On This Day

April 1968 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Apr 1 KEMO (now KOFY) TV channel 20 in San Francisco, California (IND) 1st broadcast

Film release premierFilm Premier

Apr 2 "2001 A Space Odyssey" directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, premieres at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C.

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
Sci-Fi Author Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Arthur C. Clarke

Film release premierFilm Premier

Apr 3 "Planet of the Apes", starring Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowell premiers nationally in the United States

  • Apr 8 40th Academy Awards postponed to Apr 10th due to death of Martin Luther King
  • Apr 8 WKPI TV channel 22 in Pikeville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Apr 10 Musical "George M!", based on the life of Broadway star George M. Cohan, opens at Palace Theater NYC for 435 performances

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Apr 10 40th Academy Awards: "In the Heat of the Night", Rod Steiger & Katherine Hepburn win

  • Apr 11 WHED TV channel 15 in Hanover, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 24 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Pete Tountas

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Apr 1 Andreas Schnaas, German horror film director
  • Apr 3 Charlotte Coleman, British actress (Four Weddings and a Funeral), born in London (d. 2001)
  • Apr 4 Jennifer Lynch, American film director, screenwriter and author of The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 5 Tasia Valenza, American actress (All My Children), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 8 Patricia Arquette, American actress (Boyhood, True Romance), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 10 Orlando Jones, American actor and comedian (MADtv, 7 Up spokesman), born in Toulminville, Alabama
  • Apr 12 Alicia Coppola, American actress (Lorna Devon-Another World), born in Huntington, New York
  • Apr 14 Anthony Michael Hall, American actor (SNL, Breakfast Club), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 15 Stacey Williams, American fashion model (SI Swimsuit 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 18 Mary Birdsong, American actress (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me), born in Florida
  • Apr 18 David Hewlett, Canadian actor (Stargate Universe), born in Redhill, Surrey, England
  • Apr 19 Ashley Judd, American actress (Kuffs, Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 19 Thomas Nock, Swiss actor (Tartort, Gemini-Twin Stars), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Apr 19 Arshad Warsi, Indian film actor (Lage Raho Munna Bhai), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Apr 24 Stacy Haiduk, American actress (Superboy - "Lana Lang"), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Apr 24 Aidan Gillen [Aidan Murphy], Irish actor (Queer as Folk, Game of Thrones), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Apr 27 Cristian Mungiu, Romanian filmmaker (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), born in Iași, Romania
  • Apr 28 Jeff Grosso, American skateboarder (host Youtube’s 'Vans Loveletters to Skateboarding'), born in Glendale, California (d. 2020)
  • Apr 30 Babette Van Veen, Neth, actress (Linda-GTST, Blueberry Hill)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Apr 5 Lois Andrews [Lorraine Gourley], American actress (Dixie Dugan, Meet Me After the Show, The Desert Hawk), dies of lung cancer at 44
  • Apr 16 Fay Bainter, actress (Jezebel, Our Town, State Fair), dies at 76
  • Apr 17 Margaret Seddon, American actress (Mr Deeds Goes to Town), dies at 95
  • Apr 20 Marion Weeks, American silent film actress, and Ziegfield Follies singer and dancer, dies of stroke at 81
  • Apr 20 H.B. "Toby" Halicki, American filmmaker, stunt driver, and actor (Gone In 60 Seconds), killed shooting a stunt at 48
  • Apr 24 Norman McKaye, actor (Untamed Fury, Frogman), dies at 62
  • Apr 24 Tommy Noonan, American actor, screenwriter and producer (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Promises Promises), dies of a brain tumor at 46