1953 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Events 1 - 100 of 174

  • Jan 1 WBRE TV channel 28 in Wilkes-Barre Scranton, PA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 1 The first TV detector van, used to track down users of unlicensed television sets, begins operation in the UK
  • Jan 4 KTSM TV channel 9 in El Paso, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 6 WKBN TV channel 27 in Youngstown, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 13 KOLD TV channel 13 in Tucson, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14 WALA TV channel 10 in Mobile, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 16 KXLY TV channel 4 in Spokane, WA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 25 WABI TV channel 5 in Bangor, ME (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 28 WJTV TV channel 12 in Jackson, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 1 "General Electric Theater" premieres on CBS TV; Ronald Reagan later hosts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 "You Are There" with Walter Cronkite premieres on CBS television

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • Feb 1 WEEK TV channel 25 in Peoria, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 3 J Fred Muggs, a chimpanzee, becomes a regular on NBC's Today Show
  • Feb 5 "Peter Pan" by Walt Disney opens at Roxy Theater, NYC

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Feb 5 5th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Thomas Mitchell and Helen Hayes win

Actress Helen Hayes
Actress
Helen Hayes
  • Feb 8 WLVA (now WSET) TV channel 13 in Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA (ABC) begins

  • Feb 9 WNEP TV channel 16 in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 18 KOLN TV channel 10 in Lincoln, NB (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 26 10th Golden Globes: "The Greatest Show on Earth", Gary Cooper, & Shirley Booth win

  • Mar 1 KAUZ TV channel 6 in Wichita Falls, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 1 KTNT (now KSTW) TV channel 11 in Tacoma-Seattle, WA (IND) begins
  • Mar 1 WJZ-AM in NYC becomes WABC; WJZ-TV in Baltimore final transmission
  • Mar 1 WFBG TV (later WTAJ) channel 10 in Altoona, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 5 6th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Sound Barrier" Best Film
  • Mar 8 KSWO TV channel 7 in Lawton, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 8 WFMJ TV channel 21 in Youngstown, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 14 KOLR TV channel 10 in Springfield, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 17 WBAY TV channel 2 in Green Bay, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 17 WWLP TV channel 22 in Springfield, MA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 18 KGNC (now KAMR) TV channel 4 in Amarillo, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 19 25th Academy Awards: "Greatest Show on Earth", Gary Cooper & Shirley Booth win (1st time televised)
  • Mar 26 "Ugetsu", Japanese film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, starring Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyō and Kinuyo Tanaka, is released
  • Mar 28 KCAU TV channel 9 in Sioux City, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 1 KXMC TV channel 13 in Minot, ND (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting

Historic PublicationTV Guide's First Issue

Apr 3 American magazine "TV Guide" publishes 1st issue, features on the cover the new born baby of actors Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz Jr.
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  • Apr 4 KFDA TV channel 10 in Amarillo, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 5 WEYI TV channel 25 in Saginaw, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 10 "House of Wax" 1st color 3-D movie, premieres in New York
  • Apr 12 KFDX TV channel 3 in Wichita Falls, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 14 WHYN (now WGGB) TV channel 40 in Springfield-Holyoke, MA (ABC) begins
  • Apr 15 WHP TV channel 21 in Harrisburg, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting

