1962 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 Nighttime version of "Password" with Allen Ludden premieres on CBS

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 Coco the Clown [Nicolai Poliakoff] is the subject of the BBC TV programme "This is Your Life"

Famous Clown Coco the Clown
Famous Clown
Coco the Clown
  • Jan 16 Shooting begins on "Dr No" the first James Bond film
  • Jan 23 "Jules et Jim", based on the novel by Henri-Pierre Roché, directed by François Truffau and starring Jeanne Moreau is released
  • Feb 8 KACB TV channel 3 in San Angelo, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 16 "La Jetée", French film directed by Chris Marker, starring Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich and Jacques Ledoux, is released

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 5 19th Golden Globes: "The Guns of Navarone", Maximilian Schell, & Geraldine Page win

  • Mar 8 Beatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform "Dream Baby" on BBC)
  • Mar 15 KATU TV channel 2 in Portland, OR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 24 Welterweight boxing title fight between Benny Paret and Emile Griffith, Paret knocked out 13th round, dies 10 days later. First use of television slow motion replay.

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 9 34th Academy Awards: "West Side Story", Sophia Loren & Maximillian Schell win

Actress Sophia Loren
Actress
Sophia Loren

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 16 Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS Evening News

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • Apr 21 9th National Film Awards (India): "Bhagini Nivedita" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Apr 24 Massachusetts Institute of Technology sends TV signal by satellite for 1st time: California to Massachusetts
  • May 2 WMHT TV channel 17 in Schenectady-Alby-Tro, NY (PBS) 1st broadcast

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

May 22 14th Emmy Awards: Bob Newhart Show, E G Marshall & Shirley Booth win

Actress Shirley Booth
Actress
Shirley Booth
Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart

  • May 23 15th Cannes Film Festival: "Keeper of Promises" directed by Anselmo Duarte wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 28 Wide World of Sports with Chris Schenkel premieres on CBS radio

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

May 29 Barbra Streisand appears on "Garry Moore Show"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • May 31 "Tell It To Groucho" last airs on CBS-TV
  • Jun 3 WBKO TV channel 13 in Bowling Green, KY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 15 WWUP TV channel 10 in Sault Ste Marie, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 22 12th Berlin International Film Festival: "A Kind of Loving" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 26 WSEC (now WLRN) TV channel 17 in Miami, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 4 KIKU (now KHNL) TV channel 13 in Honolulu, HI (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Aug 23 1st Europe-US live TV program (via Telstar)
  • Aug 25 23rd Venice Film Festival: "Family Diary" directed by Valerio Zurlini and "Ivan's Childhood" directed by Andrei Tarkovsky jointly awarded Golden Lion
  • Sep 1 KATC TV channel 3 in Lafayette, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 1 Channel Television launches to 54,000 households in the Channel Islands.
  • Sep 9 WNYS (now WIXT) TV channel 9 in Syracuse, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 10 KLRN TV channel 9 in San Antonio, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 10 WDCN TV channel 8 in Nashville, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 KVCR TV channel 24 in San Bernardino, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 WOKR TV channel 13 in Rochester, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 16 Public TV channel 13 begins in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 23 ABC's 1st color TV series - The Jetsons by Hanna-Barbera first broadcast

Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
Animator Joseph Barbera
Animator
Joseph Barbera
  • Sep 24 KWSU TV channel 10 in Pullman, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 26 TV comedy series "Beverly Hillbillies" premieres on CBS
  • Sep 28 "Brighter Day" last airs on CBS-TV daytime
  • Sep 28 "I'm Dickens, He's Fenster" debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 28 "Jan Murray Show" last airs on NBC-TV

  • Sep 28 "Tonight Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Sep 28 "Verdict Is Yours," last airs on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Show" debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 30 KCRL TV channel 4 in Reno, NV (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 30 KMEX TV channel 34 in Los Angeles, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 Barbra Streisand signs her 1st recording contract (with Columbia)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 1 Johnny Carson hosts his 1st "The Tonight Show", Joan Crawford guests

