On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for August 8

Events in Film & TV

  • 1938 6th Venice Film Festival opens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939 7th Venice Film Festival opens with a United States boycott due to Benito Mussolini's Fascist Italian regime

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1956 WDIQ (now KMCT) TV channel 2 in Dozier, AL (PBS) begins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Actor Gary Oldman is arrested for drunk driving

Actor and Filmmaker Gary Oldman
Actor and Filmmaker
Gary Oldman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 Actor Sylvester Stallone and former heavyweight boxing contender Chuck Wepner settle lawsuit out of court for an undisclosed sum; Wepner claims he was the inspiration for the "Rocky" movies

Actor and Director Sylvester Stallone
Actor and Director
Sylvester Stallone

Film release premierFilm Premier

2013 Hindi film "Chennai Express" premieres directed by Rohit Shetty, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. Fastest Bollywood film to earn $1 billion.

  • 2017 The Walt Disney Company announces plans to create its own streaming service, cancelling ties with Netflix
  • 2018 Academy of Motion Pictures reveals new "Popular Film" category for the Oscars

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1852 Barend Barendse, Dutch actor and director (Heilig recht), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1935)
  • 1864 Henri de Vries [Hendricus Van Walterop], Dutch actor (Cleopatra, White Cargo), born in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1949)
  • 1882 Ladislas Starevich, Polish animator (d. 1965)
  • 1887 Esme Percy, British actor (Murder!, Pygmalion, Old Spanish Custom), born in London, England (d. 1957)
  • 1887 Malcolm Keen, British actor (The Lodger, The Manxman, The Murder Party), born in Bristol, England (d. 1970)
  • 1887 Ullrich Haupt, Prussian actor (Morocco, Du Barry-Woman of Passion), born in Falkenburg, Pomerania, Germany (d. 1931)
  • 1898 Alexis Minotis [Alexandros Minotakis], Greek actor (The Merchant of Venice, King Lear), born in Chania, Crete, Greece (d. 1990)
  • 1905 Nino Martini, Italian actor (The Gay Desperado, Here's to Romance), born in Verona, Veneto, Italy (d. 1976)
  • 1910 Sylvia Sidney [Sophia Kosow], American actress (Sabotage, Beetlejuice, Demon), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1911 Rosetta LeNoire, American actress (Family Matters, The Brother from Another Planet), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (Dangerous when Wet), born in Inglewood California (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Rory Calhoun [Francis Timothy McCown], American actor (Blue & Gray, How to Marry a Millionaire), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1999)
  • 1926 Richard Anderson, American actor (Oscar Goldman- The 6 Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman television series), born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Lord Alfred Hayes, English pro wrestler, manager and commentator (WWF), born in London, England (d. 2005)
  • 1930 Nita Talbot [Anita Sokol], American actress (Hogan's Heros, Supertrain, Here We Go Again), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935 Donald P. Bellisario, American television producer
  • 1936 Keith Barron, Mexborough England, actor (At Earth's Core, Baby Love)

