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
Michael Douglas
Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
  • 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 Rennner, premieres in Los Angeles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Amy Schumer hosts the 2015 MTV Movie Awards

Comedian Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1883 Leonard Mudie, England, 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)/author (FBI), born in NYC, New York
  • 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, writer/humourist
  • 1912 John Larkin, American actor (Saints & Sinners, The Satan Bug, 12 O'Clock High), born in Oakland, California (d. 1965)
  • 1914 Norman McLaren, Canadian film animator and director (d. 1987)
  • 1916 Howard Koch, producer/director (Frankenstein, Airplane II)
  • 1930 Carl Franklin, actor (Fantastic Journey), born in Richmond, California
  • 1931 Johnny Sheffield, actor (Boy-Tarzan Finds a Son), born in Pasadena, California
  • 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
  • 1947 Peter Riegert, American actor (Animal House, Crossing Delancey), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Uli Edel, Neuenburg am Rhein, South Baden, German film director
  • 1947 Meshach Taylor, American actor, born in Altadena, CA, (d. 2014)
  • 1949 Bernd Eichinger, German film producer
  • 1949 Carl Franklin, American actor
  • 1950 Bill Irwin, Santa Monica, actor (My Blue Heaven, Scenes From a Mall)
  • 1955 Michele Scarabelli, actress (Jo Santini-Airwolf, Alienation, Dallas)
  • 1957 John Castellanos, actor (John Silva-Young & Restless), born in San Diego, California
  • 1961 Lucky Vanous, 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
  • 1966 Dustin Patrick Runnels, American professional wrestler
  • 1970 Johnny Messner, American actor
  • 1971 Vicellous Reon Shannon, American actor
  • 1972 Balls Mahoney, American professional wrestler
  • 1973 Jennifer Esposito, American television actor
  • 1974 Anton Glanzelius, Danish actor
  • 1974 Tricia Helfer, Canadian model and actor
  • 1974 Zöe Lucker, British television actor
  • 1978 Brett Claywell, American actor
  • 1979 Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Miss World Canada 2003, Singer/Songwriter, Human Rights Activist
  • 1979 Josh Server, American actor
  • 1981 Alessandra Ambrosio, Brazilian model
  • 1984 Kelli Garner, American actress
  • 1994 Dakota Blue Richards, English actress
  • 2002 Alexa Gerasimovich, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actress Mae West
Mae West

Person of interestPerson 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

  • 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 (b. 1925)
  • 2013 Jonathan Winters, American comedian and actor, dies from natural causes at 87