On This Day

April 1908 in Film & Television

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Apr 2 Christian "Buddy" Ebsen Jr., American dancer and actor (The Beverly Hillbillies - "Jed Clampett"; Breakfast At Tiffany's; Barnaby Jones), born in Belleville, Illinois (d. 2003)

Bette Davis

Apr 5 (Ruth Elizabeth) "Bette" Davis, American actress (Of Human Bondage; Jezebel; All About Eve), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1989)

  • Apr 11 Leo Rosten, American writer and humourist (Joys of Yiddish), born in Łódź, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • Apr 12 Virginia Cherrill, American actress (City Lights; Lake Extra; Brat), born in Santa Barbara, California (d. 1996)

Lita Grey

Apr 15 Lita Grey, American actress, born in Hollywood, California (d. 1995)

  • Apr 18 Eric Spear, British film and TV composer (Coronation Street theme), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 1966)
  • Apr 20 Lionel Hampton, American jazz vibraphone player, pianist, drummer, and actor, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • Apr 23 Marcel Hillaire, German actor (Take the Money and Run, Seven Thieves), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1988)
  • Apr 23 Myron Waldman, American animator (Fleischer Studio), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • Apr 24 Marceline Day [Newlin], American actress, mostly in silent films (The Cameraman; The Jazz Age; The Arm of the Law), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 2000)
  • Apr 25 Edward R. Murrow, American newscaster (Person to Person), born in Guilford County, North Carolina (d. 1965)
  • Apr 28 Michael Fitzmaurice, American radio actor (Superman, Reported Missing, 14 Hours), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)

Oskar Schindler

Apr 28 Oskar Schindler, Austrian businessman and subject of the novel "Schindler's Ark" and the film "Schindler's List", born in Zwittau, Austria-Hungary (d. 1974)

  • Apr 30 Eve Arden [Eunice Quedens], American stage and screen actress (Stage Door; Our Miss Brooks; The Mothers-In-Law; Grease), born in Mill Valley, California (d. 1990)