On This Day in Film & TV for July 30

Events in Film & TV

  • 1930 1st broadcast of "Death Valley Days" on NBC-radio
  • 1948 Professional wrestling premieres on prime-time network TV (DuMont)
  • 1953 Rikidōzan holds a ceremony announcing the establishment of the Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Barbra Streisand opens for Liberace at International Hotel, Las Vegas

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Pianist Liberace
  • 1969 KAEC TV channel 19 in Lufkin, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1975 7th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" by Andy Gibb reaches number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb
  • 1980 13th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • 1984 Soap Opera "Santa Barbara" premieres on NBC TV
  • 1991 MTV announces it will split into 3 channels in 1993

Film release premierFilm Release

2004 "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle", starring Kal Penn and John Cho, is released

Actor Kal Penn
Kal Penn
  • 2006 World's longest running music show "Top of the Pops" is broadcast for the last time on BBC Two. The show aired for 42 years.
  • 2008 "Slumdog Millionaire" based on the novel "Q & A" by Vikas Swarup, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Dev Patel premieres at the Telluride Film Festival (Best Picture 2009)
  • 2017 Hackers reveal they have stolen data from HBO, including episodes and scripts of Games of Thrones

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1882 Holmes Herbert, British actor (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Kiss), born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1956)
  • 1895 Wanda Hawley, American silent screen actress (The Affairs of Anatol), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 1963)
  • 1913 Karl Guttmann, Austrian/Neth playwright/director (Albee/Pinter)
  • 1916 Dick Wilson, American actor (d. 2007)
  • 1917 Eddy Grove, American actor (Dragnet, The Silent Service, Medic), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Georg G Lampe, Dutch painter/director (Free Academy)
  • 1925 Jacques Sernas, Lithuania, actor (La Dolce Vita, Helen of Troy)
  • 1927 Richard Johnson, British actor (Never So Few, Restless, Beyond the Door), born in Upminster (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Victor Wong [Yee Keung Victor Wong], American actor (Big Trouble in Little China), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2001)
  • 1928 Eunice Muñoz, Portuguese actress
  • 1930 Tony Lip, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, actor (Sopranos, Donnie Brasco, Good Fellas), (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Joan Vohs, actress (Fort Ti, Vice Squad, Sabrina), born in St Albans, New York
  • 1933 Edd "Kookie" Byrnes, American actor (77 Sunset Strip, Jack the Ripper), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1934 Ben Piazza, actor (Blues Brothers, Ben Casey, Dallas), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1936 Ralph Taeger, Richmond Hill NY, actor (Klondike, Acapulco, Hondo)
  • 1939 Peter Bogdanovich, director and producer (Last Picture Show), born in Kingston, New York
  • 1940 Reva Rose, singer/actress (Temperature's Rising), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944 Frances de la Tour, actress (Bejeweled, Wombling Free)
  • 1945 David Sanborn, jazz saxophonist (David Letterman Show)

Person of interestArnold Schwarzenegger

1947 Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian-American body builder, actor (Terminator) and politician (38th Governor of California), born in Thal, Austria

Actor, Body Builder & Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder & Politician
Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • 1947 Margo Sappington, Baytown TX, actress (Oh Calcutta)
  • 1947 William Atherton, Ct, actor (Real Genius, Ghostbusters, Class of 44)
  • 1948 Jean Reno, Moroccan-born French actor
  • 1950 Frank Stallone, American Sylvestor's brother/actor (Barfly, Outlaw Force), born in NYC, New York
  • 1954 Ken Olin, actor (Hill St Blues, Michael-30 Something), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1956 Delta Burke, actress (Suzanne-Designing Women), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1957 Mark Tymchyshyn, actor (Gavin-As The World Turns), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1958 Richard Burgi, actor (Chad Rollo-Another World), born in Montclair, New Jersey

Person of interestRichard Linklater

1960 Richard Linklater, American filmmaker (Before Sunrise, Boyhood), born in Houston, Texas

Person of interestLaurence Fishburne

1961 Laurence Fishburne, American actor (The Matrix, CSI, Apocalypse Now), born in Augusta, Georgia

  • 1962 Monique Gabrielle, actress (Flashdance, Night Shift), born in Kansas City, Missouri

