On This Day in Film & TV for May 8

Events in Film & TV

  • 1912 Film and television production and distribution studio Paramount Pictures is founded
  • 1952 5th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "La Ronde" Best Film
  • 1953 WIPB TV channel 49 in Muncie, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

1958 "Dracula" film starring Christopher Lee as the eponymous vampire, directed by Terence Fisher is the first Hammar Horror film released

  • 1978 ABC TV airs "Stars Salute Israel at 30"
  • 1993 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Phil Ware
  • 1994 500th commentary by Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1857 Frederik "Frits" Tartaud, Dutch actor and husband of Dutch actress Alida Klein, born in the Netherlands (d. 1946)
  • 1899 Arthur Q Bryan, American voice actor, comedian and radio personality (Beulah, The Devil Bat), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1903 Fernandel [Fernand Contandin], French actor (The Little World of Don Camillo), born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 1971)
  • 1904 John Snagge, British newsreader and commentator for the BBC (Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1906 David Van Vactor, Plymouth Indiana, composer (Chaconne)
  • 1907 Arturo de Córdova [Arturo García Rodríguez], Mexican actor (Medal for Benny), born in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico (d. 1973)
  • 1908 Laura Liddell, English actress (Shakespeare Wallah), born in Barrow-in-Furness, England (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Sid James [Solomon Joel Cohen], South African-born British character and comedy actor (Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province (d. 1976)
  • 1915 John Archer [Ralph Bowman], American actor (Destination: Moon, White Heat, Blue Hawaii), born in Osceola, Nebraska (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Saul Bass, American graphic designer of logos and film titles, born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Bettina Graziani [Simone Bodin] French model, one of the first supermodels, born in Normandy, France (d. 2015)

Person of interestDavid Attenborough

1926 David Attenborough, Naturalist, TV producer and host (BBC "Life" Series), born in London, England

Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality David Attenborough
Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality
David Attenborough
  • 1926 Don Rickles, comedian (Don Rickles Show, CPO Sharkey), born in Queens, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Erico Menczer, Fiume Italy, cinematographer (Chosen, Miranda)
  • 1927 Murray Lerner, American documentary and experimental film director and producer (Secrets of the Reef), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • 1932 Phyllida Law, Scottish actress
  • 1935 Salome Jens, actress (From Here to Eternity), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1941 Jim Mitchum, actor (Blackout, Invincible 6), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1945 Keith Jarrett, jazz musician/film composer (Nachtfahrer)
  • 1948 Maurizio Nichetti, actor (Icicle Thief, Volcano)
  • 1948 Stephen Stohn, Canadian television producer (Degrassi)
  • 1951 Deborah Harmon, American actress (Ted Knight Show, M*A*S*H, Just the 10 of Us), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1952 Beth Henley, actress/playwright (Miss Firecracker), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1954 David Keith, actor (Back Roads, Firestarter), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1954 Stephen Furst, American actor (Animal House, St. Elsewhere), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2017)
  • 1957 Jeff Wincott, actor (Night Heat), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1961 David Winning, Canadian film director
  • 1961 Akira Taue, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1964 Cheryl Richardson, actress (Jennie-General Hospital), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1964 Melissa Gilbert, American actress (Little House on the Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1971 Chris Wolf, actor/musician (Guys Next Door)
  • 1977 Jennifer Walcott, American Playboy Playmate
  • 1978 Matthew Davis, American actor
  • 1978 Josie Maran, American model, born in Menlo Park, California
  • 1981 Stephen Amell, Canadian actor (Arrow), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1984 Nadine Chandrawinata, 2006 Miss Universe Pageant (Indonesia)
  • 1985 Mashio Miyazaki, Japanese actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1910 Film producer Samuel Goldwyn (27) weds first wife Blanche Lasky

Hollywood Mogul Samuel Goldwyn
Hollywood Mogul
Samuel Goldwyn

HeartWedding of Interest

1959 Actress Raquel Welch (18) weds high school sweetheart James Welch

Actress Raquel Welch
Actress
Raquel Welch
  • 1967 "Bye Bye Birdie" actress Ann-Margret (26) weds actor and screenwriter Roger Smith (34)
  • 1999 "ER" actor Goran Visnjic (34) weds Croatian artist Ivana Vrdoljak
  • 2009 Westlife singer Kian Egan (29) weds actress Jodi Albert (25) in Barbados

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1950 Franklin Dyall, British actor (Easy Virtue, Atlantic), dies at 80
  • 1952 William Fox, Austrian-born film producer (b. 1879)
  • 1967 Barbara Payton [Redfield], American actress known for her tumultuous private life (Dallas, Trapped, Bad Blonde), dies of heart and liver failure due to drug addiction at 39
  • 1967 Elmer Rice, NY playwright, director and novelist, dies at 74
  • 1981 Margaret Lindsay, actress (G Men, Lady Killer, Jezebel), dies at 70
  • 1983 John Fante, Italian-American author and screenwriter (Wait Until Spring, Bandini, Ask the Dust, Full of Life), dies at 74
  • 1985 Adolphus "Dolph" Sweet, American actor (Gimme a Break, Which Way is Up), dies of cancer at 64
  • 1985 Redmond "Edmond" O'Brien, American actor (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sam Benedict, Johnny Midnight), dies of Alzheimer's at 69
  • 1991 Ronnie Brody, British actor (Superman 3, What's Up Nurse, Ritz), dies at 72
  • 1992 Richard Derr, actor (When Worlds Collide), dies at 74 of cancer
  • 1994 George Peppard, American actor (Breakfast at Tiffany's, Banacek, A-Team, Blue Max), dies at 65
  • 1994 Rupert Haselden, journalist and screenwriter, dies at 36
  • 1994 Steven Keats, American actor (Death Wish), dies of apparent suicide at 48
  • 1999 Dirk Bogarde [Derek van den Bogaerde] British writer and actor (Death in Venice, Servant), dies at 78
  • 1999 Ed Gilbert, American actor (The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries), dies at 67
  • 1999 Dana Plato, American actress (b. 1964)
  • 2013 Brian Forbes, English director and actor, dies at 86
  • 2013 Jeanne Cooper, American actress (Kay-The Young & Restless), dies at 84
  • 2016 William Schallert, American actor (Patty Duke Show, Get Smart), dies at 93
  • 2018 Anne V. Coates, British film editor (1962 Oscar, Lawrence of Arabia), dies at 92