On This Day in Film & TV for July 24

Events in Film & TV


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1952 "High Noon", American Western film directed by Fred Zinnemann, starring Gary Cooper and Thomas Mitchell, is released

  • 1953 KEYT TV channel 3 in Santa Barbara, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 KTVC TV channel 6 in Ensign, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 WUHQ TV channel 41 in Battle Creek, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting

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1974 "Death Wish", based on the novel by Brian Garfield, directed by Michael Winner and starring Charles Bronson is released in the US

  • 1978 Margaret Gardiner, of South Africa, crowned 27th Miss Universe

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1998 "Saving Private Ryan", directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks, Edward Burns and Matt Damon, is released (Academy Awards Best Director 1999)

  • 2008 41st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • 2014 47th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1807 Ira Aldridge, famed 19th century African American Shakespearian actor (Othello), born in NYC, New York (d. 1867)
  • 1899 Chief Dan George [Tes-wah-no], Canadian Indian author, poet and actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man, Smith!), born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1902 Nora Swinburne [Leonora Mary Johnson], British actress (Quo Vardis, Dinner at Ritz, River), born in Bath, Somerset (d. 2000)
  • 1913 George H. Brown, English film producer (Hotel Sahara), born in London (d. 2001)
  • 1914 Frank Silvera, actor (High Chaparral), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1914 Robert Emhardt, American actor (Another World, Underworld USA, Mooncussers), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1994)
  • 1930 Jacqueline Brookes, actress (Jack & Mike, Another World), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1933 John Aniston, Crete, actor (Search for Tomorrow, Day of our Lives)
  • 1936 Mark Goddard, actor (Don West-Lost in Space), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 1940 Dan Hedaya, American actor (Cheers, Marvin's Room, Clueless), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942 Chris Sarandon, WV, actor (Child's Play, Dog Day Afternoon, Lipstick)
  • 1947 Geoffrey McQueen, TV Writer
  • 1947 Robert Hays, actor (Airplane!, Starman, Scandalous), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • 1949 Michael Richards, American comedian (Fridays, Kramer-Seinfeld), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1950 Sam Behrens, actor (Jake Meyer-General Hospital, Sunset Beach, LA Law)
  • 1951 Lynda Carter, Miss USA (1973) actress (Wonder Woman), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1952 Gus Van Sant, American film director (Good Will Hunting), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1957 Dorothy Mays, playmate (Jul, 1979), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1965 Kadeem Hardison, New York, American actor (A Different World, The Sixth Man)
  • 1965 Doug Liman, American film director
  • 1968 John P Navin Jr, actor (Joey Elliot-Jennifer Slept Here), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Laura Leighton [Miller], American actress (Melrose Place, Pretty Little Liars), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1968 Kristin Chenoweth, American singer and actress

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1969 Jennifer Lopez, actress and pop singer (Selena), born in The Bronx, New York

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • 1970 Stephanie Adams, NJ, playmate (Nov, 1992)
  • 1971 Patty Jenkins, American film director (Monster, Wonder Woman), born in Victorville, California
  • 1975 Eric Szmanda, American actor
  • 1975 Torrie Wilson, American wrestler
  • 1977 Danny Dyer, English actor and television presenter
  • 1979 Rose Byrne, Australian actress
  • 1979 Lee Si-yeon, South Korean actress
  • 1981 Summer Glau, American actress
  • 1982 Anna Paquin, Canadian-born New Zealand Oscar-winning actress (The Piano, True Blood), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1982 Elise Crombez, Belgian model
  • 1982 Elizabeth Moss, American actress (Mad Men), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1986 Megan Park, Canadian actress
  • 1987 Mara Wilson, actress (Mrs Doubtfire)
  • 1990 Daveigh Chase, American actress
  • 1991 Emily Bett Rickards, Canadian actress (Arrow), born in Vancouver
  • 1998 Bindi Irwin, Australian TV personality, conservationist; daughter of Steve Irwin, born in Buderim, Australia

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1993 Night Court actor Richard Moll (50) weds Susan Brown (32)
  • 2004 "The Calling" singer Alex Band (23) weds "Cleopatra 2525" actress Jennifer Sky (27) in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 2004 Former MSNBC news anchor Ashleigh Banfield (36) weds real estate financier Howard Gould (31) in Kenora, Ontario
  • 2010 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" actress and a well-known model Cynthia Bailey weds entrepreneur Peter Thomas at Fernback Museum of Natural History in Atlanta

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1957 Sacha Guitry, French actor and playwright (Deburan, The Story of a Cheat), dies at 72
  • 1960 Hans Albers, German actor (Blue Angel), dies at 68
  • 1962 Victor Moore, comedian, dies of heart attack at 86
  • 1965 Constance Bennett, actress (Madame X, Topper), dies at 59
  • 1965 Irene Browne, actress (Peg O' My Heart), dies of cancer at 69
  • 1973 Mary Frasca, singer/actress, dies in NYC
  • 1974 Chris Chubbock, newscaster, shoots self on air
  • 1974 Ernest Milton, actor (Julius Caesar, Cat Girl), dies at 84
  • 1979 Archie Duncan, actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 65

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1980 Peter Sellers, English actor and comedian (The Goon Show, Pink Panther), dies at 54

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
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Peter Sellers
  • 1980 Uttam Kumar, Indian actor (b. 1926)
  • 1989 Ernest Morrison, actor (Peggy Does Her Darndest), dies
  • 1992 Arletty [Arlette-lĂ©onie Bathiat], French actress and model, dies at 94
  • 1993 Rene Requiestas, Filipino comedian (b. 1957)
  • 1995 Jerzy Bonawentura Toeplitz, filmmaker/teacher, dies at 94
  • 1995 Werner Grusch, film director, dies at 51
  • 1996 Howard Vernon, actor (Faceless, Delicatessen), dies at 82
  • 1996 Virginia Christine, actress (Mrs Olson), dies at 76
  • 1997 Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (Alien 3, Kes), dies of a brain tumour at 63
  • 2002 Maurice Denham, English actor (Mr Love, Damn the Defiant), dies at 92
  • 2007 Chaney Kley, American Actor (b. 1972)
  • 2012 Chad Everett, American actor, dies from lung cancer at 75
  • 2012 Sherman Hemsley, American Actor, dies from natural causes at 74