On This Day

August 1971 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Aug 1 CBS presents the first episode of BBC production "The Six Wives of Henry VIII", continuing weekly until September 5th
  • Aug 5 WNPE TV channel 16 in Watertown, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 6 3rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Muir College, University of California
  • Aug 23 WGTU TV channel 29 in Traverse City, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 25 32nd Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 30 WNPI TV channel 18 in Norwood, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Aug 4 Jeff Gordon, American auto racer (Winston Cup Series 1995, 97, 98, 2001; Daytona 500 1997, 99, 2005) and broadcaster (Fox NASCAR), born in Vallejo, California
  • Aug 6 Merrin Dungey, American actress
  • Aug 7 Sydney Penny, American actress (Danni-New Gidget, Thorn Birds, All My Children), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Aug 10 Justin Theroux, American actor (Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 11 Alejandra Barros, Mexican actress
  • Aug 13 Moritz Bleibtreu, German actor (Run Lola Run), born in Munich, Bavaria, Germany
  • Aug 13 Rolando Molina, Salvadoran-born American actor (Next Friday; Eagle Eye), born in San Salvador, El Salvador
  • Aug 14 Raoul Bova, Italian actor, born in Rome, Italy
  • Aug 17 Uhm Jung-hwa, South Korean singer and actress
  • Aug 18 Trey Ames, American actor (David-A Year in the Life), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Aug 18 Jacob Vargas, American actor (Mi vida loca), born in Michoacan, Mexico
  • Aug 19 Mary Joe Fernández, American tennis player, broadcaster (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Aug 20 Jonathan Ke Quan, Vietnamese-American actor (Sam-Together We Stand), born in Saigon, South Vietnam
  • Aug 20 David Walliams, English actor, comedian (Come Fly With Me) and children's author, born in London, England
  • Aug 22 Richard Armitage, English actor (The Hobbit, Robin Hood), born in Leicester, Leicestershire
  • Aug 22 Rick Yune, American actor (Snow Falling on Cedars), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 24 Pierfrancesco Favino, Italian actor, born in Rome, Italy
  • Aug 25 Mike Lockwood, professional wrestler (d. 2003)

Thalía

Aug 26 Thalia Sodi, Mexican actress and singer known as the "Queen of Latin Pop", born in Mexico City, Mexico

  • Aug 27 Julian Cheung Chi-Lam, singer (A Modern Love Story) and actor (Return Of The Cuckoo), born in North Point, British Hong Kong
  • Aug 29 Carla Gugino, American actress, born in Sarasota, Florida
  • Aug 31 Chris Tucker, American stand-up comedien and actor (Rush Hour), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Weddings in Film & TV

Donna Summer

Aug 5 Five-time Grammy Award singer Donna Summer [nee Gaines] (22) weds actor Helmuth Sommer; divorce in 1976

Deaths in Film & TV

Paul Lukas

Aug 15 Paul Lukas, Hungarian actor (Kim, Berlin Express), dies of heart failure at 76

  • Aug 16 Elsie Baker, actress (Ghosts of Hanley House), dies at 78
  • Aug 16 Spyros Skouras, Greek-born American movie executive (20th Century Fox), dies at 78
  • Aug 17 Horace McMahon, American actor (Detective Story, Martin Kane Private Eye), dies from a heart ailment at 65
  • Aug 23 Oliver McGowan, American actor (Banning, Stagecoach), dies at 64