February 1955 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Historic Communication

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

  • 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

Peter Pan

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

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, American NFL place kicker and TV game show host (Wheel of Fortune), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 8 Ethan Phillips, American actor (Neelix-Star Trek Voyager), born in Garden City, New York
  • 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 Guy Gallo, American poet, playwright, and screenwriter (Under the Volcano), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • Feb 16 Hunt Block, American actor (As The World Turns, 2000-05 - "Craig"), born in Glen Burnie, Maryland
  • Feb 18 Raymond Rougeau, Canadian professional wrestler, born in Saint-Sulpice, Canada
  • Feb 19 Jeff Daniels, American actor (Dumb & Dumber, Speed, The Newsroom), born in Athens, Georgia

Kelsey Grammer (68 years old)

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

  • Feb 25 Leann Hunley, American actress (Days of Our Lives - "Anna"; Dynasty, 1986-89 - "Dana Carrington"; Dawson's Creek - "Tamara Jacobs"), born in Forks, Washington

Gilbert Gottfried (1955-2022)

Feb 28 American stand-up comedian, and actor (SNL; Aladdin - "Iago the Parrot"; 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 S Z Sakall [Gerö Jenö], Hungarian stage and film character actor (Dolly Sisters, Casablanca), dies at 72
  • Feb 12 Tom Moore, actor (Ladies be Seated, Majority Rules), dies at 71
  • Feb 27 Tom Howard, Irish-American vaudeville and radio comedian (It Pays To Be Ignorant), dies of heart disease at 66