On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for April 8

Events in Film & TV


Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1963 35th Academy Awards: "Lawrence of Arabia", Anne Bancroft & Gregory Peck win

Actor Gregory Peck
Actor
Gregory Peck
Actress Anne Bancroft
Actress
Anne Bancroft
Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • 1968 40th Academy Awards postponed to Apr 10th due to death of Martin Luther King
  • 1968 WKPI TV channel 22 in Pikeville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1974 Discovery Island opens at Walt Disney World, Florida

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1975 47th Academy Awards: "The Godfather Part II", Ellen Burstyn & Art Carney win

  • 1979 205th & final episode of "All in the Family"; followed by "Archie Bunker's Place" for 4 seasons
  • 1984 4th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Lonely Lady" wins

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1986 Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel, California. Makes his day.

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

1990 "Twin Peaks" created by David Lynch and starring Kyle MacLachlan premieres on ABC-TV

Filmmaker David Lynch
Filmmaker
David Lynch

Sport defeatWrestleMania

2018 WrestleMania XXXIV, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Ronda Rousey makes WWE debut, teaming with Kurt Angle to beat Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in a mixed tag team match

Professional Wrestler Triple H
Professional Wrestler
Triple H
  • 2019 Actress Allison Mack pleads guilty to sex-trafficking charges for her involvement in sex cult NXIVM

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1887 Walter Connolly, American actor (Good Earth, 5th Avenue Girl), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1940)
  • 1888 Victor Schertzinger, American composer and director (Uptown NY), born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania (d. 1941)
  • 1889 Adrian Boult, British conductor (BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1930-50; London Philharmonic, 1950-59), born in Chester, England (d. 1983)

Person of interestMary Pickford

1892 Mary Pickford [Gladys Smith], Canadian actress (Poor Little Rich Girl), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1979)

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford
  • 1893 Grace Cunard, American silent screen actress (Untamed, Resurrection), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • 1895 Bert Gordon [Barney Gorodetsky], Comedian, born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1905 Ilka Chase, American actress (Masquerade Party, Trials of O'Brien), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1905 George Baxter, French actor (Flying Saucer, Lili, Caged), born in Paris, France (d. 1976)
  • 1909 John Fante, Italian-American author and screenwriter (Wait Until Spring, Bandini, Ask the Dust, Full of Life), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1983)
  • 1912 Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), actress (My Lucky Star), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1969)
  • 1914 María Félix, Mexican actress (Doña Bárbara), born in Álamos, Sonora, Mexico (d. 2002)
  • 1923 Edward Mulhare, Irish actor (Knight Rider), born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1997)
  • 1924 Frédéric Back, German-born Canadian short film director and screenwriter
  • 1925 Shecky Greene [Fred Greenfield], American comedian and actor (Love Machine, Combat), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1928 Eric Porter, British actor (Antony & Cleopatra; The 39 Steps), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Jacques Brel, Belgian singer, songwriter, actor, director and composer (Le Far West, Pain in the A--), born in Schaerbeek, Brussels (d. 1978)
  • 1929 WIlliam K. Everson, English American film historian, born in Yeovil, England (d. 1996)
  • 1930 Dorothy Tutin, British actress (Importance of Being Earnest; Cromwell), born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • 1930 John Reardon, American stage actor and operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1965-77), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1931 John Gavin [Juan Vincent Apablasa Jr], American actor (Imitation of Life, Psycho), and US Ambassador to Mexico (1981–86), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2018)
  • 1936 Klaus Lowitsch, German actor (Despair, Marriage of Marla Braun), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1938 Lory Patrick, American actress (Trina-Tales of Welles Fargo), born in Beckley West Virginia
  • 1943 Robby Weaver, American actor (Stone), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944 Hywel Bennett, Welsh, actor (Family Way, Shelley), born in Garnant, Wales (d. 2017)
  • 1946 Stuart Pankin, American comedian (Striptease, Congo, Earl-Dinosaurs), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1946 Tim Thomerson, American actor (Trancers), born in Coronado, California
  • 1947 Cindy Pickett, American actress (Guiding Light, St Elsewhere), born in Norman, Oklahoma
  • 1949 Jim Lampley, American broadcaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Hendersonville, North Carolina
  • 1955 Kane Hodder, American actor and stuntman (Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th franchise), born in Auburn, California
  • 1956 Christine Boisson, French actress, born in Salon-de-Provence, France
  • 1956 Jim Piddock, English actor, writer and producer (Best in Show), born in Rochester, England
  • 1960 John Schneider, American actor (Dukes of Hazzard), born in Mt Kisco, New York
  • 1961 Richard Hatch, American reality television personality (Survivor), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1964 Lisa Guerrero, American sports broadcaster, journalist and model, born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestRobin Wright

