12th – 18th July: Discover This Fascinating Week in Film History

This week we cover the period between 12th – 18th July as we look back at the the fascinating past of the film industry. We love to celebrate the history of cinema here at More Movies and we really enjoy delving into and highlighting some of the most interesting moments in the world of movies, including milestone releases, births and deaths of the industry’s most notable characters, along with other historic happenings.

12th - 18th July

Scottish-American actor Donald Meek, famous for his roles in You Can’t Take It with You and Stagecoach, was born in Glasgow, Scotland
14th July, 1878

American comedian and director Larry Semon, famous for his roles in The Wizard of Oz and The Sawmill, was born in West Point, Mississippi
16th July, 1889

American actor Gene Lockhart, famous for his roles in A Christmas Carol, World for Ransom and Red Light , was born in New York City
18th July, 1891

American actor Sidney Blackmer, famous for his roles in Deluge and Rosemary’s Baby, was born in Salisbury, North Carolina
13th July, 1895

Scottish actor John Stuart, famous for his roles in Kitty, Superman and Number Seventeen, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland
18th July, 1898

American actor James Cagney, famous for his roles in The Public EnemyWhite Heat and Yankee Doodle Dandy, was born in New York City
17th July, 1899

American actor “Bill” William Gargan, famous for his roles in Behind Green Lights, The Bells of St. Mary’s and You Only Live Once, was born in Brooklyn, New York
17th July, 1905

American actress Barbara Stanwyck, famous for her roles in Double Indemnity, The Lady Eve and Titanic, was born in Brooklyn, New York
16th July, 1907

French actor Alain Cuny, famous for his roles in La Dolce Vita, The Devil’s Envoys and Many Wars Ago, was born in Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine
12th July, 1908

American animator William Hanna, co-founder of Hanna-Barbera and creator of characters such as Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo and The Smurfs, was born in Melrose, New Mexico
14th July, 1910

American actress and dancer Ginger Rogers, famous for her roles in Top Hat, Kitty Foyle and Shall We Dance, was born in Independence, Missouri
16th July, 1911

German actor Peter Van Eyck, famous for his roles in The Longest Day, The Wages of Fear and The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse, was born in Steinwehr, Pomerania, Germany
16th July, 1913

Swedish stage and film director Ingmar Bergman, famous for his films The Seventh Seal, Persona, and Fanny and Alexander, was born in Uppsala, Sweden
14th July, 1918

The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles. It originally reads “Hollywoodland” but the last four letters are dropped after renovation in 1949
13th July, 1923

American documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker, famous for his documentaries Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back, The War Room and Monterey Pop, was born in Evanston, Illinois
15th July, 1925

American actor Harry Dean Stanton, famous for his roles in Paris, Texas, Cool Hand Luke and Alien, was born in West Irvine, Kentucky
14th July, 1926

English actor Burt Kwouk, most famous for his role as Cato in the Pink Panther film series, was born in Warrington
18th July, 1930

Danish actress and singer Nina Van Pallandt, famous for her roles in The Long Goodbye, American Gigolo and The Richest Girl in the World, was born in Copenhagen Denmark
15th July, 1932

Polish film score composer Wojciech Kilar, famous for his work on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Pianist and The Ninth Gate, was born in Lwów, Second Polish Republic (now Ukraine)
17th July, 1932

Canadian actor Donald Sutherland, famous for his roles in M*A*S*H, Kelly’s Heroes and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, was born in St John, New Brunswick
17th July, 1935

English actor Patrick Stewart, famous for his roles in X-Men, Star Trek Generations and Robin Hood: Men in Tights, was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire
13th July, 1940

British actor Donald Calthrop, famous for his roles in BlackmailScrooge and Rome Express,, died aged 52
15th July, 1940

American actor Robert Forster, famous for his roles in Jackie Brown, The Wolf of Snow Hollow and Olympus Has Fallen, was born in Rochester, New York
13th July, 1941

Iconic American actor Harrison Ford, famous for his roles in Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Blade Runner, was born in Chicago, Illinois
13th July, 1942

American professional wrestler, actor and politician Jesse Ventura, famous for his roles in Predator, The Running Man and Demolition Man, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
15th July, 1951

MGM releases High Society, a musical re-working of The Philadelphia Story set in Newport, Rhode Island, starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra, with songs by Cole Porter
17th July, 1956

North by Northwest, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint, premiered in Los Angeles
17th July, 1959

