On This Day in Film & TV for April 28

Events in Film & TV

  • 1932 1st broadcast of "One Man's Family" on NBC radio
  • 1937 1st animated cartoon electric sign displayed (NYC)
  • 1955 WBIQ TV channel 10 in Birmingham, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 WSOC TV channel 9 in Charlotte, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 4th National Film Awards (India): "Kabuliwala" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 1959 KLOE TV channel 10 in Goodland, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 KPLR TV channel 11 in Saint Louis, MO (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 6th National Film Awards (India): "Sagar Sangamey" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 1960 WIPM TV channel 3 in Mayaguez, PR (PBS) begins broadcasting

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1965 Barbra Streisand stars on "My Name is Barbra" special on CBS

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1966 38th Academy Awards: "The Sound of Music", Julie Christie & Lee Marvin win

Music awardsMusic Awards

1969 4th Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Cathie Taylor win

Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • 1981 "We’re Fighting Back" premieres on CBS in the US, based on the formation of the Guardian Angels

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Craig Ferguson announces he will leave "The Late Late Show" at the end of 2014

Actor & Comedian Craig Ferguson
Actor & Comedian
Craig Ferguson

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2017 Gwyneth Paltrow brand Goop and Condé Nast announce they will be launching a quarterly publication together


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1874 Sidney Toler, American actor, director and playwright (Madame X, Meeting at Midnight), born in Warrensburg, Missouri (d. 1947)

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1878 Lionel Barrymore [Blythe], American actor (Free Soul, Dr Kildare), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1954)

  • 1889 Bryant Washburn, American actor (Exposure, Millionaire Kid, Nabonga), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1963)
  • 1901 Corry Vonk, [Cornelia D], wife of Wim Kan (ABC-cabaret)
  • 1908 Michael Fitzmaurice, American radio actor (Superman, Reported Missing, 14 Hours), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)

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1908 Oskar Schindler, Austrian businessman and subject of the novel "Schindler's Ark" and the film "Schindler's List", born in Zwittau, Austria-Hungary (d. 1974)

Industrialist Oskar Schindler
Industrialist
Oskar Schindler
  • 1911 Frans Vroons, actor/tenor/director (Neth Opera)
  • 1917 Robert Cornthwaite, St Helen Oregon, actor (Thing, War of the Worlds)
  • 1920 Nan Merriman, US/Neth singer (Arturo Toscanini NBC Orch)
  • 1921 Rowland Evans, White Marsh Pa, news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak)
  • 1923 Adele Mara, Dearborn Mich, actress/singer (Cool Million, Wheels)
  • 1923 William Guarnere, South American WWII Veteran portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Donatas Banionis, Lithuanian actor
  • 1930 Richard C Sarafian, American director/actor (Foley Square), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Carolyn Jones, American actress (Morticia-Addams Family), born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 1983)
  • 1938 Madge Sinclair, actress (Bell-Roots, Trapper John), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1938 Fred Dibnah, English television personality (d. 2004)
  • 1941 Ann-Margret, Valsjobya Sweden, actress (Bye Bye Birdie, Tommy)
  • 1943 Jacques Dutronc, French singer and actor
  • 1946 Ginette Reno, French Canadian singer, songwriter and actress
  • 1948 Marcia Strassman, American actress (Julle Kotter-Welcome Back Kotter), born in New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1948 Dorothée Berryman, French Canadian actress and singer
  • 1949 Bruno Kirby, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1950 Jay Leno, New Rochelle, comedian/talk show host (Tonight Show)
  • 1950 Willie Colon, actor (Last Flight), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1952 Mary McDonnell, Wilkes-Barre PA, actress (Sneakers, Independence Day)
  • 1955 Paul Guilfoyle, American actor and director (The Grapes of Wrath, Curiosity Kills), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • 1956 Jeremy John Beadle, British critic, writer and broadcaster, born in York, England (d. 1995)
  • 1958 Nancy Lee Grahn, actress (Santa Barbara)
  • 1965 Steven Blum, American voice actor
  • 1967 Monique Noel, playmate (May, 1989), born in Salem, Oregon
  • 1971 Chris Young, Penn, actor (Bryce Lynch-Max Headroom, Great Outdoors)
  • 1971 Simbi Khali, actress (Nina-Third Rock From the Sun)
  • 1971 Bridget Moynahan, American actress, born in Binghamton, New York
  • 1973 Elisabeth Röhm, American actress
  • 1973 Jorge Garcia, American actor

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1974 Penélope Cruz, Spanish actress (Vanilla Sky, Waking Up in Reno), born in Madrid, Spain

  • 1978 Nate Richert, actor (Harvey-Sabrina), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1978 Lauren Laverne, Disc jockey, television presenter and former singer
  • 1979 Bahram Radan, Iranian actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1981 Jessica Alba, American actress (Dark Angel, Sin City) and businesswoman (The Honest Company), born in Pomona, California

Actress and Businesswoman Jessica Alba
Actress and Businesswoman
Jessica Alba

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1979 Actor and comedian John Candy (28) weds Rosemary Margaret Hobor at St. Basil's Church in Toronto, Canada

Actor and Comedian John Candy
Actor and Comedian
John Candy
  • 2007 Reality TV producer Mark Burnett (46) weds former "Touched By An Angel" actress Roma Downey (47) in a private ceremony at their home in Malibu

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1710 Thomas Betterton, British actor and dramatist (Coriolanus), dies at 74
  • 1925 Louis Bouwmeester, Dutch actor (Shakespeare), dies at 82
  • 1933 Robin Irvine, British actor (Easy Virtue, When Boys Leave Home), dies of pleurisy at 31
  • 1966 Ralph Bunker, actor (Ghost Goes West), dies of a stroke at 77
  • 1970 Ed Begley, American actor (12 Angry Men, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 69
  • 1973 Pat Henning, actor (Goodyear TV Playhouse), dies at 62
  • 1974 Paul Page, American actor (Girl From Havana, Moth), dies at 70
  • 1977 Ricardo Cortez [Jacob Krantz], American actor and director (The Maltese Falcon), dies at 76
  • 1980 Dee Carroll, [Betty Jean Marsh], actress (Mad Bomber, Split), dies
  • 1982 Bert van Dongen [Abraham J Cohen], Dutch singer and actor, dies at 66
  • 1991 Ken Curtis, American actor (Festus - Gunsmoke), dies at 74
  • 1995 Andrew Salkey, author editor/broadcaster, dies at 67
  • 1996 Giles Grangier, film director, dies at 84
  • 1999 Rory Calhoun, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 2002 Lou Thesz, American professional wrestler, dies at 86
  • 2005 Chris Candido, American wrestler (b. 1972)
  • 2007 Dabbs Greer, American actor (b. 1917)
  • 2012 Patricia Medina, English actress, dies from natural causes at 92