On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for August 27

Events in Film & TV

  • 1950 1st transmission of a TV programme from continental Europe shown on BBC

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1953 "Roman Holiday", starring Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, and Eddie Albert, is released

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1964 Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" directed by Robert Stevenson, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke premieres in Los Angeles

Actress and Singer Julie Andrews
Actress and Singer
Julie Andrews
Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Actor Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke
  • 1964 25th Venice Film Festival: "Red Desert" directed by Michelangelo Antonioni wins Golden Lion
  • 1965 WTVI TV channel 42 in Charlotte, North Carolina (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 Naomi Sims is 1st black model on US cover (Fashion of the Times)
  • 1990 WWF Summer Slam-Ultimate Warrior beats Rick Rude
  • 1997 54th Venice Film Festival: "Hana-bi" directed by Takeshi Kitano wins Golden Lion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001 Angelina Jolie is named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva

  • 2002 59th Venice Film Festival: "The Magdalene Sisters" directed by Peter Mullan wins Golden Lion
  • 2003 60th Venice Film Festival: "The Return" directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev wins Golden Lion

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2004 Hong Kong martial arts film "Hero" starring Jet Li opens in the US and becomes first Chinese-language film to go to #1 at US box office

Chinese Actor and Martial Artist Jet Li
Chinese Actor and Martial Artist
Jet Li

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

2006 58th Emmy Awards: 24, The Office, Kiefer Sutherland & Mariska Hargitay win

  • 2008 65th Venice Film Festival: "The Wrestler" directed by Darren Aronofsky wins Golden Lion

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2013 "Gravity", directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney premieres at the Venice Film Festival

Actress Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock
Actor George Clooney
George Clooney
Film Director Alfonso Cuarón
Film Director
Alfonso Cuarón

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 Dove Cameron releases a cover of "On Top of the World" by Imagine Dragons

Actress Dove Cameron
Dove Cameron

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2014 "Birdman" directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton and Zach Galifianakis premieres at the Venice Film Festival (Best Picture 2015)

  • 2014 71st Venice Film Festival: "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence" directed by Roy Andersson wins Golden Lion

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1884 Harry Antrim, American actor (Miracle on 34th St, Devil's Doorway), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • 1894 Charles Meredith, American actor (Court of Last Resort), born in Knoxville, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)
  • 1896 Faina Ranevskaya [Faina Georgievna Feldman], Russian actress, born in Taganrog, Don Voisko Oblast, Russian Empire (d. 1984)
  • 1899 Byron Foulger, American actor (River's Edge, Up in Smoke), born in Ogden, Utah (d. 1970)
  • 1901 Al Ritz [Joaquim], American actor (Ritz Brothers, Hi Ya Chum), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1965)
  • 1901 Roger Pryor, American actor (Lady by Choice, Belle of the Nineties, Identity Unknown), born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1905 Frederick O'Neal, American actor, theatre producer and television director (Pinky, Car 54 Where Are You), born in Brooksville, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1911 Kathleen "Kay" Walsh, British actress (The Horse's Mouth, Oliver Twist), born in Chelsea, London, England (d. 2005)
  • 1916 Martha Raye [Margaret Reed], American actress (Waikiki Wedding, Martha Raye Show), born in Butte, Montana (d. 1994)
  • 1919 John Cox, Flemish-American painter and director (Museum of Fine Physician, Boston)
  • 1921 Leo Penn, American actor and film director, born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • 1925 Darry Cowl, French musician and actor, born in Vittel, France (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Patricia "Pat" Coombs, British comedienne and actress (Carry On Again Doctor, Cranford), born in Camberwell, London (d. 2002)
  • 1927 Norma Connolly, American actress (Ruby Anderson-General Hospital, The Young Marrieds), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • 1937 Tommy Sands, American singer/actor (Teenage Rock, Dream With Me), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1941 Harrison Page, American actor
  • 1943 [Susan] Tuesday Weld, American actress (Dobie Gillis, Wild in Country), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 G W Bailey, Port Arthur, Texas, American actor (Police Academy, The Closer)

Person of interestBarbara Bach

1947 Barbara Bach [Goldbach], American actress (The Spy Who Loved Me, Force 10 from Navarone), born in Queens, New York

Actress Barbara Bach
Barbara Bach
  • 1947 Harry Reems, American actor, (d. 2013)
  • 1948 Sgt. Slaughter, American professional wrestler, born in Meeker County, Minnesota
  • 1950 Charles Fleischer, comedian (Roger Rabbit), born in Washington, D.C.

Person of interestPee-wee Herman

1952 Pee-wee Herman [Paul Reubens], American comic actor (Pee-wee's Big Adventure), born in Peekskill, New York

  • 1953 Peter Stormare, Swedish-born actor
  • 1955 Diana Scarwid, actress (Extermites, Psycho 3, Heat), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1955 Robert Richardson, American cinematographer
  • 1958 Normand Brathwaite, Canadian comedian and television and radio host
  • 1962 Vic Mignogna, American voice actor
  • 1963 Downtown Julie Brown, Welsh TV personality and actress (Club MTV, The Earth Day Special, Junket Whore), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1964 Frankie Thorn, American actress
  • 1969 Chandra Wilson, American actress
  • 1971 Julian Cheung Chi-Lam, singer (A Modern Love Story) and actor (Return Of The Cuckoo), born in North Point, British Hong Kong
  • 1972 Dalip Singh, Indian professional wrestler
  • 1972 Mike Smith, Canadian actor
  • 1973 Carlene Begnaud, American professional wrestler
  • 1973 Cory Bowles, Canadian actor
  • 1976 Milano Collection AT [Akihito Terui], Japanese professional wrestler, born in Morioka, Japan
  • 1977 Sarah Chalke, Canadian American actress (Roseanne, Scrubs), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1979 Giovanni Capitello, American filmmaker/actor

Person of interestAaron Paul

1979 Aaron Paul, American actor (Breaking Bad, Need for Speed), born in Emmett, Idaho

Actor Aaron Paul
Aaron Paul
  • 1980 Kyle Lowder, American actor
  • 1981 Demetria McKinney, American actress (House of Payne), born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
  • 1981 Patrick J. Adams, Canadian actor (Suits), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1983 Wilson Chen, Taiwanese actor
  • 1988 Alexa Vega, American actress
  • 1995 Jessie Mei Li, English actress (Shadow and Bone), born in Brighton, England

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

2005 Actor Robert Downey Jr (40) weds producer Susan Levin (31) at the Windy Dune Estat in Amagansett, New York

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1949 Arthur Chesney, actor (Lodger, Chelsea Life), dies at 67
  • 1964 Gracie Allen, American actress and comedienne (Burns & Allen), dies at 62
  • 1969 Claire Whitney, silent film actress (Blind Fools), dies at 79
  • 1976 Mukesh [Mathur], Indian "playback singer" for Bollywood films, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 1977 George Merritt, English actor (I Monster, Canterbury Tale), dies at 86
  • 1978 Robert Shaw, British actor, novelist, and playwright (Deep, Jaws, Sting, Black Sunday), dies of heart attack at 51
  • 1980 Sam Levenson, humorist (Sam Levenson Show), dies at 68
  • 1980 Douglas Kenney, American humorist (co-founded the magazine National Lampoon), dies at 33
  • 1984 Bernard Youens [Popley], British actor (Coronation Street, Somewhere in Politics), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • 1984 Billy Sands, American actor (Phil Silvers Show, McHale's Navy), dies at 73
  • 1988 Mario Montenegro, Filipino actor (The Rites of May), dies at 60
  • 1990 Raymond St Jacques, American actor, director and producer, who was the 1st African-American to hold a regular role in a western series (Simon Blake in "Rawhide"), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1991 Gordon Heath, actor (Sapphire, Staircase, Animal Farm), dies
  • 1993 Bob Verstraete, Dutch actor/screenwriter/director (Alicia), dies at 71
  • 1995 Dick Bentley, Australian comedian and actor (The Glums), dies at 88
  • 1996 Greg Morris, American actor (Mission: Impossible), dies of a brain tumor at 62
  • 1997 Brandon Tartikoff, TV exec (NBC), dies at 48
  • 1997 Jeep Swenson, American actor (Batman & Robin), dies of heart failure at 40
  • 2003 Jinx Falkenburg [Eugenia], American actress and well-known US cover-girl model throughout 1930s-40s, dies at 84
  • 2006 Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Indian film director (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Emma Penella, Spanish actress, dies at 76
  • 2008 Mark Priestley, Australian actor (b. 1976)
  • 2010 Luna Vachon, Professional Wrestler (b. 1962)
  • 2011 Nico Minardos, Greek-American actor (The Twilight Zone; Twelve Hours to Kill), dies at 81
  • 2019 Jessi Combs, American auto racer, television personality (women’s land speed class record [4 wheels] 2013, 16), dies in jet-powered high-speed race car crash at 39
  • 2020 'Bullet' Bob Armstrong, American pro wrestler (WWE Hall of Fame), dies from bone cancer at 80