On This Day

August 2021 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Aug 10 "I am Legend" screenwriter Akiva Goldsman tweets "Its a movie. I made that up. Its. Not. Real." amid rumors COVID-19 vaccines could turn people into zombies, as in the film [1]
  • Aug 16 First Marvel film with an Asian superhero "Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings" starring Simu Liu premieres in Los Angeles
  • Aug 23 Video evidence of a Seychelles giant tortoise hunting and eating a bird revealed for the first time, tortoises previously thought to be herbivores [1]

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Aug 6 Herbert Schlosser, American television executive (NBC - hired Johnny Carson; championed Laugh-In; conceptualized Saturday Night Live), dies at 95
  • Aug 7 (Marjorie) "Markie" Post, American actress (Night Court, 1984-92 - "Christine"; There‚Äôs Something About Mary), dies of cancer at 70
  • Aug 7 Jane Withers, American film child star (Bright Eyes; Ginger), character actress (Giant), and commercial spokesperson (Josephine the Plumber), dies at 95
  • Aug 9 Patricia Hitchcock, British-American actress, dies at 93
  • Aug 9 Bob Jenkins, American television and radio sports announcer (IndyCar & NASCAR telecasts ESPN/ABC, NBC Sports), dies from brain cancer at 73
  • Aug 21 Floyd Reese, American football administrator (GM Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans 1994-2006) and analyst (ESPN's NFL Live, ESPN.com), dies from cancer at 73
  • Aug 25 Robin Miller, American motorsports journalist (Indianapolis Star, Autoweek, Car and Driver, ESPN, Speed, NBCSN), dies from leukemia at 71
  • Aug 29 Ed Asner, American Emmy Award-winning actor (The Mary Tyler Moore Show - "Mr. Grant"; Lou Grant, Roots; Up), and activist, dies at 91
  • Aug 31 Michael Constantine [Ioannides], American actor (Room 222 - "Mr. Kaufman"; Don't Drink The Water; My Big Fat Greek Wedding), dies at 94