On This Day in Film & TV for April 3

Events in Film & TV


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1930 2nd Academy Awards: "The Broadway Melody", Warner Baxter & Mary Pickford win

  • 1949 KQW-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KCBS
  • 1949 WLWS (now WCMH) TV channel 4 in Columbus, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting

Book releaseTV Guide's First Issue

1953 American magazine "TV Guide" publishes 1st issue, features on the cover the new born baby of actors Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz Jr.
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  • 1967 WNYE TV channel 25 in Brooklyn, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting

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1978 50th Academy Awards: "Annie Hall", Richard Dreyfuss & Diane Keaton win

  • 2010 Matt Smith's first appearance as the 11th Doctor in BBC program "Doctor Who" during "The Eleventh Hour" episode

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1871 Mistinguett [Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois], French actress and singer (Moulin Rouge star), born in Enghien-les-Bains, Val-d'Oise, France (d. 1956)
  • 1886 Dooley Wilson [Arthur Wilson], American musician and actor (Beulah, Casablanca), born in Tyler, Texas (d. 1953)
  • 1893 Leslie Howard [Stainer], British actor (Gone With the Wind, Of Human Bondage), born in London, England (d. 1943)
  • 1902 Henri Garat, French actor (Valse royale, Congress Dances), born in Paris, France (d. 1959)
  • 1904 Sally Rand, American burlesque dancer, vedette and actress known for her ostrich feather fan and balloon bubble dances, born in Elkton, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • 1907 Iron Eyes Cody [Espera Oscar de Corti], Italian-American actor (Keep America Beautiful, Black Gold, Ernest Goes to Camp), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Robert Karvelas, American actor (Get Smart), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)

Person of interestDoris Day

1922 Doris Day [Kappelhoff], American singer, animal welfare activist and actress known as the "girl next door" actress (Pillow Talk, The Man Who Knew Too Much), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • 1923 Jan Sterling [Jane Adriance], American actress (Ace in the Hole, The High and the Mighty), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)

Person of interestMarlon Brando

1924 Marlon Brando, American actor (The Godfather, A Street Cart Named Desire and On the Waterfront), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2004)

  • 1924 Murray Dickie, Scottish opera singer and director, born in Bishopton, Glasgow (d. 1995)
  • 1926 Andrew Keir, Scottish character actor (Rob Roy, Absolution, Blood Hunt, Catholics), born in Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1997)
  • 1928 Kevin Hagen, American actor (Little House on the Prairie), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Jennifer Paterson, English chef and TV personality (Two Fat Ladies), born in Kensington, London (d. 1999)
  • 1929 Lee Leonard, American television personality (ESPN, CNN), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 William Gaunt, English actor (Champions), born in Pudsey, Yorkshire
  • 1937 Petunia Pig, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Frank Tashlin (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Porky's Romance"
  • 1939 Catalino "Lino" Brocka, Filipino film director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar), born in Pilar, Sorsogon, Philippines (d. 1991)
  • 1939 Fran├žois de Roubaix, French film score composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1975)
  • 1941 Eric Braeden, German-American actor (Victor Newman-Young & Restless, Colossus), born in Bredenbek, Germany
  • 1942 Marsha Mason, American actress (Blume in Love, Cinderella Liberty), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1942 Rick Sylvester, Hollywood stuntman, parachute ski jumper (world record 3,300')
  • 1942 Marek Perepeczko, Polish actor (Janosik), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2005)
  • 1943 Jonathan Lynn, English writer and actor (Greedy, Bar Mitzvah Boy), born in Bath, England (d. 1943)
  • 1945 Catherine Spaak, French actress (Libertine, Hotel, Circle of Love), born in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France
  • 1949 Lyle Alzado, NFL defensive linesman (LA Raiders) and actor (Oceans of Fire, Hangfire), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1950 Curtis Stone, American singer (Highway 101-Cry Cry Cry), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1950 Sally Thomsett, English actress (Straw Dogs, Man About the House), born in Sussex
  • 1956 Miguel Bose, Panamanian-born Spanish singer and actor (El Avaro, Queen Margot), born in Panama City

