On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for April 18

Events in Film & TV

  • 1930 BBC news announcer announces "there is no news" at 20:45 news bulletin, plays music instead
  • 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 and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and 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 [Dewey] Markham, American 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), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 1966)
  • 1912 Wendy Barrie, British-American TV hostess (Wendy Barrie Show), born in Hong Kong (d. 1978)
  • 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, English actor (Intimate Contact), born in Deptford, London (d. 2011)
  • 1936 Harold Innocent, English actor (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 1993)
  • 1937 Robert Hooks,African-American actor (Fast Walking, Aaron Loves Angela), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1940 Ira von FFürstenberg, European socialite and actress (I Killed Rasputin), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1940 Skip Stephenson, American comedian (Real People), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1992)
  • 1946 Hayley Mills, English actress (Parent Trap, Pollyanna), born in London, England
  • 1947 Dorothy Lyman, American actress (All my Children, Naomi-Mama's Family), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Person of interestJames Woods

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

  • 1947 Lori Martin, American actress (Velvet-National Velvet), born in Glendale, California
  • 1950 Kenny Ortega, American film and TV producer (High School Musical trilogy), born in Palo Alto, California

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 David Edwards, American golfer (US Masters 1984 3rd; 4 PGA Tour titles), born in Neosho, Missouri
  • 1956 Eric Roberts, American actor (Pope of Greenwich Village, King of Gypsies), born in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • 1956 John James, American actor (Jeff Colby-Dynasty), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1956 Melody Thomas Scott, American actress (Nikki-Young & Restless), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Anna Kathryn Holbrook, American actress (Another World), born in Fairbanks, Alaska
  • 1956 Poonam Dhillon, Indian actress (Noorie), born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • 1961 Jane Leeves, English actress (Murphy Brown, Daphne Moon-Fraiser), born in London, England
  • 1961 Steve Lombardi, American professional wrestler (The Brooklyn Brawler), born in Brooklyn, New York

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 (Rice People), born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • 1967 Maria Bello, American actress (Permanent Midnight), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Mary Birdsong, American actress (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me), born in Florida
  • 1968 David Hewlett, Canadian actor (Stargate Universe), born in Redhill, Surrey, England
  • 1969 Keith DeCandido, American sci-fi author (Star Trek), born in NYC, New York
  • 1971 Tamara Braun, American actress (Ava Vitali-Days of Our Lives), born in Evanston, Illinois

Person of interestDavid Tennant

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

  • 1972 Eli Roth, American film director (Cabin Fever) and actor, born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1972 Xu Zheng, Chinese actor and director (Lost on Hong Kong), born in Shanghai, China

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 (Ugly Betty), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1989 Alia Shawkat, American actress (Hannah Rayburn-State of Grace), born in Riverside, California
  • 1994 Moisés Arias, American-Colombian actor (The Kings of Summer), born in NYC, New York

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding 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 TV Personality Dick Clark
Radio and TV Personality
Dick Clark
  • 2018 Bruno Sammartino, Italian American strongman and professional wrestler, dies at 82
  • 2019 Mark Medoff, American playwright, director, actor and professor (Children of a Lesser God), dies at 79