1956 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 KHAS TV channel 5 in Hastings, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 KOSA TV channel 7 in Odessa, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 WREC (now WREG) TV channel 3 in Memphis, Tennessee (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 6 KGNS TV channel 8 in Laredo, TX (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 15 KWAB TV channel 4 in Big Spring, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 21 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Golden NYC after 849 performances
  • Jan 30 KRMA TV channel 6 in Denver, CO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 30 KTXS TV channel 12 in Sweetwater-Abilene, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 1 WSAV TV channel 3 in Savannah, GA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 9 KHPL (now KWNB) TV channel 6 in Hayes Center, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 10 "My Friend Flicka" premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV
  • Feb 20 WOSU TV channel 34 in Columbus, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 23 13th Golden Globes: "East of Eden", Ernest Borgnine, & Anna Magnani win

Film release premierFilm Release

Mar 13 "The Searchers" American western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Natalie Wood is released

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
  • Mar 14 Ampex Corp demonstrates 1st commercial videotape recorder
  • Mar 17 8th Emmy Awards: "Ed Sullivan Show", Phil Silvers Show & Lucy Ball win

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 21 28th Academy Awards: "Marty", Anna Magnani & Ernest Borgnine win

  • Apr 1 KPIC TV channel 4 in Roseburg, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 2 Soap operas "As the World Turns" & "Edge of Night" premiere on TV
  • Apr 10 Philips broadcasts 1st Dutch color TV programs
  • Apr 13 KETA TV channel 13 in Oklahoma City, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 29 WLUC TV channel 6 in Marquette, MI (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 29 WSPA TV channel 7 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 29 WWBT TV channel 12 in Richmond, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 6 WRCB TV channel 3 in Chattanooga, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 10 KFSN TV channel 30 in Fresno, CA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 9th Cannes Film Festival: "The Silent World" directed by Jacques Cousteau and Louis Malle wins the Palme d'Or

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • May 11 Pinky Lee Show last airs on NBC-TV
  • May 21 WITI TV channel 6 in Milwaukee, WI (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 22 "Bob Hope Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • May 22 KRIS TV channel 6 in Corpus Christi, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 29 WESH TV channel 2 in Daytona Beach-Orlando, FL (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jun 3 KGUN TV channel 9 in Tucson, AZ (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 5 "Milton Berle Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 8 WDAM TV channel 7 in Laurel-Hattiesburg, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 19 Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin end partnership after 16 films

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Jun 23 "Jimmy Durante Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 24 "Steve Allen Show" returns on NBC-TV

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Jun 24 WISC TV channel 3 in Madison, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 25 WKNO TV channel 10 in Memphis, Tennessee (PBS) begins broadcasting

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jul 1 Elvis Presley wearing a tuxedo appears on Steve Allen Show

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jul 7 "Hancock's Half Hour" premieres as a TV show starring Tony Hancock and Sid James, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson

Comedian Tony Hancock
Comedian
Tony Hancock
  • Jul 13 WCBI TV channel 4 in Columbus, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 29 WCKT (now WSVN) TV channel 7 in Miami, FL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 1 KRCR TV channel 7 in Redding-Chico, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 5 KUAM TV channel 8 in Agana, GU (CBS/ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 5 WCYB TV channel 5 in Bristol-Kingsport, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 6 After going bankrupt in 1955, the American broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena.
  • Aug 8 WDIQ (now KMCT) TV channel 2 in Dozier, AL (PBS) begins
  • Aug 12 KOTI TV channel 2 in Klamath Falls, OR (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 13 WBIR TV channel 10 in Knoxville, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 21 WTVW TV channel 7 in Evansville, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 26 KREY TV channel 10 in Montrose, CO (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 28 17th Venice Film Festival opens. No Golden Lion awarded
  • Sep 1 KELP (now KCOS) TV channel 13 in El Paso, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 10 WSYE (now WETM) TV channel 18 in Elmira-Corning, NY (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 17 Television is first broadcast in Australia.
  • Sep 28 "Johnny Carson Show" TV Variety last airs on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Oh! Susanna" debuts on CBS-TV

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 5 "The Ten Commandments", directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner opens in the US

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
Actor Charlton Heston
Actor
Charlton Heston
Actor Yul Brynner
Actor
Yul Brynner

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 10 "Giant", directed by George Stevens, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean, premieres in NYC

  • Oct 13 WAGM TV channel 8 in Presque Isle, ME (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 17 "Around the World in 80 Days", based on the book by Jules Verne, directed by Michael Anderson and starring David Nivon and Cantinflas premieres in New York

Novelist Jules Verne
Novelist
Jules Verne
  • Oct 23 First video recording on magnetic tape televised coast-to-coast
  • Oct 29 Chet Huntley & David Brinkley, NBC News, team up
  • Nov 3 "The Wizard of Oz" 1st televised (CBS-TV)

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Nov 5 The Nat King Cole Show debuts on NBC, the first variety program to be hosted by an African-American

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole
  • Nov 26 "The Price Is Right" debuts on NBC
  • Dec 3 KFSA (now KFSM) TV channel 5 in Ft Smith, AR (CBS) 1st broadcast

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 13 "Anastasia" comeback film for Ingrid Bergman is released in the US, role wins Bergman Academy Award for Best Actress.