  • Apr 16 WAND TV channel 17 in Decatur, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 19 WAFB TV channel 9 in Baton Rouge, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 23 KTAR (now KPNX) TV channel 12 in Phoenix, AZ (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 23 WCOV TV channel 20 in Montgomery, AL (IND/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 23 "Shane", directed by George Stevens and based on the 1949 novel by Jack Schaefer, starring Alan Ladd and Jean Arthur, is released
  • Apr 29 The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV
  • Apr 29 6th Cannes Film Festival: "The Wages of Fear" directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • May 3 WTVO TV channel 17 in Rockford, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 8 WIPB TV channel 49 in Muncie, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 10 KCBD TV channel 11 in Lubbock, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 12 KUHT TV channel 8 (PBS) in Houston, TX, begins broadcasting
  • May 23 WHIZ TV channel 18 in Zanesville, OH (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 25 1st non-commercial educational television station-Houston, Texas
  • May 28 Premier of 1st animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor-"Melody"
  • May 31 WSUN TV channel 38 in St Petersburg-Tampa, FL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Jun 1 KMJ (now KSEE) TV channel 24 in Fresno, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 1 WDAY TV channel 6 in Fargo, ND (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 3 KVOS TV channel 12 in Bellingham/Vancouver, WA (CBS) begins
  • Jun 7 WDAU (now WYOU) TV channel 22 in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA (CBS) begins
  • Jun 9 "Milton Berle Show/Texaco Star Theater" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 11 "Amos 'n Andy" TV Comedy, also radio from '29; last aired on CBS
  • Jun 13 KOAA TV channel 5 in Pueblo-Colorado Spgs, CO (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jun 15 WLFI TV channel 18 in Lafayette, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 18 3rd Berlin International Film Festival: "The Wages of Fear" wins Golden Bear (audience vote)
  • Jun 19 WCSC TV channel 5 in Charleston, South Carolina (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 19 WTPA (now WHTM) TV channel 27 in Harrisburg, PA (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Jun 24 KSWS (now KOBR) TV channel 8 in Roswell, NM (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 26 KCTV (now KLST) TV channel 8 in San Angelo, TX (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jun 29 XETV TV channel 6 in Tijuana-San Diego, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 1 KLAS TV channel 8 in Las Vegas, NV (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 1 KTVH (now KWCH) TV channel 12 in Hutchinson-Wichita, KS (CBS) begins
  • Jul 5 WANC TV channel 21 in Asheville, NC (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 12 KTVB TV channel 7 in Boise, ID (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 16 KROC (now KTTC) TV channel 10 in Rochester, MN (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 19 KIMA TV channel 29 in Yakima, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 19 WAKR (now WAKC) TV channel 23 in Akron, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 24 KEYT TV channel 3 in Santa Barbara, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 30 Rikidōzan holds a ceremony announcing the establishment of the Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance
  • Aug 1 KMBC TV channel 9 in Kansas City, Missouri (MET/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 1 KOBI TV channel 5 in Medford, Oregon (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 2 KCPQ TV channel 13 in Tacoma-Seattle, WA (IND) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Aug 5 "From Here to Eternity" based on book by James Jones, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1954)

Actor Burt Lancaster
Actor
Burt Lancaster
Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Aug 14 KXLF TV channel 4 in Butte, MT (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 16 KTAL TV channel 6 in Shreveport-Texarkana, LA (NBC) begins
  • Aug 20 14th Venice Film Festival opens. No Golden Lion awarded
  • Aug 23 KBAK TV channel 29 in Bakersfield, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Aug 27 "Roman Holiday", starring Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, and Eddie Albert, is released

  • Aug 29 KHSL TV channel 12 in Chico, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 31 KRBC TV channel 9 in Abilene, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 31 WKBG (now WLVI) TV channel 56 in Cambridge-Boston, MA (IND) begins
  • Sep 1 WNOK (now WLTX) TV channel 19 in Columbia, SC (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 1 WTCN (now KARE) TV channel 11 in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (MET) begins
  • Sep 4 WATR (now WTXX) TV channel 20 in Waterbury, CT (NBC) begins
  • Sep 4 WGEM TV channel 10 in Quincy-Hannibal, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 9 WFIE TV channel 14 in Evansville, IN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 KSBW TV channel 8 in Salinas-Monterey, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 WEHT TV channel 25 in Evansville, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 13 KGTV TV channel 10 in San Diego, CA (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 KVOA TV channel 4 in Tucson, AZ (NBC) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 170

