1966 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 WFLD TV channel 32 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 8 The Who & the Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC
  • Jan 11 "Daktari" African adventure series premieres on CBS TV

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jan 12 "Batman", starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Cesar Romero as The Joker, debuts on ABC

  • Jan 24 WDIO TV channel 10 in Duluth, MN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 25 WCMC (now WMGM) TV channel 40 in Wildwood, NJ (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 5 BBC opens a relay radio station on Ascension Island
  • Feb 7 KWCM TV channel 10 in Appleton, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 26 KBIM TV channel 10 in Roswell, NM (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 28 23rd Golden Globes: "Doctor Zhivago", Omar Sharif, & Samantha Eggar win
  • Mar 3 WRFT (now WVFT) TV channel 27 in Roanoke, VA (IND) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 30 Barbra Streisand stars on "Color Me Barbra" special on CBS

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 2 WJET TV channel 24 in Erie, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 5 WTVX TV channel 34 in Ft Pierce-Vero Beach, FL (IND) 1st broadcast

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 11 Frank Sinatra records "Strangers in the Night" single for his album of the same name. Later reaches #1 Billboard charts

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Apr 15 KHET TV channel 11 in Honolulu, HI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 20 WDCA TV channel 20 in Washington, D.C. (IND) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 28 38th Academy Awards: "The Sound of Music", Julie Christie & Lee Marvin win

  • May 3 WDHO (now WNWO) TV channel 24 in Toledo, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 17 KFDO (now KVIJ) TV channel 8 in Sayre, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 20 19th Cannes Film Festival: "A Man and a Woman" directed by Claude Lelouch and "The Birds, the Bees and the Italians" directed by Pietro Germi jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

May 22 18th Emmy Awards: The Fugitive, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore win

  • May 25 "Au Hasard Balthazar", French film directed by Robert Bresson, starring Anne Wiazemsky and François Lafarge, is released
  • Jun 4 "Batman & His Grandmother" by Dickie Goodman hits #70
  • Jun 16 Rowan & Martin host The Dean Martin Show, Summer Series, on NBC-TV

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 21 "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", directed by Mike Nichols and based on the 1962 play of the same name, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, is released (Academy Awards Best Actress 1967)

  • Jun 27 Dark Shadows, American Gothic soap opera, premieres on ABC-TV
  • Jun 29 KBSC (now KVEA) TV channel 52 in Corona-Los Angeles, CA begins
  • Jul 1 The first color television transmission in Canada takes place from Toronto.
  • Jul 26 WRLH TV channel 31 in Lebanon, NH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 28 27th Venice Film Festival: "The Battle of Algiers" directed by Gillo Pontecorvo wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 31 "The Battle of Algiers", directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, starring Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, premieres at the Vienna International Film Festival
  • Sep 1 KIFW (now KTNL) TV channel 13 in Sitka, AK (CBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 5 Jerry Lewis' 1st Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day telethon raises $1 million

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 5 WRLK TV channel 35 in Columbia, SC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 7 KTNE TV channel 13 in Alliance, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 8 "Star Trek" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Sep 8 "That Girl" starring Marlo Thomas premieres on ABC-TV
  • Sep 12 "Monkees" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Sep 12 KPNE TV channel 9 in North Platte, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 12 WCES TV channel 20 in Wrens, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 12 WUSF TV channel 16 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 22 KMEB TV channel 10 in Wailuku, HI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 WAEO (now WJFW) TV channel 12 in Rhinelander, WI (NBC) begins
  • Oct 18 "Persona", Swedish film directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann, is released
  • Nov 2 KHSD TV channel 11 in Lead, SD (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 6 1st entire lineup televised in color (NBC)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 8 Movie actor Ronald Reagan elected Governor of California

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

Film release premierFilm Release

Nov 24 The cult classic "One Million Years B.C.", starring Raquel Welch, is released 1st in West Germany

