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October 1958 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Oct 5 KRTV TV channel 3 in Great Falls, MT (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 8 KCMT TV channel 7 in Alexandria, MN (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 12 WJRT TV channel 12 in Flint, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting

Television DebutThe Smurfs TV Debut

Oct 23 The smurfs first appear in the story "Johan and Pirlouit" by Belgium cartoonist Peyo

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The Smurfs title card from the 1981 TV series
The Smurfs title card from the 1981 TV series
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  • Oct 27 WEDU TV channel 3 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Oct 1 Michelle Bauer, [Medvitz], California, actress (One Million Heels BC)
  • Oct 4 Anneka Rice, Dutch TV hostess
  • Oct 5 Shell Kepler [Michelle Alaine Kepler], American actress (General Hospital), born in Painesville, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • Oct 5 Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, TV presenter and writer, born in New York City
  • Oct 7 Judy Landers, American actress (BJ & the Bear, Madame's Place), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 9 Michael ParĂ©, American actor (Eddie and the Cruisers), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 10 J. Eddie Peck, American actor (Bold & Beautiful-Cole Howard), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Oct 10 Tanya Tucker, American country singer and actress (Follow that Car), born in Seminole, Texas
  • Oct 15 Jayne Modean, American actress (Nurse Hooter-Trauma Center), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Oct 16 Tim Robbins, actor (Bull Durham, The Shawshank Redemption), born in West Covina, California
  • Oct 18 Corinne Bohrer, American actress
  • Oct 19 John Bloom, [Joe Bob Briggs], drive-in movie critic
  • Oct 19 Tiriel Mora, Australian actor
  • Oct 19 Lou Briel, Puerto Rican singer and actor
  • Oct 20 Eric Scott, actor (Ben in The Waltons), born in Hollywood, California
  • Oct 20 Valerie Faris, American film director
  • Oct 20 Viggo Mortensen, American Actor (Lord of the Rings, The Road), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 23 Jonathan Wolff, American musician and TV theme composer (Seinfeld, Will & Grace), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Oct 30 Kevin Pollak, American comedian (Usual Suspects, Grumpy Old Men), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 30 Stefan Dennis, Australian actor (Neighbours), born in Tawonga, Victoria, Australia

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Oct 12 Ed Hinton, actor (Henderson-I Lived 3 Lives), dies at 30
  • Oct 12 Gordon Griffith, American actor (first actor to portray Tarzan on film) and director, dies at 51
  • Oct 15 John Hamilton, American actor (Superman), dies at 61
  • Oct 24 Esther Delterne, Flemish actress/revue-artists, dies at 81