On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for July 27

Events in Film & TV

  • 1940 Bugs Bunny, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Tex Avery, Bob Givens (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Wild Hare"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Zsa Zsa Gabor begins a 3 day jail sentence for slapping a police officer in Beverly Hills

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor
Actress
Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • 1993 NBC TV awarded 1996 Olympic coverage for $456 million
  • 1995 28th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • 2007 Two News helicopters from Phoenix, Arizona television stations KNXV and KTVK collide over Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix while covering a police chase; there were no survivors. Worst civil aviation incident in Phoenix history.
  • 2018 CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves is accused of sexual misconduct in the "New Yorker" by Ronan Farrow

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1882 Donald Crisp, British actor and director (How Green Was My Valley, Pollyana), born in Bow, London, England (d. 1974)
  • 1890 Judith Lowry, American actress (The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds), born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma (d. 1976)
  • 1898 Lena Amsel, Russian actress (Love Tragedy), born in Lódz, Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1929)
  • 1903 Nikolai Cherkasov, Russian actor (Ivan the Terrible), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1966)
  • 1907 Ross Alexander, American stage and film actor (Boulder Dam, Captain Blood), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1937)
  • 1910 Lupita Tovar, Mexican-born actress (Dracula), born in Matías Romero, Mexico (d. 2016)
  • 1916 Keenan Wynn, American actor (Dr Strangelove, Absent Minded Professor), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1917 Bourvil [André Robert Raimbourg], French actor and singer (Le Corniaud; La Grande Vadrouille), born in Prétot-Vicquemare, France (d. 1970)
  • 1921 Émile Genest, French-Canadian actor (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Les Plouffe), born in Quebec City, Canada (d. 2003)
  • 1922 Adolfo Celi, Italian film actor and director (Next Man, Murders in Rue Morgue), born in Messina, Sicily (d. 1986)
  • 1922 Lillian Hayman, American actress (Leslie Uggams Show), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Norman Lear, American TV writer and producer (All in The Family, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1924 Vincent Canby, American movie critic (NY Times), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Karloff Lagarde, Mexican professional wrestler, born in Zapotlán de Juárez, Hidalgo, Mexico (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Jerry Van Dyke, American actor (My Mother the Car, Coach), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1937 Don Galloway, American actor (Arrest & Trial, Ironside), born in Augusta, Kentucky (d. 2009)
  • 1939 Irv Cross, American football cornerback (Pro Bowl 1964, 65; Philadelphia Eagles) and broadcaster (CBS), born in Hammond, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • 1939 James Victor, Dominican-American actor (Boulevard Night, Streets of LA), born in Santiago Province, Dominican Republic (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Barbara Ferris, English actress (Nice Girl Like Me), born in London, England
  • 1942 John Pleshette, American actor (Richard-Knots Landing, 7th Avenue), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Stu Gilliam, American actor and comedian (Roll Out, Harris & Company), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Gwynne Gilford, American actress (Linda Harris-Waverly Wonders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Rade Šerbedžija, Croatian actor (Taken 2), born in Bunić, Croatia
  • 1947 Betty Thomas, American actress (Lucy Baines-Hill Street Blues), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1949 Jeremy Thomas, British film producer and actor (Family Life), born in London
  • 1950 Simon Jones, English actor and comedian (News is the News), born in Charlton Park, Wiltshire, England
  • 1951 Janet Eilber, American actress (Hard to Hold, Romantic Comedy), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1953 Yahoo Serious [Greg Gomez Pead], Australian comedian, born in Cardiff, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1956 Carol Leifer, American actress and comedian, born in East Williston, New York
  • 1957 Matt Osborne, American professional wrestler, born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2013)
  • 1957 Bill Engvall, American "Blue Collar" comedian ("Here's Your Sign"), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1963 Donnie Yen, Hong Kong actor, martial artist and director (Ip Man, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), born in Guangzhou, China
  • 1967 Sasha Mitchell, American actor (Spike of Bensonhurst), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Kellie Waymire, American actress (Six Feet Under), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2003)
  • 1968 Julian McMahon, Australian actor (Nip/Tuck, Profiler), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1968 Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Italian actress (Postman), born in Messina, Italy

Person of interestTriple H

1969 Triple H [Paul Michael Levesque], American pro wrestler (14 x world champion; D-Generation X stable), born in Nashua, New Hampshire

