On This Day

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)
  • 1964 "A Hard Days Night" a musical comedy film featuring the Beatles released in the US
  • 1965 "Help" a musical comedy film featuring the Beatles released in the US

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

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 [Kulakowich], American actor (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Love Nest), born in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York (d. 1965)
  • 1913 Paul Dupuis, French Canadian actor (The Fortress; Passport to Pimlico), born in Montréal, Québec (d. 1976)
  • 1915 Jean Parker [Luise-Stephanie Zelinska], American actress (Beyond Tomorrow, Little Women), born in Butte, Montana (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Arlene Dahl, American actress and TV panelist (Ambush), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1937 Allegra Kent, American ballet dancer and actress (The Addams Family), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 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 stage director, and stage and screen actor (Star Wars -"Palpatine"), born in Carnoustie, Scotland
  • 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 interestHulk Hogan

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

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional 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
  • 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

Person of interestJoe Rogan

1967 Joe Rogan, American television host, comedian and podcaster (Fear Factor, The Joe Rogan Experience), born in Newark, New Jersey

Comedian and Podcaster Joe Rogan
Comedian and Podcaster
Joe Rogan
  • 1968 Anna Gunn, American actress
  • 1969 Eddie Garcia, LA, actor/musician (Guys Next Door-I Was Made For You)
  • 1969 Ashley Jensen, Scottish actress (Extras, After Life), born in Annan, Scotland
  • 1971 Alejandra Barros, Mexican actress
  • 1972 Jonathon Prandi, American model
  • 1973 Nigel Harman, British actor (Eastenders), born in London
  • 1976 Will Friedle, American actor (Eric-Boy Meets World, Gift of Love), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1978 Amber Brkich, American reality television personality
  • 1980 Merrit Weaver, American actress (Nurse Jackie, Godless), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1981 Fiona Sit, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1982 Alan Halsall, British actor

Person of interestChris Hemsworth

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 and pop singer, born in Toledo, Ohio

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding 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

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2019 Singer Miley Cyrus and actor Liam Hemsworth announce their separation and intention to divorce

Actress and Singer Miley Cyrus
Actress and Singer
Miley Cyrus
Actor Liam Hemsworth
Liam Hemsworth

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1961 Antanas Škėma, Lithuanian writer actor and director (b. 1910)
  • 1973 Peggy Castle, American 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 [Alfred Sinclair Alderdice], American actor (Meet Me In St. Louis; Warlock), 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 Grenfell Williams, radio producer and broadcaster, dies at 60
  • 1994 Mark "Red" Mitchell, American actor (JFK, 8 Seconds, Want to Live), dies at 33

Person of interestPeter Cushing

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 [David Geeves], British actor and screenwriter (Zulu, Keeping Mum), dies at 77
  • 2007 Franz Antel, Austrian filmmaker (Der Bockerer), dies at 94
  • 2008 Sir William "Bill" Cotton, British television producer and executive (Noel Gay TV), dies at 80
  • 2008 George Furth, American actor and director (Tammy, Good Guys, Dumplings), dies at 75
  • 2012 Sid Waddell, English darts commentator (the 'Voice of Darts'; Granada, BBC, Sky Sports), dies from bowel cancer at 72

Person of interestRobin Williams

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

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams
  • 2020 Trinidad "Trini" Lopez, American singer and guitarist ("If I Had A Hammer"; "Lemon Tree"), and actor (The Dirty Dozen) dies of COVID-19 at 83
  • 2020 Sumner Redstone, American media mogul (ViacomCBS), dies at 97