On This Day

April 1976 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Television Premiere

Apr 1 "Helter Skelter", detailing Charles Manson's cult "family", their capture, trial, conviction and aftermath, premieres on CBS

Theater Premiere

Apr 5 Tom Stoppard's play "Dirty Linen and New-Found-Land" premieres in London

Music History

Apr 6 1st quadrophonic movie track: "Ladies & Gentlemen The Rolling Stones"

Film Release

Apr 9 "All the President's Men", directed by Alan J. Pakula, based on the non-fiction book by journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward detailing their Watergate investigation, starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford, is released

Television Debut

Apr 22 Barbara Walters becomes 1st female US nightly network news anchor (ABC News)

Film & TV History

Apr 22 Director Ingmar Bergman leaves Sweden due to taxation


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Apr 1 David Oyelowo, English Nigerian actor (Spooks, Lincoln), born in Oxford, England
  • Apr 3 Will Mellor, English actor (Hollyoaks), born in Bredbury, Greater Manchester
  • Apr 5 Sterling K. Brown, American actor (The People v. O. J. Simpson, This is Us), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 6 Candace H Cameron Bure, actress (DJ Tanner-Full House)
  • Apr 7 Kevin Alejandro, American actor

Jonathan Brandis

Apr 13 Jonathan Brandis, American actor (Lucas Wolenczak-seaQuest DSV), born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 2003)

  • Apr 13 Valentina Cervi, Italian actress, born in Rome, Italy
  • Apr 13 Yu Ji-tae, South Korean actor, born in Seoul
  • Apr 15 Susan Ward, American actress
  • Apr 16 Lukas Haas, American actor and musician (Witness, Inception), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 16 Shu Qi, Taiwanese actress (Three Times), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Apr 16 Kelli O'Hara, American stage actress and singer (The King and I), born in Elk City, Oklahoma
  • Apr 17 Monet Mazur, American actress and musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 17 Alex Nesic, Serbian-French-American actor, born in Santa Barbara, California

Melissa Joan Hart

Apr 18 Melissa Joan Hart, American actress (Clarissa, Sabrina), born in Smithtown, New York

  • Apr 20 Joey Lawrence, American actor (Gimme a Break, Blossom, Summer Rental), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 24 Shane McDermott, American actor (Garrett Booth-Swan's Crossing), born in Middletown, New York
  • Apr 27 Sally Hawkins, English film actress (The Shape of Water), born in London, England

Weddings in Film & TV

Carl Bernstein

Apr 14 The Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein (32) weds writer and director Nora Ephron (34) at a civil ceremony in Manhattan

Doris Day

Apr 14 American singer and actress Doris Day (54) weds restaurateur Barry Comden


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Apr 2 Ray Teal, American actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, Bonanza), dies at 74

Howard Hughes

Apr 5 Howard Hughes, American reclusive billionaire, filmmaker and aviator, dies at 72

  • Apr 7 Mary Margaret McBride, American radio personality (WOR-AM, NYC), dies at 76
  • Apr 11 Liam Dunn, American actor, dies at 59
  • Apr 12 Paul Ford, American actor (Phil Silvers Show), dies at 74
  • Apr 14 Maude Prickett, actress (Rosie-Hazel), dies at 60
  • Apr 23 James Flavin, American actor (King Kong, In Cold Blood, Man With a Camera), dies from a ruptured aorta at 69
  • Apr 23 Ronald Radd, British actor (King Lear, Up Jumped a Swagman), dies at 47
  • Apr 23 Shimen Ruskin, Polish actor (Beau Brummel, Having a Wonderful Time), dies at 69
  • Apr 25 Carol Reed, English film director (Agony & Ecstasy, Oliver!), dies at 69
  • Apr 25 Margaret Bannerman, actress (Great Defender), dies at 79
  • Apr 26 Allan Jackson, American newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), dies at 60
  • Apr 26 Neil McCallum, British-Canadian actor (Pete-Saber of London), dies at 45
  • Apr 26 Sid James [Solomon Joel Cohen], South African-born British character & comedy actor (Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On), dies from a heart attack at 62