19th – 25th July: Discover This Fascinating Week in Film History

This week we cover the period between 19th – 25th 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.

19th - 25th July

American actress Verna Felton, famous for her voice work in such classic Disney films as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp, was born in Salinas, California
20th July, 1890

American actor Walter Brennan, mostly famous for playing Stumpy in Rio Bravo, was born in Lynn, Massachusetts
25th July, 1894

Juano Hernandez, Puerto Rican stage and film actor famous for his role in St Louis Blues, was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
19th July, 1896

British actor Michael Wilding, famous for his roles in Stage Fright and Under Capricorn, as well as for being married to Elizabeth Taylor, was born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England
23rd July, 1912

American football player and actor Woody Strode famous for his roles in Posse and Sergeant Rutledge, was born in Los Angeles, California
25th July, 1914

American swimmer and Tarzan actor Johnny Weissmuller was the first person to break the one minute barrier for 100m freestyle; clocking in at 58.6s in Alameda, CA
19th July, 1922

American actor Martin Patterson “Pat” Hingle, famous for his roles in Hang ’em High, Splendor in the Grass and for playing Commisioner Gordon in Batman and Batman Returns, was born in Miami, Florida
19th July, 1924

English film director Peter Yates, famous for directing Bullitt and The Friends of Eddie Coyle, was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, England
24th July, 1929

British-American jazz singer and actor Annie Ross most fmopus for her role in Superman III, was born in London, England
25th July, 1930

American actor Louise Fletcher, most famous for playing Nurse Ratched in One Flew over Cuckoo’s Nest, was born in Birmingham, Alabama

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22nd July, 1934

Joris Ivens’ The Spanish Earth premieres in Hollywood
19th July, 1937

American Actor Richard Jordan famous for his roles in Dune, Gettysburg, Logan’s Run and The Freinds of Eddie Coyle, was born in NYC, New York
19th July, 1937

English actress Diana Rigg famous for playing Emma Peel in the TV show The Avengers, and Tracy Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, was born in Doncaster, England
20th July, 1938

American actor Natalie Wood [Natasha Gurdin], famous for roles in Rebel Without a Cause and West Side Story, was born in San Francisco, California
20th July, 1938

English actor Terence Stamp, famous for his role as General Zod in Superman and Superman II, was born in London, England
22nd July, 1938

American actor Ronny Cox, known for his roles in RoboCop and Total Recall, was born in Cloudcroft, New Mexico
23rd July, 1938

American actor Chris Sarandon, known for his roles in Child’s Play and The Princess Bride, was born in Beckley, West Virginia
24th July, 1942

Stormy Weather, directed by Andrew L. Stone, starring Bill Robinson, Lena Horne and Fats Waller singing Ain’t Misbehavin’, premieres in the U.S.
21st July, 1943

American film director and screenwriter Paul Schrader, best known as the writer of Taxi Driver, was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
22nd July, 1946

American actor Danny Glover, famous for his roles in Lethal Weapon and The Color Purple, was born in San Francisco, California
22nd July, 1946

Americn filmmaker and actor Albert Brooks, known for Broadcast News and Lost in America, was born in Los Angeles, California
22nd July, 1947

American director and producer D.W. Griffith, famous for his controversial film The Birth of a Nation, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 73
23rd July, 1948

American filmmaker Abel Ferrara, famous for his films King of New York and Bad Lieutenant, was born in The Bronx, New York
19th July, 1951

American actor comedian and actor Robin Williams, known for the films Jumanji, Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting, was born in Chicago, Illinois
21st July, 1951

American actor Willem Dafoe, known for his roles in Platoon, To Live and Die in L.A. and Mississippi Burning, was born in Appleton, Wisconsin
22nd July, 1955

Ed Wood’s cult classic Plan 9 From Outer Space, called one of the worse films ever, premieres in the U.S.
22nd July, 1959

American director, producer and actor Campbell Scott, was born in NYC, New York
19th July, 1961

American actor Woody Harrelson, known for his roles in Zombieland and No Country for Old Men, was born in Midland, Texas
23rd July, 1961

American actor Frank Whaley, known for his roles in Pulp Fiction and The Doors, was born in Syracuse, New York
20th July, 1963

American actor Montgomery Clift, known for his roles in From Here to Eternity, Judgement at Nuremberg and The Misfits, dies of a heart attack at only 45 years old
23rd July, 1966

