On This Day

August 1980 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Aug 19 Willy Russell's play "Educating Rita" premieres in London starring Julie Walters

<b>Pirate</b> AttackPirate Attack

Aug 21 Linda Ronstadt opens in "Pirates of Penzance" on Broadway

Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt
  • Aug 28 37th Venice Film Festival: "Atlantic City" directed by Louis Malle and "Gloria" directed by John Cassavetes jointly awarded Golden Lion (first since 1968)

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Aug 2 Nadia Bjorlin, American actress, born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Aug 4 Dingdong Dantes, Filipino actor
  • Aug 5 Sophie Winkleman, English actress, born in London, England
  • Aug 6 Wilber Pan, Taiwanese-American singer, rapper and actor born in West Virgina
  • Aug 7 AurĂ©lie Claudel, French model, born in Laxou, France
  • Aug 8 Michael Urie, American actor and director
  • Aug 9 Ryu Seung-beom, South Korean actor
  • Aug 11 Merrit Weaver, American actress (Nurse Jackie, Godless), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Aug 12 Maggie Lawson, American actress
  • Aug 12 Dominique Swain, American actress
  • Aug 15 Nathalie Press, English actress
  • Aug 17 Shannon Lucio, American actress, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Aug 18 Preeti Jhangiani, Indian actress, born in Mumbai, India
  • Aug 19 Darius Danesh, Scottish pop, opera and swing singer-songwriter and stage actor, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 20 Corey Carrier, American actor (Young Indiana Jones), born in Middleborough, Massachusetts
  • Aug 20 Rochelle Gadd, British actress (Hollyoaks)
  • Aug 22 Christi Shake, American model and actress, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Aug 24 Sonja Bennett, Canadian actress (Punch), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Person of interestMacaulay Culkin

Aug 26 Macaulay Culkin, American actor (Home Alone, My Girl, Richie Rich), born in NYC, New York

  • Aug 26 Chris Pine, American actor (Star Trek), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 27 Kyle Lowder, American actor
  • Aug 29 Nicholas Tse, Hong Kong singer and actor, born in British Hong Kong

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 13 Actor James Woods (33) weds costume designer Kathryn Morrison


Deaths in Film & TV


Person of interestStrother Martin

Aug 1 Strother Martin, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Slapshot), dies of heart attack at 61

  • Aug 4 Diego Fabbri, Italian playwright and leader (Vatican movie bureau), dies at 69
  • Aug 9 Elliott Nugent, American director and actor, dies at 83
  • Aug 11 Willi Forst, Austrian actor and director (Bel Amis, Operette, Vienna Blood), dies at 77
  • Aug 14 Dorothy Stratten [Hoogstraten], Canadian playmate (August, 1979), model and actress (Galixina), murdered by estranged husband and manager Paul Snider at 20
  • Aug 23 Norman Shelley, English radio actor (Churchill's Speech), dies at 77
  • Aug 24 Yootha Joyce, British actress (Man About the House, George and Mildred), dies of liver failure at 53
  • Aug 26 Miliza Korjus, actress (Great Waltz), dies at 71
  • Aug 26 Rosa Albach-Retty, German actress (b. 1874)
  • Aug 27 Sam Levenson, humorist (Sam Levenson Show), dies at 68
  • Aug 27 Douglas Kenney, American humorist (co-founded the magazine National Lampoon), dies at 33