On This Day in Film & TV for April 4

Events in Film & TV

  • 1914 Film serial "Perils of Pauline" shown for the first time in Los Angeles
  • 1949 WKRC TV channel 12 in Cincinnati, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KFDA TV channel 10 in Amarillo, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 Cheryl Crane aged 14, daughter of actress Lana Turner, stabs to death organized crime figure Johnny Stompanato, her mother's boyfriend, in self-defence. The crime was later ruled a "justifiable homicide"

Actress Lana Turner
Lana Turner

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1960 32nd Academy Awards: "Ben-Hur", Charlton Heston & Simone Signoret win

  • 1990 "Marshall Chronicles" premieres on ABC-TV

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1875 Samuel S. Hinds, American actor (Raven, Test Pilot), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1948)
  • 1892 Cyril Smith, Scottish actor (The Adventures of Sir Lancelot), born in Peterhead Scotland (d. 1963)
  • 1892 Esther Howard, American actress, born in Helena, Montana (d. 1965)
  • 1897 Pierre Fresnay, French actor (Monsieur Vincent, Grand Illusion), born in Paris, France (d. 1975)
  • 1898 Agnes Ayres [Hinkle], American actress (Sheik, Souls at Sea), born in Carbondale, Illinois (d. 1940)
  • 1901 Carmel Myers, American actress (Carmel Myers Show), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1980)
  • 1906 Beatrice "Bea" Benaderet, American actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1906 John Cameron Swayze, Wichita Ks, newscaster (Timex, Hindenberg) [NS]
  • 1913 Rosemary Lane, American actress (An Angel from Texas, 4 Mothers, Harvest Melody), born in Indianola, Iowa (d. 1974)
  • 1916 David White, actor (Larry Tate-Bewitched)
  • 1920 Éric Rohmer [Maurice Schérer], French director, journalist and teacher (My Night at Maud's, Claire's Knee, Le rayon vert), born in Tulle, Corrèze, France (d. 2010)
  • 1923 Manon Alving, Dutch actress (The Assault, Short American), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2010)
  • 1923 Peter Vaughan, British actor (Porridge, Game of Thrones), born in Wem, Shropshire, England (d. 2016)
  • 1925 Elizabeth Wilson, actor (Doc, East Side/West Side), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1926 Cloris Leachman, actress (Phyllis, High Anxiety), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1928 Bill Ryan, American newscaster (Smithsonian), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1928 Jimmy Logan, British comedian (Mad Death)

Person of interestMaya Angelou

1928 Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson], American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots), born in St Louis, Missouri

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou

Person of interestAnthony Perkins

1932 Anthony Perkins, American actor (Psycho, Fear Strikes Out, Pretty Poison), born in NYC, New York

  • 1932 Estelle Harris, American actress
  • 1932 Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky, Soviet filmmaker (Andrei Rublev, Mirror, Stalker), born in Zavrazhye, Yuryevetsky District, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (d. 1986)
  • 1934 Dorothy Lousie Grenfell Williams, broadcaster
  • 1938 Michael Parks, American actor (Then Came Bronson), born in Corona California (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Bill Tarmey, Ardwick, Manchester, actor (Coronation Street), (d. 2012)
  • 1944 David Melville, professor/director (Middlesex Polytechnic)
  • 1944 Craig T. Nelson, actor (Poltergeist, Hayden Fox-Coach), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1945 Caroline McWilliams, actress (Sally-Soap, Marcy-Benson), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1945 Walter Charles, East Strousberg PA, actor (Fletch Lives, Weeds)
  • 1947 Ray Fosse, American baseball player and broadcaster
  • 1948 Derek Thompson, Northern Irish actor
  • 1950 Christine Lahti, American actress (Harvey Korman Show, Swing Shift), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1954 Julie Carmen, actress (Gloria, Last Plane Out), born in Mount Vernon, New York
  • 1956 David E. Kelley, American writer and TV producer
  • 1957 Ali El Haggar, Egyptian singer and actor
  • 1957 Aki Kaurismäki, Finnish film director
  • 1958 Hrvoje Horvatic, video artist
  • 1960 Jonathan Agnew, Macclesfield, Cheshire, English cricket broadcaster
  • 1960 Hugo Weaving, Nigerian-born English-Australian actor
  • 1962 Ava Fabian, Brewster NY, playmate (Aug, 1986)/actress (Cafe Nostra)
  • 1963 Anthony Clark, comedian (Boyd Pritchett-Boston Common)