Hong Kong Chinese-American martial arts actor Robin Shou, famous for his roles in Mortal Kombat, Beverly Hills Ninja and Death Race, was born in British Hong Kong
17th July, 1960

American actor Forest Whitaker, famous for his roles in The Last King of Scotland, Platoon and Good Morning, Vietnam, was born in Longview, Texas
15th July, 1961

Danish-Italian actress Brigitte Nielsen, famous for her roles in Red Sonja, Rocky IV and Beverly Hills Cop II, was born in Eisinore Denmark
15th July, 1963

American actress Shari Headley, famous for her roles in Coming to America, The Preacher’s Wife and Towelhead, was born in Queens, New York
15th July, 1964

American actor Vin Diesel, famous for his roles in The Fast and the Furious film series, xXx and The Chronicles of Riddick, was born in Alameda County, California
18th July, 1967

The Beatles animated musical film Yellow Submarine premiered in London
17th July, 1968

American comedian and actor Ken Jeong, famous for his roles in The Hangover, Crazy Rich Asians and Ride Along 2, was born in Detroit, Michigan
13th July, 1969

Easy Rider, directed by Dennis Hopper, starring himself, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson, was released in the U.S.
14th July, 1969

German actor Peter Van Eyck, famous for his roles in The Longest Day, The Wages of Fear and The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse, died aged 56
15th July, 1969

American actor Corey Feldman, famous for his roles in The Lost Boys, Stand by Me and The Goonies, was born in Reseda, California
16th July, 1971

British actor Jack Hawkins, famous for his roles in Lawrence of Arabia, Ben-Hur and Zulu, died aged 62
18th July, 1973

American actress Michelle Rodriguez, famous for her roles in The Fast and the Furious, Machete Kills and Alita: Battle Angel, was born in San Antonio, Texas
12th July, 1978

American actor Thayer David, famous for his roles in Journey to the Center of the Earth, Rocky and The Werewolf of Washington, died aged 51
17th July, 1978

American actress Kristen Bell, famous for her roles in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Frozen and Bad Moms, was born in Huntington Woods, Michigan
18th July, 1980

British actor Kenneth More, famous for his roles in Genevieve, The 39 Steps and A Night to Remember, died aged 67
12th July, 1982

Film version of The Pirates of Penzance, starring Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, and Linda Ronstadt, premiered in the U.S.
15th July, 1983

English actress, writer and director Phoebe Waller-Bridge, famous for her roles in Solo: A Star Wars Story, No Time To Die and The Iron Lady, was born in London, England
14th July, 1985

Die Hard, directed by John McTiernan and starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman, was released in the U.S.
15th July, 1988

The Mask of Zorro, directed by Martin Campbell and starring Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins, was released in the U.S.
17th July, 1998

Jurassic Park III, directed by Joe Johnston and starring Sam Neill and William H Macy, premiered in the U.S.
16th July, 2001

Wedding Crashers, directed by David Dobkin and starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, premiered in the U.S.
15th July, 2005

Irish actress Geraldine Fitzgerald, famous for her roles in Arthur, The Pawnbroker and Easy Money, died aged 91
17th July, 2005

The Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, premiered in New York
14th July, 2008

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth film based on the books by J. K. Rowling, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, was released worldwide
15th July, 2009

American actor James Gammon, famous for his roles in Major League, Cool Hand Luke and Silverado, died aged 70
16th July, 2010

American Academy Award-winning film producer Richard Darryl Zanuck, famous for his work on Jaws, Driving Miss Daisy and Planet of the Apes, died aged 77
13th July, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway, premiered in New York
16th July, 2012

Marvel’s Ant-Man, directed by Peyton Reed and starring Paul Rudd as the titular character, was released in the U.S.
17th July, 2015

American actor Alex Rocco, famous for his roles in The Wedding Planner, The Godfather and The Friends of Eddie Coyle, died aged 79
18th July, 2015

Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan with an ensemble cast including Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy, premiered in London, England
13th July, 2017

American actor Martin Landau, famous for his roles in Ed WoodNorth By Northwest and Crimes and Misdemeanors, died aged 89
15th July, 2017

American Canadian filmmaker George A. Romero, dubbed the “Father of the Zombie Film”, famous for his films Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Creepshow, died aged 77
16th July, 2017

Misson Impossible – Fallout, directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson, premiered in Paris
12th July, 2018

Streaming service Netflix reaches 150 million subscribers worldwide.
17th July, 2019

Well there we have our picks for this week in film history between 12th – 18th July.

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