On This Day

October 1956 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Film Premiere

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

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

Film Premiere

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

  • Oct 23 First video recording on magnetic tape televised coast-to-coast

Film & TV History

Oct 29 NBC anchors Chet Huntley and David Brinkley first team up in "The Huntley–Brinkley Report"


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Oct 3 Hart Bochner, actor (Aron-East of Eden, Supergirl, Die Hard), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 3 Peter Frechette, American actor (Paint it Black, George-Profiler), born in Warwick, Rhode Island
  • Oct 4 Christoph Waltz, German Austrian actor (Django Unchained), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Oct 7 James Van Patten, American actor (Bo-Chisholms), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 8 Stephanie Zimbalist, American actress (Remington Steele, Centennial), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 10 Mark Gordon, American film producer (Saving Private Ryan), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • Oct 13 Chris Carter, American television producer (The X-Files), born in Bellflower, California
  • Oct 18 Craig Bartlett, American animator (Hey Arnold!, Dinosaur Train, Ready Jet Go!), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Oct 19 Sunny Deol, Indian actor

Danny Boyle

Oct 20 Danny Boyle, English film director (Trainspotting; Slumdog Millionaire), born in Manchester, England

Carrie Fisher

Oct 21 Carrie Fisher, American actress (Princess Leia in Star Wars, When Harry Met Sally...) and writer (Postcards from the Edge), born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2016)

  • Oct 26 Rita Wilson, American actress, singer, and film producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 30 Juliet Stevenson, English actress (Secret Rapture, Life Story), born in Kelvedon, Essex, England

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 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 actress (Knights of the Round Table), dies of leukaemia at 35
  • Oct 18 Harry Parry, Welsh jazz clarinetist and bandleader (BBC's Radio Rhythm Club), dies at 44