1968 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Events 1 - 100 of 102

  • Jan 1 ABC radio splits into 4 networks (Info, Entertainment, Contemp & FM)
  • Jan 1 WDCO TV channel 15 in Cochran, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 2 KBHK TV channel 44 in San Francisco, California (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 4 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million to CBS
  • Jan 7 "GE College Bowl" quiz show premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 12 Nighttime version of "Hollywood Squares" premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 15 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 19 WKBF TV channel 61 in Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 22 "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premieres on NBC
  • Feb 5 KDTV TV channel 39 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 6 KESD TV channel 8 in Brookings, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 7 WLED TV channel 49 in Littleton, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 8 "Planet of the Apes" premieres in New York City

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 12 25th Golden Globes: "In the Heat of the Night", Rod Steiger, & Edith Evans win

  • Feb 14 WHKY TV channel 14 in Hickory, NC (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 15 WVUT TV channel 22 in Vincennes, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 27 CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite delivers a scathing editorial on America's chances of winning the Vietnam War

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • Mar 1 NBC's unprecedented on-air announcement, Star Trek will return

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 4 3rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Lynn Anderson win

Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • Mar 7 The BBC broadcasts the news for the first time in color on television.
  • Mar 14 CBS TV suspends Radio Free Europe free advertising because RFE doesn't make it clear it is sponsored by the CIA
  • Mar 18 WVER TV channel 28 in Rutland, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 18 WVTA TV channel 41 in Windsor, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 25 KLVX TV channel 10 in Las Vegas, NV (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 1 KEMO (now KOFY) TV channel 20 in San Francisco, California (IND) 1st broadcast

Film release premierFilm Premier

Apr 2 "2001 A Space Odyssey" directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, premieres at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C.

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
Sci-Fi Author Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Arthur C. Clarke
  • Apr 8 40th Academy Awards postponed to Apr 10th due to death of Martin Luther King
  • Apr 8 WKPI TV channel 22 in Pikeville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 10 40th Academy Awards: "In the Heat of the Night", Rod Steiger & Katherine Hepburn win
  • Apr 11 WHED TV channel 15 in Hanover, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 24 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Pete Tountas
  • May 2 Israeli television begins transmitting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Richard Harris releases "MacArthur Park"

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • May 12 WSKG TV channel 46 (PBS) in Binghamton, NY, begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 15 "Wonderwall" with George Harrison premieres at Cannes Film Festival

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • May 19 20th Emmy Awards: "Get Smart", "Mission Impossible" & Barbara Bain win
  • May 21 WEKW TV channel 52 in Keene, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 31 Movie star James Stewart retires from the US Air Force after 27 years of service

  • Jun 2 WBLG (now WTVQ) TV channel 62 in Lexington, KY (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Jun 6 WKHA TV channel 35 in Hazard, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 10 "Danny Thomas Hour" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 10 KCFW TV channel 9 in Kalispell, MT (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 10 WHTV (now WTZH) TV channel 24 in Meridian, MS (NBC/CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jun 12 U.S. premiere of horror film "Rosemary's Baby", based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Ira Levin
  • Jun 17 KQEC TV channel 32 in San Francisco, California (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 14 WSWO TV channel 26 in Springfield, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 15 "One Life to Live", American soap opera, premieres on TV
  • Jul 17 The Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine" premieres in London
  • Aug 1 WXIX TV channel 19 in Cincinnati-Newport, OH (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 4 WXTV TV channel 41 in New York-Paterson, NY (UNI) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 5 WMCV (now WZTV) TV channel 17 in Nashville, TN (IND) 1st broadcast