  • Jan 5 Pamela Sue Martin, actress (Nancy Drew, Fallon-Dynasty), born in Westport, Connecticut
  • Jan 11 John Sessions, Scottish actor
  • Jan 15 Ta-Tanisha, American actress
  • Jan 18 Brett Hudson, comedian (Bonkers, Hudson Brothers Show), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jan 19 Linda Hayden, Stanmore, Middlesex, English actress (The Blood on Satan's Claw, The Boys from Brazil)
  • Jan 19 Desi Arnaz Jr., American actor (Craig-Here's Lucy, Fakeout, Joyride) and musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 21 Fausto Bara, Mexican actor (Gaucho-Renegades)
  • Jan 24 Brian Matthews, actor (Burning), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 25 The Honky Tonk Man, American professional wrestler
  • Jan 29 Dalila di Lazzaro, Udine Italy, covergirl/model (Vogue)
  • Jan 29 Lynne McGranger, Australian actress (Home and Away), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Feb 8 Mary Steenburgen, Newport Ark, actress (Parenthood, Time After Time)
  • Feb 9 Gabriel Rotello, American television documentary producer
  • Feb 11 Philip Anglim, actor (Dane-Thorn Birds), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 12 Joanna Kerns, [de Varona], actress (Maggie-Growing Pains), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 12 Nabil Shaban, British actor
  • Feb 12 Robin Thomas, American actor
  • Feb 13 Sharon Wyatt, Lebanon Tenn, actress (Tiffany-General Hospital)
  • Feb 15 Tony Adams, Irish film producer (d. 2005)
  • Feb 17 Janice Dickinson, American model (Vogue), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 19 Bill Kirchenbauer, actor/comedian (Coach-Just the 10 of Us)
  • Feb 21 Christine Ebersole, Park Forest Ill, actress (SNL, Valerie, Tootsie)
  • Feb 21 William L Petersen, actor (Return to Lonesome Dove)
  • Feb 22 Nigel Planer, British actor
  • Feb 25 Garrett Glaser, entertainment correspondent (Entertainment Tonight)
  • Feb 25 Kim Yeong-cheol, South Korean actor
  • Feb 26 Bree Walker, news anchor (WNBC TV, KNBC TV)
  • Feb 28 Ricky "Dragon" Steamboat, [Richard Blood], wrestler (NWA/WWF/WCW/AWA)
  • Mar 4 Kay Lenz, actress (Moving Violations, Rich Man Poor Man), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 4 Scott Hicks, Ugandan-born film director
  • Mar 6 Jackie Zeman, actress (Bobbie-General Hospital), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Mar 7 Kathleen Sullivan, newscaster (E!), born in Pasadena, California
  • Mar 8 Kathleen Ann Shower, Brookville Oh, Playmate of the Year (May, 1985)
  • Mar 9 Henriëtte Tol Dutch, actress (Soldier of Orange), born in Alkmaar, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
  • Mar 10 Caroline H "Carolien" van de Berg, actress (Havinck)
  • Mar 10 Paul Haggis, Canadian film director
  • Mar 10 Ronnie Earl [Ronald Horvath], American blues guitarist (The Broadcasters), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 13 Deborah Raffin, actress (Ransom, Demon, 40 Carats), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 15 Judi Spiers, TV presenter
  • Mar 16 Isabelle Huppert, French actress (The Piano Teacher), born in Paris
  • Mar 21 Carl Wolfson, comedian (Thicke of the Night), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 24 Louie Anderson, American comedian (Ratboy, Wrong Guys), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Mar 25 Mary Gross, actress/comedian (SNL, Club Paradise, Feds), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 27 Pamela Roylance, actress (Sarah-Little House on Prairie), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Mar 30 Cydney Bernard, American film producer
  • Apr 2 Debralee Scott, American actress (Cathy-Mary Hartman, Angie), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • Apr 6 Patrick Doyle, Scottish film composer (Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Thor), born in Uddingston, Scotland
  • Apr 14 Eric Tsang, Hong Kong actor, director and TV host (Super Trio series), born in Hong Kong
  • Apr 16 Jay O Sanders, actor (Meeting Venus, V I Warshawski), born in Austin, Texas

Person of interestRick Moranis

Apr 18 Rick Moranis, Canadian actor (SCTV, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs), born in Toronto, Ontario

