On This Day in Film & TV for July 12

Events in Film & TV

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Doctors discover a cancerous growth in President Reagan's colon

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 2012 45th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1880 Tod Browning, American film director (d. 1962)
  • 1883 Joseph Crehan, American actor (The Roaring Twenties, Meeting at Midnight), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1966)
  • 1884 Louis B. Mayer, Dymer, Ukraine, American film producer and creator of the star system (MGM)
  • 1886 Jean Hersholt, Danish actor (Heidi, Greed, Men in White, Aryan), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1956)
  • 1908 Alain Cuny, actor (Detective, Weite Land, Emmanuelle)
  • 1908 Milton Berle, Harlem comedian (Uncle Miltie, Mr Television), born in NYC, New York
  • 1909 Joey Faye, American comedian (Joey Faye's Follies), born in NYC, New York
  • 1909 Curly Joe DeRita, American actor and comedian (d. 1993)
  • 1919 Vera Hruba Ralston, actress (Dajkota) [or 6/12/1921], born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1920 Keith Andes, Ocean City NJ, actor (Farmer's Daughter, Away All Boats)
  • 1920 Beah Richards, American actress (d. 2000)
  • 1926 Beah Richards, Vicksburg MS, actress/playwright (Big Shot, Generation)
  • 1928 Sir Alastair Burnet [James William Alexander Burnet], British journalist and broadcaster (News at Ten), Born in Sheffield, England (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Gordon Pinsent, Canadian actor, director, and writer
  • 1936 Jan Nemec, film director (Diamonds of the Night), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 broadcaster and journalist
  • 1941 Joseph Whipp, American actor
  • 1943 Ernie Anastos, Nashua NH, news anchor (WCBS, WABC)
  • 1943 Walter Murch, American film editor
  • 1944 Denise Nicholas, actress (Room 222, Baby I'm Back), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1945 Leopoldo Mastelloni, Italian actor
  • 1946 Sian Barbara Allen, 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, Huron SD, actress (Charlie's Angels, Purple Hearts)
  • 1951 Jamey Sheridan, actor (Another World), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1951 Brian Grazer, American film producer
  • 1956 Mel Harris, [Mary Ellen], Bethlehem Pa, actress (Hope-30 Something)
  • 1957 Buddy Foster, actor (Hondo, Mayberry RFD)
  • 1958 Tonya Lee Williams, Canadian actress
  • 1960 Corynne Charby, French model, actress and singer
  • 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 Lon Chaney Jr, American actor (Hawkeye, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), 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 (Genevieve), 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, British actor (b. 1914)
  • 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