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 release premierFilm Release

1957 "12 Angry Men", directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb, is released

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1964 36th Academy Awards: "Tom Jones", Best Film, Sidney Poitier & Patricia Neal win Best Actor, Actress

  • 1990 Final episode of Pat Sajak's late night TV show on CBS
  • 2003 49th British Academy Television Awards: "Alistair McGowan's Big Impression" Best Comedy, "Spooks" Best Drama

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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


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1762 Johanna C Wattier-Ziesenis, Dutch actress (Phaedra, Lady Macbeth), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1827)
  • 1880 Charles Christie, Canadian film studio owner (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/director (KNMI)
  • 1916 Phyllis Fraser Cerf Wagner, American actress, journalist, and publisher (d. 2006)
  • 1917 Howard Keel, American actor, singer and president of the Screen Actors Guild (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Kiss Me Kate), born in Gillespie, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Phil Tonken, American radio and television announcer (d. 2000)
  • 1922 Jean Topart, actor (Fantastic Planet), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Don Adams, American actor and comedian (Get Smart), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Stanley Donen, SC, film director and producer (Bedazzled, Damn Yankees)
  • 1927 Mari Blanchard, actress (Kathy-Klondike), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1927 Maurice Ronet, Nice France, actor (Frantic, Sphinz, Circle of Love)
  • 1931 Michael Burchill, actor
  • 1931 Jon Stone, co-creator of Sesame Street (d. 1997)
  • 1932 Barney Simon, theatre director/writer
  • 1933 Shani Wallis, Irish singer/actress (Oliver)
  • 1935 Lyle Waggoner, KC Kansas, actor (Carol Burnett Show, Wonder Woman)
  • 1937 Edward Fox, English actor (The Day of the Jackal, Gandhi), born in Chelsea, London
  • 1939 Paul Sorvino, actor (Chiefs, Dick Tracy)
  • 1945 Tony Dow, American actor and director (Wally-Leave it to Beaver), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1945 Charles Robinson, American actor
  • 1948 Amy Robinson, writer/actress (Mean Streets), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1950 Ron Perlman, actor (Quest for Fire, Beauty & the Beast), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1950 Terry Lester, 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, British-Indian actor
  • 1957 Gary Kroeger, Cedar Falls Iowa, comedian (SNL, Return of Shaggy Dog)
  • 1957 Saundra Santiago, actress (Gina-Miami Vice), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1959 Vicki Witt Lansing MI, playmate (Aug, 1978)
  • 1964 Page Hannah, American actress (Kate Riley-Fame), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 Caroline Rhea, Canadian actress
  • 1969 Harold Pruett, American actor (Sybil, Embrace of the Vampire), (d. 2002)
  • 1970 Ramona Reuter, Miss USA-NY (1997)
  • 1970 Rick Schroder, actor (Ricky-Silver Spoons, Champ, Earthling), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1971 Corey Yothers, actor (Off the Rock), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1971 Dina Korzun, Russian actress

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

  • 1976 Valentina Cervi, Italian actress
  • 1976 Yu Ji-tae, South Korean actor
  • 1978 Kyle Howard, American actor
  • 1978 Chris Sligh, American singer and Idol finalist, born in Madison, Tennessee
  • 1980 Colleen Clinkenbeard, American voice actress
  • 1981 Courtney Peldon, American actress
  • 1984 Hiro Mizushima, Japanese actor
  • 1992 Jett Travolta, son of actors John Travolta & Kelly Preston (d. 2009)
  • 1992 Emma Degerstedt, American actress
  • 1997 Sloane Momsen, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

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

HeartWedding 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
  • 1974 Stanley Smith, American actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), dies at 71
  • 1975 Larry Parks, actor (Jazz Singer), dies at 60
  • 1978 Paul McGrath, American actor (Witness, No Time for Love), dies at 74
  • 1984 Dionyssis Papayannopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1912)
  • 1986 Stephen Stucker, actor (Trading Places, Airplane), dies
  • 1990 Luis Trenker, South Tyrolean film producer, director, actor (Berge in Flammen), dies at 97
  • 1990 Ronald Ibbs, Irish actor (No Hiding Place, The Saint), dies at 74
  • 1993 Henny Budie, Dutch director and producer (Sterrenslag), dies
  • 1994 Nikolai Afanasyevich Kryuchkov, actor (Telegram), dies at 83
  • 1994 Nikolai Krjoetsjkov, Russian actor (Ballad of Soldatje), dies at 83
  • 1994 Rudolf Hrusinsky, Czech actor (Short Cut, Golden Eels), dies at 72
  • 1997 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler (b. 1903)
  • 2004 Caron Keating, British television presenter (b. 1962)
  • 2005 Philippe Volter, Belgian actor (b. 1959)
  • 2007 Don Selwyn, Māori actor and film director (b. circa 1936)