Comedian and TV Host Johnny Carson
Comedian and TV Host
Johnny Carson
Actress Joan Crawford
Actress
Joan Crawford
  • Oct 1 WEDH TV channel 24 in Hartford, CT (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 5 "Dr. No", 1st James Bond film based on the novel by Ian Fleming and starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress, premieres in London

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Oct 13 Edward Albee's play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" opens on Broadway featuring actress Uta Hagen

Playwright Edward Albee
Playwright
Edward Albee
  • Oct 15 WLOX TV channel 13 in Biloxi-Gulfport, MS (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 16 KTXT TV channel 5 in Lubbock, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 23 WCIV TV channel 4 in Charleston, South Carolina (NBC) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 24 "The Manchurian Candidate", directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey, is released

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Oct 31 "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" horror film released directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, based on novel by Henry Farrell
  • Nov 1 KYVE TV channel 47 in Yakima, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 WNYC TV channel 31 in New York, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 WZZM TV channel 13 in Grand Rapids, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 9 Catharina Lodders of the Netherlands elected Miss World
  • Nov 19 KOET (now KULC) TV channel 9 in Ogden, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 25 WBJA (now WMGC) TV channel 34 in Binghamton, NY (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 1 KGMB TV channel 9 in Honolulu, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 10 David Lean's film "Lawrence of Arabia", based on life of T. E. Lawrence and starring Peter O'Toole, premieres at Odeon Leicester Square (Academy Awards Best Picture 1963)

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence

Music release#1 in the Charts

Dec 15 Vaughn Meader's "1st Family" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 12 weeks

Comedian and Musician Vaughn Meader
Comedian and Musician
Vaughn Meader
  • Dec 16 "Lawrence of Arabia" film directed by David Lean and starring Peter O'Toole, is released in the United States
  • Dec 18 WAIQ TV channel 26 in Montgomery, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 25 "To Kill a Mockingbird", a film adaptation of the novel by Harper Lee, directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck, is released (Gregory Peck - Best Actor Academy Awards 1963)

  • Dec 31 "Match Game" debuts on NBC with host Gene Rayburn

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 218

  • Jan 4 Patrick Cassidy, American actor and composer (Fever Pitch, Off the Wall), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 4 Laila Eloui, Egyptian actress
  • Jan 5 Suzy Amis, American actress (Blame it on Rio, Where the Heart is), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jan 5 Joel Wyner, actor and director (Lyle Springer-Sirens, Listen, Club)
  • Jan 5 Perry Fenwick, English actor
  • Jan 7 Hallie Todd, actress (Check is in the Mail)
  • Jan 11 Julie Moran, TV hostess (Entertainment Tonight, Independence Day)
  • Jan 11 Kim Coles, American actress (Synclaire-Living Single), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestJim Carrey

Jan 17 Jim Carrey, Canadian-American actor (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Dumb & Dumber, The Mask), born in Ontario Canada

Actor and Comedian Jim Carrey
Actor and Comedian
Jim Carrey
  • Jan 18 Alison Arngrim, actress (Nellie-Little House of the Prairie)
  • Jan 21 Marie Trintignant, French actress (d. 2003)
  • Jan 22 Robert Mailhouse, actor (Brian-Days of our Life), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Jan 22 Choi Min-sik, South Korean actor
  • Jan 23 Vasia Panayopoulou, Greek actress
  • Jan 28 Keith Hamilton Cobb, Tarrytown NY, actor (Noah Keefer-All My Children)
  • Jan 29 Nicholas Turturro, actor (James Martinez-NYPD Blue), born in Queens, New York
  • Feb 2 Michael T Weiss, actor (Jarod-Pretender, Days of our Lives), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 4 Michael Riley, Canadian actor
  • Feb 5 Jennifer Jason Leigh [Morrow], American actress (Single White Female, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 7 Eddie Izzard, British actor and comedian
  • Feb 11 Scott Kolden, actor (Scott-Me & the Champ), born in Torrance, California
  • Feb 14 Michael Higgs, English actor
  • Feb 14 Sakina Jaffrey, Indian actress
  • Feb 15 Renee Props, US actress (Elly Snyder-As the World Turns), born in Oklahoma
  • Feb 16 Alexa Kenin, American actress (Mousie-Coed Fever), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 17 Lou Diamond Phillips, Philippines, actor (La Bamba, Stand & Deliver)
  • Feb 18 Julie Strain, actress (Witchcraft IV), born in Concord, California
  • Feb 20 Ria Coyne, American comedienne (Betsy-Batman Forever), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 21 Vanessa Feltz, British television presenter

