On This Day in Film & TV for July 4

Events in Film & TV

  • 1954 WMSL (WYUR, now WAFF) TV channel 48 in Huntsville, AL (ABC) begins
  • 1962 KIKU (now KHNL) TV channel 13 in Honolulu, HI (IND) 1st broadcast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 Casey Kasem's "American Top 40" debuts on LA radio

Disc Jockey and Actor Casey Kasem
Disc Jockey and Actor
Casey Kasem

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 14 year old actress Drew Barrymore, attempts suicide

  • 1991 24th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Pan Pacific Hotel
  • 1996 29th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1876 William Farnum, American actor (Spoilers, Man who Fights Alone), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1880 Pat Rooney, American vaudevillian and actor (Night Club), born in NYC, New York (d. 1962)
  • 1888 Henry Armetta, Italian-American actor (The Black Cat, Bell for Adano, Big Store), born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy (d. 1945)

Person of interestGertrude Lawrence

1898 Gertrude Lawrence, English actress (Mimi, Rembrandt) and musical performer, born in London (d. 1952)

Actress and Musical Performer Gertrude Lawrence
Actress and Musical Performer
Gertrude Lawrence
  • 1898 Johnny Lee, American actor (Song of the South, The Amos 'n' Andy Show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1965)

Person of interestGeorge Murphy

1902 George Murphy, American politician (US Senator, California), actor and dancer (MGM Parade), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1992)

Actor and Senator George Murphy
Actor and Senator
George Murphy
  • 1902 Vince Barnett, American actor (Star is Born, Human Jungle), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Angela Baddeley, English actress (Ghost Train, Tom Jones), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • 1907 Elliott Sullivan, American actor (The Persuaders!, Fury Below, Sergeant), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1974)
  • 1907 Gordon Griffith, American actor (first actor to portray Tarzan on film) and director, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1958)

Person of interestGloria Stuart

1910 Gloria Stuart, American actress (Titanic) and founder of the Screen Actors Guild, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2010)

Actress Gloria Stuart
Actress
Gloria Stuart
  • 1912 Virginia Graham, American TV personality (Girl Talk, Where Was I), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1912 Viviane Romance [Pauline Ronacher Ortmanns], French actress (Panic, Queen's Necklace), born in Roubaix, Nord, France (d. 1991)
  • 1924 Eva Marie Saint, American actress and producer (On the Waterfront, North by Northwest, People Like Us), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1926 Mary Stuart, American actress (Jo-Search for Tomorrow), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2002)
  • 1927 Luigina "Gina" Lollobrigida, Italian actress, photojournalist and sculptor (Trapeze, Falcon Crest), born in Subiaco, Italy
  • 1930 Frunzik [Mher Mkrtchyan], Armenian actor (Mimino, Kidnapping, Caucasian Style), born in Leninakan, Soviet Armenia (d. 1993)
  • 1931 Stephen Boyd [William Millar], Irish actor (Fantastic Voyage, Ben-Hur), born in Glengormley, County Antrim, Northern Ireland (d. 1977)
  • 1933 Rufus "Freight Train" Jones [Carey Lloyd], American professional wrestler, born in Dillon, South Carolina (d. 1993)
  • 1934 Colin Welland, British screenwriter (Chariots of Fire) and actor (Straw Dogs), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2015)
  • 1939 Ed Bernard, American actor (Joe-Police Woman, Jim-White Shadow), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1940 Karolyn Grimes, American actress (It's a Wonderful Life, The Bishop's Wife), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1944 Ray Meagher, Australian actor (Home and Away), born in Roma, Queensland, Australia
  • 1946 Ed O'Ross, American actor (Full Metal Jacket), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1954 Chang-dong Lee, South Korean filmmaker and novelist (Secret Sunshine, Poetry), born in Daegu, South Korea
  • 1959 Victoria Abril [Rojas], Spanish actress (Libertarias), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1960 Sid Eudy, American professional wrestler, born in West Memphis, Arkansas
  • 1962 Neil Morrissey, English actor (Men Behaving Badly), born in Stafford, England
  • 1964 Mark Whiting, American filmmaker and actor, born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • 1966 Lee Reherman, American actor
  • 1967 Andy Walker, Canadian television personality
  • 1977 Katia Zygouli, Greek supermodel
  • 1978 Vicky Kaya, Greek supermodel and actress
  • 1978 Becki Newton, American actress
  • 1980 Muhammad Ali Hasan, American filmmaker
  • 1980 Max Elliott Slade, American film actor
  • 1983 Isabeli Fontana, Brazilian model

