On This Day

October 1953 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Oct 1 KJEO TV channel 47 in Fresno, CA (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 KYTV TV channel 3 in Springfield, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 WATE TV channel 6 in Knoxville, TN (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 WREX TV channel 13 in Rockford, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting

Music History

Oct 2 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" opens at John Golden NYC for 849 performances

Comedian and Pianist Victor Borge
Comedian and Pianist
Victor Borge
  • Oct 3 KGGM TV channel 13 in Albuquerque, NM (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 6 WTVM TV channel 9 in Columbus, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 8 WTAP TV channel 15 in Parkersburg-Marietta, WV (NBC) begins
  • Oct 14 WTEN TV channel 10 in Albany, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 15 John Patrick's play "Teahouse of the August Moon" premieres in New York
  • Oct 15 KOIN TV channel 6 in Portland, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 15 WJNL (now WFAT) TV channel 19 in Johnstown, PA (IND) begins
  • Oct 18 WLJT TV channel 11 in Lexington, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 18 WTVK TV channel 26 in Knoxville, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting

Music History

Oct 19 Singer Julius LaRosa is fired on TV by Arthur Godfrey

Radio and TV Host Arthur Godfrey
Radio and TV Host
Arthur Godfrey
  • Oct 20 WRAU (now WHOI) TV channel 19 in Peoria, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 23 WTRF TV channel 7 in Wheeling-Steubenville, WV (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Oct 24 KOOL (now KTSP) TV channel 10 in Phoenix, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 25 KIEM TV channel 3 in Eureka, CA (NBC/CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 31 TV broadcasting begins in Belgium

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Oct 4 TchĂ©ky Karyo, Turkish-French actor
  • Oct 7 Christopher Norris, American actress (Summer of '42, Eat My Dust), born in New York City, New York
  • Oct 9 Tony Shalhoub, American actor (Wings, Monk, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Oct 11 David Morse, American actor (St Elsewhere, House, Inside Moves), born in Beverly, Massachusetts
  • Oct 14 Greg Evigan, American actor (BJ-BJ & the Bear, Melrose Place), born in South Amboy, New Jersey
  • Oct 15 Larry Miller, American comedian and actor (Larry-Pursuit Of Happiness), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 15 Tito Jackson, American singer (Jackson 5 - "ABC"; "Never Can Say Goodbye"), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Oct 16 Martha Smith, American actress (Animal House) and model (Playboy playmate July 1973), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Oct 20 Bill Nunn, American actor (Do the Right Thing), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Oct 21 Eleonora Giorgi, actress (Nu de Femme, To Forget Venice), born in Rome, Italy
  • Oct 26 Lauren Tewes, American actress (Julie McCoy-Love Boat), born in Braddock, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 27 Peter Firth, English actor (Equus, Lifeforce, Tess), born in Bradford, England
  • Oct 27 Robert Picardo, American actor (Frame Up, Gremlins 2), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 30 Charles Martin Smith, American actor (American Graffiti, Never Cry Wolf), born in Van Nuys, California
  • Oct 30 Kathleen Cody, American actress (Charley & the Angel), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Oct 31 Michael J. Anderson, American actor (The Man from Another Place), born in Denver, Coloroda

Weddings in Film & TV

Tony Trabert

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

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 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 9 James Finlayson, Scottish-American stage, and silent and "talkie" film actor (Laurel and Hardy films), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Oct 13 Millard Mitchell, Cuban actor (12 O'Clock High, Gunfighter), dies from lung cancer at 50