On This Day in Film & TV for August 5

Events in Film & TV

  • 1926 1st talkie movie "Don Juan" at Warner Theatre, NY

Film release premierFilm Release

1953 "From Here to Eternity" based on book by James Jones, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1954)

Actor Burt Lancaster
Actor
Burt Lancaster
Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1956 KUAM TV channel 8 in Agana, GU (CBS/ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 WCYB TV channel 5 in Bristol-Kingsport, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 "American Bandstand" premieres on network TV (ABC)
  • 1968 WMCV (now WZTV) TV channel 17 in Nashville, TN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1969 The UVF plant their first bomb in the Republic of Ireland, damaging the RTÉ Television Centre in Dublin
  • 1971 WNPE TV channel 16 in Watertown, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1998 The American spin-off "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", starring Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady, debuts on ABC


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1887 Reginald Owen, British actor (Mary Poppins, Sherlock Holmes), born in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1972)
  • 1888 Victor Francen, Belgian actor (J'Acusse, San Antonio), born in Tienen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • 1890 Erich Kleiber, conductor (NBC Symphony 1945-46), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1891 Donald Kerr, Eagle Grove IA, actor (Carnival Lady, Devil Bat)
  • 1901 Claude Autant-Lara, French film director (Four Bags Full, Rouge et noir), born in Luzarches, Val-d'Oise, France (d. 2000)
  • 1906 John Huston, Nevada Mo, director/writer (African Queen, Chinatown)
  • 1911 Robert Taylor, actor (Death Valley Days), born in Filley, Nebraska (d. 1969)
  • 1913 Nelly Aenders, [Petronella Meyer], Dutch actress (Spanish Fly)
  • 1914 Anita Colby, model/actress (Pepsi Cola Playhouse), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1914 David Brian, American actor (Accused of Murder, Dawn at Sorocco), born in NYC, New York
  • 1918 Tom Drake, American actor (d. 1982)
  • 1925 Cor Witschge, Dutch actor (Pipo the Clown)
  • 1933 Joan Weldon, SF, actress (So This is Love, Them)
  • 1935 John Saxon, actor (Bees, Nightmare on Elm St, Electric Horseman), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1935 Zakes Mokae, actor (Comedians), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1936 John Dancy, newscaster (Prime Time Sunday), born in Jackson, Texas
  • 1937 Alan Howard, theatre and film actor (Royal Shakespeare Company), born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Ja'net Dubois, American actress (Good Times, Beverly Hill 90210), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945 Jo Collins, Oregon, Playboy playmate (Dec, 1964)
  • 1946 Loni Anderson, American actress (Jennifer-WKRP in Cincinnati), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1946 Erika Slezak, actress (Viki-One Life to Live), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1950 Holly Palance, actress (Thorn Birds, Ripley's Believe It), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951 John Jarratt, Australian actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1956 Maureen McCormick, American actress (Marcia-Brady Bunch), born in Encino, California

  • 1957 Clayton Rohner, American actor
  • 1961 Tawny Kitaen, SD California, actress (Bachelor Party, Witchboard)
  • 1963 James Wilder, actor (Scorchers, Zombie High, Murder 1), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1965 Scott William Winters, American actor
  • 1966 Jonathan Silverman, actor (Brighton Beach Memoirs, Single Guy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Tokimitsu Ishizawa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1970 James Gunn, American filmmaker
  • 1972 Ikuto Hidaka, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1974 Jamie Lynn Bolding, Miss America-Florida (1997), born in Lakeland, Florida
  • 1974 Kajol Mukherjee, Indian actress (Fanaa, My Name Is Khan), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • 1975 Ami Foster, actress (Margaux-Punky Brewster)
  • 1975 Erin Gingrich, Miss America-Arizona (1997), born in Yuma, Arizona
  • 1975 Antony Cotton, English actor
  • 1976 Kwon Sang-woo, South Korean actor
  • 1980 Sophie Winkleman, English actress
  • 1987 Genelia D'Souza, Indian actress
  • 1987 Xenia Tchoumitcheva, Swiss model
  • 1993 Suzuka Ōgo, Japanese actress
  • 1993 Corey J. Smith, English actor
  • 2184 Christine Lauren Chapel, Davenport Heights, Vermont (Star Trek)
  • 2186 Kevin Thomas Riley, Tasvennir, Tarsus IV (Star Trek)

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1956 Actress-singer Shirley Jones (22) weds film and stage actor Jack Cassidy (29)

HeartWedding of Interest

1964 Film director Mel Brooks (38) weds actress Anne Bancroft (32) at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
Actor & Director
Mel Brooks
Actress Anne Bancroft
Actress
Anne Bancroft

HeartWedding of Interest

1971 Five-time Grammy Award singer Donna Summer (22) weds actor Helmuth Sommer

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • 1972 "The Addams Family" actor John Astin (42) weds actress Patty Duke (25)
  • 1977 Actress Julie Newmar (43) weds lawyer J. Holt Smith
  • 2015 Actress Jennifer Aniston (46) weds fellow actor and producer Justin Theroux (44) at their home in Los Angeles

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1925 Jennie Lee (actor), American actress (b. 1848)
  • 1931 Ullrich Haupt, Prussian actor (Morocco, Du Barry-Woman of Passion), accidentally shot at 43
  • 1955 Carmen Miranda, singer/actress (Down Argentine Way), dies at 42
  • 1955 Suzan (Susan) Ball, American actress, of cancer aged 21
  • 1961 Eva JC Beck, actress (Elckerlyc, Resurrection), dies at 63

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1962 Marilyn Monroe [Norma Jean Mortenson], American actress (Some Like It Hot), found dead of an apparent self-inflicted drug overdose at 36

  • 1972 Frederic Tozere, actor (Mr Phillips-Stanley), dies at 71
  • 1977 Charles Carson, British actor (Cry the Beloved Country), dies at 91
  • 1978 Queenie Smith, actress/dancer (Funny Side), dies at 79
  • 1982 Wanda Rotha, actress (Mrs Fitzherbert), dies at 72
  • 1983 Judy Canova, American comedian and actress (Cannonball), dies of cancer at 66
  • 1984 Richard Burton, Welsh stage and screen actor (Cleopatra, The Robe), dies of cerebral haemorrhage at 58
  • 1989 Ralph Meeker, actor (Kiss Me Deadly, Gentle Giant), dies at 68
  • 1994 Amy Sacks, producer (ABC sports, Disney), dies of Lupus at 39
  • 1996 Bruce Howard Lidington, actor (Sword of Valiant, Mosses), dies at 46

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2000 Alec Guinness, British actor (Bridge on River Kwai), dies of liver cancer at 86

  • 2002 Josh Ryan Evans, American actor (b. 1982)
  • 2009 Budd Schulberg, American screenwriter and novelist (b. 1914)
  • 2015 George Cole, English actor (Minder), dies at 90