On This Day in Film & TV for August 18

Events in Film & TV

  • 1967 WCBS radio in NYC goes all-news
  • 1972 4th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel

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1981 Jerry Lewis appears on "Donahue" to defend Telethons

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • 1986 John Tesh's 1st appearance on Entertainment Tonight

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1873 Leo Slezak, Austrian tenor and actor (Othello, Zirkus Saran, Husaren heraus), born in Mährisch-Schönberg, Austria-Hungary (d. 1946)
  • 1896 Alan Mowbray, British actor (Dante, Colonel Flack), born in London, England (d. 1969)
  • 1896 Jack Pickford, Canadian-American actor (The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come), born in Toronto, Canada (d. 1933)
  • 1900 Walter O'Keefe, songwriter/TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1906 Andre Van Gyseghem, English actor (Search for the Nile), born in Eltham, Kent, England (d. 1979)
  • 1907 Cecilia Grace Hunt Reeves Gillie, Executive (BBC), born in Sheppey, Kent, England (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Miliza Korjus, Polish actress (Great Waltz), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1980)

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1920 Shelley Winters, American actress (Lolita, A Place in the Sun, A Patch of Blue & Poseidon Adventure), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2006)

  • 1930 Grant Williams, American actor (Hawaiian Eye, Incredible Shrinking Man), born in NYC, New York
  • 1933 Roman Polanski, Polish-French film director (Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, Pirates), born in Paris, France
  • 1935 Gail Fisher, actress (Peggy-Mannix), born in Orange, New Jersey

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1936 Robert Redford, American actor (Sting, Candidate, Natural, Great Gatsby), born in Santa Monica, California

  • 1937 William George Rushton, actor, author and cartoonist (TW3), born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1939 Molly Bee, actress (Pinky Lee Show), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1939 Harald Heide-Steen Jr., Norwegian actor and comedian, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2008)
  • 1941 Christopher Jones, actor (Wild in the Streets), born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Martin Mull, actor/comedian (Bad Manners, Flick, Serial), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944 Carl Wayne, English singer and actor (The Move), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2004)
  • 1948 Carol O'Neal, playmate (July, 1972)
  • 1948 Joseph Marcell, British actor (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ), born in St. Lucia, Caribbean
  • 1950 Candice Earley, actress (Donna Tyler-All My Children), born in Fort Hood, Texas
  • 1952 Patrick Swayze, actor/dancer (Dirty Dancing, Ghost), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1957 Carole Bouquest, actress (On Her Majesty's Secret Service), born in Paris, France
  • 1957 Denis Leary, American actor and comedian (Rescue Me), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1958 Madeleine Stowe, actress (Tropical Snow, Bad Girls), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959 Tom Prichard, American wrestler
  • 1961 John Viscardi, American actor (Father Tony-One Life to Live), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Craig Bierko, American actor
  • 1965 Jim Florentine, American comedian
  • 1966 Kang Soo-yeon, South Korean actress
  • 1968 Greta Lind, Goshen NY, actress (Katie Kennicott-All My Children)
  • 1968 Griffin Drew, Hazelhurst Georgia, actress (Dinosaur Island)
  • 1968 Lee Seung-yeon, South Korean actress
  • 1969 Christian Slater, actor (Robin Hood, Untamed Heart, Heathers)
  • 1969 Edward Norton, American actor (American History X), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Malcolm Jamal Warner, actor (Theodore-Cosby Show), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1970 Greg Dean Schmitz, American online film journalist, born in Falmouth, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Trey Ames, actor (David-A Year in the Life), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1971 Jacob Vargas, American actor (Mi vida loca), born in Michoacan, Mexico
  • 1972 Shaun Wilson, Australian artist and filmmaker, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1976 Daphnee Lynn Duplaix, playmate (July 1997), born in Manhattan, NYC
  • 1978 Andy Samberg, American comedian and actor (Brooklyn Nine Nine), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1980 Preeti Jhangiani, Indian actress, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1987 Mika Boorem, American actress (Hearts in Atlantis), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1992 Riko Narumi, Japanese actress and model, born in Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama
  • 1994 Jessie Flower [Michaela Murphy], American actress (Avatar: The Last Airbender), born in Southern Indiana
  • 1995 Parker McKenna Posey, American actress (My Wife and Kids), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1932 Actress Bette Davis (24) weds musician Harmon Nelson (25)

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis
  • 2005 Model and former Playboy Playmate Kylie Bax (30) weds photographer Spiros Poros in Delos, Greece
  • 2011 American Idol's first-ever blind finalist Scott MacIntyre (26) weds Christina Teich in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 2012 "Melrose Place" actor Grant Show (50) weds "The Campaign" actress and former ballet dancer Katherine LaNasa (45) at The Oak Grove at Ribbit Tree & Plant Nursery in Topanga, California
  • 2012 Former "Martin and Everybody Hates Chris" actress Tichina Arnold (43) weds Rico Hines in Honolulu, Hawaii

HeartWedding of Interest

2013 Actress Rosanna Arquette (54) weds investment banker Todd Morgan at a private ceremony in Malibu, California


Divorces in Film & TV


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1954 Oscar-winning actress Susan Hayward (37) divorces actor Jess Barker (42) after nine years of marriage

Actress Susan Hayward
Actress
Susan Hayward

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1683 Charles Hart, British Shakespearean actor, dies
  • 1952 Ralph Byrd, actor (Dick Tracy TV Show), dies at 43
  • 1962 Cleo Ridgely, silent screen actress (I Remember Mama), dies at 68
  • 1969 Mildred Davis, actress (Haunted Spooks), dies of coronary at 68
  • 1982 Beverly Bayne, actress (Romeo & Juliet, Passionate Youth), dies at 87
  • 1990 Raf Reymen, Flemish actor, dies
  • 1995 James Ackley Maxwell, American actor and director (The Shadow of the Tower, The Evil of Frankenstein), dies at 66
  • 1998 Persis Khambatta, Indian actress (Star Trek), dies of a heart attack at 49
  • 2002 Dean Riesner, American film and television writer (b. 1918)
  • 2005 Christopher Bauman, American wrestler (b. 1982)
  • 2005 Gao Xiumin, Chinese comedy actress (b. 1959)
  • 2006 Fernand Gignac, Canadian singer and actor (b. 1934)
  • 2014 Don Pardo, TV announcer (Jeopardy, Saturday Night Live), dies at 96
  • 2015 Bud Yorkin, American producer and director (All in the Family, 1959, 1960 Emmy), dies at 89