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.

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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

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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 had 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, 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)

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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

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

  • 1961 Laurence Fishburne, actor (Red Heat, School Daze), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1962 Monique Gabrielle, actress (Flashdance, Night Shift), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1963 Lisa Kudrow, American actress (Phoebe Buffay on Friends), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 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

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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

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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, 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, actor (Fur Collar, Now & Forever), dies at 65
  • 1979 Beppie Nooij Jr, Dutch actress (Rooie Sien), dies at 67
  • 1980 Charles McGraw, actor (Michael-Falcon, Smith Family), dies 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, actress (Highway West, Smiling Ghost), dies at 76
  • 1993 Jay Scott, [Jeffrey Scott Beaven], US/Canada movie critic, dies at 43

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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, American television host (Howdy Doody) (b. 1917)
  • 2004 Andre Noble, Canadian actor (b. 1979)
  • 2007 Michelangelo Antonioni, Italian film director (b. 1912)

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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