On This Day in Film & TV for August 11

Events in Film & TV

Film release premierFilm Premier

1937 "The Life of Emile Zola" directed by William Dieterle and starring Paul Muni premieres in New York (Best Picture 1938)

Actor Paul Muni
Paul Muni
  • 1949 10th Venice Film Festival: "Manon" directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot wins the Golden Lion (1st one)
  • 1951 1st televised baseball game in color, on WCBS in New York City (Boston Braves beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 8-1)
  • 1965 Beatles movie "Help" opens in NYC

Film release premierFilm Release

1973 "American Graffiti", directed by George Lucas, opens in cinemas across the United States

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas

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1984 During a radio voice test, US President Reagan jokes he "signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes."

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1635 Thomas Betterton, British actor and dramatist (Coriolanus), born in London, England (d. 1710)
  • 1867 Hobart Bosworth, American actor (Woman of Affairs, Big Parade), born in Marietta, Ohio (d. 1943)
  • 1867 Joseph M Weber, comedian/singer (Weber & Lewis Fields)
  • 1888 Owen Nares [Ramsay], British actor and manager (Maiden Erleigh), born in Maiden Erlegh, Berks, England (d. 1943)
  • 1902 Lloyd Nolan American, actor (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Peyton Place), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1985)
  • 1911 Henry Kulky, Hastings-on-Hudson NY, actor (Otto-Life of Riley)
  • 1912 Jean Parker, Butte Mont, actress (Beyond Tomorrow, Little Women)
  • 1913 Paul Dupuis, French Canadian actor (d. 1976)
  • 1924 Arlene Dahl, American actress and TV panelist (Ambush), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1937 Allegra Kent, US actress (Addams Family)
  • 1937 Anna Massey, actress (De Sade, Doll's House)
  • 1940 Kip King, actor (Charlie & Company), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1941 Patricio Guzman, director/actor (Cruz del Sur, Moon over Parador)
  • 1944 Ian McDiarmid, Scottish actor
  • 1949 Ian Charleson, actor (Gandhi, Chariots of Fire), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1951 Vincent Bilodeau, Quebec actor and comedian
  • 1952 Ann Michelle, England, actress (Virigin Witch, Mistress Pamela)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1953 Hulk Hogan, [Terry Bollea], WWF heavyweight champion (1984-89), born in Augusta, Georgia

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • 1953 Sanford Jensen, American actor (Foley Square), born in South Haven, Michigan
  • 1954 Lina Polito, actress (Love & Anarchy), born in Naples, Italy
  • 1955 Norio Honaga, wrestler (NJPW)
  • 1958 Cordelia Gonzalez, actress (La Gran Fiesta), born in San Juan Puerto Rico
  • 1959 Linda Rhys Vaughn, Grossmont Ca, playmate (Apr, 1982)
  • 1964 Miguel A. Núñez Jr., American actor
  • 1965 Viola Davis, American actress (The Help, Prisoners, Suicide Squad), born in St. Matthews, South Carolina
  • 1965 Embeth Davidtz, American actress (Bicentennial Man, Schindler's List), born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • 1967 Collin Chou, Taiwanese actor
  • 1967 Joe Rogan, American television host
  • 1968 Anna Gunn, American actress
  • 1969 Eddie Garcia, LA, actor/musician (Guys Next Door-I Was Made For You)
  • 1971 Julie Anne Clark, playmate (Mar, 1991), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1971 Alejandra Barros, Mexican actress
  • 1972 Jonathon Prandi, American model
  • 1973 Nigel Harman, British actor (Eastenders), born in London
  • 1974 Will Friedle, American actor
  • 1976 Will Friedle, actor (Eric-Boy Meets World, Gift of Love), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1978 Amber Brkich, American reality television personality
  • 1981 Fiona Sit, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1982 Alan Halsall, British actor
  • 1983 Chris Hemsworth, Australian actor (Thor, Avengers), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1984 Katie Rees, American beauty pageant contestant
  • 1986 Kaori Fukuhara, Japanese voice actress
  • 1992 Allison Lozano, Mexican actress
  • 1993 Alyson Stoner, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1978 Charo marries Kjell Rasten, a producer, in South Lake Tahoe, California

Actress Charo
  • 1990 "General Hospital" actor Maurice Benard (27) weds Paula Smith
  • 2012 "The Hangover" actor-comedian Zach Galifianakis (42) weds co-founder of the Growing Voices charity Quinn Lundberg at the UBC Farm in Vancouver, Canada

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1961 Antanas Škėma, Lithuanian writer actor and director (b. 1910)
  • 1973 Peggy Castle, actress (Lily Merrill-Lawman), dies of cirrhosis at 46
  • 1975 Howard Wendell, American actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Murder Your Wife), dies at 67
  • 1980 Willi Forst, Austrian actor and director (Bel Amis, Operette, Vienna Blood), dies at 77
  • 1982 Tom Drake, actor (Green Years, Warkill), dies of lung cancer at 63
  • 1988 Anne Ramsey, American actress (Throw Mama from the Train), dies of cancer at 59
  • 1989 John Meillon, actor (Wild Duck, Crocodile Dundee), dies
  • 1994 Dorothy Lousie Grenfell Williams, broadcaster, dies at 60
  • 1994 Mark "Red" Mitchell, American actor (JFK, 8 Seconds, Want to Live), dies at 33

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1994 Peter Cushing, actor (Star Wars, Dr Who), dies of cancer at 81

  • 1995 Phil Harris [Wonga Philip], American actor and singer (Anything Goes, Robin Hood), dies of heart failure at 91
  • 1995 Wilbur Stark, tV/film producer, dies at 83
  • 2005 James Booth, English actor (b. 1927)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2014 Robin Williams, American actor and comedian (Mork & Mindy, Good Will Hunting), commits suspected suicide at 63

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams