On This Day in Film & TV for July 31

Events in Film & TV

  • 1912 US government prohibits movies & photos of prize fights (censorship)
  • 1955 KRNT (now KCCI) TV channel 8 in Des Moines, IA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1955 WHIS (now WVVA) TV channel 6 in Bluefield, WV (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1960 KSOO (now KSFY) TV channel 13 in Sioux Falls, SD (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1969 KWIH TV channel 44 in Winona, MN (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 Chet Huntley retires from NBC, ends "Huntley-Brinkley Report"
  • 1974 6th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • 1984 Leeza Gibbon's 1st appearance on Entertainment Tonight
  • 1986 19th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1874 Clarence Kolb, American actor and performer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1964)
  • 1875 Harry Northrup, American poet and actor (Who's That Knocking at My Door), born in Paris, France (d. 1936)
  • 1883 Fred Quimby, American film producer (Tom and Jerry), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1965)
  • 1889 Donald Foster, American actor (Hazel, Lord Love A Duck), born in Oil City, Pennsylvania (d. 1969)
  • 1912 Irv Kupcinet, TV host (Tonight! America After Dark), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1914 Louis De Funes, French actor and writer (The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacobs), born in Courbevoie, France (d. 1983)
  • 1916 Sydney Tafler, actor (Too Many Crooks), born in London, England
  • 1919 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (ABC), born in Green River, Wyoming (d. 2006)
  • 1929 Don Murray, American actor (Bus Stop, Advise & Consent, Endless Love), born in Hollywood, California

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1932 Ted Cassidy, American actor (Lurch-Addams Family), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • 1932 Sam Coppola, US actor (Saturday Night Fever), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Geoffrey Lewis, actor (Earl-Flo, Gun Shy), born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • 1935 Yvon Deschamps, French-Canadian author and humorist, born in Montreal, Canada
  • 1939 France Nuyen, Vietnamese-French actress (St Elsewhere, Diamond Head), born in Marseilles, France
  • 1943 Susan Flannery, American actress (Leslie Stewart-Dallas), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Sab Shimono, Japanese-American actor (Jackie Chan Adventures), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1944 Geraldine Chaplin, actress (Doctor Zhivago, 3 Musketeers), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1944 Sherry Lansing, actress (China Syndrome, Black Rain), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950 Lane Davies, American actor (Mason-Santa Barbara, Impure Thoughts), born in Dalton, Georgia
  • 1951 Barry Van Dyke, actor (Battlestar Galactica, Diag Murder), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1951 Gerald Anthony, American actor (Marco Dane-General Hospital, One Life to Live), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 James Read, American actor (North and South), born in Buffalo, New York

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1956 Michael Biehn, American actor (Rampage, Hog Wild, Aliens, Abyss), born in Anniston, Alabama

  • 1957 Dirk Blocker, actor (Baa Baa Black Sheep, Ryan's Four), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Victoria E Cooke, playmate (Aug, 1980), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1958 Wallace Kurth, American actor (Days of Our Lives, General Hospital), born in Billings, Montana
  • 1962 Kym Malin, playmate (May, 1982), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1962 Wesley Snipes, American actor (Passenger 57, Money Train, Blade trilogy), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1965 Julian Richards, British film director (Queen Sacrifice), born in Newport, Wales
  • 1966 Dean Cain, actor (Clark-Lois & Clark), born in Mt Clemens, Michigan
  • 1966 Tylin John, Encino CA, playmate (Mar, 1992)
  • 1967 Elizabeth Wurtzel, American actress (Prozac Nation), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Rodney Harvey, actor (Salsa)
  • 1967 Mitsuo Iwata, Japanese voice actor and singer, born in Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan
  • 1967 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress, born in Itabashi, Tokyo (d. 2005)
  • 1969 Loren Dean, actor (Billy Bathgate, Say Anything), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1969 Rudolf Martin, German actor (Anton-All My Children), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1969 David Cash [David Tyler Cash], American professional wrestler, born in Waynesboro, Virginia
  • 1972 Tami Stronach, Iranian actress (Neverending Story), born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1973 Chandra North, American supermodel
  • 1974 Emilia Fox, English actress (The Pianist), born in London
  • 1978 Zeta Makripoulia, Greek actress, model and TV presenter
  • 1979 B. J. Novak, American actor (Inglourious Basterds), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1981 Eric Lively, American actor (The Butterfly Effect 2), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1981 J.Son Dinant, American comedian, born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1987 Brittany Byrnes, Australian actress (Oberon), born in New South Wales, Australia

Weddings in Film & TV


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1940 Actress Loretta Young (27) weds advertising executive Tom Lewis at the chapel of St. Paul's Church in Westwood

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Loretta Young

HeartWedding of Interest

1954 "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" guest host Steve Allen (32) weds actress Jayne Meadows (33)

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen

HeartWedding of Interest

1999 Actor Patrick Dempsey (33) weds makeup artist Jillian Fink

  • 2004 "Ed" actor Tom Cavanagh (35) weds "Sports Illustrated" photo editor Maureen Grise (33) at a 19th-century, cedar-shingled Roman Catholic church in Nantucket, Massachusetts

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1948 Maria "Marie" Hens, Flemish actress (Female Revue), dies at 70
  • 1965 James Rennie, actor (Wilson, Skylark, Illicit), dies at 75
  • 1968 Gertrude Short, actress (Stella Dallas, Blonde Venus), dies at 66
  • 1978 Carleton Percy Hobbs, actor (I Claudius, Dark Places), dies at 80
  • 1979 Beatrix Lehmann, actress (Psyche '59, Rat, Staircase), dies at 76
  • 1980 Bobby Van, actor/TV host (Make Me Laugh), dies of cancer at 49
  • 1984 Bill Raisch, American one armed actor (The Fugitive, Spartacus, Sweet Smell of Success), dies from lung cancer at 79
  • 1995 Genevieve Tobin Keighley, actress (Zaza, Great Gambini), dies at 83
  • 2004 Virginia Grey, American actress (b. 1917)
  • 2004 Laura Betti, Italian actress (b. 1927)
  • 2009 Harry Alan Towers, English film producer and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2013 Michael Ansara, American actor, dies at 91
  • 2017 Jeanne Moreau, French actress (Going Places, Jules & Jim), dies at 89