February 1948 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • 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

Birthdays in Film & TV

Ina GartenIna Garten (75 years old)

Feb 2 American author and TV cooking show host (Barefoot Contessa, Food Network), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • Feb 2 Jessica Savitch, American broadcast journalist and pioneering female news anchor (NBC Weekend), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1983)
  • Feb 5 Barbara Hershey [Herzstein], American actress (Stuntman, Shy People), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Feb 5 Christopher Guest, American actor (SNL, 1984-85; This is Spinal Tap; The Princess Bride), and filmmaker (Best In Show; Waiting for Huffman), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 5 Errol Morris, American documentary film director (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara), born in Hewlett, New York
  • Feb 5 Tom Wilkinson, English actor, born in West Yorkshire, England
  • Feb 11 Lynn Goldsmith, American photographer, filmmaker, recording artist, and album cover designer (Grand Funk Railroad; Patti Smith; Frank Zappa; Paul Simon), born in Detroit Michigan
  • Feb 11 Susan Bernard, American author, actress (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!) Playboy playmate (Dec, 1966), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 14 (John) Jackie Martling, American comedian and gag writer known as "Jackie the Jokeman" (Howard Stern Show, 1983-2001), born in Mineola, Long Island, New York
  • Feb 14 Pat O'Brien, American broadcaster (CBS Sports; Entertainment Tonight; The Insider), born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

TellerTeller (75 years old)

Feb 14 American magician (Penn & Teller) and illusionist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Feb 17 José José [José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz], Mexican singer and actor, known as 'The Prince of Song', born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2019)
  • Feb 18 Sinead Cusack, Irish actress (Waterland, Revenge), born in Dalkey, Ireland
  • Feb 18 Tony Anselmo, American animator & cartoon voice actor, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Feb 19 John Minton [Big John Studd], American pro wrestler (Royal Rumble 1989), born in Butler, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • Feb 21 Larry Ragland, American comedian (Keep on Truckin'), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Feb 22 John Ashton, American actor, born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Feb 24 Dennis Waterman, English stage and screen actor (Fair Exchange; Minder; The Sweeney), and singer, born in Clapham, London, England (d. 2022)
  • 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 25 Joe Mays, American character actor (Mr. Saturday Night; The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1994)
  • Feb 26 Priscilla Lopez, American actress (In the Beginning, Kay O'Brien), born in the Bronx, New York

Bernadette PetersBernadette Peters (75 years old)

Feb 28 American Tony Award-winning stage and screen actress and singer (Sunday in the Park with George; The Jerk; Pennies From Heaven), and author, born in Queens, New York

  • Feb 28 Mercedes Ruehl, American Tony and Academy Award-winning stage and screen actress (Lost in Yonkers; The Fisher King; Crazy People), born in Queens, New York
  • Feb 28 Mike Figgis, British film director and screenwriter (Leaving Las Vegas), born in Carlisle, England

Weddings in Film & TV

Leo Durocher

Feb 16 American baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (41) weds actress Laraine Day (27) in Santa Monica, California; divorce in 1960

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Feb 9 Karl Valentin, Bavarian comedian and film producer, dies at 65