On This Day

December 1953 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 WAIM (now WAXA) TV channel 40 in Anderson, SC (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 1 WCSH TV channel 6 in Portland, ME (NBC) begins broadcasting

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Dec 1 Hugh Hefner publishes 1st edition of Playboy magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe as the magazine's 1st centerfold

Actress Marilyn Monroe
Actress
Marilyn Monroe
Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • Dec 7 WCCB TV channel 18 in Charlotte, North Carolina (IND/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 10 KOMO TV channel 4 in Seattle, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 10 WSTV (now WTOV) TV channel 9 in Steubenville-Wheeling, OH (CBS) begins
  • Dec 11 KTVA TV channel 11 in Anchorage (CBS) becomes Alaska's 1st TV station
  • Dec 13 KOAM TV channel 7 in Pittsburg-Joplin, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 15 WJHG TV channel 7 in Panama City, FL (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 18 KATV TV channel 7 in Little Rock, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 18 KMID TV channel 2 in Midland & Odessa, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 19 KFYR TV channel 5 in Bismarck, ND (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 20 KID (now KIDK) TV channel 3 in Idaho Falls, ID (CBS) 1st broadcasting
  • Dec 20 KWTV TV channel 9 in Oklahoma City, OK (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 21 KOMU TV channel 8 in Columbia, MO (NBC/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 24 KHOL (now KHGI) TV channel 13 in Kearney, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 24 KOA (now KCNC) TV channel 4 in Denver, CO (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 28 WLBT TV channel 3 in Jackson, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 30 The first ever NTSC color television sets go on sale for about USD at $1,175 each from RCA.
  • Dec 31 WFBC (now WYFF) TV channel 4 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (NBC) begins

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 5 Larry Zbyszko [Living Legend, Whistler], American professional wrestler (WCW/AWA/NWA/WWF), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 6 Gina Hecht, American actress (Melanie-Hizzoner, Mork & Mindy), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 6 Kin Shriner, American actor (Scott-General Hospital, Rituals), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 6 Thomas Hulce, American actor (Amadeus, Equus, Echo Park), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestSam Kinison

Dec 8 Sam Kinison, American screaming comedian and actor (Back to School, Charlie Hoover), born in Yakima, Washington (d. 1992)

Comedian Sam Kinison
Comedian
Sam Kinison
  • Dec 8 Kim Basinger, American actress
  • Dec 9 John Malkovich, American actor (The Killing Fields; Dangerous Liasons), born in Christopher, Illinois
  • Dec 11 Bess Armstrong, American actress (Julia-On Our Own, 4 Seasons, Jaws), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dec 11 Peter Isacksen, American actor (CPO Sharkey, Jessie), born in Fullerton, California
  • Dec 14 Joe Toplyn, comedic writer (Late Night with David Letterman), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dec 14 Vijay Amritraj, Indian tennis player and actor (Octopussy), born in Chennai, India
  • Dec 16 Filip Bolluyt, Dutch actor (Daybreak)
  • Dec 17 Barry Livingston, actor (Ernie-My 3 Sons), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestBill Pullman

Dec 17 Bill Pullman, American actor (Sommersby, League of their Own, Independence Day), born in Hornell, New York

  • Dec 17 Samuel Hadida, film distributor
  • Dec 22 Bernnadette Stanis, American actress (Thelma-Good Times), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 23 John Callahan, American actor (Craig-Santa Barbara, Falcon Crest), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 23 Tatsumi Fujinami, Japanese wrestler (WWF/NWA), born in Kunisaki, ┼îita Prefecture, Japan
  • Dec 27 Arthur Kent [The Scud Stud], American newscaster (prominent Gulf War coverage for NBC), born in Alberta, Canada
  • Dec 28 Robert Pittman, TV executive/developer (MTV)
  • Dec 29 Gali Atari, Israeli pop singer (Milk And Honey) and actress, born in Rehovot, Israel
  • Dec 31 James Remar, American actor (48 Hours, Rent-a-Cop, Cotton Club), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dec 31 Jane Badler, American actress (Fine Gold, Easy Kill, V), born in Brooklyn, New York

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 2 Reginald "Snowy" Baker, Australian boxer (Olympic silver middleweight 1908), rugby union halfback (2 caps) 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)