On This Day

August 1951 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Aug 11 First televised baseball game in colour on WCBS in New York City; Boston Braves beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 8-1

Film Release

Aug 14 "A Place in the Sun", directed by George Stevens, starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters, is released (Academy Awards Best Director 1952)

Venice Film Festival

Aug 20 12th Venice Film Festival: "Rashomon" directed by Akira Kurosawa wins the Golden Lion

Film Premier

Aug 26 Film "An American In Paris" with music by George Gershwin, directed by Vincente Minnelli, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron premieres in London (Academy Awards Best Picture, 1952)


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Aug 2 Freddie Wadling, Swedish actor and musician (The Leather Nun, Fleshquartet), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2016)
  • Aug 5 John Jarratt, Australian actor, director and producer (Picnic at Hanging Rock), born in Wollongong, Australia
  • Aug 6 Catherine Hicks, American actress (Star Trek IV, Child's Play), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 6 Daryl Somers, Australian television personality
  • Aug 8 Martin Brest, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 8 Mamoru Oshii, Japanese film director
  • Aug 11 Vincent Bilodeau, Quebec actor and comedian
  • Aug 13 Jeff Altman, American comedian and actor (Nurses, Pink Lady, Soul Man), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Aug 14 Carl Lumbly, American actor (Cagney & Lacey, Alias), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Aug 15 Ann Biderman, American film and television writer (Ray Donovan)
  • Aug 17 Robert Joy, Canadian actor (Big Shots, CSI), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 19 Lillian Müller Norwegian model, actress and Playboy playmate (Aug, 1975, Playmate of the Year 1976), born in Grimstad, Norway
  • Aug 19 Randi Oakes, American actress (Officer Bonnie Clark-CHiPs), born in Randalia, Iowa
  • Aug 19 Gustavo Santaolalla, Argentine Academy Award-winning film composer (Brokeback Mountain), born in El Palomar, Argentina
  • Aug 21 Harry Smith, TV co-anchor (CBS Morning Show), born in Hammond, Indiana
  • Aug 21 Char Margolis, American psychic medium and Dutch TV star, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 22 Gordon Liu [Chia-Hui Liu or Jin-Hsi Shin], Chinese actor (Kill Bill, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin), born in Guangdong, China
  • Aug 23 Mark Hudson, American television personality (The Hudson Brothers), musician, songwriter, and record producer (Aerosmith; Hanson; Ringo Starr; Ozzy Osbourne), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Aug 30 Dana Rosemary Scallon, Irish singer and actress (Flight of the Doves), born in Islington, London, England
  • Aug 30 Timothy Bottoms, American actor (Paper Chase, East of Eden), born in Santa Barbara, California

Weddings in Film & TV

Max Von Sydow

Aug 1 Actor Max Von Sydow (22) weds actress Christina Olin

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Aug 16 Louis Jouvet, French actor (Volpone, Topaze, La Marseillaise), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • Aug 28 Robert Walker, American actor and writer (Strangers on a Train, Bataan, Madame Curie), dies from an adverse reaction to prescription drugs at 32