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April 1961 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Apr 5 Barbra Streisand appears on "Jack Paar Show"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 14 1st live television broadcast from Soviet Union

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Apr 17 33rd Academy Awards: "Apartment" wins best film, Burt Lancaster & Elizabeth Taylor win best actor, actress

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 17 Jimmy Stewart accepts an honorary Oscar on behalf of his friend Gary Cooper, who is too ill to attend

  • Apr 29 ABC's "Wide World of Sports" debuts

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Apr 1 Jennifer Runyon, American actress (Cindy-A Very Brady Christmas), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 1 Mark White, British rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and record producer (ABC-All of My Heart), born in Sheffield, England
  • Apr 2 Christopher Meloni, American actor (Law & Order), born in Washington, D.C.

Person of interestEddie Murphy

Apr 3 Eddie Murphy, American actor (SNL, 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop, Raw), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • Apr 5 Lisa Zane, American actress, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 8 Richard Hatch, American reality television personality
  • Apr 10 Jeb Stuart Adams, American actor (Flowers in the Attic), born in Hollywood, California
  • Apr 10 Olivia Brown, American actress (Det Trudy Joplin-Miami Vice), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Apr 11 Lucky Vanous, American model (GQ, Diet Coke), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Apr 11 Vincent Gallo, American actor, director, writer (Buffalo '66, The Brown Bunny), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Apr 12 Magda Szubanski, Australian actress (Kath & Kim), born in Liverpool, Merseyside, England

Person of interestRobert Carlyle

Apr 14 Robert Carlyle, British actor (Trainspotting, The Full Monty), born in Glasgow, Scotland

  • Apr 15 Lynne Austin, American model (First Hooters girl), Playboy playmate (Jul, 1986), born in Plant City, Florida
  • Apr 18 Jane Leeves, English actress (Murphy Brown, Daphne Moon-Fraiser), born in London, England
  • Apr 18 Steve Lombardi, American professional wrestler (The Brooklyn Brawler), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 20 Konstantin Lavronenko, Russian actor (Vozvrashcheniye), born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia
  • Apr 20 Nicholas Lyndhurst, English actor (Only Fools and Horses, Goodnight Sweetheart), born in Emsworth, England
  • Apr 22 Byron Allen, comedian (Real People, Byron Allen Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 23 Terry Gordy, American professional wrestler, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • Apr 23 George Lopez, Mexican-American actor and comedian, born in Mission Hills, Los Angeles
  • Apr 26 Joan Chen [Chen Chong], Chinese-American actress (Heaven & Earth, The Last Emperor), born in Shanghai, China

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Apr 2 August Defresne, Dutch playwright and director (Anno Christi 969), dies at 67
  • Apr 10 Irene Warfield, silent screen actress (Satan Sanderson), dies at 65
  • Apr 12 Philippine "Pine" Belder, [Mary de Klerk], actress, dies at 93
  • Apr 24 Lee Moran, American actor (Circus Clown), dies of heart ailment at 72 (b. 1888)
  • Apr 26 Gail Russell, American actress (The Uninvited, Moonrise, Unseen), dies from complications of alcohol abuse at 36