On This Day in Film & TV for July 21

Events in Film & TV

Film release premierFilm Premier

1943 "Stormy Weather", directed by Andrew L. Stone, starring Bill Robinson, Lena Horne and Fats Waller singing "Ain't Misbehavin'" premieres in the US

Tap Dancer and Actor Bill Robinson
Tap Dancer and Actor
Bill Robinson
Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller
  • 1948 WSPD TV channel 13 in Toledo, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

1952 "The Quiet Man" film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara is released in the UK

Actor John Wayne
John Wayne
Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
  • 1976 9th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • 1978 "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" film, based on the Beatles' album of the same name, premieres in NYC
  • 1986 Barbara Palacios Teyde, 22, of Venezuela, crowned 35th Miss Universe
  • 1987 Kristi Addis, of Mississippi, crowned 5th Miss Teen USA
  • 1996 "The Daily Show" hosted by Craig Kilborn premieres on Comedy Central in the US
  • 2011 44th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Film release premierFilm Premier

2014 "Guardians of the Galaxy", directed by James Gunn, starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, premieres in Hollywood, Los Angeles

Actress Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana
  • 2018 Re-boot of TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" announced with creator Joss Whedon as executive producer

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1863 C Aubrey Smith [Charles], British actor (The Prisoner of Zenda), born in London, England (d. 1948)
  • 1892 Lenore Ulric, American actress (Notorious, Better Woman), born in New Ulm, Minnesota [or 1894]
  • 1895 Ken Maynard, American stuntman and actor (Phantom Rancher, $50,000 Reward), born in Vevay, Indiana (d. 1973)
  • 1901 Allyn Joslyn, American actor (They Won't Forget, Cafe Society), born in Milford, Pennsylvania (d. 1981)
  • 1907 Ross Alexander, American actor (Boulder Dam, Captain Blood), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1937)
  • 1923 Henny Alma [Hendrika den Broek], Dutch actress (Soldier of Orange), born in the Hague, Amsterdam (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Don Knotts, American actor (Andy Griffth Show, 3's Company), born in Morgantown, West Virginia (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Al Checco, actor (Extreme Close-up), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1926 Paul Burke, American actor (Naked City, Thomas Crown Affair, Neal-Dynasty), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2009)
  • 1926 Queenie Watts [Mary Spenton], British singer and actress (Up the Junction, Holiday on the Buses), born in London, England (d. 1980)
  • 1926 Bill Pertwee, British actor (Dad's Army), born in Amersham, England (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Marcel Gauthier, Canadian wrestler (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Bob Orton, American wrestler (d. 2006)
  • 1942 Patricia Elliott, actress (Renee-Empire, One Life to Live), born in Gunnison Colorado (d. 2015)
  • 1943 David Downing, American actor (Backstairs at the White House), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Edward Herrmann, actor (Day of the Dolphin, Reds), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945 Leigh Lawson, Atherston England, actress (Fire & Sword, Charlie Boy)
  • 1945 Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress (d. 2008)
  • 1947 Wendell Burton, actor (Lucas-New Dick Van Dyke Show), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1948 Art Hindle, Halifax Nova Scotia, actor (Jeff-Dallas, Berrengers)

Person of interestRobin Williams

1951 Robin Williams, American actor and comedian (Mork & Mindy, Jumanji, Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams
  • 1953 Jeff Fatt, Chinese Australian actor
  • 1957 Jon Lovitz, Tarzana California, actor (SNL, League of their Own, Critic)
  • 1960 Lance Guest, Saratoga California, actor (Lance-Lou Grant)
  • 1960 Matt Mulhern, actor (Biloxi Blues), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1962 Ike Eisenmann, actor (Scott-Fantastic Journey), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1963 Paulo Silva, Brazilian mixed martial artist and professional wrestler
  • 1964 Susan Swift, actress (Chisholms), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966 Arija Bareikis, American actress
  • 1970 Shawn Stasiak, American professional wrestler
  • 1971 Nuno Markl, Portuguese comedian and radio host
  • 1972 Shinjiro Otani, wrestler (NJPW)
  • 1973 Ali Landry, American actress and pageant winner (Miss USA 1996), born in Cecilia, Louisiana
  • 1977 Sarah Biasini, daughter of actress Romy Schneider
  • 1977 Jaime Murray, British actress
  • 1978 Justin Bartha, American actor
  • 1978 Josh Hartnett, American actor and movie producer, born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1980 Tailor James, Canadian model
  • 1980 Lee Camp, American comedian (Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1981 Chrishell Stause, American actress
  • 1981 Paloma Faith, English singer, songwriter and actress, born in Hackney, London, England
  • 1987 AnnaLynne McCord, American actress
  • 1989 Jamie Waylett, British actor
  • 1989 Rory Culkin, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1945 Master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era Groucho Marx (54) weds Kay Marvis

Comedian Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx
  • 2005 Tennis star player Lleyton Hewitt (24) weds "Home and Away" TV actress Bec Cartwright (22) at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia
  • 2008 Actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai and actress and singer Carina Lau marry in Bhutan

HeartWedding of Interest

2010 Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr (27) weds British actor Orlando Bloom (33) in a secret ceremony

  • 2012 2010 American Idol winner Lee DeWyze (26) weds model-actress Jonna Walsh at Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo, California

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1942 Actress Mae West (48) divorces vaudeville performer Frank Wallace after 31 years of marriage

Actress Mae West
Mae West

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1928 Dame Ellen Terry, British Shakespearean actress (Imperial Theatre), dies at 81

Person of interestBasil Rathbone

1967 Basil Rathbone, actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies of heart attack at 75

  • 1973 Russell Hardie, American actor (Sequoia, In Old Kentucky), dies after long illness at 69
  • 1975 Billy West [Roy B Weissburg], Russian actor, Charlie Chaplin impersonator and silent film director (Further Perils of Laurel & Hardy), dies at 82
  • 1975 Fie Carelsen, actress (Malle Gevallen), dies at 85
  • 1982 Dave Garroway, TV host (Today Show), dies at 69
  • 1985 Mickey Shaughnessy, actor (Chicago Teddy Bears), dies at 65
  • 1985 Vicki Vola, actress (Miss Miller-Mr District Attorney)
  • 1986 Virginia Hewitt, American actress (Carol-Space Patrol), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1986 Ernest Maas, American screenwriter (b. 1892)
  • 1993 Piet Wielinga, TV producer (Dutch Glory), dies at 56
  • 1993 Robert J Glass, film producer (ET), is killed at 53
  • 1994 Dorothy Collins [Marjorie Chandler], Canadian-American singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), dies at 67
  • 1996 Herb Edelman, American actor (Good Guys, Strike Force, 9 to 5), dies of emphysema 62
  • 1996 Wolf Morris, actor (Padmasambhava-Dr Who), dies at 71
  • 1998 Robert Young, American actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby, M.D.), dies at 91
  • 2001 Steve Barton, American actor (b. 1954)
  • 2001 Sivaji Ganesan, South Indian Tamil actor (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Lord Alfred Hayes, British Wrestling Announcer for WWE (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Mako, Japanese-born American actor (b. 1933)
  • 2015 Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American folk singer and actor (The Russians Are Coming), dies at 91
  • 2017 John Heard, American actor (Home Alone, Cat People, Big), dies at 71