16th – 22nd August: Discover This Fascinating Week in Film History

This week we cover the period between 16th – 22nd August as we look back at the the fascinating past of the film industry. We love to celebrate the history of cinema here at More Movies and we really enjoy delving into and highlighting some of the most interesting moments in the world of movies, including milestone releases, infamous events, births and deaths of the industry’s most notable characters, along with other historic happenings.

16th - 22nd August

Jewish Polish American movie producer Samuel Goldwyn, famous for founding The Samuel Goldwyn Company (later part of MGM), was born in Warsaw, Poland
17th August, 1882

American actress and singer Mae West, famous for her roles in She Done him Wrong and I’m No Angel, was born in Brooklyn, New York
17th August, 1893

American actor and director Kenneth MacKenna, famous for his roles in 13 West Street and Judgment at Nuremberg, was born in Canterbury, New Hampshire
19th August, 1899

German film director Leni Riefenstahl, famous for directing the Nazi films Triumph of the Will and Olympia, was born in Berlin, Germany
22nd August, 1902

American actor Oliver McGowan, famous for his roles in Banning and Stagecoach, was born in Kipling, Alabama
22nd August, 1907

British actor André Morell, famous for his roles in The Hound of the Baskervilles and Ben-Hur, was born in London, England
20th August, 1909

English production designer Ronald Udell, known for his work at Pinewood Studios and for being production designer Ken Adam’s right-hand man on many of the early James Bond films, was born in South Mimms, Hertfordshire
20th August, 1911

Japanese film score composer Fumio Hayasaka, famous for his work on Rashomon and Seven Samurai, was born in Sendai, Honshū, Japan
19th August, 1914

Irish actress and singer Maureen O’Hara, famous for her roles in Rio Grande and Miracle on 34th Street, was born in Ranelagh, County Dublin
17th August, 1920

American actress Shelley Winters, famous for her roles in The Poseidon Adventure and Lolita, was born in St. Louis, Missouri
18th August, 1920

American actor Jack Weston, famous for his roles in Dirty DancingThe Four Seasons and Rad, was born in Cleveland, Ohio
21st August, 1924

English actress Honor Blackman, famous for her roles in Goldfinger and Jason and the Argonauts, was born in Plaistow, London
22nd August, 1925

Polish-French film director and fugitive from the U.S. criminal justice system Roman Polanski, famous for directing Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown, was born in Paris, France
18th August, 1933

American actor Robert Redford, famous for his roles in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting, was born in Santa Monica, California
18th August, 1936

American actress Lorraine Gary, famous for her roles in Jaws and Jaws 2, was born in New York City
16th August, 1937

Walt Disney’s animated movie Bambi, based on the book by Felix Salten, was released in the U.S.
21st August, 1942

American actor Robert De Niro, famous for his roles in Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, was born in New York City
17th August, 1943

Australian film director Peter Weir, famous for directing The Truman Show and Dead Poets Society, was born in Sydney, New South Wales.

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21st August, 1944

American film score composer Basil Poledouris, famous for his work on The Hunt For Red October, was born in Kansas City, Missouri
21st August, 1945

Chinese actor Gordon Liu, most famous for his role in Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2, was born in Guangdong, China
22nd August, 1951

American actor and dancer Patrick Swayze, famous for his roles in Dirty Dancing and Ghost, was born in Houston, Texas
18th August, 1952

Canadian film director James Cameron, famous for directing Titanic, Avatar and The Terminator, was born in Kapuskasing, Ontario
16th August, 1954

American actress Theresa Saldana, most famous for her role as Lenora LaMotta, the wife of Joe Pesci’s character in the 1980 film, Raging Bull, was born in Brooklyn, New York
20th August, 1954

Hungarian-American actor Bela Lugosi, best remembered for portraying Count Dracula in the 1931 film, died aged 73
16th August, 1956

British Canadian actress Kim Cattrall, famous for her roles in Mannequin and Sex and the City, was born in Liverpool, England
21st August, 1956

American actress Angela Bassett, famous for her roles in What’s Love Got to Do With It and Black Panther, was born in New York City
16th August, 1958

American singer and actress Madonna, famous for her roles in Evita and Desperately Seeking Susan, was born in Bay City, Michigan
16th August, 1958

American filmmaker David O. Russell, famous for directing Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, was born in New York
20th August, 1958

American actor Sean Penn, famous for his roles in Mystic River and Milk, was born in Santa Monica, California
17th August, 1960

American actor and comedian Steve Carell, famous for his roles in 40 Year Old Virgin and Anchorman – The Legend of Ron Burgundy, was born in Concord, Massachusetts
16th August, 1962

American actor Kevin Dillon, famous for his roles in Entourage and Platoon, was born in New York City
19th August, 1965

American actor Christian Slater, famous for his roles in Heathers and True Romance, was born in New York City
18th August, 1969

American actor Edward Norton, famous for his roles in American History X and Fight Club, was born in Boston, Massachusetts
18th August, 1969

English actor Richard Armitage, famous for his roles in The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey and Captain America – The First Avenger, was born in Leicester
22nd August, 1971

American actress and singer Amy Adams, famous for her roles in American Hustle and Man of Steel, was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
20th August, 1974

New Zealand film director Taika Waititi, famous for directing Thor – Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit, was born in Wellington, New Zealand
16th August, 1975

American comedian and actor Groucho Marx, famous for his roles in Duck Soup and A Day at the Races, died aged 86
19th August, 1977

British actor Sebastian Cabot, famous for his roles in Miracle on 34th Street and The Time Machine, died aged 59
22nd August, 1977

American comedian and actor Andy Samberg, famous for his roles in Palm Springs and That’s My Boy, was born in Berkeley, California
18th August, 1978

British actor, comedian and TV host James Corden, famous for his roles in Cats and Into the Woods, was born in Hillingdon, London
22nd August, 1978

Monty Python’s Life of Brian, directed by Terry Jones and starring Graham Chapman, Mickael Palin & John Cleese, premiered in the U.S.
17th August, 1979

English actor Ben Barnes, most famous for his roles as Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia film series, was born in London
20th August, 1981

British American actor Andrew Garfield, famous for his roles in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Social Network, was born in Los Angeles, California
20th August, 1983

Stand By Me, directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell, was released in the U.S.
22nd August, 1986

Dirty Dancing, directed by Emile Ardolino and starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, was released in the U.S.
21st August, 1987

American actor Donald “Don” Dubbins, famous for his roles in From Here to Eternity and The Caine Mutiny, died aged 63
17th August, 1991

American screenwriter and animator Joe Ranft, who worked for Pixar Animation Studios on films such as Toy Story and Cars, died aged 45
16th August, 2005

English film director and producer Tony Scott, famous for directing Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II and True Romance, died of suicide aged 68
19th August, 2012

American comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller, famous for her roles in Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! and Eight on the Lam, died aged 95
20th August, 2012

American actress Barbara Harris, famous for her roles in Freaky Friday and Family Plot, died aged 83
21st August, 2018

Forbes announed George Clooney made more money in a single year ($239 million) than any actor ever, primarily due to sale of his tequila company Casamigos.
22nd August, 2018

American actor Peter Fonda, famous for his roles in Easy Rider and Ulee’s Gold, died aged 79
16th August, 2019

English actor Ben Cross, famous for his roles in Chariots of Fire and Star Trek, died aged 72
18th August, 2020

Well there we have our picks for this week in film history between 16th – 22nd August.

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David Roberts
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