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23rd – 29th August: Discover This Fascinating Week in Film History

This week we cover the period between 23rd – 29th 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.

23rd - 29th August

Welsh actor E. E. Clive, famous for his roles in Night Must Fall and The Dark Hour, was born in Monmouthshire, Wales
28th August, 1883

American actor Charles Meredith, popular silent film leading man starring in films such as The Other Half, was born in Knoxville, Pennsylvania
27th August, 1894

American actor Dick Ryan, famous for his roles in For Heaven’s Sake and Born to be Bad, was born in New Haven, Connecticut
25th August, 1896

British actress Kay Walsh, famous for her roles in The Horse’s Mouth and Oliver Twist, was born in Chelsea, London
27th August, 1911

American actor Gene Kelly, famous for his roles in An American in Paris, Going My Way and Singin’ in the Rain, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
23rd August, 1912

American actress Dorothy Comingore, famous for her roles in Citizen Kane and The Big Night, was born in Los Angeles, California
24th August, 1913

Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman, famous for her roles in Casablanca and Notorious, was born in Stockholm, Sweden
29th August, 1915

American actress Nancy Kulp, famous for her roles in The Beverly Hillbillies and The Parent Trap, was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
28th August, 1921

English actor and director Richard Attenborough, famous for starring in Brighton Rock, Jurassic Park and Miracle on 34th Street and directing A Bridge Too Far and Gandhi, was born in Cambridge, England.

Check out our Top 5 Richard Attenborough films here.
29th August, 1923

Author, dramatist, screenwriter, and Oscar-nominated film director Ephraim Kishon, was born in Budapest, Hungary
23rd August, 1924

Italian actor and silent movie idol Rudolph Valentino, famous for his roles in The Sheik
The Son of the Sheik and Blood and Sand, died aged 31
23rd August, 1926

British actor Charles Gray, famous for his roles in Diamonds Are Forever, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and You Only Live Twice, was born in Bournemouth, Hampshire
29th August, 1928

American actress Vera Miles, famous for her roles in Psycho and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, was born in Boise City, Oklahoma
23rd August, 1929

Scottish actor and producer Sir Sean Connery, famous for his roles in the James Bond films and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Check out our tribute to Sean Connery here.
25th August, 1930

American actor Leonidas “Lon” Chaney, nicknamed “the man of a 1000 faces”, and star of films such as The Hunchback Of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera, died after long illness aged 47. Sadly, 102 of his 157 films are now considered lost.
26th August, 1930

English actor Kenny Baker, most famous for his role as R2-D2 in the Star Wars film saga, was born in Birmingham, England
24th August, 1934

American director, producer and writer William Friedkin, famous for directing The Exorcist, The French Connection and To Live and Die in L.A., was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Check out our Top 5 William Friedkin films here.
29th August, 1935

American film director Joel Schumacher, famous for his films Batman ForeverThe Lost Boys and St. Elmo’s Fire,  was born in New York City
29th August, 1939

American voice actor Don LaFontaine, famous for recording more than 5,000 voiceovers for film trailers, was born in Duluth, Minnesota. He became identified with the phrase “In a world…”, used in so many movie trailers that it became a cliché.
26th August, 1940

The Big Sleep, directed by Howard Hawks and starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, premiered in the U.S.
23rd August, 1946

The Killers, directed by Robert Siodmak and starring Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner, premiered in cinemas in the U.S.
28th August, 1946

American actress Barbara Bach, famous for her roles in The Spy Who Loved Me and Force 10 from Navarone, was born in Queens, New York
27th August, 1947

American actor John Savage, famous for his roles in The Deer Hunter and Hair, was born in Old Bethpage, New York
25th August, 1949

Japanese film Rashomon, directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune and Machiko Kyō, was released in the U.S.
25th August, 1950

An American in Paris, directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, premiered in London
26th August, 1951

American actor and writer Robert Walker, famous for his roles in Strangers on a Train and The Clock, died from an adverse reaction to prescription drugs aged 32
28th August, 1951

American character actor Michael Jeter, famous for his roles in The Green Mile and The Fisher King, was born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
26th August, 1952

American comic actor Pee-wee Herman, famous for his roles in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, was born in Peekskill, New York
27th August, 1952

Roman Holiday, directed by William Wyler and starring Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, and Eddie Albert, was released in the U.S.
27th August, 1953

Three time Academy Award winning American cinematographer Robert Richardson, famous frequent collaborator for several directors, including Oliver Stone, John Sayles, Errol Morris, Quentin Tarantino, and Martin Scorsese, was born in Hyannis, Massachusetts
27th August, 1955

English comedian, writer and actor Stephen Fry, famous for his roles in V for Vendetta, Wilde and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, was born in London
24th August, 1957

American actor Daniel Stern, famous for his roles in Home Alone and City Slickers, was born in Stamford, Connecticut
28th August, 1957

American actor Steve Guttenberg, famous for his roles in Police Academy and Short Circuit, was born in Brooklyn, New York
24th August, 1958

American film director Tim Burton, famous for directing Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, was born in Burbank, California.

