On This Day in Film & TV for July 22

Events in Film & TV

  • 1954 WTHI TV channel 10 in Terre Haute, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 Ed Wood's cult classic "Plan 9 From Outer Space", called one of the worse films ever, premieres
  • 1961 WBNB TV channel 10 in Charlotte Amaile, VI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 2004 37th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • 2010 43rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • 2014 News broadcaster Al Jazeera claim that its office in Gaza is under attack by the Israeli Defence Force
  • 2016 Japan’s Funai Electric announce they will manufacture world's last videocassette this month
  • 2018 TV show "Supergirl" announces casting of first live-action transgender superhero, by transgender actor Nicole Maines as Nia Nal

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1889 James Whale, English film director (Frankenstein, Show Boat), born in Dudley, England (d. 1957)
  • 1922 Dan Rowan [Daniel Hale Rowan], American comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In), born in Beggs, Oklahoma (d. 1987)
  • 1923 Lillian Ellison, American professional wrestler (d. 2007)
  • 1926 Bryan Forbes, director and producer (Endless Games, King Rat), (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Orson Bean, American actor and comedian (To Tell the Truth), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1929 Vivien Merchant [Ada Thompson], British actress (Alfie, The Homecoming, The Offence), born in Manchester, England (d. 1982)
  • 1930 Marcia Henderson, American actress (Kathleen-Aldrich Family, Peter Pan), born in Andover, Massachusetts (d. 1987)
  • 1931 Perry Lopez, American actor (Chinatown, Death Wish 4), born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)

Person of interestLouise Fletcher

1934 Louise Fletcher, actress (One Flew over Cuckoo's Nest), born in Birmingham, Alabama

  • 1937 Yasuhiro Kojima, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • 1938 Terence Stamp, English actor (The Collector, Billy Budd), born in London, England
  • 1939 Gila Almagor, Israeli actress

Person of interestAlex Trebek

1940 Alex Trebek, Canadian-American TV game host (High Rollers, Jeopardy), born in Sudbury, Ontario

Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek
  • 1940 Stan Ross, American actor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Bobby Sherman [Robert Cabot Sherman Jr.], American actor/singer (Here Comes the Brides), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1944 Guich Koock, actor (Harley Puckett-Carter Country), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1946 Steve Friedman, TV news executive/actor (American Anthem)
  • 1946 Danny Glover, American actor (Lethal Weapon, Operation Dumbo Drop), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1947 Albert Brooks, comedian (Broadcast News, Lost in America), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1948 Otto Waalkes, German comedian

Person of interestAlan Menken

1949 Alan Menken, American Disney composer (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast - 8 Oscars), born in New Rochelle, New York

Disney Composer Alan Menken
Disney Composer
Alan Menken
  • 1951 Tisa Farrow, actress (Zombie, Fingers, Grim Reaper), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1952 Madeleine Collinson, Malta, twin playmate (Oct, 1970)
  • 1952 Mary Collinson, Malta, twin playmate (Oct, 1970)
  • 1953 Sylvia Chang, Taiwanese actress
  • 1954 Henriette Allais playmate (Mar, 1980), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1954 Pierre Lebeau, Canadian actor
  • 1955 Willem Dafoe, Wisc, actor (Platoon, Roadhouse 66, Mississippi Burning)
  • 1958 Sandra Elizabeth Greenberg, playmate (June, 1987), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1958 David Von Erich, American professional wrestler (d. 1984)
  • 1963 Joanna Going, actress (Lisa Grady-Another World)
  • 1963 Rob Estes, American actor
  • 1964 Bonnie Langford, English actress (Wombling Free)
  • 1964 David Spade, comedian (SNL, Tommy Boy, Black Sheep)
  • 1964 John Leguizamo, Colombian American actor (Mambo Mouth, Whispers in the Dark), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1964 Adam Godley, British actor
  • 1965 Patrick Labyorteaux American actor (Heathers, Yes Man, Little House on Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Shawn Michaels, [Mike Hickenbottom], wrestler (WWF/AWA), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1967 Rhys Ifans [Rhys Evans], Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Welsh actor/musician (Notting Hill, Enduring Love)
  • 1971 Charlotte Gainsbourg, French British actress (La Bûche, Antichrist), born in London, England
  • 1972 Colin Ferguson, Canadian actor
  • 1974 Viktoria Tolstoy [Louise Viktoria Kjellberg], Swedish jazz singer (Meet Me at the Movies), born in Sigtuna Municipality, Sweden
  • 1974 Franka Potente, German actress
  • 1978 A. J. Cook, Canadian actress
  • 1979 James Mason [Atkins], British professional wrestler, born in London, England
  • 1983 Sharni Vinson, Australian actress and model
  • 1985 Akira Tozawa, Japanese professional wrestler

