On This Day

August 1969 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Aug 5 The UVF plant their first bomb in the Republic of Ireland, damaging the RTÉ Television Centre in Dublin
  • Aug 16 WATL TV channel 36 in Atlanta, GA begins broadcasting
  • Aug 22 Beatles record a video for "Long & Winding Road"
  • Aug 23 30th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 29 KYUS TV channel 3 in Miles City, MT (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Aug 1 David Wain, American actor and director (Wet Hot American Summer), born in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Aug 4 Michael DeLuise, American actor
  • Aug 8 Dick Togo [Shigeki Sato], Japanese professional wrestler, born in Odate, Akita, Japan
  • Aug 8 Faye Wong, Hong Kong cantopop singer-songwriter and actress (Chungking Express), born in Beijing, China
  • Aug 11 Eddie Garcia, LA, actor/musician (Guys Next Door-I Was Made For You)
  • Aug 11 Ashley Jensen, Scottish actress (Extras, After Life), born in Annan, Scotland
  • Aug 12 Kitty G [Katia Geiger], Leningrad Russia, cable tv actress
  • Aug 12 Aga Muhlach, Filipino actor
  • Aug 15 Cris Judd, American actor/choreographer
  • Aug 16 Andy Milder, American voice actor
  • Aug 18 Christian Slater, American actor (Robin Hood, Untamed Heart, Heathers), born in New York City, New York
  • Aug 18 Edward Norton, American actor (American History X), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Person of interestMatthew Perry

Aug 19 Matthew Perry, Canadian-American actor (Chandler Bing on Friends), born in Williamstown, Massachusetts

  • Aug 19 Patrick Van Horn, American actor
  • Aug 20 Francisco Torres, Mexican actor (Los diez pasos), born in Mexico
  • Aug 20 Duke Droese, American professional wrestler, born in Lodi, California
  • Aug 21 Nathan Jones, Australian professional wrestler and actor, born in Gold Coast, Australia
  • Aug 26 Elaine Irwin, American model (Almay Cosmetics, Ralph Lauren) and former wife of John Mellencamp, born in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 27 Chandra Wilson, American actress
  • Aug 28 Jason Priestley, Canadian-American actor (Brandon-Beverly Hills 90210), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Aug 28 Jack Black, American actor (High Fidelity, Kung Fu Panda), comedian and singer (Tenacious D), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Aug 31 Jonathan LaPaglia, Australian actor

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Aug 9 Robert Lehman, US multi-millionaire/director (Met Museum of Art), dies

MurderSharon Tate

Aug 9 Sharon Tate, actress (Valley of Dolls), murdered by Manson's gang at 26

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • Aug 12 Dick Ryan, American actor (For Heaven's Sake, Born to be Bad), dies after long illness at 72
  • Aug 14 Sigrid Gurie, Norwegian American actress (Algiers, Sofia, Refugee), dies from a blood clot at 58
  • Aug 16 Russell "Russ" Bender, American actor and writer (Amazing Colossal Man, Space Monster, It Conquered the World), dies at 59
  • Aug 18 Mildred Davis, actress (Haunted Spooks), dies of coronary at 68
  • Aug 27 Claire Whitney, silent film actress (Blind Fools), dies at 79
  • Aug 28 Clarence Hennecke, American actor (The Strong Man, Murder by Television, Keystone Kops), dies at 74