On This Day in Film & TV for July 20

Events in Film & TV

  • 1935 1st broadcast of "Gang Busters" on NBC-radio
  • 1950 "Arthur Murray Party" premieres on ABC TV (later DuMont, CBS, NBC)
  • 1977 10th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • 1981 Irene Saez, of Venezuela, crowned 30th Miss Universe
  • 1984 Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America
  • 2000 33rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • 2006 39th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

2006 During an appearance on "The Tonight Show", Colin Farrell is confronted by telephone sex worker Dessarae Bradford, who had been stalking the actor

  • 2012 12 people are killed and 59 injured after a gunman opens fire at a Dark Knight movie premier in Aurora, Colorado,

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1793 Aleksander Fredro, Polish comedy writer (Pan Jowiolski)
  • 1889 John Charles Reith, 1st Baron Reith, British broadcasting executive and 1st director-general of BBC (1927-38), born in Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, Scotland (d. 1971)
  • 1890 Verna Felton, American actress (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp, December Bride), born in Salinas, California (d. 1966)
  • 1893 George Llewelyn-Davies, English Peter Pan character model (d. 1915)
  • 1902 Cesare Zavattini, Italian screenwriter (Bicycle Thiefs)
  • 1914 William John Phillips, actor (Nothing but a Man)
  • 1922 Miroslav "Standa" Bares, Czech/Dutch actor and director (Billy Budd)
  • 1924 Lola Albright, actress (Delta Country, Kid Galahad), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Patricia Cutts, English actress (d. 1974)
  • 1929 Rajendra Kumar, Indian actor (d. 1999)
  • 1930 Sally Ann Howes, actress (Dead of Night), born in London, England
  • 1932 Nam June Paik, Seoul Korea, video artist (Medium is the Medium)
  • 1933 Aliki Vouyouklaki, actress (Madalena)
  • 1935 Ted Rogers, comedian (Aladdin, Cinderella), born in London, England
  • 1937 Ken Ogata, Japanese actor
  • 1938 Diana Rigg, Doncaster England, actress (Emma Peel-Avengers, Hospital)
  • 1941 Kurt Raab, German actor (d. 1988)
  • 1943 Wendy Richard, English actress
  • 1950 Tantoo Cardinal, Canadian actress
  • 1950 Naseeruddin Shah, Indian actor
  • 1951 Jeff Rawle, English actor
  • 1952 Keiko Matsuzaka, Japanese actress
  • 1954 Moira Harris, American actress
  • 1957 Donna Dixon, Virginia, actress and wife of actor Dan Aykroyd (Couch Trip, Bossom Buddies)
  • 1962 Carlos Alazraqui, American actor and comedian
  • 1963 Frank Whaley, American actor
  • 1964 Dean Winters, American actor
  • 1967 Reed Diamond, American actor
  • 1968 Chris Kennedy, actor (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure)
  • 1968 Michael Park, American actor
  • 1968 Julian Rhind-Tutt, English actor
  • 1969 Josh Holloway, American actor
  • 1971 Sandra Oh, Korean Canadian actress (Grey's Anatomy), born in Nepean,Ontario
  • 1974 Simon Rex, American actor
  • 1975 Judy Greer, American actress
  • 1975 El Zorro, Mexican professional wrestler
  • 1978 Charlie Korsmo, actor (Dick Tracy, What About Bob)
  • 1978 Elliott Yamin, American Idol contestant
  • 1979 Claudine Barretto, Filipino actress
  • 1980 Gisele Bündchen, Brazilian model
  • 1982 Percy Daggs III, American actor
  • 1985 John Francis Daley, American actor
  • 1989 Witwisit Hirunwongkul, Thai actor
  • 1991 William Tomlin, British actor
  • 1992 Paige Hurd, American actress
  • 1997 Billi Bruno, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1975 "The Exorcist" writer William Peter Blatty (47) weds tennis player Linda Tuero (24) in Las Vegas

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty
  • 1996 Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters (48) weds investment adviser Michael Wittenberg (34) in Millbrook, New York
  • 2002 ABC's World News Tonight co-host Elizabeth Vargas (39) weds singer-songwriter Marc Cohn (43) at the Council on Foreign Relations

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2012 "Game of Thrones" actress Lena Headey (38) divorces musician Peter Loughran due to irreconcilable differences

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1944 Mildred Harris, American actress (b. 1901)
  • 1958 Franklin Pangborn, American actor (My Best Gal, Hats Off, Easy Living), dies at 69
  • 1959 Harry Fox [Arthur Carringford], American vaudeville dancer, comedian and actor (Talent Scout), dies at 77
  • 1966 Julien Carette, French actor (Sylvia & the Phantom), dies of burns at 68

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1973 Bruce Lee [Lee Yuen Kam], Hong Kong and American martial artist and actor (Enter the Dragon), dies at 32

Karate Star/Actor Bruce Lee
Karate Star/Actor
Bruce Lee
  • 1974 Allen Jenkins, American actor (Hey Jeannie, Top Cop, Girl Habit), dies at 74
  • 1977 Carter DeHaven, American actor (Courage, Great Dictator), dies at 90
  • 1983 Frank Reynolds, news anchor (ABC Evening News), dies at 59
  • 1986 Helen Craig, American actress (Snake Pit, They Live by Night), dies at 74
  • 1987 Richard Egan, actor (Big Cube, Amsterdam Kill), dies at 63
  • 1989 Mary Treen, actress (Career, Rock-a-bye Baby), dies at 71
  • 1990 Sara Heyblom, Dutch actress (Obsessions, Pygmalion), dies
  • 1991 Rellys [Henri Marius Bourrelly], French actor (Letters from My Windmill), dies at 86
  • 1997 Linda Stirling, college prof/B movie actress (Pretender), dies at 75
  • 1998 June Byers, American professional wrestler (b. 1922)
  • 1999 Sandra Gould, American actress (b. 1916)
  • 2005 James Doohan, Canadian-born actor (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Kayo Hatta, American film director (b. 1958)
  • 2006 Gérard Oury, French filmmaker (b. 1919)
  • 2012 Simon Ward, English actor, dies at 70
  • 2012 Sir Alastair Burnet [James William Alexander Burnet], British journalist and broadcaster (News at Ten), dies at 84