On This Day in Film & TV for August 21

Events in Film & TV

  • 1956 WTVW TV channel 7 in Evansville, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1972 33rd Venice Film Festival opens
  • 1996 Christie Lee Woods, 18, of Texas, crowned 14th Miss Teen USA

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1879 Henry Ainley, English actor (As You Like It), born in Morley, West Yorkshire, England (d. 1945)
  • 1892 Charles Vanel, French actor and director (Wages of Fear), born in Rennes, France (d. 1989)
  • 1896 Blossom Rock [Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald], American actress (Grandmamma-Addams Family), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • 1896 Roark Bradford, American writer and humorist (Ol' Man Adan an' His Chillun), born in Lauderdale County, Tennessee (d. 1943)
  • 1900 Eileen Percy, Irish silent film actress (Let's Go), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1973)
  • 1905 Isadore I Friz Freleng, animator (Warner Bros cartoons), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1908 David Farrar, English actor (Beat Girl, I Accuse, Watusi), born in Forest Gate, London (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Bruce Trent, British singer and actor, born in St. Helier, Channel Islands (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Diana Churchill, English actress (Spider, Sally Bishop, Housemaster), born in Wembley, England (d. 1994)
  • 1924 Jack Weston [Weinstein], American actor, (4 Seasons, Rad), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1996) date uncertain
  • 1925 Judy Grable [Nellya Baughman], American professional wrestler, born in Bremerton, Washington (d. 2008)
  • 1925 Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (The Naked Childhood), born in Cunlhat, Puy-de-Dôme, France (d. 2003)
  • 1930 Frank Perry, American film director (Diary of Mad Housewife, David & Lisa), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1931 Nancy Hadley, actress (Love That Jill, Joey Bishop Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1932 Melvin Van Peebles, American actor and director (Sophisticated Gent), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1933 Barry Norman, British film critic (Film Greats), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1939 Clarence Williams III, American actor (Mod Squad, 52 Pick Up, Purple Rain), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Hugh Wilson, American director, writer and actor, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1944 Peter Weir, Australian director/writer (Witness, Dead Poets Society), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1945 Patty McCormack, American actress (Mama, Peck's Bad Girl, Ropers), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 1949 Loretta Devine, American actress (Boston Public), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1951 Harry Smith, TV co-anchor (CBS Morning Show), born in Hammond, Indiana
  • 1951 Char Margolis, American psychic medium and Dutch TV star, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1952 Keith Hart, Canadian professional wrestler, born in Great Falls, Montana
  • 1953 Ivan Stang, American writer and filmmaker (Church of the SubGenius), born in Washington, D.C.

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1956 Kim Cattrall, actress (Mannequin, Star Trek VI), born in Liverpool, England

Actress Kim Cattrall
Kim Cattrall
  • 1962 Jeff Stryker, American adult film actor, born in Carmi, Illinois
  • 1963 Richmond Arquette, American actor, born in New York City
  • 1964 Trinity Loren, American adult film actress and model, born in La Jolla, California (d. 1998)
  • 1965 Caryn Mower, American actress, stuntwoman and former professional wrestler, born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • 1967 Michael Bendetti, American actor (Officer Tony McCann-21 Jump Street), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1967 Carrie-Anne Moss, Canadian actress (The Matrix Trilogy), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1968 Barbara Ann Moore, playmate (Dec, 1992), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1969 Nathan Jones, Australian professional wrestler and actor, born in Gold Coast, Australia
  • 1975 Alicia Witt, American actress (Cybill, Fun), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1983 Chantelle Houghton, British TV personality, born in Wickford, Essex, England
  • 1983 Brody Jenner, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1984 Melissa Schuman, American actress (Love Don't Cost a Thing), born in San Clemente, California
  • 1987 Kim Kibum, South Korean actor and singer, one of the member of Korean boy band Super Junior, born in Seoul
  • 1988 Paris Bennett, American singer and finalist on American Idol (season 5), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1989 Hayden Panettiere, American actress (One Life to Live), born in Palisades, New York
  • 1992 Brad Kavanagh, English songwriter and actor (House of Anubis-Fabian Rutter), born in Whitehaven, Cumbria, England
  • 1996 Jamia Simone Nash, American singer and actress, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1956 Boxing champ Archie Moore (42) weds model Joan Hardy in Ensenada, Mexico

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • 2010 Actor and director Stephen Moyer (41) weds actress Anna Paquin (28) at a private estate in Malibu

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1977 Octavus L "Octave" van Aerschot, actor (Scandal in Paris), dies at 87
  • 1977 Danny Lockin, American actor/dancer, dies from bleeding to death after being stabbed 100 times
  • 1991 Richard Wilson, producer/writer/actor (Pay or Die), dies at 75
  • 1992 Lucille Brown, actress (Farina-Our Gang), dies after illness at 74
  • 1995 Nanni Loy, film Director, dies at 69
  • 1997 Yuri Nikulin, Russian clown and actor (b. 1921)
  • 2010 Nancy Dolman, Canadian actress and comedienne (b. 1950)
  • 2015 Anna Kashfi [Joan O'Callaghan], Welsh actress and 1st wife of Marlon Barando, dies at 80