On This Day in Film & TV for July 18

Events in Film & TV

  • 1952 KWGN TV channel 2 in Denver, Colorado (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 "The Nun's Story" based on the novel by Kathryn Hulme, starring Audrey Hepburn premieres in Los Angeles
  • 1970 WJCL TV channel 22 in Savannah, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1988 Shooting begins on Bond film "License to Kill"
  • 1992 Sharon Belden, of Florida, 25, crowned Miss World USA
  • 2013 46th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Cliff Richard wins privacy case against the BBC, for reporting he was being investigated over historic child sexual assaults


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1871 Sada Yacco [Kawakami Sadayakko], Japanese geisha and stage actress, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1946)
  • 1891 Gene Lockhart, American actor (Going My Way, Christmas Carol), born in NYC, New York (d. 1957)
  • 1893 Richard Dix, American actor (10 Commandments, Cimarron, The Ghost Ship), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1949)
  • 1895 Marie Ney, British actress (Brief Ecstasy, Simba, Witchcraft), born in London, England (d. 1981)
  • 1898 John Stuart, Scottish actor (Kittie, Superman, Number Seventeen), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1979)
  • 1902 Chill Wills, American singer and actor (Fronteir Circus, Rounders), born in Seagoville Texas (d. 1978)
  • 1909 Harriet Nelson [Peggy Lou Snyder], American singer and actress (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Follow the Fleet), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Lupe Vélez [María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez], Mexican-American actress (Joe Palooka), born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico (d. 1944)
  • 1911 Hume Cronyn, Canadian actor (World According to Garp, Cocoon), born in London, Ontario (d. 2003)
  • 1913 Marvin Miller [Mueller], American actor (Space Patrol, Dead Reckoning, Millionaire), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 1913 Red Skelton [Richard], American comedian (Red Skelton Show), born in Vincennes, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • 1915 Jane Frazee [Mary Jane Frehse], American actress, singer, and dancer (Beautiful But Broke, Beulah), born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 1985)
  • 1920 Adolphus "Dolph" Sweet, American actor (Gimme a Break, Which Way is Up), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1923 Michael Medwin, British actor and producer (Four in a Jeep, Scrooge, Checkpoint), born in London, England
  • 1925 Jaime de Mora y Aragón, Spanish actor and publicist (Last Judgement), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1995)
  • 1926 Jane Hylton [Audrey Gwendolene Clark], British actress (Adv of Sir Lancelot, Daybreak), born in London, England (d. 1979)
  • 1926 Richard Pasco, British actor (Gorgon, Arch of Triumph), born in Barnes, London (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Robert Sloman, English screenwriter, born in Oldham, Lancashire, England (d. 2005)
  • 1930 Burt Kwouk, English actor (Pink Panther movies), born in Warrington (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Robert Ellis Miller, American film director, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1934 Edward Bond, English playwright and director (Blow-up), born in Holloway, North London
  • 1934 Darlene Conley, American actress (The Bold and the Beautiful), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1938 Britt Leach, American actor (Mickey-Spencer's Pilots), born in Gadsden, Alabama
  • 1938 Paul Verhoeven, Dutch film director (Basic Instinct, Total Recall), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1940 James Brolin, American actor (Dr Kiley-Marcus Welby, Peter-Hotel), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944 Jonelle Allen, American actress (Bessie-Palmerstown USA, Berringers), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Leo Madder, Belgian actor
  • 1947 Ayn Rumen, American actress (Janet-McLean Stevenson Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1947 Kurt Mann, Roslyn NY, actor (Bad Penny)
  • 1948 Carlos Colón, Sr., Puerto Rican professional wrestler
  • 1951 Margo Martindale, American actress
  • 1955 Teresa Ann Savoy, actress (Caligula), born in London, England
  • 1956 Audrey Landers [Hamburg], American actress/singer (Dallas, Chorus Line), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1959 Pauline Quirke, British actress (Birds of a Feather), born in London, England
  • 1960 Anne-Marie Johnson, actress (In the Heat of the Night), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Elizabeth McGovern, actress (Once Upon a Time in Amer), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1962 Jensen Buchanan, American actress (Vicky/Marley-Another World), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1962 Lee Arenberg, American actor
  • 1962 Shaun Micallef, Australian comedian
  • 1963 Al Snow, American professional wrestler
  • 1964 Susan Marie Snyder, actress (Julie-As the World Turns)
  • 1967 Vin Diesel [Mark Sinclair], American actor (The Fast and the Furious), born in Alameda County, California
  • 1969 Masanori Murakawa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1971 Sarah McLeod, New Zealand actress
  • 1976 Elsa Pataky, Spanish actress
  • 1977 Dylan Lane, American television host
  • 1978 Mélissa Theuriau, French newscaster
  • 1979 Jared Hess, American film director and screenwriter
  • 1979 Joey Mercury, American professional wrestler
  • 1980 Kristen Bell, American actress
  • 1980 Ryoko Hirosue, Japanese actress and singer
  • 1982 Priyanka Chopra, Indian actress, singer and beauty queen (Miss World 2000), born in Jamshedpur, India
  • 1982 Ryan Cabrera, American musician and TV host
  • 1985 Chace Crawford, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1959 Actress Louise Fletcher (25) weds producer Jerry Bick (36)

  • 1992 Film critic Roger Ebert marries Chaz Hammel-Smith

HeartWedding of Interest

1992 Singers Whitney Houston (28) & Bobby Brown (23) marry

Singer and Actress Whitney Houston
Singer and Actress
Whitney Houston

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2012 WWE wrestler John Cena (35) divorces Elizabeth Huberdeau (33) due to irretrievably broken marriage after 3 years of getting married

Professional Wrestler and Actor John Cena
Professional Wrestler and Actor
John Cena

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1952 Jack Earle, American actor and sideshow performer known as "The World's Tallest Man," dies at 46
  • 1958 John Gobau, Flemish actor (Electricity, Hostage Rights, The Cross-Patch), dies at 67
  • 1961 Kit Guard, Danish actor (El Diablo Rides, Kid Courageous), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1969 Barbara Pepper [Marion], American actress (Foreign Correspondent, Green Acres, Rogue Tavern), dies of coronary thrombosis at 54
  • 1973 Jack Hawkins, British actor (Lawrence of Arabia, Ben-Hur Just Men, Zulu, Malta Story), dies of post-operative complications at 62
  • 1988 Nico, US model/pop singer (Velvet Underground), dies at 43
  • 1989 Rebecca Schaeffer, American actress (Patti-My Sister Sam), is shot by a fan at 21
  • 1993 Jean Negulesco, Romanian-American film director (3 Coins in a Fountain), dies at 93
  • 1993 Davis Roberts, American actor (Westworld, Star Trek, The Killers), dies of emphysema at 76
  • 2007 George Caiazzo, American professional wrestler
  • 2008 Khosrow Shakibai, Iranian actor (Hamoun), dies at 64
  • 2012 Rajesh Khanna, Indian Bollywood actor officially titled "The First Superstar of Indian cinema," dies from kidney problems at 69
  • 2015 Alex Rocco, American actor (The Godfather, The Famous Teddy Z), dies at 79