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

Film release premierFilm Release

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

  • 1964 25th Venice Film Festival: "Red Desert" directed by Michelangelo Antonioni wins Golden Lion
  • 1965 WTVI TV channel 42 in Charlotte, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 Naomi Sims is 1st black model on US cover (Fashion of the Times)

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1984 US President Ronald Reagan announces 'Teacher in Space' project

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1986 38th Emmy Awards presentation - Golden Girls and Cagney & Lacey dominate
  • 1990 WWF Summer Slam-Ultimate Warrior beats Rick Rude
  • 1997 54th Venice Film Festival: "Hana-bi" directed by Takeshi Kitano wins Golden Lion

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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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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

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

Actress Dove Cameron
Actress
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 Kay Walsh, British actress (d. 2005)
  • 1916 Martha Raye, [Margaret Reed], Butte Mont, actress (Martha Raye Show)
  • 1921 Leo Penn, American film director (d. 1998)
  • 1925 Darry Cowl, French actor (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Pat Coombs, English actress (d. 2002)
  • 1937 Tommy Sands, 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)

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

Actress Barbara Bach
Actress
Barbara Bach
  • 1947 Harry Reems, American actor, (d. 2013)
  • 1950 Charles Fleischer, comedian (Roger Rabbit), born in Washington, D.C.

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1952 Pee-wee Herman [Paul Reubens], American 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
  • 1958 Normand Brathwaite, Canadian comedian and television and radio host
  • 1962 Vic Mignogna, American voice actor
  • 1963 Patty Duffek, Woodland Hills California, playmate (May, 1984)
  • 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, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • 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 Akihito Terui, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1977 Sarah Chalke, actress (Becky-Roseanne, Ernest Goes to School), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1977 Trisha Williams, Hobbs New Mexico, Miss America-New Mexico (1997)
  • 1979 Giovanni Capitello, American filmmaker/actor
  • 1980 Kyle Lowder, American actor
  • 1981 Demetria McKinney, American actress ( House of Payne), born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
  • 1983 Wilson Chen, Taiwanese actor
  • 1988 Alexa Vega, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding 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
  • 1977 George Merritt, actor (I Monster, Canterbury Tale), dies at 86
  • 1978 Robert Shaw, actor (Dan-Buccaneers), dies of heart attack at 51
  • 1979 Gracie Fields, actress (Queen of Hearts), dies at 81
  • 1980 Sam Levenson, humorist (Sam Levenson Show), dies at 68
  • 1980 Douglas Kenney, American humorist (b. 1947)
  • 1984 Bernard Youens, British actor (Coronation Street), dies at 69
  • 1984 Billy Sands, actor (Phil Silvers Show, McHale's Navy), dies at 73
  • 1988 Mario Montenegro, Filipino actor, dies at 60
  • 1990 Raymond St Jacques, actor/dir (Falcon Crest), 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
  • 1996 Greg Morris, actor (Mission Impossible), dies at 61
  • 1997 Brandon Tartikoff, TV exec (NBC), dies at 48
  • 1997 Jeep Swenson, actor (Batman & Robin), dies of heart failure at 40
  • 2006 Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Indian film director (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Emma Penella, Spanish actress (b. 1930)
  • 2008 Mark Priestley, Australian actor (b. 1976)
  • 2010 Luna Vachon, Professional Wrestler (b. 1962)