On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for August 2

Events in Film & TV

  • 1953 KCPQ TV channel 13 in Tacoma-Seattle, WA (IND) begins broadcasting

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1967 "In the Heat of the Night" directed by Norman Jewison, based on John Ball's novel of the same name, starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1968)

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1973 "American Graffiti", directed by George Lucas and starring Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard premieres at the Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Actor Richard Dreyfuss
Actor
Richard Dreyfuss
  • 1982 Roger Ebert's "Movie News" premieres on ABC FM network
  • 1990 23rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Holiday Inn
  • 1993 Shamrock Broadcasting, a Disney company, officially takes ownership of Cleveland's WMMS-FM/100.7 & WHK-AM/1420

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1999 "The Sixth Sense", starring Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, and Haley Joel Osment, premieres


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1890 Marin Sais, American actress (The Pony Express Girl), born in San Rafael, California (d. 1971)
  • 1894 Hal Mohr [Harold Leon Mohr], American Cinematographer and husband of Evelyn Venable (Captain Blood), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1974)
  • 1899 Charles Bennett, English screenwriter, born in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England (d. 1995)
  • 1900 Helen Morgan [Riggins], American singer and actress (Applause, Show Boat), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 1941)

Person of interestMyrna Loy

1905 Myrna Loy [Williams], American actress (The Great Ziegfeld, Thin Man, Vanity Fair), born in Helena, Montana (d. 1993)

Actress Myrna Loy
Actress
Myrna Loy
  • 1910 Truus van Aalten [Geertruida van Aalten], Flemish actress (Girl in Blue Hat), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1999)
  • 1910 Roger MacDougall, Scottish playwright and screenwriter (The Man in the White Suit), born in Glasgow (d. 1993)
  • 1912 Ann Dvorak [McKim], American actress (G Men, Life of Her Own, Scarface), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1914 Beatrice Straight, American actress (Network, Poltergeist, Power), born in Old Westbury, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1915 Gary Merrill, American actor (Young Dr Kildare, All About Eve), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1990)
  • 1920 Theo Marcuse, American character actor (Mara of Wilderness), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1967)
  • 1920 Bill Scott, American voice actor, producer and writer (Mr Peabody, Bullwinkle), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • 1921 Alan Whicker, British journalist and TV broadcaster (Whicker's World), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Carroll O'Connor, American actor (All in the Family, In the Heat of the Night), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)

Person of interestPeter O'Toole

1932 Peter O'Toole, Irish actor (Lord Jim, Beckett, Lawrence of Arabia), born in Leeds (d. 2013)

  • 1939 Wes Craven, American film director (Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • 1943 Max Wright, American actor (Buffalo Bill, Alf, Misfits of Science), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1945 Joanna Cassidy [Joanna Virginia Caskey], American actress (Blade Runner, Under Fire), born in Haddonfield, New Jersey
  • 1949 Madeleine Smith, English actress (Vampire Lovers), born in Sussex, England
  • 1950 Kathryn Harrold, American actress (MacGruder & Loud), born in Tazewell, Virginia
  • 1950 Mathieu Carriere, German actor (Bay Boy, Woman in Flames), born in Hanover, Germany
  • 1951 Freddie Wadling, Swedish actor and musician (The Leather Nun, Fleshquartet), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2016)
  • 1953 Butch Patrick [Patrick Alan Lilley], American actor (Real McCoys, Eddie-Munsters), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1954 Lisa Brown, American actress (Guiding Light, Iva-As the World Turns), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1955 Roberta Wallach, American actress (Civil Wars), born in New York City, New York
  • 1955 Tim Dunigan, American actor, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1957 Mojo Nixon [Neill McMillan, Jr.], American musician ("Elvis Is Everywhere") and actor, born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 1959 Britt Helfer, American actress (Lily-Loving, Alley Cat), born in Clearfield, Utah
  • 1959 Victoria Jackson, comedian and actress (Casual Sex, Saturday Night Live), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1960 Apollonia [Patricia Kotero], American actress (Purple Rain), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1962 Cynthia Stevenson, American actress (Bob, Hope & Gloria), born in Oakland, California
  • 1964 Mary-Louise Parker, American actress (Fried Green Tomatoes, Weeds), born in Fort Jackson, South Carolina,
  • 1965 Takayuki Iizuka, Japanese professional wrestler (NJPW), born in Muroran, Japan
  • 1965 Sandra Ng [Kwan-yue], Hong Kong actress (Golden Chicken), born in Hong Kong
  • 1967 Derek Wells, American actor (Fitzpatricks), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Aline Brosh McKenna, American screenwriter, born in France
  • 1973 Kia Goodwin, American actress (Tiffany Holloway-227), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • 1974 Angie Cepeda, Colombian actress, born in MaganguĂ©, Colombia
  • 1975 Ingrid Rubio, Spanish actress (Infidels), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1976 Sam Worthington, Australian actor, born in Godalming, United Kingdom
  • 1977 Edward Furlong, American actor (John Connor-Terminator 2), born in Pasedina, California
  • 1980 Nadia Bjorlin, American actress, born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1984 Chiara Mastalli, Italian actress, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1985 Davey Boy Smith Jr. [Harry Smith], Canadian professional wrestler (multiple tag team champion), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1990 Alice Connor, British actress, born in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
  • 1992 Hallie Kate Eisenberg, American actress, born in East Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 1993 Cassidy Gifford, American actress and daughter of Frank & Kathy Lee, born in New York

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1982 "Dangerous Liaisons" actor John Malkovich (28) weds film and stage actress Glenne Headly (27)
  • 1997 "Frazier" actor-comedian Kelsey Grammer (43) weds Playboy model Camille Donatacci (29) at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1920 Ormer Locklear, American movie stunt pilot (The Great Air Robbery), dies at 28
  • 1929 Mae Costello [Altschuk], American actress (The Joys of a Jealous Wife), dies of heart disease at 47
  • 1964 Jack Kirkwood, actor (Fibber McGee & Molly), dies at 69
  • 1982 Cathleen Nesbitt, English actress (Separate Tables), dies at 93
  • 1985 Frank Faylen, American actor (It's a Wonderful Life, Funny Girl), dies of pneumonia at 79
  • 1990 Edwin Richfield, British actor (Interpol Calling, The Avengers), dies at 68
  • 1991 Helen Page Camp, American actress, dies at 60
  • 1992 Ephraim Katz, Israeli American writer and filmmaker (The Film Encyclopedia), dies at 60
  • 1992 Jim Whaley, TV host (Cinema Showcase), dies of heart attack at 44
  • 1994 Bert Freed, American character actor (Shane, Invaders From Mars), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 1996 Humphrey Fisher, TV Producer, dies at 72
  • 1998 Shari Lewis, American puppeteer and ventriloquist (Lamb Chop), dies at 64
  • 2003 Don Estelle [Ronald Edwards], British actor and singer (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), dies at 70
  • 2003 Mike Levey, American television personality (b. 1948)
  • 2007 Kay Dotrice [Katherine Newman], British actress (Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • 2015 Cilla Black, English pop singer and TV host (Blind Date), dies at 72
  • 2016 David Huddleston, American actor (The Big Lebowski), dies at 85