April 1954 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Apr 1 WQED TV channel 13 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 2 Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced [see Jan 26]
  • Apr 7 WALB TV channel 10 in Albany, GA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 9 WECT TV channel 6 in Wilmington, NC (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 9 7th Cannes Film Festival: "Gate of Hell" directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • Apr 10 KRGV TV channel 5 in Weslaco, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15 KARK TV channel 4 in Little Rock, AR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15 WHO TV channel 13 in Des Moines, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 16 KVAL TV channel 13 in Eugene, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 22 US Senate Army-McCarthy televised hearings begin
  • Apr 24 WSEE TV channel 35 in Erie, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 25 WDEF TV channel 12 in Chattanooga, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Apr 26 "Seven Samurai", Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune, is released

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Apr 2 Ron Palillo, American actor (Arnold Horshack-Welcome Back Kotter), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2012)
  • Apr 4 Julie Carmen, American actress (Gloria, Last Plane Out), born in Mount Vernon, New York
  • Apr 5 Christopher S. Nelson, American actor (Sons & Daughters), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Apr 6 Judi Bowker, Shawford England, actress (Clash of the Titans)

Person of interestJackie Chan

Apr 7 Jackie Chan, Hong Kong martial arts actor (Rumble in the Bronx), born in Hong Kong

  • Apr 8 John Schneider, actor (Bo-Dukes of Hazzard), born in Mt Kisco, New York
  • Apr 9 Dennis Quaid, actor (Big Easy, Dreamscape, Right Stuff), born in Houston, Texas
  • Apr 10 Peter MacNicol, actor (Chicago Hope, Sophie's Choice), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Apr 10 Lenny Pickett, American saxophonist and musical director (Saturday Night Live band, Tower of Power), born in Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Apr 16 Ellen Barkin, actress (Big Easy, Sea of Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Apr 17 Kim Tyler, actress (Kyle-Please Don't Eat Daisies), born in Hollywood, California
  • Apr 17 Rowdy Roddy Piper, Canadian professional wrestler
  • Apr 21 James Morrison [Paige], American actor (24, Twin Peaks), born in Bountiful, Utah
  • Apr 22 Joseph Bottoms, American actor (Surfacing, Blind Date, Braker), born in Santa Barbara, California

Person of interestMichael Moore

Apr 23 Michael Moore, American filmmaker (Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, Sicko), born in Flint, Michigan

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore

Person of interestJerry Seinfeld

Apr 29 Jerome "Jerry" Seinfeld, American comedian and actor (Seinfeld, Bee Movie), born in Brooklyn, New York

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian
Jerry Seinfeld
  • Apr 30 Jane Campion, New Zealand film director (The Piano), born in Wellington, New Zealand