  • Dec 15 KGW TV channel 8 in Portland, OR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 15 WRAL TV channel 5 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 18 "To Tell the Truth" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Dec 18 Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankee radio-TV announcer
  • Dec 28 Miss Frances [Horwich], last Ding Dong School on NBC-TV

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 180

  • Jan 1 Kôji Yakusho, Japanese actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 1 Christine Lagarde, French lawyer and politician, 1st female head of the IMF, born in Paris

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
Christine Lagarde

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 3 Mel Gibson, American actor (Mad Max, Mrs Soffel, Lethal Weapon) and filmmaker, born in Peekskill, New York

Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson
  • Jan 4 Ann Magnuson, Charleston WV, actress (Anything But Love, Hunger)
  • Jan 7 David Caruso, American actor (NYPD Blue, Michael Hayes), born in Forest Hills, New York
  • Jan 9 Kimberly Beck Hilton, actress (Kim-Peyton Place), born in Glendale, California
  • Jan 9 Imelda Staunton, British actress
  • Jan 11 Kuniaki Kobayashi, wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • Jan 13 Janet Hubert-Whitten, actress (Vivian Banks-Fresh Prince of Bel Air)
  • Jan 16 Jennifer Dale, Canadian actress
  • Jan 17 Mitch Vogel, American actor (Jamie-Bonanza), born in Alhambra, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 20 Bill Maher, American comedian and political commentator (Real Time with Bill Maher, Politically Incorrect), born in NYC, New York

Political Commentator and Comedian Bill Maher
Political Commentator and Comedian
Bill Maher
  • Jan 21 Robby Benson, American actor (One on One, Running Brave, Chosen), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 21 Geena Davis, American actress (Beetlejuice, Fly), born in Wareham, Massachusetts
  • Jan 27 Mimi Rogers, actress (Paper Dolls, The Rousters), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Jan 30 Jeremy Gittins, English actor
  • Feb 1 Brahmanandam, Indian film actor
  • Feb 3 Nathan Lane, actor (One of the Boys, Frankie & Johnnie), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Feb 3 Pamela Cossey, England, model/sister of transsexual Tula
  • Feb 6 Jon Walmsley, Lancashire England, actor (Jason-Waltons)
  • Feb 6 Linda Grovenor, actress (Die Laughing, Wheels of Fire), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Feb 7 Emo Philips, American comedian
  • Feb 11 Catherine Hickland, American actress (One Life to Live), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Feb 11 Kathleen Beller, actress (Ft Apache the Bronx, Touched), born in Queens, New York
  • Feb 13 Richard Eden, actor (Brick-Santa Barbara, Solar Crisis, Robocop)
  • Feb 14 Ken Wahl, actor (Wanderers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 17 Richard Karn [Wilson], American actor (Home Improvement) and TV game show host (Family Feud), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Feb 20 Charlie Adler, American voice actor
  • Feb 21 Woody Brown, actor (Cliff-Facts of Life), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Feb 24 Paula Zahn, Napperville Ill, news anchor (ABC, CBS This Morning)
  • Feb 28 Mike Tenay, American wrestling commentator
  • Mar 1 Timothy Daly, Sufferin NY, actor (Joe-Wings, Diner, Made in Heaven)
  • Mar 5 Adriana Barraza, Mexican actress

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 7 Bryan Cranston, American actor (Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle), born in Canoga Park, California