1966 Robin Wright, American actress (Princess Bride, House of Cards), born in Dallas, Texas

Actress Robin Wright
Actress
Robin Wright
  • 1966 Bobby Ologun, Nigerian television personality
  • 1967 Arwyn Davies, Welsh actor
  • 1968 Patricia Arquette, American actress (Boyhood, True Romance), born in NYC, New York
  • 1971 Craig Mazin, American scriptwriter and film director (Chernobyl), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1973 Emma Caulfield, American actress (Anya in Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in San Diego, California
  • 1974 Chino XL [Derek Keith Barbosa], American rapper and actor, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1978 Ana de la Reguera, Mexican actress (Goliath), born in Veracruz, Mexico
  • 1980 Katee Sackhoff, American actress (Battlestar Galatica), born in Portland, Oregan
  • 1981 Taylor Kitsch, Canadian actor and model (Friday Night Lights), born in Kelowna, British Columbia
  • 1983 Allu Arjun, Indian Telugu film actor (Parugu), born in Madras, India
  • 1983 Adrian Bellani [Gerardo Celasco], American actor (Passions), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1984 Taran Noah Smith, American actor (Mark Taylor-Home Improvement), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1984 Kirsten Storms, American actress, born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1984 Ezra Koenig, American rock singer-songwriter, musician (Vampire Weekend), and broadcaster (Time Crisis), born in New York City
  • 1986 Erika Sawajiri, Japanese actress, model and singer, born in Nerima, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1999 Isaac Hempstead Wright, English actor (Bran in Game of Thrones), born in Surrey, England
  • 2002 Skai Jackson, American actress (Jessie) and author, born in New York City

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1989 Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart marries producer Burt Sugarman
  • 2006 "All of Us" TV actress LisaRaye McCoy (38) weds Chief Minister of the Turks and Caicos Michael Misick (40) in an $1.5 million beachside wedding in the Caribbean

LoveWedding of Interest

2006 Former Miss USA and "Eve" actress Ali Landry (32) weds film director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde (28) in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Actress and Beauty Queen Ali Landry
Actress and Beauty Queen
Ali Landry
  • 2006 Spanish model and actress Ines Sastre (32) weds Alexandro Corrias at Brompton Oratory in South Kensington, London
  • 2012 American actress and television host Ricki Lake (42) weds jewelry designer Christian Evans in a secret ceremony at Southern California

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1982 Actor Bryan Cranston (26) divorces writer Mickey Middleton after 4 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1921 Ernst von Possart, German actor and theatre director (Bayerische Hoftheater), dies at 79
  • 1965 Lars Hanson, Swedish actor (Flesh & Devil), dies after illness at 78
  • 1977 Frank Milan, American actor (Witness), dies at 71
  • 1981 Norman Taurog, American film director (Skippy), dies at 82
  • 1990 Doreen Sloane, English actress (Coronation Street), dies of cancer at 56
  • 1990 Jose De Vega, American actor dies of AIDS at 56
  • 1992 Nelson Olmsted [or Olmstead], American voice actor (Sleep No More) dies at 78
  • 1993 Arleen Whelan, American film actress (Kidnapped) dies of a stroke at 78
  • 1994 François Rozet, French Canadian actor (b. 1899)
  • 1996 Ben Johnson, American actor (Chisum, Battle Force, Dillinger), dies of heart attack at 77

Person of interestClaire Trevor

2000 Claire Trevor, American actress (Marjorie Morningstar), dies of respiratory failure at 91

Actress Claire Trevor
Actress
Claire Trevor
  • 2002 María Félix, Mexican actress (Doña Bárbara), dies at 88
  • 2008 Stanley Kamel, American actor (b. 1943)
  • 2009 Herbie Lovelle, America drummer, studio musician (Hot Lips Page) and actor (Law & Order), dies at 85
  • 2013 Annette Funicello, American actress (Mickey Mouse Club; Beach Blanket Bingo), and singer ("Tall Paul"). dies from multiple sclerosis complications at 70
  • 2013 Sara Montiel, Spanish actress and singer (The Last Torch Song; The Violet Seller), dies at 85
  • 2014 The Ultimate Warrior [James Brian Hellwig], American Hall of Fame professional wrestler, dies from a heart attack at 54