Person of interestGraham Norton

1963 Graham Norton [Graham Walker], Irish comedian and TV presenter, born in Dublin

TV Host and Comedian Graham Norton
TV Host and Comedian
Graham Norton
  • 1964 Robbie Rist, American actor (Oliver-Brady Bunch) and musician, born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestRobert Downey Jr

1965 Robert Downey Jr, American actor ( Chrlie Chaplin, Iron Man, Avengers), born in NYC, New York

  • 1966 Nancy McKeon, actress (Jo Polniazek-Facts of Life), born in Westbury, New York
  • 1970 Barry Pepper, Canadian actor
  • 1971 John Zandig, American professional wrestler
  • 1975 Pamela Ribon, American author, actress
  • 1977 Stephen Mulhern, British magician, CITV Presenter
  • 1978 Irene Skliva, Athens Greece, Miss World (1996)

Person of interestHeath Ledger

1979 Heath Ledger, Australian-American Actor (Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 2008)

  • 1980 Trevor Moore, American comedian
  • 1987 Devon Anderson, English actor
  • 1987 Sarah Gadon, Canadian actress

Person of interestJamie Lynn Spears

1991 Jamie Lynn Spears, American actress (Zoey 101), born in McComb, Mississippi

  • 1992 Alexa Nikolas, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1992 John Tesh (Entertainment Tonight) marries actress Connie Selleca

HeartWedding of Interest

1992 Comedian Sam Kinison (38) weds Malika Souiri at the Candlelight Chapel in Las Vegas

Comedian Sam Kinison
Sam Kinison

HeartWedding of Interest

1995 Rapper Tupac Shakur marries Keisha Morris (divorced 1996)

Rap Musician and Actor Tupac Shakur
Rap Musician and Actor
Tupac Shakur

HeartWedding of Interest

2001 Actress and model Brooke Shields (35) weds sitcom writer Chris Henchy (37) in Catalina Island, California

Supermodel & Actress Brooke Shields
Supermodel & Actress
Brooke Shields

HeartWedding of Interest

2008 Singer-songwriter and actress Beyonce Knowles (30) weds rapper Jay-Z (43) at a 13,500-square foot penthouse apartment in New York

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
  • 2014 TV personality Taylor Armstrong (42) weds attorney John Bluher at the Bel Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1951 Al Christie, Canadian film director and producer (b. 1881)
  • 1963 Jason Robards Sr, American actor (Acapulco, Isle of the Dead), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • 1970 Byron Foulger, American actor (Capt Nice, Petticoat Junction), dies at 70
  • 1979 Edgar Buchanan, American actor (Petticoat Junction), dies at 76
  • 1981 Brad Johnson, actor (Annie Oakley), dies at 56

Person of interestGloria Swanson

1983 Gloria Swanson, actress (Airport 1975), dies of a heart ailment at 84

  • 1992 Sy Kramer, singer/comedy writer dies of cancer at 59
  • 1994 Virginia "Ginny" Simms, American actress and singer (Night and Day, Kay Kyser Band), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • 1995 Kenny Everett [Maurice James Christopher Cole], British TV personality and disc Jockey, dies at 50 of an AIDS related illness
  • 1995 Priscilla Lane, actress (Saboteur, Bodyguard), dies at 77
  • 1996 Carl Burton Stokes, African American politician (51st mayor of Cleveland) and TV newscaster, dies at 68 (b. 1927)
  • 1996 David Keylsey, actor/director, dies at 63
  • 1999 Faith Domergue, American actress and early "scream queen" (Vendetta, House of 7 Corpses), dies at 74
  • 2002 Harry L. O'Connor, Czech film stuntman
  • 2003 Anthony Caruso, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Resortes, Mexican comedian (b. 1916)
  • 2007 Bob Clark, American film director (b. 1941)
  • 2007 Terry Hall, English ventriloquist (b. 1927)
  • 2011 Juliano Mer-Khamis, Israeli actor, director, filmmaker and political activist (b. 1958)
  • 2012 Claude Miller, French director and screen writer, dies at 70
  • 2013 Roger Ebert, American film critic (Pulitzer Prize 1975), dies of cancer at 70