On This Day in Film & TV for April 2

Events in Film & TV

  • 1902 "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California
  • 1950 WTAR (now WTKR) TV channel 3 in Norfolk, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 Soap operas "As the World Turns" & "Edge of Night" premiere on TV
  • 1960 KPEC TV channel 56 in Lakewood Center-Tacoma, WA (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1966 WJET TV channel 24 in Erie, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

1968 "2001 A Space Odyssey" directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, premieres at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C.

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
Sci-Fi Author Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Arthur C. Clarke
  • 1971 Dark Shadows, American Gothic soap opera, concludes an almost 5 year run
  • 1973 CBS radio begins on the hour news, 24 hours a day

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1974 46th Academy Awards: "The Sting", Glenda Jackson & Jack Lemmon win

  • 1978 TV soap show "Dallas" starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Bel Geddes premieres on CBS (as a 5 week mini-series)

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1711 Jan Punt, Dutch engraver, painter, illustrator and actor (Gideonschool), born in Amsterdam (d. 1779)
  • 1908 Buddy Ebsen, Belleville Il, actor (Beverly Hillbillies, Barnaby Jones)
  • 1911 Charles "Honi" Coles, American actor and tap dancer (Tito Suarez-Dirty Dancing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1914 Alec Guinness, British actor (Bridge on River Kwai), born in London, England (d. 2000)

  • 1917 Dabbs Greer, actor (Gunsmoke, Little House on Prairie), born in Fairview, Missouri
  • 1920 Jack Webb, actor (Joe Friday-Dragnet), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1923 Gloria Henry, American actress (Dennis the Menace), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1928 Rita Gam, actress (Distortions, Hannibal), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (Alien 3, Kes), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1997)
  • 1935 Sharon Acker, actress (Della Street-Perry Mason 1973), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1940 Penelope Keith, British actress (Norman Conquests, Priest of Love)
  • 1942 Roshan Seth, Indian actor
  • 1945 Linda Hunt, actress (Bostonians, Eleni, Silverado), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1949 Pamela Reed, actress (Grand, Kindergarten Cop, Home Court), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1952 Thierry Le Luron, French humorist (d. 1986)
  • 1953 Debralee Scott, Elizabeth NJ, actress (Cathy-Mary Hartman, Angie)
  • 1954 Ron Palillo, Ct, actor (Arnold Horshack-Welcome Back Kotter), (d. 2012)
  • 1959 Yves Lavandier, French film director
  • 1961 Christopher Meloni, American actor
  • 1962 Clark Gregg, American actor
  • 1963 Karl Beattie, English television director and producer
  • 1967 Helen Chamberlain, British television presenter
  • 1969 Yj Nagata, [Yuji], wrestler (NJPW)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1969 Ajay Devgan, Indian actor and bollywood star (Phool Aur Kaante, Zakhm), born in New Delhi, Delhi, India

Actor & Bollywood Star Ajay Devgan
Actor & Bollywood Star
Ajay Devgan
  • 1973 Roselyn Sanchez, Puerto Rican actress, born in San Juan
  • 1975 Adam Rodriguez, American actor
  • 1977 Jelena Abbou, Serbian fitness model
  • 1977 Michael Fassbender, Irish-German actor (Shame, X-Men), born in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg
  • 1977 Aiden Turner, British actor
  • 1981 Bethany Joy Lenz-Galeotti, American actress
  • 1982 Jack Evans, American professional wrestler
  • 1982 Leyla Milani, Canadian actress and model
  • 1984 Meryl Cassie, New Zealand actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1967 Actress Lynn Redgrave marries John Clark

HeartWedding of Interest

1975 Actress Jane Curtin (27) weds television producer Patrick Lynch

Actress Jane Curtin
Jane Curtin
  • 2004 Actress Jill Whelan (38) weds Michael Chaykowsky aboard the Caribbean Princess cruise ship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 2006 NBC "Weekend Today" anchor Campbell Brown (38) weds FOX News contributor Dan Senor (34) at the Beaver Creek Chapel in Beaver Creek, Colorado
  • 2011 Grammy Awarded singer Michael Buble (34) weds Argentine actress-model Luisana Lopilato (22) at Villa Maria Paz private mansion near Buenos Aires, Argentina

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2010 "Wayne's World" actress Tia Carrere (43) divorces British photojournalist Simon Wakelin due to irreconcilable differences after 7 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1956 Chester Clute, actor (Niagara Falls), dies at 65
  • 1959 Benjamin Christensen, Danish actor (Barnet, Mockery) and film director (Häxan), dies at 79
  • 1961 August Defresne, Dutch playwright and director (Anno Christi 969), dies at 67
  • 1969 Fortunio Bonanova, actor (My Best Gal, Havana Rose), dies at 74
  • 1974 Douglass Dumbrille, Canadian actor (Mr Deed Goes to Town), dies at 84
  • 1976 Ray Teal, American actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, Bonanza), dies at 74
  • 1990 Aldo Fabrizi, actor (Postman Goes to War, Open City), dies at 85
  • 1992 Tomisaburo Wakayama, Japanese actor (b. 1929)
  • 1993 EEugenie Leontovitch, Russian actor (Homicidal, The Rains of Ranchipur), dies at 93
  • 1994 Richard Davies, actor (Pvt Buckaroo), dies of heart attack at 79
  • 1997 Anthony Bushell, British actor (Journey's End, A Night to Remember), dies at 92
  • 1998 Rob Pilatus, American model and entertainer (Milli Vanilli) (b. 1965)
  • 2001 Jennifer Syme, American actress (b. 1972)
  • 2010 Chris Kanyon, American wrestler (b. 1970)
  • 2013 Jesús Franco, Spanish film director and writer, dies from complications from a stroke at 82