1948 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 WNDT (now WNET) TV channel 13 in New York-Newark, NY (PBS) begins
  • Jan 13 1st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cin

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jan 15 "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre", film based on B. Traven's novel, directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart premieres

  • Jan 18 Ted Mack's "Original Amateur Hour" begins, DuMont (later NBC/ABC/CBS)
  • Feb 5 "Nature of Things" science show premieres on NBC prime time
  • Feb 6 KNXT (now KCBS) TV channel 2 in Los Angeles, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 9 WLWT TV channel 5 in Cincinnati, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 16 1st newsreel telecast, "20th Century Fox-Movietone News", shown on NBC

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 10 5th Golden Globes: "Gentleman's Agreement", Ronald Colman, & Rosalind Russell win

  • Mar 11 WBAL TV channel 11 in Baltimore, MD (CBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 15 Sir Laurence Olivier on the cover of LIFE magazine

  • Mar 15 WCAU TV channel 10 in Philadelphia, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 18 Philips begin experimental TV broadcasting
  • Mar 20 1st live televised musical Eugene Ormandy on CBS followed in 90

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 20 20th Academy Awards: "Gentleman's Agreement", Loretta Young, Ronald Colman win

  • Mar 21 "Stop the Music" with Bert Parks premieres on ABC radio

  • Apr 5 WGN TV channel 9 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15 KCPX (now KTVX) TV channel 4 in Salt Lake City, UT (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Apr 19 American Broadcasting Company (ABC) TV network debuts
  • Apr 22 WTVR TV channel 6 in Richmond, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 23 KSTP TV channel 5 in St Paul-Minneapolis, MN (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • May 3 1st broadcast of "CBS Evening News" - longest running network news show in the US
  • May 14 WBEN (now WIVB) TV channel 4 in Buffalo, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 16 CBS news correspondent George Polk's body is found in Greece
  • Jun 8 "Texaco Star Theater" premieres on NBC-TV, with "Mr. Television" Milton Berle being made the permanent emcee in September of the same year
  • Jun 9 WBZ TV channel 4 in Boston, MA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 15 WPIX TV channel 11 in NYC, NY (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 15 WTNH TV channel 8 in New Haven, CT (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 20 "Toast of the Town" hosted by Ed Sullivan premieres on CBS-TV
  • Jun 21 WNAC (now WHDH) TV channel 7 in Boston, MA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 21 WSPD TV channel 13 in Toledo, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 26 1st black host of a network show-CBS' Bob Howard Show
  • Jul 30 Professional wrestling premieres on prime-time network TV (DuMont)
  • Aug 10 ABC enters network TV at 7 PM (WJZ, NY)
  • Aug 10 Allen Funt's "Candid Camera" TV debut on ABC
  • Aug 19 9th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Sep 17 KCOP TV channel 13 in Los Angeles/Hollywood, CA (IND) begins
  • Sep 17 WLS TV channel 7 in Chicago, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 24 Mildred Gillars (Axis Sally), an American broadcaster employed by the Third Reich in Nazi Germany to proliferate propaganda during World War II, pleads not guilty to eight chargs of treason in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 28 WBAP-TV, (NBC affiliate) Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
  • Sep 29 "Hamlet" directed by and starring Laurence Olivier's opens at Park Avenue Cinema (Best Picture 1949)
  • Sep 29 WBAP (now KXAS) TV channel 5 in Fort Worth-Dallas, TX (NBC) begins
  • Sep 29 WSB TV channel 2 in Atlanta, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 6 KHJ TV channel 9 in Los Angeles, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 9 WXYZ TV channel 7 in Detroit, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 24 WJBK TV channel 2 in Detroit, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 2 WJZ TV channel 13 in Baltimore, MD (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 4 American humorist Will Rogers commemorated by US Postage Service on 3-cent stamp

Humorist Will Rogers
Humorist
Will Rogers
  • Nov 24 WAVE TV channel 3 in Louisville, Kentucky (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 24 "Bicycle Thieves", Italian film directed by Vittorio De Sica, starring himself and Cesare Zavattini, is released (Honorary Academy Award 1950)
  • Nov 25 KING TV channel 5 in Seattle, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 29 "Kukla, Fran, & Ollie" debuted on NBC
  • Nov 29 1st opera to be televised, "Othello", broadcast from the Met (NYC)
  • Nov 29 KOB TV channel 4 in Albuquerque, NM (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 11 WHEN (now WTVH) TV channel 5 in Syracuse, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 11 WMC TV channel 5 in Memphis, Tennessee (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 18 WDSU TV channel 6 in New Orleans, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 22 KPIX TV channel 5 in San Francisco, California (CBS) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 177

