1955 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 WEAT (now WPEC) TV channel 12 in West Palm Beach, FL (CBS) begins
  • Jan 2 1st "Bob Cummings Show" premieres on NBC (later on CBS)
  • Jan 5 KMSP TV channel 9 in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 7 WCIQ TV channel 7 in Mt Cheaha, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 8 WUNC TV channel 4 in Chapel Hill, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 10 "Ordet", directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, starring Henrik Malberg, Emil Hass Christensen, is released
  • Jan 19 "The Millionaire" TV program premieres on CBS
  • Jan 23 KORK (now KVBC) TV channel 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada (NBC) 1st broadcast

CommunicationHistoric Communication

Feb 2 1st presidential news conference on network TV-Eisenhower on ABC

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Feb 12 WTVY TV channel 4 in Dothan, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 13 KRCG TV channel 13 in Jefferson City, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 14 WFLA (now WXFL) TV channel 8 in Tampa-St Petersburg, Florida (NBC) begins
  • Feb 17 KTVF TV channel 11 in Fairbanks, AK (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 24 12th Golden Globes: "On The Waterfront", Marlon Brando, & Judy Garland win

  • Mar 1 KFAR (now KATN) TV channel 2 in Fairbanks, AK (ABC/NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Mar 5 WBBJ TV channel 7 in Jackson, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Mar 7 7th Emmy Awards: Make Room for Daddy, Danny Thomas & Loretta Young win

Actress Loretta Young
Actress
Loretta Young

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Mar 7 Mary Martin as "Peter Pan" 1st televised

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin
  • Mar 15 WLEX TV channel 18 in Lexington, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 20 KXTV TV channel 10 in Sacramento, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Mar 27 Steve McQueen makes his network TV debut (Goodyear Playhouse)

  • Mar 27 WPRI TV channel 12 in Providence, RI (ABC) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 30 27th Academy Awards: "On the Waterfront", Marlon Brando & Grace Kelly win

  • Apr 1 WTVT TV channel 13 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (CBS) 1st broadcast

Film release premierFilm Premier

Apr 11 "Marty" directed by Delbert Mann and starring Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair premieres in New York (Best Picture 1956)

  • Apr 14 WBRZ TV channel 2 in Baton Rouge, LA (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 24 KFDM TV channel 6 in Beaumont, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 24 KMAU (now KGMV) TV channel 3 in Wailuku, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28 WBIQ TV channel 10 in Birmingham, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 2 WGBH TV channel 2 in Boston, MA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 10 8th Cannes Film Festival: "Marty" directed by Delbert Mann wins Palme d'Or
  • May 15 KPUA (now KGMD) TV channel 9 in Hilo, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 21 WFRV TV channel 5 in Green Bay, WI (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 27 Red Buttons Show, last airs on NBC-TV
  • May 30 KMVT TV channel 11 in Twin Falls, ID (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 3 KLFY TV channel 10 in Lafayette, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 4 "Mickey Rooney Show" TV comedy last airs on NBC
  • Jun 7 "$64,000 Question" premieres on CBS TV
  • Jun 10 KWEX TV channel 41 in San Antonio, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 12 TV comedy "Mister Peepers" starring Wally Cox airs for last time on NBC
  • Jun 12 Monitor (full weekend program) begins on NBC radio network

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 23 Walt Disney's "Lady & the Tramp" released

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Jun 25 "Imogene Coca Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 27 "Julius LaRosa Show" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Jun 30 "Johnny Carson Show" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Jul 1 KOTA TV channel 3 in Rapid City, SD (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 2 "Lawrence Welk Show" premieres on ABC
  • Jul 15 WNDU TV channel 16 in South Bend, IN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 16 "Golden Horseshoe Revue" 1st of 50,000+ performances, Disneyland
  • Jul 17 Disneyland televises its grand opening in Anaheim, California.
  • Jul 31 KRNT (now KCCI) TV channel 8 in Des Moines, Iowa (CBS) 1st broadcast

