On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for April 29

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1912 Frank Wedekind's "Tod und Teufel" premieres in Berlin

Actor and Playwright Frank Wedekind
Actor and Playwright
Frank Wedekind
  • 1932 1st broadcast of "One Man's Family" on NBC radio, longest-running dramatic serial on US radio (ends 1959)
  • 1940 1st radio broadcast of "Young Dr Malone" on CBS

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1943 Noël Coward's comic play "Present Laughter" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1945 Conscientious objector Desmond Doss saves approximately 75 wounded soldiers in the Battle of Okinawa at Hacksaw Ridge. Later depicted in the Oscar-winning film "Hacksaw Ridge".
  • 1953 The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV
  • 1953 6th Cannes Film Festival: "The Wages of Fear" directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1956 WLUC TV channel 6 in Marquette, MI (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 WSPA TV channel 7 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 WWBT TV channel 12 in Richmond, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1961 ABC's "Wide World of Sports" debuts

Music awardsMusic Awards

1982 17th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Merle Haggard, and Barbara Mandrell win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell
  • 1995 Final TV broadcast of "Empty Nest" on NBC TV

Film release premierFilm Release

1996 "Rent", starring Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs, opens at Nederlander Theater NYC

Actress and Singer Idina Menzel
Actress and Singer
Idina Menzel
  • 1997 50th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The English Patient" Best Film, Joel & Ethan Coen Best Director
  • 1997 43rd British Academy Television Awards: "Only Fools and Horses" Best Comedy, "EastEnders" Best Drama

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Animated series "The Simpsons" surpasses 635-episode count of "Gunsmoke"'; highest number of episodes of any series on TV

Fictional TV Character Homer Simpson
Fictional TV Character
Homer Simpson
Actor Hank Azaria
Actor
Hank Azaria
  • 2019 Sports Illustrated features a Muslim model, Halima Aden, in a Burkini for the first time in their swimsuit edition

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1873 Alida Tartaud-Klein, Dutch actress and nomination artist (Rotterdam Stage), born in Amsterdam (d. 1938)
  • 1899 Natalie Talmadge, American actress (Our Hospitality), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1907 Sydney Box, British film producer and screenwriter (The Seventh Veil), born in Perth, Western Australia, Australia (d. 1983)
  • 1909 Tom Ewell [Sam Yewell Tompkins], American actor (Tom Ewell Show, The Seven Year Itch), born in Owensboro, Kentucky (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Richard Carlson, American actor (All I Desire, Flat Top, Valley of Gwangi), born in Albert Lea, Minnesota (d. 1977)
  • 1913 Thomas Chalmers, British broadcaster (BBC), born in Lewisham, London (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Ewan Roberts, Scottish actor (The Day of the Triffids, Five to One), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1983)
  • 1914 Deryck Guyler, British actor (Please Sir!, Sykes), born in Wallasey, Cheshire (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Celeste Holm, American actress (Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1917 Maya Deren (born Eleanora Derenkowskaia), American filmmaker, born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1920 Edward Blishen, English author (The God Beneath the Sea), born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1996)
  • 1921 Tommy Noonan, American actor, screenwriter and producer (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Promises Promises), born in Bellingham, Washington (d. 1968)
  • 1923 Maxine Audley, British actress (Peeping Tom, Ricochet, House of Cards), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1924 Renée "Zizi" Jeanmaire, French dancer and actress (Carmen; Hans Christian Andersen), born in Paris, France (d. 2020)
  • 1925 Albert "Ab" Abspoel, Dutch actor and director (Surprise Attack, Elevator), born in The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2000)
  • 1925 Ned Austin, American character actor (d. 2007)
  • 1928 Heinz Wolff, German-born British scientist and presenter (BBC series "The Great Egg Race"), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Jean Rochefort, French actor (Man on the Train, The Artist and the Model), born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • 1931 William Ball, American actor, director and founder of the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1932 King Hu, Chinese film director and actor (wuxia films), born in Beijing, Republic of China (d. 1997)
  • 1933 Keith Baxter, Welsh actor (Chimes at Midnight, Killing Time, Barretts at Wimpole Street), born in Newport, Monmouthshire
  • 1933 Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter ("Love's Been Good to Me"; "Jean"; "Without A Worry In The World"), and poet (Lonesome Cities), born in Oakland, California (d. 2015)
  • 1935 Lennie "Len" Weinrib, American comedian and actor (H.R. Pufnstuf, Bedknobs and Broomsticks), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1936 Lane Smith, American actor (Perry White-Lois & Clark), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1944 [Nicolas] Michael Angelis, English actor (Thomas & Friends, Boys from the Black Stuff), born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • 1944 Richard Kline, American actor and director, born in New York City
  • 1945 Richard Warwick, English actor (Johnny Dangerously, Sebastine, If), born in Meopham, England (d. 1997)
  • 1948 Reb Brown, American actor (Cage, Yor, Capt America, Fast Break), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1949 Anita Dobson, British stage and screen actress (EastEnders, 1985-88 - "Angie Watts"), and singer ("Anyone Can Fall in Love"), born in Stepney, London, England
  • 1950 Phillip Noyce, Australian film director (Rabbit-Proof Fence, The Bone Collector), born in Griffith, Australia
  • 1952 Deborah Van Valkenburgh, American actress (Too Close for Comfort), born in Schnectady, New York
  • 1952 Nora Dunn, American comedienne and actress (SNL; Miami Blues; Working Girl), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestJerry Seinfeld

1954 Jerome "Jerry" Seinfeld, American comedian and actor (Seinfeld, Bee Movie), born in Brooklyn, New York

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian
Jerry Seinfeld
  • 1955 Kate Mulgrew, American actress (Capt Janeway-Star Trek Voyager), born in Dubuque, Iowa
  • 1955 Leslie Jordan, American actor and writer (Will and Grace), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Person of interestDaniel Day-Lewis

1957 Daniel Day-Lewis, English actor (Last of the Mohicans, Gangs of New York), born in London, England

  • 1958 Eve Plumb, American actress (Jan-Brady Bunch, I'm Gonna Get You Sucka), born in Burbank, California
  • 1958 Michelle Pfeiffer, American actress (Scarface, Batman Returns, Hairspray), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1958 Gary Cohen, American baseball broadcaster, born in Queens, New York
  • 1958 Marc Randolph, American entrepreneur and co-founder and ex-CEO of Netflix, born in Chappaqua, New York
  • 1960 Joseph Guzaldo, American actor (Stir Crazy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1960 Caveh Zahedi, American filmmaker, born in Washington D.C.
  • 1961 Fumihiko Tachiki, Japanese seiyū (voice actor), born in Nagasaki, Japan
  • 1964 Federico Castelluccio, Italian-American actor (The Sopranos), born in Naples, Italy
  • 1967 Rachel Williams, American model (Absolut Vodka, Elle), born in Greenwich Village, New York
  • 1967 Master P, [Percy Miller] American rapper, actor and record producer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1969 Paul Adelstein, American actor (Prison Break), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestUma Thurman

1970 Uma Thurman, American actress (Baron Munchausen, Pulp Fiction), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Actress Uma Thurman
Actress
Uma Thurman
  • 1977 Rocío Carrasco, Spanish TV host and socialite
  • 1981 Alex Vincent, American actor (Child's Play), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1982 Kamran Jawaid, Pakistani film critic
  • 1983 Yuriko Shiratori, Japanese gravure idol and actress
  • 1983 Sam Jones III, American actor (Smallville), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1983 Megan Boone, American film and television actress (The Blacklist), born in Petoskey, Michigan
  • 1984 Firass Dirani, Lebanese-Australian actor ( Power Rangers Mystic Force), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1986 Renee Alway, American Model and felon, born in Micigan
  • 1987 Alicia Morton, American actress (Annie), born in Gonzales, Louisana

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1950 Actor Sidney Poitier (23) weds model Juanita Hardy

  • 1988 "60 Minutes" newscaster Diane Sawyer weds film director Mike Nichols

LoveWedding of Interest

1988 Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson marry

  • 2004 "Gentlemen's Agreement" Oscar Best Supporting Actress Celeste Holm (87) weds opera singer Frank Basile (41) in Manhattan
  • 2006 "The O.C." actress Amanda Righetti (23) weds film director and writer Jordan Alan in Oahu, Hawaii
  • 2017 Actress Carlson Young weds Foster the People member and producer Isom Innis in Fort Worth, Texas

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1937 William Gillette, American stage and silent film actor (Sherlock Holmes), and playwright (Secret Service), dies at 83
  • 1951 Jules Verstraete [Julien Gustave de Graef], Flemish actor (rubber, The Three Wishes), dies at 67
  • 1966 Eugene O'Brien, American actor (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 85
  • 1967 Anthony Mann, American film actor and director (El Cid, Winchester '73, The Glenn Miller Story), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 1979 Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (Little Toot), dies at 72

Person of interestAlfred Hitchcock

1980 Alfred Hitchcock, English director (Psycho, Birds, Rear Window), dies of renal failure at 80

  • 1988 Andrew Cruickshank, actor (Body in Library, Murder Most Foul), dies
  • 1992 Mae Clarke [Violet Mary Klotz], American actress (Frankenstein, Waterloo Bridge), dies at 81
  • 1993 Michael Gordon, actor and director (Pillow Talk), dies at 83
  • 1994 William "Bill" Quinn, American actor (Star Trek, The Birds, Rifleman, All in the Family), dies of natural causes at 81
  • 1996 David William Eric Davis, broadcaster, dies at 87
  • 1996 David Davis, British radio broadcaster (BBC Children's Hour), dies at 87
  • 2002 Lor Tok [Sawong Supsamruay], Thai comedian and actor (Ngern, Ngern, Ngern), dies at 88
  • 2005 William J. Bell, American television writer and producer (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Mariana Levy, Mexican actress, singer, and television show host, dies of a heart attack at 39
  • 2007 Arve Opsahl, Norwegian actor and stand-up comedian (Mot i brøstet, Olsen-banden), dies of heart failure at 85
  • 2018 Robert Mandan, American actor best known for his role as Chester Tate in US sitcom "Soap", dies at 86
  • 2019 John Singleton, American director and screenwriter (Boyz in the Hood), dies of a stroke at 51
  • 2020 Irrfan Khan, Indian film producer & actor (Paan Singh Tomar, Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi), dies of cancer at 53
  • 2020 Jill Gascoine, British stage and pioneering TV actress (The Gentle Touch- "Maggie Forbes"), and novelist, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • 2021 Johnny Crawford, American actor (The Mickey Mouse Club; The Rifleman - "Mark"), dies at 75
  • 2021 Billie Hayes [Brosch], American stage, film, and television actress Li'l Abner - "Mammy Yokum"; Witchiepoo), dies at 96