On This Day in Film & TV for July 2

Events in Film & TV

  • 1928 The Jenkins Television Corporation (owned by Charles Jenkins) goes on air with W3XK, the first television broadcasting station in the USA
  • 1949 "Red Barber's Clubhouse" sports show premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV
  • 1951 "Bob & Ray show" premieres on NBC radio
  • 1955 "Lawrence Welk Show" premieres on ABC
  • 1959 "Plan 9 From Outer Space", one of the worse films ever, premieres
  • 1980 Comedy film "Airplane!" written and directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and starring Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 US President Donald Trump tweets edited wrestling video of himself attacking news network 'CNN'

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1867 Herbert Prior, British actor (Caught Short, Slave of Desire), born in Oxfordshire, England (d. 1954)
  • 1889 Cor Hermus, Dutch actor, director and writer (Bleeke Bet, William of Orange, Jantes, A Mother), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1953)
  • 1893 August Maes, Flemish actor and director (Shylock-Hamlet), born (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Sir Tyrone Guthrie, British actor, producer, writer and director, born in Tunbridge Wells, England (d. 1971)
  • 1906 Alan Webb, British actor (King Lear, Taming of Shrew, Challenge of Lassie), born in York, England (d. 1982)
  • 1913 Edith Heerdegen, Dresden Germany, actress (Serpent's Egg, Monpti)
  • 1916 Ken Curtis, [Curtis Gates], actor (Ripcord, Festus - Gunsmoke), born in Lamar, Colorado (d. 1991)
  • 1919 Johnny Bradford, Long Branch NJ, actor (Ransom Sherman Show)
  • 1921 Maria Britneva, Russian actress (A Room with a View, Maurice), born in Petrograd, Russia (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Brock Peters, actor/singer (Carmen Jones, To Kill a Mockingbird), born in NYC, New York
  • 1927 Ruth Berghaus, choreographer/director
  • 1928 Estelita Rodriguez, Cuban actress (Cuban Fireball, Havana Rose), born in Guanajay, Cuba (d. 1966)
  • 1928 Pavel Kohout, Czech, director/author (Poor Murderer)
  • 1931 Robert Ito, actor (Sam-Quincy ME), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1932 Ken McMillan, American actor (Malone, Concrete Beat), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1937 Polly Holliday, Jasper Ala, actress (Flo-Alice, Flo-Flo)
  • 1946 Ron Silver, American actor (Reversal of Fortune, Timecop) and political activist, born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1947 Larry David, actor/comedian/writer (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm), born in Brooklyn, New York

Comedian/Writer Larry David
Larry David
  • 1948 Saul Rubinek, Canadian film actor
  • 1949 Hanno Pöschl, Austrian actor
  • 1954 Wendy Schaal, actress (It's a Living, Julie-Fantasy Is), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1955 Andrew Divoff, Venezuelan actor
  • 1956 Jerry Hall, Mesquite Tx, model/Mrs Mick Jagger (Batman, Freejack)
  • 1957 Brett "the Hitman" Hart, Canadian WWF champion, born in Alberta
  • 1960 Julia Montgomery, American actress (One Life to Live, Revenge of the Nerds), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1960 Terry Rossio, American screenwriter
  • 1961 Alba Parietti, Torino Italy, actress (Galagoal, Abbronzatissima)
  • 1961 James McNichol, actor (Fitzpatricks, California Fever), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Michael Lindsay, Voice actor
  • 1963 Mark Kermode, British film critic
  • 1967 Debee Ashby, Coventry England, topless model (There's Girl in My Soup)
  • 1970 Scotty 2 Hotty, American wrestler
  • 1972 Towanna Stone, Miss USA-Tennessee (1997, 3rd)
  • 1973 Peter Kay, British comedian
  • 1974 Moon So-ri, South Korean actress
  • 1980 Nicole Manske, American beauty queen and motorsports television commentator
  • 1982 Olivia Munn, American television hostess
  • 1983 Sammy J, Australian comedian
  • 1984 Vanessa Lee Chester, American actress
  • 1985 Ashley Tisdale, American actress and singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1986 Lindsay Lohan, American actress (Alli Fowler-Another World), born in NYC, New York

Actress Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan
  • 1987 Ruslana Korshunova, Kazakhstani model (d. 2008)
  • 1990 Margot Robbie, Australian actress and producer (The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus), born in Dalby, Queensland

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1953 British writer ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory") Ronald Dhal marries American actress Patricia Neal

Actress Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal

HeartWedding of Interest

1953 Author Roald Dahl (36) weds stage actress Patricia Neal (27) at Trinity Church in New York

Author Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl
Actress Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal
  • 2004 Actress Mira Sorvino (36) weds actor Christopher Backus (23) in a private civil ceremony at the Santa Barbara Courthouse

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2007 Dancer Mandie Taketa divorces talk show host Wayne Brady (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 8 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1917 Herbert Beerbohm Tree, British actor and theatre manager (King John, Trilby), dies at 64
  • 1929 Gladys Brockwell, actress (Oliver Twist), dies at 34
  • 1930 Anders Randolf, actor (Love of Sunya, Dangerous Curves), dies at 59
  • 1930 Andres Randolf, Danish-American actor (The Kiss), dies at 59
  • 1936 Harry Northrup, American poet and actor (Who's That Knocking at My Door), dies at 60
  • 1965 Theodora E "Betsy" Ranucci-Beckmann, actress (Klatergoud), dies at 88
  • 1969 Michael DiBiase, wrestler (b. 1923)
  • 1973 Betty Grable, US actress (How to Marry a Millionaire), dies at 56
  • 1973 George Macready, American actor (Martin Peyton-Peyton Place), dies at 73
  • 1975 James Robertson Justice, British actor (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Moby Dick), dies from effects of a stroke at 68
  • 1976 Frances Howard, actress (Swan, Shock Punch), dies at 73
  • 1981 Robert Emmett Keane, actor (Rookie Cop, Red Dragon), dies
  • 1989 Franklin Schaffner, American film director (b. 1920)
  • 1991 Lee Remick, actress (Days of Wine & Roses), dies of cancer at 55
  • 1993 Fred Gwynne, actor (Herman-Munsters), dies of pancreatic cancer at 66
  • 1995 Gail Gordon, actor (Our Miss Brooks, Lucy Show), dies of cancer at 89
  • 1995 Krissy Taylor, American model (17 Mag), dies of respiratory problems at 17
  • 1997 Jimmy Stewart, American actor (The Philadelphia Story and It's a Wonderful Life), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 89
  • 2005 Ernest Lehman, American screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2006 Jan Murray, American comedian (b. 1916)
  • 2008 Elizabeth Spriggs, English-Born Actress (b. 1929)
  • 2012 Ben Davidson, American professional footballer and actor, dies from prostate cancer at 72
  • 2016 Caroline Aherne, British comedienne, writer and actress (The Royale Family), dies of cancer at 52