1952 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 3 "Dragnet" with Jack Webb premieres on NBC TV

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jan 10 "The Greatest Show on Earth", directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring James Stewart and Carlton Heston, premieres in New York (Best Picture 1953)

Actor James Stewart
Actor
James Stewart
Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • Jan 14 "Today Show" premieres with Dave Garroway & Jack Lescoulie on NBC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 4 1st African American executive of a major TV station (Jackie Robinson-WNBC NY)

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Feb 8 "RCA Victor Show Starring Dennis Day" debuts on NBC TV
  • Feb 18 4th Emmy Awards: first time awards presented based on nationwide basis, "The Red Skelton Show", Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca win

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 20 "African Queen" film directed by John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn is released in the US

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 21 9th Golden Globes: A Place in the Sun, Fredric March, & Jane Wyman win

  • Mar 20 24th Academy Awards: "An American in Paris", Humphrey Bogart & Vivian Leigh win
  • Mar 27 "Singin' in the Rain", musical comedy directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC
  • Apr 30 Mr Potato Head is 1st toy advertised on television
  • May 8 5th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "La Ronde" Best Film

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 5th Cannes Film Festival: "The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice" directed by Orson Welles and "Two Cents Worth of Hope" directed by Renato Castellani jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

Actor and Director Orson Welles
Actor and Director
Orson Welles
  • Jun 5 1st sporting event televised nationally-Walcott vs Charles boxing
  • Jun 12 2nd Berlin International Film Festival: "One Summer of Happiness" wins Golden Bear (audience vote)
  • Jun 19 "I've Got A Secret" debuts on CBS-TV with Garry Moore as host

  • Jun 30 "Guiding Light" soap opera moves from radio to TV
  • Jul 18 KWGN TV channel 2 in Denver, Colorado (IND) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 21 "The Quiet Man" film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara is released in the UK

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 24 "High Noon", American Western film directed by Fred Zinnemann, starring Gary Cooper and Thomas Mitchell, is released

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Aug 20 13th Venice Film Festival: "Genghis Khan" directed by Manuel Conde wins the Golden Lion

Great Khan of the Mongol Empire Genghis Khan
Great Khan of the Mongol Empire
Genghis Khan
  • Aug 29 New York premiere of history-based film "The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima"

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 19 "Adventures of Superman" TV series starring George Reeves premieres in syndication in the US

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 19 The United States bars Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country after a trip to England

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • Sep 20 KPTV TV channel 12 in Portland, OR (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 29 "Lights Out" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Oct 1 1st ultra high frequency (UHF) television station, Portland Or
  • Oct 3 1st video recording on magnetic tape, LA, Ca
  • Oct 12 KBTV (now KUSA) TV channel 9 in Denver, CO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 23 "Limelight" premieres directed, written, produced and starring Charlie Chaplin and Claire Bloom with appearance by Buster Keaton
  • Nov 13 KLBK TV channel 13 in Lubbock, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 27 KTBC TV channel 7 in Austin, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 2 First human birth televised to public on KOA-TV Denver, Colorado
  • Dec 3 1st TV broadcast in Hawaii
  • Dec 7 KKTV TV channel 11 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 10 WSLS TV channel 10 in Roanoke, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 14 KROD (now KDBC) TV channel 4 in El Paso, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 15 KHON TV channel 2 in Honolulu, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 20 KHQ TV channel 6 in Spokane, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 21 WSBT TV channel 22 in South Bend, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 22 WSBA (now WPMT) TV channel 43 in York, PA (IND) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 180

