On This Day in Film & TV for May 4

Events in Film & TV


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1944 "Gaslight", starring an 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her film debut, is released

  • 1959 "The 400 Blows", French film directed by François Truffaut, starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, is released
  • 1964 KIII TV channel 3 in Corpus Christi, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1991 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Doug Kent
  • 1996 ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Ernie Schlegel

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1999 "The Mummy" film directed by Stephen Sommers starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah premieres in the US

Actress Rachel Weisz
Actress
Rachel Weisz

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2008 Seth MacFarlane reaches an agreement worth $100 million with Fox to keep "Family Guy" and "American Dad" on television until 2012, making MacFarlane the world's highest paid television writer

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2010 Julia Louis-Dreyfus receives the 2,407th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, although on the original star her name is spelled incorrectly

Seinfeld Comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Seinfeld Comedienne
Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1852 Alice Pleasance Liddell, English schoolgirl model for Alice in Wonderland (d. 1934)
  • 1873 Joe De Grasse, Canadian film director (d. 1940)
  • 1893 Edgar Dearing, American actor (Pollyanna, Abraham Lincoln, Free & Easy), born in Ceres, California (d. 1947)
  • 1893 Royal Butler [Edwin Richey], American actor (Zenobia), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1973)
  • 1903 Luther Adler, American actor (D.O.A., The Desert Fox), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1906 Esmond Knight, British actor (Hamlet, Sleeping Murder), born in East Sheen, England (dd. 1987)
  • 1909 Howard Da Silva, [Silverblatt], actor (Ben Franklin-1776), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1910 Mady Alfredo [Maria De Brieder], Flemish actress (Alicia), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • 1915 Curt Conway, actor (Raw Deal), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1921 Patsy Garrett, actress (Nanny & the Professor), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • 1923 Eric Sykes, English writer, actor and director (Goon Show, Sykes and A...), born in Oldham (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Peter Aldersley, actor/disc jockey
  • 1927 Terry (Owen John) Scott, Watford UK, English actor and comedian (Carry On Films)

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1929 Audrey Hepburn, British actress (Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1993)

  • 1934 Pete Barbutti, comedian (Garry Moore Show), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1937 Mr. Fuji, Former professional wrestler
  • 1939 Paul Gleason, American actor (Breakfast Club, Die Hard), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • 1949 Sybil Danning, [Danninger], Weis Austria, actress (Chained Heat)
  • 1950 Hilly Hicks, actor (Roll Out, Roots), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1950 René CM van Asten, Dutch actor (Herenstraat 10)
  • 1951 Jackie Jackson, [Sigmund], rocker (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1951 Tirso Cruz III, Filipino actor and singer.
  • 1952 Michael Barrymore, English comedian, actor, quiz master and entertainer
  • 1954 Pia Zadora, American actress
  • 1959 Scott Armstrong, American professional wrestling referee
  • 1960 Andrew Denton, Australian television presenter and comedian
  • 1961 Mary Elizabeth McDonough, actress (Erin in The Waltons), born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1962 Tracy Vaccaro, playmate (October, 1983), born in Glendale, California
  • 1967 Matthew Crane, Kimberton Pa, actor (Matt Cory-Another World)
  • 1967 Ana Gasteyer, American actress
  • 1967 Kate Garraway, English GMTV Presenter
  • 1968 Julian Barratt, English comedian and musician, one half of The Mighty Boosh
  • 1970 Will Arnett, Canadian-American actor, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1973 Michelle Martinez, Miss America (Texas-Top 10-1997), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1976 Heather Kozar, playmate (Jan, 1998), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1977 Emily Perkins, Canadian actress
  • 1979 Wes Butters, British broadcaster
  • 1983 Trisha Krishnan, Indian actress
  • 1992 Courtney Jines, American actress
  • 1994 Alexander Gould, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV


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1962 Actor Christopher Plummer (32) weds columnist Patricia Lewis at the Marylebone Registry office in London

HeartWedding of Interest

1969 Actor Dustin Hoffman (31) weds actress Anne Byrne (25)

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1996 Actor-producer Forest Whitaker (35) weds actress-model Keisha Nash (23) in Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • 1996 "CSI Miami" actor David Caruso (40) weds flight attendant Margaret Buckley (33)
  • 2009 Two-time Tony winner singer-actress Bebe Neuwirth (50) weds Napa Valley's Destino vineyard founder Chris Calkins at the Players Club in New York

HeartWedding of Interest

2013 Actress Keira Knightley (28) weds musician James Righton (29) in France


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1971 Louis de Bree [Louis Davids], actor (De man zonder hart, The Cross-Patch, Bluejackets), dies at 87
  • 1974 John Wengraf, Austrian actor (12 to the Moon, Pride & Passion), dies at 77

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1975 Moe Howard [Moses Horowitz], American actor and comedian (The 3 Stooges), dies at 77

Comedian Moe Howard
Comedian
Moe Howard
  • 1980 Kay Hammond, British actress (Blithe Spirit, 5 Golden Hours), dies at 71
  • 1984 Diana Dors, actress (Berserk!), dies at 52 of cancer
  • 1987 Cathryn Damon, actress (Mary Campbell-Soap), dies at 56
  • 1997 Alvy Moore, actor/producer (Mr Kimball-Green Acres), dies at 75
  • 2009 Dom Deluise, American comedian, actor (b. 1933)
  • 2010 Zvonimir Levačić - Ševa, Croatian humorist and entertainer (b. 1943)