2nd – 8th August: Discover This Fascinating Week in Film History

This week we cover the period between 2nd – 8th 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, births and deaths of the industry’s most notable characters, along with other historic happenings.

2nd - 8th August

British actor Reginald Owen, famous for his roles in A Christmas Carol, Mary Poppins and A Study in Scarlet, was born in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England
5th August, 1887

Maltese-American actor Joseph Calleia, famous for his roles in The Jungle Book, Gilda and Touch of Evil, was born in Notabile, Malta
4th August, 1897

American actress Myrna Loy, famous for her roles in The Great Ziegfeld, The Thin Man and Vanity Fair, was born in Helena, Montana
2nd August, 1905

American director and writer John Huston, famous for his films The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Maltese Falcon and Chinatown, was born in Nevada, Missouri
5th August, 1906

American actress Sylvia Sidney, famous for her roles in Sabotage, Beetlejuice and Demon, was born in The Bronx, New York
8th August, 1910

American actress Lucille Ball, famous for her roles in The Long, Long Trailer, Mame and Stage Door, was born in Jamestown, New York
6th August, 1911

American actress Beatrice Straight, famous for her roles in Network, Poltergeist and Power, was born in Old Westbury, New York
2nd August, 1914

American actress Ella Raines, famous for her roles in Tall in the Saddle, Impact and Brute Force, was born in Snoqualmie Falls, Washington
6th August, 1920

Don Juan, starring John Barrymore, was released by Warner Brothers. It was the first feature-length film to utilise the Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system with a synchronized musical score and sound effects.
6th August, 1926

American pop artist and film producer Andy Warhol, famous for producing experimental films such as Blow Job, Bad and Vinyl, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
6th August, 1928

Irish actor Peter O’Toole, famous for his roles in Lawrence of Arabia, Troy and The Lion in Winter, was born in Connemara
2nd August, 1932

American actor John Saxon, famous for his roles in Enter The Dragon, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Joe Kidd, was born in Brooklyn, New York
5th August, 1935

British actress Dame Barbara Windsor, most famous for her role in the Carry On film series, was born in London, England
6th August, 1937

American actor Dustin Hoffman, famous for his roles in The Graduate, Rain Man and Tootsie, was born in Los Angeles, California
8th August, 1937

American film director Wes Craven, famous for his films A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, was born in Cleveland, Ohio
2nd August, 1939

American actor Martin Sheen, famous for his roles in Apocalypse Now, Badlands and Wall Street, was born in Dayton, Ohio
3rd August, 1940

American actress Catherine Hicks, famous for her roles in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Child’s Play, was born in New York City
6th August, 1951

American film director Martin Brest, famous for his films Beverly Hills Cop and Midnight Run, was born in The Bronx, New York
8th August, 1951

From Here to Eternity, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra, was released in the U.S.
5th August, 1953

American actor Billy Bob Thornton, famous for his roles in Primary Colors, Armageddon and A Simple Plan, was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas
4th August, 1955

American actor Branscombe Richmond, famous for his roles in Hard to Kill, Renegade and Commando, was born in Los Angeles, California
8th August, 1955

American comedian and actor Oliver Hardy, famous for his work in the Laurel & Hardy films, died aged 65
7th August, 1957

American actress Kym Karath, most famous for her role as Gretl, the youngst Von Trapp child in The Sound of Music, was born in Los Angeles, California
4th August, 1958

American actress Marilyn Monroe, famous for her roles in Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Seven Year Itch, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted drug overdose aged 36
5th August, 1962

Chinese-Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, famous for her roles in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Tomorrow Never Dies and Crazy Rich Asians, was born in Ipoh, Federation of Malaya
6th August, 1962

In the Heat of the Night, directed by Norman Jewison, based on John Ball’s novel of the same name, starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger, premiered in New York City
2nd August, 1967

American filmmaker James Gunn, famous for his films Guardians of the Galaxy, The Suicide Squad and Slither, was born in St Louis, Missouri
5th August, 1970

M. Night Shyamalan, Indian-American film director, famous for his films The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs, was born in Mahé, India
6th August, 1970

American Graffiti, directed by George Lucas and starring Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard, premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland
2nd August, 1973

South African actress Charlize Theron, famous for her roles in Mad Max: Fury Road, The Cider House Rules and Monster, was born in Benoni, Transvaal
7th August, 1975

American actor Edward Furlong, most famous for playing John Connor in Terminator 2, was born in Pasedina, California
2nd August, 1977

American actor Melvyn Douglas, famous for his roles in Hud, Being There and Ghost Story, died aged 80
4th August, 1981

Welsh stage and screen actor Richard Burton, famous for his roles in Where Eagles Dare, Cleopatra and The Robe, died aged 58
5th August, 1984

American character actor Frank Faylen, famous for appearing in over 223 films including It’s a Wonderful Life and Funny Girl, died aged 79
2nd August, 1985

Unforgiven, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, premiered in Los Angeles
3rd August, 1992

Scottish actor James Donald, famous for his roles in The Great Escape and The Bridge on the River Kwai, died aged 76
3rd August, 1993

The Sixth Sense, starring Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, and Haley Joel Osment, premiered in the U.S.
2nd August, 1999

British actor Alec Guinness, famous for his roles in The Ladykillers, The Bridge on the River Kwai and Star Wars, died aged 86
5th August, 2000

The Princess Diaries, starring Anne Hathaway in her film debut, was released nationwide
3rd August, 2001

Morgan Freeman was injured in an automobile accident near Ruleville, Mississippi, where his car flipped over several times on the highway
3rd August, 2008

American film director John Hughes, famous for his films including The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Planes, Trains and Automobiles, died aged 59
6th August, 2009

American actress Patricia Neal, wife of Roald Dahl, famous for her roles in Hud and The Subject Was Roses, died aged 84
8th August, 2010

Hindi film Chennai Express, directed by Rohit Shetty and starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, premiered in India. It became the fastest Bollywood film to earn $1 billion.
8th August, 2013

The Walt Disney Company announced plans to create its own streaming service, cancelling ties with Netflix. This would become Disney+.
8th August, 2017

American actor and singer Glen Campbell, famous for his roles in True Grit, Norwood and The Cool Ones, died aged 81
8th August, 2017

Crazy Rich Asians, the first Hollywood film with an all-Asian cast, starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh, premiered in Los Angeles
7th August, 2018

Well there we have our picks for this week in film history between 2nd – 8th August.

Be sure to check back next week for some more fun film facts and tidbits. If you think we missed something important, be sure to let us know in the comments.

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David Roberts
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