August 1966 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Aug 28 27th Venice Film Festival: "The Battle of Algiers" directed by Gillo Pontecorvo wins Golden Lion

Film & TV History

Aug 30 American medical drama series "Dr. Kildare", starring Richard Chamberlain and Raymond Massey, ends a five season run on NBC-TV

  • Aug 31 "The Battle of Algiers", directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, starring Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, premieres at the Vienna International Film Festival

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Aug 4 Kensuke Sasaki, wrestler (WCW/NJPW/Calgary, Power Warrior)
  • Aug 5 Jonathan Silverman, American actor (Brighton Beach Memoirs, Single Guy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 9 Pat Petersen, American actor (Michael-Knots Landing), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 10 (Charlotte) "Charlie" Dimmock, British gardener and television presenter (Ground Force; Garden Rescue), born in West Wellow, Hampshire, England
  • Aug 14 David Hallyday, French singer-songwriter and actor (He's My Girl), born in Boulougne, France

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Aug 14 American actress (X-Men: The Last Stand: Monsters Ball), born in Cleveland, Ohio

  • Aug 18 Kang Soo-yeon, South Korean actress (The Surrogate Woman, Come Come Come Upward), born in Seoul, South Korea (d. 2022) [1]
  • Aug 19 Lilian Garcia, Spanish-American wrestling announcer (WWE), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Aug 20 Colin Cunningham, American actor (Centigrade, Falling Skies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 20 Courtney Gibbs, American actress (Baywatch) and Miss USA 1988, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Aug 25 Robert Maschio, American Actor ("The Todd" in Scrubs)
  • Aug 30 Michael Michele, American actress (Nikki-Central Park West), born in Evansville, Indiana

Weddings in Film & TV


Aug 7 Latin music king Xavier Cugat (60) weds singer Charo (20) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Aug 3 Lenny Bruce [Leonard Schneider], American comedian, dies of a morphine overdose at 39
  • Aug 8 Ed "Strangler" Lewis, American professional wrestler, dies at 75
  • Aug 15 Gerhart Pohl, German broadcaster, writer (The Crazy Ferdinand; Fl├╝chtburg), and publisher, dies at 64
  • Aug 15 Jan Kiepura, Polish vocalist and actor (Her Wonderful Lie; Give Us this Night), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Aug 15 Seena Owen, American silent screen actress and screenwriter (Queen Kelly), dies at 71
  • Aug 16 Jack Mather, actor (Cisco Kid), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Aug 23 Francis X. Bushman, American silent film actor (Sabrina, Ben-Hur), dies at 83
  • Aug 26 Art Baker, American TV host (You Asked For It), dies at 68