On This Day in Film & TV for April 17

  • April

Events in Film & TV

  • 1939 SN Behrman's "No Time for Comedy" premieres in NYC

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 Arthemus "Art" Acord, American 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, Spanish ventriloquist (his hand acts as a puppet) and comedian, born in Peñaranda de Bracamonte, Salamanca, Spain (d. 1999)
  • 1903 Louis Jean Heydt, American actor (Waterfront, Gone with the Wind, The Great McGinty), born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 1960)
  • 1904 Edward Chodorov, Broadway playwright and director (Story of Louis Pasteur), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1905 Arthur Lake [Arthur William Silverlake], American actor (Blondie, Topper), born in Corbin, Kentucky (d. 1987)
  • 1910 Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (Man of a Thousand Faces), born in Perth, Australia (d. 1999)
  • 1913 Paul Langton, American actor (Till the Clouds Roll By, Peyton Place), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1980)
  • 1913 Richard Travis, American actor (Missile to the Moon), born in Carlsbad, New Mexico (d. 1989)
  • 1918 Anne Shirley [Dawn Evelyeen Paris], British actress (The Devil and Daniel Webster, Murder My Sweet), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)

Person of interestWilliam Holden

1918 William Holden [Beedle], American actor (The Blue Knight, Sunset Boulevard, Sabrina, The Bridge on the River Kwai), born in O'Fallon, Illinois (d. 1981)

Person of interestHarry Reasoner

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

Journalist Harry Reasoner
Journalist
Harry Reasoner
  • 1924 Donald Richie, American-born author and (Japanese) film critic, born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1935 Theo Angelopoulos, Greek film director (Eternity and a Day, The Travelling Players), born in Athens, Greece (d. 2012)
  • 1937 Daffy Duck, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Tex Avery and Bob Clampett (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Porky's Duck Hunt"
  • 1942 Mario Brenta, Italian writer and director (Maicol, Barnabo of the Mountains), born in Venice, Italy
  • 1942 David Bradley, British actor (Walder Frey-Game of Thrones), born in York, Yorkshire
  • 1946 Henry Kelly, Irish radio and TV broadcaster, born in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland
  • 1947 Linda Martin, Irish singer and TV presenter, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1950 L. Scott Caldwell, American actress (Rose-Lost), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1951 Olivia Hussey, Argentine-British actress (Romeo & Juliet, Death on Nile), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1952 Joseph Francis "Joe" Alaskey, American stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, and impressionist (Buggs Bunny, Daffy Duck), born in Troy, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1954 Kim Tyler, American actor (Kyle-Please Don't Eat Daisies), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1954 Roddy Piper, Canadian professional wrestler, born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (d. 2015)
  • 1957 Byron Cherry, American actor (Coy-Dukes of Hazzard), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1959 Elizabeth Lindsey, Polynesian actress (China Beach), born in Oahu, Hawaii
  • 1959 Stephen Singleton, English rocker (ABC), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1959 Teri Austin, Canadian 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, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1963 Joel Murray, American actor (Mad Men), born in Wilmette, Illinois
  • 1964 Lela Rochon, American actress (Robin Stokes-Waiting to Exhale), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 William Mapother, American actor (In the Bedroom), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1966 Vikram [Kennedy John Victor], Indian actor (I), born in Madras, Tamil Nadu
  • 1967 Leslie Bega, American actress (Maria Tomlinson-Head of the Class), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Timothy Gibbs, American actor (Father Murphy, Santa Barbara), born in Burbank, California
  • 1967 Kimberly Elise, American actress (Beloved), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1967 Henry Ian Cusick, Peruvian-Scottish actor (Desmond Hume-Lost), born in Trujillo, Peru
  • 1971 Jim Acosta, American journalist (CNN White House correspondent), born in Washington, D.C.

Person of interestJennifer Garner

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

  • 1972 Claire Sweeney, English actress (Brookside), born in Walton, Liverpool
  • 1975 Gabriel Soto, Mexican actor and model, born in Mexico City
  • 1976 Monet Mazur, American actress and musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1976 Alex Nesic, Serbian-French-American actor, born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1979 Tram-Anh Tran, American actress (Ghostwriters'), born in NYC, New York
  • 1979 Siddharth Narayan, Indian film actor, born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • 1982 Lee Joon-gi, South Korean actor and model, born in Busan, South Korea
  • 1995 Paulie Litt, American actor, born in New Jersey
  • 1996 Dee Dee Davis, American actress, born in Culver City, California

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1941 Actress Doris Day (19) weds trombonist Albert Jorden

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Actress Claire Trevor
Actress
Claire Trevor

LoveWedding 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 [Richard Schulefand], American character actor and comedian (Producers, Maid to Order, Angel), 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)
  • 2005 James Archibald Houston, Canadian author and filmmaker (Tikta'Liktak), dies at 83
  • 2006 Henderson Forsythe, American actor (As the World Turns, Crisis at Central High), dies at 88
  • 2007 Kitty Carlisle, American actress and television personality, dies at 96
  • 2011 AJ Perez, Filipino teen actor (b. 1993)
  • 2013 Deanna Durbin [Edna Mae Durbin], Canadian actress and vocalist (Every Sunday, Three Smart Girls, 100 Men & a Girl), dies at 91

Person of interestGabriel García Márquez

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

Person of interestDoris Roberts

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

Actress Doris Roberts
Actress
Doris Roberts