Actress Raquel Welch
Actress
Raquel Welch
  • Dec 4 KETS TV channel 2 in Little Rock, AR (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 12 "A Man for All Seasons" based on the play by Robert Bolt, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Paul Scofield premieres in New York (Best Picture 1967)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 18 Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for 1st time on CBS

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss
  • Dec 22 WCVW TV channel 57 in Richmond, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 23 Britain's rock TV show "Ready Steady Go" last program

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 213

  • Jan 1 Rawley Valberde, Oceanside California, actor (Amado-Santa Barbara)
  • Jan 6 Fernando Carrillo, Venezuelan actor
  • Jan 7 Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, model/wife of John Kennedy Jr
  • Jan 8 Maria Pitillo, Mahwah, New Jersey, American actress (Ryan's Hope, Natural Born Killers)
  • Jan 8 Loretta Lee, [Lee Lai Chan], China, actress (Happy Ghost)
  • Jan 9 Candi Milo, American voice actress
  • Jan 11 Marc Acito, American novelist and humorist
  • Jan 12 Olivier Martinez, French actor (The Horseman on the Roof), born in Paris

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 13 Patrick Dempsey, American actor (Grey's Anatomy),born in Lewiston Maine

  • Jan 14 Daniel J Schneider, actor (Dennis-Head of the Class), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 20 Rainn Wilson, American actor (The Office, Juno), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jan 24 Jimeoin, Northern Irish comedian
  • Jan 27 Tamlyn Tomita, Okinawa, actress (Karate Kid 2, Ming Li-Santa Barbara)
  • Jan 30 Daphne Ashbrook, actress (Liz-Our Family Honor), born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 1 Donna Edmondson, playmate of year (Nov, 1986), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Feb 2 D. C. Douglas, American actor and director
  • Feb 3 Gillian Bonner, playmate (Apr, 1996), born in Athens, Georgia
  • Feb 3 Frank Coraci, American film director
  • Feb 7 Chris Rock, comedian (SNL, CB4, Boomerang)
  • Feb 9 Harald Eia, Norwegian TV - comedian
  • Feb 11 Stephen Gregory, American actor (Chase-Young & Restless), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 13 Tally Chanel, actress (Warrior Queen), born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Feb 19 Justine Bateman, actress (Mallory-Family Ties, Satisfaction), born in Rye, New York
  • Feb 20 Cindy Crawford, Dekalb Ill, supermodel (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit)
  • Feb 21 Bronwen Booth, actress (Andy-One Life to Live, Eternal Evil), born in London, England
  • Feb 22 Thorsten Kaye, soap actor (Patrick-One Life to Live, Silencers)
  • Feb 22 Rachel Dratch, American actress and comedienne
  • Feb 23 Marc Price, actor/comedian (Skippy-Family Ties)
  • Feb 24 Billy Zane, actor (Titanic, Dead Calm), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 25 Stacey Cortez, actress (Sheila Cantillan-General Hospital)
  • Feb 25 Tea Leoni, American actress (Flying Blind, Naked Truth), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 25 Alexis Denisof, American actor
  • Feb 25 Nancy O'Dell, American reporter and television personality
  • Feb 26 Jennifer Grant, actress (Celeste-Beverly Hills 90210)
  • Feb 27 Gregg Rainwater, actor (Buck Cross-Young Riders)
  • Feb 27 Donal Logue, Canadian actor
  • Mar 1 John David Cullum, actor (1776, Sweet Country, Day After)
  • Mar 3 Hope Marie Carlton, Riverhead NY, playmate (July, 1985)
  • Mar 3 Fernando Colunga, Mexican actor
  • Mar 4 Steve Bastoni, Italian Australian actor
  • Mar 4 Wash West [Wash Westmoreland], Leeds, English independent film director director
  • Mar 5 Aasif Mandvi, Indian-born American actor and comedian
  • Mar 6 Alan Davies, British comedian and actor
  • Mar 7 Joy Tanner, American actress
  • Mar 10 Stephen Mailer, American actor (Red Meat, League of Their Own, War & Love), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 13 Akira Nogami, wrestler (NJPW)
  • Mar 14 Elise Neal, American actress
  • Mar 15 Chris Bruno, actor (Michael-All My Children, Dennis-Another World)
  • Mar 17 Jeremy Sheffield, English actor
  • Mar 24 Tatjana Patitz, model/actress (Rising Sun), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Mar 26 Michael Imperioli, American actor
  • Apr 3 Shelley Michelle, actress (Golden Eye), born in Hollywood, California
  • Apr 3 Mina Tominaga, Japanese seiyu (voice actress)
  • Apr 4 Nancy McKeon, actress (Jo Polniazek-Facts of Life), born in Westbury, New York
  • Apr 6 Kymberly Paige, playmate (May, 1987), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Apr 6 Young Man Kang, South Korean film director
  • Apr 7 Teri Ann Linn, actress (Kristen-Bold & Beautiful), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 8 Robin Wright, American actress (Santa Barbara, Princess Bride), born in Dallas, Texas