  • Aug 25 29th Venice Film Festival: "Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed" directed by Alexander Kluge wins Golden Lion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 2 Jerry Lewis' 3rd Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 8 "Funny Girl" biopic film based on life of Fanny Brice premieres, directed by William Wyler, starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Sep 9 WGIQ TV channel 43 in Louisville, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 9 WVPT TV channel 51 in Staunton, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 14 1st broadcast of "60 Minutes" on CBS-TV
  • Sep 15 "Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park" Show on CBS TV
  • Sep 15 WUAB TV channel 43 in Lorain-Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 WXON TV channel 20 in Detroit, MI (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 16 KLNI (now KADN) TV channel 15 in Lafayette, LA (IND) begins
  • Sep 21 Police drama "Adam-12" debuts on NBC in the US
  • Sep 22 KMTC (now KDEB) TV channel 27 in Springfield, MO (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 23 WKAS TV channel 25 in Ashland, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKGB TV channel 53 in Bowling Green, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKLE TV channel 46 in Lexington, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKMA TV channel 35 in Madisonville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKMR TV channel 38 in Morehead, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKON TV channel 52 in Owenton, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKSO TV channel 29 in Somerset, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKZT TV channel 23 in Elizabethtown, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 24 "60 Minutes" premieres on CBS-TV
  • Sep 24 "That's Life" premieres-A Broadway musical type TV show
  • Sep 26 1st broadcast of "Hawaii Five-O" on CBS-TV
  • Sep 26 "Oliver!" directed by Carol Reed and starring Mark Lester and Ron Moody premieres in London (Best Picture 1969)

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 1 Cult zombie film "Night of the Living Dead" directed by George A. Romero, starring Duane Jones and Judith O'Dea premieres in Pittsburgh

  • Oct 5 KPLM (now KESQ) TV channel 42 in Palm Springs, CA (ABC) begins
  • Oct 9 WKMU TV channel 21 in Murray, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 17 "Bullitt" directed by Peter Yates and starring Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bisset is 1st released

  • Oct 26 KMIR TV channel 36 in Palm Springs, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 4 WRDU (now WPTF) TV channel 28 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 4 WTOG TV channel 44 in St Petersburg-Tampa, FL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 4 "Wichita Lineman" 12th album by Glen Campbell is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1969)
  • Nov 12 KSEL (now KAMC) TV channel 28 in Lubbock, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 14 U.S. premiere of film version of Morris L. West's best seller "The Shoes of the Fisherman"
  • Nov 17 KHNE TV channel 29 in Hastings, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 17 "Heidi Game", NBC cuts to show "Heidi" and misses Raider's rally to beat Jets, 43-32

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 20 2nd Country Music Association Award: Glen Campbell & Tammy Wynette wins

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • Nov 22 1st interracial TV kiss (Star Trek - Captain Kirk and Uhura)
  • Nov 25 15th National Film Awards (India): "Hatey Bazarey" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Dec 1 Peggy Wilson wins LPGA Hollywood Lakes Golf Open
  • Dec 3 NBC Elvis comeback special airs
  • Dec 6 WKID (WSCV) TV channel 51 in Fort Lauderdale, FL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 9 KRNE TV channel 12 in Merriman, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 9 Terence O'Neill, Northern Ireland Prime Minister, makes a television appeal for moderate opinion in what became known as the 'Ulster stands at the Crossroads' speech
  • Dec 11 KECC (now KECY) TV channel 9 in El Centro, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 12 Rolling Stones film TV show "Rock 'n Roll Circus"-never aired
  • Dec 16 KFIZ TV channel 34 in Fond du Lac, WI begins broadcasting
  • Dec 19 WCWB (now WMGT) TV channel 41 in Macon, GA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 24 WATU (now WAGT) TV channel 26 in Augusta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 241

  • Jan 2 Cuba Gooding Jr, actor (Boyz N the Hood, Glaadiator, Few Good Men)
  • Jan 2 Evan Parke, Jamaican actor
  • Jan 3 Shannon Sturges, actress (Savannah)
  • Jan 5 Carl Evans, Actor (Guilding Light)
  • Jan 6 John Singleton, director/screenwriter (Boyz in the Hood)
  • Jan 8 Ami Dolenz, actress (General Hospital, Can't Buy Me Love), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 9 Joey Lauren Adams, American actress
  • Jan 11 Sharon Brown, American actress (Chantal-Generations), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestHeather Mills

Jan 12 Heather Mills, English model, activist and writer (Out on a Limb), born in Aldershot, Hampshire

Activist and Media Personality Heather Mills
Activist and Media Personality
Heather Mills
  • Jan 12 Rachael Harris, American actress, born in Worthington, Ohio
  • Jan 13 Chara, Japanese singer and actress