  • Jul 31 WHIS (now WVVA) TV channel 6 in Bluefield, West Virginia (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Aug 1 WILL TV channel 12 in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 7 KSTF TV channel 10 in Scottsbluff-Gering, NB (CBS/NBC) begins
  • Aug 12 WPBT TV channel 2 in Miami, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 15 WXEX TV channel 8 in Richmond-Petersburg, VA (ABC) begins
  • Aug 25 16th Venice Film Festival: "Ordet" directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 26 1st color telecast (NBC) of a tennis match (Davis Cup)
  • Aug 26 "Pather Panchali", Indian film directed by Satyajit Ray, starring Subir Banerjee, Kanu Banerjee and Karuna Banerjee, is released
  • Aug 31 KTRE TV channel 9 begins broadcasting in Lufkin, Texas (ABC/NBC affiliate)
  • Sep 1 KARD (now KSNW) TV channel 3 in Wichita, KS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 2 KCRA TV channel 3 in Sacramento, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 3 KTBS TV channel 3 in Shreveport, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 5 WKRG TV channel 5 in Mobile, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 5 WTTW TV channel 11 in Chicago, IL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 10 "Gunsmoke" premieres on CBS TV
  • Sep 11 KTVT TV channel 11 in Fort Worth-Dallas, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 12 KNTV TV channel 11 in San Jose, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 WCTV TV channel 6 in Tallahassee-Thomasville, FL (CBS) begins
  • Sep 22 (ITV) Commercial TV begins in UK; meanwhile on BBC radio Grace Archer is killed in a barn fire on Brookfield Farm - the BBC denies this was a spoiler
  • Sep 28 1st World Series color TV broadcast on NBC-TV (Yanks beat Dodgers)
  • Sep 28 WITN TV channel 7 in Washington, NC (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 29 "Sergeant Preston" debuts on CBS
  • Oct 1 WORA TV channel 5 in Mayaguez, PR (TCI) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 2 "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" premieres on CBS television in the US
  • Oct 2 WHTN (now WOWK) TV ch 13 in Huntington-Charleston, WV (CBS) begins
  • Oct 3 "Captain Kangaroo" premieres on CBS-TV, Good Morning, Captain!
  • Oct 3 WDBJ TV channel 7 in Roanoke, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 3 WTVS TV channel 56 in Detroit, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 20 "No Time for Sergeants" opens on Broadway, starring Andy Griffith

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 20 Publication of "The Return of the King", the 3rd and final volume of "The 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
  • Oct 22 WWNY TV channel 7 in Carthage-Watertown, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 27 "Rebel Without a Cause", directed by Nicholas Ray, starring James Dean and Natalie Wood, is released

Actor James Dean
Actor
James Dean
  • Nov 19 KXMB TV channel 12 in Bismarck, ND (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 21 KTVO TV channel 3 in Ottumwa-Kirksville, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 28 KMVI (now WMAU) TV channel 12 in Wailuku, HI (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 28 KTHV TV channel 11 in Little Rock, AR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 3 KTVE TV channel 10 in Monroe-El Dorado, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 8 Black Ealing comedy "The Ladykillers", directed by Alexander Mackendrick and starring Alec Guinness is released in the UK

  • Dec 21 2nd National Film Awards (India): "Mirza Ghalib" wins the Golden Lotus

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 29 Barbra Streisand's 1st recording "You'll Never Know" at age 13

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 191

  • Jan 2 Tex Brashear, American voice actor

Person of interestRowan Atkinson

Jan 6 Rowan Atkinson, English comedian and actor (Mr Bean, Blackadder), born in Consett, County Durham, England

Actor and Comedian Rowan Atkinson
Actor and Comedian
Rowan Atkinson
  • Jan 7 Sandra Bernhard, Arizona (Follow That Bird, King of Comedy)
  • Jan 9 J. K. Simmons, American actor
  • Jan 12 Rockne S. O'Bannon, American screenwriter
  • Jan 15 Enrico Mentana, Italian newscaster (RAI), born in Milan, Italy
  • Jan 18 Johannes AM "Hans" van Tongeren, Dutch actor (Hunk)

