On This Day in Film & TV for April 15

Events in Film & TV

  • 1948 KCPX (now KTVX) TV channel 4 in Salt Lake City, UT (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1953 WHP TV channel 21 in Harrisburg, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KARK TV channel 4 in Little Rock, AR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WHO TV channel 13 in Des Moines, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 KTVI TV channel 2 in Saint Louis, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

1958 10th Emmy Awards: Gunsmoke, Robert Young & Jane Wyatt win

Actress Jane Wyatt
Actress
Jane Wyatt
  • 1966 KHET TV channel 11 in Honolulu, HI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 WMGZ TV channel 16 in Mayaguez, PR ([M]) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 WPSJ TV channel 14 in Ponce, PR ([P]) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1971 43rd Academy Awards: "Patton", George C Scott & Glenda Jackson win

Music concertMusic Concert

1972 Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Carole King & Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr
  • 1983 Tokyo Disneyland opens
  • 1984 "Human Comedy" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • 1990 "In Living Color" premieres on FOX-TV
  • 1991 Former child actor Adam Rich charged with burglary

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Jay Leno's final appearance as permanent guest host of Tonight

TV Host and Comedian Jay Leno
TV Host and Comedian
Jay Leno

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1992 William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy & DeForest Kelley inducted into National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame

Film release premierFilm Premier

1997 The disaster film "Volcano" directed by Mick Jackson starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche premieres in South Korea

Actress Anne Heche
Actress
Anne Heche

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1888 Florence Bates, American actress (Moon & Sixpence, Love Crazy, San Antonio), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1954)
  • 1891 Wallace Reid, American actor, director and screenwriter referred to as "the screen's most perfect lover" (Every Inch a Man), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1923)
  • 1897 Pedro Regas, Greek stage actor (Only Angels Have Wings, Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour), born in Goranoi, Greece (d. 1974)
  • 1898 Marian Jordan, American actress, radio comedienne (Molly-Fibber McGee & Molly), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • 1903 John Williams, British actor (Family Affair, Dial M for Murder), born in Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1983)

Person of interestLita Grey

1908 Lita Grey, American actress, born in Hollywood, California (d. 1995)

Actress Lita Grey
Actress
Lita Grey
  • 1917 Hans Conried, American actor (Peter Pan, Bullwinkle Show, Make Room for Daddy), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1982)
  • 1918 John Baragrey, American actor (Creeper, The Loves of Carmen), born in Haleyville, Alabama (d. 1975)
  • 1922 Michael Ansara, American actor (Broken Arrow, Centennial), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Kenneth Bloomfield, BBC governor (Ireland)

Person of interestElizabeth Montgomery

1933 Elizabeth Montgomery, US actress (Samantha/Serena-Bewitched), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1938 Claudia Cardinale, Tunisian-born actress (The Pink Panther)
  • 1940 Robert Walker Jr, American actor (Ceremony, Ms Don Juan, Ensign Pulver), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Diane "DeDe" Lind, American glamour model and playmate (Aug, 1967), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947 Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, TV producer (Designing Women, Murphy Brown)
  • 1949 Craig Zadan, American film producer
  • 1950 Amy Wright, actress (Inside Moves, Accidental Tourist), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1952 Sam McMurray, actor (Tracey Ullman)
  • 1952 Kym Gyngell, Australian comedian
  • 1958 Noni Ιoannidou, Greek fashion model and actress

Person of interestEmma Thompson

1959 Emma Thompson, British actress (Henry V, Howards End, Oscar 1992), born in London, England

Actress Emma Thompson
Actress
Emma Thompson
  • 1959 Fruit Chan, Hong Kong film director
  • 1959 Thomas F. Wilson, American actor
  • 1961 Lynne Austin, Plant City Fla, playmate (Jul, 1986)
  • 1962 Tom Kane, American voice actor
  • 1964 Lydie Denier, St Nazaire France, actress (General Hospital)
  • 1967 Mark Mortimer, American actor (Nick Hudson-Another World, Killing Cupid), born in Yorkville, Illinois
  • 1968 Stacey Williams, model (SI Swimsuit 1996), born in Philadelphi, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Flex Alexander, American actor
  • 1971 Katy Hill, British television presenter
  • 1972 Peter Billingsley, American actor (Real People), born in NYC, New York
  • 1972 Lou Romano, American voice actor
  • 1974 Marena Bencomo, Miss Universe-2nd place (Venezuela, 1997)
  • 1974 Danny Pino, American actor
  • 1974 Douglas Spain, American actor
  • 1976 Susan Ward, American actress
  • 1978 Austin Aries, American wrestler
  • 1980 Natalie Casey, British actress

