August 1979 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Aug 1 12th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel

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Aug 15 "Apocalypse Now", directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Martin Sheen, is released (Palme d'Or 1979)

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Aug 17 Monty Python's "Life of Brian" directed by Terry Jones, starring Graham Chapman & John Cleese premieres

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
  • Aug 24 36th Venice Film Festival opens

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Aug 1 Jason Momoa, American actor (Game of Thrones), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Aug 1 Honeysuckle Weeks, Welsh actress (Foyle's War), born in Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales
  • Aug 3 Evangeline Lilly, Canadian actress (Lost, The Hobbit), born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
  • Aug 7 Eric Johnson, American actor, born in Austin, Texas
  • Aug 10 Ted Geoghegan, American filmmaker and author
  • Aug 10 Joanna Garcia, Cuban actress
  • Aug 14 Yoichiro Morikawa, Japanese film director
  • Aug 17 Marcus Patric, British actor
  • Aug 22 Brandon Quintin Adams, American actor (The People Under the Stairs), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • Aug 22 Jennifer Finnigan, Canadian actress (The Bold and the Beautiful), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 27 Giovanni Capitello, American filmmaker/actor

Person of interestAaron Paul

Aug 27 Aaron Paul, American actor (Breaking Bad, Need for Speed), born in Emmett, Idaho

Actor Aaron Paul
Actor
Aaron Paul
  • Aug 30 Leon Lopez, British actor
  • Aug 30 Niki Chow, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • Aug 30 Tavia Yeung, Hong Kong actress
  • Aug 31 Mickie James, American professional wrestler

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Aug 6 Kurt Kaszner [Serwicher], Austrian actor (Kiss Me Kate, Lili, Casino Royale), dies of cancer at 65
  • Aug 9 Allan Frank, actor (Charade Quiz), dies at 64
  • Aug 10 John Nicholas "Dick" Foran, American actor (OK Crackerby, Fort Apache, Winners of the West), dies at 69
  • Aug 17 Vivian Vance, American actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies of cancer at 70
  • Aug 23 Richard Hearne, British actor (Tons of Trouble, The Time of His Life), dies at 71
  • Aug 29 Mary Marquet, actress (Landru, Paris Canaille), dies at 84
  • Aug 30 Jean Seberg, American actress (Breathless, Airport), commits suicide at 40
  • Aug 31 Sally Rand, American burlesque dancer, vedette and actress known for her ostrich feather fan and balloon bubble dances, dies at 75