On This Day in Film & TV for April 24

Events in Film & TV

  • 1954 WSEE TV channel 35 in Erie, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 KFDM TV channel 6 in Beaumont, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 KMAU (now KGMV) TV channel 3 in Wailuku, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 WICD TV channel 15 in Champaign, IL (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 Massachusetts Institute of Technology sends TV signal by satellite for 1st time: California to Massachusetts
  • 1965 "Comedy in Music-Opus 2" closes at John Golden NYC after 192 performances
  • 1968 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Pete Tountas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2010 Christy Turlington’s directorial debut, "No Woman, No Cry", is released in the U.S.

Supermodel Christy Turlington
Supermodel
Christy Turlington

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1892 Jack Hulbert, British actor (Into the Blue, Bulldog Jack), born in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England (d. 1978)
  • 1893 Robert Harron, American actor (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), born in NYC, New York (d. 1920)
  • 1908 Marceline Day [Newlin], American actress (The Cameraman, The Arm of the Law), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 2000)
  • 1909 Irven Spence, American animator, born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Jack E. Leonard, American comedian (Disorderly Orderly), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • 1914 Justin Wilson, American Cajun chef (Wise Potato Chips) and humorist, born in Roseland, Louisiana (d. 2001)
  • 1914 Ruth White, American actress (To Kill a Mockingbird, Up the Down Staircase), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (d. 1969)
  • 1916 Lou Thesz, American professional wrestler, born in Banat, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • 1922 John Donovan "J D" Cannon, American actor (McCloud, Ike, Call to Glory), born in Salmon, Idaho (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Marilyn Erskine, American actress (Tom Ewell Show, Westward the Women), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1924 Ruth Kobart [Kahn], American actor and singer (King's Quest VII, Forum), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2002)
  • 1929 Rajkumar [Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju], Indian actor and singer in Kannada cinema and cultural icon, born in Gajanur, Madras, India (d. 2006)
  • 1929 Shammi [Nargis Rabadi], Indian actress (Half Ticket, Dekh Bhai Dekh), born in Bombay, British India (d. 2018)
  • 1932 Coen Flink, Dutch actor (Pastorale 1943, Havinck, Honneponnetje), born in Amsterdam (d. 2000)
  • 1933 Patricia Bosworth, American actor, journalist, writer, and biographer, born in Oakland, California
  • 1933 Claire Davenport, English actress (The Elephant Man), born in Sale, Cheshire, England (d. 2002)
  • 1933 Helmuth Lohner, Austrian actor and director (Mrs. Warren's Profession), born in Vienna
  • 1934 John Barbour, TV host (Real People), born in Toronto, Ontario

Person of interestShirley MacLaine

1934 Shirley MacLaine, American actress and mystic (Irma la Douce), born in Richmond, Virginia

  • 1936 Jill Ireland, English actress (Breakout, Assassination, Chino), born in London, England (d. 1990)
  • 1940 Michael Parks, American actor (Tusk, Then Came Bronson), born in Corona California (d. 2017)

