On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for April 13

Events in Film & TV

  • 1956 KETA TV channel 13 in Oklahoma City, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1964 36th Academy Awards: "Tom Jones" (Best Film), Patricia Neal (Hud) and Sidney Poitier (Lilies Of The Field) win; Poitier first Black actor in a leading role to win a competitive Oscar

  • 1990 Final episode of Pat Sajak's late night TV show on CBS

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Asteroid 7373 Takei discovered and named after Star Trek actor George Takei

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000 "When Louis Met..." documentary by Louis Theroux premieres on BBC2 in the UK featuring Jimmy Saville

Broadcaster Louis Theroux
Louis Theroux
  • 2003 49th British Academy Television Awards: "Alistair McGowan's Big Impression" Best Comedy, "Spooks" Best Drama

MurderMurder of Interest

2009 US record producer Phil Spector is found guilty of second-degree murder of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003

Music Producer Phil Spector
Music Producer
Phil Spector

Film release premierFilm Premier

2015 "Avengers: Age of Ultron", directed by Joss Whedon, starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner, premieres in Los Angeles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 BTS is the first K-pop band to perform on US TV show "Saturday Night Live"

K-Pop Star Jimin
K-Pop Star

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2021 Voice actor Hank Azaria who is white apologizes for voicing Indian character Apu on "The Simpsons" for 30 years

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

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1762 Johanna Cornelia Wattier-Ziesenis, Dutch actress (Phaedra, Lady Macbeth), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1827)
  • 1880 Charles Christie, Canadian film studio owner, born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1955)
  • 1902 Godfrey Kenton, English actor (The Tempest; Well's Theater), born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1903 Rex Evans, British actor (Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman; Zara; Matchmaker), born in Southport, Sefton, England (d. 1969)
  • 1909 Jan Veldkamp, Dutch geophysicist and director (KNMI) (d. 1994)
  • 1916 Phyllis Fraser [Helen Brown Nichols], American actress, journalist, and co-founder of Beginner Books, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 1919 [Harold] Howard Keel, American actor, singer, (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Kiss Me Kate), and president of the Screen Actors Guild, born in Gillespie, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Phil Tonken, American radio and television announcer, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2000)
  • 1922 Jean Topart, French voice and film actor regarded as "one of the inimitable voices of French cinema" (Fantastic Planet), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Mari Blanchard, American actress and femme fatale (Kathy-Klondike), born in Long Beach, California (d. 1970)
  • 1923 Don Adams, American actor and comedian (Get Smart), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Stanley Donen, American film director and producer (Singin' in the Rain, Bedazzled, Damn Yankees), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 2019)
  • 1924 Jack Chick, American religious cartoonist (Chick tracts), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1927 Maurice Ronet, French film actor, director, and writer (Frantic, Sphinx, Circle of Love), born in Nice, France (d. 1983)
  • 1931 Jon Stone, American director and co-creator of Sesame Street, born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1997)
  • 1932 Barney Simon, South African theatre director and writer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1995)
  • 1933 Shani Wallis, Irish-American singer and actress (Oliver), born in Tottenham, Middlesex, England
  • 1935 Lyle Waggoner, American actor (The Carol Burnett Show; Wonder Woman), born in Kansas City, Kansas (d. 2020)
  • 1937 Edward Fox, English actor (The Day of the Jackal, Gandhi), born in Chelsea, London
  • 1939 Paul Sorvino, American actor (Chiefs, Dick Tracy), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1940 Vladimir Cosma, Romanian-French violinist, conductor, and classical and film score composer, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1942 Bill Conti, American film score composer (Rocky; The Right Stuff), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1945 Tony Dow, American actor and director (Wally-Leave it to Beaver), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1948 Amy Robinson, American writer and actress (Mean Streets), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1950 Ron Perlman, American actor (Quest for Fire, Beauty & the Beast), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1950 Terry Lester, American actor (Young & Restless, As World Turns), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1951 Peter Davison, English actor (fifth Doctor in Doctor Who; All Creatures Great and Small), born in London
  • 1952 Erick Avari, American-Indian actor, born in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
  • 1957 Gary Kroeger, American comedian (SNL, Return of Shaggy Dog), born in Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • 1957 Saundra Santiago, American actress (Gina-Miami Vice), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1964 Page Hannah, American actress (Fame - "Kate Riley"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 Caroline Rhea, Canadian comedian and actress, born in Westmount, Quebec
  • 1969 Harold Pruett, American actor (Sybil, Embrace of the Vampire), born in Anchorage, Alaska (d. 2002)
  • 1970 Monty Brown, American professional wrestler and NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills), born in Saginaw, Michigan
  • 1970 Rick Schroder, American actor (Ricky-Silver Spoons, Champ, Earthling), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1971 Cory Yothers, American actor (Off the Rock), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1971 Dina Korzun, Russian actress, born in Smolensk, Russia

Person of interestJonathan Brandis

1976 Jonathan Brandis, American actor (Lucas Wolenczak-seaQuest DSV), born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 2003)

  • 1976 Valentina Cervi, Italian actress, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1976 Yu Ji-tae, South Korean actor, born in Seoul
  • 1978 Kyle Howard, American actor, born in Loveland, Colorado
  • 1978 Chris Sligh, American singer and Idol finalist, born in Madison, Tennessee
  • 1979 Tony Lundon, Irish pop singer (Liberty X - "Thinking It Over"), TV presenter (Toast), and film maker, born in Galway, Ireland
  • 1980 Colleen Clinkenbeard, American voice actress, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1981 Courtney Peldon, American actress, born in NYC, New York
  • 1984 Hiro Mizushima, Japanese actor, born in Tokyo
  • 1988 Allison Williams, American actress (Girls, Get Out), born in New Canaan, Connecticut
  • 1992 Jett Travolta, son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2009)
  • 1992 Emma Degerstedt, American actress, born in Long Beach, California

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 2002 "Law & Order" actor Benjamin Bratt (38) weds actress-model Talisa Soto (35) in San Francisco, California

LoveWedding of Interest

2009 Actor Michael Biehn (52) weds actress Jennifer Blanc (35)

  • 2017 "New Girl" actress Hannah Simone (36) weds musician Jesse Giddings in a secret ceremony

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1949 C. V. France, British actor (The Skin Game, Adventure in Blackmail), dies at 80
  • 1952 [Rosalie] Julia Cuypers, Flemish actress (Adelaarsjong), dies at 79
  • 1973 Balraj Sahni [Yudhishthir], Indian Bollywood actor (Dharti Ke Lal), dies of cardiac arrest at 59
  • 1974 Stanley Smith, American actor and singer (King of Jazz; Soup to Nuts; Good News), dies at 71
  • 1975 Larry Parks [Samuel Lawrence Parks], American actor (The Jolson Story, Love Is Better Than Ever), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1978 Paul McGrath, American actor (Witness, No Time for Love), dies at 74
  • 1984 Dionyssis Papayannopoulos, Greek actor, dies at 71
  • 1984 Richard Hurndall, British actor (Doctor Who, The Inheritors, It's Murder But Is It Art), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • 1986 Stephen Stucker, American actor (Trading Places, Airplane), dies at 38
  • 1990 Luis Trenker, South Tyrolean film producer, director and actor (Berge in Flammen), dies at 97
  • 1990 Ronald Ibbs, Irish actor (No Hiding Place, The Saint), dies at 74
  • 1992 Brian Oulton, English character actor, dies at 84
  • 1993 Barry Karas, American actor, dies of leukemia at 49
  • 1994 Nikolai Afanasyevich Kryuchkov, Soviet film actor (Telegram, Town People), dies at 83
  • 1994 Nikolai Krjoetsjkov, Russian actor (Ballad of Soldatje), dies at 83
  • 1994 Rudolf Hrusinský, Czech actor & director (Short Cut, Golden Eels), dies at 73
  • 1997 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler, dies at age 94
  • 2001 Jimmy Logan, British comedian (Mad Death), dies at 73
  • 2004 Caron Keating, British television presenter, dies at 41
  • 2005 Philippe Volter, Belgian actor, dies at 46
  • 2007 Don Selwyn, Māori actor & film director, dies at 71
  • 2013 Frank Bank, American actor (Lumpy-Leave it to Beaver), dies at 71