1961 in television

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The year 1961 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1961.

For the American TV schedule, see: 1961-62 American network television schedule.

Events[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Television shows[edit]

1940s[edit]

1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Debut
May 23 The Americans 1961
September Five Star Jubilee
Peter Gunn 1958
General Motors Presents (Can)
The Army Game (UK) 1957
The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford 1956
This Is Your Life (US) 1952

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

Show Moved from Moved to
Walt Disney Presents ABC NBC

Births[edit]

Date Name Notability
January 3 Judy Flynn actress.
January 13 Julia Louis-Dreyfus actress
January 19 Paul McCrane actor.
February 2 Lauren Lane actress
Trent Lehman actor (died 1982)
February 5 Tim Meadows actor.
February 21 Christopher Atkins actor.
March 3 Mary Page Keller actress.
March 4 Steven Weber actor.
March 8 Camryn Manheim actress.
March 17 Casey Siemaszko actor.
March 18 Geoffrey Owens actor.
April 3 Eddie Murphy actor, comedian.
April 6 Gene Eugene Andrusco actor, lead singer of Adam Again (died 2000)
April 18 Jane Leeves actress.
April 21 Nicholas Lyndhurst actor
April 23 George Lopez comedian.
April 30 Isiah Thomas former basketball player and coach.
May 6 George Clooney actor.
May 12 Lar Park Lincoln actress
May 29 Melissa Etheridge singer
May 30 Ralph Carter actor.
May 31 Lea Thompson actress.
June 9 Michael J. Fox actor
June 25 Ricky Gervais actor, comedian.
June 29 Sharon Lawrence actress.
July 23 Woody Harrelson actor.
July 27 Gabrielle Glaister actress
August 4 Lauren Tom actress.
August 13 Dawnn Lewis actress.
August 14 Susan Olsen actress.
September 15 Dan Marino football player.
September 22 Scott Baio actor.
September 23 Chi McBride actor.
September 25 Heather Locklear actor.
September 30 Crystal Bernard actress.
October 4 David W. Harper actor.
November 3 Kari Michaelsen actress
November 4 Jeff Probst emcee.
December 30 Sean Hannity talk show host.

Deaths[edit]

Date Name Age Notability
February 2 Anna May Wong 56 American actress
February 17 Nita Naldi 63 American actress
March 6 George Formby 56 British actor, entertainer
March 12 Belinda Lee 25 British actress
May 4 Anita Stewart 66 American actress
May 13 Gary Cooper 60 American actor
May 22 Joan Davis 53 American actress
June 17 Jeff Chandler 42 American actor
August 4 Maurice Tourneur 88 French film director
August 27 Gail Russell 36 American actress
August 30 Charles Coburn 84 American actor
September 10 Leo Carrillo 81 American actor
September 22 Marion Davies 64 American actress
October 11 Chico Marx 74 American actor, member of the Marx Brothers
October 18 Tsuru Aoki 69 Japanese-born American actress
October 22 Joseph Schenck 82 Russian-born American pioneer motion picture executive
November 15 Elsie Ferguson 78 American stage and film actress
November 24 Ruth Chatterton 67 American actress