On This Day

Year 1954 in Film & Television (Part 2)

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
  • 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

  • Jul 22 Pierre Lebeau, Canadian actor
  • Jul 25 Lynne Frederick, English actress (Schizophrenia), born in Middlesex, England (d. 1994)
  • Jul 28 Bruce Abbott, American actor, born in Portland, Oregon
  • Aug 2 Lisa Brown, American actress (Guiding Light, Iva-As the World Turns), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Aug 7 Caroline Aaron, American actress (Crimes & Misdemeanors), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Aug 11 Lina Polito, actress (Love & Anarchy), born in Naples, Italy
  • Aug 12 Sam J. Jones [Samuel Gerald], American actor (Flash Gordon, Code Red), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestJames Cameron

Aug 16 James Cameron, Canadian film director and writer (Titanic, Avatar), born in Kapuskasing, Ontario

Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
  • Aug 20 Al Roker, American weatherman (NBC, Today), born in Queens, New York
  • Aug 20 Theresa Saldana, American actress (Raging Bull), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • Aug 20 Don Stark, American actor (That '70s Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 23 Charles Busch, American actor, screenwriter, playwright and drag queen (The Tale of the Allergist's Wife), in Hartsdale, New York
  • Aug 26 Steve Wright, Britain's wacky DJ/actor (Funny Man)
  • Aug 30 David Paymer, American actor (Love Mary, Mr Saturday Night), born in Oceanside, New York
  • Sep 7 Corbin Bernsen, North actor (Arnie Becker-LA Law), born in Hollywood, California
  • Sep 7 Michael Emerson, American actor (Person of Interest), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Sep 8 Clayton Norcross, American actor (Bold & Beautiful, Colbys, Santa Barbara), born in Arcadia, California
  • Sep 9 Jeffrey Combs, American actor
  • Sep 11 Reed Birney, American actor (Greatest Man in the World), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Sep 15 Adrian Adonis [Keith A. Franke Jr.], American professional wrestler, born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • Sep 22 Shari Belafonte Harper, American actress (Julie-Hotel), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 23 Charlie Barnett, American actor (d. 1996)
  • Sep 29 Cindy Morgan [Cichorski], actress (Tron), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 30 Barry Williams, actor (Greg-Brady Bunch), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Sep 30 Calvin Levels, actor (Knightwatch), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 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 Scott Bakula, American actor (Quantum Leap, Gung Ho, Murphy Brown), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 10 Rekha, Bollywood actress (Khoon Bhari Maang), born in Madras, India
  • Oct 10 Mohamed Mounir, Egyptian singer and actor (El Malek Howwa El Malek), born in Aswan, Egypt
  • 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

Person of interestAng Lee

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

Filmmaker Ang Lee
Filmmaker
Ang Lee
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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

Person of interestDenzel 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)

Weddings in Film & TV


Divorces in Film & TV


Deaths in Film & TV