On This Day in Film & TV for August 23

Events in Film & TV

  • 1919 "Gasoline Alley" cartoon strip premieres in Chicago Tribune

Film release premierFilm Premier

1938 "You Can’t Take It With You" from the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur premieres. Best Picture (1939)

Actor Jimmy Stewart
Actor
Jimmy Stewart
Playwright Moss Hart
Playwright
Moss Hart
Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra

Film release premierFilm Premier

1946 "The Big Sleep" directed by Howard Hawks and starring Humphrey Bogart (Philip Marlowe) and Lauren Bacall first premieres

  • 1947 8th Venice Film Festival opens (first since the start of World War II)
  • 1953 KBAK TV channel 29 in Bakersfield, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 20th Venice Film Festival: "The Great War" directed by Mario Monicelli and "General della Rovere" directed by Roberto Rossellini jointly awarded Golden Lion
  • 1962 1st Europe-US live TV program (via Telstar)
  • 1969 30th Venice Film Festival opens
  • 1971 WGTU TV channel 29 in Traverse City, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1972 Republican convention (Miami Beach, Fla) renominates Vice President Spiro Agnew but not unanimous: 1 vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew
  • 1995 Actor Larry Hagman receives a liver transplant

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1884 Will Cuppy, American humorist (The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody), born in Auburn, Indiana (d. 1949)
  • 1887 Jo Sternheim, Dutch actor and playwright (Fatherland), born in Amsterdam (d. 1956)
  • 1894 Gareth Hughes, Welsh actor (Midnight Girl), born in Dafen, Carmarthenshire, Wales (d. 1965)
  • 1912 Gene Kelly, American dancer and actor (An American in Paris, Going My Way), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1919 James Quinn, film producer/actor (Joey, Hammett, Overlord)
  • 1922 Jean Darling, American child actress (Our Gang), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Pierre Gauvreau, Quebec painter, television writer and producer
  • 1923 Humphrey Fisher, TV producer
  • 1928 Marian Seldes, American actress, born in Manhattan, New York City, (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Jack Bannister, English cricketer (Warwickshire stalwart) and commentator (BBC), born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands (d. 2016)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1930 Vera Miles, American actress (Psycho), born in Boise City, Oklahoma

Actress Vera Miles
Actress
Vera Miles

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1931 Barbara Eden, American actress (Dream of Jeannie), born in Tucson, Arizona

Actress Barbara Eden
Actress
Barbara Eden
  • 1935 Roy Strong, writer/art historian/director (Victoria & Albert Museum)
  • 1938 Ronny Cox, actor/singer (Robocop, Dr John Gideon-St Elsewhere)
  • 1940 Richard Sanders, actor (Les Nessman -WKRP), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1940 Tony Bill, SD Cal, actor (What Really Happened to the Class of '65)
  • 1943 Bobby Diamond, actor (Duncan Gillis-Dobie Gillis), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944 Lena Tabori, model/daughter of Viveca Lindfors, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1947 David Robb, British actor
  • 1949 Christopher Blake, actor (Alexa)
  • 1949 Shelley Long, american actress (Diane in Cheers, Money Pit), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1949 Katiana Balanika, Greek actress and singer
  • 1951 Mark Hudson, comedian (Bonkers, Hudson Brothers Show), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1952 Cathy St George, Norfolk Va, playmate (Aug, 1982)
  • 1956 Skipp Sudduth, American actor
  • 1960 Chris Potter, Canadian actor
  • 1964 Yoshikazu Taru, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1965 Roger Avary, Canadian-born screenwriter, director, and producer
  • 1966 Laura Richmond, American playmate (Sep, 1988), born in Fort Dix, New Jersey
  • 1969 Amanda Hope, playmate (Jul, 1992), born in Austin, Texas

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1970 River Phoenix, American actor (Little Nikta, Stand By Me), born in Madras, Oregon (d. 1993)

  • 1970 Jay Mohr, American actor and comedian
  • 1973 Malaika Arora Khan, Indian actress and model
  • 1974 Paula Gaye Montgomery, Cabot Ark, Miss America (Arkansas-3rd-1996)
  • 1974 Ray Park, Scottish actor
  • 1974 Christian Beranek, American graphic novelist and actor
  • 1976 Scott Caan, American actor
  • 1987 Nikki Gil, Filipina actress, host and singer

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1942 "King Kong" actress Fay Wray (34) weds screenwriter and playwright Robert Riskin (45)

HeartWedding of Interest

1975 Actress Maggie Smith (40) weds playwright Beverley Cross (44) at the Guildford Register Office in Surrey, England

Actress Maggie Smith
Actress
Maggie Smith

HeartWedding of Interest

1978 Actress Kate Jackson (29) weds actor Andrew Stevens (23) in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

Actress Kate Jackson
Actress
Kate Jackson
  • 1989 "The Cars" lead singer and guitarist Ric Ocasek (40) weds model Paulina Porizkova (24)

HeartWedding of Interest

1998 YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki (30) weds Google executive Dennis Troper in Belmont, California

CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki
CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki
  • 2000 "7th Heaven" actor Ed Begley Jr. (51) weds actress Rachelle Carson (40) in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

2003 "The Hours" actress Julianne Moore (42) weds "The Myth of Fingerprints" director Bart Freundlich (33) in New York

  • 2010 Spanish singer Julio Iglesias (66) weds Dutch model Miranda Rijnsburger (44) at Virgen del Carmen Church in Marbella, Spain

HeartWedding of Interest

2014 Actress Angelina Jolie (39) weds actor and film producer Brad Pitt (50) in Correns, France

Actress Angelina Jolie
Actress
Angelina Jolie
Actor and Producer Brad Pitt
Actor and Producer
Brad Pitt
  • 2015 Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan (46) weds model Megan Wollover (28) in NYC

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2010 Former Swedish model Elin Nordegren (30) divorces professional golfer Tiger Woods (34) after 6 years of marriage

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1955 Reginald Tate, British actor (b. 1896)
  • 1962 Edmund "Hoot" Gibson, American rodeo champion, western actor, director, and producer (Horse Soldier, Last Outlaw), dies from cancer at 70
  • 1966 Francis Xavier Bushman, actor (Ben-Hur), dies at 83
  • 1966 Francis X Bushman, American silent film actor (Sabrina, Ben-Hur), dies at 83
  • 1971 Oliver McGowan, American actor (Banning, Stagecoach), dies at 64
  • 1975 Hank Patterson, American actor (Gunsmoke, Fred Ziffel-Green Acres), dies at 87
  • 1977 Sebastian Cabot, actor (Giles French-Family Affair), dies at 59
  • 1979 Richard Hearne, British actor (Tons of Trouble, The Time of His Life), dies at 71
  • 1980 Norman Shelley, English radio actor (Churchill's Speech), dies at 77
  • 1986 Charles Janssens, Belgian actor (Mira, Malpertuis), dies at 80
  • 1992 Malcolm Atterbury, American actor (Jonas-Thicker than Water, Apples Way), dies at 85
  • 1993 Charles Scorsese, actor (Cape Fear, Goodfellas, Wise Guys), dies at 80
  • 1993 Edwina Lewis, actress (Boy Who Cried Bitch), dies of heart attack 42
  • 1999 Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (b.1926)
  • 2001 Kathleen Freeman, American actress (b. 1919)
  • 2005 Brock Peters, American actor (b. 1927)
  • 2007 Robert Symonds, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 2015 Jean Darling, American child actress (Our Gang), dies at 93
  • 2016 Steven Hill, American actor (Mission Impossible, Law & Order), dies at 94