On This Day

August 1930 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Aug 9 Animated character Betty Boop debuts in Max Fleischer's cartoon "Dizzy Dishes"
  • Aug 16 The first color sound cartoon "Fiddlesticks" by Ub Iwerks (ex Walt Disney studio) is released
  • Aug 20 Dumont's 1st TV broadcast for home reception (NYC)

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Aug 1 Geoffrey Holder, Trinidadian-American actor, choreographer, singer, director and painter (Annie; The Wiz), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2014)
  • Aug 1 Julie Bovasso, American actress (Willie & Phil, Just Me & You), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1991)
  • Aug 3 James Komack, American writer, director and actor (Courtship of Eddie's Father), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • Aug 6 Abbey Lincoln [Anna Wooldridge], African-American civil rights activist, jazz vocalist, songwriter and actress (Nothing But a Man), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • Aug 8 Nita Talbot [Anita Sokol], American actress (Hogan's Heros, Supertrain, Here We Go Again), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 16 Frank Gifford, American NFL halfback (NY Giants)/ABC sportscaster, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)
  • Aug 16 Robert Culp, American actor, screenwriter, voice actor, and director (I Spy, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice), born in Oakland, California (d. 2010)
  • Aug 21 Frank Perry, American film director (Diary of Mad Housewife, David & Lisa), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • Aug 23 Jack Bannister, English cricket commentator (BBC; Talksport radio) and bowler (Warwickshire 1,198 wickets), born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands (d. 2016)

Person of interestSean Connery

Aug 25 Sir Sean Connery, Scottish actor and producer (James Bond films; Indiana Jones), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2020)

  • Aug 25 Graham Jarvis, Canadian actor (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Charlie"; Misery; 7th Heaven), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2003)
  • Aug 28 Ben Gazzara, American actor (Run for Your Life, QB VII), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Aug 28 Windsor Davies, British actor (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), born in London, England (d. 2019)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Aug 26 Leonidas "Lon" Chaney, American actor nicknamed "the man of a 1000 faces" (The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, The Phantom of the Opera), dies after long illness at 47