On This Day in Film & TV for August 30

Events in Film & TV

  • 1949 WTVN (now WSYX) TV channel 6 in Columbus, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 WNPI TV channel 18 in Norwood, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1976 Tom Brokaw becomes news anchor of NBC's "Today Show"
  • 1983 Elizabeth R Zakarian (Devon Pierce), 17, NY, crowned 1st Miss Teen USA
  • 1986 43rd Venice Film Festival: "Le rayon vert" directed by Eric Rohmer wins Golden Lion
  • 1995 52nd Venice Film Festival: "Cyclo" directed by Anh Hung Tran wins Golden Lion
  • 2000 57th Venice Film Festival: "Dayereh" directed by Jafar Panahi wins Golden Lion
  • 2006 63rd Venice Film Festival: "Still Life" directed by Jia Zhangke wins Golden Lion
  • 2013 "12 Years a Slave" based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch premieres at the Telluride Film Festival (Best Picture 2014)

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1889 Eduardo Ciannelli, Italian actor (Foreign Correspondent, Gunga Din), born in Ischia, Italy (d. 1969)
  • 1896 Raymond Massey, Canadian actor (Dr Kildare), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1983)

Person of interestShirley Booth

1898 Shirley Booth, American actress (Hazel), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)

Actress Shirley Booth
Actress
Shirley Booth
  • 1906 [Rose] Joan Blondell, American actress (Grease, The Blue Veil), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1908 Fred MacMurray, American actor (Double Indemnity, The Apartment, My Three Sons), born in Kankakee, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1910 Donald Bisset, British children book writer, illustrator (Upside Down Stories) and actor (Battle of the Sexes), born in Brentford, Middlesex, England (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Julie Bishop [Jacqueline Wells], American actress (My Hero, Northern Pursuit, Threat), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2001)
  • 1925 Julien Schoenaerts, Flemish actor (Daens/Medea), born in Eigenbilzen, Belgium (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Ernie Roth, American wrestling manager, known by the ring name "The Grand Wizard of Wrestling", born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1983)
  • 1927 Bill Daily, American actor and comedian (I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2018)
  • 1934 Eric Schneider, Dutch actor (Drop Out, Family, Flanagan), born in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1938 Steve Delaney, English newscaster (Monitor), born in Dobbs Ferry, New York
  • 1939 Elizabeth Ashley, American actress (Coma, Evening Shade), born in Ocala, Florida
  • 1939 John Peel, English DJ and Broadcaster (BBC Radio 1), born in Heswell, Merseyside (d. 2004)
  • 1941 Sue MacGregor, BBC 4 radio broadcaster (Woman's Hour), born in Oxford, England
  • 1941 Ben Jones, American politician and actor (The Dukes of Hazzard), born in Tarboro, North Carolina
  • 1944 Freek de Jonge, Dutch comedian (Neerlands Hoop), born in Westernieland, Netherlands
  • 1944 Molly Ivins, American political columnist and author, born in Monterey, California (d. 2007)
  • 1946 Peggy Lipton [Margaret Ann], American actress (The Mod Squad, Twin Peaks), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 Lewis Black, American stand-up comedian (Lewis Black's Root of All Evil), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1949 Christopher Collins, American actor (True Identity), voice actor (Cobra Commander-G.I. Joe) and comedian, born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 1994)
  • 1951 Dana Rosemary Scallon, Irish singer and actress (Flight of the Doves), born in Islington, London, England
  • 1951 Timothy Bottoms, American actor (Paper Chase, East of Eden), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1954 David Paymer, American actor (Love Mary, Mr Saturday Night), born in Oceanside, New York
  • 1956 Jayne Irving, English TV hostess (Live at 3), born in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire
  • 1959 Mark Jackson, Australian rules footballer and actor, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1960 Guy A. Lepage, Quebec humorist, television host and producer, born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 1963 Michael Chiklis, American actor (Commish, The Shield), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 1964 Joan Bennett, American actress and Playmate (January, 1985), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1966 Michael Michele, Evansville In, actress (Nikki-Central Park West)
  • 1967 Frederique [Van derWal], Netherlands, model (Victoria Secrets)

Person of interestCameron Diaz

1972 Cameron Diaz, American actress (Shrek, The Mask, My Best Friend's Wedding), born in Long Beach, California

Actress Cameron Diaz
Actress
Cameron Diaz
  • 1976 Sarah-Jane Potts, English actress
  • 1977 Elden Henson, American actor
  • 1979 Leon Lopez, British actor
  • 1979 Niki Chow, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • 1979 Tavia Yeung, Hong Kong actress
  • 1983 Jun Matsumoto, Japanese singer and actor

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1940 CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace (22) weds Norma Kaphan in Brookline, Massachusetts

Newscaster Mike Wallace
Newscaster
Mike Wallace
  • 1989 Roman Polanski marries actress Emmanuelle Seigner

HeartWedding of Interest

2008 "The Sopranos" actor James Gandolfini (46) weds former model Deborah Lin (40) at Central Union Church in Honolulu, Hawaii

  • 2015 Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley (34) weds model Ariana Cooper at Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1961 Charles Coburn, American actor (Around the World in 80 Days, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 84
  • 1964 Wesley Lau, actor (Lt Anderson-Perry Mason), dies at 43
  • 1968 William Talman, American actor (Crashout, The Hitch-Hiker, Perry Mason), dies of lung cancer at 53
  • 1970 Del Moore, American comedian and actor (Cal-Bachelor Father), dies at 53
  • 1979 Jean Seberg, American actress (Breathless, Airport), commits suicide at 40

Person of interestVera-Ellen

1981 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress and dancer (Big Leaguer, On the Town), dies of cancer at 60

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
  • 1991 Alan Wheatley, British actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies from a heart attack at 84
  • 1993 Richard Jordan, US actor (Hunt for Red October, Posse), dies at 55
  • 1994 Lindsay Anderson, British director (If ...), dies at 71
  • 1994 Michael Gribble, film animator (Mike & Spike Festival), dies at 42
  • 1995 Thomas Chalmers, British broadcaster, dies at 82
  • 1996 Christine Pascal, actress/director (Smile, Elsa), dies at 43
  • 2001 Julie Bishop [Jacqueline Wells], American actress (My Hero, Northern Pursuit, Threat), dies of pneumonia at 87
  • 2002 J. Lee Thompson, English film director (b. 1914)

Person of interestCharles Bronson

2003 Charles Bronson, American actor (The Dirty Dozen, Death Wish), dies at 81

  • 2006 Glenn Ford, Canadian-born American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2008 Walter "Killer" Kowalski, Canadian professional wrestler, dies at 81
  • 2010 Alain Corneau, French filmmaker (b. 1943)
  • 2015 Wes Craven, American filmmaker (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), dies at 76