On This Day

April 1939 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Apr 17 SN Behrman's "No Time for Comedy" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 30 NBC/RCA 1st public TV demo with FDR at opening of NY World's Fair

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Apr 1 Ali MacGraw, American actress (Love Story, Goodbye Columbus), born in Pound Ridge, New York
  • Apr 3 Catalino "Lino" Brocka, Filipino film director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar), born in Pilar, Sorsogon, Philippines (d. 1991)
  • Apr 3 Fran├žois de Roubaix, French film score composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1975)
  • Apr 5 David Winters, American choreographer and director (Steve Allen Comedy Hour), born in London, England
  • Apr 7 David Frost, Tenterdon England, TV host (That Was the Week That Was), (d. 2013)

Person of interestFrancis Ford Coppola

Apr 7 Francis Ford Coppola, American director (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • Apr 9 Michael Learned, American actress (Olivia in The Waltons, Nurse), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 11 Louise Lasser, American actress (Mary Hartman! Mary Hartman!), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 13 Paul Sorvino, American actor (Chiefs, Dick Tracy), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 16 Donald MacCormick, British broadcaster, born in Scotland (d. 2009)
  • Apr 16 Boris Dvornik, Croatian actor, born in Split, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2008)
  • Apr 19 Ellen Weston, American actress (Betty-SWAT), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 20 Peter S. Beagle, American novelist and screenwriter (The Last Unicorn), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 22 Jason Miller, American actor and writer (Exorcist, Light of Day), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • Apr 23 David Birney, American actor (Brigette Loves Bernie, St Elsewhere), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 23 Lee Majors [Harvey Lee Yeary], American film and TV actor ($6,000,000 Man, The Fall Guy), born in Wyandotte, Michigan
  • Apr 27 Judy Carne, English comedienne and actress (Laugh-In, Love on a Rooftop), born in Northampton, England (d. 2015)

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Apr 22 Actor and naval officer of World War II Douglas Fairbanks Jr (29) weds Huntington Hartford's former wife Mary Lee Hartford

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Apr 18 Theo Mann, Dutch actress (Pink Bernd, Hedda Gabler), dies at 88