Person of interestBarbra Streisand

1942 Barbra Streisand, American singer, actress and award winner (People), born in Brooklyn, New York

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1946 Dick Rivers, French singer and actor, born in Nice, France
  • 1953 Eric Bogosian, American actor (Talk Radio), born in Woburn, Massachusetts
  • 1955 Michael O'Keefe, American actor (Caddyshack, Ironweed, Slugger's Wife), born in Mount Vernon, New York
  • 1955 John Epperson [Lypsinka], American drag artist and actor, born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi
  • 1960 Paula Yates, English TV personality (The Big Breakfast), born in London (d. 2000)
  • 1964 Cedric the Entertainer, American comedian and actor, born in Jefferson City, Missouri
  • 1964 Djimon Hounsou, Beninese actor (Blood Diamond), born in Cotonou, Dahomey
  • 1965 Son Chang-Min, South Korean actor, born in Busan, South Korea
  • 1966 Pierre Brassard, French-Canadian humorist and actor, born in Val-d'Or, Canada
  • 1968 Stacy Haiduk, American actress (Lana Lang-Superboy), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1968 Aidan Gillen [Aidan Murphy], Irish actor (Queer as Folk, Game of Thrones), born in Dublin
  • 1969 Melinda Clarke, American actress (Days of Our Lives), born in Dana Point, California
  • 1969 Viveca Paulin, Swedish actress, born in Askim, Sweden
  • 1973 Gabby Logan, British television presenter, born in Leeds, England
  • 1974 Eric Kripke, American television writer, director and producer (Supernatural), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1974 Comedy Dave [David Lloyd Vitty], British radio personality, born in Hong Kong
  • 1975 Sam Doumit, American actress (Shameless), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1976 Shane McDermott, American actor (Garrett Booth-Swan's Crossing), born in Middletown, New York
  • 1978 Eric Balfour, American actor (What Women Want), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1978 Kim Hyun-ju, South Korean actress, born in Goyang, South Korea
  • 1978 Stella Damasus Aboderin, Nigerian actress (Two Brides and a Baby), born in Benin City, Edo, Nigeria
  • 1980 Austin Nichols, American actor (One Tree Hill), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Person of interestKelly Clarkson

1982 Kelly Clarkson, American singer and winner of the inaugural season of TV series American Idol, born in Fort Worth, Texas

  • 1988 Michael Tylo, son of US actor Michael Tylo and Deborah Hunter, born in California (d. 2007)
  • 1992 Sean Rademaker, American actor (Kirkland Harrison-Another World), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1994 Austin Rogers, American actor, born in New Port Richey, Florida
  • 1998 Ryan Newman, American actress (Zeke and Luther), born in Manhattan Beach, California

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1988 Musician Mick Fleetwood (40) weds model Sara Recor

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Musician
Mick Fleetwood

HeartWedding of Interest

1992 Rock star David Bowie (45) weds supermodel Iman (37) in Switzerland

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • 1993 ABC news analyst Jeff Greenfield weds Karen Gannett
  • 1994 Actor Lou Diamond Phillips marries Kelly Phillips
  • 2004 Model-actress Ali Landry (30) weds TV personality Mario Lopez (30) at the exclusive Las Alamandas resort outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • 2013 Actress and director Melissa Gilbert (48) weds actor Timothy Busfield (55) at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2007 Recording artist and the most-awarded female act of all-time Whitney Houston (43) divorces R&B singer-songwriter Bobby Brown (38) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage

Singer and Actress Whitney Houston
Singer and Actress
Whitney Houston

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1936 Finley Peter Dunne, American journalist and humorist (Mr Dooley), dies at 68
  • 1945 Hubert Bath, British film composer and music director, dies at 61
  • 1948 Rosita Marstini, actress (I Cover Waterfront, Big Parade), dies at 54
  • 1956 Henry Stephenson, British actor (Conquest, Little Old NY, Mr Lucky), dies at 85
  • 1960 John P "John" Musch, actor/founder (JM), dies at 84
  • 1961 Lee Moran, American actor (Circus Clown), dies of heart ailment at 72 (b. 1888)
  • 1965 Louise Dresser, actress (State Fair, Ship Comes In, Mammy), dies at 86
  • 1967 Frank Overton, actor (12 O'Clock High), dies at 48
  • 1968 Norman McKaye, actor (Untamed Fury, Frogman), dies at 62
  • 1968 Tommy Noonan, American actor, screenwriter and producer (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Promises Promises), dies of a brain tumor at 46
  • 1974 Bud Abbott, American comedian (Abbott & Costello), dies at 78
  • 1979 John Carroll [Julian LaFaye], American actor (Flying Tigers, Go West), dies from leukaemia at 72
  • 1990 Tom Rolfing, actor (He Knows You're Alone, Cliff-Another World), dies
  • 1996 Donald Cammell, film director, dies at 62
  • 1996 Preston Lockwood [Reginald], British actor (Time Bandits, Jeeves and Wooster), dies of natural causes at 83
  • 1997 Pat Paulsen, American comedian (Smothers Brothers Show), dies at 69
  • 2011 Marie-France Pisier, French actress (b. 1944)
  • 2017 Don Gordon [Donald Guadagno], American actor (Bullitt, Papillon), dies at 90