On This Day in Film & TV for April 22

Events in Film & TV

  • 1948 WTVR TV channel 6 in Richmond, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 US Senate Army-McCarthy televised hearings begin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 Director Ingmar Bergman leaves Sweden due to taxation

Director, Writer Ingmar Bergman
Director, Writer
Ingmar Bergman

Film release premierFilm Premier

1984 CBS premiere of TV film "Pope John Paul II", starring Albert Finney in title role

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Johnny Carson announces he will retire next year from "The Tonight Show"

Comedian and TV Host Johnny Carson
Comedian and TV Host
Johnny Carson
  • 1991 Shalom America (Jewish cable network) is launched in Brooklyn & Queens
  • 1998 Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1856 [Marie] Louise Hens, Flemish actress (Two Orphans), born (d. 1939)
  • 1860 Ada Rehan, Irish-American stage actress and comedian (Daly's Fifth Avenue Theatre), born in County Limerick, Ireland (d. 1916)
  • 1876 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler (d. 1920)
  • 1891 Belle Bennett, American actress (Stella Dallas, Iron Mask), born in Milaca, Minnesota (d. 1932)
  • 1899 Martyn Green, British actor (Gilbert & Sullivan, Iceman Cometh), born in London, England (d. 1975)

Person of interestEddie Albert

1906 Eddie Albert [Heimberger], American actor (Roman Holiday, Green Acres), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 2005)

  • 1909 Ralph Byrd, American actor (Dick Tracy TV Show, SOS Coast Guard), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1952)
  • 1915 Dick Dudley, American TV host (Village Barn), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Hal March [Harold Mendelson], American comedian, actor and TV host ($64,000 Question, Outrage), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1970)
  • 1923 Hugh Lloyd, British actor (Hugh and I, Punch & Judy Man), born in Chester, England (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Avis Bunnage, British actress (Rising Damp, Coronation Street), born in Ardwick, Manchester, England (d. 1990)
  • 1923 Aaron Spelling, American television producer (Charlie's Angels), (d. 2006)

Person of interestBettie Page

1923 Bettie Page, American pinup model considered the 'Queen of Pinups' and the 'Dark Angel', born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2008)

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page
  • 1925 George Cole, English actor (Minder, Vampire Lovers), born in London, England (d.2015)
  • 1926 Charlotte Rae, American character actress, comedian, singer and dancer (Edna-Facts of Life), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1931 Simon "Siem" Vroom, Dutch actor (The Lift, Bridge Too Far, Mysteries), born in Beemster, Noord-Holland (d. 1985)

Person of interestGlen Campbell

1936 Glen Campbell, American actor and singer (Time I Get to Phoenix), born in Delight, Arkansas (d. 2017)

Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell

Person of interestJack Nicholson

1937 Jack Nicholson, American actor (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Shining), born in Neptune City, New Jersey

  • 1939 Jason Miller, actor and writer (Exorcist, Light of Day), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1942 Denis Lill, New Zealand-born British actor (Only Fools and Horses), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1946 Nicole Garcia, French actress and director
  • 1948 Carol Drinkwater, Anglo-Irish actress (Father, All Creatures Great & Small) and author (The Haunted School, Provence), born in London
  • 1950 Jancis Robinson, wine writer/broadcaster
  • 1952 François Berléand, French actor
  • 1953 Steve Bond, Haifa Israel, actor (General Hospital, To Die For)
  • 1954 Joseph Bottoms, American actor (Surfacing, Blind Date, Braker), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1956 Catherine Mary Stewart, Edmonton, actress (Passion & Paradise)
  • 1957 Alan Campbell, Homestead Fla, actor (E Z-3's a Crowd)
  • 1958 Ken Olandt, actor (April Fool's Day, Imposter, Leprechaun)
  • 1959 Ryan Stiles, American actor (Lewis-Drew Carey Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1961 Byron Allen, comedian (Real People, Byron Allen Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Sean Lock, British comedian and actor (British Comedy Award, 2000), born in Chertsey, Surrey
  • 1964 Chris Makepeace, actor (Vamp, My Bodyguard, Meatballs, Oasis), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1965 Lauri Hendler, actress (Julie - Gimme a Break), born in Ft Belvoir, Virgina
  • 1966 Mariana Levy, Mexican actress (d. 2005)
  • 1967 Sheryl Lee, American actress (Twin Peaks, Love Lies & Murder), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • 1967 Sherri Shepherd, American comedian and actress
  • 1970 Regine Velasquez, Filipino singer and actress
  • 1971 Ingo Rademacher, German FR, actor (Jasper Jacks-General Hospital)
  • 1971 Eric Mabius, American actor
  • 1972 Anna Falchi, Tampera Finland, actress (La Dolce Vita '90)
  • 1974 Georgia Goettmann, model (Cosmo-May 1995)
  • 1980 Aaron Metchnik, actor (Stephen-Torkelsons), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1980 Aaron Michael Metchik, American actor
  • 1984 Michelle Ryan, English actress
  • 1986 Amber Heard, American actress, born in Austin, Texas

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1939 Actor and naval officer of World War II Douglas Fairbanks Jr (29) weds Huntington Hartford's former wife Mary Lee Hartford

HeartWedding of Interest

2000 NFL football player Emmitt Smith (31) weds Miss Virginia USA beauty queen Patricia Southall (29)

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith
  • 2003 "Star Trek: Enterprise" actress Jolene Blalock (28) weds "Live Nation" CEO Michael Rapino in Negril, Jamaica
  • 2006 "Entourage" actor Kevin Dillon (40) weds model-actress Jane Stuart (28) in Las Vegas
  • 2006 "Save The Last Dance" actor Sean Patrick Thomas (35) weds "The Fantastic Four" actress Aonika Laurent in New Orleans
  • 2011 American actor Eddie Cibrian (37) weds American country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (28) at a private home in California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1946 Lionel Atwill, British actor (Captain Blood, To Be or Not to Be), dies at 61
  • 1951 Stanley Ridges, actor (possessed, Sgt York, Mr Ace), dies at 59
  • 1962 Vera Reynolds, actress (Dragnet Patrol, Lawless Woman), dies at 62
  • 1967 Tom Conway, Russian actor (Mark Saber, Betty Hutton Show), dies at 62
  • 1975 Mary Philips, actress (Farewell to Arms), dies at 75
  • 1978 Will Geer [William Aughe Ghere], American actor (Salt of the Earth, The Waltons), dies at 76
  • 1983 Walter Slezak, Austrian actor (Bedtime for Bonzo, Inspector General), commits suicide at 80
  • 1988 Irene Rich, US actress (Beau Brumell, Champ), dies at 96
  • 1990 Bertil Unger, actor (Devil & Max Devlin), dies
  • 1992 Youcca Troubatzkoy, actress (Flower of the Night), dies
  • 1996 David Shipman, film historian, dies at 63
  • 1996 Erma Bombeck, American humorist (The Grass is Greener over the Septic Tank), dies at 69
  • 2005 Norman Bird, UK character actor (b. 1920)
  • 2006 Alida Valli [Baroness Alida von Marckenstein-Frauenberg], Italian actress (The Paradine Case, The Third Man), dies at 84
  • 2009 Jack Cardiff, British cinematographer (Black Narcissus), dies at 94
  • 2011 Moin Akhter, Pakistani actor (b. 1950)
  • 2016 Madeleine Sherwood, Canadian actress (Mother Superior - Flying Nun), dies at 93
  • 2017 Erin Moran, American actress (Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi), dies at 56
  • 2017 Norman T. Hatch, American oscar-winning marine cinematographer during WWII (With the Marines at Tarawa), dies at 96