On This Day

April 1940 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Apr 21 1st $64 Question, "Take It or Leave It," on CBS Radio
  • Apr 29 1st radio broadcast of "Young Dr Malone" on CBS

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Apr 1 Annie Nightingale, English broadcaster, 1st BBC Radio 1 female presenter, born in London
  • Apr 2 Penelope Keith, British actress (Norman Conquests, Priest of Love), born in Sutton, Surrey, England
  • Apr 4 Robby Müller, Dutch cinematographer (Breaking the Waves, Dead Man, Korczak), born in Willemstad, Curaçao, Kingdom of the Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • Apr 5 Aliza Kashi, Israeli actress and singer (Merv Griffin regular), born in Israel
  • Apr 10 Gloria Hunniford [Mary Winifred Gloria Hunniford], British broadcaster and actress (Old Curiosity Shop), born in Portadown, Northern Ireland
  • Apr 13 Vladimir Cosma, Romanian-French violinist, conductor, and classical and film score composer, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • Apr 14 Patricia Bruder, American actress (Ellen-As the World Turns), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 15 Robert Walker Jr, American actor (Ceremony, Ms Don Juan, Ensign Pulver), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 17 Claire Bretécher, French cartoonist (Les Frustrés), born in Nantes, France (d. 2020)
  • Apr 17 John McCririck, English horse racing broadcaster, born in Surbiton, England (d. 2019)
  • Apr 18 Ira von FFürstenberg, European socialite and actress (I Killed Rasputin), born in Rome, Italy
  • Apr 18 Skip Stephenson, American comedian (Real People), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1992)
  • Apr 20 James Gammon, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Nick-Nash Bridges), born in Newman, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • Apr 20 Pilar Miró, Spanish screenwriter and director (Wether, Beltenebros), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1997)
  • Apr 24 Michael Parks, American actor (Tusk, Then Came Bronson), born in Corona California (d. 2017)

Person of interestAl Pacino

Apr 25 Al Pacino, American actor (And Justice For All, The Godfather, Scorpio), born in NYC, New York

Actor Al Pacino
Actor
Al Pacino
  • Apr 30 Burt Young, American actor (Convoy, Rocky), born in NYC, New York

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Apr 9 Mrs Patrick Campbell, English actress (Outcast Lady, Riptide), dies