August 1996 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

A Game of Thrones

Aug 1 George R.R. Martin publishes the epic fantasy novel "A Game of Thrones", the first in his series "A Song of Ice and Fire"

  • Aug 1 M2, MTV's second TV channel is launched

A Thousand Clowns

Aug 11 Revival of Herb Gardner's stage comedy-drama "A Thousand Clowns" starring Judd Hirsch, closes at Criterion Theater, NYC, after 32 performances

  • Aug 21 Christie Lee Woods, 18, of Texas, crowned 14th Miss Teen USA


Aug 21 Revival of Eugene O'Neill's' drama "Hughie", directed by Al Pacino, and starring Pacino and Paul Benedict, opens at Circle in the Square Theater, NYC; runs for 56 performances

7th Heaven

Aug 26 "7th Heaven", starring Jessica Biel, debuts on The WB

Venice Film Festival

Aug 28 53rd Venice Film Festival: "Michael Collins" directed by Neil Jordan wins Golden Lion

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Aug 7 Tessa Allen, American actress, born in Manhattan Beach, California
  • Aug 17 Ella Cruz, Filipina actress (Aryana), born in Angat, Philippines
  • Aug 21 Jamia Simone Nash, American singer and actress, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Aug 30 Trevor Jackson, American actor, singer-songwriter (Grown-ish), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Aug 24 Swedish actress-model Vendela (30) weds Norwegian politician Olaf Thommessen (30) in Stockholm, Sweden; divorce in 2007

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Aug 2 Humphrey Fisher, English born TV Producer, dies at 72
  • Aug 3 Guido Alberti, Italian film actor (Marco the Magnificent), dies at 87
  • Aug 4 Geoff Hamilton, English gardener and journalist (BBC Gardener's World), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Aug 5 Bruce Howard Lidington, English actor (Sword of Valiant, Mosses), dies at 46
  • Aug 7 Anne Kristen, Scottish actress (Truth or Dare, Rachel-Dr Finlay), dies at 59
  • Aug 10 Rex Tucker, British TV writer and director, dies at 83
  • Aug 13 Tom Mees, American ESPN sports anchor (NHL), drowns at 46
  • Aug 14 Camilla Horn, actress (Rebus, Vertigine, Matinee Idol), dies at 93
  • Aug 16 Eric Cullen, Scottish actor (Huntington Tower), dies at 31
  • Aug 27 Greg Morris, American actor (Mission: Impossible), dies of a brain tumor at 62
  • Aug 30 Christine Pascal, French actress and director (Smile, Elsa), commits suicide at 43