April 1937 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

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

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Apr 1 Yilmaz Güney, Kurdish film director (Yol; Arkadaş; Baba; Ağit), born in Yenice, Karataş, Turkey
  • Apr 3 Petunia Pig, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Frank Tashlin (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Porky's Romance"
  • Apr 3 William Gaunt, English actor (Champions), born in Pudsey, Yorkshire

Billy Dee WilliamsBilly Dee Williams (86 years old)

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

Merle HaggardMerle Haggard (1937-2016)

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

  • 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 (Bobby) "Robert" Hooks, African-American stage and screen actor (Fast Walking; Aaron Loves Angela), and theater director (The D.C. Black Repertory Company), born in Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 19 Elinor Donahue, American actress (Father Knows Best, Get a Life), born in Tacoma, Washington

Joseph EstradaJoseph Estrada (86 years old)

Apr 19 Filipino actor and 13th President of the Philippines (1998-01), born in Tondo, Philippines

George TakeiGeorge Takei (86 years old)

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

Jack NicholsonJack Nicholson (86 years old)

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

  • Apr 25 Bo Brundin, Swedish actor (The Rhinemann Exchange; A Baltic Tragedy), born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 2022)
  • Apr 27 Sandy Dennis, American Tony and Academy Award-winning stage and screen actress (Any Wednesday; Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?; The Out-of-Towners), 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