Actor and Musician Rick Moranis
Actor and Musician
Rick Moranis
  • Apr 19 Ruby Wax, British television personality
  • Apr 22 Steve Bond, Haifa Israel, actor (General Hospital, To Die For)
  • Apr 23 James Russo, American actor (My Own Private Idaho, China Girl), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 24 Eric Bogosian, American actor (Talk Radio), born in Woburn, Massachusetts
  • Apr 27 Arielle Dombasle, American-French singer and actress, born in Norwich, Connecticut
  • May 6 Lynn Whitfield, actress (Josephine Baker, Equal Justice), born in Baton Rouge
  • May 9 Gregory Beecroft, Chorpus Christi TX, actor (Guiding Light)
  • May 10 Lawrence Lau, actor (Jamie Frame-Another World)
  • May 10 Tito Santana, Mexican-American professional wrestler
  • May 11 Boyd Gaines, American actor (Mark-One Day at a Time, Sure Thing), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 11 David Gest, American television producer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)

Person of interestPierce Brosnan

May 16 Pierce Brosnan, Irish actor (Remington Steele, Golden Eye), born in Drogheda, Ireland

  • May 17 Kathleen Sullivan, newscaster (ABC-TV, CBS Morning Show), born in Pasadena, California
  • May 17 Yoko Shimada, Kumamota Japan, author (Kir Royal)/actress (Shogun)
  • May 19 Victoria Wood, British comedian and actress (Dinner Ladies), born in Bury, Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • May 24 Alfred Molina, British actor (Spider Man 2, Frida, Chocolat), born in London, England
  • May 24 Nell Campbell, [Laura], Australian actress (Rocky Horror), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • May 28 Arto Lindsay, rocker/actor (Cookie, Desperately Seeking Susan)
  • May 30 Colm Meaney, actor (Star Trek Deep Space 9)
  • May 31 Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Finnish actor
  • Jun 1 Diana Canova, American actress (Corrine-Soap), born in West Palm Beach, Florida

Person of interestKathleen Kennedy

Jun 5 Kathleen Kennedy, American film producer (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park) President of Lucasfilm (2012-), born in Berkeley, California

Film Producer Kathleen Kennedy
Film Producer
Kathleen Kennedy
  • Jun 7 Dougie Donnelly, Scottish television broadcaster, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jun 11 Peter Bergman, American actor (All My Children, Starland Vocal Band), born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Person of interestTim Allen

Jun 13 Tim Allen, Canadian comedian (Home Improvement, Jungle2Jungle), born in Denver, Colorado

Actor Tim Allen
Actor
Tim Allen
  • Jun 15 Rita Lee, Federic Wisc, playmate (November, 1977)
  • Jun 21 Robyn Douglass, American actress (Lonely Guy, Romantic Comedy), born in Sendai, Japan
  • Jun 21 Michael Bowen, American actor
  • Jun 23 Roberta Leighton, actress (Ginger-Days of Our Lives), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jun 26 Robert Davi, American actor and opera singer (Die Hard, Gangster Chronicles, License to Kill), born in Queens, New York
  • Jul 8 Jonathan Segal, American actor (Jonathan-Paper Chase), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 11 Peter Bergman, Guantanamo Bay Cuba, actor (Eat or Be Eaten)
  • Jul 14 Bebe Buell [Beverle Lorence], Portsmouth, Virginia, American model/singer (Nov 1974 Playmate of the Month)
  • Jul 15 Cathy Larmouth playmate (Jun, 1981), born in Torrance, California
  • Jul 15 Franklyn Seales, St Vincent, actor (Dexter-Silver Spoons)
  • Jul 16 Philece Sampler, American actress (Donna Love-Another World), born in San Angelo, Texas
  • Jul 21 Jeff Fatt, Chinese Australian actor
  • Jul 22 Sylvia Chang, Taiwanese actress
  • Jul 27 Yahoo Serious [Greg Gomez Pead], Australian comedian, born in Cardiff, New South Wales, Australia
  • Jul 29 Ken Burns [Kenneth Lauren], American director and documentary film producer (The Civil War, Baseball), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 29 Tim Gunn, American television and fashion personality (Project Runway), born in Washington D.C.
  • Jul 31 James Read, American actor (North and South), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Aug 2 Butch Patrick [Patrick Alan Lilley], American actor (Real McCoys, Eddie-Munsters), born in Inglewood, California
  • Aug 8 Don Most, American actor and director (Ralph Malph-Happy Days), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestHulk Hogan

Aug 11 Hulk Hogan, [Terry Bollea], WWF heavyweight champion (1984-89), born in Augusta, Georgia

