On This Day in Film & TV for April 6

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1889 George Eastman begins selling his Kodak flexible rolled film for the first time

Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company
George Eastman
  • 1906 1st animated cartoon copyrighted
  • 1931 1st broadcast of "Little Orphan Annie" on NBC-radio

Film release premierFilm Release

1931 "A Connecticut Yankee" film based on novel by Mark Twain, directed by David Butler, starring Will Rogers is released

Humorist Will Rogers
Humorist
Will Rogers
Author Mark Twain
Author
Mark Twain

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1959 31st Academy Awards: "Gigi", Susan Hayward & David Niven win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 1st quadrophonic movie track: "Ladies & Gentlemen The Rolling Stones"

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • 1986 CBS' fact based "Nobody's Child", story of Marie Balter
  • 1991 Former child actor Adam Rich arrested for breaking into a pharmacy

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1883 Walter Huston, Canadian actor (Maltese Falcon, Treasure of Sierra Madre), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (d. 1950)
  • 1889 Barry Macollum, Irish actor (The Trouble with Harry), born in Ireland (d. 1971)
  • 1892 Lowell Thomas, Woodington Ohio, newscaster (High Adventure)
  • 1898 Bobby Gilbert, American actor (Some Like It Hot,The Rebel Set), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1973)
  • 1902 Gertrude Short, American actress (Stella Dallas, Blonde Venus), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1968)
  • 1912 Wilhelmus H L "Willem" Tollenaar, actor and director (Don Carlos)
  • 1918 Karen Verne, actress (Madame X), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1928 Joi Lansing, Salt Lake City Utah, actress (Bob Cummings Show)
  • 1931 Ivan Dixon, American actor (Car Wash, Hogan's Heroes), born in NYC, New York
  • 1933 Dudley Sutton, British actor (Leather Boys, Brimstone & Treacle)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1937 Billy Dee Williams, Harlem actor (Chiefs, Empire Strikes Back), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1937 Merle Haggard, country singer (Death Valley Days), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 2016)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 1938 Roy Thinnes, actor (Invaders, Falcon Crest, Gen Hospital), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1940 Pedro Armend├íriz Jr., Mexican actor
  • 1942 Phil Austin, comedian (Firesign Theater)
  • 1943 Roger Cook, investigative journalist/broadcaster
  • 1943 Susan Tolsky, actress (Madame's Place, Here Comes the Brides), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1947 John Ratzenberger, American actor (Cliff Clavin in Cheers), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1948 Patrika Darbo, American actress
  • 1949 Jane Actman, American actress (Barbara-Paul Lynde Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952 Judith McConnell, actress (Sophia Capwell-Santa Barbara)
  • 1952 Marilu Henner, actress (Taxi, Man Who Loved Women, Eve Shade), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1954 Judi Bowker, Shawford England, actress (Clash of the Titans)
  • 1955 Michael Rooker, American actor
  • 1966 Kymberly Paige, playmate (May, 1987), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1966 Young Man Kang, South Korean film director
  • 1969 Ari Meyers, San Juan PR, actress (Emma McArdle-Kate & Allie)

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1969 Paul Rudd, American actor (Clueless, The 40-Year-Old Virgin), born in Passaic, New Jersey

Actor Paul Rudd
Actor
Paul Rudd
  • 1971 Tamara Henry, Miss USA-Arkansas (1997)
  • 1971 Vivian Y Herding, Miss America-NM (1996), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1972 Jason Hervey, actor (Wayne Arnold-Wonder Years)
  • 1973 Rie Miyazawa, Japanese actress/singer
  • 1973 Gina Yashere, English comedian

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1975 Zach Braff, American actor (Dr. John Dorian-Scrubs), born in South Orange, New Jersey

Actor Zach Braff
Actor
Zach Braff
  • 1976 Candace H Cameron Bure, actress (DJ Tanner-Full House)
  • 1980 Matthew Thomas Carey, American actor (Old School,The Banger Sisters), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1982 Bret Harrison, American actor (Orange County), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1983 Diora Baird, American actress
  • 1983 Jade Seah, Singaporean model, host and actress
  • 1988 Mike Bailey, English actor

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1963 Actress Anita Ekberg (31) weds actor Rik Van Nutter (33) in Lugano, Switzerland

Actress Anita Ekberg
Actress
Anita Ekberg

HeartWedding of Interest

1979 Singer Rod Stewart & model Alana Collins wed

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart

HeartWedding of Interest

1997 Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan (71) weds NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell (50) at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia

US Fed Chairman & Economist Alan Greenspan
US Fed Chairman & Economist
Alan Greenspan
  • 2012 "Sex and the City" actor Chris Noth (57) weds actress Tara Wilson (30) in Hawaii

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2012 Actress and model Heidi Klum (39) divorces British soul and R&B singer-songwriter Seal (49) due to irreconcilable differences after almost seven years of marriage

Supermodel Heidi Klum
Supermodel
Heidi Klum
Musician & Songwriter Seal
Musician & Songwriter
Seal

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1949 Seymour Hicks, British actor and theatrical impresario (Scrooge), dies at 78
  • 1966 Julia Faye, actress (10 Commandments. Samson & Delilah), dies at 73
  • 1978 Reinoud Anders, Dutch actor (Unrest of Grave), dies at 65
  • 1992 Molly Picon, Yiddish actress (Milk & Honey), dies of Alzheimers at 94
  • 1993 Divya Bharati, "Baby Doll" Indian Bollywood actress (Diwana), dies at 19 by mysteriously falling from her husband's apartment

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1996 Greer Garson, British actress (Goodbye Mr Chips, Mrs Miniver), dies at 92

Actress Greer Garson
Actress
Greer Garson
  • 2007 Luigi Comencini, Italian film director (b. 1916)
  • 2010 Corin Redgrave, British actor and political activist (b. 1939)
  • 2015 James Best [Jewel Franklin Guy], American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard, Sounder), dies at 88

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2016 Merle Haggard, American country music singer (Death Valley Days), dies at 79

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 2017 Don Rickles, American comedian (Don Rickles Show, CPO Sharkey), dies at 90