Person of interestLL Cool J

Jan 14 LL Cool J, American rapper (Bigger & Deffer), born in Bay Shore, New York

Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J
  • Jan 15 Chad Lowe, actor (Spencer, Apprentice to Murder), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jan 16 David Chokachi, actor (Baywatch)
  • Jan 21 Charlotte Ross, actress (Eve-Days of Our Lives), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 22 Brian Jones, American sports radio and television host and former NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Jan 22 Frank Lebœuf, French actor, sports commentator and former footballer (1998 FIFA World Cup), born in Marseille, France
  • Jan 25 Heinrich "Haini" Wolfgramm, Polynesian-American actor and musician (The Jets), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 26 Ravi Teja, Tollywood film actor
  • Jan 29 Edward Burns, American actor, director, writer (Brothers McMullen, Saving Private Ryan), born in Queens, New York
  • Jan 29 Sora Jung, Korean actress
  • Feb 1 Pauly Shore, comedian (Totally Pauly, Encino Man), born in Hollywood, California
  • Feb 4 Kristen Marie, actress (Cheryl McKinnon-Another World)
  • Feb 4 Marko Matvere, Estonian actor
  • Feb 5 Eyþór Guðjónsson, Icelandic actor
  • Feb 7 Ashely Allen, playmate (Aug, 1992), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Feb 8 Gary Coleman, American actor (Diff'rent Strokes), born in Zion, llinois (d. 2010)
  • Feb 9 Rahul Roy, Indian actor
  • Feb 10 Atika Suri, Indonesian television newscaster, born in Riau, Indonesia
  • Feb 11 Mo Willems, American author and screenwriter
  • Feb 12 Josh Brolin, US actor (Johnny-Private Eye, Jimmy Hickok-Young Riders), born in Santa Monica, Canada
  • Feb 12 Gregory Charles, French-Canadian performing artist, born in Montreal, Canada
  • Feb 14 Jules Asner, American television personality
  • Feb 15 Kurt Robin McKinney, US actor (Ned-General Hospital), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Feb 18 Molly Ringwald, Roseville California, actress (16 Candles, Pretty in Pink)
  • Feb 20 Lorraine Olivia, Geneva Ill, playmate (Nov, 1990)
  • Feb 22 Jeri Ryan, actress (7 of 9-Star Trek Voyager)
  • Feb 23 Stephanie Seymour, American actress/model (Sunny Side Up), born in San Diego, California
  • Feb 24 Mitch Hedberg, American comedian (d. 2005)
  • Feb 29 Naoko Iijima, Japanese actress
  • Feb 29 Frank Woodley, Australian comedian
  • Mar 2 Daniel Craig, English actor (James Bond films), born in Chester
  • Mar 4 Patsy Kensit, actress (Lethal Weapon 2, Hanover St), born in London, England
  • Mar 6 Connie Britton, actress (Nikki-Spin City), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 6 Moira Kelly, actress (Cutting Edge)
  • Mar 12 Aaron Eckhart, American actor
  • Mar 13 Christopher Collett, American actor (Manhattan Project), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 14 Megan Follows, Canadian actress (Chase, Anne of Green Gables), born in Toronto, Onario
  • Mar 16 Ananya Khare, Indian actress and teacher
  • Mar 18 Shinichiro Miki, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
  • Mar 21 Samantha Leah Dorman, playmate (Sept, 1991), born in Lakeland, Florida
  • Mar 28 Max Perlich, American actor (JH Brodie-Homicide), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 28 Tim Lovejoy, British television presenter (Soccer AM with Helen Chamberlain), born in Northwood, London

Person of interestLucy Lawless

Mar 29 Lucy Lawless, New Zealand actress (Xena: Warrior Princess) and singer, born in Auckland, New Zealand

