On This Day

April 1956 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Apr 1 KPIC TV channel 4 in Roseburg, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 2 Soap operas "As the World Turns" & "Edge of Night" premiere on TV
  • Apr 10 Philips broadcasts 1st Dutch color TV programs
  • Apr 13 KETA TV channel 13 in Oklahoma City, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 14 Ampex Corp demonstrates 1st commercial videotape recorder

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Apr 25 Noël Coward's musical "South Sea Bubble" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • Apr 29 WLUC TV channel 6 in Marquette, MI (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 29 WSPA TV channel 7 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 29 WWBT TV channel 12 in Richmond, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Apr 3 Miguel Bose, Panamanian-born Spanish singer and actor (El Avaro, Queen Margot), born in Panama City
  • Apr 4 David E. Kelley, American writer and TV producer (Picket Fences, Chicago Hope), born in Waterville, Maine
  • Apr 5 Diamond Dallas Page, American professional wrestler, born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey
  • Apr 6 Hal Willner, American music producer (Lost In The Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill; Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films; The Carl Stalling Project), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • Apr 8 Christine Boisson, French actress, born in Salon-de-Provence, France
  • Apr 8 Jim Piddock, English actor, writer and producer (Best in Show), born in Rochester, England
  • Apr 12 Alex Briley, American actor (Can't Stop the Music), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 12 Andy Garcia, Cuban-American actor (Stand & Deliver, 8 Million Ways to Die), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Apr 12 Doris Baaten, Dutch actress (Sesame Street, Fien), born in Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands
  • Apr 12 Walter Salles, Brazilian filmmaker (The Motorcycle Diaries), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • Apr 17 Elizabeth Lindsey, American explorer, filmmaker (Then There Were None), and actress (China Beach; The Byrds of Paradise), born in Oahu, Territory of Hawaii
  • Apr 18 David Edwards, American golfer (US Masters 1984 3rd; 4 PGA Tour titles), born in Neosho, Missouri
  • Apr 18 Eric Roberts, American actor (Pope of Greenwich Village, King of Gypsies), born in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Apr 18 John James, American actor (Jeff Colby-Dynasty), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Apr 18 Melody Thomas Scott, American actress (Nikki-Young & Restless), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 18 Anna Kathryn Holbrook, American actress (Another World), born in Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Apr 18 Poonam Dhillon, Indian actress (Noorie), born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Apr 22 Catherine Mary Stewart, Edmonton, actress (Passion & Paradise)
  • Apr 25 Jaroslava Schallerová, Hungarian actress (Valerie and Her Week of Wonders), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Apr 26 Koo Stark [Kathleen Dee-Anne], American photographer and actress (Emily), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 28 Jeremy John Beadle, British critic, writer and broadcaster, born in York, England (d. 1995)
  • Apr 30 Lars von Trier, Danish film director (Dancer in the Dark), born in Kongens Lyngby

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 14 Actress Vera Miles (25) weds actor Gordon Scott (29)

Actress Vera Miles
Actress
Vera Miles

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 18 US film actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco in a civil ceremony in Monaco

Actress Grace Kelly
Actress
Grace Kelly
Prince of Monaco Rainier III
Prince of Monaco
Rainier III
  • Apr 19 American actress Grace Kelly marries Monaco's Prince Rainier III (in Church)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Apr 2 Chester Clute, actor (Niagara Falls), dies at 65
  • Apr 21 Charles MacArthur, American playwright and screenwriter (The Scoundrel), dies at 60
  • Apr 24 Henry Stephenson, British actor (Conquest, Little Old NY, Mr Lucky), dies at 85
  • Apr 26 Edward Arnold, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 66