On This Day in Film & TV for July 17

Events in Film & TV


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1959 "North by Northwest" directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint premieres in Los Angeles

  • 1965 WLCY (now WTSP) TV channel 10 in St Petersburg-Tampa, FL (ABC) begins
  • 1968 The Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine" premieres in London

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1980 Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for US president

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1997 30th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Film release premierFilm Release

1998 "The Mask of Zorro" directed by Martin Campbell, starring Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins is released

  • 2003 36th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

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2004 Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison plus five months in home confinement for lying to federal investigators

Business Magnate and TV Personality Martha Stewart
Business Magnate and TV Personality
Martha Stewart

Film release premierFilm Release

2015 Marvel's "Ant-Man", starring Paul Rudd as the titular character, is released

Actor Paul Rudd
Actor
Paul Rudd

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1883 Mauritz Stiller [Moshe Stiller], Swedish actor and director (The Saga of Gösta Berling, Erotikon), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1928)
  • 1892 Mary Clare, British actress (Evil Mind, Young & Innocent), born in London, England (d. 1970)

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1899 James Cagney, American actor (Yankee Doodle Dandy), born in New York City

  • 1905 "Bill" William Gargan, American actor (The Bells of St. Mary's, You Only Live Once), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1906 John Carroll [Julian LaFaye], American actor (Flying Tigers, Go West), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1979)
  • 1912 Art Linkletter, Saskatchewan Canada, TV host (People are Funny)
  • 1914 Lucille Benson, Scottsboro Ala, actress (Lilly-Bosom Buddies)
  • 1915 Cass Daley, actress (Red Garters), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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1917 Phyllis Diller, American comedienne and actress (Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number), born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2012)

Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller
  • 1920 Bill Monroe, newscaster (NBC-TV, Congressional Report), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1920 Helen Walker, actress (Brewster's Million), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1921 Acquanetta, [Mildred Davenport], Wyo, actress (Tarzan & Leopard Woman)
  • 1921 František Zvarík, Slovakian actor
  • 1926 Édouard Carpentier, French-born professional wrestler
  • 1926 Charles Champlin, American film critic and writer
  • 1933 Bruce Wells, British boxer & actor
  • 1934 Pat McCormick, comedian (Don Rickles Show)
  • 1935 Donald Sutherland, St John New Brunswick, Canadian actor (M*A*S*H, Body Snatchers)
  • 1935 Diahann Carroll, actress (Julia, Claudine, Dominique-Dynasty), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1939 Andrée Champagne, French Canadian actress and politician
  • 1940 Phyllis Davis, Port Arthur Tx, actress (Love American Style, Vega$)
  • 1940 Tim Brooke-Taylor, English comedian
  • 1945 Fenneken Fockema Andreae, Dutch actress (Sea Gull)
  • 1946 Alun Armstrong, English actor (New Tricks), born in Anfield Plain, County Durham
  • 1950 Derek de Lint, Dutch actor
  • 1950 P.J. Soles, German-born American actress
  • 1951 Lucie Arnaz, actress (Kim-Here's Lucy, Jazz Singer), born in Los Angeles, California