  • Jan 2 Man-Tat Ng, Hong Kong actor (The Final Combat), born in Xiamen, China
  • Jan 2 Wendy Phillips, American actress (Executive Suite, Promised Land), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 6 Armelia McQueen, NC (Bkln Conservatory), actress
  • Jan 6 Moondog Spot, American professional wrestler (d. 2003)
  • Jan 6 Frank Sivero, Italian-born American actor
  • Jan 7 Sammo Hung, Hong Kong actor, director and martial artist (Winners and Sinners), born in Hong Kong
  • Jan 8 Lauri Walters, actress (8 is Enough, Harrad Experiment), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 11 Massimo Lopez, Italian comedian
  • Jan 11 Bille Brown, Australian actor and playwright
  • Jan 13 Sharon Gabet, actress (Edge of Night, Another World), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Jan 17 Larry Fortensky, former husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor (7th)
  • Jan 17 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and film composer (Academy Award 1988 for score to The Last Emperor), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 22 Ace Vergel, Filipino actor (d. 2007)
  • Feb 2 Genichiro Tenryu, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Feb 4 Lisa Eichhorn, actress (Cutter's Way, Yanks), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 12 Salvador Pineda, Mexican actor, born in Huetamo, Mexico
  • Feb 12 Simon MacCorkindale, English actor (Falcon Crest, Manimal), born in Ely, Cambridgeshire (d. 2010)
  • Feb 27 Stathis Psaltis, Greek actor
  • Feb 28 Cristina Raines, [Tina Herazo], actress (Sentinel), born in Manila, Philippines
  • Feb 28 Jennie Lynn, actress (Love & Marriage), born in San Diego, California
  • Feb 29 Susan Sennett, American actress (Big Bad Mama), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Feb 29 Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush, American television personality
  • Mar 2 Laraine Newman, comedienne/actress (Saturday Night Live), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 4 Ronn Moss, actor (Ridge-Bold & Beautiful, Santa Barbara), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 9 William Kirby Cullen, American actor (How the West Was Won), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Mar 11 Susan Richardson, Coatesville Pa, actress (Susan-8 is Enough)

Person of interestHarvey Weinstein

Mar 19 Harvey Weinstein, American film producer (Miramax), accused of sexual abuse which helped spark the #MeToo movement, born in NYC, New York

Film Producer Harvey Weinstein
Film Producer
Harvey Weinstein
  • Mar 24 Nicholas Campbell, actor (Nick-Insiders), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 27 Chick Vennera, American actor (High Risk, Milagro Beanfield War), born in Herkimer, New York
  • Mar 27 Maria Schneider, French actress (Last Tango in Paris, Crime of Honor), born in Paris, France (d. 2011)
  • Mar 31 Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (Father Ted Crilly-Father Ted), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1998)
  • Apr 1 Annette O'Toole, actress (Cat People, Superman III), born in Houston, Texas
  • Apr 1 Tirso Cruz III, Filipino actor and singer, born in Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
  • Apr 2 Thierry Le Luron, French humorist, born in Paris (d. 1986)
  • Apr 5 Mitch Pileggi, American actor (The X-Files), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Apr 6 Judith McConnell, actress (Sophia Capwell-Santa Barbara)
  • Apr 6 Marilu Henner, actress (Taxi, Man Who Loved Women, Eve Shade), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 11 Michael Shea, American director and actor (The Fugitive, The Wild Wild West, Mission: Impossible), born in Queens, New York
  • Apr 13 Erick Avari, British-Indian actor
  • Apr 15 Sam McMurray, actor (Tracey Ullman)
  • Apr 15 Kym Gyngell, Australian comedian
  • Apr 16 Michel Blanc, French actor
  • Apr 16 William Richard "Billy" West, American voice actor (Futurama), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 17 Joseph Francis "Joe" Alaskey, American stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, and impressionist (Buggs Bunny, Daffy Duck), born in Troy, New York (d. 2016)
  • Apr 22 François Berléand, French actor
  • Apr 23 Lionel Johnston, American actor (Sons & Daughters), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Apr 28 Mary McDonnell, Wilkes-Barre PA, actress (Sneakers, Independence Day)
  • Apr 29 Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Schnectady, actress (Too Close for Comfort)
  • Apr 30 Jacques Audiard, French film director
  • May 2 Christine Baranski, American actress (Maryann-Cybill, Birdcage), born in Buffalo, New York
  • May 2 Mari Natsuki, Japanese singer, dancer and actress, born in Tokyo
  • May 3 Caitlin Clarke, American actress (Dragonslayer), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • May 4 Michael Barrymore, English comedian, actor, quiz master and entertainer, born in Bermondsey, London
  • May 5 Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster (d. 2005)
  • May 6 Christian Clavier, French actor
  • May 6 Michael O'Hare, American actor
  • May 8 Beth Henley, actress/playwright (Miss Firecracker), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • May 9 Patrick Ryecart, actor (Silas Mariner)
  • May 11 Darrow Igus, comedian (Fridays, Roll Out), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 11 Shohreh Aghdashloo, Iranian actress
  • May 11 Frances Fisher, English-born actress
  • May 11 Mike Lupica, American sports journalist and newspaper columnist (New York Daily News, ESPN), born in Oneida, New York
  • May 14 Robert Zemeckis, American film director (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 14 Scott Irwin, American professional wrestler (d. 1987)
  • May 15 Chazz Palminteri, American actor (The Usual Suspects, Bronx Tale), born in The Bronx, New York

