On This Day in Film & TV for April 5

Events in Film & TV

  • 1948 WGN TV channel 9 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 Fireside Theater debuts on US television.
  • 1953 WEYI TV channel 25 in Saginaw, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1961 Barbra Streisand appears on "Jack Paar Show"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1965 37th Academy Awards: "My Fair Lady", Rex Harrison & Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins) win awards

Actress/Singer Julie Andrews
Actress/Singer
Julie Andrews
Actor Rex Harrison
Actor
Rex Harrison
  • 1966 WTVX TV channel 34 in Ft Pierce-Vero Beach, FL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1970 WSNS TV channel 44 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 WNJT TV channel 52 in Trenton, NJ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1984 "Human Comedy" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • 1987 Fox TV network premieres showing "Married With Children" and "The Tracey Ullman Show"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 David Letterman becomes 1st network TV series to use dolby stereo

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Paul Newman wins a court victory over Julius Gold, to keep giving all profits from Newman foods to charity

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Marlon Brando makes anti-semetic remarks about hollywood on Larry King

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Steve Irwin's "The Crocodile Hunter" debuts

Naturalist and TV Star Steve Irwin
Naturalist and TV Star
Steve Irwin
  • 2003 18th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
  • 2063 Earth's 1st contact with the extra-terrestrial Vulcan species in the Star Trek universe

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1692 Adrienne Lecouvreur, French actress (Comédie-Française) inspiration for 1849 drama "Adrienne Lecouvreur", born in Damery, Marne (d. 1730)
  • 1890 Fie Carelsen [Sophia de Jong], Dutch actress (Malle Gervallen), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1975)

Person of interestSpencer Tracy

1900 Spencer Tracy, American actor (Woman of the Year, Adam's Rib), born in Milwaukee (d. 1967)

  • 1901 Melvyn Douglas [Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg], American actor (Hud, Being There, Ghost Story), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 1981)
  • 1905 Bill Raisch, American one armed actor (The Fugitive, Spartacus, Sweet Smell of Success), born in North Bergen, New Jersey (d. 1984)
  • 1906 Grady Sutton, American actor (Pruitts of South Hampton, The Bank Dick), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Lord Buckley, American comedian, born in Tuolumne, California (d. 1960)

Person of interestBette Davis

1908 Bette Davis, American actress (Of Human Bondage, Jezebel), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1989)

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis
  • 1909 Alberto Romero "Cubby" Broccoli, American film producer (James Bond), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Gordon Jones, American character actor (The Green Hornet, Flying Tigers, Abbott & Costello), born in Alden, Iowa (d. 1963)
  • 1912 John Le Mesurier, British actor (The Italian Job, Jabberwocky, Dad's Army), born in Bedford, England (d. 1983)

Person of interestGregory Peck

1916 Gregory Peck, American actor (To Kill a Mockingbird, MacArthur), born in San Diego, California (d. 2003)

  • 1921 Robert Q. Lewis, American TV host (Masquerade Party, Robert Q Lewis Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1923 Michael V Gazzo, American playwright and actor (The Godfather Part II, Fear City), born in Hillside, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1926 Roger Corman, American producer and director (Little Shop of Horrors), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1928 Michael Bryant, British actor (Sakharov, Girly), born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • 1929 Nigel Hawthorne, English actor (Tartuffe, Pope John Paul II), born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 2001)
  • 1933 Frank Gorshin, American comedian and impersonator (Riddler-Batman), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • 1939 David Winters, American choreographer and director (Steve Allen Comedy Hour), born in London, England
  • 1940 Aliza Kashi, Israeli actress and singer (Merv Griffin regular), born in Israel
  • 1941 Michael Moriarty, American-Canadian actor (Bang the Drum Slowly, Q, Stuff), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1942 Peter Greenaway, Welsh film director, born in Newport, Wales
  • 1943 Max Gail, American actor (Barney Miller, Whiz Kids, DC Cab), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1944 Willeke van Ammelrooy, Dutch actress (Cidke de Rat, Antonia), born in Amsterdam
  • 1946 Jane Asher, English actress (Deep End) and girlfriend of Paul McCartney, born in Willesden, London
  • 1950 Miki Manojlović, Serbian actor (The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • 1952 Mitch Pileggi, American actor (The X-Files), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1954 Christopher S. Nelson, American actor (Sons & Daughters), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1955 Charlotte de Turckheim, French actress (Jefferson in Paris), born in Montereau-Fault-Yonne, France
  • 1956 Diamond Dallas Page, American professional wrestler, born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey
  • 1961 Lisa Zane, American actress, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962 Lana Clarkson, American actress (d. 2003)
  • 1968 Gianna Amore, Warwick RI, playmate (August, 1989)
  • 1968 Tasia Valenza, American actress (All My Children), born in NYC, New York
  • 1970 Thea Gill, Canadian actress
  • 1972 Krista Allen, American actress
  • 1973 Élodie Bouchez, French actress
  • 1974 Uhm Tae Woong, South Korean actor
  • 1976 Sterling K. Brown, American actor (The People v. O. J. Simpson, This is Us), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1980 Lee Jae Won, South Korean actor, singer, and rapper
  • 1984 Shin Min-a, South Korean model and actress
  • 1989 Lily James [Lily Thomson], English actress (Cinderella), born in Esher, England
  • 1990 Haruma Miura, Japanese Actor
  • 2173 Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd, New Amsterdam, Arcturus (Star Trek)

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1992 Comedian Sam Kenison marries live-in girlfriend Maleeka

HeartWedding of Interest

1999 Talk show host Wayne Brady (26) weds dancer Mandie Taketa


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1951 Edward Rigby, British actor (Star Look Down, Young & Innocent), dies at 72
  • 1960 Alma Kruger, actor (Made For Each Other), dies at 88
  • 1968 Lois Andrews [Lorraine Gourley], American actress (Dixie Dugan, Meet Me After the Show, The Desert Hawk), dies of lung cancer at 44
  • 1969 Shelby Storck, American television producer (b. 1917)
  • 1972 Brian Donlevy, American actor (Barbary Coast, Glass Key, Wake Island), dies at 71
  • 1972 Isabel Jewell, American actress (Gone with the Wind), dies at 64
  • 1974 William Hudson, actor (I Led 3 Lives), dies at 49

Person of interestHoward Hughes

1976 Howard Hughes, American reclusive billionaire, filmmaker and aviator, dies at 72

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes
  • 1985 Arthur Negus, English antiques expert and broadcaster (Antiques Roadshow), dies at 82
  • 1988 Alf Kjellin, Swedish actor and director (Juggler), dies
  • 2001 Brother Theodore, German-American comedian, dies at 94
  • 2005 Debralee Scott, American actress (Cathy-Mary Hartman, Angie), dies at 52

Person of interestCharlton Heston

2008 Charlton Heston, American actor (The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur), dies at 84

  • 2014 John Pinette, American comedian and actor (The Punisher, Junior), dies from an pulmonary embolism at 50
  • 2015 Richard Dysart, American actor (Leland MacKenzie-LA Law, The Last Days of Patton), dies at 86
  • 2018 Isao Takahata, Japanese anime film director, screenwriter and producer (Grave of the Fireflies, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya), dies of lung cancer at 82