Person of interestSelena Gomez

1992 Selena Gomez, American actress and singer (Revival, Stars Dance), born in Grand Prairie, Texas

Singer and Actress Selena Gomez
Singer and Actress
Selena Gomez
  • 1997 Field Cate, American actor
  • 1998 Madison Pettis, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1929 American Playwright Eugene O'Neill (40) marries 3rd wife actress Carlotta Monterey (40)
  • 1995 "True Lies" actor Tom Arnold (36) weds Julie Champnella (25) in Dearborn, Michigan

HeartWedding of Interest

1995 Actor Ewan McGregor (24) weds production designer Eve Mavrakis (29)

HeartWedding of Interest

1999 Director Martin Scorsese (56) weds Helen Morris in New York

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
  • 2006 Spanish singer David Bustamante (24) weds Spanish TV star Paula Echevarria at Basilica de Santa Maria la Real de Covadonga in the Asturias
  • 2006 British TV presenter Ant McPartlin (30) weds former member of "Deuce" Lisa Armstrong (29) at St. Nicholas Church in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2010 "The Princess Bride" actress Robin Wright (44) divorces actor-director Sean Penn (49) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage

Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn
Actress Robin Wright
Robin Wright

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1904 Wilson Barrett, British manager, actor, and playwright (The Sign of the Cross), dies at 58
  • 1953 Cyrus "Cy" Kendall, American actor (Tarzan's New York Adventure, Mysteries of Chinatown), dies from heart problems at 55
  • 1955 Joseph Foley, American actor (Mr Peepers), dies at 45
  • 1974 Edna Lewis Thomas, US actress (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 88
  • 1974 Lili Darvas, Hungarian actress (Szerelem, Cimmaron), dies at 68
  • 1979 Hope Summers, actress (Clara - "The Andy Griffith Show"), dies at 78
  • 1979 Tony "Two-Ton" Galento, American heavyweight boxer and actor (On the Waterfront), dies at 69
  • 1990 Preben Neergaard, Danish actor (Mordskab), dies of cancer at 70
  • 1992 Wayne McLaren, model (Marlboro Man), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • 1992 Wayne McLaren, American stuntman, model, actor, and rodeo performer (Marlboro Man), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • 2000 Eric Christmas, British actor (b. 1916)
  • 2000 Claude Sautet, French film director (b. 1924)
  • 2001 Frances Horwich, American educator and television personality (Ding Dong School), dies at 94
  • 2003 Wahome Muthahi, Kenyan humourist (b. 1954)
  • 2007 Ulrich Mühe, German actor (b. 1953)
  • 2007 Laszlo Kovacs, Hungarian-born cinematographer (b. 1933)

Person of interestEstelle Getty

2008 Estelle Getty, American actress (The Golden Girls, The Golden Palace), dies of Lewy body disease at 84

Actress Estelle Getty
Estelle Getty
  • 2009 Peter Krieg, German documentary filmmaker, producer and writer (b. 1947)
  • 2011 Linda Christian, Mexican actress (Athena, VIPs, Battle Zone), dies at 87
  • 2011 Tom Aldredge, American actor (The Sopranos, What About Bob, Nurse, Mind Snatchers), dies at 83
  • 2013 Dennis Farina, American actor, dies from a pulmonary embolism at 69