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
Singer-Songwriter
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
Actress
Diane Keaton
  • 1981 Final performance of TV show "Soap" airs
  • 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
Actress
Eva Mendes
  • 2018 Actress Allison Mack arrested on charges of sex trafficking in relation to sex cult NXIVM in New York

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1893 Harold Lloyd sr, American silent film actor, comedian, and director (Why Worry, Safety Last!), born in Burchard, Nebraska (d. 1971)
  • 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)
  • 1908 Lionel Hampton, American jazz vibraphone player and actor, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • 1909 Guido Alberti, Italian film actor (Marco the Magnificent), born in Benevento, Italy (d. 1996)
  • 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, Catholic American Franciscan nun, born in Canton, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 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, American actor (Sulu-Star Trek, Green Berets), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1939 Peter S. Beagle, American novelist and screenwriter (The Last Unicorn), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 James Gammon, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Nick-Nash Bridges), born in Newman, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 1940 Pilar Miró, Spanish screenwriter and director (Wether, Beltenebros), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1997)
  • 1941 Ryan O'Neal, American actor (Love Story, Paper Moon), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 Edie Sedgwick, American actress (Ciao Manhattan) and socialite, born in Santa Barbara, California (d. 1971)
  • 1943 Michael Greer, American actor (Bobby Gentry Show), born in Galesburg, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1945 Jimmy Winston [James Langwith], British organist and actor (Doctor Who, Small Faces), born in London, England
  • 1945 Michael Brandon, American actor (Dempsey and Makepeace), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946 Julien Poulin, French-Canadian actor (Elvis Gratton: Le king des kings), born in Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • 1947 David Leland, English actor and director (Nothing But Trouble), born in Cambridge, England
  • 1948 Gregory Itzin, American film and TV actor (The Kentucky Cycle), born in Washington, D.C.

Person of interestJessica Lange

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

Actress Jessica Lange
Actress
Jessica Lange
  • 1949 Veronica Cartwright, English-American actress (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), born in Bristol, England
  • 1957 Geraint Wyn Davies, Welsh-Canadian actor (Nick Knight-Forever Knight, Bury Me in Niagara, High Hopes), born in Swansea, Wales
  • 1959 Clint Howard, American actor (Gentle Ben), born in Burbank, California
  • 1961 Konstantin Lavronenko, Russian actor (Vozvrashcheniye), born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia
  • 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, American TV host (Fun House), born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
  • 1967 Lara Jill Miller, American actress (Samantha-Gimme a Break), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Chris Jarvis, English children's TV personality, born in Romford, London
  • 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, American actor (Gimme a Break, Blossom, Summer Rental), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1977 Jon Hugger, American professional wrestler, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1981 Matus Valent, European male fitness model, born in Bratislava, Slovak Republic
  • 1983 Terrence J, American actor and television host (106 & Park), born in Queens, New York
  • 1983 Miranda Kerr, Australian supermodel, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1987 John Patrick Amedori, American actor (The Butterfly Effect), born in Baltimore, Maryland

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
  • 1979 Peter Donald, British-born American actor and radio host dubbed "one of radio's great dialecticians" (Masquerade Party), dies at 60
  • 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 Señor Wences, Spanish ventriloquist (his hand acts as a puppet) and comedian, dies at 103
  • 2001 Maria Karnilova, American dancer and actress (Fiddler on the Roof, Ivan the Terrible), dies at 80
  • 2003 Ruth Hale, American playwright and actress (b. 1908)
  • 2012 Peter Carsten, German actor and film producer actor (A Study in Terror, Mr Super Invisible), dies at 83
  • 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