On This Day

April 2018 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Apr 8 WrestleMania XXXIV, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Ronda Rousey makes WWE debut, teaming with Kurt Angle to beat Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in a mixed tag team match

Music concertMusic Concert

Apr 14 Beyoncé is the first black woman to headline the Coachella Music Festival, her performance on this day the most-watched performance ever on YouTube

  • Apr 18 “Black Panther” is the first film shown at a commercial cinema in 35 years in Saudi Arabia as cinemas are reopened
  • Apr 20 Actress Allison Mack arrested on charges of sex trafficking in relation to sex cult NXIVM in New York

Film release premierFilm Premier

Apr 23 Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War" directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr and large ensemble cast premieres in Los Angeles

Actor Chris Evans
Actor
Chris Evans
Actor Robert Downey Jr
Actor
Robert Downey Jr
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader Stan Lee
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader
Stan Lee

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Apr 26 Comedian Bill Cosby is found guilty of sexual assault in Pennsylvania

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby

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Apr 28 Danny Devito Day declared in Jersey for 17th November by Mayor John Moor of Asbury Park

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Apr 29 Animated series "The Simpsons" surpasses "Gunsmoke"'s 635-episode count to have highest episode count of any series on TV

Fictional TV Character Homer Simpson
Fictional TV Character
Homer Simpson
Actor Hank Azaria
Actor
Hank Azaria

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Apr 30 Superhero film "Avengers: Infinity War" sets new record for an opening weekend earning $250 million in the US, $630 million worldwide

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Apr 30 New species of water beetle from Malaysian Borneo’s Maliau Basin named after actor Leonardo DiCaprio


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Apr 1 Steven Bochco, American TV producer and co-creator of Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, dies at 74
  • Apr 2 Susan Anspach, American actress (Grace-Yellow Rose, Hair, Five Easy Pieces, Play It Again Sam), dies at 75
  • Apr 4 Gertrude Jeannette, African American taxi driver, playwright and film and stage actress (Shaft, Cotton Comes to Harlem), dies at 103
  • Apr 5 Isao Takahata, Japanese anime film director, screenwriter and producer (Grave of the Fireflies, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya), dies of lung cancer at 82
  • Apr 11 Mitzi Shore [Lillian Saidel], American owner of The Comedy Store and founder of The Comedy Channel, dies at 87
  • Apr 15 R. Lee Ermey, American actor (Full Metal Jacket- Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), dies at 74
  • Apr 16 Harry Anderson, American actor (Judge Harry Stone-Night Court), dies at 65
  • Apr 18 Bruno Sammartino, Italian American strongman & professional wrestler, dies at 82
  • Apr 21 Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Brazilian movie director (Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francês, Vidas Secas), dies at 89
  • Apr 21 Verne Troyer, American actor (Mini-Me in Austin Powers movies), dies at 49
  • Apr 29 Robert Mandan, American actor best known for his role as Chester Tate in US sitcom "Soap", dies at 86