On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for August 12

Events in Film & TV

Film release premierFilm Release

1927 "Wings", one of only two silent films - the other being The Artist in 2011 - to win an Oscar for best picture, opens starring Clara Bow (Outstanding Picture 1929)

Silent Screen Actress Clara Bow
Silent Screen Actress
Clara Bow
  • 1955 WPBT TV channel 2 in Miami, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 KOTI TV channel 2 in Klamath Falls, OR (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1988 Movie "Last Temptation of Christ" is released

Music releaseMusic Recording

1999 Shakira records her first live album in New York City, titled "MTV Unplugged"

Singer Shakira

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1720 Konrad Ekhof [Hans Konrad Dieterich Eckhof], German actor and director, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1778)

Person of interestCecil B. DeMille

1881 Cecil B. DeMille, American filmmaker (The Ten Commandments), born in Ashfield, Massachusetts (d. 1959)

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • 1883 Pauline Frederick, American actress (Thank You, Mr. Moto), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • 1885 Marion Lorne, American actress (The Graduata, Mister Peepers), born in West Pittston, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • 1890 Al Goodman, Nikopol Russia, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour)
  • 1893 Howard Smith, American actor (Kiss of Death, Call Northside 777), born in Attleboro, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • 1893 Alfred Lunt, American Broadway actor (The Guardsman, Sally of the Sawdust), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1977)
  • 1898 Oscar Homolka, Hungarian actor (Sabotage, The Seven Year Itch, Ball of Fire, I Remember Mama), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1978)
  • 1904 Kay Campbell [Catherine Hibben], American actress (All My Children), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 1906 Tedd Pierce, American animator (d. 1972)
  • 1907 Joe Besser, American actor and comedian (The Three Stooges, Let's Make Love, Africa Screams), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1988)

Person of interestJane Wyatt

1910 Jane Wyatt, American actress (Father Knows Best, Star Trek), born in Mahwah, New Jersey (d. 2006)

Actress Jane Wyatt
Jane Wyatt
  • 1911 Cantinflas [Mario Moreno], Mexican actor (Around World in 80 Days, Pepe), born in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico (d. 1993)
  • 1912 Samuel Fuller, American screenwriter and director (Shock Corridor, The Big Red One), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • 1913 Kurt Kaszner [Serwicher], Austrian actor (Kiss Me Kate, Lili, Casino Royale), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1979)
  • 1917 Marjorie Reynolds [Goodspeed], American actress and dancer (Holiday Inn, Life of Riley), born in Buhl, Idaho (d. 1997)
  • 1922 Fulton Mackay, Scottish actor and playwright (Porridge), born in Paisley (d. 1987)
  • 1926 John Derek, American actor, director and photographer (Knock on Any Door, All the King's Men, Rogues of Sherwood Forest), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1998)
  • 1931 William Goldman, American screenwriter and author (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1935 John Cazale, Italian-American actor (d. 1978)
  • 1939 George Hamilton, American actor (Love at First Bite), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1940 Michael Brunson, TV reporter/newscaster/actor (Never Say Die)
  • 1941 Deborah Walley, actress (Mothers-in-Law, Beach Blanket), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1941 Jennifer Warren, American actress (Slap Shot, Fatal Beauty, Mutant), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Donna Michele, American actress (Beach Blanket Bingo) and Playboy playmate (Dec, 1963), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • 1950 Kid Creole [August Darnell], musician and actor (Obsession A Taste of Fear), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1950 Jim Beaver, American actor and writer
  • 1952 Chen Kaige, Chinese film director
  • 1954 Sam J. Jones [Samuel Gerald], American actor (Flash Gordon, Code Red), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1956 Bruce Greenwood, actor (Spy, Another Chance, Malibu Bikini Shop)
  • 1956 Terry Taylor [Paul Klause], wrestler (WCW/WWF/NWA, Red Rooster)
  • 1965 Peter Krause, American actor
  • 1967 Andy Hui, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • 1968 Andras Jones, American actor
  • 1969 Kitty G [Katia Geiger], Leningrad Russia, cable tv actress
  • 1969 Aga Muhlach, Filipino actor
  • 1970 Charles Mesure, British actor
  • 1972 Rebecca Gayheart, actress (Hannah Mayberry-Loving)
  • 1973 Jonathan Coachman, American professional wrestler and executive
  • 1973 Grey DeLisle, American voice actress

