On This Day in Film & TV for August 28

Events in Film & TV


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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)
  • 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

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1986 Tina Turner's star unveiled in Hollywood

Singer Tina Turner
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  • 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 John Gillett, British film critic and researcher, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 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 [Catherine] Cassie Mackin, American newswoman (NBC TV) and 1st woman to regularly anchor an evening network newscast alone, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1982)
  • 1940 Ken Jenkins, American actor (Scrubs - Dr. Bob Kelso), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1943 David Soul, American-British actor (Starsky & Hutch) and singer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1945 Bruno Nuytten, French film director (Camille Claudel), born in Melun, Île-de-France, France
  • 1947 Alice Playton, American actress (Who Killed Mary Whats 'er Name), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 Vonda N. McIntyre, American sci-fi author (Star Trek II, III, IV), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1952 Guy Nadon, Canadian actor (L'ange gardien), born in Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • 1956 Luis Guzmán, Puerto Rican actor (The Limey), born in Cayey, Puerto Rico
  • 1957 Daniel Stern, American actor (City Slickers, Wonder Years), born in Stamford, Connecticut
  • 1957 Rick Rossovich, American actor (Top Gun, Roxanne, ER), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1960 Emma [Elizabeth Wylie Samuelson] Samms, British 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 (Seed of Chucky), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1969 Jason Priestley, Canadian-American 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 (American Dreams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1975 Vera Jordanova, Bulgarian-Finnish actress and model, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1983 Alfonso Herrera, Actor, and singer in the Latin pop group RBD
  • 1985 James Jagger, American actor (Vinyl) and son of Mick Jagger & Jerry Hall, born in NYC, New York
  • 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, American actress (Rosemary's Baby, The 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