On This Day in Film & TV for April 21

Events in Film & TV


Film release premierFilm Release

1928 "The Passion of Joan of Arc", directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, starring Renée Jeanne Falconetti and Eugène Silvain, is released in Denmark

French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc
French Soldier and National Heroine
Joan of Arc
  • 1930 "All Quiet on the Western Front" based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Louis Wolheim and Lew Ayres premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Outstanding Production 1930)
  • 1940 1st $64 Question, "Take It or Leave It," on CBS Radio
  • 1962 9th National Film Awards (India): "Bhagini Nivedita" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 1984 "Nightline" reverts back from 1 hour to ½ hour

Music releaseMusic Recording

1988 Barbra Streisand records "You'll Never Know"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1990 "Cartoon All Stars to Rescue" shown on all 4 TV networks

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1993 Action TV series "Walker, Texas Ranger" starring Chuck Norris debuts on CBS

  • 2002 48th British Academy Television Awards: "The Sketch Show" Best Comedy, "Cold Feet" Best Drama

Film release premierFilm Premier

2010 "Shrek Forever After" directed by Mike Mitchell with voices by Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1822 Hannibal Goodwin, Episcopal priest who patented a method for making film used in Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope, born in Taughannock, New York (d. 1900)
  • 1870 Edwin S. Porter, American film pioneer (d. 1941)
  • 1886 Charles "Charlie" Naughton, Scottish actor (Frozen Limits), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1976)
  • 1907 Beatrice Kay, American singer and actress (Sister Sue-Calvin & Col), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1914 Norman Panama, American screenwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Antonio "Anthony" Quinn, Mexican actor (Zorba the Greek, Lawrence of Arabia, Lust for Life), born in Chihuahua, Mexico (d. 2001)
  • 1916 Sidney Clute, actor, Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1920 Christopher Dark [Alfred Francis DeLeo], American actor, (World Without End, The Time Tunnel), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1921 Jack Fletcher, American actor (Calucci's Department, Once Upon a Mattress), born in Forest Hills, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1927 Gerald Flood, British actor (Doctor Who, Patton), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England (d. 1989)
  • 1930 Silvana Mangano, Italian actress (Death in Venice, Barabbas), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1989)
  • 1932 Elaine May, American comedienne/writer/actress (New Leaf, Primary Colors), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1935 Charles Grodin, Pitt, actor, Woman in Red, Lonely Guy, Heartbreak Kid)
  • 1945 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (d. 2000)
  • 1948 Claire Denis, actress (Boom Boom, Chocolat), born in Paris, France
  • 1949 Patti LuPone, actress/singer (Evita, Life Goes On), born in Northport, New York
  • 1954 James Morrison [Paige], American actor (24, Twin Peaks), born in Bountiful, Utah
  • 1957 Edward Leslie, American professional wrestler
  • 1958 Andie MacDowell, [Rosalie Anderson], American actress (Sex, Lies and Videotape, Green Card), born in Gaffney, South Carolina
  • 1963 John Cameron Mitchell, American actor (Misplaced, Band of the Hand), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1963 Roy Dupuis, Canadian actor
  • 1965 Karen Foster, Lufkin Texas, playmate (Oct, 1989)
  • 1970 Glen Hansard, Irish songwriter and actor
  • 1970 Rob Riggle, American comedian
  • 1970 Nicole Sullivan, American actress
  • 1971 Jennifer Reed, Miss USA-Michigan (1997)
  • 1972 Lori Flick, Miss America-Massachusetts (1997), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1975 Angela Michelle Hughes, Anderson SC, Miss America-SC (1997)
  • 1978 Avi Phillips, Ontario, actor (Maniac Mansion)
  • 1979 James McAvoy, Scottish actor (X-Men: First Class), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1981 Stephanie Larimore, American model
  • 1984 Ashley Peldon, actress (Marsha-Guilding Light, Deceived), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1988 Robbie Amell, Canadian actor (Tomorrow People), born in Toronto, Ontario

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 2007 Bolivian model Carla Moron weds architect Pedro Gantier at la Iglesia San Francisco de Santa Cruz
  • 2012 Actress Carey Mulligan (26) weds "Mumford & Sons" lead singer Marcus Mumford (25) in Somerset, England
  • 2017 Actor David Henrie (27) weds former Miss Delaware Maria Cahill in Southern California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1924 Eleanora Duse, Italian actress (La Gioconda, La Locandiera), dies at 64
  • 1952 Leslie Banks, actor (Henry V, 21 Days, Eye Witness), dies at 61
  • 1968 Toby Halicki, car-crash film producer 48, killed shooting stunt
  • 1971 Edmund Lowe, American actor (Black Sheep, Good Sam, Dillinger, Hot Pepper), dies at 81
  • 1973 Ursula Jeans, British actress (Cavalcade, Over the Moon, I Lived With You), dies of cancer at 66
  • 1982 Joe Sawyer, actor (Biff O'Hara-Adventures of Rin Tin Tin), dies at 80
  • 1988 I. A. L. Diamond, Hollywood screenwriter (1960 Acad Award-Apartment), dies at 67
  • 1989 James Kirkwood, American actor, author and playwright (A Chorus Line, P. S. Your Cat Is Dead!), dies of cancer at 64
  • 1996 Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder, oddsmaker/sportscaster (CBS), dies at 76
  • 1998 Peter Lind Hayes, American comedian and singer (Peter Lind Hayes Show), dies at 82
  • 1999 Charles "Buddy" Rogers, American musician actor (An Innocent Affair, Wings), dies at 94
  • 2018 Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Brazilian movie director (Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francês, Vidas Secas), dies at 89