February 1961 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Film Premiere

Feb 1 John Huston's film drama "The Misfits" officially premieres at the Loews Capitol in NYC, after a sneak preview at Reno, Nevada's Grenada Theatre; the final movie for both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe was written by Monroe's husband Arthur Miller, and also featured Montgomery Cliff

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

Film & TV History

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

Music Recording

Feb 13 Frank Sinatra launches Reprise label under Warner Bros Records

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Feb 2 Lauren Lane, American actress (C. C. Babcock-The Nanny), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Feb 3 Keith Gordon, American actor (Dressed to Kill, Legend of Billie Jean), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 5 Tim Meadows, American actor & comedian, born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • Feb 8 Bruce Timm, American artist and TV Producer (DC Animated Universe), born in Oklahoma
  • Feb 9 Jussi Lampi, Finnish musician and actor, born in Lappaj√§rvi, Finland
  • 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 New York City, New York
  • Feb 13 Henry Rollins [Garfield], American musician (Big Ugly Mouth; Talking From the Box), monologuist, and actor, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 20 Imogen Stubbs, actress (Summer Story), born in Rothbury, England
  • Feb 21 Bertha Faye, American wrestler (d. 2001)
  • Feb 21 Christopher Atkins, American actor (Peter-Dallas, Blue Lagoon), born in Rye, New York
  • Feb 21 Martha Hackett, American actress (Star Trek:Voyager), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 22 Debbie Linden, Scottish actress (Kenny Everett Show), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Feb 27 Grant Shaud, American actor (Miles Silverburg in Murphy Brown), born in Evanston, Illinois

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Feb 3 Anna May Wong [Wong Liu-tsong], Chinese-American actress, 1st Asian-American movie star (Shanghai Express; Gallery of Mme Lui-Tsang), and 1st Asian-American on US currency (American Women series quarter, 2022), dies of a heart attack 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, British-American stage and screen actor (Penny Serenade; Great Guy; Postal Inspector; Easy Money), dies at 78
  • Feb 15 Jack Whiting, American actor and singer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), dies at 59
  • Feb 17 Nita Naldi [Anita Donna Dooley], American stage and silent film actress (Blood & Sand; Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde), dies of a heart attack at 66