On This Day in Film & TV for April 1

Events in Film & TV


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1930 "The Blue Angel" starring Marlene Dietrich in her breakthrough role premieres in Germany

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich
  • 1953 KXMC TV channel 13 in Minot, ND (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WQED TV channel 13 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 WTVT TV channel 13 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1956 KPIC TV channel 4 in Roseburg, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 WYES TV channel 12 in New Orleans, LA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 KVIQ TV channel 6 in Eureka, CA (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1963 Soap operas "General Hospital" & "Doctors" premier on TV
  • 1968 KEMO (now KOFY) TV channel 20 in San Francisco, CA (IND) 1st broadcast

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1976 "Helter Skelter", detailing Charles Manson's cult "family", their capture, trial, conviction and aftermath, premieres on CBS

Murderer Charles Manson
Murderer
Charles Manson

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1981 CNN airs a videotape that shows that Tamara Rand predicted that Reagan is in danger from someone named Jack Humley (a hoax)

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1990 "Ha!" comedy Channel on cable TV begins transmitting
  • 1990 CBS fires sportscaster Brent Mussburger
  • 1992 5th Largest wrestling crowd (64,287-Toronto SkyDome)

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2011 Alan Rickman's last performance in "Seminar" on Broadway

  • 2012 32nd Golden Raspberry Awards: Jack and Jill wins

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1883 Lon Chaney, American actor, "man of 1000 faces" (High Noon, Phantom of Opera, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1930)
  • 1884 Laurette Taylor [Helen Loretta Cooney], American actress (Peg o' My Heart), born in NYC, New York (d. 1946)

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1886 Wallace Beery, American circus performer (Ringling Brothers Circus) and actor (Alias a Gentleman, Dinner at 8), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1949)

  • 1893 Cicely Courtneidge, Australian actress (Double Exposure), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1980)
  • 1898 Nita Naldi [Anita Donna Dooley], American actress (Blood & Sand), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1906 Ned Glass, Polish-American actor (Sol-Julia, Uncle Moe-Bridget Loves Bernie), born in Poland (d. 1984)
  • 1909 Abner Biberman, American director and actor (His Girl Friday, The Leopard Man), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1977)
  • 1911 Gunther Rennert, opera director and producer, born in Essen, Germany
  • 1914 Lor Tok, Thai comedian and actor (d. 2002)
  • 1915 Otto Wilhelm Fischer, Austrian actor (d. 2004)
  • 1917 Leon Janney, actor (Hawk), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1920 Joan Frances Will, actress

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1920 Toshiro Mifune, Japanese writer and actor (Shogun), born in Tsingtao, China (d. 1997)

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
  • 1923 Bobby Jordan, NY, actor (Bowery Champs, Kid Dynamite, Flying Wild)
  • 1924 Miodrag Petrović, Serbian actor (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Lyndon Brook, actor (Invasion, Reach for the Sky)
  • 1928 George Grizzard, NC, actor (Wrong is Right, Bachelor Party, Attica)
  • 1928 Herbert Klein, newscaster/press secretary
  • 1928 Jane Powell, singer/actress (7 Brides for 7 Brothers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1930 Grace Lee Whitney, actress (Yeoman Rand-Star Trek), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1931 George Baker, Bulgaria, actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Curse of the Fly)
  • 1931 Ita Ever, Estonian actress
  • 1932 Alexander Colleridge Vanderpuiye Baka Tetteh-Lartey, actor
  • 1932 Debbie Reynolds, American actress (Kathy Selden-Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Gordon Jump, actor (Arthur Carlson-WKRP, Growing Pains), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1934 Don Hastings, American actor (Capt Video, Bob-As the World Turns), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1935 Hans H Boswinkel, actor and director (Surprise Attack, Tutorials in Love)
  • 1938 John Quade, American actor
  • 1939 Ali MacGraw, Pound Ridge NY, actress (Love Story, Goodbye Columbus)
  • 1940 Annie Nightingale, English broadcaster, 1st BBC Radio 1 female presenter, born in London
  • 1944 Carol White, England, actress (Daddy's Gone a Hunting)
  • 1945 Heather Young, Bremerton Wash, actress (Betty-Land of Giants)
  • 1952 Annette O'Toole, actress (Cat People, Superman III), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1960 Michael Praed, British actor
  • 1961 Jennifer Runyon, American actress (Cindy-A Very Brady Christmas), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1961 Mark White, rock guitarist (ABC-All of My Heart)
  • 1962 Phillip Schofield, TV personality/designer (Nightfire)
  • 1968 Andreas Schnaas, German horror film director
  • 1969 Traci Lin-Tavi, American actress (Ryan's Hope, F/X, Fright Night 2), born in NYC, New York
  • 1970 Sung Hi Lee, Korean-born model
  • 1971 Jessica Collins, [Capogna], actress (Dinah Lee Mayberry-Loving)
  • 1971 Lachy Hulme, Australian actor and screenwriter
  • 1972 Allen and Albert Hughes, American film directors
  • 1973 Christian Finnegan, American comedian
  • 1976 David Oyelowo, English-Nigerian actor
  • 1980 Bryan Buffinton, actor (Bill Lewis Jr-Guiding Light), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • 1980 Randy Orton, American professional wrestler
  • 1980 Bijou Phillips, American actress
  • 1980 Yūko Takeuchi, Japanese actress
  • 1982 Sam Huntington, Peterborough, New Hampshire, American actor (Jungle 2 Jungle, Being Human)
  • 1982 Gemma Hunt, British children's television presenter
  • 1982 Taran Killam, American comedian and actor
  • 1983 Matt Lanter, American actor and model
  • 1984 Olga Rei, Russian television personality
  • 1985 Josh Zuckerman, American actor
  • 1995 Logan Paul, American YouTube personality, born in Westlake, Ohio

Weddings in Film & TV


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1984 Filmmaker Joel Coel marries actress Frances McDormand


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1946 Noah Beery, American character actor (Story of Esther, The Mark of Zorro), dies at 64
  • 1966 Flann O'Brien, Irish humorist (b. 1911)
  • 1988 Jim Jordan, American actor and radio comedian (Fibber McGee), dies from a blod clot at 91
  • 1993 Wayne Mack, sportscaster/actor (Storyville), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1995 Cheryl Waltz, author/film producer, dies at 50
  • 1995 Sampson DeBrier, actor (Inauguration of Pleasure Dome), dies at 86
  • 1996 Mario Viegas, actor (The Jew, Divine Comedy), dies at 47
  • 1998 Gene Evans, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 2003 Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor and singer (b. 1956)
  • 2004 Carrie Snodgress, American actress (Diary of Mad Housewife), dies at 58
  • 2010 John Forsythe, American actor (Charlie's Angels, Dynasty), dies at 92