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

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 NYC, New York
  • Oct 9 Tony Shalhoub, actor (Antonio Scarpacci-Wings, Big Night)
  • Oct 11 David Morse, Beverly Mass, actor (St Elsewhere, House, Inside Moves)
  • Oct 14 Greg Evigan, 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 [Toriano] Tito Jackson, singer (Jackson 5-ABC, Never Can Say Goodbye)
  • Oct 16 Martha Smith, actress (Animal House)/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, Bradford England, actor (Equus, Lifeforce, Tess), born in Bradford, England
  • Oct 27 Robert Picardo, actor (Frame Up, Gremlins 2), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 30 Charles Martin Smith, Van Nuys CA, actor (American Graffiti)
  • Oct 30 Kathleen Cody, 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


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

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 13 Millard Mitchell, Cuban actor (12 O'Clock High, Gunfighter), dies from lung cancer at 50