Vysotsky, Russian poet, singer, and actor (b. 1938)
  • Jul 26 Allen Hoskins, American child actor (Our Gang), dies of cancer at 59
  • Jul 30 Charles McGraw [Butters], American actor (Spartacus, The Birds, The Killers, Smith Family), dies after falling through a glass shower door at 66
  • Jul 31 Bobby Van [Stein], American stage and screen musical singer and actor (The Affairs of Dobie Gillis; Small Town Girl), dies of brain cancer at 49