Person of interestLisa Kudrow

1963 Lisa Kudrow, American actress (Phoebe Buffay on Friends), born in Los Angeles, California

Actress Lisa Kudrow
Lisa Kudrow
  • 1963 Monique Gabrielle, actress (Bad Girls 4, Amazon Women on Moon), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Vivica A. Fox, American actress
  • 1964 Alek Keshishian, Lebanese-born American film director
  • 1968 Terry Crews, American NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins) and actor (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1969 Simon Baker, Australian actor

Person of interestChristopher Nolan

1970 Christopher Nolan, English film director (Inception, Interstellar), born in London, England

  • 1971 Tom Green, Canadian comedian and actor
  • 1971 Christine Taylor, American actress
  • 1973 Cara Jackson, Chandler Arizona, Miss America-Arizona (1996)
  • 1973 Sonu Nigam, Indian singer/actor

Person of interestHilary Swank

1974 Hilary Swank, American actress (Boys Don't Cry, Million Dollar Baby), born in Lincoln, Nebraska

Actress Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank
  • 1975 Annie Parisse [Anne Marie Cancelmi], American actress (Law & Order, As the World Turns), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1977 Jaime Pressly, American actress
  • 1978 James Branaman, American model and reality show contestant
  • 1980 Chuck Thomas, British TV producer / presenter
  • 1982 Yvonne Strahovski, Australian actress
  • 1984 Gabrielle Christian, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1994 Hollywood's highest-paid screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (49) weds Naomi Baka (35) in Maui, Hawaii

HeartWedding of Interest

2004 Actor Nicolas Cage (40) weds Alice Kim (20) at a private ranch in Northern California

  • 2005 Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph (49) weds Pennsylvania Senator Vincent Hughes (48) at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles
  • 2013 "Hunger Games" actor Sam Claflin (27) weds actress Laura Haddock (27) in a private ceremony
  • 2015 Filmmaker Guy Ritchie (47) weds model Jacqui Ainsley (33) in Ashcombe House in Wiltshire

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1943 Owen Nares [Ramsay], British actor and manager (Maiden Erleigh), dies from a heart attack at 54
  • 1962 Myron McCormick, American actor (China Girl, Jigsaw), dies of cancer at 54
  • 1966 Edward Gordon Craig, British modernist actor, director and theorist (On the art of theatre), dies at 94
  • 1967 John Macchia, actor (Beach Blanket Bingo), dies of stroke at 35
  • 1973 Guy Middleton, British actor (Oh! What a Lovely War, Laughter in Paradise), dies following a heart attack at 66
  • 1979 Beppie Nooij, Dutch actress and director (Red Sien, Zeemansvrouwen), dies at 60
  • 1980 Charles McGraw [Butters], American actor (Spartacus, The Birds, The Killers, Smith Family), dies after falling through a glass shower door at 66
  • 1982 Roberta Pedon, American glamour model (b. 1954)
  • 1983 Lynn Fontanne, Broadway's premier actress (Emmy 1965), dies at 95
  • 1987 Mary Spinell, actress (Last Horror Film), dies
  • 1991 William Ball, actor (Suburban Commando), dies at 60
  • 1992 Brenda Marshall [Ardis Ankerson], American actress (The Sea Hawk, Paris After Dark), dies of throat cancer at 76
  • 1993 Jay Scott, [Jeffrey Scott Beaven], US/Canada movie critic, dies at 43

Person of interestClaudette Colbert

1996 Claudette Colbert, French-born American actress (It Happened One Night), dies of a stroke at 93

  • 1996 Magda Schneider, actress (Going Gay, Be Mine Tonight), dies at 87
  • 1998 Buffalo Bob Smith [Robert Emil Schmidt], American TV host (Howdy Doody), dies of cancer at 80
  • 2004 Andre Noble, Canadian actor (b. 1979)
  • 2007 Michelangelo Antonioni, Italian film director (b. 1912)

Person of interestIngmar Bergman

2007 Ingmar Bergman, Swedish stage and film director (Cries & Whispers), dies at 89

Director, Writer Ingmar Bergman
Director, Writer
Ingmar Bergman
  • 2016 Gloria DeHaven, American musical actress (Step Lively), dies at 91