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1952 David Hasselhoff, American actor (Night Rider, Mitch-Baywatch), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • 1956 Robert Romanus, American actor
  • 1958 Wong Kar-wai, Chinese film director (In the Mood for Love), born in Shanghai
  • 1960 Karen Elaine Price, playmate (January, 1981), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1960 Nancy Giles, American actress (Connie-Delta, Off Beat, Big, Angie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Robin Shou, martial arts actor (Mortal Kombat, Beverly Hills Ninja)
  • 1960 Mark Burnett, English-born television producer
  • 1961 Jonathan Potts, Canadian actor
  • 1962 Bill Sage, American actor
  • 1963 Denise Miller, American actress (Billie-Archie Bunker's Place), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1963 John Ventimiglia, American actor (The Sopranos), born in Queens, New York
  • 1964 Heather Langenkamp, actress (Marie-Just the 10 of Us)
  • 1965 Alex Winter, actor (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure), born in London, England
  • 1965 Santiago Segura, Spanish film director and actor
  • 1968 Beth Littleford, American comedian
  • 1968 Bitty Schram, American actress
  • 1973 Liam Kyle Sullivan, American comedian and actor
  • 1975 Elena Anaya, Spanish actress
  • 1975 Cécile de France, Belgian actress
  • 1975 Konnie Huq, English television presenter
  • 1976 Dagmara Dominczyk, Polish actress
  • 1976 Eric Winter, American actor
  • 1976 Matthew Holmes, Australian actor
  • 1978 Mike Hettinga, American professional wrestler
  • 1978 Katharine Towne, American actress
  • 1979 Mike Vogel, American actor (Under the Dome), born in Abington Township, Pennsylvania
  • 1983 Brooke Kinsella, British actress (Eastenders), born in London
  • 1983 Sarah Jones, American actress
  • 1986 Dana, Korean singer and actress (TSZX)
  • 1988 Summer Bishil, American actress
  • 1989 Josie Loren Lopez, American actress (17 Again, Make It or Break It), born in Miami, Florida

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1942 Actress Lana Turner marries actor Stephen Crane (annulled)

HeartWedding of Interest

1954 Master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era Groucho Marx (63) weds actress Eden Hartford (24)

Comedian Groucho Marx
Comedian
Groucho Marx

HeartWedding of Interest

1988 NHL ice hockey star player Wayne Gretzky (27) weds actress Janet Jones (27) at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton, Canada

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

HeartWedding of Interest

1999 Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hunt (36) weds "The Simpsons" voice actor Hank Azaria (35) in Los Angeles, California

Actress Helen Hunt
Actress
Helen Hunt
Actor Hank Azaria
Actor
Hank Azaria

HeartWedding of Interest

1999 Actress Raquel Welch (58) weds Richard Palmer in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Raquel Welch
Actress
Raquel Welch
  • 2005 Actor Ethan Embry (27) weds actress Sunny Mabrey (29)
  • 2010 Actress Khadijah Haqq (29) weds New Orleans Saints defensive end Bobby McCray (29) at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles
  • 2016 Actress and model Tatyana Ali (37) weds Vaughn Rasberry in Beverly Hills, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1953 Maude K Adams, US actress (Little Minister), dies
  • 1967 Cyril Ring, American actor (I Wake Up Screaming, The Barber Shop), dies at 74
  • 1967 Gertrude McCoy, silent screen actress (Blue Bird), dies at 77
  • 1970 Juano Hernandez, actor (St Louis Blues, Two Loves), dies at 74
  • 1978 Thayer David, actor (Rocky, Roots, Savages), dies at 51
  • 1980 Donald Barry, actor (Mr Gallo-Mr Novak), dies at 68
  • 1984 J Delos Jewkes, singer/actor (Stars & Stripes Forever), dies at 89
  • 1985 Margo, actress (Rumba, Viva Zapata), dies at 68 of a brain tumor
  • 1987 Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (b. 1934)
  • 1988 Bruiser Brody [Frank Goodish], professional wrestler, stabbed to death at 42
  • 1990 Bernard Cowan, TV announcer, dies of kidney disease at 68
  • 1996 Sid Sussman, beauty pageant organizer, dies of heart attack
  • 2004 Pat Roach, British professional wrestler and actor (b. 1937)
  • 2005 Geraldine Fitzgerald, Irish-born actress (b. 1913)
  • 2005 Gavin Lambert, British-born screenwriter, dies at 80
  • 2008 Larry Haines, American actor (b. 1918)

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2009 Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist and news anchor (CBS Evening News 1962-81), dies of cerebrovascular disease at 92

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • 2011 David Ngoombujarra, Australian actor (b. 1967)