On This Day in Film & TV for April 12

Events in Film & TV

  • 1932 "Grand Hotel" directed by Edmund Goulding and starring Greta Gabo and John Barrymore premieres in New York, includes the line "I want to be alone" (Best Picture/Production 1932)
  • 1953 KFDX TV channel 3 in Wichita Falls, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1982 3 CBS employees shot to death in NYC parking lot
  • 1987 CBS' premiere of fact-based World War II drama "Escape from Sobibor"
  • 1991 2,500th episode of Entertainment Tonight airs

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1887 Harold Lockwood, American actor (Tess of the Storm Country), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1918)
  • 1898 Lily Pons, French opera singer (Met Opera) and actress (That Girl From Paris), born in Draguignan, France (d. 1976)
  • 1899 Chief Thundercloud [Victor Daniels], Cherokee actor (The Lone Ranger, Colt .45), born in Muskogee, Indian Territory (d. 1955) (d. 1955)
  • 1908 Virginia Cherrill, American actress (Lake Extra, Brat, City Lights, Delicious), born in Santa Barbara, California (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Eric Feldary, Hungarian actor (Hold Back the Dawn, 16 Fathoms Deep), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1968)
  • 1912 Walter "Walt" Gorney, American character actor (Friday the 13th, Trading Places), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2004)
  • 1916 Brian Connell, writer/broadcaster
  • 1927 Jane Withers, Ga, actress (All Together Now, Josephine the plumber)
  • 1928 Hardy Kr├╝ger, German actor
  • 1929 Elspet Gray, (Lady Rix), actress (4 Weddings & a Funeral, Solo, Tenko), (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Bryan Magee, British Philosopher, politician and broadcaster (Modern British Philosophy), born in London
  • 1936 Charles Napier, actor (Night Stalker, Rambo)
  • 1942 Frank Bank, actor (Lumpy-Leave it to Beaver), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1943 Charles Ludlam, American playwright/actor (Big Easy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Ed O'Neill, actor (Al Bundy-Married with Children)
  • 1946 Peter L de Baan, Dutch actor/director/playwright (Leonce & Lena)
  • 1947 Dan Lauria, actor (Jack Arnold-Wonder Years) (1947 approx)

Person of interestDavid Letterman

1947 David Letterman, comedian (Late Night), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • 1948 Jeremy Beadle, English television presenter (Beadle's About), born in London, England (d. 2008)
  • 1950 David Cassidy, American singer/actor (Keith-Partridge Family), born in NYC, New York
  • 1956 Andy Garcia, Cuba, actor (Stand & Deliver, 8 Million Ways to Die)
  • 1956 Doris EHP Baaten, Dutch actress (Sesame Street, Fien)
  • 1956 Walter Salles, Brazilian filmmaker (The Motorcycle Diaries), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1958 Howard Stableford, English actor and host
  • 1959 Elissa Leeds, American actress (Cissy-Dorothy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1961 Magda Szubanski, Australian actress
  • 1962 Takada Nobuhiko, Japanese wrestler
  • 1965 Tom O'Brien, American actor-producer
  • 1967 Mellow Man Ace, Cuba, spanish rapper/actor (Only the Strong)
  • 1968 Alicia Coppola, actress (Lorna Devon-Another World)

Person of interestShannen Doherty

1971 Shannen Doherty, actress (Little House, Beverly Hills 90210), born in Memphis, Tennessee

  • 1971 Nicholas Brendon, American actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1973 Claudia Jordan, Miss USA-Rhode Island (1997, top 10)
  • 1973 Pamela Polk, Miss America-Wisconsin (1996), born in Berlin Wisconsin
  • 1974 Belinda Emmett, Australian actor(d. 2006)
  • 1974 Marley Shelton, American actor
  • 1977 Sarah Jane Morris, American actor
  • 1977 Jordana Spiro, American actor
  • 1978 Eddie Robinson, actor (Neil Atwater-Swan's Crossing)
  • 1978 Riley Smith, American actor, born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Person of interestClaire Danes

1979 Claire Danes, American actress (Angela-My So Called Life, Romeo & Juliet), born in NYC, New York

Actress Claire Danes
Claire Danes
  • 1979 Paul Nicholls, English actor
  • 1979 Jennifer Morrison, Actress (Once Upon a Time, House), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1985 Jeisa Chiminazzo, Brazilian supermodel
  • 1987 Brooklyn Decker, American fashion model (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit), born in Kettering, Ohio
  • 1994 Saoirse Ronan, Irish American actress (Brooklyn, Ladybird), born in The Bronx, New York

Weddings in Film & TV

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1974 "Coal Miner's Daughter" actress Sissy Spacek weds art director Jack Fisk

Actress Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
  • 1996 Actor and filmmaker Dennis Hopper (60) weds actress Victoria Duffy (29) at Boston's Old South Church
  • 2015 Actor David Arquette (43) weds entertainment host Christina McLarty in a quiet ceremony
  • 2015 Fashion designer Tina Knowles (61) weds actor Richard Lawson (68) in Newport Beach, California

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1935 Actress Mary Astor (28) divorces Dr. Franklyn Thorpe after 4 years of marriage

Actress Mary Astor
Mary Astor

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1992 Actress Lisa Bonet files for divorce from singer Lenny Kravitz

Musician Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1959 James Gleason, American writer and actor (Bishop's Wife, Flying Fool), dies at 76
  • 1961 Philippine "Pine" Belder, [Mary de Klerk], actress, dies at 93
  • 1974 Carl Jaffe, German actor (1st Man in Space, Escapement), dies at 72
  • 1976 Paul Ford, American actor (Phil Silvers Show), dies at 74
  • 1984 Ruth Taylor, actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 76
  • 1987 Mike Von Erich, American wrestler
  • 1989 Gerald Flood, British actor (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Dr. Rajkumar, Kannada language film actor/singer (India)(b. 1929)
  • 2010 Palito, Filipino comedian (b. 1934)
  • 2013 Michael France, American screenwriter, dies from complications from diabetes at 51
  • 2016 David Gest, American television producer, dies at 62
  • 2016 Anne Jackson, American stage actress (Twice Around the Park), dies at 90