On This Day in Film & TV for August 3

Events in Film & TV

  • 1940 German occupiers forbid ritual slaughters & English & French movies

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 13,000 Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) begin their strike; US President Ronald Reagan offers ultimatum to workers: 'if they do not report for work within 48 hours, they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated'

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1989 22nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Omni Hotel
  • 1992 Paramount inaugurates New York Street on TV/movie lot

Film release premierFilm Premier

1992 "Unforgiven" directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Best Picture 1993)

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actor Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
Actor Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
  • 1995 CNN en Espanol premieres

Music concertMusic Concert

1997 Garth Brooks performs a free concert in NYC's Central Park for HBO

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

Film release premierFilm Release

2001 The Princess Diaries, starring Anne Hathaway in her film debut, is released

Actress Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008 Morgan Freeman is injured in an automobile accident near Ruleville, Mississippi, when his car flipped over several times on the highway

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1895 Marguerite Nichols, American actress (An Old Man's Folly), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1941)
  • 1902 Judson Laire, American actor and singer (Papa-Mama, Adm Broadway Revue), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1904 Dolores del Rio, Mexican silent screen actress (Deseada, Bugambilia), born in Durango, Mexico (d. 1983)
  • 1907 Adrienne Ames, American actress (Death Kiss, Panama Patrol), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1947)
  • 1907 Irene Tedrow, American actress (Lucy-Dennis the Menace, Mr Novak), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Alex McCrindle, Scottish actor (Star Wars, Eye of the Needle), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1990)
  • 1913 Mel Tolkin, Ukrainian-born television comedy writer (d. 2007)
  • 1918 Jordan Whitfield, American actor (Bomba the Jungle Boy, Lord of the Jungle, Swamp Fox), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1918 Larry Haines [Hecht], American actor (The Odd Couple, Search for Tomorrow), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1920 Maria Karnilova, American dancer and actress (Fiddler on the Roof, Ivan the Terrible), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2001)
  • 1921 Marilyn Maxwell, American actress and entertainer (Champion, The Lemon Drop Kid, East of Sumatra), born in Clarinda, Iowa (d. 1972)
  • 1926 Gordon Scott [Werschkul], American actor (Tarzan series), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2009)
  • 1928 Cécile Aubry, French actress (The Black Rose), author (Belle et Sébastien), television screenwriter and director, born in Paris, France (d. 2010)
  • 1930 James Komack, American writer, director and actor (Courtship of Eddie's Father), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1932 Elsa Martinelli, Grosseto Italy, actress (Indian Fighter)
  • 1934 Haystacks Calhoun, American professional wrestler (d. 1989)
  • 1936 Edward Petherbridge, English actor
  • 1937 Steven Berkoff, English actor
  • 1938 George Memmoli, American actor (Earl-Hello Larry), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Terry Wogan, British broadcaster (Eurovision Song Contest, Blankety Blank), born in Limerick, Ireland (d. 2016)

Person of interestMartin Sheen

1940 Martin Sheen, [Ramon Estevez], actor (Badlands, The West Wing), born in Dayton, Ohio

Person of interestMartha Stewart

1941 Martha Stewart, American business magnate and TV personality who founded Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, born in Jersey City, New Jersey

Business Magnate and TV Personality Martha Stewart
Business Magnate and TV Personality
Martha Stewart
  • 1942 Mary Ann Esposito, American chef and TV host (Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1945 Ron Hendren, Pinehurst NC, TV host (Entertainment Tonight)
  • 1950 JoMari Payton Noble, actress (Harriette-Family Matters), born in Albany, Georgia
  • 1952 Jay North, North actor (Dennis the Menace, Maya), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1952 Loles León, Spanish actress
  • 1955 Corey Burton, American voice actor
  • 1957 Mani Shankar, Indian filmmaker
  • 1958 Ana Kokkinos, Greek-Australian film director
  • 1961 Molly Hagan, American actress
  • 1963 Carlo Imperato, actor (Fame), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1963 Isaiah Washington, American actor
  • 1966 Christine Richters, Fullerton Ca, playmate (May, 1986)
  • 1967 John Femia, American actor (Square Pegs, Hello Larry), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1973 Kari Litton, Pontotoc Miss, Miss America (Mississippi-Top 10-1997)
  • 1974 Jenny Beck, actress (Claire Carroll-Guns & Paradise)
  • 1977 Tómas Lemarquis, Icelandic actor
  • 1979 Evangeline Lilly, Canadian actress (Lost, The Hobbit), born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
  • 1983 Mamie Gummer, American actress (Nancy Crozier-The Good Wife), born in NYC, New York
  • 1984 Jon Foster, American actor
  • 1984 Amanda Kimmel, American beauty queen
  • 1990 Jourdan Dunn, British model, born in London, England

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1932 Austro-Hungarian-American theatre and film director Otto Preminger (26) weds Marion Mill
  • 2013 Actor and model Kevin Zegers (28) weds talent agent Jaime Feld in New Jersey

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1933 Arthur Collins, singer/comedian (Peerless Quartet), dies at 69
  • 1966 Lenny Bruce, comedian, dies of a morphine overdose at 39
  • 1973 Ariantje "Jeanne" Leg, actress (It Vijgeblaadje/It Hippie), dies at 84
  • 1974 Almira Sessions, actress (Oklahoma Annie), dies at 85
  • 1975 Ruth Lee, actress (Middleton Family at 1939 World's Fair), dies at 79
  • 1977 Alfred Lunt, American actor (The Guardsman, Sally of the Sawdust), dies at 83
  • 1983 Carolyn Jones, American actress (Morticia-Addams Family), dies of cancer at 54
  • 1986 Willem Ruis, Dutch TV host (Willem Ruis Show), dies at 41
  • 1993 James Donald, Scottish actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Vikings, In Which We Serve, Way Ahead), dies of stomach cancer at 76
  • 1994 Innokenti Smoktunovski, Russian actor (Hamlet), dies at 69
  • 1995 Ida Lupino, Anglo-American actress (Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) and director (The Hitch-Hiker), dies at 77
  • 1996 Guido Alberti, Italian film actor (Marco the Magnificent), dies at 87
  • 2001 Christopher Hewett, British actor (b. 1922)
  • 2002 Carmen Silvera, Canadian-born British actress ('Allo 'Allo!), dies of lung cancer at 80
  • 2011 Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (b. 1945)
  • 2015 Coleen Gray [Doris Bernice Jensen], American actress (Apache Drums, The Killing), dies at 92
  • 2017 Robert Hardy, British actor (Harry Potter, All Creatures Great and Small), dies at 91
  • 2017 Ty Hardin [Orison Hungerford Jr.], American actor (Riptide, Bronco), dies at 87