On This Day in Film & TV for April 26

Events in Film & TV


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1954 "Seven Samurai", Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune, is released

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • 1967 KSPS TV channel 7 in Spokane, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1982 CBS radio begins youth oriented broadcast Radio Radio

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1984 President Reagan visits China

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1991 "Dinosaurs" premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1992 "Growing Pains" final episode on ABC TV
  • 1992 "Who's The Boss" final episode after 8 years on ABC TV

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1993 NBC announces Conan O'Brien to replace David Letterman

TV Host Conan O'Brien
TV Host
Conan O'Brien
Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • 2009 55th British Academy Television Awards: "Harry and Paul" Best Comedy, "Wallander" Best Drama

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2010 "Iron Man 2", directed by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, premieres in Los Angeles

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2013 Cory Monteith is reported to have completed treatment at a drug rehabilitation facility

Actor & Musician Cory Monteith
Actor & Musician
Cory Monteith

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1834 Artemus Ward, (Charles Farrar Browne), humorist
  • 1878 Ethel Griffies, British actress (Billy Liar, The Birds, We Live Again), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England (d. 1975)
  • 1883 Harry Sothern, British actor (Blind Wives, Buck Rogers), born in London, England (d. 1957)
  • 1888 Anita Loos, American screenwriter, novelist (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) and playwright (d. 1981)
  • 1890 Edgar "E Livingstone" Kennedy, US actor and director (My Old Dutch)
  • 1896 Ernst Udet, German WWI pilot and notable flying ace who helped develop the Luftwaffe under the Nazi Party, born in Frankfurt am Main, German Empire (d. 1941)
  • 1897 Douglas Sirk, German American film director (All That Heaven Allows), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1987)
  • 1898 John Grierson, documentary filmmaker
  • 1899 Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, American actor (Hoedown, Country Fair, Blackmail), born in Decatur, Texas (d. 1962)
  • 1903 Niven Busch, US screenwriter (Postman Always Rings Twice)
  • 1905 Denis O'Dea, Irish actor (Niagara, Esther & the King, Treasure Island), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1978)
  • 1905 Jean Vigo, French actor and director (Zero For Conduct, L'Atlante), born in Paris, France (d. 1934)
  • 1910 Ruan Lingyu [Fenggen], Chinese silent film actress (The Goddess), born in Shanghai (d. 1935)
  • 1914 Charlie Chester, British comedian (Never Say Die)
  • 1916 Vic Perrin, American actor (d. 1989)
  • 1918 Stafford Repp, California, actor (Chief O'Hara-Batman, Plunder Road)
  • 1922 Mike Kellin, actor (Honestly Celeste, Fitz & Bones), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1924 Russell Nype, Zion Ill, singer/actor (Burton Farley-Dorothy)
  • 1927 Anne McLaren, biologist/zoologist/actress (Things to Come)
  • 1927 Jack Douglas, comedian (My Brother Was an Only Child, Jack Paar Show)
  • 1930 Derek Waring, actor (Barnacle Bill, Arthur-Heart of the Country)
  • 1932 Francis Lai, French film music composer
  • 1933 Carol Burnett, American comedian and actress (Annie, 4 Seasons), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1942 Claudine Auger, Miss France (1958)/actress (Thunderball), born in Paris, France
  • 1947 Warren Clarke, English actor (Clockwork Orange), born in Oldham, Lancashire, (d. 2014)
  • 1948 Boyd Matson, TV host/correspondent (National Geographic Explorer)
  • 1949 Jerry Blackwell, American wrestler (d. 1995)
  • 1956 Koo Stark, [Kathleen Dee-Anne], photographer/actress (Emily)
  • 1958 Giancarlo Esposito, actor (Bob Roberts, School Daze, King of NY)
  • 1961 Joan Chen, [Chen Chong], Chinese-American actress (Heaven & Earth, The Last Emperor), born in Shanghai, China
  • 1962 Michael Damian, American actor (Young & Restless) and singer (Rock on), born in San Diego, California
  • 1962 Debra Wilson, American actress and comedian

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1963 Jet Li, Chinese actor and martial artist (Romeo Must Die, Unleashed), born in Beijing, China

Chinese Actor and Martial Artist Jet Li
Chinese Actor and Martial Artist
Jet Li
  • 1963 Jet Li, Chinese martial artist and actor (Hero, The Expendables), born in Beijing, China
  • 1964 Tod Bass, actor (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Kevin James, American comedian
  • 1967 Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Academy Award nominated British actress
  • 1967 Glen Jacobs, American professional wrestler

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1970 Melania Trump [née Knauss], Slovenian-American model, wife of President Donald Trump and current First Lady of the United States, born in Novo Mesto, Yugoslavia

US First Lady and Model Melania Trump
US First Lady and Model
Melania Trump
  • 1973 Damien Munoz, Miss USA-Colorado (1997)
  • 1973 Tracy Kathleen Hayes, Wheaton Ill, Miss America (Illinois-5th-1996)
  • 1974 Ivana Milicevic, Croatian-American actress
  • 1974 Adil Ray, English radio presenter (BBC Asian Network)
  • 1977 Jason Earles, American actor
  • 1977 Tom Welling, American actor
  • 1978 Stana Katic, Canadian-American actress (Kate Beckett-Castle), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1979 Sean Fox, actor (3 Ninjas Kick Back, Calendar Girl)
  • 1980 Jordana Brewster, Panama, actress (Nikki Graves-As the World Turns)
  • 1980 Marnette Patterson, American actress (Nicole-Something So Right), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1980 Channing Tatum, American actor (21 Jump Street, Magic Mike), born in Cullman, Alabama
  • 1984 Ryan O'Donohue, Pomona Ca, actress (Byrds of Paradise, Boys are Back)
  • 1987 Jessica Lee Rose, American-born New Zealand actress, famous YouTube star lonelygirl15

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1948 Actress Lana Turner marries 3rd husband Henry J. Topping, Jr

HeartWedding of Interest

1986 Actor/body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger weds newscaster Maria Shriver

Actor, Body Builder & Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder & Politician
Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • 1994 "Mad About You" actress Leila Kenzel (33) weds Neil Monaco (34)
  • 2015 "The Vampire Diaries" actor Ian Somerhalder (36) weds Twilight actress Nikki Reed (26) in Malibu, California

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1994 Actor Patrick Dempsey (28) divorces manager Rocky Parker after nearly 7 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2004 Model-actress Deborah Falconer (38) divorces actor Robert Downey Jr (39) due to irreconcilable differences after 12 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV


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1865 John Wilkes Booth, American stage actor and assassin of US US President Abraham Lincoln, shot at 26 by Union soldier Boston Corbett

  • 1936 Tammany Young, American actor (b.1886)
  • 1952 Charles L Baars, Dutch actor (Women Tamers), dies at 59
  • 1956 Edward Arnold, actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 66
  • 1961 Gail Russell, actress (Calcutta, Moonrise, El Paso), dies at 36
  • 1970 Gypsy Rose Lee, stripper/actress (Pruitts of S Hampton), dies at 56
  • 1973 Irene Ryan, actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 69
  • 1976 Allan Jackson, newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), dies at 60
  • 1976 Neil McCallum, actor (Pete-Saber of London), dies at 45
  • 1976 Sid James, South African-born British comedian, dies at 62
  • 1980 Cicely Courtneidge, actress (Double Exposure), dies at 87
  • 1981 Jim Davis, American actor (Jack Ewing-Dallas), dies at 65
  • 1982 Celia Johnson, British actress (Jean Brodie), dies of stroke at 73
  • 1983 Vaughn Taylor, actor (Johnny Jupiter), dies at 72
  • 1984 Henry Rowland, actor (Rogue's Regiment), dies at 70
  • 1984 May McAvoy, actress (Ben Hur), dies at 82 after a heart attack
  • 1986 Bessie Love, actress (Broadway Melody, Isadora), dies at 87

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1986 [William] Broderick Crawford, American actor (Highway Patrol), dies after a series of strokes at 74

  • 1987 Shankar, Of Noted Bollywood Music Director Duo Shankar-Jaikishan (b. 1922)

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1989 Lucille Ball, comedienne (I Love Lucy), dies of heart attack at 78

Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Comedienne/Actress
Lucille Ball
  • 1991 Emily McLaughlin, US actress (Jessie-General Hospital), dies at 61
  • 1992 Alberta Vaughn, actress (Wild Horse, Silver Devil), dies at 87
  • 1995 Alexander Knox, Canadian actor and author (Gorky Park, 2 of a Kind), dies of bone cancer at 88
  • 1996 Stirling Silliphant, screenwriter, dies at 78
  • 1999 Jill Dando, British television presenter (b.1961)
  • 2005 Mason Adams, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2005 Maria Schell, Swiss-Austrian actress (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Mason Adams, American actor (Lou Grant, Deadliest Season), dies at 86
  • 2007 Jack Valenti, American political advisor and film executive, dies at 85
  • 2015 Jayne Meadows, American actress and wife of Steve Allen, dies at 95
  • 2017 Jonathan Demme, American film director (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), dies at 73