On This Day

April 2017 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Apr 2 WrestleMania XXXIII, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL: Roman Reigns defeats The Undertaker; Brock Lesnar beats Goldberg, first wrestler to win both WWE and Universal Championships

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 5 Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner pulled after criticized for trivializing demonstrations

Model and TV Personality Kendall Jenner
Model and TV Personality
Kendall Jenner

Film release premierFilm Premier

Apr 10 "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana premieres in Toyko

Actress Zoe Saldana
Actress
Zoe Saldana
Actor, Producer and Screenwriter Vin Diesel
Actor, Producer and Screenwriter
Vin Diesel
Actor Chris Pratt
Actor
Chris Pratt

Film release premierFilm Release

Apr 14 "The Fate of the Furious" directed by F. Gary Gray, starring Vin Diesel and The Rock opens worldwide - highest-grossing weekend at $532 million

Actor, Producer and Screenwriter Vin Diesel
Actor, Producer and Screenwriter
Vin Diesel
Actor and Professional Wrestler Dwayne Johnson
Actor and Professional Wrestler
Dwayne Johnson
Actor Jason Statham
Actor
Jason Statham

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Apr 16 World record for gathering of Charlie Chaplin lookalikes - 662 at Manoir de Ban, Chaplin museum in Vevey, Switzerland

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Apr 26 "The Handmaid's Tale" debuts on Hulu starring Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski, based on the book by Margaret Atwood

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 28 Gwyneth Paltrow brand Goop and Condé Nast announce they will be launching a quarterly publication together


Weddings in Film & TV

  • Apr 13 "New Girl" actress Hannah Simone (36) weds musician Jesse Giddings in a secret ceremony
  • Apr 14 Actress and model Nicky Whelan (36) weds former NFL player-turned-actor Kerry Rhodes (34) at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles
  • Apr 21 Actor David Henrie (27) weds former Miss Delaware Maria Cahill in Southern California
  • Apr 29 Actress Carlson Young weds Foster the People member and producer Isom Innis in Fort Worth, Texas

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Apr 6 Don Rickles, American comedian (Don Rickles Show, CPO Sharkey), dies at 90
  • Apr 7 Tim Pigott-Smith, English actor (Jewel in Crown, King Charles III), dies at 70
  • Apr 9 Peter Hansen, American actor (General Hospital, The War of the Roses), dies at 95
  • Apr 15 Clifton James, American actor (Live and Let Die, Silver Streak), dies at 96
  • Apr 22 Erin Moran, American actress (Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi), dies at 56
  • Apr 22 Norman T. Hatch, American oscar-winning marine cinematographer during WWII (With the Marines at Tarawa), dies at 96
  • Apr 24 Don Gordon [Donald Guadagno], American actor (Bullitt, Papillon), dies at 90
  • Apr 26 Jonathan Demme, American film director (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), dies at 73
  • Apr 27 Vinod Khanna, Indian Bollywood actor (Mera Gaon Mera Desh), dies at 70