December 1956 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 3 KFSA (now KFSM) TV channel 5 in Ft Smith, AR (CBS) 1st broadcast

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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

  • Dec 1 Julee Cruise, American singer and actress
  • Dec 2 Steven Bauer, Steven Bauer actor (Scarface, Thief of Hearts), born in Havana Cuba
  • Dec 3 Hart Bochner, actor and director (Rich & Famous), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 5 Brian Backer, American actor
  • Dec 12 Ana Alicia Ortiz, Mexico City, actress (Melissa-Falcon Crest)
  • Dec 12 Sondra Theodore, San Bernadino Cal, playmate (July, 1977)
  • Dec 14 T K Carter, actor (Mike-Punky Brewster, Just our Luck), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 17 Peter Farrelly, American film director
  • Dec 18 Ron White, American comedian
  • Dec 19 Alice Barrett, American actress (Frankie Frame-Another World), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 20 Blanche Baker, American actress/Carroll Baker's Daughter (French Postcard), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 22 Marcy Hanson, playmate (Oct, 1978), born in Galveston, Texas
  • Dec 24 Stephanie Hodge, comedian/actress (I Madman, Happily Ever After)
  • Dec 29 Dolf de Vries, Dutch musical/director/arranger (Josephine)
  • Dec 29 Fred MacAulay, Scottish comedian
  • Dec 30 Patricia Kalember, actress (Sisters)
  • Dec 30 Sheryl Lee Ralph, actress (Moesia, Designing Women)

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

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


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 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