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 Christian "Buddy" Ebsen Jr., American actor (Beverly Hillbillies, Breakfast at Tiffany's), born in Belleville, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1911 Charles "Honi" Coles, American actor and tap dancer (Tito Suarez-Dirty Dancing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)

Person of interestAlec Guinness

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

  • 1917 Robert "Dabbs" Greer, American actor (Gunsmoke, The Green Mile, Little House on Prairie), born in Fairview, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Jack Webb, American screenwriter, director and actor (Dragnet, Sunset Boulevard), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1982)
  • 1923 Gloria Henry, American actress (Dennis the Menace), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1928 Rita Gam, American 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, Canadian actress (Della Street-Perry Mason 1973), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1940 Penelope Keith, British actress (Norman Conquests, Priest of Love), born in Sutton, Surrey, England
  • 1942 Roshan Seth, Indian-born British actor (Mississippi Masala), born in Patna, Bihar, India
  • 1945 Linda Hunt, American 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, born in Paris (d. 1986)
  • 1953 Debralee Scott, American actress (Cathy-Mary Hartman, Angie), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • 1954 Ron Palillo, American actor (Arnold Horshack-Welcome Back Kotter), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2012)
  • 1959 Yves Lavandier, French film writer and director, born in France
  • 1961 Christopher Meloni, American actor (Law & Order), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1962 Clark Gregg, American actor and director (Agent Phil Coulson), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1963 Karl Beattie, English television director and producer (Most Haunted), born in Guildford, Surrey
  • 1967 Helen Chamberlain, British television presenter, born in Street, Sommerset, England
  • 1969 Yj Nagata, [Yuji], wrestler (NJPW)

Person of interestAjay Devgan

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
  • 1970 Tammi Reiss, American actress and former WNBA guard (Utah Starzz), born in New York
  • 1973 Roselyn Sanchez, Puerto Rican actress, born in San Juan
  • 1975 Adam Rodriguez, American actor (Eric Delko-CSI: Miami) and director, born in Yonkers, New York
  • 1977 Jelena Abbou, Serbian fitness model, born in Gornji Milanovac, Serbia
  • 1977 Michael Fassbender, Irish-German actor (Shame, X-Men), born in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg
  • 1977 Aiden Turner, Irish actor (The Hobbit-Kili), born in Clondalkin, Dublin
  • 1981 Bethany Joy Lenz-Galeotti, American actress (One Tree Hill), born in Hollywood, Florida
  • 1982 Jack Evans, American professional wrestler, born in Fountain Valley, California
  • 1982 Leyla Milani, Iranian-Canadian actress and model, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1984 Meryl Cassie, New Zealand actress and singer (The Tribe), born in George, Cape Province, South Africa

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
Actress
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)
  • 2002 Jack Kruschen, Canadian character actor (The Apartment, Busting Loose), dies at 80
  • 2010 Chris Kanyon, American wrestler (b. 1970)
  • 2013 Jesús Franco, Spanish film director and writer, dies from complications from a stroke at 82
  • 2013 Milo O'Shea, Irish character actor (Barbarella, Staircase and Mass Appeal, Romeo & Juliet), dies at 86
  • 2018 Susan Anspach, American actress (Grace-Yellow Rose, Hair, Five Easy Pieces, Play It Again Sam), dies at 75