Person of interestKevin Costner

Jan 18 Kevin Costner, American actor (Fandango, Silverado, Bull Durham), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Jan 19 Paul Rodriguez, Mexican-born actor and comedian
  • Jan 20 Wyatt Knight, American actor
  • Jan 22 John Wesley Shipp, Norfolk, Virginia, American actor (Dawson's Creek, One Life to Live)
  • Jan 26 Lucia Mendez, Mexican actress and singer (Lucia es Luna Moreno), born in León, Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Feb 2 Michael Talbott, Waverly Iowa, actor (Stan-Miami Vice)
  • Feb 5 Debra Jo Fondren, playmate of year (September, 1977), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 7 Rolf Benirschke, NFL place kicker/TV host (Wheel of Fortune), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 8 Ethan Phillips, actor (Neelix-Star Trek Voyager)
  • Feb 8 Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart, wrestler (WWF/WCW/NJPW/CWFI/Calgary)
  • Feb 8 Nancy Oliver, American playwright and television writer
  • Feb 9 Charles Shaughnessy, actor (Shane-Days of our Lives, Nanny), born in London, England
  • Feb 9 Jm J Bullock, Casper Wyoming, actor (Monroe-Too Close for Comfort)
  • Feb 10 Chris Adams, British pro wrestler and judoka (d. 2001)
  • Feb 10 Jim Cramer, American television personality
  • Feb 12 Arsenio Hall, US comedian (Alan Thicke, Arsenio, Coming to America), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 14 James Eckhouse, American actor
  • Feb 14 Rip Rogers, American professional wrestler
  • Feb 15 Christopher McDonald, American actor
  • Feb 15 Janice Dickinson, American Ex-Supermodel
  • Feb 16 Hunt Block, American actor
  • Feb 18 Raymond Rougeau, Canadian professional wrestler
  • Feb 19 Jeff Daniels, GA, actor (Something Wild, Dumb & Dumber, Speed)
  • Feb 21 Kelsey Grammer, American actor, comedian, director and activist (Frasier Crane in Cheers, Fraiser), born in Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands
  • Feb 25 Leann Hunley, actress (Dane Carrington-Dynasty, Dawson's Creek)
  • Feb 27 Sally Spencer, actress (M J McKinnon-Another World)
  • Feb 28 Gilbert Gottfried, comedian (Beverly Hills Cop)
  • Mar 2 Dale Bosworth, TV host (America's Most Wanted)
  • Mar 4 Dominique Pinon, French actor
  • Mar 5 Marcia McCabe, American actress (Alice Grande - One Life to Live), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 7 Anupam Kher, Bollywood actor (Vijay, Silver Linings Playbook), and Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India, born in Shimla, India
  • Mar 9 Ornella Muti, Italian actress (Flash Gordon, Most Beautiful Wife), born in Rome, Italy
  • Mar 10 Juliusz Machulski, Polish director/writer/actor (Do It Yourself)
  • Mar 10 Youssra, Egyptian actress and singer
  • Mar 11 [Kater]Nina Hagen, German actress (Blue Angel), born in East Berlin, German DR
  • Mar 13 Glenne Headly, actress (Dick Tracy, Making Mr Right), born in New London, Connecticut
  • Mar 14 Helen Atkinson-Wood, British actress and comedian (O.T.T., Blackadder the Third), born in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire
  • Mar 15 Daniel "Dee" Snider, American singer, songwriter and actor (Twisted Sister), born in Astoria, Queens
  • Mar 16 Bruno Barreto, Brazilian film director
  • Mar 17 Bill Beyers, actor (Wally McCandless-Capitol)
  • Mar 17 Gary Sinise, American actor (Apollo 13, CSI: NY, Forrest Gump), born in Blue Island Illinois

Person of interestBruce Willis

Mar 19 Bruce Willis, American actor (Moonlighting, Die Hard), born in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

