April 1986 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Apr 6 CBS' fact based "Nobody's Child", story of Marie Balter

Election of Interest

Apr 8 Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel, California. Makes his day.

Film & TV History

Apr 9 TV show "Dallas" announces it will revive killed Bobby Ewing character

Film & TV History

Apr 21 Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone's vault on live TV and finds nothing, except great ratings for his spectacle

  • Apr 23 Disney World breaks ground for Victorian themed Grand Floridian Beach Resort (now known as Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa)
  • Apr 24 Film "Crocodile Dundee" starring Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski premieres in Australia (highest grossing film of the year in the US)
  • Apr 27 Captain Midnight (John R MacDougall) hacks into and interrupts HBO
  • Apr 27 Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields' musical "Sweet Charity" starring Gwen Verdon, opens at the Minskoff Theatre, NYC; runs for 368 performances, and wins a Tony Award for choreographer Bob Fosse

Pripyat: Nuclear Wasteland

Apr 28 Soviet TV news program Vremya announces a nuclear accident at Chernobyl nuclear power station, 2 days after the event

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Apr 3 Amanda Bynes, American actress (The Amanda Show), born in Thousand Oaks, California
  • Apr 8 Erika Sawajiri, Japanese actress, model and singer, born in Nerima, Tokyo, Japan
  • Apr 9 Leighton Meester, American actress (Gossip Girl-Blair Waldorf), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Apr 10 Ayesha Takia, Indian actress (Taarzan: The Wonder Car), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Apr 14 Anne Watanabe, Japanese model, born in Tokyo, Japan

Amber HeardAmber Heard (36 years old)

Apr 22 American actress (Aquaman), born in Austin, Texas

  • Apr 23 Jessica Stam, Canadian supermodel, born in Kincardine, Ontario
  • Apr 27 Jenna Coleman, British actress (Doctor Who), born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
  • Apr 29 Renee Alway, American Model and felon, born in Micigan
  • Apr 30 Dianna Agron, American Actress (Quinn Fabray-Glee), born in Savannah, Georgia

Weddings in Film & TV

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Apr 26 Actor and body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger (39) weds American journalist and newscaster Maria Shriver (30); divorce in 2011

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Apr 13 Stephen Stucker, American actor (Trading Places, Airplane), dies at 38
  • Apr 14 Horst Bastian, German writer and screenwriter, dies at 46
  • Apr 15 Tim McIntire, American actor (Brubaker; Stand By Your Man), singer-songwriter, and musician (Funzone), dies of congestive heart failure at 41
  • Apr 19 Alvin Childress, actor (Amos-Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 78
  • Apr 23 Otto Preminger, Austro-Hungarian-American theatre and film director, producer (Laura; Advise & Consent; Anatomy of A Murder), and actor (Stalag 17),, dies of lung cancer at 80
  • Apr 26 Bessie Love, American actress (Broadway Melody, Isadora), dies at 87

Broderick CrawfordBroderick Crawford (1911-1986)

Apr 26 American actor (All the King's Men, Highway Patrol), dies after a series of strokes at 74