On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for August 19

Events in Film & TV

  • 1948 9th Venice Film Festival opens
  • 1950 ABC begins Saturday morning kid shows (Animal Clinic & Acrobat Ranch)
  • 1970 31st Venice Film Festival opens
  • 1978 422 die in an arson fire at a movie theater in Iran
  • 1980 Willy Russell's play "Educating Rita" premieres in London starring Julie Walters
  • 1991 Janel Bishop, 17, of New Hampshire, crowned 9th Miss Teen USA
  • 1993 26th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Doubletree Hotel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Rudy Giuliani, US President Donald Trump's lawyer claims in interview with NBC Chuck Todd that "truth isn't truth"

Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani
Mayor of New York City
Rudy Giuliani
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1873 Fred Stone, renowned American circus performer and broadway actor (Alice Adams), born in Longmont, Colorado (d. 1959)
  • 1883 Elsie Ferguson, American film actress (Footlights, Scarlet Pages), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1893 Olga Baclanova, Russian actress (Freaks, Docks of NY), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1974)
  • 1899 Kenneth MacKenna, American actor and director (Judgment at Nuremberg, Those We Love), born in Canterbury, New Hampshire (d. 1962)
  • 1899 Colleen Moore, American actress (The Scarlet Letter), born in Port Huron, Michigan (d. 1988)
  • 1899 Charlie Hall, English comedic actor (Tit for Tat, A Chump at Oxford), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1959)
  • 1903 Claude Dauphin, French actor (Barbarella, April in Paris, Deported), born in Corbeil-Essonnes, Essonne, France (d. 1978)
  • 1903 Muriel Kirkland, American actress (Fast Workers, Hold Your Man), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1904 June Collyer, American actress (Before Midnight, Charley's Aunt), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1906 Philo T Farnsworth, American inventor (created electronic television, video camera tube), born in Beaver, Utah (d. 1971)
  • 1907 Jiří Srnka, Czech classical and film score composer, born in Písek, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1982)
  • 1913 Richard Simmons, American actor (Sergeant Preston of the Yukon), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)
  • 1914 Fumio Hayasaka, Japanese film score composer (Rashomon; Seven Samurai), born in Sendai, Honshū, Japan (d. 1955)
  • 1915 Ring Lardner Jr, American journalist and screenwriter (Woman of the Year, M A S H), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1916 Marie Wilson, American actress (The Story of Mankind, My Friend Irma), born in Anaheim, California (d. 1972)
  • 1921 Gene Roddenberry, executive producer (Star Trek), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1924 William Marshall, American actor, director, and opera singer (Blacula, Scream Blacula Scream), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1933 Debra Paget [Debralee Griffin], American actress (Love Me Tender), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1938 Diana Muldaur, American actress (McCloud, Star Trek Next Gen, LA Law), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Jan Claire, actor (American Anthem)
  • 1940 Jill St John [Oppenheim], actress (Diamonds are Forever), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Fred Thompson, US senator (R-Tenn)/actor (In the Line of Fire), born in Sheffield, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1946 Dawn Steel, American filmmaker, 1st woman to head Hollywood studio, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1947 Gerald McRaney, American actor (Simon & Simon, Major Dad), born in Collins, Mississippi
  • 1947 Dave Dutton, English actor (Coronation Street), born in Atherton, England
  • 1951 Lillian Müller Norwegian model, actress and Playboy playmate (Aug, 1975, Playmate of the Year 1976), born in Grimstad, Norway
  • 1951 Randi Oakes, Randalia Iowa, actress (Officer Bonnie Clark-CHiPs)
  • 1951 Gustavo Santaolalla, Argentine film composer (2005 Academy Award for "Brokeback Mountain"), born in El Palomar, Argentina
  • 1952 Jonathan Frakes, actor (Commander William T Riker-Star Trek Next Gen)
  • 1953 Nanni Moretti, Italian film actor, director and producer (Caro diario), born in Bruneck, Italy
  • 1955 Peter Gallagher, American actor (Player, Summer Lovers, Dreamchild, born in Armonk, New York)
  • 1956 Adam Arkin, actor (Busting Loose, Pearl, Northern Exposure), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1957 Darby Hinton, American actor (Daniel Boone - "Israel"; Days Of Our Lives - "Ian"), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1962 Eric Lutes, Charlestown RI, actor (Del-Caroline in the City)
  • 1962 Valerie Kaprisky, actress (Breathless, Public Woman), born in Paris, France
  • 1963 John Stamos, Cypress California, actor (General Hospital, Full House)
  • 1965 Kevin Dillon, actor (Heaven Help Us, Platoon), born in NYC, New York
  • 1965 Kyra Sedgwick, American actress (Phenomenon, Singles, The Closer), born in New York City
  • 1965 Maria de Medeiros, Portuguese actress and director
  • 1967 Tabitha Soren, American MTV reporter (This Week in Rock), born in San Antonio, Texas

