On This Day

April 1937 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Apr 28 1st animated cartoon electric sign displayed (NYC)

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Apr 3 William Gaunt, English actor (Champions), born in Pudsey, Yorkshire
  • Apr 3 Petunia Pig, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Frank Tashlin (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Porky's Romance"

Billy Dee Williams

Apr 6 Billy Dee Williams, Harlem actor (Chiefs, Empire Strikes Back), born in NYC, New York

Merle Haggard

Apr 6 Merle Haggard, American country singer-songwriter ("Mama Tried"; "If We Make It Through December"; "Okie from Muskogee"), born in Oildale, California (d. 2016)

  • Apr 9 Valerie Singleton, British broadcaster (Blue Peter), born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England
  • Apr 11 Jill Gascoine, British stage and pioneering TV actress (The Gentle Touch - "Maggie Forbes"), and novelist, born in Lambeth, London, England (d. 2020)
  • Apr 13 Edward Fox, English actor (The Day of the Jackal, Gandhi), born in Chelsea, London
  • Apr 17 Daffy Duck, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Tex Avery and Bob Clampett (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Porky's Duck Hunt"
  • Apr 18 Robert Hooks, African-American actor (Fast Walking, Aaron Loves Angela), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 19 Elinor Donahue, American actress (Father Knows Best, Get a Life), born in Tacoma, Washington

George Takei

Apr 20 George Takei, American actor (Sulu-Star Trek, Green Berets), born in Los Angeles, California

Jack Nicholson

Apr 22 Jack Nicholson, American actor (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Shining), born in Neptune City, New Jersey

  • Apr 25 Bo Brundin, Swedish actress (Rhinemann Exchange), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Apr 27 Sandy Dennis, American actress (Up the Down Staircase), born in Hastings, Nebraska (d. 1992)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Apr 29 William Gillette, American stage and silent film actor (Sherlock Holmes), and playwright (Secret Service), dies at 83