  • Jan 12 Anthony Andrews, actor (Under the Volcano), born in London, England
  • Jan 14 Carl Weathers, New Orlean La, actor (Apollo Creed-Rocky)
  • Jan 15 Tommy Nolan, actor (Jody-Buckskin), born in Montreal, Quebec

Person of interestJohn Carpenter

Jan 16 John Carpenter, American film director (Halloween, The Thing), born in Carthage, New York

Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter
  • Jan 22 Northern Calloway, American actor (d. 1990)
  • Jan 24 Michael Des Barres, British actor and rock singer
  • Jan 28 Gareth Roscoe, legal adviser (BBC)
  • Jan 29 Marc Singer, actor (V, Dallas), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 29 Pat Kenny, Irish TV presenter & radio host
  • Jan 30 Nicholas Broomfield, director/editor (Dark Obsession, Heidi Fleiss)
  • Feb 2 Jessica Savitch, Kennet Sq PA, news anchor (NBC)
  • Feb 5 Christopher Guest, American actor (SNL, Heartbeeps, This is Spinal Tap), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 5 Tom Wilkinson, English actor, born in West Yorkshire, England
  • Feb 11 Sue Bernard, playmate (Dec, 1966), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 14 Jackie Martling, "Jackie the Jokeman", comedian (Howard Stern Show)
  • Feb 14 Pat O'Brien, reporter (Entertainment Tonight)
  • Feb 17 José José, Mexican singer and actor
  • Feb 18 Sinead Cusack, Irish actress (Waterland, Revenge)
  • Feb 18 Tony Anselmo, American animator and cartoon voice actor
  • Feb 19 Big John Studd, American professional wrestler (d. 1995)
  • Feb 21 Larry Ragland, comedian (Keep on Truckin'), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Feb 22 John Ashton, American actor
  • Feb 24 Dennis "Minder" Waterman, actor (Fair Exchange), born in London, England
  • Feb 24 Lorri Menconi, playmate (Feb, 1969)
  • Feb 24 Jayaram Jayalalitha, Indian actress and politician, chief minister of Tamil Nadu, born in Mysore State (d. 2016)
  • Feb 25 Danny Denzongpa, Indian actor
  • Feb 26 Priscilla Lopez, actress (In the Beginning, Kay O'Brien), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Feb 28 Bernadette Peters, [Lazzara], actress (Jerk), born in Queens, New York
  • Feb 28 Mercedes Ruehl, actress (Lost in Yonkers, Crazy People), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 3 Byron MacGregor, newscaster
  • Mar 5 Elaine Paige, English singer and actress
  • Mar 11 Dominique Sanda [Varaigne], French actress (The Conformist, 1900, First Love), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 13 Robert S. Woods, American actor (Bo-One Life to Live, Waltons), born in Maywood, California
  • Mar 14 Billy Crystal, Long Beach, New York, American actor, writer, producer (Soap, City Slickers)
  • Mar 16 Michael Bruce, rocker/actor (Rudy-Rainbow Drive)
  • Mar 20 John de Lancie, actor (Q-Star Trek Next Gen, Days of our Lives)
  • Mar 25 Kelly Garrett, actress/singer (Holdin)
  • Mar 25 Lynn Faulds Wood, Scottish television presenter
  • Mar 28 Dianne Wiest, American actress (Hannah & Her Sisters, Footloose), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Mar 28 Matthew Corbett, English retired actor (The Sooty Show), born in Guiseley, West Riding of Yorkshire
  • Mar 29 Bud Cort, actor and director (Electric Dreams, M*A*S*H), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • Mar 30 Justin Deas, actor (As The World Turns, Santa Barbara), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 31 Rhea Perlman, American actress (Zena in Taxi, Carla in Cheers), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 4 Derek Thompson, Northern Irish actor (Charlie Fairhead - Casualty), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Apr 6 Patrika Darbo, American actress
