On This Day in Film & TV for July 12

Events in Film & TV

  • 1928 1st televised tennis match
  • 1953 KTVB TV channel 7 in Boise, ID (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 NBC uses cameras to show catchers signals during Yankee-Red Sox game
  • 1960 XEWT TV channel 12 in Tijuana-San Diego, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1976 1st "Family Feud" game show debuts on ABC hosted by Richard Dawson
  • 2012 45th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Film release premierFilm Premier

2018 "Misson: Impossible - Fallout", directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson, premieres in Paris

Actor Tom Cruise
Actor
Tom Cruise
Actor and Comedian Simon Pegg
Actor and Comedian
Simon Pegg

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1880 Tod Browning, American film director (Dracula), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1962)
  • 1883 Joseph Crehan, American actor (The Roaring Twenties, Meeting at Midnight), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1966)
  • 1884 Louis B. Mayer, American film producer and creator of the star system (MGM), born in Minsk, Russian Empire (d. 1957)
  • 1886 Jean Hersholt, Danish actor (Heidi, Greed, Men in White, Aryan), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1956)
  • 1908 Alain Cuny, French actor (La Dolce Vita, Detective, Weite Land, Emmanuelle), born in Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, France (d. 1994)
  • 1908 Milton Berle, Harlem comedian (Uncle Miltie, Mr Television), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1909 Joey Faye, American comedian (Joey Faye's Follies), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1909 "Curly" Joe DeRita, American actor and comedian (The Three Stooges), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • 1919 Vera Ralston [Věra Helena Hrubá], Czech figure skater and actress (Dakota, Accused of Murder), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2003)
  • 1920 Keith Andes, American actor (Farmer's Daughter, Away All Boats), born in Ocean City, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Beah Richards, American actress, poet, playwright and author (Roots, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Sir Alastair Burnet [James William Alexander Burnet], British journalist and broadcaster (News at Ten), Born in Sheffield, England (d. 2012)
  • 1928 Kathy Staff [Minnie Higginbottom], British actress (Mary Reilly, Last of the Summer Wine, Open All Hours), born in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England (d. 2008)
  • 1930 Gordon Pinsent, Canadian actor, director, writer, and voice of "Babar the elephant", born in Grand Falls, Newfoundland
  • 1936 Jan Nemec, Czech film director (Diamonds of the Night), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)

Person of interestBill Cosby

1937 Bill Cosby, American actor and comedian (Cosby Show, I Spy, Leonard Part 6), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • 1939 Phillip Adams, Australian humanist and broadcaster (Late Night Live), born in Maryborough, Victoria
  • 1941 Joseph Whipp, American actor (Escape from Alcatraz), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1943 Ernie Anastos, American news anchor (WCBS, WABC), born in Nashua, New Hampshire
  • 1943 Walter Murch, American film editor and sound engineer (Apocalypse Now), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Denise Nicholas, American actress (Room 222, Baby I'm Back), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1945 Leopoldo Mastelloni, Italian actor (Inferno), born in Naples, Italy
  • 1946 Sian Barbara Allen, American actress (Scream Pretty Peggy), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Jay Thomas [Jon Thomas Terrell], American actor and comedian (Cheers, Murphy Brown), born in Kermit, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1951 Cheryl Ladd, American actress (Charlie's Angels, Purple Hearts), born in Huron, South Dakota
  • 1951 Jamey Sheridan, American actor (Another World), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1951 Brian Grazer, American film producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Mel Harris [Mary Ellen], American actress (Hope-30 Something), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 Buddy Foster, actor (Hondo, Mayberry RFD)
  • 1958 Tonya Lee Williams, Canadian actress
  • 1960 Corynne Charby [Corinne Charbit], French model, actress and pop singer, born in Paris, France
  • 1962 Grecia Colmenares, Venezuela, actress (Esmeralda, Los Crinimales)
  • 1964 Judi Evans Luciano, Montebello, actress (Paulina Cory-Another World)
  • 1964 Gaby Roslin, English television presenter
  • 1965 Eric Cullen, actor (Huntington Tower)
  • 1966 Allegra Curtis, model and daughter of Christine Kaufmann and Tony Cutis, born in London, England
  • 1967 Richard Herring, English comedian
  • 1970 Jaason Simmons, actor (Baywatch)
  • 1970 Brian Lee Byung-Hun, South Korean actor
  • 1972 Jake Wood, English actor
  • 1974 Gregory Helms, American professional wrestler
  • 1975 Cheyenne Jackson, American actor and singer
  • 1976 Anna Friel, British actress (Pushing Daisies), born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester
  • 1977 Brock Lesnar, American mixed martial artist and professional wrestler (WWE), born in Webster, South Dakota
  • 1977 Steve Howey, American actor
  • 1978 Claire Chitham, New Zealand actress
  • 1978 Topher Grace, American actor
  • 1978 Michelle Rodriguez, American actress
  • 1980 Johanna Klum, German TV presenter
  • 1985 Natasha Poly, Russian supermodel
  • 1986 Krystal Forscutt, Australian model/reality TV contestant
  • 1991 Erik Per Sullivan, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1933 Fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time Fred Astaire (34) weds socialite Phyllis Livingston Potter (25)

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire

HeartWedding of Interest

1941 Actor William Holden (23) weds actress Brenda Marshall (25) in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

1998 "Dynasty" actress Catherine Oxenberg (36) weds "Chinatown" film producer Robert Evans (68) in Beverly Hills, California

Film Producer Robert Evans
Film Producer
Robert Evans

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1971 Yvon Robert, French Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1914)
  • 1973 Leonidas "Lon" Chaney, American actor nicknamed "the man of a 1000 faces" (High Noon, Phantom of the Opera), dies after long illness at 67
  • 1976 Ted Mack, TV host (Original Amateur Hour), dies at 72
  • 1977 Ed Holmes, actor (Growing Paynes, Once Upon a Tune), dies at 66
  • 1982 Kenneth More, British actor (39 Steps, Doctor in the House) dies of Parkinson's disease at 67
  • 1992 Reginald Beck, English film editor (Robbery, Accident, Boom), dies
  • 1993 Lily van Lugt Melsert, actress (Tomorrow will be better), dies at 91
  • 1995 Michael Clegg, naturalist/broadcaster, dies at 62
  • 1996 John Chancellor, news anchor (VOA, NBC), dies at 68
  • 1999 Bill Owen [William Owen Rowbotham], British actor (Last of the Summer Wine, Not So Dusty), dies from pancreatic cancer at 85
  • 2010 Buff Cobb [Patrizia Cobb Chapman], American actress and TV personality (Masquerade Party), dies at 82
  • 2011 Sherwood Schwartz, American Television Writer (b. 1916)
  • 2013 Pran Krishan Sikand, Indian actor often cast as the villain in Hindi cinema (Khandaan, Be-Imaan), dies of pneumonia at 93
  • 2013 Alan Whicker, British journalist and TV broadcaster (Whicker's World), dies at 91