On This Day

September 1956 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Sep 1 KELP (now KCOS) TV channel 13 in El Paso, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting

TV Show Appearance

Sep 9 Elvis Presley appears on "The Ed Sullivan Show" for the 1st time

  • Sep 10 WSYE (now WETM) TV channel 18 in Elmira-Corning, NY (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 17 Television is first broadcast in Australia.

Television Finale

Sep 28 "Johnny Carson Show" TV Variety last airs on CBS-TV

  • Sep 29 "Oh! Susanna" debuts on CBS-TV

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Sep 5 Sandra Guibord, German actress (Donna-One Life to Live), born in West Germany
  • Sep 11 Tony Gilroy, American screenwriter and director (Bourne), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Sep 12 Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor, singer and composer (Farewell My Concubine), born in Hong Kong (d. 2003)
  • Sep 13 David Mansfield, American session and touring fiddler, guitarist, mandolin player (Bob Dylan; The Alpha Band; Buce Hornsby and The Range), and film score composer, born in Leonia, New Jersey
  • Sep 15 Tawny Little (née Godin), American beauy queen (Miss American, 1976), news anchor, and actress, born in Portland, Maine
  • Sep 20 Debi Morgan, American actress (All My Children, Cry Uncle), born in Dunn, North Carolina
  • Sep 20 Gary Cole, American actor (Pineapple Express, Midnight Caller), born in Park Ridge, Illinois
  • Sep 21 Marta Kauffman, American television producer
  • Sep 23 Lili Carati, Miss Italy 1975 and actress (Alcove), born in Varese, Italy (d. 2014)
  • Sep 23 Maren Jensen, Arcadia California, actress (Athena-Battlestar Galactica)

Linda Hamilton

Sep 26 Linda Hamilton, American actress (Beauty & the Beast, Terminator films), born in Salisbury, Maryland

  • Sep 29 Suzzy Roche, American singer (The Roches), writer and actress, born in Park Ridge, New Jersey

Weddings in Film & TV

Harold Pinter

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

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Sep 20 Theo Frenkel, Dutch actor (Footlights, Hague's Comedy), dies at 85
  • Sep 23 Earl Godwin, newscaster (Meet the Veep), dies at 75