On This Day in Film & TV for August 20

Events in Film & TV

  • 1930 Dumont's 1st TV broadcast for home reception (NYC)
  • 1950 11th Venice Film Festival: "Justice est faite" directed by Andre Cayatte wins the Golden Lion

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1951 12th Venice Film Festival: "Rashomon" directed by Akira Kurosawa wins the Golden Lion

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1952 13th Venice Film Festival: "Genghis Khan" directed by Manuel Conde wins the Golden Lion

Great Khan of the Mongol Empire Genghis Khan
Great Khan of the Mongol Empire
Genghis Khan
  • 1953 14th Venice Film Festival opens. No Golden Lion awarded
  • 1961 22nd Venice Film Festival: "Last Year at Marienbad" directed by Alain Resnais wins Golden Lion
  • 1997 Shelly Moore, 18, of Tenn, crowned 15th Miss Teen USA

Film release premierFilm Premier

2013 "One Direction: This Is Us" 3D concert film of One Direction directed by Morgan Spurlock premieres in London

Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik
Singer Harry Styles
Harry Styles

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1905 Duncan Macrae, Scottish actor (Casino Royale, The Little Kidnappers), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1967)
  • 1905 Jack Teagarden [Weldon Leo Teagarden], American trombonist and actor (Meet Band Leaders), born in Vernon, Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1907 Alan Reed, American actor (Breakfast at Tiffany's) and voice artist (Fred Flintstone, Lady and the Tramp), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1908 Jeanne Stern, German screenwriter (The Condemned Village), born in Bedous, Aquitaine (d. 1998)
  • 1909 André Morell [Cecil André Mesritz], British actor (Ben-Hur, The Message, Hound of the Baskervilles), born in London, England (d. 1978)
  • 1911 Ronald Udell, English production designer (Pinewood Studios), born in South Mimms, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1923 Jim Reeves, American country singer and actor (Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim), born in Panola County, Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1927 Geriatric1927 [Peter Oakley], English video blogger, born in Norwich, Norfolk, England (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Yootha Joyce, British actress (Man About the House, George and Mildred), born in Wandsworth, London (d. 1980)
  • 1932 Anthony Ainley, British actor (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Armi Kuusela, Finnish beauty queen
  • 1936 Sam Melville, US actor (Mike Danko-Rookies, Roughnecks), born in Fillmore, Utah (d. 1989)
  • 1937 Jim Bowen, British TV game show host (Bullseye) and comedian, born in Heswall, England (d. 2018)
  • 1937 El Fary, Spanish singer and actor (d. 2007)
  • 1939 Fernando Poe Jr., Filipino actor and politician (d. 2004)
  • 1943 Sylvester McCoy, Scottish actor (Seventh Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Dunoon
  • 1946 Connie Chung [Constance Yu-Hwa Chung Povich], American news anchor (NBC, CBS), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948 John Noble, Australian actor
  • 1949 Alan Hardwick, English TV presenter
  • 1953 Peter Horton, Bellevue Wash, actor (Gary-30 Something)
  • 1954 Al Roker, weatherman (NBC, Today), born in Queens, New York
  • 1954 Theresa Saldana, American actress (Raging Bull), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1954 Don Stark, American actor
  • 1955 Jay Acovone, Mahopac NY, actor (Det Rado-Hollywood Beat)
  • 1956 Joan Allen, American actress (Peggy Sue Got Married, Tucker, In Country), born in Rochelle, Illinois
  • 1958 Patricia Rozema, Canadian film director and screenwriter
  • 1958 David O. Russell, American filmmaker (Silver Linings Playbook), born in New York
  • 1960 Elizabeth Alda, daughter of Alan Alda, actress (Beth-Four Seasons)
  • 1961 Linda Mantz, American actress (Frankie-Dorothy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1961 Joe Pasquale, English comedian
  • 1962 James Marsters, American actor
  • 1966 Courtney Gibbs, Miss USA (1988)/actress (Baywatch)
  • 1966 Colin Cunningham, American actor (Centigrade, Falling Skies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Terri Poch, American yogini and former professional wrestler
  • 1968 Yuri Shiratori, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • 1969 Duke Droese, American professional wrestler
  • 1971 Ke Huy Quan, Saigon Vietnam, actor (Sam-Together We Stand)
  • 1971 David Walliams, British comedian
  • 1974 Denesha Reid, Miss USA-Georgia (1997)
  • 1974 Amy Adams, American actress and singer (Arrival, Man of Steel, American Hustle), born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
  • 1974 Misha Collins, American actor (Supernatural), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1977 Mayra Veronica, Cuban model and actress
  • 1980 Corey Carrier, actor (Young Indiana Jones)
  • 1980 Rochelle Gadd, British actress
  • 1981 Benjamin Barnes, English actor (Prince Caspian)

Person of interestAndrew Garfield

1983 Andrew Garfield, British American actor (The Amazing Spider-Man), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1984 Mirai Moriyama, Japanese actor
  • 1984 Golan Yosef, Dutch actor
  • 1986 Robert Clark, Canadian actor
  • 1992 Demi Lovato, American actress (Camp Rock) and singer/songwriter (Unbroken), born in Dallas, Texas

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1939 "Rebecca" actress Joan Fontaine (21) weds actor Brian Aherne (37)

Actress Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine

HeartWedding of Interest

1992 Rocker Sting weds Trudie Styler at an 11th century chapel in Wiltshire, England

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor
  • 2005 "24" actress Sarah Wynter (32) weds "Details" magazine editor-in-chief Dan Peres in Sydney, Australia

HeartWedding of Interest

2011 Socialite and model Kim Kardashian (30) weds basketball player Kris Humphries (26) at a private estate in Montecito, California

TV Personality & Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality & Model
Kim Kardashian

HeartWedding of Interest

2013 Actor Maximilian Schell (82) weds opera singer Iva Mihanovic (35) in Carinthia, Austria

  • 2016 Stand-up comedian Chris Hardwick (31) weds actress Lydia Hearst (44) in Pasadena, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1974 Ilona Massey, actress (Love HAppy, Holiday in Mexico), dies at 62
  • 1976 Phyllis Konstam, actress (Murder, Skin Game), dies at 69
  • 1982 Ulla Jacobsson, Swedish actress (Zulu, One Summer of Happiness), dies of bone cancer at 53
  • 1986 Donn Bennett, TV host (The Big Idea), dies at 76
  • 1986 Walter Brooke, actor (DA Scanlon-Green Hornet), dies at 71
  • 1991 Betty Bowden, British dancer/actress (Vote for Nigel), dies at 86
  • 1993 Sydney Arnold, British comic actor (The Meaning of Life, Top Secret!, Miss Jones & Son), dies at 93
  • 1994 Aleksander Petrovic, film Director, dies at 65
  • 2001 Kim Stanley [Patricia Reid], American actress (Séance on a Wet Afternoon, The Chase, Right Stuff), dies at 76
  • 2006 Claude Blanchard, French-Canadian singer, comedian and actor (b. 1932)
  • 2008 Margaret Douglas, chief political adviser (BBC), dies at 73

Person of interestPhyllis Diller

2012 Phyllis Diller, American comedienne and actress, dies from natural causes at 95

Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller
  • 2015 Melody Patterson, American actress (F Troop) dies at 66
  • 2016 Brian Rix [Lord Rix], British actor and activist (Mencap), dies at 92

Person of interestJerry Lewis

2017 Jerry Lewis [Joseph Levitch], American comedian (Martin and Lewis, MDA Telethon), dies at 91

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis