1961 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 21 KIFI TV channel 8 in Idaho Falls, Idaho (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 23 Supreme Court rules cities & states have right to censor films

Film release premierFilm Release

Jan 25 Walt Disney's animated film "101 Dalmatians", based on the novel by Dodie Smith and directed by Clyde Geronimi and Hamilton Luske is released in the US

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Jan 27 "Sing Along with Mitch" [Miller] premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 30 Bobby Darin is youngest performer to headline a TV special on NBC
  • Jan 30 KAET TV channel 8 in Phoenix, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jan 31 "The Misfits" premieres in NYC, final movie for Clark Gable & Marilyn Monroe

  • Feb 6 KOAP TV channel 10 in Portland, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 7 Jane Fonda made her acting debut in the NBC drama "A String of Beads"

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda

Music releaseMusic Recording

Feb 13 Frank Sinatra launches Reprise label under Warner Bros Records

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 16 18th Golden Globes: "Spartacus", Burt Lancaster, & Greer Garson win

  • Mar 29 KCPT TV channel 19 in Kansas City, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 31 8th National Film Awards (India): "Anuradha" wins the Golden Lotus

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Apr 5 Barbra Streisand appears on "Jack Paar Show"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 14 1st live television broadcast from Soviet Union

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 17 33rd Academy Awards: "Apartment" wins best film, Burt Lancaster & Elizabeth Taylor win best actor, actress

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 17 Jimmy Stewart accepts an honorary Oscar on behalf of his friend Gary Cooper, who is too ill to attend

  • Apr 29 ABC's "Wide World of Sports" debuts
  • May 15 "Bonanza" by Al Caiola Orchestra hits #19
  • May 16 13th Emmy Awards: Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr & Barbara Stanwyck win
  • May 18 14th Cannes Film Festival: "The Long Absence" directed by Henri Colpi and "Viridiana" directed by Luis Bunuel jointly awarded the Palme d'Or
  • Jun 11 "Winston Churchill" last airs on ABC-TV
  • Jun 18 CBS radio cancels Gunsmoke
  • Jun 18 KBMT TV channel 12 in Beaumont, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 1 KNDU TV channel 25 in Richland-Pasco-Kennew, WA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 5 KUSD TV channel 2 in Vermillion, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 19 1st in-flight movie shown (TWA)
  • Jul 22 WBNB TV channel 10 in Charlotte Amaile, VI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 20 22nd Venice Film Festival: "Last Year at Marienbad" directed by Alain Resnais wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 4 Carol Burnett-Richard Hayes Show premieres on CBS radio
  • Sep 9 Maria Beale Fletcher (NC), 19, crowned 34th Miss America 1962
  • Sep 16 WLKY TV channel 32 in Louisville, Kentucky (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 1st movie to become a TV series-How to Marry a Millionaire
  • Sep 25 KTPS TV channel 62 in Tacoma, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 28 "Doctor Kildare" debuts on NBC-TV

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Sep 28 "Hazel" starring Shirley Booth debuts on NBC-TV

Actress Shirley Booth
Actress
Shirley Booth
  • Sep 28 Walt Disney's movie "Grey Friars Bobby" premieres
  • Sep 29 "Detectives" TV Crime Drama; moves to NBC-TV
  • Oct 1 KGIN TV channel 11 in Grand Island, NB (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 WOLO TV channel 25 in Columbia, SC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 WYAH TV channel 27 in Portsmouth, VA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 2 "Ben Casey" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Oct 2 WETA TV channel 26 in Washington, D.C. (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 2 WHRO TV channel 15 in Hampton-Norfolk, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 3 "Dick Van Dyke Show" premieres on CBS-TV
  • Oct 3 TV sitcom "Mr Ed" premieres on CBS
  • Oct 3 KMED (now KTVL) TV channel 10 in Medford, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 18 "West Side Story", directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, the film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, starring Natalie Wood, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1962)
  • Oct 21 Barbra Streisand opens in "Another Evening with Harry Stones"
  • Nov 13 WCBB TV channel 10 in Augusta, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 20 WPLG TV channel 10 in Miami, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 22 Producers Albert Broccoli & Harry Saltzman announce expensive publicity campaign to make Sean Connery (James Bond) a star

  • Nov 27 KHAW TV channel 11 in Hilo, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 4 WXGA TV channel 8 in Waycross, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 13 "The Young Ones" directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Cliff Richard, Robert Morley and Carole Gray premieres in London

  • Dec 18 KAIL TV channel 53 in Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 23 KICU TV channel 43 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 239

  • Jan 1 Fiona Phillips, British television presenter
  • Jan 1 Mark Wingett, British actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 2 Gabrielle Carteris, American actress (Andrea in Beverly Hills 90210), born in Scottsdale, Arizona

  • Jan 2 Todd Haynes, American film director
  • Jan 4 Lee Curreri, American actor (Bruno Martelli-Fame), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 6 Howie Long, former NFL tackle/actor/broadcaster (Broken Arrow)
  • Jan 7 Supriya Pathak, Indian actress
  • Jan 9 Oliver Goldstick, American screenwriter
  • Jan 10 Evan Handler, American actor (Dear Mr Wonderful), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 10 Janet Jones, Bridgeton MO, actress (American Anthem, Flamingo Kid)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 13 Julia Louis-Dreyfus, American comedienne and actress (SNL, Seinfeld, Veep), born in NYC, New York

Seinfeld Comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Seinfeld Comedienne
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Jan 15 Yves P. Pelletier, Canadian comedian and film director
  • Jan 17 Brian Helgeland, American writer and film director
  • Jan 18 Jeff Yagher, American actor
  • Jan 19 Paul McCrane, actor (Hotel New Hampshire, We're Fighting Back)
  • Jan 19 William Ragsdale, AK, actor (Fright Night, Mannequin 2, Smooth Talk)
  • Jan 21 Sherry Ramsay, Stauton Va, actress (Trish Mason-As the World Turns)
  • Jan 24 Nastassja Kinski, actress (Tess, Cat People), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Jan 25 Michele Tobin, actress (Fitzpatricks), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 27 Charlotte Kemp, playmate (Dec, 1982), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jan 27 Karen Velez, playmate (December, 1984), born in Rockville Center, New York
  • Jan 27 Dina Bonnevie, Filipino actress
  • Jan 28 Luann L Lee, playmate (Jan, 1987), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Feb 2 Lauren Lane, American actress
  • Feb 3 Keith Gordon, American actor (Dressed to Kill, Legend of Billie Jean), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 5 Tim Meadows, American actor and comedian
  • Feb 8 Bruce Timm, TV Producer (DC Animated Universe)
  • Feb 9 Jussi Lampi, Finnish musician and actor
  • Feb 10 Alexander Payne, American film director (Sideways), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Feb 11 Carey Lowell, American actress (Me & Him, Guardian, Dangerously Close), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 20 Imogen Stubbs, actress (Summer Story), born in Rothbury, England
  • Feb 21 Christopher Atkins, actor (Peter-Dallas, Blue Lagoon), born in Rye, New York
  • Feb 21 Martha Hackett, American actress
  • Feb 21 Bertha Faye, American wrestler (d. 2001)
  • Feb 22 Debbie Linden, actress (Kenny Everett Show), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Feb 26 Sophie Winter, actress (She's a Good Fighter)
  • Feb 27 Grant Shaud, actor (Miles Silverburg-Murphy Brown)
  • Mar 3 Mary Page Keller, actress (Ryan's Hope, Duet), born in Monterey Park, California
  • Mar 3 Knut Nærum, Norwegian comedian
  • Mar 4 Steven Weber, actor (Brian Hackett-Wings), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 7 Mary Beth Evans, actress (Katherine-General Hospital), born in Pasadena, California
  • Mar 8 Camryn Manheim, American actress (The Practice), born in Caldwell, New Jersey
  • Mar 9 Robert Rechsteiner, US professional wrestler (Rick Steiner)
  • Mar 10 Mitch Gaylord, CA, gymnist (Olympics 1984)/actor (American Anthem)
  • Mar 11 Elias Koteas, Canadian actor
  • Mar 14 Russell Todd, actor (Jamie Frame-Another World)
  • Mar 14 Penny Johnson Jerald, American actress
  • Mar 15 Fabio Lanzoni, romance novels model (Fabio After Dark), born in Milan, Italy
  • Mar 17 Casey Siemaszko, actor (Biloxi Blues, 3 O'Clock High), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 17 Andrew Paul, English actor
  • Mar 17 Dana Reeve, American actress and wife of Christopher Reeve, born in Teaneck, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • Mar 20 John Clark Gable, actor (Bad Jim), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 21 Kassie Wesley, Ky, actress (Evil Dead 2, Blair-One Life to Live)
  • Mar 23 Helmi Johannes, Indonesian television newscaster
  • Mar 25 John Stockwell, actor (Born to Ride, City Limits), born in Galveston, Texas
  • Mar 25 Fred Goss, American actor, comedian, and writer
  • Mar 26 Billy Warlock, actor (Baywatch), born in Hawthorne, California
  • Mar 29 Ane-Marie Sanches, newscaster (Suriname TV/Radio)
  • Mar 29 Amy Sedaris, American actress and comedian
  • Apr 1 Jennifer Runyon, American actress (Cindy-A Very Brady Christmas), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 1 Mark White, rock guitarist (ABC-All of My Heart)
  • Apr 2 Christopher Meloni, American actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 3 Eddie Murphy, American actor (SNL, 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop, Raw), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • Apr 5 Lisa Zane, American actress
  • Apr 8 Richard Hatch, American reality television personality
  • Apr 10 Jeb Adams, actor (Lt Jeb Pruitt-Baa Baa Black Sheep), born in Hollywood, California
  • Apr 10 Olivia Brown, Frankfurt GFR, actress (Det Trudy Joplin-Miami Vice)
  • Apr 11 Lucky Vanous, model (GQ, Diet Coke), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Apr 11 Vincent Gallo, American actor, director, writer (Buffalo '66, The Brown Bunny), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Apr 12 Magda Szubanski, Australian actress
  • Apr 14 John Clarke, actor (Mickey-Days of Our Life)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 14 Robert Carlyle, British actor (Trainspotting, The Full Monty), born in Glasgow, Scotland

  • Apr 15 Lynne Austin, Plant City Fla, playmate (Jul, 1986)
  • Apr 18 Jane Leeves, actress (Murphy Brown, Daphne Moon-Fraiser), born in London, England
  • Apr 18 Steve Lombardi, American wrestler
  • Apr 20 Konstantin Lavronenko, Russian actor
  • Apr 22 Byron Allen, comedian (Real People, Byron Allen Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 23 Terry Gordy, American professional wrestler (d. 2001)
  • Apr 23 George Lopez, American actor and comedian
  • Apr 26 Joan Chen, [Chen Chong], Chinese-American actress (Heaven & Earth, The Last Emperor), born in Shanghai, China
  • May 4 Mary Elizabeth McDonough, actress (Erin in The Waltons), born in Van Nuys, California
  • May 5 Hiro Hase, wrestler (NJPW)
  • May 6 Clay O'Brien, Ray Az, actor (Weedy-Cowboys)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 6 George Clooney, American actor (ER, Batman, The Descendants), born in Lexington, Kentucky

  • May 6 Roma Downey, Derry Ireland, actress (1 Life to Live, Touched by an Angel)
  • May 8 David Winning, Canadian film director
  • May 8 Akira Taue, Japanese professional wrestler
  • May 10 Teri Copley, Arcadia California, actress (Mickey-We've Got it Made)
  • May 10 Johanna ter Steege, Dutch actress
  • May 11 Diana Lee[-Hsu], playmate (May, 1988), born in Seattle, Washington
  • May 12 Lar Park Lincoln, American actress
  • May 12 Bruce McCulloch, Canadian actor (The Kids in the Hall), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • May 14 Tim Roth, actor (Reservoir Dogs, Vincent & Theo), born in London, England
  • May 14 Ulrike Folkerts, German actress
  • May 15 Katrin Cartlidge, British actress (d. 2002)
  • May 16 Nina Arvesen, actress (Cassandra-Young & Restless), born in White Plains, New York
  • May 16 Kevin McDonald, Canadian comedian and actor
  • May 16 Charles Wright, American professional wrestler known as "The Godfather"
  • May 19 Gregory Poirier, American screenwriter and director
  • May 25 Hiro Saito, wrestler (All-Japan/NJPW/Calgary)

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 13 Pablo Picasso (79) marries his model Jacqueline Rocque (37)

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 17 Actor Christopher Lee (38) weds actress Gitte Lee (25)

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 1 Business magnate Martha Stewart (19) weds Andrew Stewart

Business Magnate and TV Personality Martha Stewart
Business Magnate and TV Personality
Martha Stewart

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 10 Baseball player Ted Williams marries model Lee Howard (divorced 1967)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 23 Actor Martin Sheen (21) weds Janet Templeton


