On This Day in Film & TV for April 7

Events in Film & TV

  • 1954 WALB TV channel 10 in Albany, GA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1970 42nd Academy Awards: "Midnight Cowboy", John Wayne & Maggie Smith win

Actor John Wayne
John Wayne
Actress Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
  • 1971 WCJB TV channel 20 in Gainesville, FL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting 3-judge US Circuit Court of Appeals

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Yes, Tupac Shakur, Journey, and Pearl Jam

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

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1897 Walter Winchell, Harlem newscaster/columnist (Untouchables), born in NYC, New York
  • 1903 Willi Forst, Austrian actor and director (Bel Amis, Operette, Vienna Blood), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1980)
  • 1915 Stanley Adams, American actor (d. 1977)
  • 1916 Anthony Caruso, American actor (d. 2003)
  • 1917 R G Armstrong, actor (T.H.E. Cat), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1918 Peter Aryans, [PCJ Vander], Dutch radio actor (Shoot Out)
  • 1918 Ronald Howard, Norwood England, actor (Naked Edge, Africa-Texas Style)
  • 1928 James Garner, American actor (Rockford Files, Bret Maverick), born in Norman Oklahoma, (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Andrew Sachs, German-born British actor (Manuel in Fawlty Towers), born in Berlin (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Wayne Rogers, US actor (M*A*S*H, House Calls), born in Birmingham Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Ian Richards, actor (Montgomery-Ike), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1934 Ian Richardson, Scottish actor (d. 2007)
  • 1938 Yvonne Lime, actress (Father Knows Best, Dobie Gillis), born in Glendale, California
  • 1939 David Frost, Tenterdon England, TV host (That Was the Week That Was), (d. 2013)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1939 Francis Ford Coppola, American director (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1941 Gorden Kaye, British actor (Allo Allo), born in Huddersfield (d. 2017)
  • 1942 Edda Barends, actress (Arthur & Eva)
  • 1942 Jeetendra, Indian actor
  • 1943 Roberta Shore, Monterrey Park, California, actress/singer (Virginian)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1954 Jackie Chan, Hong Kong martial arts actor (Rumble in the Bronx), born in Hong Kong

  • 1957 Kim Kap-su, South Korean actor
  • 1958 Alexandra Neil, actress (Rose-Guiding Light), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1962 Hugh Edward Ralph O'Connor, actor (In the Heat of the Night)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1964 Russell Crowe, Australian-New Zealand actor (A Beautiful Mind, Gladiator), born in Wellington, New Zealand

  • 1966 Teri Ann Linn, actress (Kristen-Bold & Beautiful), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1968 Bill Bellamy, actor (Fled, How to be a Player, Joey Breaker)
  • 1971 Cara Kendra Bernosky, Miss USA-Pennsylvania (1997)
  • 1971 Guillaume Depardieu, French actor
  • 1973 Ève Salvail, Canadian model
  • 1975 Beverly Peele, supermodel (Elle)
  • 1976 Kevin Alejandro, American actor
  • 1977 Silvana Arias, Peruvian actress
  • 1982 Sonjay Dutt, Indian American professional wrestler
  • 1987 Alexa Demara, American model and actress

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1977 Businessman Donald Trump (30) weds his first wife Czech model Ivana Zelníčková (28) at the Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan, New York

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

HeartWedding of Interest

2003 Academy Award "Gladiator" actor Russell Crowe (39) weds singer Danielle Spencer (32) at his 560-acre cattle farm in Nana Glen, New South Wales, Australia

  • 2007 "Scrubs" actor John C. McGinley (47) weds yoga instructor Nichole Kessler at their home in Malibu

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1994 Shannen Doherty files for divorce from Ashley Hamilton

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1950 Walter Huston, Canadian actor (Maltese Falcon, Treasure of Sierra Madre), dies from an aneurysm at 67
  • 1955 Theda Bara, actress (Camille, Cleopatra, 2 Orphans), dies at 62
  • 1967 Anne Morrison Chapin, dies in West Hollywood
  • 1972 Victor Wong, American actor (Mission to Moscow, War Correspondent, King Kong), dies at 65
  • 1976 Mary Margaret McBride, TV hostess (Mary Margaret McBride), dies at 76
  • 1982 Brenda Benet, actress (Track of Thunder), commits suicide by gun at 36
  • 1983 Gavin Gordon, television actor (Romance, Lone Cowboy), dies at 82
  • 1987 Maxine Sullivan, [Williams], US actress (Going Places), dies at 75
  • 1989 Alberto Morin, Puerto Rican actor (Two Mules for Sister Sara, Rio Grande), dies at 86
  • 1993 Max Croiset, Dutch actor/dramatist/director (Zeekant), dies at 80
  • 2001 David Graf, American actor (b. 1950)
  • 2001 Beatrice Straight, American actress, dies of pneumonia at 86
  • 2002 John Agar, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 2004 Victor Argo, American actor (b. 1934)
  • 2007 Barry Nelson, American actor (Airport), dies at 89
  • 2017 Tim Pigott-Smith, English actor (Jewel in Crown, King Charles III), dies at 70