Check out our Top 5 Tim Burton films here.
25th August, 1958

French film composer Alexandre Desplat, famous for his work on The Shape Of Water and The Grand Budapest Hotel, was born in Paris, France
23rd August, 1961

American film director and producer David Fincher, famous for directing Fight Club, Se7en and The Social Network, was born in Denver, Colorado.

Check out our Top 5 David Fincher films here.
28th August, 1962

Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins, directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, premiered in Los Angeles
27th August, 1964

Scottish actor Billy Boyd, most famous for playing Peregrin “Pippin” Took in Peter Jackson’s epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, was born in Glasgow, Scotland
28th August, 1968

American actor, comedian and singer Jack Black, famous for his roles in School of Rock, High Fidelity and Shallow Hal, was born in Santa Monica, California
28th August, 1969

American actor River Phoenix, famous for his roles in Stand By Me and The Mosquito Coast, was born in Madras, Oregon
23rd August, 1970

American actor Oliver McGowan, famous for his roles in Banning and Stagecoach, died aged 64
23rd August, 1971

American actor and comedian Dave Chappelle, famous for his roles in Half Baked and Con Air, was born in Washington, D.C.
24th August, 1973

Scottish actor Ray Park, best known for playing Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, was born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
23rd August, 1974

Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård, famous for his roles in The Legend of Tarzan and Godzilla vs. Kong, was born in Stockholm, Sweden
25th August, 1976

American character actor Willis Bouchey, famous for his roles in Sergeant Rutledge and From Here to Eternity, died aged 70
26th August, 1977

British actor, novelist, and playwright Robert Shaw, famous for his roles in The Sting and Jaws, died aged 51
27th August, 1978

American actor Aaron Paul, famous for his roles in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie and Central Intelligence, was born in Emmett, Idaho
27th August, 1979

American actor Chris Pine, famous for his roles in Star Trek and Wonder Woman, was born in Los Angeles, California
26th August, 1980

Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman, famous for her roles in Gaslight and Stromboli, died on her 67th birthday
29th August, 1982

American actor Armie Hammer, famous for his roles in Call Me by Your Name and The Man from U.N.C.L.E, was born in Santa Monica, California
28th August, 1986

American director and writer John Huston, famous for his films The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Maltese Falcon and Chinatown, died aged 81.

Check out our Top 5 John Huston films here.
28th August, 1987
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American actor Lee Marvin, famous for his roles in The Dirty Dozen, Paint Your Wagon and Cat Ballou, died aged 63
29th August, 1987

English actor Rupert Grint, famous for his role as Ron Weasley, one of the three main characters in the Harry Potter film series, was born in Harlow, Essex, England
24th August, 1988

American film actor Charles Scorsese, father of director Martin Scorsese, famous for his roles in Cape Fear and Goodfellas, died aged 80
23rd August, 1993

American actor E. G. Marshall, famous for his roles in 12 Angry Men and Nixon, died aged 84
24th August, 1998

Hong Kong martial arts film Hero, starring Jet Li, opens in the U.S. and becomes first Chinese-language film to go to number one at the U.S. box office
27th August, 2004

Gravity, directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, premiered at the Venice Film Festival
27th August, 2013

English actor and director Richard Attenborough, famous for starring in Brighton Rock, Jurassic Park and Miracle on 34th Street and directing A Bridge Too Far and Gandhi, died aged 90.

Check out our Top 5 Richard Attenborough films here.
24th August, 2014

Birdman, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton and Zach Galifianakis, premiered at the Venice Film Festival
27th August, 2014

American actor Gene Wilder, famous for his roles in Blazing SaddlesWilly Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Young Frankenstein, died aged 83
29th August, 2016

American actor Chadwick Boseman, most famous for his role as Black Panther,  died aged just 42
28th August, 2020

Well there we have our picks for this week in film history between 23rd – 29th 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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