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless
  • Mar 30 Donna D'Errico, Dothan AL, playmate (Sep, 1995)
  • Mar 31 Naoya Ogawa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Apr 1 Andreas Schnaas, German horror film director
  • Apr 3 Charlotte Coleman, British actress (Four Weddings and a Funeral), born in London (d. 2001)
  • Apr 4 Jennifer Lynch, American film director, screenwriter and author of The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 5 Gianna Amore, Warwick RI, playmate (August, 1989)
  • Apr 5 Tasia Valenza, American actress (All My Children), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 7 Bill Bellamy, actor (Fled, How to be a Player, Joey Breaker)
  • Apr 8 Patricia Arquette, actress (Boyhood, True Romance), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 10 Orlando Jones, American actor and comedian (MADtv, 7 Up spokesman), born in Toulminville, Alabama
  • Apr 12 Alicia Coppola, American actress (Lorna Devon-Another World), born in Huntington, New York
  • Apr 14 Anthony Michael Hall, American actor (SNL, Breakfast Club), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 15 Stacey Williams, model (SI Swimsuit 1996), born in Philadelphi, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 18 Mary Birdsong, American actress
  • Apr 18 David Hewlett, Canadian actor (Stargate Universe), born in Redhill, Surrey, England
  • Apr 19 Ashley Taylor Judd, Granada Hills California, actress (Kuffs, Sisters)
  • Apr 19 Thomas Nock, actor (Tartort, Gemini-Twin Stars), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Apr 19 Arshad Warsi, Indian actor
  • Apr 24 Stacy Haiduk, American actress (Lana Lang-Superboy), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Apr 24 Aidan Gillen [Aidan Murphy], Irish actor (Queer as Folk, Game of Thrones), born in Dublin
  • Apr 30 Babette Van Veen, Neth, actress (Linda-GTST, Blueberry Hill)
  • May 1 Sol Kyung-gu, South Korean actor
  • May 2 Midorikawa Hikaru, Japanese voice actor, born in Otawara, Tochigi, Japan
  • May 2 Ziana Zain, Malaysian singer and actress, born in Merlimau, Malacca, Malaysia
  • May 3 Debora Caprioglio, Italian actress (Big Game Hunter), born in Mestre, Italy
  • May 4 Julian Barratt, English comedian and musician, one half of The Mighty Boosh, born in Leeds, England
  • May 10 Erik Palladino, American actor
  • May 10 Al Murray, British comedian
  • May 11 Jeffrey Donovan, American actor
  • May 12 Scott Schwartz, American actor
  • May 12 Catherine Tate, British comedian
  • May 14 Greg Davis, Welsh-born, British stand-up comedian, actor, and former secondary school teacher (We Are Klang, The Inbetweeners, Cuckoo, Taskmaster), born in St Asaph, Denbighshire
  • May 15 Todd Porter, NJ, actor (Hamilton-Whiz Kids)
  • May 16 Chingmy Yau, Hong Kong actress (Naked Killer), born in Hong Kong
  • May 19 Jeanne Basone, Brubank California, wrestler (Hollywood-GLOW)
  • May 21 Julie Vega, Filipina child actress and singer, born in Quezon City, Philippines (d. 1985)
  • May 22 Kevin Carolan, American actor and comedian
  • May 23 Guinevere Turner, American actress
  • May 26 Pat Kenney, American professional wrestler
  • May 26 Fernando León de Aranoa, Spanish film director
  • Jun 1 Jason Donovan, rocker/actor (Neighbors)
  • Jun 2 Jon Culshaw, British comedian and impressionist
  • Jun 4 Scott Wolf, actor (Broken Arrow, Party of 5), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 4 Stacy Leigh Arthur, playmate (Jan, 1991), born in Naperville, Illinois
  • Jun 10 Susan Haskell, actress (Marty-One Life to Live, Strictly Business)

Person of interestBill Burr

Jun 10 Bill Burr, American comedian and podcaster (F Is for Family, I'm Sorry You Feel That Way), born in Canton, Massachusetts

Comedian and Podcaster Bill Burr
Comedian and Podcaster
Bill Burr

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 20 Actress Sharon Tate (24) weds actor/director Roman Polanski (34) in Chelsea, London

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 20 Comedian John Cleese (Monty Python) marries actress Connie Booth

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 1 Singer-songwriter and actress June Carter (38) weds singer-songwriter Johnny Cash (36) at a church in Franklin, Kentucky

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • Aug 25 "The Outlaw" actress Jane Russell (47) weds actor Roger Barrett (47) at the Community Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, California
  • Aug 28 1 day marriage of character Murphy Brown

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 16 Actress Sally Field weds Steven Craig

Actress Sally Field
Actress
Sally Field

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 5 "The Dirty Dozen" actor Charles Bronson (46) weds Jill Ireland

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 17 Jazz trumpeter Quincy Jones Jr (35) weds actress Ulla Andersson (22)

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 31 Singer Davy Jones (22) weds actress Linda Haines

Singer Davy Jones
Singer
Davy Jones

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 8 Actor Jack Nicholson (31) divorces Sandra Knight (28) after 6 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 16 Singer/actor Frank Sinatra and 3rd wife actress Mia Farrow divorce after 2 years of marriage

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 18 Actor Peter Sellers (43) divorces actress Britt Ekland after 4 years of marriage

