On This Day in Film & TV for April 30

Events in Film & TV

  • 1598 1st theater performance in America (Spanish comedy-Rio Grande)

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1939 NBC/RCA 1st public TV demo with FDR at opening of NY World's Fair

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1945 "Arthur Godfrey Time" begins a 27 year run on CBS radio
  • 1952 Mr Potato Head is 1st toy advertised on television
  • 1969 WEDB TV channel 40 in Berlin, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1977 Billy Graham beats Bruno Sammartino in Baltimore, to become WWF champ
  • 1979 Mary Therese Friel, (New York), crowned 28th Miss USA
  • 1985 "Shoah", French documentary about the Holocaust, directed by Claude Lanzmann, starring Richard Glazar and Raul Hilberg, premieres in Paris
  • 1989 Critics Siskel & Ebert film their 500th TV movie-review show
  • 1992 208th & final episode of "The Cosby Show" on NBC-TV

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1997 42 million watch Ellen DeGeneres admit she is gay

Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres
Comedian and TV Star
Ellen DeGeneres

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2008 Heidi Klum launches her clothing line for Jordache

Supermodel Heidi Klum
Supermodel
Heidi Klum

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1897 Humberto Mauro, Brazillina director and screenwriter (d. 1983)
  • 1899 Lucie Mannheim, German actress (East Meets West, 39 Steps), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1976)
  • 1908 Eve Arden [Eunice Mary Quedens], American actress (Our Miss Brooks), born in Mill Valley, California, (d. 1990)
  • 1923 Al Lewis [Alexander Meister ], American actor (Grandpa in "The Munsters"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Corinne Calvet, actress (Phantom of Hollywood), born in Paris, France
  • 1926 Cloris Leachman, actress (Last Picture Show, Phyllis), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1926 Corinne Calvet, French actress (Apache Uprising)
  • 1929 Peter Carsten, Weissenberg Bavaria, actor (Mr Super Invisible)
  • 1936 Zohra Lampert, actress (Doctors' Hospital, Girl With Something Extra)
  • 1938 Gary Collins, actor (6th Sense, Home Show), born in Venice, California (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Juraj Jakubisko, Slovak film director
  • 1940 Burt Young, American actor (Convoy, Rocky), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Jill Clayburgh, American actress (Unmarried Woman, Semi-Tough), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1947 Leslie Grantham, English actor
  • 1948 Perry King, Alliance OH, actor (Andy Warhol's "Bad")
  • 1952 Jacques Audiard, French film director
  • 1954 Jane Campion, New Zealand film director (The Piano), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1956 Lars von Trier, Danish film director (Dancer in the Dark), born in Kongens Lyngby
  • 1958 Charles Berling, French actor, director and screenwriter
  • 1959 Kamaran Abdalla, Iraq/Engl/Neth actor (Goede Tijden Selechte Tijden)

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1959 Paul Gross, Canadian actor (Constable Benton Fraser - Due South), director, and writer (Passchendaele), born in Calgary, Alberta

Actor and Director Paul Gross
Actor and Director
Paul Gross
  • 1965 Adrian Pasdar, Pittsfield Mass, actor (C Oliver Resor-Feds, Top Gun)
  • 1967 Steven Mackintosh, British actor
  • 1968 Babette Van Veen, Neth, actress (Linda-GTST, Blueberry Hill)
  • 1970 Debbie D, actress (Attack of Vampire Mermaid), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 Beverley Peele, model [or Apr 7]
  • 1975 Johnny Galecki, American actor (Roseanne, The Big Bang Theory), born in Bree Belgium
  • 1975 Mike Chat, American actor
  • 1977 Pell James, American actress
  • 1981 Emma Pierson, British actress
  • 1981 Kunal Nayyar, British-Indian actor and writer (Dr. Raj Koothrappali - The Big Bang Theory), born in London

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1982 Kirsten Dunst, American actress (Interview with the Vampire, Spider-Man), born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey

Actress Kirsten Dunst
Actress
Kirsten Dunst
  • 1982 Cleo Higgins, British singer and actress
  • 1982 Andrew Seeley, Canadian actor and singer
  • 1984 Shawn Daivari, Persian-American professional wrestler and manager
  • 1985 Gal Gadot, Israeli actress (Wonder Woman), born in Rosh HaAyin, Israel
  • 1986 Dianna Agron, Savannah, Georgia, American Actress (Quinn Fabray-Glee)

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1988 Actor Tom Hanks (31) weds actress Rita Wilson (31)

Actor Tom Hanks
Actor
Tom Hanks

HeartWedding of Interest

1989 Actor and comedian Robin Williams (37) weds nanny Marsha Garces at a private ceremony in Lake Tahoe, California

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams

HeartWedding of Interest

1997 Actor Max Von Sydow (68) weds filmmaker Catherine Brelet

HeartWedding of Interest

1998 Boyzone singer Ronan Keating (21) weds model Yvonne Connolly at the Caribbean isle of Nevis

HeartWedding of Interest

2008 Singer-songwriter Mariah Carey (41) weds actor and rapper Nick Cannon (31) at Bahamian estate on the island of Windermere

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
Actor & Rapper Nick Cannon
Actor & Rapper
Nick Cannon
  • 2011 Actor Lorenzo Lamas (53) weds model Shawna Craig at Casa Dorada Resort in Cabo, San Lucas

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1955 Rudolf Klein-Rogge, German actor and prototype for silent films master criminal (Metropolis, Spies), dies at 69
  • 1963 Bryant Washburn, American actor (Exposure, Millionaire Kid, Nabonga), dies at 74
  • 1965 Helen Chandler, American actress (Dracula, Salute, Last Flight), dies at 59
  • 1970 Inger Stevens, actress (Katy-Farmer's Daughter), commits suicide at 35
  • 1972 Gia Scala, actress (Garment Jungle, I Aim at the Stars), dies at 38
  • 1973 Josie Sedgwick, American actress (The Best Man, Queen of the Round-Up), dies of stroke at 75

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1974 Agnes Moorehead, American actress (Endora in Bewitched), dies of uterine cancer at 73

  • 1980 Mary McCarty, actress (French Line), dies
  • 1983 Jerry Hatsuo Fujikawa, actor (Uncle Matsu-Mr T & Tina), dies at 71
  • 1987 Hugh Dempster, actor (Anna Karenina, Candles at Nine), dies
  • 1991 Michael G Hagerty, actor (Overboard), dies at 39
  • 1996 David Opatoshu, actor (Torn Curtian, Raid on Entebbe), dies at 78
  • 2007 Tom Poston, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 2007 Gordon Scott, American actor (b. 1927)
  • 2013 Deanna Durbin, Canadian singer and actress, dies at 91 (announcement date)