Person of interestCasey Affleck

1975 Casey Affleck, American actor (Manchester by the Sea, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), born in Falmouth, Massachusetts

  • 1976 Richard McCourt, English children's television presenter
  • 1977 Park Yong-ha, South Korean actor and singer
  • 1980 Maggie Lawson, American actress
  • 1980 Dominique Swain, American actress
  • 1984 Marian Rivera, Philippine actress
  • 1991 Lakeith Stanfield, American actor (Straight Outta Compton), born in San Bernardino, California
  • 1992 Cara Delevingne, English fashion model, actress, and LGBT activist, born in London, England

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1941 "I Love Lucy" actress Vivan Vance (32) weds actor Philip Ober (39)

LoveWedding of Interest

1949 Multi-Tony award-winning actress Angela Lansbury (23) weds actor and producer Peter Shaw (31) at St. Columba's Presbyterian Church of Scotland in London, England

LoveWedding of Interest

1956 Canadian actor William Shatner (Star Trek) marries Gloria Rand

  • 2000 "Saturday Night Live" actor-comedian Will Ferrell (33) weds Swedish actress Viveca Paulin (31)
  • 2006 "Syfy" actor Sam Huntington (24) weds actress Rachel Klein in Hancock, New Hampshire
  • 2006 Phil McGraw's son and "Renovate My Family" host Jay McGraw (27) weds former Playboy playmate Erica Dahm (28) in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2011 Actress and model Brooke Burke (40) weds singer/actor David Charvet (39) in St. Barthelemy, Guadeloupe

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2011 Rock singer John Mellencamp (59) divorces model Elaine Irwin (41) after 18 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1918 Anna Held, Polish-born French actress and singer (A Parisian Model), dies of cancer at 46
  • 1964 Ian Fleming, English author (James Bond novels), dies at 56
  • 1969 Dick Ryan, American actor (For Heaven's Sake, Born to be Bad), dies after long illness at 72

Person of interestHenry Fonda

1982 Henry Fonda, American stage and screen actor (Mr. Roberts; 12 Angry Men; On Golden Pond), dies of heart disease at 77

  • 1985 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actor, dies in JAL 123 crash at 43
  • 1990 Dorothy Mackaill, actress (Love Affair), dies of kidney failure at 87
  • 1990 Sara Seegar [Stone], actor (Mystery of Room 13), dies at 76
  • 1991 Irene Campbell, British actress/dancer (Wicker Man, St Justice), dies
  • 1991 William Gordon, screenwriter (Back to Bataan), dies
  • 1992 Patricia Harmsworth, Lady Rothermere [Bubbles], English socialite and actress, dies at 59
  • 1993 Jerome Thor, American actor (Riot in Juvenile Prison), dies of cardiac at 69
  • 1995 Frank Cvitanovich, Canadian filmmaker, dies at 68

Person of interestLoretta Young

2000 Loretta Young, American actress (Farmer's Daughter, Stranger), dies of ovarian cancer at 87

Actress Loretta Young
Loretta Young
  • 2004 Peter Woodthorpe, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2007 Merv Griffin, American television host and game show creator, dies at 82
  • 2010 Paul Ryan Rudd, American stage and screen actor, dies at 70
  • 2011 Robert Robinson, British television presenter (Ask The Family, Call My Bluff) (b. 1927)
  • 2014 Lauren Bacall, American actress and singer named the 20th greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema (Dark Passage, Key Largo), dies of a stroke at 89