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 5 Jean Murat, French actor (Eternal Rain, Carnival Flanders), dies at 79
  • Jan 10 Basil Sydney, British actor (Hamlet, Jassy, Simba, Farmer's Wife), dies of pleurisy at 73
  • Jan 10 Howard Smith, American actor (Kiss of Death, Call Northside 777), dies at 74
  • Jan 15 John Davidson, American actor (Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc, Charlie Chan-Chinese Cat), dies at 80
  • Jan 18 Bert Wheeler, American actor (Brave Eagle, The Nitwits, Hold 'em Jail, High Flyers, Rainmakers), dies at 72
  • Jan 18 John Ridgely, American actor (Northern Pursuit, They Died with Their Boots On, Air Force), dies from a heart ailment at 58
  • Jan 25 Virginia Maskell, actress (Only Two Can Play), dies at 31
  • Feb 4 Eddie Baker, American actor (A Man About Town, Collars and Cuffs), dies of emphysema at 70
  • Feb 6 C Montague Shaw, actor (Buck Rogers, Planet Outlaws), dies at 85
  • Feb 7 Nick Adams [Nicholas Aloysius Adamshock], American actor (Interns, Pillow Talk, FBI Story), dies of a drug overdose at 36
  • Feb 9 Barbara Everest, actress (Inquest, Madeleine), dies at 77
  • Feb 11 Howard Lindsay, American playwright, actor and director (State of the Union), dies at 78
  • Feb 13 Mae Marsh, actress (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), dies at 72
  • Feb 17 Donald Wolfit, British actor (Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, Accursed), dies of heart ailment at 65
  • Feb 19 Ralph Dunn, actor (Mr Rudge-Norby), dies at 65
  • Feb 19 Georg Hackenschmidt, Estonian professional wrestler (b. 1878)
  • Feb 20 Anthony Asquith, British film director (Court Martial), dies at 65
  • Feb 26 Eric Feldary, Hungarian actor (Hold Back the Dawn, 16 Fathoms Deep), dies of burns at 55
  • Feb 28 Doretta Morrow, American actress (Because You're Mine), dies from cancer at 41
  • Feb 28 Juanita Hall, actress (Capt Billy), dies at 66
  • Mar 10 Helen Walker, American actress (Brewster's Million, Lucky Jordan), dies of cancer at 47
  • Mar 16 June Collyer, actress (June-Stu Erwin Show), dies at 60
  • Mar 24 Howard Petrie, American actor (Border River, Bounty Hunter), dies at 61
  • Mar 24 Alice Guy-Blaché, American film director (b. 1873)
  • Mar 25 Douglas Evans, American actor (At War with the Army, South Pacific Trail), dies at 64
  • Mar 30 Bobby Driscoll, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Apr 5 Lois Andrews [Lorraine Gourley], American actress (Dixie Dugan, Meet Me After the Show, The Desert Hawk), dies of lung cancer at 44
  • Apr 16 Fay Bainter, actress (Jezebel, Our Town, State Fair), dies at 76
  • Apr 20 Marion Weeks, singer/actress, dies of stroke at 81
  • Apr 21 Toby Halicki, car-crash film producer 48, killed shooting stunt
  • Apr 24 Norman McKaye, actor (Untamed Fury, Frogman), dies at 62
  • Apr 24 Tommy Noonan, American actor, screenwriter and producer (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Promises Promises), dies of a brain tumor at 46
  • May 5 Albert Van Dekker, American actor (Dr Cyclops, Beau Gesture), dies of accidental suffocation at 62
  • May 9 Finlay Currie, Scottish actor (Quo Vadis, Avengers), dies at 90
  • May 9 Marion Lorne, actress (Aunt Clara-Bewitched), dies at 81
  • May 9 Phil Arnold, American actor (Errand Boy, Stud Lonigan, Damn Yankees), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • May 10 Philippa Bevans, British actress (Notorious Landlady, World of Henry Orient), dies at 55
  • May 10 Scotty Beckett, American actor (Our Gang, Listen Darling, Battleground), dies from either an overdose, or as a result from a beating at 38
  • May 21 Doris Lloyd, actress (Oliver Twist), dies of heart strain at 71
  • May 23 James Burke, American actor (Ellery Queen, Army Surgeon), dies at 81
  • Jun 4 Dorothy Gish, [de Guiche], actress (Home Sweet Home), dies at 70
  • Jun 7 Dan Duryea, American actor (Pride of the Yankees), dies of cancer at 60