Person of interestSteve Irwin

Feb 22 Steve Irwin, Australian naturalist and TV personality (The Crocodile Hunter), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2006)

Naturalist and TV Star Steve Irwin
Naturalist and TV Star
Steve Irwin
  • Feb 23 Melinda Mays, American nude model (Playboy Playmate-Feb, 1983), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Feb 24 Outi Mäenpää, Finnish actress
  • Feb 27 Adam Baldwin, actor (Full Metal Jacket, My Bodyguard)
  • Feb 27 Grant Show, actor (Jack Hanson-Melrose Place), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 28 Rae Dawn Chong, actress (Quest for Fire), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Mar 4 Lolo Ferrari, French actress (d. 2000)
  • Mar 4 David Sparrow, English actor
  • Mar 9 Brian Green, American actor (Sam Fowler-Another World), born in Columbus, Indiana
  • Mar 11 Jeffrey Nordling, American actor
  • Mar 11 Peter Berg, American film actor, director and producer
  • Mar 13 Terence Blanchard, American jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers) and film score composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 15 Igor Aleinikov, filmmaker
  • Mar 15 Jimmy Baio, actor (Billy Tate-Soap, Brass, Playing for Keeps), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 17 Patrick Thomas Burke, Hollywood FL, PGA golfer (1992 BellSouth-6th)
  • Mar 18 Thomas Ian Griffith, American actor
  • Mar 18 Mike Rowe, American television personality
  • Mar 18 Etsushi Toyokawa, Japanese actor
  • Mar 19 Jim Korderas, American professional wrestling referee
  • Mar 20 Stephen Sommers, American film director

Person of interestMatthew Broderick

Mar 21 Matthew Broderick, American actor (WarGames, Biloxi Blues), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestRosie O'Donnell

Mar 21 Rosie O'Donnell, comedienne, actress and TV host (League of Their Own, Flintstones, Rosie, born in Commack, New York

Comedienne Rosie O'Donnell
Comedienne
Rosie O'Donnell
  • Mar 24 Star Jones, attorney/TV hostess (NBC, Inside Edition)
  • Mar 25 Marcia Cross, American television actress (Melrose Place), born in Marlborough, Massachusetts
  • Mar 28 Terry Szopinski, American pro-wrestler (The Warlord), born in Pompano Beach, Florida
  • Mar 30 Bil Dwyer, American comedian and TV host, born in Evergreen Park, Illinois
  • Apr 1 Phillip Schofield, TV personality/designer (Nightfire)
  • Apr 2 Clark Gregg, American actor and director (Agent Phil Coulson), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 3 Jennifer Rubin, American actress (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Apr 4 Ava Fabian, American actress and Playboy's Playmate (Aug, 1986), born in Brewster, New York
  • Apr 5 Lana Clarkson, American actress (d. 2003)
  • Apr 7 Hugh Edward Ralph O'Connor, actor (In the Heat of the Night)
  • Apr 10 Steve Tasker, American wide receiver (Buffalo Bills) and broadcaster (CBS Sports), born in Smith Center, Kansas
  • Apr 12 Takada Nobuhiko, Japanese wrestler, born in Isogo-ku, Yokohama
  • Apr 15 Tom Kane, American voice actor
  • Apr 17 Nancy Hogshead, swimmer (Olympic gold 1984)/model (jockey), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Apr 23 John Hannah, Scottish actor
  • Apr 26 Michael Damian, American actor (Young & Restless) and singer (Rock on), born in San Diego, California
  • Apr 26 Debra Wilson, American actress and comedian
  • Apr 27 James LeGros, American actor (Point Break, Enemy of the State), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 1 Paula Weishoff, American volleyballer (Silver medal 1984, Bronze 1992 Olympics), born in Hollywood, California
  • May 2 Elizabeth Berridge, American actress (Amadeus, Funhouse), born in Westchester, New York
  • May 2 Stephen Daldry, English film director, born in Dorset, England
  • May 2 Big Boss Man [Ray Washington Traylor Jr.], American professional wrestler, born in Marietta, Georgia (d. 2004)
  • May 4 Tracy Vaccaro, playmate (October, 1983), born in Glendale, California
  • May 9 John Corbett, actor/singer (Northern Exposure, Sex and the City), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • May 12 Emilio Estevez, American actor (Breakfast Club, Young Guns, Mighty Ducks), born in NYC, New York
  • May 13 Eduardo Palomo, Mexican actor (d. 2003)
  • May 13 Sean McDonough, American sports newscaster
  • May 13 Paul McDermott, Australian comedian