Person of interestMr. T

May 21 Mr. T, [Lawrence Tureaud], American actor (A-Team, Rocky III, T & T), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actor Mr. T
Actor
Mr. T
  • May 23 Deborah Adair, actress (Tracey-Dynasty, Kate-Day of Our Life)
  • May 28 Russell J. Wintner, American film executive
  • Jun 4 Carlene Watkins, actress (Tough Enough), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Jun 4 Catherine Watkins, actress (It's Not Easy, Mary), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Jun 4 Parker Stevenson, actor (Falcon Crest, Stroker Ace), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Person of interestLiam Neeson

Jun 7 Liam Neeson, Irish-American actor (Schindler's List, Les Miserables), born in Ballymena, County Antrim

  • Jun 14 Eddie Mekka, actor (Carmine-Laverne & Shirley), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Jun 15 Sandra Cassel, American actress
  • Jun 18 Carol Kane, actress (Dog Day Afternoon, Simka-Taxi), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Person of interestIsabella Rossellini

Jun 18 Isabella Rossellini, actress (Big Night, Blue Velvet), born in Rome, Italy

Person of interestJohn Goodman

Jun 20 John Goodman, American actor (Dan Conner on Roseanne, Babe), born in St Louis, Missouri

  • Jun 20 Larry Riley, American actor (Harry-Stir Crazy, Knots Landing), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1992)
  • Jun 22 Graham Greene, Canadian actor
  • Jun 30 David Garrison, Broadway and television actor
  • Jul 1 Daniel "Dan" Aykroyd, Canadian-American comedian and actor (SNL, Dragnet), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • Jul 3 Alan Autry, NFLer (Green Bay Packers)/actor (In the Heat of the Night)
  • Jul 6 Grant Goodeve, US actor (David-8 is Enough, Dynasty), born in Middlebury, Connecticut
  • Jul 7 Mando Guerrero, Mexican professional wrestler
  • Jul 9 John Tesh, American pianist and TV host (ET), born in Garden City, New York
  • Jul 11 Stephen Lang, American actor (Another You, Death of a Salesman), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 14 Eric Laneuville, actor (Larry-Room 222, St Elsewhere), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jul 14 Jerry Houser, actor (Slapshot, Summer of '42, Class of '44), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 14 Stan Shaw, actor (Mississippi, Roots Next Generation), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 15 Terry O'Quinn, American actor

