April 1963 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Apr 1 American television soap opera premieres: "General Hospital" (ABC) & "Doctors" (NBC)


Apr 15 Steve Allen's musical "Sophie", based on the life of American singer, and comic actress Sophie Tucker, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances

  • Apr 20 10th National Film Awards (India): "Dada Thakur" wins the Golden Lotus

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Apr 2 Karl Beattie, English television director and producer (Most Haunted), born in Guildford, Surrey
  • Apr 2 Mike Gascoyne, British motor racing engineer, designer, writer (McLaren, Sauber, Tyrrell, Jordan, Renault, Toyota, Force India) and broadcaster (BBC 5 Live, Sky Sports), born in Norwich, England
  • Apr 3 Tsuyoshi Sekito, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Apr 4 Anthony Clark, American actor and comedian (Boyd Pritchett-Boston Common), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Apr 4 Jane McDonald, British pop singer and television presenter (Loose Women; Cruising with JAne), born in Wakefield, England
  • Apr 6 Shaun Toub, Persian-American actor (Iron Man; Homeland), born in Tehran, Imperial State of Iran
  • Apr 9 Joe Scarborough, American television personality, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Apr 10 Peter Morgan [Morganthau], English playwright and screenwriter (The Queen, The Crown), born in London, England
  • Apr 11 Eddy Moya, actor, born in El Paso, Texas
  • Apr 11 Elizabeth Smylie, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon doubles [Kathy Jordan] 1985; Wimbledon mixed doubles 1991; US Open mixed doubles 1983, 90) and broadcaster (7 Network), born in Perth, Australia
  • Apr 15 Paula Pell, American comedian and writer (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Apr 16 Nick Berry, English actor (Wicksy-EastEnders), born in Woodford, Essex
  • Apr 17 Joel Murray, American actor (Mad Men), born in Wilmette, Illinois
  • Apr 18 AndrĂ©s Reyes [Universo 2000], Mexican pro wrestler (3 x CMLL World Heavyweight Championship), born in Santa Anita, Mexico (d. 2018)

Conan O'Brien (60 years old)

Apr 18 American TV host (Late Night), born in Brookline, Massachusetts

  • Apr 18 Eric McCormack, Canadian-American actor (Will & Grace), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 21 John Cameron Mitchell, American actor (Misplaced, Band of the Hand), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Apr 21 Roy Dupuis, Canadian actor
  • Apr 22 Sean Lock, British comedian (British Comedy Award, 2000), and television personality, born in Chertsey, Surrey, England (d. 2021)

Jet Li (60 years old)

Apr 26 Chinese Singaporean actor and martial artist (Romeo Must Die, Unleashed), born in Beijing, China

  • Apr 27 Cali Timmins, Canadian actress (Ryan's Hope), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 27 Russell T. Davies, Welsh TV writer and executive producer (Doctor Who, Queer as Folk), born in Swansea, Wales
  • Apr 27 Schae Harrison, American actress (Darla-Bold & Beautiful), born in Anaheim Hills, California

Weddings in Film & TV

Anita Ekberg

Apr 6 Actress Anita Ekberg (31) weds actor Rik Van Nutter (33) in Lugano, Switzerland

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Apr 4 Jason Robards Sr, American actor (Acapulco, Isle of the Dead), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • Apr 14 Gwen Lally, English pageant master and actress (only played male roles), dies at 81 [1]
  • Apr 30 Bryant Washburn, American actor (Exposure, Millionaire Kid, Nabonga), dies at 74