On This Day

August 1973 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Film Premier

Aug 2 "American Graffiti", directed by George Lucas and starring Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard premieres at the Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland

  • Aug 11 "American Graffiti", directed by George Lucas, opens in cinemas across the United States
  • Aug 16 5th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Sheraton Hotel, Harbor Island

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Aug 1 Tempestt Bledsoe, American actress (Vanessa Huxtable-Cosby Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 1 Eduardo Noriega, Spanish actor (Open Your Eyes), born in Santander, Cantabria, Spain
  • Aug 1 Les Hill, Australian actor (Underbelly), born in Randwick, Australia
  • Aug 2 Kia Goodwin, American actress (Tiffany Holloway-227), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • Aug 6 Vera Farmiga, American actress
  • Aug 8 Senta Moses, American actress
  • Aug 9 Kevin McKidd, Scottish actor Trainspotting; Grey's Anatomy -"Owen Hunt", born in Elgin, Moray, Scotland
  • Aug 11 Nigel Harman, British actor (Eastenders), born in London
  • Aug 12 Jonathan Coachman, American professional wrestler and executive, born in McPherson, Kansas
  • Aug 12 Grey DeLisle, American country singer-songwriter, autoharp player, voice actress (The Fairly OddParents; The Loud House), and comedienne, born in Fort Ord, California
  • Aug 14 Romane Bohringer, French actress (Savage Nights), born in Pont-Sainte-Maxence, France
  • Aug 22 Kristen Wiig, American comedian and actress (Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters), born in Canandaigua, New York
  • Aug 23 Malaika Arora Khan, Indian actress and model, born in Thane, India
  • Aug 24 Barret Oliver, American actor (The Neverending Story, Secret Garden), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 24 Dave Chappelle, American actor and comedian, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 24 Carmine Giovinazzo, American actor, born in Port Richmond, New York
  • Aug 25 Fatih Akin, Turkish-German film director
  • Aug 27 Carlene Begnaud, American professional wrestler
  • Aug 27 Cory Bowles, Canadian actor
  • Aug 28 Matthew John Armstrong, American actor (American Dreams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 30 Lisa Ling, American journalist (CNN), born in Sacramento, California

Weddings in Film & TV

Anthony Perkins

Aug 9 American Actor Anthony Perkins (40) weds American photographer and actress Berinthia "Berry" Berenson (25) in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

  • Aug 19 American singer and actor Kris Kristofferson (37) weds fellow singer Rita Coolidge (28); divorce in 1980

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Aug 3 Ariantje "Jeanne" Leg, actress (It Vijgeblaadje/It Hippie), dies at 84
  • Aug 6 James Beck, British actor (Dad's Army), dies from pancreatitis at 44
  • Aug 10 Douglas Kennedy, American actor (Dark Passage, The Lone Ranger & the Lost City of Gold), dies of cancer at 57
  • Aug 11 Peggy Castle, American actress (Lily Merrill-Lawman), dies of cirrhosis at 46
  • Aug 16 Veda Ann Borg, American model and actress (Kid Galahad, Avalanche, Accomplice), dies of cancer at 58
  • Aug 22 Louise Huff, American actress (Sea Waif, Caprice, Disraeli), dies at 77
  • Aug 24 Billy Greene, American actor (Single Room Furnished, One Man's Family), dies at 76
  • Aug 29 Michael Dunn, American short actor (Justine, Boom, Madigan), dies at 38
  • Aug 29 Stringer Davis, English actress (Mouse on the Moon; Miranda), dies at about 77

John Ford

Aug 31 John Ford, American director (Stagecoach, The Searchers), dies at 78

  • Aug 31 Raymond Keane, American actor (Midnight Sun, Love Eagle), dies at 66