Person of interestAlec Baldwin

1958 Alec Baldwin, American actor (Joshua-Knots Landing, Beetlejuice), born in Amityville, New York

  • 1958 Jaya Prada, Indian actress (Sargam) and politician, born in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • 1959 David Hyde Pierce, American actor (Niles Crane-Fraiser), born in Saratoga Springs, New York

Person of interestEddie Murphy

1961 Eddie Murphy, American actor (SNL, 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop, Raw), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1962 Jennifer Rubin, American actress (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1966 Shelley Michelle, American actress (Golden Eye), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1966 Miina Tominaga, Japanese seiyu (voice actress), born in Nishi-ku, Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1968 Charlotte Coleman, British actress (Four Weddings and a Funeral), born in London (d. 2001)
  • 1972 Jennie Garth, American actress (Kelly Taylor-Beverly Hills 90210), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1973 Jamie Bamber, English actor (Battlestar Galactica), born in Hammersmith, London
  • 1973 Matthew Ferguson, Canadian actor (Geometry in Venice), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1973 Adam Scott, American actor (Parks and Recreation), born in Santa Cruz, California
  • 1975 Aries Spears, American comedian (MadTV), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1976 Will Mellor, English actor (Hollyoaks), born in Bredbury, Greater Manchester
  • 1978 Matthew Goode, English actor (The Lookout), born in Exeter, Devon, England
  • 1980 Trevor Moore, American actor and comedian (The Whitest Kids U' Know), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1982 Cobie Smulders, Canadian actress (How I Met Your Mother), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1983 Errol Barnett, English-born American reporter (CBS News), born in Milton Keynes, England
  • 1986 Amanda Bynes, American actress (The Amanda Show), born in Thousand Oaks, California
  • 1987 Julie Sokolow, American film director and musician, born in Holmdel, New Jersey
  • 1998 Paris Jackson, American actress and daughter of Michael Jackson, born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1951 Actress and singer Doris Day (29) marries producer Martin Melcher (35) in Burbank

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

HeartWedding of Interest

1995 Actress Neve Campbell marries fellow actor Canadian actor Jeff Colt (divorced 1998)

Actress Neve Campbell
Actress
Neve Campbell

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1943 Conrad Veidt, German actor (Casablanca, Cabinet of Dr Calgary), dies from a heart attack at 50
  • 1957 Edward "Ned" Sparks, Canadian actor (42nd Street, Imitation of Life), dies from intestinal obstruction at 73
  • 1969 Rex Evans, British actor (Frankenstein meets the Wolfman, Zara, Matchmaker), dies after surgery at 65
  • 1975 Mary Ure, Scottish actress (Sons & Lovers, Where Eagles Dare), dies at 42
  • 1978 Ray Noble, English bandleader, comedian and actor (The Very Thought of You), dies at 74
  • 1980 Luella Gear, American actress (Joe & Mabel), dies at 82
  • 1982 Warren Oates, American actor (Dillinger, East of Eden, Stoney Burke), dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 1989 Norman Woolard, actor (Guilty, Saul & David, Medeleine), dies at 79
  • 1989 Norman Wooland, German actor (Ivanhoe, Quo Vadis, Hamlet), dies at 79
  • 1990 Katharine Balfour, actress (Love Story), dies of ALS at 69
  • 1992 Lloyd "Slim" Andrews, actor (Buf Bill in Tomahawk Territory), dies
  • 1992 Margaret Barker, actress (Fathers & Son), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • 1993 Alexander Mnouchkine, French movie producer (Professional), dies at 83
  • 1993 Dieter Plage, German wildlife filmmaker, dies at 57
  • 1994 Elizabeth "Betty" Furness, American actress, journalist and consumer activist (Dangerous Corner, Studio 1), dies of stomach cancer at 78
  • 1994 Pat Harper, NYC news anchor (WPIX, WNBC), dies
  • 1995 Gracita Morales, Spanish actress (Operation Mata Hari), dies at 66
  • 2013 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German-American novelist and screenwriter, dies from pulmonary failure at 85
  • 2016 Erik Bauersfeld, American voice actor (Star Wars' Admiral Ackbar "Its a trap"), dies at 93