On This Day

October 1947 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Oct 3 WMAL (now WJLA) TV channel 7 in Washington, D.C. (ABC) begins

Historic Communication

Oct 5 Harry Truman makes the 1st Presidential address televised from the White House

  • Oct 20 HUAC opens hearings into alleged Communist influence in Hollywood

Radio Premiere

Oct 27 "You Bet Your Life" with Groucho Marx premieres on ABC radio

  • Oct 27 WMAR TV channel 2 in Baltimore, MD (NBC) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Oct 1 Stephen Collins, actor (Star Trek I, Tattingers), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Oct 1 Larry Lamb, British actor (EastEnders; Gavin & Stacey), born in Edmonton, Middlesex, England
  • Oct 3 Alan Rachins, American actor (Douglas-LA Law), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Oct 9 Tony Zappone, American broadcaster and journalist, born in Tampa, Florida
  • Oct 10 Giant Haystacks [Martin Ruane], English professional wrestler, born in Camberwell, London, England (d. 1998)
  • Oct 12 Chris Wallace, newscaster (NBC Weekend News), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 15 Lynn Lowry, American actress (Cat People, Crazies), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • Oct 17 Michael McKean, American actor (Laverne & Shirley, Saturday Night Live, Spinal Tap), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 18 Joe Morton, American actor (Hal-Grady, Abel Marsh-Another World), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 18 Paul Chuckle, British comedian
  • Oct 22 Lee Meredith [Judith Lee Sauls], River Edge NJ, actress (Producers)

Kevin Kline

Oct 24 Kevin Kline, American actor (Sophie's Choice, Big Chill), born in St. Louis, Missouri

  • Oct 28 Tom Fitzsimmons, actor (Franklin-Paper Chase), born in San Francisco, California

Richard Dreyfuss

Oct 29 Richard Dreyfuss, American actor (Jaws, Nuts, Mr Holland's Opus), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • Oct 31 Deidre Hall, American actress (Days of our Lives, Our House), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Oct 10 [Joseph Jacinto] Jo Mora, Uruguayan-born American cartoonist, cowboy and illustrator who lived with the Hopi tribe and wrote extensively of his experiences, dies at 70
  • Oct 24 Dudley Digges, Irish actor (Mutiny on the Bounty, The Invisible Man), dies at 68