Actress Robin Wright
Actress
Robin Wright
  • Apr 8 Bobby Ologun, Nigerian television personality

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 9 Cynthia Nixon, American actress (Addams Family Values, Pelican Brief), born in NYC, New York

Actress Cynthia Nixon
Actress
Cynthia Nixon
  • Apr 11 Mason Reese, American actor
  • Apr 11 Dustin Patrick Runnels, American professional wrestler
  • Apr 17 Vikram [Kennedy John Victor], Indian actor (I), born in Madras, Tamil Nadu
  • Apr 22 Mariana Levy, Mexican actress (d. 2005)
  • Apr 24 Pierre Brassard, Quebec humorist and actor
  • Apr 25 Isabelle Pasco, French actress (Ave Maria)/model (Elle, Vogue)
  • May 1 Charlie Schlatter, American actor (18 Again, Heartbreak Hotel), born in NYC, New York
  • May 3 Peter Abbay, American actor
  • May 3 Firdous Bamji, Indian-American actor
  • May 12 Stephen Baldwin, actor (Beast, Lawrenceville Stories, Usual Suspects)
  • May 14 Marianne Denicourt, French actress
  • May 16 Scott Reeves, actor (Ryan-Young & Restless), born in Santa Monica, California
  • May 19 Polly Walker, British actress
  • May 19 Sophia Crawford, English actress and martial artist
  • May 20 Mindy Cohn, LA, actress (Facts of Life)
  • May 20 Paolo Seganti, actor (Damian-As the World Turns)
  • May 20 Gina Ravera, American actress
  • May 21 Manon Kelley, Canadian actress (Red Lips 2), born in Quebec City, Québec

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 26 Helena Bonham Carter, English actress (Fight Club, The King's Speech, Howards End), born in London, England

  • May 31 Jeremy Hotz, Canadian stand-up comedian

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 8 Julianna Margulies, American actress (ER, The Good Wife), born in Spring Valley NY

  • Jun 10 Doug McKeon, NJ, actor (Big Shamus Little Shamus, Centennial)
  • Jun 13 Thyme Lewis, actor (Jonah-Days of our Lives), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 14 Traylor Howard, actress (Joy Byrnes-Boston Common), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Jun 15 Idalis DeLeon, American actress/singer
  • Jun 21 Nan Woods, actress (1 More Saturday Night)
  • Jun 23 Richie Ren, Taiwanese actor (Breaking News, Life Without Principle), born in Changhua, Taiwan
  • Jun 24 Adrienne Shelly, American actress, director and screenwriter (The Unbelievable Truth), born in Queens, New York (d. 2006)
  • Jun 27 Jason Patric, American actor (Lost Boys, Solar Babies), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 27 J. J. Abrams, American writer, producer and director (Lost, Star Wars: the Force Awakens), born in New York City
  • Jun 28 John Cusack, American actor (Stand By Me, Sure Thing, Better Off Dead), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 28 Mary Stuart Masterson, American actress (Some Kind of Wonderful), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jun 30 Marton Csokas, New Zealand actor
  • Jul 4 Lee Reherman, American actor
  • Jul 5 Susannah Doyle, British actress
  • Jul 6 Brian Posehn, American actor
  • Jul 7 Jim Gaffigan, American comedian
  • Jul 9 Pamela Adlon, American voice actress
  • Jul 10 Johnny Grunge, wrestler (d. 2006)
  • Jul 11 Debbe Dunning, actress (Tool Time Girl-Home Improvement), born in Burbank, California