Person of interestDavid Hasselhoff

Jul 17 David Hasselhoff, American actor (Night Rider, Mitch-Baywatch), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • Jul 20 Keiko Matsuzaka, Japanese actress
  • Jul 22 Madeleine Collinson, Malta, twin playmate (Oct, 1970)
  • Jul 22 Mary Collinson, Malta, twin playmate (Oct, 1970)
  • Jul 24 Gus Van Sant, American film director (Good Will Hunting), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jul 26 Jan Randall, Canadian film and TV composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 28 Monique van de Ven, Dutch actress (Turkish Fruit)
  • Aug 1 Brian Patrick Clarke, American actor (Merle-Eight is Enough), born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 3 Jay North, American actor (Dennis the Menace, Maya), born in Hollywood, California
  • Aug 3 Loles León, Spanish actress (Aquí no hay quien viva), born in Barcelona

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Feb 14 Comedian Joey Adams marries gossip columnist Cindy Heller

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 21 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (19) marries for the 2nd time to actor Michael Wilding (39)

  • Mar 24 Author of 'James Bond' novels, journalist and secret intelligence agent Ian Fleming marries Anne Geraldine Charteris

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 9 American educator, Presbyterian minister and TV host Fred Rogers (24) weds Sara Joanne Byrd

TV Host Fred Rogers
TV Host
Fred Rogers
  • Oct 18 Latin actress Maria Felix (38) weds actor and singer Jorge Negreta (40) in Mexico

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 28 Actress Gene Tierney (31) divorces fashion designer Oleg Cassini (39) after almost 11 years of marriage

Actress Gene Tierney
Actress
Gene Tierney

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 11 Actress Agnes Moorehead (51) divorces actor Jack G. Lee (50) after 22 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 18 Curly Howard {Jerome Lester Horwitz}, American vaudevillian actor and comedian (The Three Stooges), dies from a stroke at 48
  • Feb 2 Charles De Roche, actor (10 Commandments), dies at 72
  • Feb 19 Lawrence Grant [Percy Reginald], British actor (Bulldog Drummond), dies at 82
  • Mar 11 Pierre Renoir, French stage and film actor and director (b. 1885)
  • Apr 13 [Rosalie] Julia Cuypers, Flemish actress (Adelaarsjong), dies at 79
  • Apr 21 Leslie Banks, actor (Henry V, 21 Days, Eye Witness), dies at 61
  • Apr 26 Charles L Baars, Dutch actor (Women Tamers), dies at 59
  • May 8 William Fox, Austrian-born film producer (b. 1879)
  • May 9 Canada Lee [Leonard Canegata], African-American actor (Lost Boundaries), dies from a Heart attack at 45
  • May 15 Albert Bassermann, German actor (Foreign Correspondent, Madame Curie), dies at 84
  • May 21 John Garfield [Jacob Garfinkle], American actor (Four Daughters, Body and Soul), dies of coronary thrombosis at 39
  • Jul 4 Walter Long, American actor (Moby Dick, Sheik, Sea Devils, Dragnet Patrol), dies at 73
  • Jul 18 Jack Earle, American actor and sideshow performer known as "The World's Tallest Man," dies at 46
  • Aug 18 Ralph Byrd, American actor (Dick Tracy TV Show, SOS Coast Guard), dies from a heart attack at 43

Person of interestGertrude Lawrence

Sep 6 Gertrude Lawrence, English actress (Mimi, Rembrandt) and musical performer, dies of liver and abdominal cancer at 54

Actress and Musical Performer Gertrude Lawrence
Actress and Musical Performer
Gertrude Lawrence
  • Sep 9 Joseph Allen Sr, American actor, dies at 79
  • Sep 22 Cor Ruys, Dutch actor (Princess Stage, The Cross-Patch), dies at 63
  • Oct 20 Basil Radford, British actor (The Lady Vanishes, Whiskey Galore, Night Train), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • Oct 23 Susan Peters [Suzanne Carnahan], American actress (Random Harvest, Young Ideas), dies of complications resulting from pyelonephritis, pneumonia, and starvation at 31

Person of interestHattie McDaniel

Oct 26 Hattie McDaniel, 1st African American actress to win an Oscar (Mammy-Gone With the Wind), dies of breast cancer at 57

  • Nov 2 Maire O'Neill, Irish actress (Juno & the Paycock, Glamorous Night), dies