  • Mar 8 John Kapelos, Canadian actor
  • Mar 10 Mitchell Lichtenstein, American actor; son of Roy Lichtenstein
  • Mar 11 D. J. MacHale, American author and television writer
  • Mar 11 Rob Paulsen, American voice actor
  • Mar 13 Dana Delany, American actress (Colleen McMurphy-China Beach, Exit to Eden), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 18 "The Model" Rick Martel, [Richard Vignault], wrestler (WWF/AWA)
  • Mar 22 Lena Olin, actress (Enemies A Love Story), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mar 25 Matthew Garber, English actor (d. 1977)
  • Mar 29 Kurt Thomas, American gymnist (Olympics), actor (Gymkata)
  • Mar 31 Bruce Sinofsky, American documentary film director (Brothers Keeper), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Apr 3 Miguel Bose, Panamanian-born Spanish singer and actor (El Avaro, Queen Margot), born in Panama City
  • Apr 4 David E. Kelley, American writer and TV producer
  • Apr 5 Diamond Dallas Page, American professional wrestler
  • Apr 8 Christine Boisson, French actress
  • Apr 8 Jim Piddock, English actor, writer and producer
  • Apr 12 Andy Garcia, Cuba, actor (Stand & Deliver, 8 Million Ways to Die)
  • Apr 12 Doris EHP Baaten, Dutch actress (Sesame Street, Fien)
  • Apr 12 Walter Salles, Brazilian filmmaker (The Motorcycle Diaries), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • Apr 18 Eric Roberts, Miss, actor (Pope of Greenwich Village, King of Gypsies)
  • Apr 18 John James, actor (Jeff Colby-Dynasty), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Apr 18 Melody Thomas Scott, actress (Nikki-Young & Restless)
  • Apr 18 Anna Kathryn Holbrook, American actress
  • Apr 18 Poonam Dhillon, Indian actress
  • Apr 22 Catherine Mary Stewart, Edmonton, actress (Passion & Paradise)
  • Apr 25 Jaroslava Schallerová, Hungarian actress
  • Apr 26 Koo Stark, [Kathleen Dee-Anne], photographer/actress (Emily)
  • Apr 28 Jeremy John Beadle, British critic, writer and broadcaster, born in York, England (d. 1995)
  • Apr 30 Lars von Trier, Danish film director (Dancer in the Dark), born in Kongens Lyngby
  • May 1 Byron Stewart, Baxter Springs Ks, actor (Warren Coolidge-St Elsewhere)
  • May 7 Anne Dudley, British classical and film composer (The Full Monty), born in Beckenham, Kent
  • May 7 Jean Lapierre, Canadian politician and television host
  • May 9 Wendy Crewson, Canadian actress
  • May 11 Alex Lester, British broadcaster
  • May 12 Glenn Robbins, Australian comedian

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 12 Homer Simpson, fictional character from the long running television show "The Simpsons", born in Springfield

Fictional TV Character Homer Simpson
Fictional TV Character
Homer Simpson
  • May 17 Bob Saget, comedian (Full House, America's Funniest Home Video), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 17 Sue Carpenter, TV presenter/journalist
  • May 19 Steve Ford, actor (Young & Restless)/son of President Gerald Ford
  • May 20 Dean Butler, American actor
  • May 22 Douglas Heyes Jr, actor (Captains & Kings, Aspen), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 25 Tatsutoshi Goto, wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • May 27 Lisa Niemi, actress (Dirty Dancing, Will Rodgers Follies), born in Houston, Texas
  • May 28 Susie Diane Owens, Arkansas City Kansas, playmate (March, 1988)
  • May 29 LaToya Jackson, American singer/model (If You Feel the Funk)/posed for Playboy, born in Gary, Indiana
  • May 31 Yoshiko Sakakibara, Chiba Japan, actress (Sailor Moon, Vampire Hunter)
  • Jun 1 Lisa Hartman Black, American singer/actress (Tabitha, Knots Landing), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jun 1 Robin Mattson, actress (Janet Green-All My Children), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 2 Mani Ratnam, Indian film director, screenwriter and producer
  • Jun 4 Keith David, American actor
  • Jun 6 Marilyn Jones, American actress (Carey-King's Crossing), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 14 Sam Irvin, American director and producer
  • Jun 15 Ava Cadell, actress (Do or Die), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jun 18 Brian Benben, Winchester Va, actor (Dream On, Gangster Chronicles)
  • Jun 22 Tim Russ, actor (Tuvoc-Star Trek Voyager), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jun 24 Joe Penny, English actor
  • Jun 30 David Alan Grier, comedian (In Living Color, Boomerang)
  • Jul 1 Lorna Patterson, actress (Airplane, Pvt Benjamin), born in Whittier, California
  • Jul 1 Alan Ruck, American actor (Spin City), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jul 2 Jerry Hall, Mesquite Tx, model/Mrs Mick Jagger (Batman, Freejack)
  • Jul 5 Patsy Pease, American actress
  • Jul 6 Casey Sander, American actor
  • Jul 7 Bill Lagattuta, American news correspondent (CBS, 48 Hours, Eye to Eye), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 9 Tom Hanks, American actor (Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia), born in Concord, California

