On This Day

August 1968 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Aug 1 WXIX TV channel 19 in Cincinnati-Newport, OH (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 4 WXTV TV channel 41 in New York-Paterson, NY (UNI) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 5 WMCV (now WZTV) TV channel 17 in Nashville, TN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Aug 25 29th Venice Film Festival: "Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed" directed by Alexander Kluge wins Golden Lion

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Aug 1 Roshumba Williams, American model (Bride), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 4 Marcus Schenkenberg, model (Calvin Klein)
  • Aug 4 Daniel Dae Kim, American actor
  • Aug 5 Tokimitsu Ishizawa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Aug 9 Gillian Anderson, actress (The X-Files, Bleak House), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 9 Eric Bana, Australian actor
  • Aug 9 Joseph McGinty Nichol, American film producer and director
  • Aug 10 Peter Docter, American film director
  • Aug 11 Anna Gunn, American actress
  • Aug 12 Andras Jones, American actor
  • Aug 14 Adrian Lester, English actor, born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Aug 15 Debra Messing, American actress (Will & Grace), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 16 Donovan Leitch Jr., American actor (I Shot Andy Warhol) and musician (Camp Freddy), born in London, England
  • Aug 17 Helen McCrory, English actress (The Queen), born in London, England
  • Aug 18 Greta Lind, American actress (Katie Kennicott-All My Children), born in Goshen, New York
  • Aug 18 Griffin Drew, American actress (Dinosaur Island), born in Hazelhurst, Georgia
  • Aug 18 Lee Seung-yeon, South Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Aug 20 Yuri Shiratori, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Aug 21 Barbara Ann Moore, American actress, Playboy playmate (Dec, 1992) and ballroom dancer, born in Spokane, Washington
  • Aug 22 Casper Christensen, Danish comedian (Hvaffor en hånd), born in Kerteminde, Denmark
  • Aug 24 Shoichi Funaki, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Toyko
  • Aug 25 Rachael Ray, American TV personality and chef, born in Glen Falls, New York
  • Aug 26 Byron Lawson, Canadian actor
  • Aug 28 Billy Boyd, Scottish actor (Seed of Chucky), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 31 Jim Bob Howard, American actor (Flash and Bone), born in Wichita Falls, Texas

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Aug 25 "The Outlaw" actress Jane Russell (47) weds actor Roger Barrett (47) at the Community Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, California
  • Aug 28 1 day marriage of TV character Murphy Brown

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 8 Actor Jack Nicholson (31) divorces Sandra Knight (28) after 6 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 16 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra and 3rd wife actress Mia Farrow divorce after 2 years of marriage

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Aug 19 Sara Jane Roberts, child actress (Our Gang), dies after surgery at 44
  • Aug 25 John George [Tufei Fatella], Syrian actor (Black Orchids, Don Juan, Adventures of Fu Manchu), dies from emphysema at 70
  • Aug 26 Kay Francis, American actress (Charley's Aunt, False Madonna), dies of cancer at 63
  • Aug 29 Victor Sutherland, American actor (Captive City), dies at 79
  • Aug 30 William Talman, American actor (Crashout, The Hitch-Hiker, Perry Mason), dies of lung cancer at 53
  • Aug 31 Dennis O'Keefe, American actor (Suspicion), dies of lung cancer at 60