August 1981 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Aug 1 MTV premieres at 12:01 AM
  • Aug 13 Last broadcast of "The Waltons" on CBS-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 18 Jerry Lewis appears on "Donahue" to defend Telethons

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Aug 1 Ashley Parker Angel, American singer and actor, born in Redding, California
  • Aug 4 Marques Houston, American singer and actor (IMx)
  • Aug 4 Abigail Spencer, Gulf Breeze, Florida, American actress (Cowboys & Aliens)

Person of interestMeghan Markle

Aug 4 [Rachel] Meghan Markle, American former actress, Duchess of Sussex and wife of Prince Harry, born in Los Angeles, California

Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress Meghan Markle
Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress
Meghan Markle
  • Aug 8 Kaori Iida, Japanese singer and actress
  • Aug 8 Meagan Good, American actress
  • Aug 11 Fiona Sit, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • Aug 15 Song Ji-hyo, South Korean actress
  • Aug 17 Kristin Holt, American television personality
  • Aug 20 Benjamin Barnes, English actor (Prince Caspian)
  • Aug 24 Jiro Wang Dong Cheng, Taiwanese singer and actor, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Aug 24 Chad Michael Murray, American actor (One Tree Hill), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Aug 24 Mercedes Scelba-Shorte, American model, born in New Jersey
  • Aug 25 Rachel Bilson, American actress
  • Aug 26 Petey Williams, Canadian professional wrestler
  • Aug 27 Demetria McKinney, American actress ( House of Payne), born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
  • Aug 27 Patrick J. Adams, Canadian actor (Suits), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 29 Jay Ryan (Jay Bunyan), Australian actor
  • Aug 31 Joe Swanberg, American filmmaker

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Aug 1 Paddy Chayefsky, screenwriter (Network, Hospital) dies of cancer at 58
  • Aug 4 Melvyn Douglas [Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg], American actor (Hud, Being There, Ghost Story), dies at 80
  • Aug 19 Jessie Matthews, English actress (Gangway, First a Girl), dies at 74
  • Aug 21 Eddie Byrne, British actor (Star Wars, Island of Terror), dies from a stroke at 70
  • Aug 29 Lowell Thomas, newscaster (High Adventure), dies in Pawling NY at 89

Person of interestVera-Ellen

Aug 30 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress and dancer (Big Leaguer, On the Town), dies of cancer at 60

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen