On This Day in Film & TV for April 29

Events in Film & TV

  • 1940 1st radio broadcast of "Young Dr Malone" on CBS
  • 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
  • 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/Singer Idina Menzel
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

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1873 Alida J M 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)
  • 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)
  • 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, writer teacher/broadcaster
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1930 Jean Rochefort, French actor
  • 1931 William Ball, actor (Suburban Commando)
  • 1932 King Hu, film director
  • 1933 Keith Baxter, Welsh actor (Chimes at Midnight, Killing Time, Barretts at Wimpole Street), born in Newport, Monmouthshire
  • 1935 Lennie "Len" Weinrib, American comedian and actor (H.R. Pufnstuf, Bedknobs and Broomsticks), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1936 Lane Smith, actor (Perry White-Lois & Clark), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1944 Richard Kline, American actor and director
  • 1945 Richard Warwick, actor (Johnny Dangerously, Sebastine, If)
  • 1948 Reb Brown, actor (Cage, Yor, Capt America, Fast Break), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1949 Anita Dobson, England, actress (Annie Watts-EastEnders)
  • 1950 Phillip Noyce, Australian film director
  • 1952 Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Schnectady, actress (Too Close for Comfort)

Person of interestJerry Seinfeld

1954 Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian and actor (Seinfeld), born in Brooklyn, New York

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld
  • 1955 Kate Mulgrew, Dubuque Iowa, actress (Capt Janeway-Star Trek Voyager)
  • 1955 Wendee Lee, American voice actress

Person of interestDaniel Day-Lewis

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

  • 1958 Eve Plumb, 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
  • 1960 Joseph Guzaldo, actor (Stir Crazy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1960 Caveh Zahedi, American filmmaker
  • 1964 Federico Castelluccio, Italian-American actor
  • 1967 Rachel Williams, model (Absolut Vodka, Elle), born in Greenwich Village, New York
  • 1969 Paul Adelstein, American actor

Person of interestUma Thurman

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

Actress Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
  • 1977 Rocío Carrasco, Spanish TV host and socialite
  • 1981 Alex Vincent, American actor
  • 1982 Kamran Jawaid, Pakistani film critic
  • 1983 Yuriko Shiratori, Japanese gravure idol and actress
  • 1983 Sam Jones III, American Actor
  • 1984 Taylor Cole, American actress
  • 1984 Firass Dirani, Lebanese-Australian actor
  • 1986 Renee Alway, American Model
  • 1987 Alicia Morton, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1950 Actor Sidney Poitier (23) weds model Juanita Hardy

  • 1988 "60 Minutes" newscaster Diane Sawyer weds film director Mike Nichols
  • 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 actor, playwright and manager (Sherlock Holmes on stage), 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

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, actress (Public Enemy, Frankenstein), dies at 84
  • 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
  • 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 (b. 1966)
  • 2007 Arve Opsahl, Norwegian actor and stand-up comedian (Mot i brøstet, Olsen-banden), dies of heart failure at 85