October 1954 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Oct 3 KFVS TV channel 12 in Cape Girardeau, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 9 KTIV TV channel 4 in Sioux City, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 10 1st National Film Awards (India): "Shyamchi Aai" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Oct 15 KLTV TV channel 7 in Tyler-Longview, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 18 WBTW TV channel 13 in Florence, SC (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 18 WNBC radio changes call letters to WRCA (NYC)
  • Oct 19 KAKE TV channel 10 in Wichita, KS (ABC) begins broadcasting

Music Premiere

Oct 20 Leigh, Charlap, Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard, opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC; runs for 152 performances

Theater Premiere

Oct 21 Dorothy Parker and Arnaud d'Usseau's black comedy play "Ladies of the Corridor" premieres

  • Oct 23 WSAU TV channel 7 in Wausau, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting

Television Premiere

Oct 27 Walt Disney's 1st TV show, "Disneyland", premieres on ABC

  • Oct 27 WISN TV channel 12 in Milwaukee, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 31 KREM TV channel 2 in Spokane, WA (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Oct 1 Richard Schlesinger, American news correspondent (CBS, 48 Hours), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 2 Lani O'Grady, American actress (Mary-8 is Enough), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • Oct 2 Lorraine Bracco, American actress (Sopranos, Goodfellas), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 8 Michael Dudikoff, American actor (American Ninja, TRON), born in Redondo Beach, California
  • Oct 9 John O'Hurley, American actor (Seinfeld -"J.Peterman"), and game show host (Family Feud, 2006-10), born in Kittery, Maine
  • Oct 9 Scott Bakula, American actor (Quantum Leap, Gung Ho, Murphy Brown), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 10 Mohamed Mounir, Egyptian singer and actor (El Malek Howwa El Malek), born in Aswan, Egypt
  • Oct 10 Rekha, Bollywood actress (Khoon Bhari Maang), born in Madras, India
  • Oct 15 Jere Burns, American actor (Something So Right, Kirk-Dear John), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Oct 16 Stephen Mellor, American actor
  • Oct 18 Liz Burch, Australian actress

Ang LeeAng Lee (68 years old)

Oct 23 Taiwanese-born American filmmaker (Brokeback Mountain; Life of Pi), born in Chaochou, Pingtung, Republic of China

  • Oct 24 Doug Davidson, American actor (Paul Williams-Young & Restless), born in Glendale, California
  • Oct 26 D. W. Moffett, American actor (Fine Things, Lisa, Chicago Sons), born in Highland Park, Illinois
  • Oct 27 Jan Duursema, American comic book artist (Star Wars comics), born in New Jersey
  • Oct 31 Ken Wahl [Anthony Calzaretta], American actor (Wiseguy, The Gladiator, The Wanderers), born in Chicago, Illinois

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Oct 3 Herbert Prior, British actor (Caught Short, Slave of Desire), dies at 87