Actor Tom Hanks
Actor
Tom Hanks
  • Jul 11 Sela Ward, Meridian Miss, actress (Hilary-Emerald Point NAS, Sisters)
  • Jul 12 Mel Harris, [Mary Ellen], Bethlehem Pa, actress (Hope-30 Something)
  • Jul 14 Vladimir Kulich, Czech actor

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 1 Actor Gene Hackman (25) weds Fay Maltese

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 14 Actress Vera Miles (25) weds actor Gordon Scott (29)

Actress Vera Miles
Actress
Vera Miles

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 18 Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco (civil ceremony)

Actress Grace Kelly
Actress
Grace Kelly

HeartWedding of Interest

May 22 Actress Anita Ekberg (24) weds actor and singer Anthony Steel (36) in Florence, Italy

Actress Anita Ekberg
Actress
Anita Ekberg

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 14 Actor Ted Cassidy (23) weds Margaret Helen

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 29 Actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (30) weds for 3rd time playwright Arthur Miller (40) at White Plains Court House in White Plains, New York

Actress Marilyn Monroe
Actress
Marilyn Monroe
Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller
  • Aug 5 Actress-singer Shirley Jones (22) weds film and stage actor Jack Cassidy (29)

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 12 Canadain actor William Shatner (Star Trek) marries Gloria Rand

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 19 Actor Christopher Plummer (26) weds actress Tammy Grimes (22) at Cherokee Castle in Sedalia, Colorado

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 21 Boxing champ Archie Moore (42) weds model Joan Hardy in Ensenada, Mexico

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • Sep 14 British playwright (Nobel prize for literature 2005) Harold Pinter (26) marries 1st wife actress Vivien Merchant (27)

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 28 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (23) weds actor Gig Young (43)


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 12 Norman Kerry, American actor (Air Eagles, Phantom of Opera), dies at 61
  • Jan 19 Charles Dingle, American actor (The Little Foxes), dies at 68
  • Jan 23 Alexander Korda, English movie producer (Henry VIII), dies at 62
  • Jan 30 Jane Seymour, actress (Young Mr Bobbin), dies at 56
  • Feb 2 Charley Grapewin, American actor (The Wizard of Oz, Libeled Lady), dies at 86
  • Mar 17 Fred Allen, comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), dies at 61
  • Mar 25 Robert Newton, actor (Henry V, Odd Man Out), dies at 50
  • Apr 2 Chester Clute, actor (Niagara Falls), dies at 65
  • Apr 24 Henry Stephenson, British actor (Conquest, Little Old NY, Mr Lucky), dies at 85
  • Apr 26 Edward Arnold, actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 66
  • May 12 Louis Calhern, American actor (Julius Caesar, Blackboard Jungle), dies at 61
  • May 20 Andre Eugene Maurice Charlot, actor (Summer Storm), dies
  • May 24 Guy Kibbee, American actor (Capt Blood, Babes in Arms), dies at 74
  • Jun 2 Jean Hersholt, Danish actor (Heidi, Greed, Men in White, Aryan), dies form cancer at 69
  • Jun 4 Katherine MacDonald, American actress (b. 1881)
  • Jun 6 Margaret Wycherly, actress (Claudia), dies at 74
  • Jun 11 Ralph Morgan [Wupperman], American actor (Creeper, Imposter, Jack London), dies at 73
  • Jun 29 Johan[nes F] Bakker Jr, actor, dies at 62

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 16 Bela Lugosi, actor (Dracula), dies of heart attack at 73

  • Aug 24 Kenji Mizoguchi, Japanese film director (b. 1898)
  • Sep 20 Theo Frenkel, Dutch actor (Footlights, Hague's Comedy), dies at 85
  • Sep 23 Earl Godwin, newscaster (Meet the Veep), dies at 75
  • Oct 2 George Bancroft, American actor (Texas, Stagecoach, Little Men), dies at 74
  • Oct 9 Marie Doro, American stage and film actress of the early silent film era (The Heart of Nora Flynn, The White Pearl), dies at 74
  • Oct 17 Anne Crawford, British film actor (b. 1920)
  • Nov 12 Gerhard Alexander, actor (One Zomerzotheid), dies at 49
  • Nov 19 Francis L Sullivan, British actor (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Missing Rembrandt), dies from a lung ailment at 53
  • Nov 22 Theodore Kosloff, Russian-born actor, ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 74
  • Dec 7 Huntley Gordon, Canadian actor, dies at 77
  • Dec 17 Eddie Acuff, actor (Guns of Pecos), dies at 48
  • Dec 26 Holmes Herbert, British actor (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Kiss), dies at 74