  • Mar 21 Jean Marie Hon, actress (Jane-Man From Atlantis), born in San Francisco, California
  • Mar 23 Petrea Burchard, American actress
  • Mar 29 Christopher Lawford, American actor (Charlie Brent-All My Children), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 29 Dianne Kay, American actress (Nancy-8 is Enough, Reggie, Glitter), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Mar 29 Marina Sirtis, English actress (Troi-Star Trek: The Next Generation), born in London, England
  • Mar 29 Brendan Gleeson, Irish actor and film director (Braveheart), born in Dublin
  • Apr 5 Charlotte de Turckheim, French actress (Jefferson in Paris), born in Montereau-Fault-Yonne, France
  • Apr 6 Michael Rooker, American actor (Guardians of the Galaxy), born in Jasper, Alabama
  • Apr 8 Kane Hodder, American actor and stuntman
  • Apr 11 Michele Scarabelli, Canadian actress (Jo Santini-Airwolf, Alienation, Dallas), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 14 Simone Griffeth, Savannah Georgia, actress (Death Race 2000, Amanda's)
  • Apr 23 Judy Davis, Australian actress (Barton Fink, Husbands & Wives), born in Perth, Australia
  • Apr 23 Su Ingle, British TV hostess
  • Apr 24 Michael O'Keefe, American actor (Caddyshack, Ironweed, Slugger's Wife), born in Mount Vernon, New York
  • Apr 24 John Epperson [Lypsinka], American drag artist and actor, born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi
  • Apr 25 Parviz Parastui, Iranian actor
  • Apr 28 Paul Guilfoyle, American actor and director (The Grapes of Wrath, Curiosity Kills), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • Apr 29 Kate Mulgrew, Dubuque Iowa, actress (Capt Janeway-Star Trek Voyager)
  • Apr 29 Wendee Lee, American voice actress
  • May 5 Melinda Culea, Western Springs Ill, actress (A-Team, Brotherly Love)
  • May 7 Peter Reckell, American actor (Days of our Lifes), born in Elkhart, Indiana
  • May 9 Kevin Peter Hall, American actor (Misfits of Science), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • May 10 Chris Berman, sportscaster (ESPN)
  • May 15 Lee Horsley, American actor (Nero Wolfe, Matt Houston), born in Muleshoe, Texas
  • May 16 Debra Winger, American actress (Terms of Endearment, Officer & Gentleman), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • May 16 Hazel O'Connor, Coventry England, singer/actress (Breaking Glass)
  • May 17 Bill Paxton, actor (True Lies, Big Love), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2017)

Person of interestYun Fat Chow

May 18 Yun Fat Chow, Hong Kong actor (Better Tomorrow), born in Lamma Island, Hong Kong

  • May 20 Zbigniew Preisner, Polish film composer
  • May 25 Connie Selleca, actress (Hotel, Capt America II), born in The Bronx, New York
  • May 26 Candace L Collins, Dupo Illinois, playmate (Dec, 1979)
  • May 27 Richard Schiff, American actor (The West Wing), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • May 27 Eric Bischoff, American professional wrestling promoter
  • May 30 Jake "The Snake" Roberts, American wrestler, born in Gainesville, Texas
  • Jun 1 Ralph Morse, British actor, singer and writer of historical dramas
  • Jun 2 Gary Grimes, American actor (Summer of '42, Class of '44), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 2 Dana Carvey, comedian (SNL, Garth-Wayne's World), born in Missoula, Montana
  • Jun 4 Mary Testa, American stage actress
  • Jun 6 Sandra Bernhard, American actress and comedian (King of Comedy, Nancy on Roseanne), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Jun 7 William Forsythe, American actor (Raising Arizona, Once Upon a Time in America), born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
  • Jun 8 Griffin Dunne, actor (American Werewolf in London, Who's That Girl)
  • Jun 10 Andrew Stevens, actor (Seduction, Boys in Company C, Fury), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jun 14 Kim Lankford, American actress (Gingers-Knots Landing), born in Montebello, California
  • Jun 15 Julie Hagerty, actress (Airplane, Princesses), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jun 15 Polly Draper, American actress (Thirtysomething, Side Effects), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Jun 16 Laurie Metcalf, American actress (Roseanne, Ladybird), born in Carbonville, Illinois
  • Jun 21 David Marshall Grant, actor (Legs, French Postcards), born in Westport, Connecticut
  • Jun 21 Leigh J McCloskey, actor (Dallas, Executive Suite, Gen Hosp), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 23 Debbie Boostrom, Playboy playmate (Aug, 1981), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • Jun 23 Maggie Greenwald, American film director and writer
  • Jun 24 Betsy Randle, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 15 Film director Stanley Kubrick (26) weds theatrical designer Ruth Sobotka (29)

