On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for August 26

Events in Film & TV

Film release premierFilm Premier

1951 "An American in Paris" with music by George Gershwin, directed by Vincente Minnelli, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron premieres in London (Academy Awards Best Picture 1952)

Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly
Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin
  • 1955 1st color telecast (NBC) of a tennis match (Davis Cup)
  • 1955 "Pather Panchali", Indian film directed by Satyajit Ray, starring Subir Banerjee, Kanu Banerjee and Karuna Banerjee, is released
  • 1956 KREY TV channel 10 in Montrose, CO (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 28th Venice Film Festival: "Belle de Jour" directed by Luis Bunuel wins Golden Lion
  • 1985 42nd Venice Film Festival: "Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond)" directed by Agnes Varda wins the Golden Lion

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1996 "7th Heaven", starring Jessica Biel, debuts on The WB

Actress Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel
  • 2018 Danny Boyle pulls out of directing the next James Bond film due to 'creative differences'

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Boxing match between YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul ends in a draw in Manchester, England

YouTube Star and Actor Logan Paul
YouTube Star and Actor
Logan Paul

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1880 Guillaume Apollinaire, French poet/movie critic (Alcoola)
  • 1909 Jim Davis, American actor (Dallas), born in Edgerton, Missouri (d. 1981)
  • 1917 Jan Clayton, Tularosa NM, actress (Ellen Miller-Lassie)
  • 1918 Katherine Johnson, American NASA mathematician (portrayed in film Hidden Figures), born in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (d. 2020)
  • 1919 Ronald "Ronny" Graham, American actor, director, composer, lyricist, and writer (Bob Crane Show, Chico & the Man), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1921 David Begelman, film producer
  • 1922 Irving R. Levine, American journalist (NBC News), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (d. 2009)
  • 1936 Yvette Vickers, American actress (Attack of 50' Woman), Playboy playmate (Jul 1959), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. c. 2010)
  • 1938 Francine York, Aurora Minn, actress (Slattery's People)
  • 1940 Don LaFontaine, American voice actor (d. 2008)
  • 1941 Akiko Wakabayashi, Japanese actress
  • 1944 Cornelia J "Corry" Arends, Dutch actress (Fool's Hat)
  • 1944 Stephen Greif, English actor
  • 1946 Alison Steadman, actress (Life is Sweet), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1946 Chantal Renaud, Quebec singer and actress
  • 1947 Candy Moore, American actress (Lunch Wagon, Tomboy & Champ), born in Maplewood, New Jersey
  • 1947 Emiliano Díez, Cuban actor
  • 1950 Benjamin Hendrickson, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1952 Michael Jeter, actor (The Fisher King), born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee (d. 2003)
  • 1954 Steve Wright, Britain's wacky DJ/actor (Funny Man)
  • 1959 Joanne Gail Abbott, executive (MTV)
  • 1960 Ola Ray, American model, Playboy playmate (Jun, 1980) actress (girlfriend in Thriller music video), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1965 Chris Burke, actor with down syndrome (Corky-Life Goes On)
  • 1965 Jon Hensley, Doylestown PA, actor (Holden Snyder-As the World Turns)
  • 1965 Bobby Duncum, Jr., wrestler (d. 2000)
  • 1968 Byron Lawson, Canadian actor
  • 1969 Elaine Irwin, American model (Almay Cosmetics, Ralph Lauren) and former wife of John Mellencamp, born in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Melissa McCarthy, comedian and actress (Mike and Molly, Spy), born in Plainfield, Illinois

Person of interestThalía

1971 Thalia Sodi, Mexican actress and singer known as the "Queen of Latin Pop", born in Mexico City, Mexico

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Thalía
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
  • 1974 Huang Bo, Chinese actor (Cow) and singer, born in Qingdao, China

Person of interestMacaulay Culkin

1980 Macaulay Culkin, American actor (Home Alone, My Girl, Richie Rich), born in NYC, New York

  • 1980 Chris Pine, American actor (Star Trek), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1981 Petey Williams, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1982 John Mulaney, American comedian, writer and actor (Saturday Night Live), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1988 Danielle Savre, American actress
  • 1988 Evan Ross, American actor
  • 1993 Keke Palmer, American actress (True Jackson, VP), born in Harvey, Illinois

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1946 "Gone with the Wind" actress Olivia de Havilland weds screenwriter and novelist Marcus Goodrich

  • 2006 "Days of our Lives" actor Billy Warlock (45) weds actress Julie Pinson in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2012 "The Campaign" actress Kate Lang Johnson (28) weds musician Justin Miner at La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes, California
  • 2012 "Bridesmaids" actor Chris O'Dowd (32) weds British TV presenter Dawn Porter (33) at an intimate ceremony with family and friends in London

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1915 John Bunny American film comedian, dies at 51
  • 1930 Leonidas "Lon" Chaney, American actor nicknamed "the man of a 1000 faces" (The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, The Phantom of the Opera), dies after long illness at 47
  • 1946 Jeanie MacPherson, American actress and screenwriter (b. 1887)
  • 1963 Larry Keating, actor (George Burns Show, Roger-Mr Ed), dies at 67
  • 1966 Art Baker, TV host (You Asked For It), dies at 67
  • 1968 Kay Francis, American actress (Charley's Aunt, False Madonna), dies of cancer at 63
  • 1975 Cullen Landis, American actor (Soul of the Beast), dies at 80
  • 1975 Juliette Béliveau, Canadian actress (Le gros Bill) and singer, dies at 85
  • 1976 Warner Anderson, American actor (The Bubble, Destination Moon, Peyton Place), dies at 65
  • 1977 Willis Bouchey, actor (Battle Cry, From Here to Eternity), dies at 34
  • 1978 Charles Boyer, French actor (Gaslight, Rogues), dies at 78
  • 1980 Miliza Korjus, actress (Great Waltz), dies at 71
  • 1980 Rosa Albach-Retty, German actress (b. 1874)
  • 1983 Mike Kellin [Myron Kellin], American actor (Pipe Dream, American Buffalo), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1984 Julie Stevens, actress (Lorelei-Big Town), dies at 67
  • 1986 Ted Knight [Tadeusz Wladyslaw Konopka], American actor (Mary Tyler Moore, Too Close for Comfort), dies of colorectal cancer at 62
  • 1994 Tariq Yunus, Indian actor (Ashanti, Deceivers), dies at 54
  • 2005 Ed White, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1949)
  • 2007 Ramon Zamora, Filipino martial arts actor, dies at 72
  • 2012 A K Hangal, Indian freedom fighter and Bollywood character actor (Aaina, Sholay), dies of respiratory disease at 98
  • 2015 P J Kavanagh [Patrick Joeseph], British poet, actor and journalist (The Perfect Stranger), dies at 84