On This Day in Film & TV for April 20

Events in Film & TV

  • 1920 Big Show ends 2 year run on NBC radio
  • 1951 4th Cannes Film Festival: "Miss Julie" directed by Alf Sjoberg and "Miracle in Milan" directed by Vittorio De Sica jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1963 10th National Film Awards (India): "Dada Thakur" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 1966 WDCA TV channel 20 in Washington, D.C. (IND) begins broadcasting

Music releaseMusic Recording

1971 Barbra Streisand records "We've Only Just Begun"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 George Harrison sings lumberjack song with Monty Python

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese

Film release premierFilm Release

1977 "Annie Hall", directed by Woody Allen and starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1978)

Actor, Screenwriter and Director Woody Allen
Actor, Screenwriter and Director
Woody Allen
Actress Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
  • 1981 Final performance of TV show "Soap" airs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 President Reagan signs a $165B bail out for Social Security

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1992 100th episode of American sitcom "Murphy Brown" airs
  • 2008 54th British Academy Television Awards: "Fonejacker" Best Comedy, "The Street" best Drama

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 People magazine name Eva Mendes as one of 2012's Most Beautiful at Every Age

Actress Eva Mendes
Eva Mendes

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1896 Senor Wences, ventriloquist (Close the Door)
  • 1897 Gregory Ratoff, Russian producer, director and actor (Exodus, Skyscraper Souls, Corsican Brothers), born in Samara, Russian Empire (d. 1960)
  • 1902 Donald Wolfit, British actor (Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, Accursed), born in New Balderton, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1968)
  • 1904 Bruce Cabot, American actor (Diamonds are Forever, King Kong), born in Carlsbad, New Mexico (d. 1972)
  • 1913 Dick Wessel, American actor (Dick Tracy vs Cueball, Beware of Blondie), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1965)
  • 1914 Betty Lou Gerson, American voice actress (101 Dalmatians, Cinderella), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1999)
  • 1918 June Storey, Canadian-born American actress (South of the Border), born in Toronto (d. 1991)
  • 1921 Janine Sutto, French-Canadian actress and comedian (Guide de la petite vengeance), born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • 1923 Mother Angelica, American nun and broadcaster
  • 1924 Nina Foch, Dutch-American actress (The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, An American in Paris), born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 2008)
  • 1925 Elena Verdugo, American actress (Little Giant, Cavalier of the West), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2017)

Person of interestGeorge Takei

1937 George Takei, actor (Sulu-Star Trek, Green Berets), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1940 James Gammon, Newman Ill, actor (Cool Hand Luke, Nick-Nash Bridges)
  • 1941 Ryan O'Neal, actor (Love Story, Paper Moon)
  • 1943 Edie Sedgwick, actress (Ciao Manhattan) and socialite, born in Santa Barbara, California (d. 1971)
  • 1943 Michael Greer, Galesburg Ill, actor (Bobby Gentry Show)
  • 1945 Michael Brandon, American actor
  • 1946 Julien Poulin, French Canadian actor
  • 1947 David Leland, actor and director (Nothing But Trouble), born in Cambridge, England
  • 1948 Gregory Itzin, American actor

Person of interestJessica Lange

1949 Jessica Lange, American actress (King Kong, Tootsie, American Horror Stories), born in Cloquet, Minnesota

Actress Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
  • 1949 Veronica Cartwright, American actress
  • 1951 Geraint Wyn Davies, Welsh-Canadian actor (Nick Knight-Forever Knight, Bury Me in Niagara, High Hopes), born in Swansea, Wales
  • 1959 Clint Howard, actor (Gentle Ben), born in Burbank, California
  • 1961 Konstantin Lavronenko, Russian actor
  • 1964 Crispin Glover, American actor (Back to the Future, River's Edge), born in New York
  • 1964 Andy Serkis, English actor (Gollum in Lord of the Rings), born in London
  • 1967 J D Roth, Beverly Hills California, TV host (Fun House)
  • 1967 Lara Jill Miller, actress (Samantha-Gimme a Break), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Chris Jarvis, children's TV personality
  • 1970 Shemar Moore, actor (Malcolm-Young & Restless), born in Oakland, California

Person of interestCarmen Electra

1972 Carmen Electra [Tara Leigh Patrick], American model and actress (Scary Movie, Meet the Spartans), born in Sharonville, Ohio

  • 1976 Joey Lawrence, actor (Gimme a Break, Blossom, Summer Rental), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1977 Johnny "The Bull" Stamboli, professional wrestler
  • 1981 Matus Valent, male fitness model
  • 1983 Terrence J, American television host
  • 1983 Miranda Kerr, Australian supermodel, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1986 Cameron Duncan, New Zealand director (d. 2003)
  • 1987 John Patrick Amedori, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 2007 Indian film actor and producer Abhishek Bachchan (31) weds actress Aishwarya Rai (33) at the Bachchan residence in Juhu, Mumbai
  • 2008 "The Game" actress Tia Mowry (29) weds actor Cory Hardrict (32) at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2011 "Hollywood Confidential" radio host Leeza Gibbons (54) weds Steven Fenton (41) at the rooftop of the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2006 Actor-writer Charlie Shanian (39) divorces former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress Tori Spelling (32) only 15 months after their lavish $1-million wedding

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1965 Dick Wessel, American actor (Dick Tracy vs Cueball, Beware of Blondie), dies of heart attack on 52nd birthday
  • 1968 Marion Weeks, singer/actress, dies of stroke at 81
  • 1971 Cecil Parker, British actor (The Lady Vanishes, Indiscreet, Tale of 2 Cities), dies at 73
  • 1973 Robert Armstrong, actor (Fall Guy, Exposed), dies at 82
  • 1977 Bryan Foy, director/writer, dies at 80
  • 1982 Mimi Boesnach, actress (Wedding of Kloris & Roses), dies at 82
  • 1990 Alex McCrindle, Scottish actor (Star Wars, Eye of the Needle), dies at 78
  • 1991 Don Siegel, American film director (Coogan's Bluff, Dirty Harry), dies at 78
  • 1992 Benny Hill [Alfred Hawthorn Hill], British comedian (The Benny Hill Show), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1993 Cantinflas [Mario Moreno], Mexican actor (Around World in 80 Days, Pepe), dies from lung cancer at 81
  • 1994 Jean Carmet, French actor (Cache Cash, Miss Mona, Night Magic), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 1996 Cecilia Grace Hunt Reeves Gillie, Executive (BBC), dies at 88
  • 1999 Rick Rude, American professional wrestler (b. 1958)
  • 1999 Se├▒or Wences, Spanish ventriloquist and comedian (b. 1896)
  • 2003 Ruth Hale, American playwright and actress (b. 1908)
  • 2013 Nosher Powell, English actor and boxer, dies at 84
  • 2016 Chyna [Joanie Laurer], American professional wrestler and reality TV star, dies at 46
  • 2016 Victoria Wood, British comedian and actress, dies of cancer at 62