On This Day

February 1955 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

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 awardsGolden Globes

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

Music releaseMusical Finale

Feb 26 Leigh, Charlap, Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard, closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 152 performances

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Feb 2 Michael Talbott, American actor (Stan-Miami Vice), born in Waverly, Iowa
  • Feb 5 Debra Jo Fondren, American model & actress, 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, American professional wrestler (WWF/WCW/NJPW/CWFI/Calgary), born in Montebello, California (d. 2018)
  • 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 Jim J. Bullock, American actor (Monroe-Too Close for Comfort), born in Casper, Wyoming
  • Feb 10 Chris Adams, British pro wrestler and judoka (d. 2001)
  • Feb 10 Jim Cramer, American television personality
  • Feb 14 James Eckhouse, American actor
  • Feb 14 Rip Rogers, American professional wrestler, born in Seymour, Indiana
  • Feb 15 Christopher McDonald, American actor
  • Feb 16 Hunt Block, American actor
  • Feb 18 Raymond Rougeau, Canadian professional wrestler, born in Saint-Sulpice, Canada
  • Feb 19 Jeff Daniels, GA, actor (Something Wild, Dumb & Dumber, Speed)

Person of interestKelsey Grammer

Feb 21 Kelsey Grammer, American actor, comedian, director and activist (Frasier Crane in Cheers, Fraiser), born in Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands

Actor and Comedian Kelsey Grammer
Actor and Comedian
Kelsey Grammer
  • Feb 25 Leann Hunley, actress (Dane Carrington-Dynasty, Dawson's Creek)
  • Feb 28 Gilbert Gottfried, American stand-up comedian, and actor (SNL; Aladdin _ "Iago"; The Afflac Duck), born in Brooklyn, New York

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Feb 6 Rosey Rowswell, American MLB broadcaster (Pittsburgh Prates 1936-54), dies from uremic poisoning at 71
  • Feb 12 Tom Moore, actor (Ladies be Seated, Majority Rules), dies at 71
  • Feb 12 S Z Sakall [Gerö Jenö], 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