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The year 1956 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1956.

List of years in television (table)





Ending this yearEdit

Date Show Debut
January 12 Wanted 1955
February 27 The Tony Martin Show 1954
March 5 Medical Horizons 1955
March 19 Jungle Jim
March 25 Justice 1954
April 28 It's Always Jan 1955
June 3 It's a Great Life 1954
June 14 Stop the Music
June 23 The Jimmy Durante Show
September 11 This Is Show Business 1956
September 22 The Honeymooners 1955
Unknown Cisco Kid 1950
Super Circus 1949


Date Name Notability
January 3 Mel Gibson Actor
January 7 David Caruso Actor (CSI: Miami)
January 9 Imelda Staunton English actress
Kimberly Beck Actress (Peyton Place)
January 20 Bill Maher Comedian, talk-show host (Real Time with Bill Maher)
January 21 Geena Davis Actress (Buffalo Bill, The Geena Davis Show, Commander in Chief)
January 27 Susanne Blakeslee Actress (Wanda on The Fairly OddParents)
February 11 Catherine Hickland Actress (One Life to Live)
February 12 Arsenio Hall Actor, comedian, talk-show host (The Arsenio Hall Show)
February 17 Richard Karn Actor (Home Improvement), game show host
February 19 Kathleen Beller Actress (Dynasty)
March 1 Tim Daly Actor (Wings, Private Practice, Madam Secretary)
March 7 Bryan Cranston Actor (Malcolm in the Middle, Breaking Bad)
March 11 Rob Paulsen Voice actor (Yakko Warner and Pinky on Animaniacs)
March 13 Dana Delany Actress (China Beach, Body of Proof)
April 3 Ray Combs Game show host (Family Feud) (d. 1996)
April 12 Andy García Actor
April 18 Melody Thomas Scott Actress (The Young and the Restless)
May 17 Bob Saget Actor, host (Full House, America's Funniest Home Videos)
June 30 David Alan Grier Actor and comedian (In Living Color)
July 1 Alan Ruck Actor (Spin City, The Exorcist)
July 9 Tom Hanks Actor (Bosom Buddies)
July 11 Sela Ward Actress (Sisters, Once and Again)
July 31 Michael Biehn Actor
August 5 Maureen McCormick Actress (Marcia on The Brady Bunch)
August 6 Stepfanie Kramer Actress (Hunter)
August 10 Peter Robbins Voice actor (original voice of Charlie Brown in the Peanuts specials)
August 21 Kim Cattrall Actress (Sex and the City)
September 20 Gary Cole Actor (Midnight Caller, Veep)
September 26 Linda Hamilton Actress (Beauty and the Beast)
October 2 Charlie Adler Voice actor (Tiny Toon Adventures, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Cow and Chicken)
December 2 Steven Bauer Actor (Breaking Bad, Ray Donovan)


Date Name Age Notability
April 26 Edward Arnold 66 Actor (hosted Strange Stories, 1956)
August 16 Bela Lugosi 73 Actor (Suspense, episode of October 11, 1949)


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