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1940 Actress Gertrude Lawrence (42) weds theater owner Richard Aldrich

Actress and Musical Performer Gertrude Lawrence
Actress and Musical Performer
Gertrude Lawrence

HeartWedding of Interest

1960 Film director David Lean (52) weds fourth wife Leila Matkar

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean

HeartWedding of Interest

1982 Ex Black Sabbath lead singer Ozzy Osbourne (33) weds TV host Sharon Arden (29) in Maui, Hawaii

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
Music Manager and TV Personality Sharon Osbourne
Music Manager and TV Personality
Sharon Osbourne
  • 1992 US actress Bobbie Eakes marries author David Stone
  • 1997 "Beverly Hills 90210" actor Ian Ziering (34) weds model-actress Nikki Schieler (26) in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1997 Actor Bill Murray (46) weds costume designer Jennifer Butler (30)

Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
Actor/Comedian
Bill Murray

HeartWedding of Interest

2002 Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts (34) weds L.A. cameraman Danny Moder (33) at her 82-acre ranch in Taos, New Mexico

Actress Julia Roberts
Actress
Julia Roberts
  • 2003 Screenwriter and producer Dean Devlin (40) weds "Another World" actress Lisa Brenner (29)
  • 2004 Actor Dennis Quaid (50) weds real estate agent Kimberly Buffington (32) at his 500-acre Montana ranch in Paradise Valley, Montana
  • 2012 NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson (34) weds "Basketball Wives" TV personality Evelyn Lozada in Saint Martin
  • 2012 "Grey's Anatomy" actress Sara Ramirez (36) weds TIMEC's business analyst Ryan Debolt in a private beachside ceremony in New York
  • 2014 Star Trek actor Tom Hardy (36) weds actress Charlotte Riley (32) in a secret ceremony
  • 2014 Reef band guitarist Jesse Wood (37) weds TV presenter Fearne Cotton (32) in London
  • 2015 Actress and singer Vanessa Williams (52) weds Jim Skrip in Buffalo, New York

HeartWedding of Interest

2015 Actor Ashton Kutcher (37) weds actress Mila Kunis (31) in Los Angeles


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1952 Walter Long, American actor (Moby Dick, Sheik, Sea Devils, Dragnet Patrol), dies at 73
  • 1957 Gregory Lafayette (19) dies from injuries sustained in a car crash that killed his wife, actress Judy Tyler (24), the day earlier
  • 1961 William Franklin "Frank" Smith, American actor (Cowboy & Bandit, Scarlet Car, Frontier Days), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • 1962 Rex Bell [George Francis Beldam], American cowboy actor (Cowboys & Injuns) and 21st Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, dies from a heart attack at 58
  • 1963 Grant Richards, actor (Doug-Doorway to Danger), dies at 48
  • 1988 Adrian Adonis, [Keith Franke], WWF wrestler, killed in auto accident
  • 1993 Anne Shirley [Dawn Evelyeen Paris], British actress (The Devil and Daniel Webster, Murder My Sweet), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • 1993 Charles Crain, actor, dies in Hollywood at 83
  • 1994 Liesbeth Struppert, actress (Pipo the Clown, Anne Frank), dies at 55
  • 1994 Joey Marella, American professional wrestling referee (b. 1964)
  • 1995 Eva Gabor, Hungarian-born American actress, comedian, singer and socialite (Green Acres, Gigi), dies at 76
  • 1996 Clay [David] Jones, Welsh gardener (BBC Gardener's Question Time), dies at 72
  • 1997 Charles Kuralt, news anchor (CBS Sunday Morning), dies at 62
  • 1999 Ronald "Ronny" Graham, American actor, director, composer, lyricist, and writer (Bob Crane Show, Chico & the Man), dies of liver disease at 79
  • 2005 June Haver [Stovenour], American actress (Dolly Sisters, Girl Next Door), dies at 79
  • 2008 Evelyn Keyes, American actress (Gone with the Wind), dies at 91
  • 2009 Brenda Joyce [Betty Graffina Leabo], American actress (Tarzan, The Rains Came), dies of complications from pneumonia at 92
  • 2012 Eric Sykes, English writer, actor and director (Goon Show, Sykes and A...), dies at 89
  • 2016 Abbas Kiarostami, Iranian author and director (Under the Olive Trees, Close Up, Taste of Cherry), dies at 76