On This Day

November 1954 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Nov 1 KUON TV channel 12 in Lincoln, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 2 BBC radio comedy "Hancock's Half Hour" debuts starring Tony Hancock and Sid James, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson

Comedian Tony Hancock
Comedian
Tony Hancock

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 11 Publication of "Two Towers", 2nd volume of "Lord of the Rings", by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Nov 20 KTRK TV channel 13 in Houston, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 28 KCKT (now KSNC) TV channel 2 in Great Bend, KS (NBC) 1st broadcast

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Nov 2 Pat Croce, American entrepreneur, sports team executive and owner, TV personality (Philadelphia 76ers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 3 Brigitte Lin, Taiwanese actress (Red Dust, Swordsman II), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Nov 7 Kamal Haasan, Indian actor (Vishwaroopam), born in Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu
  • Nov 8 David Bret, British biographer and broadcaster, born in Paris
  • Nov 9 Sue Upton, English actress (The Benny Hill Show) and dancer, born in Chadwell Heath, Essex, England
  • Nov 12 Levine Andrade, Indian-British violinist (Arditti Quartet, 1974-90), film score composer and conductor, born in Bombay, India (d. 2018)
  • Nov 13 Chris Noth, American actor (Law and Order, The Good Wife), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Nov 18 Carter Burwell, American film composer (Coen Brothers films, Twilight Saga), born in New York City
  • Nov 19 Kathleen Quinlan, California, actress (Never Promised You a Rose Garden)
  • Nov 21 Thomas Rothman, American film executive
  • Nov 24 Emir Kusturica, Serbian-French film maker (When Father Was Away on Business; Black Cat, White Cat), and punk rock bassist (No Smoking), born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Nov 27 Patricia McPherson, American actress (Knight Rider), born in Oak Harbor, Washington
  • Nov 27 Kimmy Robertson, American actress (Lucy Moran in TV series Twin Peaks), born in Hollywood, California
  • Nov 29 Joel Coen, filmmaker (Fargo, No Country for Old Men), born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota
  • Nov 30 Simonetta Stefanelli, Italian Actress (The Godfather)

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 1 Actor John Wayne (47) weds actress Pilar Pallete in Kona, Hawaii

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 19 Actress Vera-Ellen (33) weds millionaire Victor Rothschild at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Los Angeles

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 1 Actor John Wayne (47) divorces actress Esperanza Baur (34) due to drunken violence after 8 years of marriage

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Nov 13 Fay Baker, actress (Sorority Girl), dies at 60

Person of interestLionel Barrymore

Nov 15 Lionel Barrymore [Blythe], American actor (Dr Kildare, Key Largo), dies at 76

  • Nov 22 Moroni Olsen, American actor (Annie Oakley, Black Gold, Snow White), dies at 65
  • Nov 22 Roderick McMahon, Professional Wrestling/Boxing Booker (b. 1882)
  • Nov 29 George Robey, English musical theatre actor and comedian, dies at 85