On This Day

April 1950 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Apr 2 WTAR (now WTKR) TV channel 3 in Norfolk, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting

TV Show Appearance

Apr 9 Bob Hope's 1st TV appearance

Music Premiere

Apr 24 Leonard Bernstein's musical "Peter Pan", starring Jean Arthur and Boris Karloff, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 320 performances


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Apr 3 Sally Thomsett, English actress (Straw Dogs, Man About the House), born in Sussex
  • Apr 4 Christine Lahti, American actress (Harvey Korman Show, Swing Shift), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 5 Miki Manojlović, Serbian actor (The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • Apr 9 Nathan Cook, American actor (Milton-White Shadow, Billy-Hotel), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1988)
  • Apr 11 Bill Irwin, American actor (My Blue Heaven, Scenes From a Mall), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Apr 12 David Cassidy, American singer ("I Think I Love You"), and actor (Partridge Family - "Keith"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Apr 13 Ron Perlman, American actor (Quest for Fire, Beauty & the Beast), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Apr 13 Terry Lester, American actor (Young & Restless, As World Turns), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Apr 14 Ansje Beentjes, Dutch actress (Blindgangers), born in Alkmaar,, Netherlands
  • Apr 14 Randolph Powell, actor (Alan-Dallas, Logan's Run), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Apr 15 Amy Wright, American actress (Inside Moves, Accidental Tourist), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 16 David Graf, American actor (Police Academy- Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry), born in Zanesville, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • Apr 17 L. Scott Caldwell, American actress (Rose-Lost), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 18 Kenny Ortega, American film and TV producer (High School Musical trilogy), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Apr 19 Earl Gardner, American jazz trumpeter (Saturday Night Live), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 22 Jancis Robinson, wine writer/broadcaster

Jay Leno

Apr 28 Jay Leno, American comedian and TV talk show host (Tonight Show), born in New Rochelle, New York

  • Apr 28 Willie Colon, American actor (Last Flight), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Apr 29 Phillip Noyce, Australian film director (Rabbit-Proof Fence; The Bone Collector), born in Griffith, Australia

Weddings in Film & TV

Sidney Poitier

Apr 29 American actor Sidney Poitier (23) weds model Juanita Hardy; divorce in 1965

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Apr 7 Walter Huston, Canadian actor (Maltese Falcon, Treasure of Sierra Madre), dies from an aneurysm at 67
  • Apr 27 Hobart Cavanaugh, American actor (Border Town, Black Angel), dies at 63