Person of interestCraig Ferguson

May 17 Craig Ferguson, Scottish actor, writer and comedian, born in Glasgow, Scotland

Actor & Comedian Craig Ferguson
Actor & Comedian
Craig Ferguson
  • May 20 Sylvie Rauch, Munich German FR, nude model/actress
  • May 22 Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler (d. 1997)
  • May 23 Karen Duffy, [Duff], American MTV VJ/actress (Meet Wally Sparks), born in NYC, New York
  • May 23 Imran Anwar, Pakistani Internet pioneer and American TV personality
  • May 26 Bob[cat] Goldthwait, comedian (Police Academy), born in Syracuse, New York
  • May 26 Genie [Eugenie] Francis, actress (General Hospital, Bare Essence), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • May 27 Mariangela D'Abbraccio, TV actress (Passioni), born in Naples, Italy
  • May 27 Meg Parsont, personality (David Letterman Show)
  • May 28 Brandon Cruz, actor (Eddie-Courtship of Eddie's Father)
  • May 29 John D. LeMay, American actor
  • May 30 Tonya Pinkins, actress (Livia Frye-All My Children), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 31 Sebastian Koch, German actor
  • Jun 5 Jeff Garlin, American comedian
  • Jun 6 Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japanese filmmaker (Shoplifters), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jun 10 Gina Gershon, American actress
  • Jun 10 Vincent Perez, Swiss actor
  • Jun 12 Michael Link, American actor (Earl-Julia), born in Provo, Utah
  • Jun 12 John Enos III, American actor (Days of Our Lives), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 13 Ally Sheedy [Alexandria], American actress (Wargames, Breakfast Club), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 13 Hannah Storm, sports journalist (CNN, NBC)

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 21 Academy award-winning actor Rex Harrison (54) weds actress and third wife Rachel Roberts (34) in Genoa, Italy

HeartWedding of Interest

May 4 Actor Christopher Plummer (32) weds columnist Patricia Lewis at the Marylebone Registry office in London

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 17 Actor Jack Nicholson (25) weds Sandra Knight (22) in Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 10 Actor Marlon Brando (38) marries Tahitian actress Tarita Teriipaia (20) (divorced 1972)

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 17 Actor Jack Lemmon (37) weds actress/model Felicia Farr (29) in Paris, France

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 15 Actress Janet Leigh (35) weds stockbroker Robert Brandt

Actress Janet Leigh
Actress
Janet Leigh

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 9 French singer Édith Piaf (46) marries French Greek actor Théo Sarapo (26)

Singer Edith Piaf
Singer
Edith Piaf

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 28 Artist and peace activist Yoko Ono (30) weds film producer Anthony Cox

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 6 Actor Sean Connery (32) weds actress Diane Cilento on Gibraltar


Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 14 Actress Janet Leigh (35) divorces actor Tony Curtis (37) after 10 years of marriage

