On This Day in Film & TV for August 6

Events in Film & TV

  • 1926 Warner Bros premieres Vitaphone sound-on-disc movie system (NY)
  • 1926 "Don Juan" starring John Barrymore is released, the 1st feature-length film to utilize the Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system with a synchronized musical score and sound effects
  • 1932 1st Venice Film Festival opens
  • 1939 1st broadcast of "Dinah Shore Show" on NBC-radio
  • 1954 WLAC (now WTVF) TV channel 5 in Nashville (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 After going bankrupt in 1955, the American broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena.
  • 1971 3rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Muir College, University of California
  • 1987 20th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Holiday Inn

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1996 George R.R. Martin publishes the epic fantasy novel "A Game of Thrones", the first in his series "A Song of Ice and Fire"

  • 2015 Comedian Jon Stewart hosts "The Daily Show" for the last time

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1880 Hans Moser, Austrian actor (Hello Service Man, Once Upon a Time), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1964)
  • 1881 Leo Carrillo, American actor (American Empire, Cisco Kid), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1961)
  • 1892 Edmund "Hoot" Gibson, American rodeo champion, western actor, director, and producer (Horse Soldier, Last Outlaw), born in Tekamah, Nebraska (d. 1962)
  • 1908 Will Lee, American actor (d. 1982)

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1911 Lucille Ball, American comedienne and actress (I Love Lucy, Mame), born in Jamestown, New York (d. 1989)

Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
  • 1917 Robert Mitchum, actor (Winds of War, North & South), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1921 Ella Raines, Sinoqualmie Falls Wash, actress (Janice Dean RN)
  • 1923 Jackie Kelk, actor (Homer-Aldrich Family), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1925 Barbara Bates, actress (Kathy-It's a Great Life), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1926 Frank Finlay, English actor (Robbery, Lifeforce), born in Farnworth Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • 1926 Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (d. 1999)

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1928 Andy Warhol, American pop artist and film producer (Frankenstein, Bad), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)

Pop Artist Andy Warhol
Pop Artist
Andy Warhol
  • 1930 Abbey Lincoln, actress/singer (Nothing But a Man), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1932 Anneli Sauli, [Savolainen], actress (Milkmaid)
  • 1937 Barbara Windsor, actress (Study in Terror)
  • 1938 Carry Tefsen, Dutch actress (Say A)
  • 1938 Paul Bartel, director/actor (Eating Raoul), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1938 Peter Bonerz, actor (Jerry-Bob Newhart Show, 9 to 5), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • 1940 Louise Sorel, actress (BS I Love You, Crimes of Passion), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941 Hubertus AGM "Bert" Andre, Dutch actor (Turkish Fruit-Come Back)
  • 1943 Michael Anderson Jr, actor (Clay-The Monroes), born in London, England
  • 1943 Ray Buktenica, Greenwich Village actor (Rhoda, House Calls), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Masaaki Sakai, Japanese comedian
  • 1947 Sally Eaton, Ill, Broadway actress (Jeanie-Hair)
  • 1949 Dino Bravo, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 1993)
  • 1950 Dorian Harewood, American actor (Earl-Glitter, Trauma Center), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1950 Nathan Purdee, actor (Nathan-Young & Restless, Hank-1 Life to Live)
  • 1951 Catherine Hicks, American actress (Star Trek IV, Child's Play), born in New York City
  • 1951 Daryl Somers, Australian television personality
  • 1956 Stepfanie Kramer, American actress (Claudia-We Got it Made, Hunter), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Faith Prince, Broadway actress (Guys & Dolls, Carousel), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1959 Grant Aleksander, actor (Guiding Light, All My Children), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1962 Michelle Yeoh, Chinese-Malaysian actress
  • 1963 Kimberley Conrad Hefner, Moulton Al, playmate of year (Jan, 1988)
  • 1964 Lisa Boyle, actress (Showgirls), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 Moosie Drier, actor (Laugh-in), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1965 Juliane K√∂hler, German actress
  • 1965 Mark Speight, British television presenter (d. 2008)
  • 1970 M. Night Shyamalan, Indian/American film director
  • 1971 Merrin Dungey, American actress
  • 1973 Vera Farmiga, American actress
  • 1974 Ever Carradine, American actress
  • 1975 Jamie McGonnigal, American actor
  • 1976 Soleil Moon Frye, Glendora California, actress (Punky Brewster)
  • 1977 Jennifer Lyons, American actress
  • 1978 Marisa Miller, American model
  • 1982 Adrianne Curry, American model and reality television personality
  • 1982 Karl Davies, British actor
  • 1982 Ryan Sypek, American actor
  • 1990 Jon Benet Ramsey, little beauty queen (murdered in 1996)

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1983 Film director Philippe de Broca (50) weds actress Margot Kidder (34) in France

Film Director Philippe de Broca
Film Director
Philippe de Broca

HeartWedding of Interest

2005 Legendary Hollywood film producer Robert Evans (75) weds Lady Victoria White (42) at the One & Only Palmilla resort in Cabo San Lucas

Film Producer Robert Evans
Film Producer
Robert Evans

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1938 Warner Oland, Swedish actor (The Jazz Singer, Charlie Chan), dies at 58
  • 1959 Preston Sturges [Edmund Biden], American director and screenwriter (Sullivan's Travels), dies at 60
  • 1963 Tom Keene, American actor (Our Daily Bread), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1964 Cedric Hardwicke, British stage actor (Rope, Suspicion, Peter Pan, Richard III), dies at 71
  • 1965 Everett Sloane, American actor (Patsy, Citizen Kane, Enforcer), dies of apparent suicide with barbiturates at 55
  • 1965 Nancy Carroll, actress (Alice-Aldrich Family), dies at 60
  • 1979 Kurt Kasznar, actor (Cmdr Fitzhugh-Land of the Giants), dies at 65
  • 1987 Sherwood Bailey, actor (Spud-Our Gang), dies
  • 1990 Charles Arnt, actor (Double Exposure), dies of pancreatic cancer at 82
  • 1990 Gordon Metcalfe, actor (Monster in the Closet), dies of AIDS at 43

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1991 Harry Reasoner, newscaster (60 Minutes), dies at 68

Journalist Harry Reasoner
Harry Reasoner
  • 2001 Dorothy Tutin, English actress (b. 1930)
  • 2009 John Hughes, American film director (Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller), dies of a heart attack at 59