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 Barry Fitzgerald, Irish actor (Academy Award, Going My Way), dies at 72
  • Jan 14 Ernest Thesiger, English actor (Brass Monkey, Ghoul), dies at 81
  • Feb 3 Anna May Wong, American actress, 1st Chinese American movie star (Gallery of Mme Lui-Tsang), dies at 56
  • Feb 8 William Duncan, Scottish actor (Hopalong Rides Again, Thunder Trail), dies at 81
  • Feb 11 Eduard R Verkade, Dutch actor and director (Pygmalion), dies at 82
  • Feb 14 Wallis Clark, actress (Easy Money), dies at 78
  • Feb 15 Jack Whiting, American actor and singer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), dies at 59
  • Feb 17 Nita Naldi, actress (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), dies of heart attack at 63
  • Mar 6 George Formby, British singer/comedian, dies at 56
  • Mar 6 Kjeld Abell, Danish playwright and director (Tivoli), dies at 59
  • Mar 12 Belinda Lee, actress (Joseph & his Brethren), dies in car crash at 25
  • Apr 2 August Defresne, Dutch playwright and director (Anno Christi 969), dies at 67
  • Apr 10 Irene Warfield, silent screen actress (Satan Sanderson), dies at 65
  • Apr 12 Philippine "Pine" Belder, [Mary de Klerk], actress, dies at 93
  • Apr 24 Lee Moran, American actor (Circus Clown), dies of heart ailment at 72 (b. 1888)
  • Apr 26 Gail Russell, actress (Calcutta, Moonrise, El Paso), dies at 36
  • May 8 James Fairfax, actor (Gale Storm Show), dies at 63

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 13 Gary Cooper, 2 time Acad award winning actor (High Noon), dies at 60

  • May 18 Henry O'Neill, actor (Lady Killer, Nothing But Trouble), dies
  • May 22 Joan Davis, actress (I Married Joan), dies of heart attack at 53
  • May 23 Joan Davis, comedic actress (I Married Joan), dies at 53
  • Jun 2 Peter H "Paul" Huf, actor and director (Dutch Comedy), dies at 70
  • Jun 17 Jeff Chandler [Ira Grossel], American actor (Broken Arrow), dies as a result of medical malpractice at 42
  • Jun 22 Betty Elder, actress (Annie Get Your Gun), dies
  • Jun 27 Paul (II) Guilfoyle, actor (Apache, Final Anaylsis), dies at 58
  • Jul 4 William Franklin "Frank" Smith, American actor (Cowboy & Bandit, Scarlet Car, Frontier Days), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • Jul 9 Alan Marshal, Australian actor (Lydia, Irene, Exile Express), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • Jul 16 [Louise] Sophie M E de Vries, actress (English Prof), dies at 88
  • Jul 18 Kit Guard, Danish actor (El Diablo Rides, Kid Courageous), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jul 23 Esther Dale, actress (Birdie-Ma & Pa Kettle), dies after surgery at 75
  • Aug 5 Eva JC Beck, actress (Elckerlyc, Resurrection), dies at 63
  • Aug 8 Charlie Gemora, actor (who portrayed King Kong), dies at 58
  • Aug 11 Antanas Škėma, Lithuanian writer actor and director (b. 1910)
  • Aug 13 Adeline De Walt Reynolds, actress (Son of Dracula), dies at 78
  • Aug 30 Charles Coburn, American actor (Around the World in 80 Days, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 84
  • Sep 10 Leo Carrillo, American actor (American Empire, Cisco Kid), dies at 80
  • Sep 22 Marion Davies, actress (Not So Dumb, 5 & 10), dies of cancer at 64
  • Sep 23 Billy House, actor (Imitation of Life, Bedlam, Egg & I), dies at 71
  • Sep 25 Frank Fay, American vaudeville comedian and actor (God's Gift to Women), dies at 69
  • Sep 26 Eily Malyon, actress (Jane Eyre, I Married a Witch), dies at 81
  • Sep 26 Juanita Hansen, actress (Fast Company), dies of heart ailment at 67
  • Sep 28 Michael Shepley, British actor (Squibs, Dick & the Duchess), dies at 54
  • Oct 1 Donald Cook, American actor (Too Young To Go Steady), dies at 60
  • Oct 11 Leonard "Chico" Marx, comedian (Marx Brothers), dies at 74
  • Oct 13 Maya Deren (born Eleanora Derenkowskaia) American filmmaker dies of a brain hemorrhage aged 44
  • Oct 18 Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-born American actress (b. 1892)
  • Nov 1 Joan McCracken, actress (Claudie The Story of a Marriage), dies at 38
  • Nov 2 James Thurber, humorist (The Male Animal), dies at 66
  • Nov 13 Fredrik J "Frits" Bakker Jr, Dutch actor (Unknown Woman), dies at 63
  • Nov 13 Wally Brown, American actor (Jed Fame-Cimarron City), dies at 57
  • Nov 15 Douglas Walton, actor (Bad Lands), dies of heart attack at 51
  • Nov 15 Elsie Ferguson, American actress (Footlights, Scarlet Pages), dies at 78
  • Nov 24 Ruth Chatterton, actress (Female, Dodsworth), dies after illness at 67
  • Dec 3 Mary Charleson, actress (Upstairs & Downstairs), dies at 76
  • Dec 30 Jacobus "Ko" van den Bosch, Dutch actor (Amsterdamned)/dir, dies at 53