On This Day in Film & TV for April 18

Events in Film & TV

  • 1969 Greek actress and activist Melina Mercouri establishes Greek Aid Fund
  • 1979 "Real People" premieres on NBC TV

Music releaseMusic Recording

1988 Barbra Streisand records "Warm All Over"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1998 51st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Full Monty" Best Film, Baz Luhrmann Best Director
  • 2004 50th British Academy Television Awards: "Little Britain" Best Comedy, "Buried" Best Drama

Film release premierFilm Premier

2013 "Iron Man 3", directed by Shane Black, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, premieres in London

  • 2018 “Black Panther” is the first film shown at a commercial cinema in 35 years in Saudi Arabia as cinemas are reopened

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1871 Henry Stephenson, British actor (Conquest, Little Old NY, Mr Lucky), born in Grenada, British West Indies (d. 1956)
  • 1884 Magda Janssens, Belgian-Dutch actress and acting teacher (Maria Stuart), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1973)
  • 1890 James Rennie, Canadian actor (Lash, Little Damozel), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1903 Leonid Kinskey, Russian actor (Casablanca, Duck Soup), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1998)
  • 1904 Pigmeat Markham, comedian (Here Comes da Judge-Laugh In), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1981)
  • 1908 Eric Spear, British film and TV composer (Coronation Street theme)
  • 1913 Albert "Al" Hodge, American actor (Captain Video, Green Hornet), born in Ravenna, Ohio (d. 1979)
  • 1919 Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (Meet the People Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)
  • 1922 Barbara Hale, American actress (Della Street in Perry Mason), born in DeKalb, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1922 Avril Angers, British stand-up comedian and actress (Coronation Street, The Family Way), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Bob Hastings, American actor (McHale's Navy, All in the Family), born in Brooklyn, New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Günter Meisner, German actor (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Between Wars, Adolf Hitler, Quiller Memorandum), born in Bremen, Weimar Republic (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Peter Jeffrey, British character actor (Dr Phibes Rides Again, Twinsanity), born in Bristol, Gloucestershire, (d. 1999)
  • 1930 Clive Revill, New Zealand singer and actor (Legend of Hell House), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1934 James Drury, American actor (Virginian), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934 Mark Kingston, actor (Intimate Contact)
  • 1936 Harold Innocent, [HS Harrison], English actor (Tall Guy)
  • 1937 Robert Hooks, actor (Fast Walking, Aaron Loves Angela), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1940 Skip Stephenson, comedian (Real People), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1992)
  • 1946 Hayley Mills, actress (Parent Trap, Pollyanna), born in London, England

Person of interestJames Woods

1947 James Woods, American actor (Salvador, Against All Odds), born in Vernal, Utah

  • 1947 Lori Martin, actress (Velvet-National Velvet), born in Glendale, California
  • 1950 Kenny Ortega, American film and TV producer and choreographer

Person of interestRick Moranis

1953 Rick Moranis, Canadian actor (SCTV, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs), born in Toronto, Ontario

Actor and Musician Rick Moranis
Actor and Musician
Rick Moranis
  • 1956 Eric Roberts, Miss, actor (Pope of Greenwich Village, King of Gypsies)
  • 1956 John James, actor (Jeff Colby-Dynasty), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1956 Melody Thomas Scott, actress (Nikki-Young & Restless)
  • 1956 Anna Kathryn Holbrook, American actress
  • 1956 Poonam Dhillon, Indian actress
  • 1958 Bernadette Robi, model/ex-wife of football player Lynn Swann
  • 1961 Jane Leeves, actress (Murphy Brown, Daphne Moon-Fraiser), born in London, England
  • 1961 Steve Lombardi, American wrestler

Person of interestConan O'Brien

1963 Conan Chris O'Brien, American TV host (Late Night), born in Brookline, Massachusetts

TV Host Conan O'Brien
TV Host
Conan O'Brien
  • 1963 Eric McCormack, Canadian-American actor (Will & Grace), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1964 Rithy Panh, Cambodian film director
  • 1967 Maria Bello, American actress
  • 1968 Mary Birdsong, American actress
  • 1968 David Hewlett, Canadian actor (Stargate Universe), born in Redhill, Surrey, England
  • 1971 Tamara Braun, American actress

Person of interestDavid Tennant

1971 David Tennant [McDonald], Scottish actor (Doctor Who, Broadchurch), born in Bathgate, Scotland

  • 1972 Eli Roth, American film director

Person of interestMelissa Joan Hart

1976 Melissa Joan Hart, american actress (Clarissa, Sabrina), born in Smithtown, New York

  • 1979 Kourtney Kardashian, American reality television star, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1984 America Ferrera, American actress
  • 1989 Alia Shawkat, American actress
  • 1994 Moises Arias, American Actor

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1956 Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco (civil ceremony)

Actress Grace Kelly
Actress
Grace Kelly

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1994 Roseanne Barr Arnold files for divorce from Tom Arnold

Comedienne and Actress Roseanne Barr
Comedienne and Actress
Roseanne Barr

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1921 Earnest [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, Dutch actor (Inkwartiering, Kloris & Roses), dies at 70
  • 1939 Theo Mann, actress (Pink Bernd, Hedda Gabler), dies at 88
  • 1945 Ernest T Pyle, British/US newscaster, killed in WW II at 44
  • 1949 Will Hay [William Thomson Hay], British comedian, actor and amateur astronomer, dies from a stroke at 60
  • 1959 Irving Cummings Sr, American silent screen actor and director (In Old Ariz), dies at 70
  • 1969 Piotr F Scharoff, Russian-Italian actor and director (Chechov), dies at 82
  • 1974 Betty Compson, actress (Barker, Weary River, Drag Net), dies at 77
  • 1975 Rob Touber, [Robert J Noordervliet), chansonnier/director, dies at 38
  • 1984 John Lee Mahin, screenwriter, dies of emphysema at 81
  • 1984 Francis De Wolff, British character actor (A Christmas Carol, From Russia With Love), dies at 71
  • 1988 Pierre Desproges, French humorist (b. 1939)
  • 1990 Robert D Webb, American director and actor (Love Me Tender, Jackals), dies at 87
  • 1990 Gory Guerrero, professional wrestler (b. 1921)
  • 1992 Florence Randall, model and designer (Bill Blass), dies at 54 of cancer
  • 2002 Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • 2004 Frances Rafferty, American WWII pin-up girl, dancer and actress (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood), dies at 81
  • 2009 Stephanie Parker, Welsh actress (b. 1987)

Person of interestDick Clark

2012 Dick Clark [Richard Wagstaff Clark], American radio and television personality (American Bandstand), dies from a heart attack at 82

Radio and Television Personality Dick Clark
Radio and Television Personality
Dick Clark