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 21 Beatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 17 The Who drummer Keith Moon (19) weds model Kim Kerrigan (18) at Brent Registry Office

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 9 Sophia Loren marries married Carlo Ponti in Paris

Actress Sophia Loren
Actress
Sophia Loren

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 16 Actor and comedian Michael Palin (22) weds Helen Gibbins

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 19 50 year old Frank Sinatra marries 21 year old Mia Farrow in Las Vegas

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 7 Latin music king Xavier Cugat (60) weds singer Charo (20) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Actress Charo
Actress
Charo
  • Sep 10 Actor John Lithgow (20) weds Jean Taynton

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 18 MLB baseball player Hank Greenberg (55) weds actress Mary Jo Tarola

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 18 Actor Strother Martin (47) weds Helen Meisels


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 3 Rex Lease, American actor (Fast Bullets, Sunny Skies, Custer's Last Stand), dies at 62
  • Jan 22 Herbert Marshall, actor (Dark Angel, Duel in the Sun), dies at 75
  • Jan 31 Elizabeth Patterson, actress (Tall Story), dies at 90
  • Feb 1 William Harrigan, American actor (Invisible Man, Girl in 419), dies at 71
  • Feb 1 Buster Keaton, American actor (Navigator, Steamboat Bill Jr, The General), dies at 70
  • Feb 3 June Walker, actress (War Nurses), dies at 65
  • Feb 6 Narcisa de Leon, Filipino film mogul (b. 1877)
  • Feb 9 Sophie Tucker [Kalish] "last of the red hot mammas", Russian-born American singer/actress (My Yiddish Mama), dies at 79
  • Feb 17 Frank Pettingell, actor (Becket, Up the Creek), dies at 75
  • Feb 17 Gail Kane, actress (White Sister, Arizona), dies at 81
  • Feb 18 Robert Rossen, American screenwriter, producer, and director (b. 1908)
  • Feb 26 Minerva Urecal, actress (Peter Gunn, Adv of Tugboat Annie), dies at 71
  • Feb 27 Minerva Urecal, actress (Apache Rose, Ghost Crazy), dies at 81
  • Mar 3 William Frawley, American actor (I Love Lucy, My 3 Sons), dies of a heart attack at 89
  • Mar 12 Estelita Rodriguez, Cuban actress (Golden Stallion, Susanna Pass), dies at 37
  • Mar 23 Johannes W Elsensohn, Dutch actor/writer (Arie), dies at 82
  • Mar 25 Colin Campbell, actor (Leather Boys), dies at 83
  • Apr 1 Flann O'Brien, Irish humorist (b. 1911)
  • Apr 6 Julia Faye, actress (10 Commandments. Samson & Delilah), dies at 73
  • Apr 15 Joseph Crehan, American actor (The Roaring Twenties, Meeting at Midnight), dies of stroke at 82
  • Apr 28 Ralph Bunker, actor (Ghost Goes West), dies of a stroke at 77
  • Apr 29 Eugene O'Brien, American actor (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 85
  • May 21 Pat O'Malley, silent film actor (Wild One, Quiet Man), dies at 75
  • May 23 Ruth Gates, Denton TX, actress (Aunt Jenny-Mama), dies at 79
  • May 26 Don Castle, actor (Motor Patrol, Born to Speed), dies at 47
  • May 26 Neal Dodd, actor (Only Women, You Belong to Me), dies at 86
  • Jun 3 Alice Calhoun, actress (Flowing Gold, Between Friends), dies at 65
  • Jun 11 Ethel Clayton, actress (Warning Shadows), dies at 82