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
  • Mar 17 Erotic writer Anaïs Nin marries actor Rupert Pole at Quartzsite, Arizona, while still married to her first husband
  • Jun 26 Actor Geoffrey Holder marries Carmen de Lavallade

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 11 "Gone with the Wind" actor Clark Gable (54) weds former fashion model and actress Kay Spreckles

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 25 "Dracula" actor Bela Lugosi (72) weds Hope Lininger (36)

  • Aug 29 "Untamed Youth" actress Mamie Van Doren (24) weds trumpeter and actor Ray Anthony (33)
  • Sep 18 Actress-singer Debbie Reynolds (23) weds singer Eddie Fisher (27)
  • Oct 2 Actress Joyce Randolph marries publisher Richard Charles

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 31 Actor Gregory Peck (39) weds philanthropist Veronique Passani (23)


Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 9 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (22) divorces socialite Frederick Gallatin Cammann after more than a year of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 30 Actor Gregory Peck (39) divorces real estate broker Greta Kukkonen (44) after 13 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Feb 12 Tom Moore, actor (Ladies be Seated, Majority Rules), dies at 71
  • Feb 15 S Z Sakall, Hungarian stage and film character actor (Dolly Sisters, Casablanca), dies at 72
  • Feb 27 Tom Howard, comedian (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 66
  • Mar 7 Tom Dugan, Irish actor (Circus Clown, Drag, Skyway), dies at 66
  • Mar 21 Muriel Aked, British actress, dies at 67
  • Apr 7 Theda Bara, actress (Camille, Cleopatra, 2 Orphans), dies at 62
  • Apr 25 Constance Collier, actress (Perils of Pauline), dies at 77
  • Apr 30 Rudolf Klein-Rogge, German actor and prototype for silent films master criminal (Metropolis, Spies), dies at 69
  • Jun 11 Walter Hampden, American actor (Five Fingers, Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 75
  • Jul 22 Joseph Foley, American actor (Mr Peepers), dies at 45
  • Jul 23 Betsy van Es, Flemish actress (Un soir de joie), dies at 55
  • Jul 23 Harry Haden, actor (Harry-Stu Erwin Show), dies at 73
  • Jul 25 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta and film composer, dies at 55
  • Aug 5 Carmen Miranda, singer/actress (Down Argentine Way), dies at 42
  • Aug 5 Suzan (Susan) Ball, American actress, of cancer aged 21
  • Aug 23 Reginald Tate, British actor (b. 1896)
  • Sep 1 Philip Loeb, actor (Jake-Goldbergs), dies at 61

Person of interestJames Dean

Sep 30 James Dean, American actor and cultural icon (Giant, Rebel Without a Cause), and 1st actor to be posthumously nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award, dies in a car crash at age 24

Actor James Dean
Actor
James Dean
  • Sep 30 Michael Chekhov, Russian-American actor (Rhapsody, Abie's Irish Rose), dies at 64
  • Oct 1 Charles Christie, American film studio owner (b. 1880)
  • Oct 2 O B Clarence, actor (Penn of Pensnsylvania), dies
  • Oct 9 Alice Joyce, actress (Song O' My Heart), dies at 65
  • Oct 19 John Hodiak, American actor (Battleground, A Bell for Adamo, Lifeboat), dies from coronary thrombosis at 41
  • Nov 9 Tom Powers, actor (Station West, Destination Moon), dies at 65
  • Nov 22 Shemp Howard [Samuel Horwitz], American actor and comedian (3 Stooges), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Dec 1 Chief Thundercloud [Victor Daniels], Cherokee actor (The Lone Ranger, Colt .45), dies from stomach cancer at 57
  • Dec 5 Paul Harvey, American actor (Spellbound, Calamity Jane, Heldorado, Jamboree), dies at 73
  • Dec 21 Dorothy Bernard, actress (Margaret-Life With Father), dies at 65
  • Dec 24 Nana Bryant, actress (Mrs Nestor - Our Miss Brooks), dies at 67