August 1981 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Aug 1 MTV premieres at 12:01 AM

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 3 13,000 Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) begin their strike; US President Ronald Reagan offers ultimatum to workers: 'if they do not report for work within 48 hours, they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated'

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 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)
  • 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 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, actress (Gangway, First a Girl), dies at 74
  • Aug 29 Lowell Thomas, newscaster (High Adventure), dies in Pawling NY at 89

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 30 Vera-Ellen, actress (Big Leaguer, On the Town), dies of cancer at 60

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen