On This Day

April 1964 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Music Premiere

Apr 7 Hugh Martin and Timothy Gray's musical "High Spirits", based on Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit", opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 375 performances

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Academy Awards

Apr 13 36th Academy Awards: "Tom Jones" (Best Film), Patricia Neal (Hud) and Sidney Poitier (Lilies Of The Field) win; Poitier first Black actor in a leading role to win a competitive Oscar

Television Finale

Apr 25 "New Phil Silvers Show" last airs on CBS-TV

Comedian and Actor Phil Silvers
Comedian and Actor
Phil Silvers
  • Apr 25 11th National Film Awards (India): "Shehar Aur Sapna" wins the Golden Lotus

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Apr 4 Robbie Rist, American actor (Oliver-Brady Bunch) and musician, born in Los Angeles, California

Russell Crowe

Apr 7 Russell Crowe, Australian-New Zealand actor (A Beautiful Mind, Gladiator), born in Wellington, New Zealand

  • Apr 8 Lisa Guerrero, American sports broadcaster, journalist and model, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 10 Felicia Collins, American guitarist (David Letterman), born in Albany, New York
  • Apr 13 Page Hannah, American actress (Fame - "Kate Riley"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 13 Caroline Rhea, Canadian comedian and actress, born in Westmount, Quebec
  • Apr 15 Lydie Denier, French model and actress (General Hospital), born in Saint-Nazaire, France
  • Apr 16 Robert Kelker-Kelly, American actor (Days of Our Lives -"Bo"), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • Apr 16 David Kohan, American television producer, born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 17 Lela Rochon, American actress (Robin Stokes-Waiting to Exhale), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 18 Rithy Panh, Cambodian film director (Rice People), born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Apr 20 Crispin Glover, American actor (Back to the Future, River's Edge), born in New York
  • Apr 20 Andy Serkis, English actor (Gollum in Lord of the Rings), born in London, England
  • Apr 22 Chris Makepeace, actor (Vamp, My Bodyguard, Meatballs, Oasis), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 23 Dan Frischman, American actor (Arvid Engen-Head of the Class), born in Whippany, New Jersey
  • Apr 24 Cedric the Entertainer, American comedian and actor, born in Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Apr 24 Djimon Hounsou, Beninese actor (Blood Diamond), born in Cotonou, Dahomey

Hank Azaria

Apr 25 Hank Azaria, American actor (The Birdcage) and voice behind many characters in The Simpsons (Moe, Apu, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Carl Carlson), born in NYC, New York

  • Apr 25 Wisit Sasanatieng, Thai film director (Tears of the Black Tiger), born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Apr 26 Tod Bass, American actor (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 29 Federico Castelluccio, Italian-American actor (The Sopranos), born in Naples, Italy

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Apr 14 Earle Hodgins, American fast-talking film and television character actor (Guestward Ho!), dies at 70