1956 in television

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

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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 6 Holly Fulger Actress (Anything but Love, Ellen)
January 7 David Caruso Actor (NYPD Blue, CSI: Miami)
January 9 Imelda Staunton English actress
Kimberly Beck Actress (Peyton Place)
January 13 Janet Hubert Actress (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
January 20 Bill Maher Comedian and talk-show host (Real Time with Bill Maher)
January 21 Geena Davis Actress (Buffalo Bill, The Geena Davis Show, Commander in Chief)
January 23 Natalie West Actress (Roseanne)
January 27 Susanne Blakeslee Actress (Wanda on The Fairly OddParents)
February 6 Jon Walmsley British-American actor (The Waltons)
February 11 Catherine Hickland Actress (One Life to Live)
Deena Freeman Actress (Too Close for Comfort)
February 12 Arsenio Hall Actor, comedian and talk-show host (The Arsenio Hall Show)
February 13 Paul Stojanovich Producer (died 2003)
February 17 Richard Karn Actor (Home Improvement), game show host
February 19 Kathleen Beller Actress (Dynasty)
February 25 Jean Bruce Scott Actress (Airwolf)
February 27 Tim Brando Sportscaster
March 1 Tim Daly Actor (Wings, Superman: The Animated Series, Private Practice, Madam Secretary)
March 7 Bryan Cranston Actor (Malcolm in the Middle, Breaking Bad)
March 11 Rob Paulsen Voice actor (Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, The Fairly OddParents, Time Squad, Kim Possible, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Danny Phantom, Catscratch, Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island, T.U.F.F. Puppy)
March 13 Dana Delany Actress (China Beach, Body of Proof)
March 30 Paul Reiser Actor and comedian (Mad About You)
April 3 Ray Combs Game show host (Family Feud) (died 1996)
April 12 Andy García Actor
April 18 Melody Thomas Scott Actress (The Young and the Restless)
John James Actor (The Colbys)
April 28 Nancy Lee Grahn Actress (Santa Barbara, General Hospital)
April 29 Susan Pratt Actress (General Hospital, Guiding Light, All My Children)
May 1 Byron Stewart Actor (The White Shadow, St. Elsewhere)
May 9 Mary Mapes Producer
May 17 Bob Saget Actor and host (Full House, America's Funniest Home Videos) (died 2022)
May 20 Dean Butler Actor (Little House on the Prairie)
June 1 Tom Irwin Actor (My So-Called Life, Devious Maids)
June 4 Keith David Actor (Gargoyles, Greenleaf)
June 18 Brian Benben Actor (Dream On, Private Practice)
June 22 Tim Russ Actor (Star Trek: Voyager)
June 24 Joe Penny English-born actor (Riptide, Jake and the Fatman)
June 25 Anthony Bourdain Chef (died 2018)
June 30 David Alan Grier Actor and comedian (In Living Color)
July 1 Alan Ruck Actor (Spin City, The Exorcist)
July 6 Casey Sander Actor (Grace Under Fire)
July 9 Tom Hanks Actor (Bosom Buddies)
July 11 Sela Ward Actress (Sisters, Once and Again, CSI: NY)
July 12 Mel Harris Actress (thirtysomething)
July 20 Dwayne Wayans Composer
July 30 Delta Burke Actress (Designing Women)
July 31 Michael Biehn Actor
August 5 Maureen McCormick Actress (Marcia on The Brady Bunch)
August 6 Stepfanie Kramer Actress (Hunter)
August 7 Bill Griffeth Host
August 10 Peter Robbins Voice actor (original voice of Charlie Brown in the Peanuts specials)
August 14 Jackée Harry Actress and comedian (Sister, Sister, Everybody Hates Chris)
August 19 Adam Arkin Actor (Chicago Hope)
August 21 Kim Cattrall Actress (Sex and the City)
August 23 Skipp Sudduth Actor (Third Watch)
August 26 Brett Cullen Actor (The Chisholms, The Simple Life, Legacy)
August 28 Russell Curry Soap opera actor
September 8 Maurice Cheeks NBA basketball player
September 20 Gary Cole Actor (Midnight Caller, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Kim Possible, Veep)
Debbi Morgan Actress (All My Children, The Young and the Restless)
September 26 Linda Hamilton Actress (Beauty and the Beast)
October 2 Charlie Adler Voice actor (Tiny Toon Adventures, Rocko's Modern Life, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Cow and Chicken, Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, Pet Alien)
October 8 Stephanie Zimbalist Actress (Remington Steele)
October 18 Craig Bartlett Animator and voice actor (Hey Arnold!)
November 10 Sinbad Comedian and actor (A Different World, Houseguest)
November 13 Rex Linn Actor (CSI: Miami)
November 19 Ann Curry Journalist
November 22 Richard Kind Actor (Mad About You, Spin City)
November 24 Ruben Santiago-Hudson Actor (Castle)
November 27 William Fichtner Actor (Prison Break)
December 2 Steven Bauer Actor (Breaking Bad, Ray Donovan)
December 4 Bernard King NBA basketball player
December 7 Larry Bird NBA basketball player
December 17 Michael J. Weithorn Writer
December 18 Ron White Actor
December 24 Stephanie Hodge Actress (Unhappily Ever After)
December 30 Patricia Kalember Actress (Sisters)
Sheryl Lee Ralph Actress (Moesha, Instant Mom)


Date Name Age Notability
March 17 Fred Allen 61 Comedian (hosted Judge for Yourself, 1953–1954)
April 26 Edward Arnold 66 Actor (hosted Strange Stories, 1956)
August 16 Bela Lugosi 73 Actor (Suspense, episode of October 11, 1949)


  1. ^ "NBC, Westinghouse complete exchange." Archived August 24, 2015, at WebCite Broadcasting, January 30, 1956, pg. 59.
  2. ^ "The great swap takes place June 19; Westinghouse, NBC return to original properties." Broadcasting, June 14, 1965, pg. 83.
  3. ^ es:La 1#Inauguración de Televisión Española (Spanish language) Retrieved January 13, 2017.