On This Day

April 1928 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Music releaseTheater Premiere

Apr 9 Mae West's NYC debut in a daring new play "Diamond Lil"

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West

Film release premierFilm Release

Apr 21 "The Passion of Joan of Arc", directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, starring Renée Jeanne Falconetti and Eugène Silvain, is released in Denmark

French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc
French Soldier and National Heroine
Joan of Arc

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Apr 1 George Grizzard, American Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor (Wrong is Right, Bachelor Party, Attica), born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • Apr 1 Herbert Klein, newscaster/press secretary
  • Apr 2 Rita Gam, American actress (Distortions, Hannibal), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Apr 3 Kevin Hagen, American actor (Little House on the Prairie), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • Apr 3 Jennifer Paterson, English chef and TV personality (Two Fat Ladies), born in Kensington, London (d. 1999)
  • Apr 4 Bill Ryan, American newscaster (Smithsonian), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 4 Jimmy Logan, British comedian (Mad Death), born in Dennistoun, Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2001)

Person of interestMaya Angelou

Apr 4 Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson], American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots), born in St Louis, Missouri

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou
  • Apr 4 Monty Norman, English singer and film composer (James Bond Theme), born in London
  • Apr 4 Estelle Harris, American actress (Estelle Costanza - Seinfeld, Toy Story), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Apr 5 Michael Bryant, British actor (Sakharov, Girly), born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • Apr 7 James Garner, American actor (Rockford Files, Bret Maverick), born in Norman Oklahoma (d. 2014)
  • Apr 8 Eric Porter, British actor (Antony & Cleopatra, 39 Steps), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • Apr 12 Hardy Krüger, German actor (The Flight of the Phoenix), born in Wedding, Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 23 Sir William "Bill" Cotton, British television producer and executive (Noel Gay TV), born in London, England (d. 2008)

Person of interestShirley Temple

Apr 23 Shirley Temple, American actress, famous 1930s child star (Bright Eyes, Heidi) and diplomat, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2014)

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • Apr 29 Heinz Wolff, German-born British scientist and presenter (BBC series "The Great Egg Race"), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2017)
  • Apr 30 Peter Carsten, German actor and film producer actor (A Study in Terror, Mr Super Invisible), born in Weißenburg in Bayern, Germany (d. 2012)