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Aug 11 Sanford Jensen, American actor (Foley Square), born in South Haven, Michigan
  • Aug 14 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic, Apollo 13, Casper), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • Aug 16 Catlin O'Heaney, American actress (Snow White-Charmings), born in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
  • Aug 19 Nanni Moretti, Italian film actor, director and producer
  • Aug 20 Peter Horton, Bellevue Wash, actor (Gary-30 Something)

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 14 Actress Agnes Moorehead (52) weds actor and film director Robert Gist (35)

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 2 Children's author Roald Dahl (36) weds stage actress Patricia Neal (27) at Trinity Church in New York

Author Roald Dahl
Author
Roald Dahl
Actress Patricia Neal
Actress
Patricia Neal

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 6 "James Bond" actor Roger Moore (25) weds Welsh singer Dorothy Squires (38) in Jersey City

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 13 Academy award-winning actor José Ferrer (41) weds singer and actress Rosemary Clooney (25) in Durant, Oklahoma

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 8 Actress Lana Turner (32) weds "Tarzan of the Apes" actor Lex Barker (34)

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner
  • Sep 24 Singer Dick Haymes (35) weds Hollywood actress Rita Hayworth (34) at The Sands hotel-casino in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 26 Tennis champion Tony Trabert (23) weds beauty queen Shauna Wood at the Salt Lake Country Club in Salt Lake City, Utah

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 7 Actor José Ferrer divorces dancer and actress Phyllis Hill after 5 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 Arthur Hoyt, American actor and director (Gold Dust Gertie, Goldie Get Along), dies at 79
  • Jan 7 Osa Johnson, American adventurer and filmmaker, dies at 58
  • Feb 8 Cliff Clark, American actor (Kid Glove Killer, Golden Hoofs, Vigilante Hideout), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • Mar 5 Herman J. Mankiewicz, American screenwriter (b. 1897)
  • Mar 7 Edward Sedgwick, American film director (The Flaming Frontier, Let 'er Buck), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • May 24 Cor Hermus, Dutch actor, director and writer (Bleeke Bet, William of Orange, Jantes), dies at 63
  • May 29 Man Mountain Dean, American professional wrestler (b. 1891)
  • May 30 George Barnes, cinematographer, dies at 60
  • May 30 Dooley Wilson [Arthur Wilson], American musician and actor (Beulah, Casablanca), dies of natural causes at 67
  • Jun 5 Roland Young, actor (David Copperfield, Irene, Dulcy), dies at 65
  • Jun 5 William Farnum, American actor (Drifter, Scarlet Letter), dies at 76
  • Jun 8 Godfrey Tearle, English-American actor (39 Steps, Mandy, At Dawn We Die), dies at 68
  • Jul 17 Maude K Adams, US actress (Little Minister), dies
  • Jul 22 Cyrus "Cy" Kendall, American actor (Tarzan's New York Adventure, Mysteries of Chinatown), dies from heart problems at 55
  • Sep 5 Francis Ford, American actor (The Quiet Man), dies at 72
  • Sep 12 Lewis Stone, American actor (The Lost World, Prisoner of Zenda), dies of heart attack at 73
  • Sep 24 Berthold Viertel, Austrian screenwriter, dies at 68
  • Oct 6 Porter Hall, American actor (Half-Breed, Double Indemnity), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Oct 8 Nigel Bruce, British actor (Rebecca, Suspicion, Sherlock Holmes), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • Oct 13 Millard Mitchell, Cuban actor (12 O'Clock High, Gunfighter), dies from lung cancer at 50
  • Nov 29 Alfons Fryland, Austrian actor (b. 1888)
  • Nov 29 Sam De Grasse, Canadian actor, dies from a heart attack at 78
  • Nov 29 Milt Gross, American comic book illustrator and animator (b. 1895)
  • Dec 2 Reginald "Snowy" Baker, Australian athlete and actor (The Sword of Valor), dies at 69
  • Dec 5 Jorge Negrete [Moreno], Mexican singer and actor (The Rebel, La madrina del diablo), dies of hepatitis at 42
  • Dec 29 Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress(b. 1887)