On This Day

April 1949 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Apr 3 KQW-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KCBS
  • Apr 3 WLWS (now WCMH) TV channel 4 in Columbus, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 4 WKRC TV channel 12 in Cincinnati, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 5 Fireside Theater debuts on US television.

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Apr 2 Pamela Reed, actress (Grand, Kindergarten Cop, Home Court), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Apr 3 Lyle Alzado, NFL defensive linesman (LA Raiders) and actor (Oceans of Fire, Hangfire), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • Apr 5 John Berg, American actor (Star Trek: Nemesis), born in Wichita Falls, Texas (d. 2007)
  • Apr 6 Jane Actman, American actress (Barbara-Paul Lynde Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 8 Jim Lampley, American broadcaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Hendersonville, North Carolina
  • Apr 11 Carl Franklin, American actor (Devil in a Blue Dress), born in Richmond, California
  • Apr 11 Bernd Eichinger, German film producer and director, born in Neuburg an der Donau, Germany (d. 2011)
  • Apr 14 Sonja Kristina [Shaw], English songwriter and actress (Hair; Curved Air), born in Brentwood, England
  • Apr 14 John Shea, actor (Honeymoon, New Life, Lois & Clark), born in North Conway, New Hampshire
  • Apr 14 Chris Langham, English comedian and actor (The Thick of It, Help), born in London, England
  • Apr 15 Craig Zadan, American film producer, born in Miami, Florida
  • Apr 16 Melody Patterson, American actress (F Troop), born in Inglewood, California (d. 2015)

Person of interestJessica Lange

Apr 20 Jessica Lange, American actress (King Kong, Tootsie, American Horror Stories), born in Cloquet, Minnesota

Actress Jessica Lange
Actress
Jessica Lange
  • Apr 20 Veronica Cartwright, English-American actress (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), born in Bristol, England
  • Apr 21 Patti LuPone, American stage and screen Tony Award-winning actress and Grammy Award-winning singer (Evita; Life Goes On), born in Northport, Long Island, New York
  • Apr 23 Blair Brown, American actress (Altered States, Molly Dodd), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 23 Joyce DeWitt, American actress (Janet Wood-Three's Company), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Apr 26 Jerry Blackwell, American professional wrestler, born in Stone Mountain, Georgia (d. 1995)
  • Apr 27 Doug Sheehan, American actor (Ben-Knots Landing, Joe Kelly-General Hospital), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Apr 27 Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Japanese professional wrestler (NJPW/PWF/UWF), born in Iwate, Japan
  • Apr 28 Paul Guilfoyle, American actor (CSI, Mrs. Doubtfire), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 28 Bruno Kirby, American actor (d. 2006)
  • Apr 29 Anita Dobson, British stage and screen actress (EastEnders, 1985-88 - "Angie Watts"), and singer ("Anyone Can Fall in Love"), born in Stepney, London, England

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Apr 6 Seymour Hicks, British actor and theatrical impresario (Scrooge), dies at 78
  • Apr 13 C. V. France, British actor (The Skin Game, Adventure in Blackmail), dies at 80

Person of interestWallace Beery

Apr 15 Wallace Beery, American circus performer (Ringling Brothers Circus) & actor (Alias a Gentleman, Dinner at 8), dies from a heart attack at 64

  • Apr 18 Will Hay [William Thomson Hay], British comedian, actor and amateur astronomer, dies from a stroke at 60