On This Day in Film & TV for July 26

Events in Film & TV

  • 1896 Vitascope Hall, 1st permanent for-profit movie theatre, opens in New Orleans
  • 1938 1st radio broadcast of "Young Widder Brown" on NBC
  • 1948 1st black host of a network show-CBS' Bob Howard Show
  • 1949 WCPO TV channel 9 in Cincinnati, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WCET TV channel 48 in Cincinnati, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 WRLH TV channel 31 in Lebanon, NH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1978 11th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • 1982 Karen Dianne Baldwin, 18, of Canada, crowned 31st Miss Universe
  • 1991 Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) is arrested in Florida, for exposing himself at an adult movie theater
  • 2007 40th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1846 Texas Jack Omohundro, American frontier scout, actor, and cowboy, born in Palmyra, Virginia (d. 1880)
  • 1886 Lars Hanson, Swedish actor (Flesh & Devil), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1965)
  • 1895 Jerry Verno, British actor (River of Unrest, Ourselves Alone, Sweeney Todd), born in London, England (d. 1975)
  • 1895 Gracie Allen, American comedian and actress (Burns & Allen), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1964)
  • 1896 Charles Butterworth, American actor (Mad Genius), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 1946)
  • 1896 Evelyn Preer, African-American actress (Homesteader, Spider's Webs), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1932)
  • 1901 John Bleifer, Polish actor (Highway to Heaven), born in Zawiercie, Poland (d. 1992)
  • 1909 Vivian Vance, American actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), born in Cherryvale, Kansas (d. 1979)
  • 1918 Marjorie Lord [Wollenberg], American actress (Make Room for Daddy, Sherlock Holmes in Washington), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1919 Virginia Gilmore, American actress (Jennie, Western Union), born in El Monte, California (d. 1986)
  • 1921 Jean Shepherd, American writer and actor (A Christmas Story), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1922 Blake Edwards, American writer and director (10, SOB, Breakfast at Tiffany's), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2010)
  • 1922 Jason Robards Jr, actor (A Thousand Clowns, Any Wednesday), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1926 Barbara Jefford, British actress (James Joyce's Ulysses), born in Plymstock, Devon, England
  • 1926 James Best [Jewel Franklin Guy], American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard, Sounder), born in Powderly, Kentucky (d. 2015)

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1928 Stanley Kubrick, American director (2001 A Space Odyssey, Dr Strangelove, Lolita), born in The Bronx NY (d. 1999)

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
  • 1933 Lance Percival, actor/singer (Darling Lili, Our Miss Fred)
  • 1934 Ken Pogue, Canadian actor (Adderly, Katts and Dog), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2015)
  • 1936 Kathryn Hays, American actress (Kim Hughes-As the World Turns), born in NYC, New York
  • 1936 Mary Millar, English actress (d. 1998)
  • 1944 Kiel Martin, actor (Det LaRue-Hill Street Blues), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1945 Linda Harrison, American actress (Bracken's World, Planet of Apes), born in Berlin, Maryland

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1945 Helen Mirren [Ilyena Lydia Vasilievna Mironoff], English actress (The Queen, The Madness of King George), born in London, England

Actress Helen Mirren
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Helen Mirren
  • 1950 Susan George, actress (Straw Dogs, Mandingo), born in London, England
  • 1955 Nicholas Walker, actor (Capitol, Jimmy-General Hospital), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1956 Tommy Rich, American professional wrestler
  • 1957 Nana Visitor, American actress (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), born in New York City
  • 1957 Yuen Biao, Hong Kong actor and martial artist, born in Castle Peak Road, Hong Kong
  • 1957 Hart Hanson, American television writer and producer

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1959 Kevin Spacey, American actor (American Beauty, House of Cards), born in South Orange, New Jersey

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1964 Sandra Bullock, American actress (Speed, Net, Love & War), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1964 Danny Woodburn, American actor and comedian, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1965 Jeremy Piven, American actor and producer (Entourage, Serendipity), born in NYC, New York
  • 1965 Jennifer Ashe, actress (As the World Turns)
  • 1967 Anthony Durante, American professional wrestler (d. 2003)
  • 1967 Jason Statham, British actor (The Transporter, Crank), born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire
  • 1973 Kate Beckinsale, British actress (Underworld series), born in London
  • 1979 Mageina Tovah, American actress
  • 1980 Lee Dong-gun, South Korean actor, born in Gangnam District, Seoul
  • 1981 Abe Forsythe, Australian actor and director (Down Under)
  • 1982 Chez Starbuck, American actor (The Thirteenth Year), born in Lakewood, Colorado
  • 1983 Roderick Strong, American professional wrestler
  • 1987 Miriam McDonald, Canadian actress (Degrassi: The Next Generation), born in Oakville, Ontario
  • 1993 Taylor Momsen, American singer and actress (Gossip Girl), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1992 "Kiss" guitarist Paul Stanley weds model Pamela Bowen

HeartWedding of Interest

1997 Director James Cameron (42) weds actress Linda Hamilton (40) in Malibu, California

Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
  • 2006 "The Da Vinci Code" actor Jean Reno (58) weds Polish model Zofia Borucka (35) at the city hall in Baux-de-Provence
  • 2008 Actress Jennifer Siebel (34) weds San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (40) at her parents horse ranch in Stevensville, Montana

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2006 Former Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff (54) divorces actress and singer Pamela Bach (42) due to irreconcilable differences after 16 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1968 Lilian Harvey, British actress (Congress Dances), dies
  • 1969 Raymond Walburn, American actor (Christmas in July), dies after illness at 81
  • 1970 Claud Allister, British actor (Kiss Me Kate, Quartet, Bulldog Drummond), dies at 81
  • 1975 Leigh Whipper, actor (Hidden Eye, Jungle Queen), dies at 98
  • 1980 Allen Hoskins, American child actor (Our Gang) dies at 59
  • 1982 Betty Walker, actress (Steve Lawrence Show), dies at 54
  • 1993 Daniel Fuchs, American screenwriter (Hard Way), dies at 84
  • 1994 Terry (Owen John) Scott, English actor and comedian (Carry On Films) aged 67
  • 1995 Eleanore Griffin, screenwriter, dies
  • 1995 Jaime de Mora y Aragon, actor/publicist (Last Judgement), dies at 70
  • 2005 Betty Astell, British actress (b. 1912)
  • 2007 John Normington, English actor (b. 1937)
  • 2017 June Foray, American voice actress (Cinderella, Cindy Lou Who), dies at 99