On This Day in Film & TV for August 24

Events in Film & TV

  • 1958 19th Venice Film Festival: "Rickshaw Man" directed by Hiroshi Inagaki wins Golden Lion
  • 1960 21st Venice Film Festival: "Tomorrow Is My Turn" directed by Andre Cayatte wins Golden Lion
  • 1963 24th Venice Film Festival: "Hands Over the City" directed by Francesco Rosi wins Golden Lion
  • 1965 26th Venice Film Festival: "Sandra" directed by Luchino Visconti wins Golden Lion
  • 1979 36th Venice Film Festival opens

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1891 Germaine Loosveldt, Flemish actress (Kniertje in On hope), born in Halluin, France (d. 1960)
  • 1896 Phil Baker, American comedian (Who's Whose), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1963)
  • 1900 Preston Foster, American actor (Waterfront, Gunslinger), born in Ocean City, New Jersey (d. 1970)
  • 1904 Rodd Redwing, American actor (Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1905 Don Douglas, Scottish actor (The Black Castle), born in Kinleyside, Scotland (d. 1945)
  • 1912 Durward Kirby, American TV announcer (Garry Moore Show), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2000)
  • 1913 Dorothy Comingore [Linda Winters], American actress (Citizen Kane), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1971)
  • 1915 Ronald Ibbs, Irish actor (No Hiding Place, The Saint), born in Hendon, Middlesex, England (d. 1990)
  • 1916 Hal Smith, American actor (The Andy Griffith Show-Otis Campbell), born in Petoskey, Michigan (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Dennis James, wrestling announcer/TV host (PDQ), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1919 Enrique Llanes, Mexican professional wrestler, born in Otumba de Gómez Farías, Mexico (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Helena Carter [Helen Rickerts], American model and actress (Invaders from Mars), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1934 Kenny Baker, English actor (R2D2-Star Wars), born in Solihull (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Mason Williams, American musician, songwriter, author and photographer (Classical Gas, Smother Brothers Comedy Hour), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1944 Rocky Johnson, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1944 Peter Hutton, American filmmaker, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1945 Vince McMahon, American professional wrestling promoter
  • 1949 Joe Regalbuto, American actor (Knots Landing, Frank-Murphy Brown), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1949 Charles Rocket, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1957 Stephen Fry, English comedian and actor (Blackadder, QI), born in London
  • 1958 Steve Guttenberg, American actor (Police Academy, Short Circuit), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1960 Takashi Miike, Japanese filmmaker
  • 1961 Jared Harris, English actor
  • 1962 David Koechner, American actor, born in Tipton, Missouri
  • 1964 Dana Gould, American comedian and writer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1965 Marlee Matlin, American actress and the only deaf performer to win an Academy Award (Children of Lesser God), born in Morton Grove, Illinois

Deaf Actress Marlee Matlin
Deaf Actress
Marlee Matlin
  • 1968 Shoichi Funaki, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Toyko
  • 1971 Pierfrancesco Favino, Italian actor, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1973 Barret Oliver, actor (Never Ending Story, Secret Garden)
  • 1973 Dave Chappelle, American actor and comedian, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1973 Carmine Giovinazzo, American actor, born in Port Richmond, New York
  • 1980 Sonja Bennett, Canadian actress (Punch), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1981 Jiro Wang Dong Cheng, Taiwanese singer and actor, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1981 Chad Michael Murray, American actor (One Tree Hill), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1981 Mercedes Scelba-Shorte, American model, born in New Jersey
  • 1983 Christopher Parker, British actor (Eastenders), born in London
  • 1984 Kyle Schmid, Canadian actor, born in Mississauga, Canada
  • 1985 Destiny Davis, American model and Playboy Playmate, born in Glendora, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1988 Rupert Grint, English actor (Harry Potter), born in Harlow, Essex, England

  • 1995 Runa Tsukishima, Japanese child model

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1970 Actor Peter Sellers (44) weds model Miranda Quarry

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers

HeartWedding of Interest

1987 Actor Patrick Dempsey (21) weds manager Rocky Parker (47)

  • 1996 Actress-model Vendela (30) weds Norwegian politician Olaf Thommessen (30) in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2002 Journalist Bryant Gumbel weds model Hilary Quinlan at Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2009 American actor Eddie Cibrian (36) divorces TV personality Brandi Glanville (35) due to irreconcilable differences

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1595 Thomas Digges, English astronomer (Universe Infinite), dies
  • 1956 Kenji Mizoguchi, Japanese film director (b. 1898)
  • 1957 Ronald Arbuthnott Knox, British priest, broadcaster and author (Viaduct Murder), dies at 69
  • 1967 Amanda Randolph, actress (Danny Thomas, Amos n Andy), dies at 65
  • 1973 Billy Greene, American actor (Single Room Furnished, One Man's Family), dies at 76
  • 1980 Yootha Joyce, British actress (b. 1927)
  • 1983 Jack Somack, actor (Ball Four, Stockard Channing Show), dies at 64
  • 1987 Malcolm Kirk, English wrestler (b. 1936)
  • 1988 Leonard Frey, actor (Tattoo, Magic Christian), dies of AIDS at 49
  • 1991 Mike Sokoll, cowboy actor, dies at 97
  • 1995 Gary Crosby, singer/actor (Operation Bikini, Mardi Gras), dies at 61
  • 1998 E.G. Marshall, American actor (The Defenders), dies at 88
  • 2001 Jane Greer, American actress (b. 1924)
  • 2006 Cristian Nemescu, Romanian film director (b.1979)
  • 2007 Aaron Russo, American film producer and director (b.1943)
  • 2010 Satoshi Kon, Japanese anime film director (b. 1963)
  • 2013 Julie Harris, American actress, heart failure at 87
  • 2014 Richard Attenborough, English actor and director (Gandhi, Young Winston), dies at 90
  • 2017 Jay Thomas [Jon Thomas Terrell], American actor and comedian (Cheers, Murphy Brown), dies of cancer at 69