On This Day in Film & TV for April 11

Events in Film & TV


Film release premierFilm Premier

1955 "Marty" directed by Delbert Mann and starring Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair premieres in New York (Best Picture 1956)

Music releaseMusic Recording

1966 Frank Sinatra records "Strangers in the Night" single for his album of the same name. Later reaches #1 Billboard charts

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1968 WHED TV channel 15 in Hanover, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 WBFF TV channel 45 in Baltimore, MD (IND) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Ronald Reagan arrives home from hospital after Hinkley shot him

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1983 3rd Golden Raspberry Awards: "Inchon!" wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1983 55th Academy Awards: "Gandhi", Ben Kingsley & Meryl Streep win

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1988 60th Academy Awards: "The Last Emperor", Michael Douglas & Cher win

Actor Michael Douglas
Actor
Michael Douglas
Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • 1991 NYC's Museum of Broadcasting becomes "Museum of Radio & Television"
  • 1999 52nd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Shakespeare in Love" Best Film, Peter Weir Best Director
  • 2010 "The night of Sora Aoi", Japanese porn actress Sora Aoi joins twitter prompting many Chinese fans to try and circumnavigate Chinese censorship

Film release premierFilm Premier

2012 "The Avengers", directed by Joss Whedon and starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlet Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner, premieres in Los Angeles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Amy Schumer hosts the 2015 MTV Movie Awards

Comedian Amy Schumer
Comedian
Amy Schumer

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1883 Leonard Mudie, British actor (Magnetic Monster, British Intelligence), born in Cheetham, England (d. 1965)
  • 1888 Donald Calthrop, British actor (Blackmail, Scrooge, Rome Express), born in London, England (d. 1940)
  • 1902 Quentin Reynolds, American newscaster (Its News to Me) and author (FBI), born in NYC, New York (d. 1965)
  • 1904 Paul McGrath, American actor (Witness, No Time for Love), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1978)
  • 1907 Paul Douglas, American actor (Adventure Theater, Clash by Night), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1908 Leo Rosten, American writer and humourist (Joys of Yiddish), born in Łódź, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1912 John Larkin, American actor (Saints & Sinners, The Satan Bug, 12 O'Clock High), born in Oakland, California (d. 1965)
  • 1914 Norman McLaren, Scottish-Canadian film animator and director, born in Stirling, Scotland (d. 1987)
  • 1916 Howard W. Koch, American producer and director (Frankenstein, Airplane II), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1931 Johnny Sheffield, American actor (Boy-Tarzan Finds a Son), born in Pasadena, California (d. 2010)
  • 1932 Joel Grey, [Joe Katz], American actor (Cabaret, Remo Williams, 7% Solution), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1939 Louise Lasser, American actress (Mary Hartman! Mary Hartman!), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 John Milius, American screenwriter (Red Dawn, 1941, Big Wednesday), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1947 Peter Riegert, American actor (Animal House, Crossing Delancey), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Uli Edel, German film director (Last Exit to Brooklyn), born in Neuenburg am Rhein, South Baden, Germany
  • 1947 Meshach Taylor, American actor, born in Altadena, CA, (d. 2014)
  • 1949 Carl Franklin, American actor (Devil in a Blue Dress), born in Richmond, California
  • 1949 Bernd Eichinger, German film producer and director, born in Neuburg an der Donau, Germany (d. 2011)
  • 1950 Bill Irwin, American actor (My Blue Heaven, Scenes From a Mall), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1952 Michael Shea, American director and actor (The Fugitive, The Wild Wild West, Mission: Impossible), born in Queens, New York
  • 1955 Michele Scarabelli, Canadian actress (Jo Santini-Airwolf, Alienation, Dallas), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1957 John Castellanos, American actor (John Silva-Young & Restless), born in San Diego, California
  • 1958 Brynn Hartman, American actress and murderer, born in Thief River Falls, Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • 1960 Jeremy Clarkson, English journalist and broadcaster (Top Gear), born in Doncaster, England
  • 1961 Lucky Vanous, American model (GQ, Diet Coke), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1961 Vincent Gallo, American actor, director, writer (Buffalo '66, The Brown Bunny), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1963 Eddy Moya, actor, born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1966 Mason Reese, American actor (Underwood Deviled Ham), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966 Dustin Patrick Runnels, American professional wrestler (Goldust), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1970 Johnny Messner, American actor (Tears of the Sun), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1971 Vicellous Reon Shannon, American actor (The Hurricane), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1972 Balls Mahoney [Jonathan Rechner], American professional wrestler, born in Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • 1973 Jennifer Esposito, American television actor (Summer of Sam), born in NYC, New York
  • 1974 Anton Glanzelius, Danish actor (My Life as a Dog), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1974 Tricia Helfer, Canadian model and actress (Battlestar), born in Donalda, Alberta, Canada
  • 1974 Zöe Lucker, British television actor, born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
  • 1978 Brett Claywell, American actor (One Tree Hill), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1979 Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Canadian human rights activist, Miss World Canada, born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1979 Josh Server, American actor (All That), born in Highland Park, Illinois
  • 1981 Alessandra Ambrosio, Brazilian model (Victoria's Secret Angel) and actress, born in Erechim, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • 1984 Kelli Garner, American actress (Dreamland), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1994 Dakota Blue Richards, English actress (The Golden Compass), born in South Kensington, London
  • 2002 Alexa Gerasimovich, American actress (World Trade Center), born in NYC, New York

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1911 Actress Mae West (17) weds fellow vaudevillian Frank Wallace (21) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West

HeartWedding of Interest

1992 "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve (39) weds actress and singer Dana Morosini (31) in Williamstown, Massachusetts

HeartWedding of Interest

1996 Actor Hugh Jackman (27) weds actress Deborra-Lee Furness (41) at St. John's in Toorak, Victoria

  • 2014 Actor and painter Titus Welliver (53) weds former model Jose Stemkens at Saddle Peak Lodge in Calabasas, California

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2007 "Dynasty" actress Heather Locklear (45) divorces rock-star Richie Sambora (47) due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1970 Cathy O'Donnell [Ann Steely], American film noir actress (Miniver Story, Man from Laramie), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 46
  • 1973 Ted Decorsia, American actor (The Killing, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), dies at 67
  • 1974 Charles Curtis "Curt" Conway, American actor (Raw Deal, The Twilight Zone), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1975 Dorothy Patten, American actress, dies at 70
  • 1976 Liam Dunn, American actor, dies at 59
  • 1977 Jacques Prévert, French poet and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • 1980 Florence Lake, American actress (Edgar Kennedy shorts), dies at 75
  • 1983 Dolores Del Rio, actress (Cheyenne Autumn), dies at 78
  • 1987 Kent Taylor [Louis Weiss], American actor (Boston Blackie, Rough Riders), dies at 79
  • 1988 Jean "Jeff" Donnell, American actress (Gidget Goes to Rome, Hoedown, 9 Girls), dies at 66 of a heart attack
  • 1992 Adele Dixon, singer/actress (Uneasy Virtue), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 1992 James Brown, American actor (Objective, Burma!, Rin Tin Tin), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • 2000 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (b. 1945)
  • 2001 Harry Secombe, Welsh actor, comedian, singer and goon (The Goon Show, Oliver!), dies of cancer at 79
  • 2007 Roscoe Lee Browne, American actor (McCoy, Saunders-Soap), dies at 81
  • 2013 Jonathan Winters, American comedian and actor, dies from natural causes at 87