  • Apr 9 Jaya Bachchan, Indian actress
  • Apr 12 Jeremy Beadle, English television presenter (Beadle's About), born in London, England (d. 2008)
  • Apr 13 Amy Robinson, writer/actress (Mean Streets), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Apr 20 Gregory Itzin, American film and TV actor (The Kentucky Cycle), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 21 Claire Denis, actress (Boom Boom, Chocolat), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 22 Carol Drinkwater, Anglo-Irish actress (Father, All Creatures Great & Small) and author (The Haunted School, Provence), born in London
  • Apr 23 Tessa Wyatt, actress (Beast in the Cellar, Wedding Night)
  • Apr 23 Serge Thériault, French-Canadian comedian and actor
  • Apr 26 Boyd Matson, TV host/correspondent (National Geographic Explorer)
  • Apr 28 Marcia Strassman, American actress (Julle Kotter-Welcome Back Kotter), born in New York, (d. 2014)
  • Apr 28 Dorothée Berryman, French Canadian actress and singer
  • Apr 29 Reb Brown, actor (Cage, Yor, Capt America, Fast Break), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 30 Perry King, Alliance OH, actor (Andy Warhol's "Bad")
  • May 3 Chris Mulkey, American actor (Cloverfield), born in Viroqua, Wisconsin
  • May 6 Richard Cox, American actor (Mark-Executive Suite), born in NYC, New York
  • May 8 Maurizio Nichetti, actor (Icicle Thief, Volcano)
  • May 8 Stephen Stohn, Canadian television producer (Degrassi)
  • May 12 Lindsay Ann Crouse, American actress (Slapshot, Iceman, Places in Heart), born in NYC, New York
  • May 14 Walter Olkewicz, actor (Last Resort, Wizards & Warriors), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • May 16 Katia Dandoulaki, Greek actress
  • May 18 Felix MH Troch, Flemish actor and director (Gekkenbriefje)
  • May 19 Grace Jones, Jamacian singer/actress (Vamp, A View to a Kill), born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine
  • May 20 Dave Thomas, St Catherines Ontario, comedian (SCTV, Grace Under Fire)
  • May 21 Carol Potter, American actress (Beverly Hills 90210, Today's FBI), born in NYC, New York
  • May 25 Sgt. Slaughter, American professional wrestler
  • May 27 Anna E "Annelies" Balhan, Dutch revue-artist/actress (Sweet Chairty)
  • May 29 Michael Berkley, composer/broadcaster
  • May 29 Nick Mancuso, Italian-Canadian actor
  • May 30 Michael Piller, American screenwriter (d. 2005)
  • May 31 Lynda Bellingham, Canadian-born English actress (Sweeney, Scarlet Tunic), born in Montreal, Quebec, (d. 2014)
  • Jun 1 Powers Boothe, American Actor (Sin City, Deadwood), born in Snyder Texas (d. 2017)
  • Jun 2 Albert Innaurato, playwright/director (Age in Soho), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 2 Jerry Mathers, Sioux City Iowa, actor (Beaver-Leave It To Beaver)
  • Jun 4 Rosemary Joyce, model/actress (Daphne Draper-Search For Tomorrow)
  • Jun 11 Stephen Schnetzer, American actor (Cass Winthrop-Another World), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 11 Lynsey de Paul, British singer and actress (Sugar Me), born in London (d. 2014)
  • Jun 13 Joe Roth, American executive, producer and film director
  • Jun 19 Phylicia Rashad, American actress and singer (The Cosby Show, One Life to Live), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jun 25 Michael Lembeck, American actor (Max-One Day at a Time), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestKathy Bates

