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September 1955 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • 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, Florida (CBS) begins
  • Sep 17 Sammy Fain and Dan Shapiro's musical comedy "Ankles Aweigh" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC. after 176 performances
  • Sep 22 On BBC radio Grace Archer is killed in a barn fire on Brookfield Farm - the BBC denies this was to spoil the launch of rival network ITV

Britain's First-Ever TV AdBritain's First-Ever TV Ad

Sep 22 Commercial television begins in the UK with the launch of ITV, soon airs the 1st advert on UK TV, for Gibbs SR toothpaste

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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 24 "The Judy Garland Special" kicks off the anthology performance series "Ford Star Jubilee" on CBS-TV

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 30 American actor and cultural icon James Dean is killed in a car crash aged 24

Actor James Dean
Actor
James Dean

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Sep 2 Linda Purl, actress (Gloria-Happy Days, Matlock), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Sep 7 Mira Furlan, Croatian actress (Babylon 5), born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Sep 9 John Kricfalusi, Canadian animator
  • Sep 12 Peter Scolari, American actor (Newhart, Bosom Buddies), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • Sep 12 Nina Blackwood, American actress and VJ (MTV, Solid Gold, Vice Squad), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Sep 15 Brendan O'Carroll, Irish stage and screen actor, comedian, director, producer and writer (Mrs. Brown's Boys - "Agnes Brown"), born in Finglas, Dublin, Ireland
  • Sep 16 Janet Ellis, English television presenter (Blue Peter, Jigsaw), born in Kent
  • Sep 17 Koralia Karanti, Greek actress
  • Sep 17 Charles Martinet, American actor
  • Sep 18 Bob Papenbrook, American voice actor, born in San Diego, California (d. 2006)
  • Sep 19 Rex Smith, American actor (Pirates of Penzance), and singer ("You Take My Breath Away"), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Sep 21 Rebecca Balding, actress (Carla-Lou Grant, Soap), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Sep 21 Gulshan Grover, Indian actor known as the "Bad Man" in Bollywood cinema (I Am Kalam), born in New Delhi, India
  • Sep 21 Rick Aiello, American character actor (Officer Long- Do the Right Thing), born in the United States (d. 2021)
  • Sep 23 Patti Weaver, WV, actress (Days of our Life, Gina-Young & Restless)
  • Sep 29 Ken Weatherwax, American actor (Pugsley-Addams Family), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 29 Mark Mitchell, Australian actor (Larger than Life, Con the Fruiterer), bon in Melbourne Australia
  • Sep 29 BenoĆ®t Ferreux, French actor (Murmur of the Heart ), born in Bordeaux, France

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Sep 18 American actress-singer Debbie Reynolds (23) weds American singer Eddie Fisher (27); divorce in 1959

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Sep 1 Philip Loeb, actor (Jake-Goldbergs), dies at 61
  • Sep 28 Arthur Donaldson, Swedish American actor, dies at 86

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