On This Day

December 1954 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 5 KTEW (now KJRH) TV channel 2 in Tulsa, OK (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 7 KCTS TV channel 9 in Seattle, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 8 WPTZ TV channel 5 in Plattsburgh, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 14 WOAY TV channel 4 in Oak Hill-Beckley, WV (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 17 WEAU TV channel 13 in Eau Claire, WI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 25 WSFA TV channel 12 in Montgomery, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 28 KEPR TV channel 19 in Pasco-Kennewick-Richl, WA (CBS) 1st broadcast

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Bob Goen, TV host (Wheel of Fortune, Entertainment Tonight)
  • Dec 2 Dan Butler, American actor (Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe-Frasier), born in Huntington, Indiana
  • Dec 2 Huub Stapel, Dutch actor (Amsterdamned, Attic: Hiding of Anne Frank), born in Tegelen, Netherlands
  • Dec 2 Stone Phillips, American news host (NBC Dateline), born in Texas City, Texas
  • Dec 4 Tony Todd, American actor and producer (Platoon), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 6 Miles Chapin, American actor (French Postcards, Get Crazy, Funhouse), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 7 Julie Halston, American actress (Juror, Drunks, Addams Family Values), born in Suffolk County, New York
  • Dec 9 Herman Finkers, Dutch comedian, born in Almelo, Overijssel, Netherlands
  • Dec 11 Bradley Bryant, American golfer (US Senior Open 2007), born in Amarillo, Texas
  • Dec 11 Jermaine Jackson, American singer (Jackson 5 - "ABC"; "Let's Get Serious"), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Dec 13 John Anderson, American country singer and actor (I've Got a Feelin', Money in the Bank), born in Apopka, Florida
  • Dec 14 Eva Mattes, Austrian-German actress (Celeste, Man Like Eva), born in Tegernsee, Germany
  • Dec 14 James Horan, American actor (General Hospital, Transformers Prime), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Dec 15 Justin Ross, American actor (Sinatra, Chorus Line, Fan, Quick Change), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 18 Ray Liotta, actor (Goodfellas), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Dec 20 Michael Badalucco, American actor, born in Brooklyn, New York City

Denzel Washington

Dec 28 Denzel Washington, American actor (Dr Chandler-St Elsewhere), born in Mount Vernon, New York

  • Dec 28 Tony Rosato, Canadian comedian (SCTV, Saturday Night Live), born in Naples, Italy (d. 2017)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 8 Gladys George, actress (Roaring Twenties), dies at 50