Professional Wrestler Triple H
Professional Wrestler
Triple H
  • 1970 Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Danish actor (Game of Thrones), born in Rudkøbing, Denmark
  • 1972 Takako Fuji, Japanese actress (The Grudge / Ju-on), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1972 Maya Rudolph, American actress and comedian (Bridemaids), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1977 Jason Michael Zimbler, actor (Clarissa Explains it All), born in Queens, New York
  • 1979 Shannon Moore, American professional wrestler, born in Cameron, North Carolina
  • 1980 Dolph Ziggler [Nicholas Theodore Nemeth], American professional wrestler, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1980 Jessi Combs, American auto racer, television personality (women’s land speed class record [4 wheels] 2013, 16), born in Rockerville, South Dakota (d. 2019)
  • 1985 Benedita Pereira, Portuguese actress, born in Porto, Portugal
  • 1985 Lou Taylor Pucci, American actor (Thumbsucker), born in Seaside Heights, New Jersey
  • 1989 Charlotte Arnold, Canadian actress (Naturally, Sadie), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1990 Nick Hogan, American reality TV star, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1990 Indiana Evans, Australian actress (Home and Away), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1994 Winnie Harlow [born Chantelle Brown-Young], Canadian model with vitiligo (America's Next Top Model), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 2000 Kali Rodriguez, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV


LovePerson of Interest

1941 American singer and actress Judy Garland (19) weds British-American musician David Rose (31); divorce in 1944

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • 1991 American rocker Jani Lane (27), (Warrant - "Cherry Pie") marries American model Bobbie Brown (23); (divorced 1993)
  • 2014 Actress and model Scheana Marie (29) weds longtime boyfriend Michael Shay at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1968 Lillian Harvey [Pape], British actress (Invitation to the Waltz; Congress Dance), dies of liver failure at 62
  • 1979 Ettore Manni, Italian actor (Street People, Divine Nymph, Fatal Desire, Heroes in Hell), accidentally shoots himself at 52
  • 1979 Shirley Mason, actress (Let it Rain, Dark Skies), dies at 79

Person of interestWilliam Wyler

1981 William Wyler, American film director (Ben-Hur, Mrs Miniver), dies at 79

Film Director William Wyler
Film Director
William Wyler
  • 1984 James Mason, British actor (Lolita, North by Northwest, Bloodline, Boys From Brazil), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 1988 Brigitte Horney, German actress (Das Erbe der Guldenburgs), dies at 77
  • 1990 Elizabeth Allan, actress (Tale of 2 Cities, Camille, Java Head), dies
  • 1990 Nick Pippins, American actor (Simon), dies of AIDS at 35
  • 1991 Carol Gillies, actress (Back Home, Baby Boom), dies at 50
  • 1992 Jenny Karezi, Greek actress (Red Lanterns), dies of cancer at 56
  • 1997 K'Tut Tantri, broadcaster/hotelier, dies at 99
  • 1997 Isabel Dean, English actress (Five Days One Summer Virgin Island, Ransom), dies at 79
  • 1998 Binnie Barnes, British actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers), dies at 95
  • 2000 Gordon Solie, American wrestling commentator (b. 1929)
  • 2000 Val Dufour, American actor (Eugenie Grandet, Another World), dies at 73
  • 2001 Rhonda Singh, professional wrestler (b. 1961)

Person of interestBob Hope

2003 Bob Hope [Leslie Townes Hope], English-born American actor, comedian and entertainer, dies at 100

Entertainer and TV Personality Bob Hope
Entertainer and TV Personality
Bob Hope
  • 2005 Marten Toonder, Dutch comic writer and cartoonist (Tom Puss), dies at 93
  • 2007 Lucky Grills, Australian actor (b. 1928)
  • 2008 Youssef Chahine, Egyptian film director (b. 1926)
  • 2010 Maury Chaykin, American-born Canadian actor (b. 1949)
  • 2012 Norman Alden, American character actor (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden), dies from natural causes at 87
  • 2012 R G Armstrong [Robert Golden], American actor (Predator, Dick Tracey, T.H.E. Cat), dies of natural causes at 95
  • 2012 Geoffrey Hughes, British actor, dies from prostate cancer at 68
  • 2017 Sam Shepard Ill, American actor and playwright (Frances, Crimes of the Heart), dies at 73