October 1961 in Film & Television

Events in Film & 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 "The Dick Van Dyke Show" created by Carl Reiner starring Dick van Dyke premieres on CBS-TV

Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director Carl Reiner
Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director
Carl Reiner
  • Oct 3 TV sitcom "Mr Ed" premieres on CBS
  • Oct 3 KMED (now KTVL) TV channel 10 in Medford, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 5 "Breakfast at Tiffany's" film released, based on the novella by Truman Capote, directed by Blake Edwards and starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard

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Oct 10 Variety TV show "The Bob Newhart Show" premieres on NBC in the US

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart
  • 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)

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Oct 21 Barbra Streisand opens in "Another Evening with Harry Stones"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Oct 1 Robert Rey, Brazilian-American plastic surgeon and television personality
  • Oct 4 David W Harper, actor (Jim Bob in The Waltons), born in Abilene, Texas
  • Oct 4 Mary Ellen Stuart, actress (Frannie Crawford-As the World Turns)
  • Oct 7 Brian Mannix, Australian singer and actor
  • Oct 9 Jean Sagal, American actress (Kate-Double Trouble, Grease 2), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 9 Liz Sagal, American actress (Allison-Double Trouble, Grease 2), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 10 Jodi Benson, American voice actress (Ariel-The Little Mermaid), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • Oct 11 Neil Buchanan, English television presenter (Finders Keepers), born in Aintree, Liverpool, England
  • Oct 14 Melanie Wilson, actress (Jennifer-Perfect Strangers)
  • Oct 16 Randy Vasquez, American actor
  • Oct 20 Michie Tomizawa, Japanese voice actress
  • Oct 22 Robert Torti, American actor
  • Oct 23 Don and Ron Harris, American professional wrestlers
  • Oct 26 Dylan McDermott, American actor (The Practice, American Horror Story), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Oct 29 Randy Jackson, rocker (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana

Person of interestPeter Jackson

Oct 31 Peter Jackson, New Zealand film director (Lord of the Rings - Academy Award, Best Director, 2003), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 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 13 Zoltan Korda, Hungarian-British film director (Jungle Book, 4 Feathers), dies at 66
  • Oct 18 Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-born American actress (b. 1892)