On This Day in Film & TV for August 9

Events in Film & TV

  • 1930 Betty Boop debuts in Max Fleischer's animated cartoon Dizzy Dishes
  • 1942 CBS radio broadcasts the debut of "Our Secret Weapon."
  • 1963 Britains rock TV show, Ready Steady Go, premieres
  • 1967 KYAY TV channel 39 in West Monroe, LA (IND) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1869 Randle Ayrton, British actor (The Manxman, Nell Gwyn), born in Chester, Cheshire, England (d. 1940)
  • 1884 Maria "Mary" Beekman, Flemish actress (Genius against Violence), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1957)
  • 1892 Charles Delaney, American actor (Air Police, Lonesome Trail), born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1895 Nathaniel "Nat" Pendleton, American wrestler (Olympics 1920, Silver) and actor (The Thin Man, Reckless), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1967)
  • 1901 Charles Farrell, American actor (7th Heaven, My Little Margie), born in Onset Bay, Massachusetts (d. 1990)
  • 1903 Tom Tyler [Vincent Markowsky], American actor (Stagecoach, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon), born in Port Henry, New York (d. 1954)
  • 1905 Leo Genn, British lawyer and actor (Mourning Becomes Electra, Moby Dick, Affair in Monte Carlo), born in London, England (d. 1978)
  • 1911 Robert McCormick, Danville Ky, NBC newscaster (Current Opinion)
  • 1918 Robert Aldrich, American director and producer (Dirty Dozen), born in Cranston, Rhode Island (d. 1983)
  • 1920 Allen Hoskins, American child actor (Our Gang), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1980)
  • 1923 Hillevi Lagerstam, Kurikka, Finnish actress
  • 1927 Robert Shaw, England, actor (Deep, Jaws, Sting, Black Sunday)
  • 1933 Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Japanese television personality and children's author
  • 1938 Dick Anthony Williams, actor (Our Family Honor), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1940 Beverlee McKinsey, Oklahoma, actress (Iris-Another World, Guiding Light)
  • 1942 David Steinberg, Winnipeg Canada, comedian/director (End)
  • 1942 Miguel Littin, actor (Promised Land, Alsino & Condor)
  • 1944 Sam Elliott, actor (Big Chill, Fatal Beauty), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1950 Roelof S "Roel" Bakker, Dutch actor and director (Love Potion)
  • 1957 Melanie Griffith, actress (Working Girl, Milk Money, Now & Then)
  • 1958 Amanda Bearse, actress (Marcy Rhodes-Married With Children)
  • 1961 Amy Stiller, American actress
  • 1963 Lonnie Quinn, actor (Will Cooley in All My Children), born in Cheshire, Connecticut

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1963 Whitney Houston, American singer (One Moment in Time, Bodyguard), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2012)

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • 1966 Pat Petersen, actor (Michael-Knots Landing), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Gillian Anderson, actress (The X-Files, Bleak House), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 Eric Bana, Australian actor
  • 1968 Joseph McGinty Nichol, American film producer and director
  • 1970 Thomas Lennon, American actor and producer (Night at the Museum, Memento), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1971 Nikki Schieler, playmate (Sep, 1997), born in Norwalk, California
  • 1972 Elizabeth Vassey, actress (Emily Martin-All My Children), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1973 Kevin McKidd, Scottish actor
  • 1974 Nicola Stapleton, English actress
  • 1976 Jessica Capshaw, American actress
  • 1976 Rhona Mitra, English actress
  • 1976 Audrey Tautou, French actress (Venus Beauty Institute), born in Beaumont, Puy-de-Dôme, France
  • 1980 Ryu Seung-beom, South Korean actor
  • 1983 Ashley Johnson, actress (Chrissy-Growing Pains)
  • 1985 Anna Kendrick, American actress and singer (Pitch Perfect), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1986 Vanessa Morley, American actress
  • 1990 Adelaide Kane, Australian actress
  • 1991 Hansika Motwani, Indian actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1949 Film and stage actor Jimmy Stewart (41) weds former model Gloria Hatrick McLean (31) at the Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

1958 Actor Robert Redford (21) weds Lola Van Wagenen in Las Vegas, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

1973 Actor Anthony Perkins (41) weds photographer Berinthia Berenson (25) in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

  • 2012 "Martin" and "Everybody Hates Chris" actress Tichina Arnold (43) weds St. John's University's basketball assistant coach Rico Hines at Oasis Oceanfront Estate in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 2015 Model Kate Grigorieva (27) weds her boyfriend Alexander in Saint Petersburg

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1922 Actress Gloria Swanson (23) divorces businessman Herbert K. Somborn after almost 3 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1955 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (22) divorces socialite Frederick Gallatin Cammann after more than a year of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1949 Harry Davenport, American actor and director (Her Unborn Child, My Sin), dies at 83
  • 1965 Creighton Hale, Irish actor (Gorilla Man, Way Down East), dies at 76
  • 1967 Anton Walbrook [Adolf Wohlbrook], Austrian actor (Laura, I Accuse), dies of heart attack at 66
  • 1967 Joe Orton, English actor/playwright (Leaf, Murdered), dies at 34
  • 1969 Robert Lehman, US multi-millionaire/director (Met Museum of Art), dies

MurderMurder of Interest

1969 Sharon Tate, actress (Valley of Dolls), murdered by Manson's gang at 26

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • 1977 Edward Chapman, British actor (Things to Come, Promoter, Rembrandt), dies at 75
  • 1979 Allan Frank, actor (Charade Quiz), dies at 64
  • 1980 Elliott Nugent, American director and actor, dies at 83
  • 1990 Dorothy Appleby, actress (Small Town Boy, Paradise Express), dies
  • 2000 Nicholas Markowitz-kidnapped and murdered by Jesse James Hollywood (b. 1984)
  • 2003 Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer, dies of liver cancer at 57
  • 2003 Jacques Deray, French film director (b. 1929)
  • 2004 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura, Modern Times), dies at 92
  • 2005 Matthew McGrory, American actor (b. 1973)
  • 2008 Bernie Mac, American comedian, actor.(b. 1957)
  • 2015 Frank Gifford, American NFL player and broadcaster, dies at 84