Person of interestMatthew Perry

1969 Matthew Perry, Canadian-American actor (Chandler Bing on Friends), born in Williamstown, Massachusetts

  • 1969 Patrick Van Horn, American actor
  • 1971 Mary Joe Fernández, American tennis player, broadcaster (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1972 Sammi Cheng [Sau Man], Hong Kong singer and actress (Internal Affairs), born in Hong Kong
  • 1975 Tracie Thoms, American actress
  • 1977 Callum Blue, actor (Dead Like Me, The Tudors), born in London, England
  • 1980 Darius Danesh, Scottish pop, opera and swing singer-songwriter and stage actor, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1982 Erika Christensen, American actress
  • 1982 Melissa Fumero [Gallo], American actress (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), born in Lyndhurst, New Jersey
  • 1983 Tammin Sursok, Australian actress & singer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1984 Micah Alberti, American actor
  • 1987 Ileana D'Cruz, Indian actress
  • 1988 Travis Tedford, American actor
  • 1989 Romeo [Percy Romeo Miller], American rapper (Lil' Romeo) and actor, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1998 Ella Guevara, Filipino actress
  • 2335 William T Riker, character on Star Trek Next Generation, born in Valdez, Alaska

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1956 Actor Christopher Plummer (26) weds actress Tammy Grimes (22) at Cherokee Castle in Sedalia, Colorado

LoveWedding of Interest

1993 Actress Kim Basinger weds actor Alec Baldwin

  • 2006 Brazilian model Luciana Morad (36) weds Brazilian TV producer Marcelo de Carvalho at Ponta das Canas near the coast of Sao Paulo

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2008 Actor-comedian Tom Arnold (48) divorces Shelby Roos (35) after six years of marriage
  • 2011 "My Fair Brady" actress Adrianne Curry (28) divorces "The Brady Bunch" actor Christopher Knight (53) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1968 Sara Jane Roberts, child actress (Our Gang), dies after surgery at 44
  • 1975 Jim Londos, wrestler (b. 1897)
  • 1976 Alastair Sim, Scottish actor (Christmas Carol, Green for Danger), dies at 75

Person of interestGroucho Marx

1977 Groucho Marx [Julius], American comedian (Marx Bros, You Bet Your Life), dies at 86

Comedian Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx
  • 1981 Jessie Matthews, English actress (Gangway, First a Girl), dies at 74
  • 1982 August Neo, Estonian wrestler (b. 1908)
  • 1986 Hermione Baddeley, British actress (Camp Runamuck; Maude), dies at 79
  • 1986 Lorenzo Tucker, actor (Black King), dies
  • 1987 Hayden Rorke, American actor (I Dream of Jeannie, When Worlds Collide), dies from multiple myeloma at 76
  • 1992 Feliks Arons, Dutch director/actor (A Bridge Too Far), dies at 48
  • 1993 Jean King, actress (Night Hasa a Thousand Eyes), dies at 76
  • 1993 Utpal Dutt, Indian actor and director (Manusher Adhikar), dies at 64
  • 1995 Danny Arnold, British TV producer, dies at 70
  • 2000 Antonio Pugliese, Italian professional wrestler (b. 1941)
  • 2008 Marguerite Empey [Diane Webber], American model and Playboy playmate (May 1955, Feb 1956), dies at 76
  • 2009 Don Hewitt, television news producer & director; creator of 60 Minutes (b. 1922)
  • 2011 Raúl Ruiz, Chilean filmmaker (Three Sad Tigers), dies at 70
  • 2012 Tony Scott, English film director and producer (Top Gun, Revenge, Days of Thunder), commits suicide at 68
  • 2016 Jack Riley, American actor (The Bob Newhart Show), dies at 80
  • 2017 Dick Gregory, American comedian, civil rights activist and dietician (Bahamian Diet), dies of heart failure at 84