On This Day in Film & TV for April 16

Events in Film & TV

  • 1787 1st American comedy, "The Contrast," made its debut in NYC

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1932 Short film "The Music Box" starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy (1932 Academy Award Best Live Action Short Film)

Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel
Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy
  • 1953 WAND TV channel 17 in Decatur, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KVAL TV channel 13 in Eugene, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 5th National Film Awards (India): "Do Aankhen Barah Haath" wins the Golden Lotus

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1962 Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS Evening News

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • 1978 NBC's premiere of miniseries "Holocaust"
  • 2007 "Spider-Man 3" directed by Sam Raimi and starring Toby Maguire and Kristen Dunst premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2017 World record for gathering of Charlie Chaplin lookalikes - 662 at Manoir de Ban, Chaplin museum in Vevey, Switzerland

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1867 Spottiswoode Aitken, Scottish actor (The Birth of a Nation, The Avenging Conscience), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1933)
  • 1889 Charles 'Charlie' Chaplin, British actor and comedian (City Lights, Gold Rush), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Fifi D'Orsay, Canadian actress (Life Jimmy Dolan, Girl from Calgary), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1983)
  • 1911 Christine McIntyre, actress (3 Stooges movies)
  • 1912 David Langton, Scotland, actor (Quintet, St Joan, Abandon Ship)
  • 1912 Catherine Scorsese, Italian-American actress (d. 1997)
  • 1913 Les Tremayne, actor (Angry Red Planet, War of the Worlds), born in London, England
  • 1914 John Hodiak, actor (A Bell for Adamo, Lifeboat), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1915 Gerard McLarnon, actor/writer
  • 1917 Barry Nelson, American actor, first actor to play James Bond, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)

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1918 Spike Milligan, Irish-British actor and comedian (The Goon Show, 3 Musketeers), born in Ahmednagar, India (d. 2002)

Comedian and author Spike Milligan
Comedian and author
Spike Milligan
  • 1918 Joan Alexander, American actress
  • 1921 Peter Ustinov, actor (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), born in London, England
  • 1924 Geoffrey Johnson Smith, actor (Norman Loves Rose, Drinking Games)
  • 1925 Edie Adams, Kingston Pa, Mrs Ernie Kovacs (Murial Cigar), actress
  • 1927 Peter Mark Richman, actor (Andrew-Dynasty), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1930 Frank Page, British broadcaster/actor (Hudson Hawk, Dark Dancer)
  • 1933 Joan Bakewell, British broadcaster/actress (Cold Comfort Farm)
  • 1933 Joseph Bottoms, US actor (Blind Date, Braker), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1934 Richard Kenshaw, British broadcaster
  • 1939 Donald MacCormick, British broadcaster
  • 1939 Boris Dvornik, Croatian actor (d. 2008.)
  • 1943 Ruth Madoc, actress (Hi Di Hi)
  • 1949 Melody Patterson, American actress (F Troop), born in Inglewood, California (d. 2015)
  • 1950 David Graff, Lancaster Ohio, actor (Police Academy 2, 3, 4, 6)
  • 1952 Michel Blanc, French actor
  • 1952 William Richard "Billy" West, American voice actor (Futurama), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1953 Jay O Sanders, actor (Meeting Venus, V I Warshawski), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1954 Ellen Barkin, actress (Big Easy, Sea of Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1963 Nick Berry, Britain, actor (Wicksy-EastEnders)
  • 1964 David Kohan, American television producer
  • 1965 Jon Cryer, actor (Pretty in Pink, Superman IV)

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1965 Martin Lawrence, American comedian (Martin), born in Frankfurt, Germany

Comedian Martin Lawrence
Martin Lawrence
  • 1965 Michael Wong Man Tak, Hong Kong actor and director
  • 1970 Fran Robinson, California, actress (Lauren-Charlie & Company)
  • 1971 Max Beesley, English musician and actor
  • 1971 Moses Chan, Hong Kong actor
  • 1974 Xu Jinglei, Chinese actress, singer and director
  • 1974 Valarie Rae Miller, American actress
  • 1975 Sean Maher, American actor
  • 1975 Nick Pickard, British actor
  • 1976 Lukas Haas, actor (Witness, Inception), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1976 Shu Qi, Taiwanese actress
  • 1977 Alek Wek, Sudanese supermodel
  • 1978 Lara Dutta, Indian actress
  • 1980 Jesse Tendler, American actor (Nick-Ellen Burstyn Show), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1980 Paul London, American professional wrestler
  • 1984 Noah Fleiss, American actor
  • 1985 Benjamín Rojas, Argentine actor and singer
  • 1987 Milton J Cross, American TV announcer (Met Opera Auditions of the Air), born in NYC, New York
  • 1990 Lorraine Nicholson, American actress
  • 1994 Liliana Mumy, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1966 Actor and comedian Michael Palin (22) weds Helen Gibbins

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin

HeartWedding of Interest

1994 Singer Harry Connick Jr (26) weds model Jill Goodare (30) at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 2005 One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush (23) weds actor Chad Michael Murray (24) at Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1959 Charles Halton, British stage actor (Dr Cyclops, Tugboat Annie Sails Again), dies at 83
  • 1968 Fay Bainter, actress (Jezebel, Our Town, State Fair), dies at 76
  • 1985 Scott Brady, [Gerald Tierney], actor (Shotgun Slade), dies at 60

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1991 David Lean, film director (Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia), dies of pneumonia at 83

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
  • 1992 Neville Brand, American actor (Stalag 17), dies of emphysema at 71
  • 1994 John McLiam, Canadian-born American actor (In Cold Blood), dies of Parkinson's disease at 75
  • 1994 Ron Vawter, US actor (Roy Cohn, The Silence of the Lambs), dies at 45
  • 1995 Arthur English, comedian, dies at 75
  • 1995 Cyril Enfield, film Director, dies at 80
  • 1995 Stewart Myles MacPherson, Canadian-born British broadcaster, dies at 86
  • 1996 Lucille Bremer, dancer/actress (Ziegfeld Follies), dies at 73
  • 1997 Michael Stroka, actor (Aristede-Dark Shadows), dies of cancer at 57
  • 2002 Robert Urich, American actor (b. 1946)
  • 2003 Graham Jarvis, Canadian actor, dies of multiple myeloma at 72
  • 2005 Kay Walsh, British actress (b. 1911)
  • 2005 Kim Mu-saeng, South Korean actor (b. 1943)
  • 2006 Francisco Adam, Portuguese actor and model (b. 1983)