On This Day in Film & TV for August 17

Events in Film & TV

  • 1908 Booth Tarkington & Harry Leon Wilson's play "Man from Home" premieres in New York
  • 1908 Projection in Paris of the very first animated cartoon, Fantasmagorie realized by Émile Cohl

Film release premierFilm Premier

1979 Monty Python's "Life of Brian" directed by Terry Jones, starring Graham Chapman & John Cleese premieres

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin

Film release premierFilm Premier

1990 "Exorcist 3" film written and directed by William Peter Blatty, premieres

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1866 Julia Marlowe [Sarah Frances Frost], English-American Shakespearean actress, born in Cumberland, England (d. 1950)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1882 Samuel Goldwyn [Shmuel Gelbfisz], Jewish Polish American movie producer (MGM), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1974)

Hollywood Mogul Samuel Goldwyn
Hollywood Mogul
Samuel Goldwyn
  • 1888 Monty Wooley, American actor (Pied Piper, The Man Who Came to Dinner), born in NYC, New York (d. 1963)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1893 Mae West, American actress and singer (She Done him Wrong), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)

Actress Mae West
Mae West
  • 1900 Quincy Howe, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1918 Mort Marshall, American actor (Cully-Dumplings), born in NYC, New York
  • 1921 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), Ranelagh, County Dublin (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Ralph Roberts, Salisbury NC, actor (Tradition, Gone are the Days)
  • 1926 Jean Poiret, French actor/writer (Le Dernier Metro)
  • 1927 Robert Moore, actor (Marshall-Diana), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1928 Willem Duys, Dutch radio/TV host
  • 1932 Chet Allen, Chickasha Oklahoma, actor (Jerry-Bonino, Slats-Troubleshooter)
  • 1933 Glenn Corbett [Glen Edwin Rothenburg], El Monte, California, American actor (Route 66, Shenandoah)
  • 1935 Oleg Tabakov, Russian actor
  • 1936 Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Native American musician-actor (d. 2007)
  • 1939 Anthony Valentine, British actor (Colditz), born in Blackburn, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • 1943 Koos Postema, editor-in-chief (Vrije Volk)/Dutch TV host

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1943 Robert De Niro, American actor (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), born in NYC, New York

  • 1948 Bo Rucker, actor (Superman, Soup for One, Lock Up), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1951 Robert Joy, actor (Big Shots, Suicide Club), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1955 Janet Quist playmate (Dec, 1978), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1955 Kevin Welch, California, country songwriter/actor (Thing Called Love)
  • 1956 Gail Berman, American film executive
  • 1958 Belinda Carlisle, (GoGos lead singer, Heaven on Earth), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1960 Bruce Penhall, Balboa CA, actor (Savage Beach)

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1960 Sean Penn, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in Santa Monica, California

Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn
  • 1962 Buddy Landel, American professional wrestler
  • 1963 Carmen Berg, Bismark ND, playmate (July, 1987)
  • 1963 S. Shankar, Indian film director.
  • 1968 Helen McCrory, English actress
  • 1970 Rupert Degas, English actor and voice artist
  • 1971 Uhm Jung-hwa, South Korean singer and actress
  • 1975 Giuliana DePandi, Italian-born American television personality
  • 1976 Scott Halberstadt, American actor
  • 1977 Jake Patellis, actor (Paul Bowman-Good Life)
  • 1979 Marcus Patric, British actor
  • 1980 Shannon Lucio, American actress
  • 1981 Kristin Holt, American television personality
  • 1982 Melissa Anderson, American professional wrestler
  • 1985 Yū Aoi, Japanese actress
  • 1986 Bryton McClure, American actor (Richie-Family Matters), born in Lakewood, California
  • 1988 Brady Corbet, American actor
  • 1988 Erika Toda, Japanese actress
  • 1990 Colin Bates, American actor
  • 1990 Rachel Hurd-Wood, British actress
  • 1996 Ella Cruz, Filipina actress

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1950 Short story writer Dorothy Parker (57) weds screenwriter Alan Campbell (46)

Short Story Writer Dorothy Parker
Short Story Writer
Dorothy Parker

HeartWedding of Interest

1962 Actor Jack Lemmon (37) weds actress/model Felicia Farr (29) in Paris, France

HeartWedding of Interest

1964 Bruce Lee (23), Hong Kong and American martial artist and actor, weds Linda Emery (19), teacher

Karate Star/Actor Bruce Lee
Karate Star/Actor
Bruce Lee

HeartWedding of Interest

1989 Director Kathryn Bigelow (38) weds fellow director James Cameron (35)

Director Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
  • 2015 Boyzone lead singer Ronan Keating (38) weds model Storm Uechtritz in East Lothian, Scotland

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1963 Richard Barthelmess, American actor (Broken Blossoms, Noose, Heroes for Sales), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1970 Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker (b. 1908)
  • 1971 Horace McMahon, American actor (Detective Story, Martin Kane Private Eye), dies from a heart ailment at 65
  • 1974 Edgar Dearing, American actor (Pollyanna, Abraham Lincoln, Free & Easy), dies at 81
  • 1975 Sig Arno [Siegfried Aron], German-Jewish actor (Holiday in Havana, My Friend Irma), dies at 80
  • 1976 Murvyn Vye, actor (Road to Bali, Escape to Burma), dies at 63
  • 1976 William Redfield, actor (Jimmy Hughes Rookie Cop), dies at 48
  • 1979 Vivian Vance, American actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1982 Barney Phillips, actor (Dragnet, Felony Squad), dies at 68
  • 1987 Shaike Ophir, Israeli actor (b. 1929)
  • 1988 Victoria Shaw, actress (Alvarez Kelly, Westworld), dies
  • 1990 Pearl Bailey, actress (Landlord)/singer, dies of heart attack at 72
  • 1990 Roderick Cook, actor (Rockabye), dies of apparent heart attack at 58
  • 1991 Don Dubbins, actor (Enchanted Island, DI), dies at 63
  • 1995 David Warrilow, actor (Simon, Radio Days, Barton Fink), dies at 60
  • 1995 Howard Koch, screenwriter, dies at 92
  • 2015 Yvonne Craig, American actress (Batgirl), dies at 78