Person of interestDustin Hoffman

1937 Dustin Hoffman, American actor (Graduate, Tootsie, Kramer vs Kramer), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1938 Connie Stevens [Concetta Ingoglia], singer/actress (Hawaiian Eye, Back to Beach), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942 Henery Hawk [misspelled as Henry], Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "The Squawkin' Hawk"
  • 1944 Brooke Bundy, American actress
  • 1947 Larry Wilcox, actor (Lassie, Officer Jon Baker-CHiPs), born in San Diego, California
  • 1949 Keith Carradine, San Mateo California, actor (Young Guns, Pretty Baby)
  • 1951 Martin Brest, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1951 Mamoru Oshii, Japanese film director
  • 1952 Robin Quivers, radio/TV personality (Howard Stern's sidekick)
  • 1953 Don Most, American actor and director (Ralph Malph-Happy Days), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1955 Branscombe Richmond, American actor (Renegade, Commando), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Dieuwertje Blok, Dutch TV hostess
  • 1957 Nancy Glass, TV broadcaster (American Journal)
  • 1958 Harry Crosby, actor (Friday the 13th), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 Cecilia Roth, Argentine actress
  • 1962 Suzee Pai, actress (Big Trouble in Little China), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1965 Akitoshi Saito, wrestler (NJPW)
  • 1967 Jessica Moore, Italian actress
  • 1969 Dick Togo [Shigeki Sato], Japanese professional wrestler, born in Odate, Akita, Japan
  • 1969 Faye Wong, Hong Kong cantopop singer-songwriter and actress (Chungking Express), born in Beijing, China
  • 1970 Pascal Duquenne, Belgian actor
  • 1973 Senta Moses, American actress
  • 1974 Scott D'Amore, Canadian professional wrestler and manager
  • 1976 Tawny Cypress, American stage and screen actress (Unforgettable), born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey
  • 1977 Lindsay Sloane, American actress
  • 1978 Miho Shiraishi, Japanese actress
  • 1978 Countess Vaughn, American actress and singer
  • 1980 Michael Urie, American actor and director
  • 1981 Kaori Iida, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1981 Meagan Good, American actress
  • 1983 Guy Burnet, British actor
  • 1986 Peyton List, American actress
  • 1987 Katie Leung, Scottish actress
  • 1987 Kim Chi [Sang-Young Shin], Korean-American drag queen, artist, and reality television personality (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Chicago, Illinois

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1992 Actress Barbara Hershey weds artist Stephen Douglas
  • 1993 California state senator Tom Hayden (54) weds actress Barbara Williams (40)
  • 1995 "Veronica's Closet" actress Kathy Najimy (38) weds actor Dan Finnerty (25)
  • 2009 International opera group Il Divo singer David Miller weds singer and theater actress Sarah Joy Kabanuck in New York City

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1968 Actor Jack Nicholson (31) divorces Sandra Knight (28) after 6 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2001 Actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman divorce after 10 years of marriage

Actress Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1961 Charlie Gemora, actor (who portrayed King Kong), dies at 58
  • 1966 Ed "Strangler" Lewis, American professional wrestler, dies at 75
  • 1972 Andrea Feldman, American actor (b. 1948)
  • 1984 Richard Deacon, American actor (Dick Van Dyke Show), dies of Cardiovascular disease at 62
  • 1985 Louise Brooks, actress (Pandora's Box), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • 1988 Alan Napier, British actor (The Sword in the Stone, Batman), dies at 85
  • 1988 Ramón Valdés, Mexican actor (b. 1923)
  • 1992 Lou Krugman, American actor (I Want to Live), dies of cancer at 78
  • 1993 Harry Bellaver, American actor (Another World, Naked City), dies at 88
  • 1993 Roy London, American actor and director (Tiger Warsaw), dies of lymphoma at 50
  • 1995 David Begelman, film producer, dies at 73
  • 2004 Fay Wray, Canadian American actress (King Kong), dies at 96
  • 2004 Dimitris Papamichael, Greek actor (b. 1934)
  • 2005 Barbara Bel Geddes, American actress (Vertigo, Dallas, Caught), dies at 82
  • 2005 Ilse Werner [Ilse Charlotte Still], Dutch-German actress (Fernsehsender Paul Nipkow), dies at 84
  • 2007 Melville Shavelson, American film director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1917)

Person of interestPatricia Neal

2010 Patricia Neal, American actress (Hud, Subject Was Roses) and wife of Roald Dahl, dies at 84

Actress Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal
  • 2013 Karen Black, American actress (5 Easy Pieces, Pyx), dies from ampullary cancer at 74

Person of interestGlen Campbell

2017 Glen Campbell, American actor and singer (Time I Get to Phoenix), dies at 81

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • 2017 Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (Music Man), dies at 89