Actress Janet Leigh
Actress
Janet Leigh

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 12 Ernie Kovacs, comedian (Ernie Kovacs Show), killed in auto crash at 42
  • Jan 13 Ernie Kovacs, comedian, dies in a car crash in West LA, at 42
  • Jan 15 Kenneth MacKenna, American actor and director (Judgment at Nuremberg, Those We Love), dies of cancer at 62
  • Jan 19 Harry "Snub" Pollard, Australian actor (Don't Shove, Arizona Days), dies of cancer at 72
  • Jan 24 Tom Shirley, actor/TV announcer (They're Off), dies at 62
  • Feb 15 Vladimir Sokoloff, Russian actor (Road to Morocco, Cloak & Dagger), dies at 72
  • Feb 17 Joseph Kearns, actor (George-Dennis the Menace), dies at 55
  • Feb 20 Halliwell Hobbes, British actor (Gaslight, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), dies at 84
  • Feb 27 Willie Best, actor (Charlie-My Little Margie), dies at 45
  • Feb 28 Harold Ogden "Chic" Johnson, comedian (Olsen & Johnson), dies at 70
  • Mar 1 Roscoe Ates, American actor (Freaks, Cimarron, Marshal of Gunsight Pass), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • Mar 15 Sam Wren, American actor (Marked Woman, The Old Grey Mayor), dies at 65
  • Mar 17 Frank Orth, American actor (Boston Blackie, Brothers), dies at 82
  • Mar 22 Aura Abranches, Port actress (Lisboa, O Primo Basilio), dies at 65
  • Mar 23 Val Paul, American actor and director (Suspense, The Phantom Thief), dies at 75
  • Apr 22 Vera Reynolds, actress (Dragnet Patrol, Lawless Woman), dies at 62
  • May 7 Jimmy Conlin, American actor (Sin of Harold Diddlebock), dies at 77
  • May 13 Frank Jenks, American actor (Colonel Flack, Zombies on Broadway), dies of cancer at 60
  • May 14 Florence Auer, American actress (b. 1880)
  • Jun 6 Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, American actor (Hoedown, Country Fair, Blackmail), dies of poisoning at 63
  • Jun 9 Henry Kendall, British director and actor (Amazing Quest, Shadow, Rich & Strange), dies from a heart attack at 65
  • Jun 19 Will Wright, American actor (Adam's Rib, Living Christ Story), dies of cancer at 68
  • Jun 24 Lucile Watson, actress (Great Lie, Model Wife, Florian), dies at 83
  • Jul 4 Rex Bell [George Francis Beldam], American cowboy actor (Cowboys & Injuns) and 21st Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, dies from a heart attack at 58
  • Jul 24 Victor Moore, comedian, dies of heart attack at 86
  • Jul 30 Myron McCormick, American actor (China Girl, Jigsaw), dies of cancer at 54

Person of interestMarilyn Monroe

Aug 5 Marilyn Monroe [Norma Jean Mortenson], American actress (Some Like It Hot), found dead of an apparent self-inflicted drug overdose at 36

  • Aug 18 Cleo Ridgely, silent screen actress (I Remember Mama), dies at 68
  • Aug 23 Edmund "Hoot" Gibson, American rodeo champion, western actor, director, and producer (Horse Soldier, Last Outlaw), dies from cancer at 70
  • Sep 2 William Wilkerson, Founder of the Hollywood Reporter, The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas and nightclubs such as Ciro's (b. 1890)
  • Oct 2 Frank Lovejoy, American actor (Man Against Crime, Meet McGraw), dies from a heart attack at 50
  • Oct 6 Tod Browning, American film director (Dracula), dies at 82
  • Oct 26 Louise Beavers, American actress (Beulah-Beulah), dies at 60
  • Oct 27 Fatso Marco, comedian (Milton Berle Show), dies at 56
  • Nov 11 Joseph Allen Jr, American actor (The Night Before the Divorce, Motor Madness), dies at 44
  • Nov 12 Sid Tomack, American actor (The Life of Riley, Adventures of Superman), dies from a heart ailment at 55
  • Nov 23 Gloria Gordon, actress (My Friend Irma), dies at 81
  • Dec 12 Leo "Syd" Sailor, American actor (Arizona Days, Waterfront), dies from a heart attack at 67

Person of interestCharles Laughton

Dec 15 Charles Laughton, English actor (Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 63

  • Dec 17 Thomas Mitchell, American academy award winning actor (Gone with the Wind, High Noon), dies of bone cancer at 70
  • Dec 23 Luis Alberni, Spanish character actor (The Lady Eve, Topaze), dies at 76
  • Dec 28 Kathleen Clifford, American actress (b. 1887)