British actor Basil Rathbone, most famous for portraying Sherlock Holmes, dies of heart attack at 75
21st July, 1967

Welsh actor Rhys Ifans, best known for his roles in Notting Hill and Twin Town, was born in Haverfordwest, Wales
22nd July, 1967

American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman,known for his roles in The Master and The Talented Mr. Ripley, was born in Fairport, New York
23rd July, 1967

American filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, known for his films From Dusk Till Dawn and Sin City, was born in San Antonio, Texas
20th July, 1968

French-British actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, known for her roles in La Bûche, and Antichrist, was born in London
21st July, 1971

American actor Van Heflin, known for Great Adventure, Shane and 3:10 To Yuma, dies from a heart attack at 60
23rd July, 1971

American film director Patty Jenkins, known for her films Monster and Wonder Woman, was born in Victorville, California
24th July, 1971

American comedian and actor Marlon Wayans, known for Scary Movie and White Chicks, was born in New York City
23rd July, 1972

Hong Kong and American martial artist and actor Bruce Lee, best known for Enter the Dragon, dies at 32
20th July, 1973

Death Wish, based on the novel by Brian Garfield, directed by Michael Winner and starring Charles Bronson is released in the U.S.
24th July, 1974

English acto Benedict Cumberbatch, known for his roles in 12 Years a Slave and Doctor Strange, was born in London, England
19th July, 1976

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band film, based on the Beatles’ album of the same name, premieres in NYC, New York
21st July, 1978

American actor Josh Hartnett, known for Black Hawk Down and Lucky Number Slevin, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota
21st July, 1978

Australian actress Rose Byrne, known for The Internship and 28 Weeks Later, was born in Balmain, New South Wales
23rd July, 1979

English actor and comedian Peter Sellers, known for The Pink Panther and Dr. Strangelove, dies aged 54
23rd July, 1980

Canadian-born New Zealand Oscar-winning actress Anna Paquin, known for The Piano, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
23rd July, 1982

American actress Elisabeth Moss, known for The Invisible Man and Us, was born in Los Angeles, California
23rd July, 1982

American actor Mara Wilson, known for her roles in Mrs Doubtfire and Matilda, was born in Burbank, California
24th July, 1987

English actor Daniel Radcliffe, known for playing Harry Potter in the Harry Potter film, was born in London, England
23rd July, 1989

British actor and wrestler Brian Glover, known for Alien 3 and Kes, dies of a brain tumour at 63
24th July, 1997

Saving Private Ryan, directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks, Edward Burns and Matt Damon, is released
24th July, 1998

Spirited Away written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki is released in Japan
20th July, 2001

British film director John Schlesinger, dies at 77 in Palm Springs, California
25th July, 2003

American character actor Jack Warden, known for his roles in 12 Angry Men and Edge of the City, dies of heart and kidney failure at 85
19th July, 2006

Captain America: The First Avenger, directed by Joe Johnston, starring Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell, premieres in Los Angeles
19th July, 2011

English comedian, actor and fiilm director Mel Smith, dies from a heart attack at 60
19th July, 2013

American actor Dennis Farina, known for his roles in Midnight Run and Snatch, dies from a pulmonary embolism at 69
22nd July, 2013

Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn, starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, premieres in Hollywood, Los Angeles
21st July, 2014

American TV and film director Garry Marshall dies at 81
19th July, 2016

American actor John Heard, known for his roles in Home Alone and Big, dies at 71
21st July, 2017

Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, known for his roles in Blade Runner and The Hitcher, dies at 75
19th July, 2019

Marvel superhero film Avengers: Endgame becomes the world’s highest-grossing film overtaking Avatar earning $2.9 billion
22nd July, 2019

British-American jazz singer and actress Annie Ross, dies from emphysema and heart disease at 89
21st July, 2020

American actress Olivia de Havilland, known for her roles in The Adventures of Robin Hood and Gone with the Wind, dies at 104
25th July, 2020

American actor John Saxon, known for his roles in A Nightmare on Elm Street and Enter the Dragon, dies of pneumonia at 83
25th July, 2020

Well there we have our picks for this week in film history between 19th – 25th July.

Be sure to check back next week for some more fun film facts and tidbits. If you think we missed something important, be sure to let us know in the comments.

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