On This Day … 29 August [2022]

People (Births)

  • 1923 – Richard Attenborough, English actor, director, and producer (d. 2014).
  • 1938 – Elliott Gould, American actor and producer.
  • 1939 – Joel Schumacher, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2020).

People (Deaths)

  • 1987 – Lee Marvin, American actor (b. 1924).
  • 2000 – Shelagh Fraser, English actress (b. 1922).

Richard Attenborough

Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough Kt CBE FRSA (29 August 1923 to 24 August 2014) was an English actor, filmmaker, and entrepreneur.

He was the president of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), as well as the life president of Chelsea FC. He joined the Royal Air Force during the Second World War and served in the film unit, going on several bombing raids over Europe and filming the action from the rear gunner’s position. He was the older brother of broadcaster Sir David Attenborough and motor executive John Attenborough. He was married to actress Sheila Sim from 1945 until his death.

As an actor, he is best remembered for his film roles in Brighton Rock (1948), I’m All Right Jack (1959), The Great Escape (1963), The Sand Pebbles (1966), Doctor Dolittle (1967), 10 Rillington Place (1971), Jurassic Park (1993), and Miracle on 34th Street (1994). In 1952 he appeared on the West End stage, originating the role of Detective Sergeant Trotter in Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap which has since become the world’s longest-running play.

For his directorial debut, 1969’s Oh! What a Lovely War, Attenborough was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Direction, and he was nominated for his films Young Winston (1972), A Bridge Too Far (1977), and Cry Freedom. He won two Academy Awards for Gandhi in 1983: Best Picture and Best Director. The BFI ranked Gandhi the 34th greatest British film of the 20th century. Attenborough also won four BAFTA Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, and the 1983 BAFTA Fellowship for lifetime achievement.

Elliot Gould

Elliott Gould (né Goldstein; born 29 August 1938) is an American actor. He began acting in Hollywood films during the 1960s.

Elliott’s breakthrough role was in the Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. The following year Gould starred as Captain Trapper John in Robert Altman film M*A*S*H (1970) for which he received BAFTA Award and Golden Globe Award nominations. He continued working with Altman in The Long Goodbye (1973) and California Split (1974). Other notable film roles include Alan Arkin’s Little Murders (1971), Ingmar Bergman’s The Touch (1971), Richard Attenborough’s A Bridge Too Far (1977), Capricorn One (1978), The Silent Partner (1978), Warren Beatty’s Bugsy (1991), American History X (1998), Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion (2011), and Ruby Sparks (2012). He starred as Reuben Tishkoff in the Ocean’s film series (2001, 2004, 2007 & 2018).

He is known for his work in television as well including as a multiple time host of Saturday Night Live. Gould is a member of SNL’s Five Timer’s Club having hosted 6 times from 1976 to 1980. He is also known for his role as Jack Geller on the NBC sitcom Friends (1994-2004), and his recurring roles in the Fox sitcom Mulaney (2012-2013), and the Showtime series Ray Donovan (2013-2016). He’s also appeared on the Netflix shows Grace and Frankie and The Kominsky Method.

Joel Schumacher

Joel T. Schumacher (29 August 1939 to 22 June 2020) was an American film director, producer and screenwriter. Raised in New York City by his mother, Schumacher graduated from Parsons School of Design and originally became a fashion designer. He first entered filmmaking as a production and costume designer before gaining writing credits on Car Wash, Sparkle, and The Wiz.

Schumacher received little attention for his first theatrically-released films, The Incredible Shrinking Woman and D.C. Cab, but rose to prominence after directing St. Elmo’s Fire, The Lost Boys, and The Client. Schumacher was selected to replace Tim Burton as director of the Batman franchise and oversaw Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. Later, Schumacher directed smaller-budgeted films, including Tigerland (2000) and Phone Booth. In 2004, he directed The Phantom of the Opera, which was released to mixed reviews. His final directorial work was two episodes of House of Cards.

Lee Marvin

Lee Marvin (born Lamont Waltman Marvin Jr.; 19 February 1924 to 29 August 1987) was an American film and television actor. Known for his distinctive voice and premature white hair, he is best remembered for playing hardboiled “tough guy” characters.

Although initially typecast as the “heavy” (i.e. villainous character), he later gained prominence for portraying anti-heroes, such as Detective Lieutenant Frank Ballinger on the television series M Squad (1957-1960). Marvin’s notable roles in film included Charlie Strom in The Killers (1964), Rico Fardan in The Professionals (1966), Major John Reisman in The Dirty Dozen (1967), Ben Rumson in Paint Your Wagon (1969), Walker in Point Blank (1967), and the Sergeant in The Big Red One (1980).

Marvin achieved numerous accolades when he portrayed both gunfighter Kid Shelleen and criminal Tim Strawn in a dual role for the comedy Western film Cat Ballou (1965), alongside Jane Fonda, a surprise hit which won him the Academy Award for Best Actor, along with a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, an NBR Award, and the Silver Bear for Best Actor.

Shelagh Fraser

Sheila Mary Fraser (25 November 1920 to 29 August 2000) was an English actress. She is best known for her roles in the television serial A Family at War (1970-1971) and as Luke Skywalker’s aunt Beru in Star Wars (1977).

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