On This Day in Film & TV for August 28

Events in Film & TV

Film release premierFilm Premier

1946 Film noir "The Killers" premieres, directed by Robert Siodmak, starring Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner, based on a story by Ernest Hemingway

  • 1956 17th Venice Film Festival opens. No Golden Lion awarded
  • 1964 WEWS-TV Channel 5's "Upbeat" debuts in Cleveland
  • 1966 27th Venice Film Festival: "The Battle of Algiers" directed by Gillo Pontecorvo wins Golden Lion
  • 1980 37th Venice Film Festival: "Atlantic City" directed by Louis Malle and "Gloria" directed by John Cassavetes jointly awarded Golden Lion (first since 1968)

MurderAssassination Attempt

1981 John Hinckley Jr. pleads innocent in attempt to assassinate President Reagan

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1982 39th Venice Film Festival: "The State of Things" directed by Wim Wenders wins Golden Lion
  • 1986 Largest wrestling crowd in Canada (69,300) at Toronto Stadium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Tina Turner's star unveiled in Hollywood

Singer Tina Turner
Tina Turner
  • 1988 40th Emmy Awards: Thirtysomething, The Wonder Years & Richard Kiley win
  • 1996 53rd Venice Film Festival: "Michael Collins" directed by Neil Jordan wins Golden Lion
  • 2013 70th Venice Film Festival: "Sacro GRA" directed by Gianfranco Rosi wins Golden Lion
  • 2017 English actor Ed Skrein pulls out of role in movie “Hellboy” after whitewashing criticism
  • 2017 Matt Vogel makes his debut as the voice of Kermit the Frog in "Muppet Thought of the Week" video

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1883 E. E. Clive, Welsh actor (Night Must Fall, Dark Hour), born in Monmouthshire, Wales (d. 1940)
  • 1891 Stanley Andrews, American actor (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1969)
  • 1897 Morris Ankrum, American actor (Kronos, Half Human, Earth vs Flying Saucers), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 1964)
  • 1899 Charles Boyer, French actor (Algiers, Fanny, Barefoot in the Park), born in Figeac, Lot, France (d. 1978)
  • 1905 Sam Levene, American Broadway actor (Demon, Gung Ho, Boomerang), born in Russia (d. 1980)
  • 1921 Johan "Joop" Doderer, Dutch actor (Swiebertje, My Fair Lady), born in Velsen, Netherlands (d. 2005)
  • 1921 Nancy Kulp, American actress (The Beverly Hillbillies, The Aristocats, Shane), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1921 Fernando Fernán Gómez, Spanish actor, director, academic and playwright (All About My Mother), born in Lima, Peru (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Margaret O'Rene "Peggy" Ryan, American dancer and actress (Hawaii Five-0), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2004)
  • 1925 Donald O'Connor, American dancer and actor (Singin' in the Rain), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1929 Roxie Roker, Bahamian-American actress (The Jeffersons- Helen Willis), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1995)
  • 1930 Ben Gazzara, American actor (Run for Your Life, QB VII), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Windsor Davies, British actor (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), born in London, England
  • 1939 Cassie Mackin, newswoman (NBC TV)
  • 1940 Ken Jenkins, American actor
  • 1943 David Soul, [Solberg] actor (Starsky & Hutch), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947 Alice Playton, American actress (Who Killed Mary Whats 'er Name), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 Vonda N[eel] McIntyre, American sci-fi author (Star Trek II, III, IV)
  • 1952 Guy Nadon, Canadian actor
  • 1953 Gates McFadden, actress (Star Trek Next Generation), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1956 Luis Guzmán, Puerto Rican actor
  • 1957 Daniel Stern, actor (City Slickers, Wonder Years), born in Stamford, Connecticut
  • 1957 Rick Rossovich, actor (Top Gun, Roxanne, ER), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1960 Emma Samms, [Samuels], actress (Colby's, General Hospital), born in London, England
  • 1962 David Fincher, American film director and producer (The Social Network, Gone Girl), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1968 Billy Boyd, Scottish actor
  • 1969 Jason Priestley, actor (Brandon-Beverly Hills 90210), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1969 Jack Black, American actor (High Fidelity, Kung Fu Panda), comedian and singer (Tenacious D), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1972 John Buchanan, American actor (Sidekicks, Black Stallion, Family Man), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1973 Matthew John Armstrong, American actor
  • 1975 Vera Jordanova, Finnish actress and model
  • 1983 Alfonso Herrera, Actor, and singer in the Latin pop group RBD
  • 1985 Ralph Woolfolk IV, American actor
  • 1989 Trixie Mattel [Brian Firkus], American drag queen, singer-songwriter, comedian, and television personality (The Trixie & Katya Show), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1991 Kyle Massey, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1968 1 day marriage of character Murphy Brown

HeartWedding of Interest

1999 Actress Cathy Moriarty (38) weds financier Joseph Gentile

HeartWedding of Interest

2004 "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" actress Mariska Hargitay (40) weds actor-writer Peter Hermann (37) at the Unitarian Society in Santa Barbara, California

  • 2007 "Diff'rent Strokes" actor Gary Coleman (40) weds Shannon Price (22) at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada
  • 2010 "Pretty Little Liars" actor Chad Lowe (42) weds film producer Kim Painter at Terranea Resort in Los Angeles

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1933 Helen Dunbar, American actress (b. 1863)
  • 1951 Robert Walker, American actor and writer (Strangers on a Train, Bataan, Madame Curie), dies from an adverse reaction to prescription drugs at 32
  • 1964 Lumsden Hare, Irish actor (Oregon Trail, Desert Fox, Young Bess), dies at 89
  • 1969 Clarence Hennecke, American actor (The Strong Man, Murder by Television, Keystone Kops), dies at 74
  • 1983 Jan Clayton, actress (Ellen Miller-Lassie), dies at 66
  • 1985 Ruth Gordon, actress (Big Bus), dies of a stroke in her sleep at 88
  • 1987 John Huston, US/Irish actor and director (Maltese Falcon), dies at 81
  • 1988 Hazel Dawn, US singer/actress (Under Clover, Margie), dies at 98
  • 1991 Christian Anders, actor/composer (Death Stone, Love Cult), dies
  • 1991 Eleanor Berry, actress (Death Valley Days), dies
  • 1993 René Ray, English countess/actress (Farewell again), dies at 80
  • 2005 Jacques Dufilho, French actor (b. 1914)
  • 2007 Miyoshi Umeki, Japanese-American actress (Katsumi-Sayonara, Mrs Livingston-Courtship of Eddie's Father), dies at 78
  • 2010 William P. Foster, notable band director and founder of the Marching 100 of Florida A&M University