On This Day in Film & TV for April 17

Events in Film & TV

  • 1937 Debut of cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J Fudd & Petunia Pig
  • 1939 SN Behrman's "No Time for Comedy" premieres in NYC

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1961 33rd Academy Awards: "Apartment" wins best film, Burt Lancaster & Elizabeth Taylor win best actor, actress

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1961 Jimmy Stewart accepts an honorary Oscar on behalf of his friend Gary Cooper, who is too ill to attend

  • 2005 51st British Academy Television Awards: "Little Britain" Best Comedy, "Sex Traffic" Best Drama

Film release premierFilm Premier

2011 "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, premieres in Sydney, Australia

  • 2011 "Game of Thrones", based on the fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin premieres on HBO

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1886 Otto Lederer, Austrian actor (The Jazz Singer), born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 1965)
  • 1890 Art Acord, US silent film actor and rodeo champion (Arizona Kid, Hard Fists), born in Glenwood, Utah (d. 1931)
  • 1895 Bert Wheeler, American actor (Brave Eagle, The Nitwits, Hold 'em Jail, High Flyers, Rainmakers), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1968)
  • 1896 Senor Wences, ventriloquist (his hand acts as a puppet)
  • 1903 Louis Jean Heydt, American actor (Waterfront, Gone with the Wind, The Great McGinty), born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 1960)
  • 1904 Edward Chodorov, playwright/director (Story of Louis Pasteur)
  • 1905 Arthur Lake [Arthur William Silverlake], American actor (Blondie, Topper), born in Corbin, Kentucky (d. 1987)
  • 1910 Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (d. 1999)
  • 1913 Paul Langton, Salt Lake City Utah, actor (Leslie-Peyton Place)
  • 1913 Richard Travis, American actor (Missile to the Moon), born in Carlsbad, New Mexico (d. 1989)
  • 1918 Anne Shirley, UK, actress (Devil & Daniel Webster, Stella Dallas)

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1918 William Holden, American actor (Stalag 17, Bridge Over River Kwai, SOB), born in O'Fallon, Illinois (d. 1981)

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1923 Harry Reasoner, American newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS), born in Dakota City, Iowa (d. 1991)

Journalist Harry Reasoner
Harry Reasoner
  • 1925 Joyce Buck, actress/interior designer
  • 1935 Theo Angelopoulos, Greek film director
  • 1942 David Bradley, British actor
  • 1946 Henry Kelly, British broadcaster
  • 1950 L. Scott Caldwell, American actress
  • 1951 Olivia Hussey, actress (Romeo & Juliet, Death on Nile), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1954 Kim Tyler, actress (Kyle-Please Don't Eat Daisies), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1954 Rowdy Roddy Piper, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1957 Byron Cherry, actor (Coy-Dukes of Hazzard), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1959 Elizabeth Lindsey, actress (China Beach)
  • 1959 Stephen Singleton, Sheffield, rocker (ABC)
  • 1959 Teri Austin, actress (Terminal Choice, Knots Landing), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1959 Sean Bean, English actor (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, A Game of Thrones)
  • 1962 Nancy Hogshead, swimmer (Olympic gold 1984)/model (jockey), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1963 Joel Murray, American actor
  • 1964 Lela Rochon, American actress (Robin Stokes-Waiting to Exhale), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 William Mapother, American actor
  • 1966 Vikram [Kennedy John Victor], Indian actor (I), born in Madras, Tamil Nadu
  • 1967 Leslie Bega, actress (Maria Tomlinson-Head of the Class), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Timothy Gibbs, actor (Father Murphy, Santa Barbara), born in Burbank, California
  • 1967 Kimberly Elise, American actress (Beloved), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1967 Henry Ian Cusick, Peruvian-born Scottish actor

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1972 Jennifer Garner [Affleck], American actress (Sydney Bristow-Alias), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1972 Claire Sweeney, English actress
  • 1975 Gabriel Soto, Mexican actor
  • 1976 Monet Mazur, American actress and musician
  • 1976 Alex Nesic, American actor
  • 1979 Tram-Anh Tran, actress (Ghostwriters')
  • 1979 Siddharth Narayan, Indian actor
  • 1982 Lee Jun Ki, South Korean actor and model
  • 1995 Paulie Litt, American actor
  • 1996 Dee Dee Davis, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1941 Actress Doris Day (19) weds trombonist Albert Jorden

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

HeartWedding of Interest

1943 Actress Claire Trevor (34) weds Navy lieutenant Cyclos William Dunsmoore in Tijuana, Mexico

Actress Claire Trevor
Claire Trevor

HeartWedding of Interest

2009 World's no. 1 professional tennis player Andy Roddick (29) weds fashion model and actress Brooklyn Decker (25) in Austin, Texas

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • 2011 Actress and model Torrey Devitto (26) weds actor Paul Wesley (28) in New York

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1974 Frank McGee, American news anchor (NBC Evening News), dies of cancer at 52
  • 1977 Marjorie Gateson, actress (One Man's Family), dies at 86
  • 1987 Dick Shawn, comedian (Producers), dies on stage at 57
  • 1988 Eva Novak, actress (Medicine Man), dies of pneumonia at 90
  • 1994 Peter Hacker, US journalist/actor (NBC, Broadcast News), dies at 69
  • 2004 Soundarya, Indian actress (b. 1971)
  • 2007 Kitty Carlisle, American actress and television personality, dies at 96
  • 2011 AJ Perez, Filipino teen actor (b. 1993)

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2014 Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist (1982 Nobel Prize in Literature), dies of pneumonia at 87

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez

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2016 Doris Roberts, American actress (Everybody Loves Raymond), dies at 90

Actress Doris Roberts
Doris Roberts