Jun 28 Kathy Bates, American academy award winning actress (Misery), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Actress Kathy Bates
Actress
Kathy Bates
  • Jun 29 Fred Grandy, American actor (The Love Boat) and politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • Jul 2 Saul Rubinek, Canadian film actor
  • Jul 5 William Hootkins, American actor (d. 2005)
  • Jul 6 Nathalie Baye, Mainneville France, actress (Beau Pere, Honeymoon)
  • Jul 7 Jean Leclerc, French-Canadian actor
  • Jul 8 Kim Darby, American actress (True Grit, Enola Gay, Rich Man Poor Man), born in Hollywood, California
  • Jul 12 Jay Thomas [Jon Thomas Terrell], American actor and comedian (Cheers, Murphy Brown), born in Kermit, Texas (d. 2017)
  • Jul 13 Daphne Maxwell Reid, actress (Frank's Place)
  • Jul 16 Rubén Blades, Panamanian singer and actor, born in Panama City, Panama
  • Jul 18 Carlos Colón, Sr., Puerto Rican professional wrestler
  • Jul 19 Beverly Archer, American actress (Iola-Mama's Family), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Jul 21 Art Hindle, Halifax Nova Scotia, actor (Jeff-Dallas, Berrengers)
  • Jul 22 Otto Waalkes, German comedian
  • Jul 24 Marvin the Martian, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Haredevil Hare"
  • Jul 28 Georgia Engel, American actress (Georgette- The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Washington, D.C.

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 16 Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (41) weds actress Laraine Day (27) in Santa Monica, California

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Mar 5 Actor Eli Wallach marries actress Anne Jackson
  • Apr 26 Actress Lana Turner marries 3rd husband Henry J. Topping, Jr
  • May 15 Dancer and actress Cyd Charisse (26) weds singer Tony Martin (34)

HeartWedding of Interest

May 28 Film director Stanley Kubrick (19) weds high school sweetheart Toba Metz

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 19 "Cyrano de Bergerac" actor José Ferrer weds second wife actress Phyllis Hill


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Mar 3 Antonin Artaud, French songwriter and director (Theatre Seraphin), dies at 51
  • Mar 4 Antonin Artaud, French poet/actor (Napoleon), dies at 51
  • Mar 25 Warren Hymer, American actor (Girl From Havana, Meet the Mob), dies from a stomach ailment at 42
  • Apr 24 Rosita Marstini, actress (I Cover Waterfront, Big Parade), dies at 54
  • May 24 Jacques Feyder, Belgian director and screenwriter (b. 1885)
  • May 29 May Whitty, actress (Gaslight, Mrs Miniver, Suspicion), dies at 82
  • Jun 26 Lilian Velez, Filipno actress (Sa Kabukiran), murdered by former co-star Narding Anzures at 24
  • Jul 5 Carole Landis [Frances Ridste], American actress (I Wake Up Screaming, One Million BC, Topper Returns), allegedly commits suicide at 29
  • Jul 9 James Baskett, American actor (Song of the South) 1st African American male to receive an Oscar, dies from diabetes at 44
  • Jul 11 King Baggot, actor (Tish, San Francisco), dies at 68

Person of interestD. W. Griffith

Jul 23 D.W. Griffith, American director and producer, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 73

Film Director D. W. Griffith
Film Director
D. W. Griffith
  • Jul 31 Maria "Marie" Hens, Flemish actress (Female Revue), dies at 70
  • Aug 13 Edwin Maxwell, actor (Taming of the Shrew), dies at 62
  • Aug 13 Elaine Hammerstein, American actress (b. 1897)
  • Aug 31 Billy Laughlin, American actor (b. 1932)
  • Sep 13 Paul Wegener, German actor and director (The Golem, The Student of Prague), dies at 73
  • Sep 17 Lillian Brainthwaite, British actress (Man About the House), dies at 75
  • Sep 24 Warren William [Krech], American actor (The Wolf Man, Cleopatra), dies of multiple myeloma at 53
  • Sep 27 Frank Cellier, British actor (Quiet Wedding, Big Blockade), dies from ill health at 64
  • Sep 28 E. J. Ratcliffe, English stage and screen actor, dies at 85
  • Sep 28 Gregg Toland, cinematographer, dies at 44
  • Oct 13 Samuel S. Hinds, American actor (Raven, Test Pilot), dies at 73
  • Oct 15 Edythe Chapman, American actress (b. 1863)
  • Nov 9 Edgar Kennedy, actor (Little Orphan Annie), dies at 58
  • Nov 23 Stanner E.V. Taylor, American director and screenwriter (Lucky Jim, Ramona), dies at 71
  • Nov 25 Charles D Brown, American actor (Eve Knew Her Apples), dies at 61
  • Dec 20 C Aubrey Smith [Charles], British actor (The Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 85