On This Day

August 2008 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 3 Morgan Freeman is injured in an automobile accident near Ruleville, Mississippi, when his car flipped over several times on the highway

  • Aug 27 65th Venice Film Festival: "The Wrestler" directed by Darren Aronofsky wins Golden Lion

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 16 "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" talk show host Ellen DeGeneres (54) weds actress Portia de Rossi (39) in Beverly Hills, California

Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres
Comedian and TV Star
Ellen DeGeneres

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 30 "The Sopranos" actor James Gandolfini (46) weds former model Deborah Lin (40) at Central Union Church in Honolulu, Hawaii


Divorces in Film & TV

  • Aug 19 Actor-comedian Tom Arnold (48) divorces Shelby Roos (35) after six years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Aug 9 Bernie Mac, American comedian, actor.(b. 1957)
  • Aug 10 Isaac Hayes, American musician and composer (Shaft), dies at 65
  • Aug 11 Sir William "Bill" Cotton, British television producer and executive (Noel Gay TV), dies at 80
  • Aug 11 George Furth, American actor and director (Tammy, Good Guys, Dumplings), dies at 75
  • Aug 17 František Zvarík, Slovakian stage actor (Slovak National Theatre), dies at 87
  • Aug 19 Marguerite Empey, [Diane Webber], American model and Playboy playmate (May 1955, Feb 1956), dies at 76
  • Aug 20 Margaret Douglas, chief political adviser (BBC), dies at 73
  • Aug 27 Mark Priestley, Australian actor (b. 1976)
  • Aug 29 Geoffrey Perkins, British comedy producer (b. 1953)
  • Aug 30 Walter "Killer" Kowalski, Canadian professional wrestler, dies at 81
  • Aug 31 Jerry Reed, American country music singer (When You're Hot, You're Hot) and actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), dies of complications from emphysema at 71