On This Day in Film & TV for April 25

Events in Film & TV

  • 1954 WDEF TV channel 12 in Chattanooga, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 WUHY TV channel 35 in Philadelphia, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1964 "New Phil Silvers Show" last airs on CBS-TV
  • 1964 11th National Film Awards (India): "Shehar Aur Sapna" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 1978 ABC premiere of crime drama "Vega$"
  • 1990 Hong Kong actress Carina Lau is abducted by Triad members

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2009 Elijah Wood is honored with the Midnight Award by the San Francisco International Film Festival


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1897 Paula Trueman, American actress (Dirty Dancing), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1903 Camilla Horn, German actress (Rebus, Vertigine, Polterabend, Matinee Idol), born in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany (d. 1996)
  • 1908 Edward R. Murrow, American newscaster (Person to Person), born in Guilford County, North Carolina (d. 1965)
  • 1913 Russ Conway, Canadian-American character actor (Richard Diamond Private Eye), born in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada (d. 2009)
  • 1920 Jean Carmet, French actor (Cache Cash, Miss Mona, Night Magic), born in Bourgueil, Indre-et-Loire, France (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Anita Björk, Swedish actress (Miss Julie, Loving Couples, Night People), born in Tällberg, Sweden (d. 2012
  • 1925 Kay E. Kuter, American actor (Green Acres), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1930 Dotty Mack, American actress (Paul Dixon Show), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1932 William Roache, English actor (Ken Barlow-Coronation Street), born in Basford, Nottinghamshire, England
  • 1934 Denny "Scott" Miller, American actor (Wagon Train), born in Bloomington Ind, (d. 2014)
  • 1935 April Ashley, English model and one of the earliest British people known to have had sex reassignment surgery, born in Liverpool
  • 1937 Bo Brundin, Swedish actress (Rhinemann Exchange), born in Stockholm, Sweden

Person of interestAl Pacino

1940 Al Pacino, American actor (And Justice For All, The Godfather, Scorpio), born in NYC, New York

Actor Al Pacino
Actor
Al Pacino
  • 1941 Bertrand Tavernier, French actor (Capt Conan, L627, Daddy Nostalgie), born in Lyon, France
  • 1946 Talia Shire [Coppola], American actress (Adrienne-Rocky), born in Lake Success, New York
  • 1947 Jeffrey DeMunn, American actor (Blaze, Frances, Windy City), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1955 Parviz Parastui, Iranian actor
  • 1956 Jaroslava Schallerová, Hungarian actress
  • 1959 Dominique Blanc, French actress
  • 1960 Bruce Redman, Australian film producer

Person of interestHank Azaria

1964 Hank Azaria, American actor (The Birdcage) and voice behind many characters in The Simpsons (Moe, Apu, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Carl Carlson), born in NYC, New York

  • 1964 Wisit Sasanatieng, Thai film director
  • 1966 Isabelle Pasco, French actress (Ave Maria)/model (Elle, Vogue)
  • 1969 Renée Zellweger, American actress (Bridget Jones), born in Katy, Texas
  • 1969 Gina Torres, American actress (Firefly, Suits), born in NYC, New York
  • 1971 Michelle Harris, Miss America-Delaware (1996), born in Newark, Delaware
  • 1971 Tomoko Kawakami, (Voice Actress), Japanese Seiyuu
  • 1975 Emily Bergl, English-American actress
  • 1975 Chris Lilley, Australian actor, comedian, and writer
  • 1977 Jonathan Angel, actor (Tommy Delucca-Saved By The Bell), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1977 Marguerite Moreau, actress (Connie-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3)
  • 1978 Letícia Birkheuer, Brazilian model
  • 1985 Jonathan Halyalkar, Ramsey NJ, actor (Billy-Who's the Boss)
  • 1988 Sara Paxton, American actress ( Darcy's Wild Life), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestHolaSoyGerman

1990 HolaSoyGerman [Germán Garmendia], Chilean YouTube star (second-most subscribed channel), born in Copiapó, Chile

YouTube Star HolaSoyGerman
YouTube Star
HolaSoyGerman
  • 1996 Allisyn Ashley Arm, American child actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1972 Comedic actor Bob Denver (37) weds third wife Carole Abrahams

Actor Bob Denver
Actor
Bob Denver
  • 2003 "Angel" actress Amy Acker (26) weds actor James Carpinello (27) at Hans Fahden Vineyard in Napa Valley, California
  • 2009 TV personality Spencer Pratt (28) weds media personality and singer Heidi Montag (25) at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2012 Comedian and actor Martin Lawrence (47) files for divorce from Shamicka Gibbs due to irreconcilable differences after 1.5 years of marriage

Comedian Martin Lawrence
Comedian
Martin Lawrence

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1943 Vladimir Ivanovich Nemirovich-Danchenko, playwright/director, dies
  • 1955 Constance Collier, actress (Perils of Pauline), dies at 77
  • 1960 Hope Emerson, actress (I Married Joan, Peter Gunn), dies at 62
  • 1969 Margarita Xirgu, Catalan stage actress, director and political radical (Bloody Wedding, Mariana Pineda), dies at 80
  • 1970 Anita Louise, American actress (The Little Princess, Gorilla, My Friend Flicka), dies from a stroke at 55
  • 1972 George Sanders, Russian actor (All About Eve-Academy Award 1950), commits suicide at 65
  • 1976 Carol Reed, English film director (Agony & Ecstasy, Oliver!), dies at 69
  • 1976 Margaret Bannerman, actress (Great Defender), dies at 79
  • 1980 Katia Mann, German actress and wife of German writer Thomas Mann, dies at 96
  • 1982 Celia Johnson, English actress (Brief Encounter, Happy Breed), dies at 73
  • 1982 Don Wilson, TV announcer (Jack Benny Show), dies at 81
  • 1984 Richard Benedict, actor (Okinawa), dies at 64 of a heart attack
  • 1985 Murray Matheson, actor (Felix-Banacek), dies at 72
  • 1985 Richard Haydn, British actor (The Sound of Music, Alice in Wonderland), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • 1989 George Coulouris, British actor (Runaway Bus), dies at 85
  • 1990 Dexter Gordon, American jazz tenor saxophonist and actor (Round Midnight, The Other Side of Round Midnight), dies of kidney failure at 67
  • 1991 Frank Hamilton, actor (Subterraneans), dies at 66
  • 1993 Rosita Moreno, actress (Walls of Gold), dies of heart attack at 85
  • 1994 David Langton [Basil Muir Langton-Dodds], Scottish actor (The Avengers, Quintet, St Joan, Abandon Ship), dies of a heart attack at 82

Person of interestGinger Rogers

1995 Ginger Rogers, American actress, dancer and singer (Top Hat, Stage Door), dies at 83

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • 1995 Joseph Heifitz, film director, dies at 89
  • 1996 Saul Bass, American graphic designer of logos and film titles (Psycho), dies at 75
  • 2002 Michael Bryant, British actor (Sakharov, Girly), dies at 74
  • 2004 Albert Paulsen, Ecuadorian-American actor (One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Doctors' Hospital), dies at 78
  • 2008 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz musician, actor and broadcaster (It's Great to Be Young), dies at 86
  • 2009 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress (All in the Family, The Golden Girls), dies at 86
  • 2013 Virginia Gibson, American actress, dies at 88