On This Day

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, Mickael Palin, & John Cleese, premieres in US theaters

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 interestSamuel Goldwyn

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 interestMae West

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

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West
  • 1900 Quincy Howe, American newscaster (CBS Weekend News), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1901 Henri Tomasi, French classical and film music composer (Requiem for Peace; The Silence of the Sea), born of Marseille, France (d. 1971)
  • 1918 Mort Marshall [Mortimer Haig Lichtenstein], American actor (Kiss Me Deadly, Dumplings), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1920 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), Ranelagh, County Dublin (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Jean Poiret [Jean-Gustave Poiré], French actor, director, and screenwriter (La Cage Aux Folles), born in Paris, France (d. 1992)
  • 1927 Robert Moore, American director and actor (Murder by Death, Marshall-Diana), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1984)
  • 1928 Willem Duys, Dutch radio/TV host
  • 1933 Glenn Corbett [Glen Edwin Rothenburg], American actor (Route 66, Shenandoah), born in El Monte, California (d. 1993)
  • 1935 Oleg Tabakov, Soviet-Russian actor and artistic director (Moscow Art Theatre), born in Saratov, Russian SFSR (d. 2018)
  • 1936 Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Native American musician and actor and activist, born on Lake Traverse Indian Reservation, South Dakota (d. 2007)
  • 1939 Anthony Valentine, British actor (Colditz), born in Blackburn, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • 1943 Koos Postema, Dutch editor-in-chief (Vrije Volk) and TV host

Person of interestRobert De Niro

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

  • 1948 Bo Rucker, American actor (Superman, Soup for One, Lock Up), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1951 Robert Joy, Canadian actor (Big Shots, CSI), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1955 Kevin Welch, American country songwriter/actor (Thing Called Love), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1956 Gail Berman, American film executive, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1960 Bruce Penhall, American actor (Savage Beach), born in Balboa, California

Person of interestSean Penn

1960 Sean Penn, American actor (Mystic River, Milk), born in Santa Monica, California

Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn
  • 1962 Buddy Landel 'Nature Boy', American professional wrestler, born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • 1963 S. Shankar, Indian film director (Gentleman, Indian, Jeans), born in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India
  • 1963 Jon Gruden, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2002, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Oakland Raiders) and broadcaster (ESPN), born in Sandusky, Ohio
  • 1968 Helen McCrory, English actress (The Queen, Peaky Blinders), born in London (d. 2021)
  • 1970 Rupert Degas, English actor and voice artist, born in London, England
  • 1971 Uhm Jung-hwa, South Korean singer and actress
  • 1975 Giuliana DePandi, Italian-born American television personality
  • 1977 Jake Patellis, American actor (Paul Bowman-Good Life), born in Santa Clarita, California
  • 1979 Marcus Patric, British actor (Hollyoaks), born in Gosport, England
  • 1980 Shannon Lucio, American actress, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1981 Kristin Holt, American television personality (American Idol), born in Plano, Texas
  • 1982 Cheeleader Melissa [Melissa Anderson], American professional wrestler, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1982 Mark Salling, American actor and musician (Glee), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1985 Yū Aoi, Japanese actress (Hula Girls), born in Kasuga, Japan
  • 1986 Bryton McClure, American actor (Richie-Family Matters), born in Lakewood, California
  • 1988 Brady Corbet, American actor (24), born in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 1988 Erika Toda, Japanese actress (Ryūsei no Kizuna), born in Kobe, Japan
  • 1990 Colin Bates, British-American actor, dancer, and singer (Billy Elliot - The Musical)
  • 1990 Rachel Hurd-Wood, British actress (Clique), born in London, England
  • 1996 Ella Cruz, Filipina actress (Aryana), born in Angat, Philippines

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Short Story Writer Dorothy Parker
Short Story Writer
Dorothy Parker

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Martial Artist and Actor Bruce Lee
Martial Artist and Actor
Bruce Lee

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Director Kathryn Bigelow
Director
Kathryn Bigelow
Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron

LoveWedding of Interest

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 and cinematographer (Tang), dies at 62
  • 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 [Marvin], American actor (Road to Bali, Bob Cummings Show), dies of natural causes at 63
  • 1976 William Redfield, American actor (Jimmy Hughes Rookie Cop, Marriage), dies of leukaemia at 49
  • 1979 Vivian Vance [Jones], American stage and screen actress (I Love Lucy - "Ethel Mertz"; The Lucy Show - "Viv"), dies of cancer at 70
  • 1982 Barney Phillips [Bernard Philip Ofner], American actor (Dragnet, Felony Squad), dies from cancer at 68
  • 1987 Shaike Ophir, Israeli actor, comedian and Israel's 1st mime (The Policeman, The Delta Force), dies of lung cancer at 57
  • 1988 Victoria Shaw, Australian-American actress (Alvarez Kelly, Westworld), dies at 53
  • 1990 Pearl Bailey, American Tony and Emmy Award-winning stage and screen actress, singer and dancer (Hello, Dolly!), dies of heart attack at 72
  • 1990 Roderick Cook, English actor (Rockabye), dies of apparent heart attack at 58
  • 1991 Donald "Don" Dubbins, American actor (From Here to Eternity, The Caine Mutiny), dies of cancer at 63
  • 1995 David Warrilow, English actor (Simon, Radio Days, Barton Fink), dies at 60
  • 1995 Howard Koch, American playwright and screenwriter, dies at 92
  • 2008 František Zvarík, Slovakian stage actor (Slovak National Theatre), dies at 87
  • 2015 Yvonne Craig, American actress (Batgirl), dies at 78