On This Day in Film & TV for August 31

Events in Film & TV


1stHistoric Invention

1897 Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope [kinetographic camera], a device which produces moving pictures

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • 1941 Great Gildersleeve, a spin-off of Fibber McGee & Molly debuts on NBC
  • 1953 KRBC TV channel 9 in Abilene, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WKBG (now WLVI) TV channel 56 in Cambridge-Boston, MA (IND) begins
  • 1954 WMTW TV channel 8 in Portland-Poland Spring, ME (ABC) begins
  • 1955 KTRE TV channel 9 begins broadcasting in Lufkin, Texas (ABC/NBC affiliate)
  • 1966 "The Battle of Algiers", directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, starring Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, premieres at the Vienna International Film Festival
  • 1970 WKMJ TV channel 68 in Louisville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1983 40th Venice Film Festival: "First Name: Carmen" directed by Jean-Luc Godard wins Golden Lion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Michael Jackson's "Bad" video premieres on CBS TV

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1992 44th Emmy Awards: Northern Exposure, Christopher Lloyd & Dana Delane win
  • 1993 50th Venice Film Festival: "Short Cuts" directed by Robert Altman and "Three Colors: Blue" directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski jointly awarded Golden Lion
  • 2005 62nd Venice Film Festival: "Brokeback Mountain" directed by Ang Lee wins Golden Lion
  • 2011 68th Venice Film Festival: "Faust" directed by Alexander Sokurov wins Golden Lion

Film release premierFilm Premier

2012 "Argo" directed by Ben Affleck and starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman premieres at the Telluride Film Festival (Best Picture 2013)


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1892 Claire DuBrey, American actress (Lightnin' in the Forest), born in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho (d. 1993)

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1897 Fredric March, American actor (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Best Years of Our Lives), born in Racine, Wisconsin (d. 1975)

  • 1900 Roland Culver, English actor (Thunderball, Encore), born in London, England (d. 1984)
  • 1903 Arthur Godfrey, American radio and TV host (Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scout), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1905 Dore Schary, American producer, writer and director (Act 1, Boys Town, Big City), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1958)
  • 1905 Sanford Meisner, American actor and teacher, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1912 Reinoud Anders, Dutch actor (Hamlet)
  • 1914 Richard Basehart, American actor (Voyage to Bottom of Sea), born in Zanesville, Ohio (d. 1984)
  • 1916 Daniel Schorr, American broadcast journalist (CBS), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1920 James Lanphier, American actor (Flight of Lost Balloon), born in Hempstead, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1923 Larry Grayson, British comedian (Generation Game), born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Serafina K "Sera" Anstadt, Polish/Dutch actress/author
  • 1924 Buddy [Leonard] Hackett, comedian (God's Little Acre, Music Man), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1928 James Coburn, Laurel Nebr, actor (Our Man Flint, Magnificent Seven)
  • 1931 Noble Willingham, American actor (Walker, Texas Ranger, The Corndog Man), born in Mineola, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Nikos Xanthopoulos, Greek actor
  • 1937 Guido de Moor, Dutch actor (Apart, Because the Cats)
  • 1937 Warren Berlinger, actor (Larry-Joey Bishop Shop, Take Two), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1940 Jack Thompson [John Payne], Australian actor (Breaker Morant, The Man from Snowy River), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1942 Carole Wells, actress (Pistols 'n' Petticoats), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1944 Jos LeDuc, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • 1947 Mona Marshall, American voice actress
  • 1948 Lowell Ganz, American screenwriter

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1949 Richard Gere, actor (Breathless, Cotton Club, Pretty Woman), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 1959 Rachel Dennison, actress (Doralee Rhodes-9 to 5), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1962 Dee Bradley Baker, American voice actor
  • 1963 Todd Carty, Irish actor
  • 1965 Daniel Bernhardt, Swiss actor
  • 1965 CĂ©line Bonnier, French Canadian actress
  • 1968 Jim Bob Howard, Wichita Falls Texas, actor (Flash & Bone)
  • 1969 Jonathan LaPaglia, Australian actor
  • 1970 Zack Ward, Canadian actor
  • 1972 Chris Tucker, American actor
  • 1975 Takahiro Suwa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1977 Jeff Hardy, American professional wrestler
  • 1978 Phina Oruche, British actress
  • 1979 Mickie James, American professional wrestler
  • 1981 Joe Swanberg, American filmmaker

Weddings in Film & TV


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1940 "Wuthering Heights" actor Laurence Olivier (33) weds "Gone With The Wind" actress Vivien Leigh (26)

HeartWedding of Interest

2010 Actress Leelee Sobieski (27) weds fashion designer Adam Kimmel in Italy

  • 2014 Model and TV host Jenny McCarthy (41) weds singer Donnie Wahlberg (45) at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois
  • 2014 Singer-songwriter Ashlee Simpson (29) weds "Hunger Games" actor Evan Ross (26) in Greenwich, Connecticut

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1940 Johanna "Annie" Bakker, revue-artists/singer/actress, dies at 58
  • 1948 Billy Laughlin, American actor (b. 1932)
  • 1959 Charles Delaney, American actor (Air Police, Lonesome Trail), dies at 67
  • 1968 Dennis O'Keefe, American actor (Suspicion), dies of lung cancer at 60

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1973 John Ford, American director (Stagecoach, The Searchers), dies at 78

Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
  • 1975 Pierre Blaise, French actor (Lacombe Lucien), dies at 24
  • 1979 Sally Rand, American burlesque dancer, vedette and actress known for her ostrich feather fan and balloon bubble dances, dies at 75
  • 1991 Gerry Davis, British screenwriter (Dr Who), dies at 61
  • 1995 David Farrar, English actor (Beat Girl, I Accuse, Watusi), dies at 87
  • 2000 Patricia Owens, Canadian actress (b. 1925)
  • 2002 Lionel Hampton, American Jazz vibraphone player and actor, dies at 94
  • 2004 Carl Wayne, English singer and actor (The Move), dies at 61
  • 2005 Michael Sheard, British actor (b. 1940)
  • 2007 Karloff Lagarde, Mexican professional wrestler (b. 1928)
  • 2008 Jerry Reed, American country music singer and actor (b. 1937)
  • 2013 David Frost, British broadcaster, dies from a heart attack at 74