5th – 11th July: Discover This Fascinating Week in Film History

This week we cover the period between 5th – 11th 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.

5th - 11th July

American actor Eugene Pallette, famous for his roles in My Man Godfrey, The Adventures of Robin Hood and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, was born in Winfield, Kansas
8th July, 1889

American actor Robert Barrat, famous for his roles in Bad Lands, Go West and Distant Drums, was born in New York City
10th July, 1889

American Academy Award-winning actor Thomas Mitchell, famous for his roles in Gone With The Wind, High Noon and Stagecoach, was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
11th July, 1892

American film director George Cukor, known for his films My Fair Lady, The Philadelphia Story and Holiday, was born in New York City
7th July, 1899

Italian actor and director Vittorio De Sica, known for directing his films Bicycle Thieves, Shoeshine and Woman Times Seven, was born in Sora, Lazio. You can check out our review for Bicycle Thieves here.
7th July, 1901

American actor Thomas Gomez, famous for his roles in Ride the Pink Horse, Pony Soldier and Force of Evil, was born in New York City
10th July, 1905

British actress Pamela Brown, famous for her roles in The Night Digger, Cleopatra and The Scapegoat, was born in London, England
8th July, 1917

Russian-Swiss actor Yul Brynner, famous for his roles in The King and I and The Ten Commandments, was born in Primorsky Krai, Russia
11th July, 1920

American film noir actress Cathy O’Donnell, famous for her roles in They Live by NightThe Man from Laramie and Side Street, was born in Siluria, Alabama
6th July, 1923

American actress Janet Leigh, most famous for her role in Psycho but also notable for her roles in Touch of Evil and The Manchurian Candidate, was born in Merced, California
6th July, 1927

American actor Warren Oates, famous for his roles in Cockfighter, Dillinger and Stripes, was born in Depoy, Muhlenberg County
5th July, 1928

American stage and screen actor Ned Beatty, famous for his roles in Deliverance, Superman and Network, was born in Louisville, Kentucky
6th July, 1937

Canadian film producer Jake Eberts, famous for producing Chariots of Fire and Dances with Wolves, was born in Montreal, Quebec
10th July, 1941

American actor Jeffrey Kramer, famous for his roles in Jaws, Hollywood Boulevard and Halloween II, was born in New York City
5th July, 1945

Abbott and Costello’s film The Naughty Nineties was released in the U.S. It featured the longest version of their “Who’s on first” routine.
6th July, 1945

American actor and director Sylvester Stallone, famous for his roles in the Rocky film series and the Rambo film series, was born in New York City
6th July, 1946

American football player, actor and convicted felon O. J. Simpson, famous for his roles in Capricorn One, The Towering Inferno and The Naked Gun, was born in San Francisco, California
9th July, 1947

American actress Kim Darby, famous for her roles in True Grit, The Grissom Gang and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, was born in Hollywood, California
8th July, 1948

American actor James Baskett, famous for his role in the controversial film Song of the South and the first African American male to receive an Oscar, died aged 44
9th July, 1948

American actress Shelley Duvall, famous for her roles in The Shining, Popeye and Annie Hall, was born in Houston, Texas
7th July, 1949

Australian actor Geoffrey Rush, famous for his roles in Shakespeare in Love, The King’s Speech and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, was born in Toowoomba, Queensland
6th July, 1951

American actor Stephen Lang, famous for his roles in Avatar, Tombstone and Death of a Salesman, was born in New York City
11th July, 1952

American two-time Academy Award winning actor Tom Hanks, famous for his roles in Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump and Philadelphia, was born in Concord, California
9th July, 1956

English actress Jennifer Saunders, famous for her roles in Patrick, Muppet Treasure Island and Shrek 2, was born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire
6th July, 1958

American actor Kevin Bacon, famous for his roles in Footloose, Tremors and Sleepers, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
8th July, 1958

English child actor Mark Lester, most famous for his leading role in the musical Oliver!, was born in Oxford, England
11th July, 1958

American musician and actress Courtney Love, famous for her roles in Sid and Nancy, Man on the Moon and Beat, was born in San Francisco, California
9th July, 1964

English stage and film actress Vivian Leigh, famous for her roles in Gone with the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire and Caesar and Cleopatra, died aged 53
8th July, 1967

American actor Erskine Sanford, famous for his roles in Citizen Kane, Angel on My Shoulder and Sierra, died aged 83
7th July, 1969

British comedian and actor Peter Serafinowicz, famous for voicing Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace and his roles in Shaun Of The Dead and Guardians Of The Galaxy, was born in the Gateacre, Liverpool
10th July, 1972

American actress Veronica Lake, famous for his roles in I Married a Witch, This Gun for Hire and Sullivan’s Travels, died aged 50
7th July, 1973

American actor Robert Ryan, famous for roles in The Dirty Dozen and The Longest Day, died aged 63
11th July, 1973

The Spy Who Loved Me, the tenth James Bond film featuring Roger Moore as 007 and starring Barbara Bach, premiered in London
7th July, 1977

American comedian and actor Kevin Hart, famous for his roles in Jumanji, Central Intelligence and Get Hard, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
6th July, 1979

Escape from New York, directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell and Donald Pleasence, premiered in the U.S.
10th July, 1981

Canadian actor Gregory Smith, famous for his roles in Small Soldiers, The Patriot and American Outlaws, was born in Toronto, Ontario
6th July, 1983

English stage and screen acting legend Laurence Olivier, famous for his roles in Wuthering Heights, Rebecca and Spartacus, died aged 82
11th July, 1989

Forrest Gump, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, and Gary Sinise, was released in the U.S.
6th July, 1994

American actor Jaden Smith, son of Will Smith, famous for his roles in The Karate Kid, The Pursuit of Happyness and Life in a Year, was born in Malibu, California
8th July, 1998

American film director John Frankenheimer, famous for his films The Manchurian Candidate, The Train and Birdman of Alcatraz, died aged 72. We discussed The Train, a brilliant WWII film, on our podcast which you find here.
6th July, 2002

American actor Rod Steiger, famous for his roles in In the Heat of the NightWaterloo and Doctor Zhivago, died aged 77
9th July, 2002

American actor Richard Eastham, famous for his roles in Man on Fire, Battle for the Planet of the Apes and Murderers’ Row, died aged 89
10th July, 2005

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth film based on the books by J. K. Rowling, was released into cinemas
11th July, 2007

Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, premiered in London. You can check out our podcast about Inception here.
8th July, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, the last Harry Potter film in the series, premiered in London
7th July, 2011

American actor and poet Roberts Blossom, famous for his roles in Deranged, Escape from Alcatraz and Home Alone, died aged 87
8th July, 2011

Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, famous for his films Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia and Funny Girl, died aged 83
10th July, 2015

Italian composer and musician Ennio Morricone, composer of more than 400 scores for cinema and television, including The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in America and The Hateful Eight, died aged 91
6th July, 2020

Well there we have our picks for this week in film history between 5th – 11th 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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