Person of interestTony Hancock

Jun 24 Tony Hancock, English comedian and actor (Hancock's Half Hour), commits suicide at 44

Comedian Tony Hancock
Comedian
Tony Hancock
  • Jun 29 Kitty Kelly, actress (Ladies of Jury, Behind Office Doors), dies at 66
  • Jun 30 John Gough, American actor (Smooth as Satin, In the Land of the Tortilla, Circus Kid), dies at 73
  • Jul 1 Virginia Weidler, American child actress (Babes on Broadway, All This & Heaven Too), dies of heart disease at 42
  • Jul 9 John Indrisano, actor (OK Crackerby), dies at 62
  • Jul 26 Lilian Harvey, British actress (Congress Dances), dies
  • Jul 27 Lillian Harvey, actress (Invitation to the Waltz), dies at 61
  • Jul 31 Gertrude Short, actress (Stella Dallas, Blonde Venus), dies at 66
  • Aug 19 Sara Jane Roberts, child actress (Our Gang), dies after surgery at 44
  • Aug 25 John George [Tufei Fatella], Syrian actor (Black Orchids, Don Juan, Adventures of Fu Manchu), dies from emphysema at 70
  • Aug 26 Kay Francis, American actress (Charley's Aunt, False Madonna), dies of cancer at 63
  • Aug 29 Victor Sutherland, American actor (Captive City), dies at 79
  • Aug 30 William Talman, American actor (Crashout, The Hitch-Hiker, Perry Mason), dies of lung cancer at 53
  • Aug 31 Dennis O'Keefe, American actor (Suspicion), dies of lung cancer at 60
  • Sep 3 Isabel Withers, American actress (b. 1896)
  • Sep 18 Franchot Tone, American actor (Mutiny on the Bounty, Advise & Consent), dies from lung cancer at 63
  • Sep 18 Francis McDonald, American actor (Will-Adv of Champion), dies at 77
  • Sep 28 Corry Lievens, Flemish actress/playwright/dir (Blue Bird), dies at 64
  • Oct 10 Wilhelmina J "Willy" Haak, Dutch actress (Abandoned Child), dies at 71
  • Oct 13 Bea Benaderet, actress (Petticoat Junction), dies of lung cancer at 62
  • Oct 15 Bea Benaderet, NYC, actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction), dies at 62
  • Oct 18 Lee Tracy, American actor (Dinner at Eight, Martin Kane Private Eye), dies of cancer at 70
  • Oct 25 Rudolf Forster, Austrian actor (Threepenny Opera), dies at 83
  • Oct 26 Erich Von Stroheim Jr, American actor and director (Napoleon, Sunset Boulevard), dies of cancer at 52
  • Oct 30 Pert Kelton, actress (Cavalcade of Stars), dies at 61
  • Oct 31 Ramon Novarro [Jose Samaniegos],Mexican-American actor (Ben-Hur, Mata Hari), is murdered at 69
  • Nov 5 Estelle Hemsley, American actress (Leech Woman, Take a Giant Step), dies at 81
  • Nov 5 Robert Ayres, actor (Battle Beneath the Earth), dies at 54
  • Nov 8 Wendell Corey, American actor (Rear Window, 11th Hour, Peck's Bad Girl), dies from a liver ailment at 54
  • Nov 10 Gerald Mohr, American actor (The Angry Red Planet, The Sniper, Foreign Intrigue), dies from a heart attack at 54
  • Nov 20 Cathy Lewis, actress (Deidre-Hazel), dies of cancer at 50
  • Nov 20 Helen Gardner, silent film actress (Sandra), dies
  • Nov 25 Phil Lord, actor (Stud's Place), dies at 89
  • Dec 1 Hugo Haas, Czechoslovakian actor and director (Bait, Pick Up, 2 Smart People), dies of asthma at 66
  • Dec 5 Fred Clark, American actor (Zotz, Auntie Mame), dies of liver ailment at 54
  • Dec 10 Patsy Moran, actress (Children of the Wild), dies at 65
  • Dec 12 Tallulah Bankhead, American stage and film actress (Lifeboat, They Knew What They Wanted), dies of pneumonia at 65
  • Dec 18 Joan Tabor, American actress (Teenage Millionaire), dies at 36 after accidentally overdosing on influenza medication