  • Jun 11 Wallace Ford [Samuel Jones Grundy], British actor (Freaks, Harvey, Spellbound, Deputy), dies of heart attack at 68
  • Jun 12 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), dies at 81
  • Jun 19 Ed Wynn [Isaiah Edwin Leopold], American comedian (Ed Wynn Show), dies at 79
  • Jun 29 Isabel Dawn, American screenwriter, dies at 68
  • Jun 29 Ronald Shiner, British actor (Dry Rot, Carry on Admiral, Keep it Clean, Aunt Clara), dies at 63
  • Jul 20 Julien Carette, French actor (Sylvia & the Phantom), dies of burns at 68
  • Jul 23 Donald Novis, singer/actor (Pajama Game), dies at 60
  • Jul 23 Douglass Montgomery, actor (Forbidden, Daybreak), dies at 56
  • Jul 23 Montgomery Clift, American actor (From Here to Eternity, Judgement at Nuremberg), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • Jul 30 Edward Gordon Craig, British modernist actor, director and theorist (On the art of theatre), dies at 94
  • Aug 3 Lenny Bruce, comedian, dies of a morphine overdose at 39
  • Aug 15 Jan Kiepura, Polish vocalist and actor (Her Wonderful Lie, Give Us this Night), dies of heart attack at 64
  • Aug 15 Seena Owen, actress/writer (Queen Kelly), dies at 71
  • Aug 16 Jack Mather, actor (Cisco Kid), dies of heart attack at 58
  • Aug 23 Francis Xavier Bushman, actor (Ben-Hur), dies at 83
  • Aug 23 Francis X Bushman, American silent film actor (Sabrina, Ben-Hur), dies at 83
  • Aug 26 Art Baker, TV host (You Asked For It), dies at 67
  • Sep 7 Al Kelly, double talk comedian (Ernie Kovacs Show), dies at 67
  • Sep 9 Nestor Paiva, actor (3 Stooges in Orbit), dies of cancer at 61
  • Sep 11 Charlie Cantor, actor (Artie-Ray Bolger Show), dies at 68
  • Sep 14 Gertrude Berg, American actress (Molly Goldberg-Goldbergs), dies at 66
  • Sep 14 Nikolai Cherkasov, Russian actor (Ivan the Terrible), dies at 63
  • Sep 26 Helen Kane, actress (Heads Up, Pointed Heels), dies of cancer at 62
  • Sep 28 Eric Fleming, actor (Gil-Rawhide), dies at 41
  • Oct 13 Clifton Webb [Webb Parmelee Hollenbeck], American actor (Razor's Edge, Laura), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Oct 16 George O'Hara, American silent era screenwriter and actor (The Sea Beast, The Grapes of Wrath), dies at 67
  • Oct 17 Soledad Jiménez, Spanish actress (Kid Galahad, The Phantom of the Range), dies at 92
  • Oct 18 Bill Nestell, American actor (Dangerous Venture, Buckskin Frontier), dies of heart attack at 73
  • Oct 21 Gertrude Hoffman, actress (Mrs Odetts-My Little Margie), dies at 95
  • Oct 23 Claire McDowell, actress (Big Parade), dies after long illness at 88
  • Oct 29 [Louis C] Marcel Berckmans, painter/actor (Manner Kater), dies at 83
  • Nov 3 Eric Spear, British composer for film and TV (Coronation Street theme)
  • Dec 13 Charles Watts, actor (Lone Ranger & Lost City of Gold), dies of cancer
  • Dec 14 Emma Dunn, actress (You Can't Fool Your Wife), dies at 91
  • Dec 14 Richard Whorf, actor (Chain Lightning), dies of heart attack at 60
  • Dec 14 Verna Felton, actress (Hilda-December Bride), dies at 76
  • Dec 23 Robert Keith [Rolland Keith Richey], American actor (Guys and Dolls, The Wild One, Battle Circus, Branded, Wild One), dies at 68
  • Dec 31 Chief Nipo Strongheart, Native American actor (Pony Soldier), dies at 75