On This Day in Film & TV for April 16

Events in Film & TV

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
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)

Person of interestCharlie Chaplin

1889 Charlie Chaplin, British actor and comedian (City Lights, Gold Rush), born in London, England (d. 1977)

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • 1904 Fifi D'Orsay, Canadian actress (Life Jimmy Dolan, Girl from Calgary), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1983)
  • 1911 Christine McIntyre, American actress and singer (The Three Stooges, The Rangers' Round-Up), born in Nogales, Arizona (d. 1984)
  • 1912 David Langton [Basil Muir Langton-Dodds], Scottish actor (The Avengers, Quintet, St Joan, Abandon Ship), born in Motherwell, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Catherine Scorsese [Cappa], Italian-American actress (The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1913 Lester "Les" Tremayne, British radio, film and television actor (Angry Red Planet, War of the Worlds), born in London, England (d. 2003)
  • 1914 John Hodiak, American actor (Battleground, A Bell for Adamo, Lifeboat), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)
  • 1915 Gerard McLarnon, British-Irish actor and writer (The Wrestler's Honeymoon), born in Clitheroe, Lancashire (d. 1997)
  • 1915 Joan Alexander [Louise Abrass], American actress (The New Adventures of Superman, The Tales of Hoffmann), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2009)
  • 1917 Barry Nelson, American actor, first actor to play James Bond, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)

Person of interestSpike Milligan

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
  • 1921 Peter Ustinov, British actor, author, journalist, comedian and broadcaster (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), born in London, England (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Edie Adams [Edith Enke], American businesswoman, singer, actress and comedian (Murial Cigar), born in Kingston, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Peter Mark Richman, American actor (Andrew-Dynasty), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1932 Goopy Geer, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Rudolf Ising(Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Goopy Geer"
  • 1933 Joan Bakewell, British broadcaster/actress (Cold Comfort Farm)
  • 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 Graf, American actor (Police Academy- Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry), born in Zanesville, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 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)

Person of interestMartin Lawrence

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

Comedian Martin Lawrence
Comedian
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, born in Pleasantville, New York
  • 1975 Nick Pickard, British actor, born in Surrey, United Kingdom
  • 1976 Lukas Haas, American actor and musician (Witness, Inception), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1976 Shu Qi, Taiwanese actress (Three Times), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1977 Alek Wek, Sudanese supermodel, born in Wau, South Sudan
  • 1978 Lara Dutta, Indian actress, born in Uttar Pradesh, India
  • 1980 Jesse Tendler, American actor (Nick-Ellen Burstyn Show), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1980 Paul London, American professional wrestler, born in Austin, Texas
  • 1984 Noah Fleiss, American actor, born in White Plains, New York
  • 1984 Claire Foy, English Actress (The Crown), born in Stockport, England
  • 1985 Benjamín Rojas, Argentine actor and singer, born in La Plata, Argentina
  • 1987 Milton J Cross, American TV announcer (Met Opera Auditions of the Air), born in NYC, New York
  • 1990 Lorraine Nicholson, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1994 Liliana Mumy, American actress, born in San Marcos, California

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], American actor (Shotgun Slade, China Syndrome, Gremlins, Johnny Guitar), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 60

Person of interestDavid Lean

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 soldier and actor (DOA, Love Me Tender), dies of emphysema at 71
  • 1994 John McLiam [Williams], Canadian actor (First Blood, Sleeper, Men From Shiloh), dies of Parkinson's disease at 76
  • 1994 Ron Vawter, US actor (Roy Cohn, The Silence of the Lambs), dies at 45
  • 1995 Arthur English, British comedian and actor (Malachi's Cove, Are You Being Served?), dies of complications from emphysema at 75
  • 1995 Cyril Enfield, film Director, dies at 80
  • 1995 Stewart Myles MacPherson, Canadian-born British broadcaster, dies at 86
  • 1996 Lucille Bremer, American actress and dancer (Meet Me in St. Louis, Ziegfeld Follies), dies at 79
  • 1997 Michael Stroka, actor (Aristede-Dark Shadows), dies of cancer at 57
  • 2002 Robert Urich, American actor (b. 1946)
  • 2003 Graham Jarvis, Canadian actor (Mary Hartman, Misery), dies of multiple myeloma at 72
  • 2005 Kathleen "Kay" Walsh, British actress (The Horse's Mouth, Oliver Twist), dies in a fire at 93
  • 2005 Kim Mu-saeng, South Korean actor (b. 1943)
  • 2006 Francisco Adam, Portuguese actor and model (b. 1983)
  • 2018 Harry Anderson, American actor (Judge Harry Stone-Night Court), dies at 65