On This Day in Film & TV for July 29

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1928 Test footage first created for Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" with Mickey Mouse

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1954 Publication of "Fellowship of the Ring" 1st volume of "Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien published by George Allen and Unwin in London

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 1956 WCKT (now WSVN) TV channel 7 in Miami, Florida (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 Beatles movie "Help" premieres, Queen Elizabeth attends
  • 1983 "Friday Night Videos" premieres on NBC TV
  • 1988 South African government bans anti-apartheid film "Cry Freedom"
  • 1992 Ray Sharkey, actor (Wiseguys), arrested for narcotic possession
  • 1993 Walter Koenig (Chekov in Star Trek) suffers a mild heart attack

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1853 Esther de Boer-van Rijk, Dutch actress (Kniertje-Hope of Blessing), born in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1937)
  • 1876 Maria Ouspenskaya, Russian actress (The Wolf Man, Waterloo Bridge), born in Tula, Russian Empire (d. 1949)
  • 1885 Theda Bara, American film actress (Cleopatra, The Unchastened Woman), born in Avondale, Ohio (d. 1955)
  • 1888 Niles Welch, American actor (Cornered), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1976)
  • 1892 William Powell, American actor (Thin Man, My Man Godfrey), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)

Person of interestClara Bow

1905 Clara Bow, American silent screen actress (It, Saturday Night Kid), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1965)

Silent Screen Actress Clara Bow
Silent Screen Actress
Clara Bow
  • 1906 Thelma Todd [Alison Loyd], American actress (Dangerous Female), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1935)
  • 1911 Stephen McNally, American attorney and actor (Split Second, 30 Seconds over Tokyo), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1914 "Professor" Irwin Corey, comedian (Car Wash, Doc), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1916 Budd Boetticher, American film director (d. 2001)
  • 1920 Rodolfo Acosta, Mexican-American character actor (Salón México, The Fugitive, Littlest Outlaw), born in Chamizal, Texas (d. 1974)
  • 1921 Richard Egan, American actor (Empire, Redigo, Pollyanna), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1987)
  • 1923 Gordon Mitchell [Charles Allen Pendleton], American actor and bodybuilder (Sinbad), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Robert Horton [Meade Howard Horton Jr.], American actor and singer (Kings Row, Wagon Train, Arena), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1924 Lloyd Bochner, Canadian actor (Point Blank, Dynasty, Batman), born in Toronto, Canada (d. 2005)
  • 1932 Marguerite Empey, [Diane Webber], Los Angelas California, playmate (May 1955, Feb 1956)
  • 1933 Robert Fuller, actor (Laramie, Wagon Train), born in Troy, New York
  • 1933 Lou Albano, American pro wrestling manager

Person of interestPeter Jennings

1938 Peter Jennings, news anchor (ABC Evening News), born in Toronto, Ontario

Journalist and T.V. News Anchor Peter Jennings
Journalist and T.V. News Anchor
Peter Jennings
  • 1941 David Warner, actor (Star Trek VI, Time Bandits), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • 1942 Sharon Gans, actress (Slaughterhouse 5)
  • 1942 Tony Sirico, American actor
  • 1943 Charles Hallahan, actor (Hunter)
  • 1943 Roz Kelly, actress (Owl & Pussycat, Happy Days), born in Mt Vernon, New York
  • 1945 Michelle Angelo, Kingsville Tx, actress (Funny Girl)
  • 1949 Stephen Burleigh, Wheeling WV, actor (Love & Betrayal, Afterburn)
  • 1949 Leslie Easterbrook, American actress (The Devil's Rejects, Police Academy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951 Deborah Pryor, California, actress (The Godson)/(Rep-R-Ohio)
  • 1953 Ken Burns [Kenneth Lauren], American director and documentary film producer (The Civil War, Baseball), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1953 Tim Gunn, American television and fashion personality (Project Runway), born in Washington D.C.
  • 1955 Jean-Hugues Anglade, French actor
  • 1959 Gary Springer, American actor (Bernice Bobs Her Hair), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Sanjay Dutt, Indian actor
  • 1962 Scott Steiner, American professional wrestler
  • 1963 Alexandra Paul, actress (Christine, American Flyers, Dragnet), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Lisa Peluso, actress (Search for Tomorrow, Ava-Loving), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Maria Checca, playmate (Aug, 1994), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1971 Bryan Dattilo, Kankakee IL, actor (California Dreaming, Days of Our Lives)
  • 1971 Monica Calhoun, American actress
  • 1972 Wil Wheaton, American actor (Star Trek Next Generation-Wesley, Stand By Me), born in Burbank, California
  • 1973 Stephen Dorff, actor (I Know My Name is Steven), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1980 Rachel Miner, American actress
  • 1982 Allison Mack, American actress (Smallville), born in Preetz, West Germany
  • 1991 Miki Ishikawa, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1934 "Titanic" actress Gloria Stuart (24) weds screenwriter Arthur Sheekman (33)

Actress Gloria Stuart
Actress
Gloria Stuart

HeartWedding of Interest

2000 American actress Jennifer Aniston (31) weds actor and film producer Brad Pitt (36) in a private ceremony at Malibu, California

Actress Jennifer Aniston
Actress
Jennifer Aniston
Actor and Producer Brad Pitt
Actor and Producer
Brad Pitt
  • 2006 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (39) weds singer Kid Rock (35) at Thunder Gulch yacht in Saint-Tropez, France
  • 2006 "Providence" actress Paula Cale (36) weds screenwriter Michael Lisbe at Sopris Mountain Ranch in Basalt, Colorado

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2006 Robyn Denise Moore divorces Oscar-winning actor Mel Gibson (55) due to irreconcilable differences after 31 years of marriage

Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1941 James Stephenson, British actor (Letter, Espionage Agent, Nancy Drew), dies at 52
  • 1958 Charles O'Malley, actor in silent westerns (Iron Horse), dies at 61
  • 1973 Eileen Percy, Irish silent film actress (Wicked, Backstage), dies at 72
  • 1975 James [Benjamin] Blish, sci-fi author (Star Trek Reader), dies at 54
  • 1979 Bill Todman, American television producer (b. 1916)
  • 1982 Harold Sakata [Toshiyuki], American actor (Gold Finger, Dimension 5), dies of liver cancer at 62

Person of interestDavid Niven

1983 David Niven, British actor (Around the World in 80 Days, Rugues), dies in Switzerland at 73

  • 1983 Raymond Massey, Canadian actor (Dr Kildare), dies of pneumonia at 86
  • 1984 Woodrow Parfey, actor (Time Express), dies at 61 of a heart attack
  • 1985 James F Nolan, actor (Dante), dies of cancer at 69
  • 1999 Rajendra Kumar, Indian actor, produer and director (Arzoo, Love Story, Sangam), dies at 70
  • 2001 Alex Nicol, American actor (The Screaming Skull, Man From Laramie, Air Cadet), dies of natural causes at 85
  • 2003 Johnny Walker [Badruddin Jamaluddin Kazi], Indian actor (Madhumati, Chachi 420), dies at 82
  • 2004 Rena Vlahopoulou, Greek actress and singer (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Mike Reid, English comedian and actor (b. 1940)
  • 2007 Michel Serrault, French actor (Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud, La Cage aux Folles), dies at 79
  • 2007 Tom Snyder, American television personality (The Tomorrow Show), dies at 71
  • 2011 Claude Laydu, Belgian-born Swiss actor (Diary of a Country Priest), dies at 84
  • 2015 Peter O'Sullevan, British horse racing commentator 'the voice of racing', dies at 97