On This Day

April 1971 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Apr 2 Dark Shadows, American Gothic soap opera, concludes an almost 5 year run
  • Apr 5 WNJT TV channel 52 in Trenton, NJ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 7 WCJB TV channel 20 in Gainesville, FL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting 3-judge US Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Apr 11 WBFF TV channel 45 in Baltimore, MD (IND) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Apr 15 43rd Academy Awards: "Patton", George C Scott & Glenda Jackson win

  • Apr 19 Charles Manson sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Sharon Tate

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 20 Barbra Streisand records "We've Only Just Begun"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Apr 1 Jessica Collins, [Capogna], actress (Dinah Lee Mayberry-Loving)
  • Apr 1 Lachy Hulme, Australian actor and screenwriter
  • Apr 2 Todd Woodbridge, Australian tennis player, broadcaster (16 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Apr 4 John Zandig, American professional wrestler, born in Sewell, New Jersey
  • Apr 7 Guillaume Depardieu, French actor
  • Apr 9 Austin Peck, American actor (Austin Reed-Days of Our Lives), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Apr 11 Vicellous Reon Shannon, American actor (The Hurricane), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Person of interestShannen Doherty

Apr 12 Shannen Doherty, American actress (Little House, Beverly Hills 90210), born in Memphis, Tennessee

  • Apr 12 Nicholas Brendon, American actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 13 Cory Yothers, American actor (Off the Rock), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 13 Dina Korzun, Russian actress, born in Smolensk, Russia
  • Apr 15 Katy Hill, British television presenter
  • Apr 16 Max Beesley, English musician and actor, born in Burnage, Lancashire
  • Apr 16 Moses Chan, Hong Kong actor (Heart of Greed), born in Hong Kong
  • Apr 17 Jim Acosta, American journalist (CNN White House correspondent), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 18 Tamara Braun, American actress (Ava Vitali-Days of Our Lives), born in Evanston, Illinois

Person of interestDavid Tennant

Apr 18 David Tennant [McDonald], Scottish actor (Doctor Who, Broadchurch), born in Bathgate, Scotland

  • Apr 22 Ingo Rademacher, German FR, actor (Jasper Jacks-General Hospital)
  • Apr 22 Eric Mabius, American actor
  • Apr 25 Tomoko Kawakami, Japanese voice actress, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2011)
  • Apr 27 Hayley Carr, Salzburg Austria, actress (Courtney-As the World Turns)
  • Apr 27 Tess Daly, British television presenter (Strictly Come Dancing), born in Stockport, Cheshire, England
  • Apr 28 Chris Young, Penn, actor (Bryce Lynch-Max Headroom, Great Outdoors)
  • Apr 28 Simbi Khali, actress (Nina-Third Rock From the Sun)
  • Apr 28 Bridget Moynahan, American actress, born in Binghamton, New York

Weddings in Film & TV


LovePerson of Interest

Apr 10 Actress Penny Marshall marries actor and director Rob Reiner

Actor and Director Penny Marshall
Actor and Director
Penny Marshall

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Apr 20 Cecil Parker, British actor (The Lady Vanishes, Indiscreet, Tale of 2 Cities), dies at 73
  • Apr 21 Edmund Lowe, American actor (Black Sheep, Good Sam, Dillinger, Hot Pepper), dies at 81