Person of interestSeth Rogen

1982 Seth Rogen, Canadian actor and writer (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Interview), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Actor & Writer Seth Rogen
Actor & Writer
Seth Rogen
  • 1983 Alice Braga, Brazilian actress

Person of interestEmma Watson

1990 Emma Watson, English actress (Hermione Granger-Harry Potter Series), born in Paris, France

Actress Emma Watson
Actress
Emma Watson
  • 1993 Madeleine Martin, American television actress

Person of interestMaisie Williams

1997 Maisie Williams, English actress (Game of Thrones), born in Bristol


Weddings in Film & TV

  • 2006 "Maria Full of Grace" actress Catalina Sandino Moreno (24) weds lighting technician David Michael Ewell in an intimate civil ceremony in Cartagena de Indies, Colombia

Deaths in Film & TV


Person of interestWallace Beery

1949 Wallace Beery, American circus performer (Ringling Brothers Circus) and actor (Alias a Gentleman, Dinner at 8), dies from a heart attack at 64

  • 1957 Pedro Infante, Mexican actor and singer (b. 1917)
  • 1965 Sydney Chaplin, English actor, half brother of Charlie Chaplin and his business manager, dies at 80
  • 1966 Joseph Crehan, American actor (The Roaring Twenties, Meeting at Midnight), dies of stroke at 82
  • 1967 Totò [Antonio De Curtis], Italian actor (Motorizzate, Noi Duri) commonly referred to as the most popular Italian comedian of all time, dies from a heart attack at 69
  • 1975 Richard Conte, American actor (The Godfather, Tony Rome, Hotel), dies from a heart attack at 65
  • 1980 Marshall Reed, American actor (The Madmen of Mandoras, Mysterious Island), dies from a massive hemorrhage at 62
  • 1980 Paul Langton, American actor (Till the Clouds Roll By, Peyton Place), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • 1980 Raymond Bailey, American actor (Vertigo, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Incredible Shrinking Man), dies at 75
  • 1982 Arthur Lowe, British actor (Dad's Army, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Ruling Class), dies following a stroke at 66
  • 1983 Rodolfo Hoyos, actor (Luis-Viva Valdez), dies at 68
  • 1984 Tommy Cooper, British comedian and magician, collapses and dies on stage at 61
  • 1986 Tim McIntire, actor (Bob Younger-Legend of Jesse James), dies at 42
  • 1988 Kenneth Williams, British actor (Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On films), dies of an overdose at 61
  • 1989 Charles Vanel, French actor and director (Wages of Fear), dies at 96
  • 1990 Henry Kendrick, American actor (Raising Arizona) dies at 56

Person of interestGreta Garbo

1990 Greta Garbo, Swedish actress (Anna Karenina, Camille), dies at 84

Actress Greta Garbo
Actress
Greta Garbo
  • 1991 Martin Ashe, American actor, dies at 81
  • 1993 William Bakewell, American actor (All Quiet on the Western Front, Gone with the Wind), dies of leukemia at 84
  • 2003 Erin Fleming, Canadian actress, dies at 61
  • 2005 Margaretta Scott, British actress (Crescendo, Where's Charley, Counterblast), dies from pneumonia and breast cancer at 93
  • 2008 Benoît Lamy, Belgian Movie Director (b. 1945)
  • 2009 Clement Freud, British writer, broadcaster and former liberal MP, dies at 84
  • 2013 Richard LeParmentier, American actor (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope), dies at 66
  • 2015 Jonathan Crombie, Canadian actor (Anne of Green Gables), dies of a brain hemorrhage, at 48
  • 2017 Clifton James, American actor (Live and Let Die, Silver Streak), dies at 96
  • 2018 R. Lee Ermey, American actor (Full Metal Jacket- Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), dies at 74