On This Day in Film & TV for July 13

Events in Film & TV

  • 1923 The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles. It originally reads "Hollywoodland " but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949.

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1939 Frank Sinatra makes his recording debut

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1956 WCBI TV channel 4 in Columbus, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1978 BBC bans Sex Pistols "No One is Innocent"

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1987 Federal judge throws out Bette Midler's $10 million suit against Ford Motor Co, who used a sound alike voice for their TV commercials

Actress/Singer Bette Midler
Bette Midler

Music concertMusic Concert

1988 Sting performs his 1st Rain Forest benefit concert

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor

Film release premierFilm Premier

2017 "Dunkirk" film directed by Christopher Nolan with ensemble cast including Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy premieres in London, England

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1888 Jean Murat, French actor (Eternal Rain, Carnival Flanders), born in Périgueux, Dordogne, France (d. 1968)
  • 1895 Sidney Blackmer, American actor (played Ted Roosevelt in 7 movies, Rosemary's Baby), born in Salisbury, North Carolina (d. 1973)
  • 1901 Eric Portman, Yorkshire England, actor (Naked Edge, Canterbury Tale), (d. 1969)
  • 1913 Dave Garroway, TV host (Today Show), born in Schnectady, New York
  • 1921 Ernest Gold [Goldner], Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), born in Vienna (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Git Gay, Swedish actress and singer (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Lois Kibbee, American actress (Edge of Night), born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin (d. 1993)
  • 1923 Sudie Bond, actress (Flo, Temperature Rising), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1928 Bob Crane, actor (Col Hogan-Hogan's Heroes, Donna Reed), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • 1931 Bill Moor, actor (Hanky Panky), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1933 Patsy Byrne, English actress (Stealing Heaven, Blackadder II), born in Ashford, (d. 2014)

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1940 Patrick Stewart, English actor (Picard-Star Trek Next Generation, Charles Xavier-X-men), born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England

  • 1941 Jacques Perrin, actress (Cinema Paradiso, 317th Platoon), born in Paris, France
  • 1941 Lut[guard] Tomsin, actress/director (Knock on the Door)
  • 1941 Robert Forster, actor (Lady in Red, Alligator), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1942 Giancarlo Giannini, Spezia Italy, actor (NY Stories, Sensual Man)

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1942 Harrison Ford, American actor (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1943 Danny Lockin, Lanai, Hawaii, actor/dancer (Hello Dolly), (d. 1977)
  • 1946 Cheech Marin, [Richard], comedian (Cheech & Chong-Up in Smoke)
  • 1948 Daphne Maxwell Reid, actress (Frank's Place)
  • 1951 Didi Conn, [Bernstein], American actress (Denise-Benson, Grease), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1962 Tom Kenny, American voice actor
  • 1968 Robert Gant, American actor
  • 1968 Christian Taylor, British screenwriter
  • 1969 Jamie Walter, actor (Pirate Island)
  • 1972 Sean Waltman, American wrestler
  • 1975 Danni Boatwright, American model/beauty queen (Miss Teen USA 1992 2nd runner-up), born in Tonganoxie, Kansas
  • 1976 Al Santos, American model and actor
  • 1977 Ashley Scott, American actress
  • 1982 Christopher Bauman, American professional wrestler (d. 2005)
  • 1988 Steven R. McQueen, American Actor
  • 1990 Matt Weinberg, American actor
  • 1992 Dylan Patton, American actor
  • 1994 Ridge Canipe, American actor (Walk the Line, A Single Man, Music Within), born in Laguna Beach, California
  • 2305 Jean-Luc Picard, fictional captain on Star Trek Next Generation

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1925 Film producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Productions Walt Disney (23) weds Lillian Bounds (26) at Lewiston's Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Lewiston, Idaho

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney

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1949 Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Jones (30) weds "Rebecca" film producer David O. Selznick (47) in Beverly Hills, California

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1953 Academy award-winning actor José Ferrer (41) weds singer and actress Rosemary Clooney (25) in Durant, Oklahoma

  • 2008 American Pie actor Jason Biggs (30) weds actress Jenny Mollen (28) at Honig Winery and Vineyard in Napa, California

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2013 "Catwoman" actress Halle Berry (46) weds actor Olivier Martinez (47) at Chateau des Conde in Vallery, France

Actress Halle Berry
Halle Berry

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2013 TV host Jimmy Kimmel (45) weds co-head writer Molly McNearney in Ojai, California

TV Host Jimmy Kimmel
TV Host
Jimmy Kimmel

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2007 Environmental activist Laurie Lennard (49) divorces writer Larry David (60) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage

Comedian/Writer Larry David
Larry David

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1973 Willy Fritsch, German actor (Spies, Women in the Moon), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • 1982 John Alexander, actor (Alien PI), dies at 85
  • 1996 Joyce Buck, actress/interior designer, dies at 71
  • 1996 Pandro S Berman, film producer, dies at 91
  • 2006 Red Buttons, American comedian (b. 1919)
  • 2012 Richard Darryl Zanuck, American Academy Award winning film producer, dies from a heart attack at 77

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2013 Cory Monteith, Canadian actor and musician, dies of heroin and alcohol overdose at 31

Actor & Musician Cory Monteith
Actor & Musician
Cory Monteith
  • 2016 Héctor Babenco, film director (Kiss of the Spider Woman), dies at 70