On This Day in Film & TV for August 4

Events in Film & TV

  • 1968 WXTV TV channel 41 in New York-Paterson, NY (UNI) begins broadcasting
  • 1983 16th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego
  • 1987 FCC vote 4-0 to rescind fairness doctrine for broadcasters
  • 1988 21st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Omni Hotel
  • 1994 27th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hyatt Regency
  • 1997 "Keenan Ivory Wayan Show" premieres on Fox TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 William Ryan Holt and Michael Mischler are arrested for breaking into Elle MacPherson’s Los Angeles home

Supermodel Elle MacPherson
Elle MacPherson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2010 California's Proposition 8, the ballot initiative prohibiting same-sex marriage passed by the state's voters in 2008, is overturned by Judge Vaughn Walker in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger

Actor, Body Builder & Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder & Politician
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Robert Downey Jr. named the world's highest paid actor by Forbes Magazine (earning $80 mil). 4 non-Hollywood actors make the top 10.

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1870 Harry Lauder, Scottish comedian and singer (Roamin' in the Gloamin), born in Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1950)
  • 1897 Joseph Calleia, Maltese-American actor (Jungle Book, Gilda, Touch of Evil), born in Mdina, Malta (d. 1975)
  • 1904 Helen Kane [Schroeder], American actress (Heads Up, Pointed Heels), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1904 Theodore Newton, American actor (Ace of Aces, Voltaire), born in Lawrenceville, New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • 1910 Anita Page, American silent screen actress (Our Dancing Daughters), born in Flushing, Queens (d. 2008)
  • 1912 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura, Modern Times), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1913 Wesley Addy, American actor (Kiss Me Deadly, Bostonians, Loving), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1996)
  • 1929 Kishore Kumar, Indian singer and actor, born in Khandwa, Central Provinces, British (d. 1987)
  • 1939 Frank Vincent, American actor (The Sopranos), born in North Adams, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Martin Jarvis, English actor, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
  • 1943 Tina Cole, singer (King Cousins)/actress (Katie-My 3 Sons), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1944 Richard Belzer, KOed by Hulk Hogan/comedian (How to be a Stand Up)
  • 1952 Bobby Buntrock, actor (Harold Baxter-Hazel), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1952 Kristoffer Tabori, [Siegel], actor (Rappaccini's Daughter), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1955 Billy Bob Thornton, American actor (Sling Blade), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • 1958 Kym Karath, American actress
  • 1960 Dean Malenko, American professional wrestler
  • 1961 Lauren Tom, American actress
  • 1965 Crystal Chappell, actress (Carly-Days of our Lives), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1966 Kensuke Sasaki, wrestler (WCW/NJPW/Calgary, Power Warrior)
  • 1967 Kembra Pfahler, Hermosa Beach Ca, actress (Gotham Gold)
  • 1968 Marcus Schenkenberg, model (Calvin Klein)
  • 1968 Daniel Dae Kim, American actor
  • 1969 Michael DeLuise, American actor
  • 1970 John August, American screenwriter
  • 1972 Stefan Brogren, Canadian actor
  • 1975 Andy Hallett, American actor
  • 1975 Daniella van Graas, Dutch model and actress
  • 1977 Frankie Kazarian, American professional wrestler
  • 1980 Dingdong Dantes, Filipino actor
  • 1981 Marques Houston, American singer and actor (IMx)
  • 1981 Abigail Spencer, Gulf Breeze, Florida, American actress (Cowboys & Aliens)

Person of interestMeghan Markle

1981 [Rachel] Meghan Markle, American former actress, Duchess of Sussex and wife of Prince Harry, born in Los Angeles, California

Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress Meghan Markle
Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress
Meghan Markle

Person of interestCole Sprouse

1992 Cole Sprouse, American actor (Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Riverdale), born in Arezzo, Italy

Person of interestDylan Sprouse

1992 Dylan Sprouse, American actor (Suite Life of Zack and Cody), born in Arezzo, Italy

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1939 Philosopher of communication theory Marshall McLuhan (28) weds teacher and aspiring actress Corinne Lewis (27)

Philosopher of Communication Theory Marshall McLuhan
Philosopher of Communication Theory
Marshall McLuhan

HeartWedding of Interest

2001 "James Bond" actor Pierce Brosnan (49) weds TV host and journalist Keely Shaye Smith (37) at the 785-year-old Ballintubber Abbey in County Mayo, Ireland

  • 2001 "Northern Exposure" actor Joshua Morrow (27) weds Tobe Keeney

HeartWedding of Interest

2012 Actress Natalie Portman (31) weds ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied (35) in Big Sur, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1938 Pearl White, US actress/stunt woman (Perils of Pauline), dies at 49
  • 1975 John Baragrey, American actor (Creeper, The Loves of Carmen), dies of a stroke at 57
  • 1981 Melvyn Douglas [Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg], American actor (Hud, Being There, Ghost Story), dies at 80
  • 1984 Edmond Ryan, actor (Human Monster), dies at 79 of a heart attack
  • 1984 Mary Miles Minter, actress (Drums of Fate), die at 82 of heart failure
  • 1984 Walter Burke, American actor (Jack the Giant Killer), dies at 75 of emphysema
  • 1984 Howard Culver, actor (Howie-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
  • 1987 Kenny Price, comedian (Midwestern Hayride, Hee Haw), dies at 56
  • 1993 Bernard Barrow, American actor (Ryan's Hope, Louie Slavinsky-Loving), dies at 65
  • 1999 Victor Mature, American actor (I Wake Up Screaming, Samson and Delilah), dies from leukaemia at 86
  • 2001 Lorenzo Music, American writer, actor and voice actor (Carlton-Rhoda,Garfield), dies at 64
  • 2009 Blake Snyder, American screenwriter (b. 1957)