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For the American TV schedule, see: 1962–63 United States network television schedule.

The year 1962 involved some significant events in television. Below is a list of notable events of that year.

List of years in television (table)



  • January 1
  • March 24 – Boxer Benny Kid Paret falls unconscious at the hands of fellow boxer Emile Griffith during a boxing match telecast by ABC from Madison Square Garden, and officiated by Ruby Goldstein. Paret dies ten days later.
  • April 16 – Walter Cronkite succeeds Douglas Edwards as anchorman of the CBS Evening News; he will remain so for the next 19 years.
  • May 27 - General Electric Theater airs its last episode on CBS.
  • July 6 - Gay Byrne presents the first edition of The Late Late Show on RTÉ in the Republic of Ireland. Byrne goes on to present the show for 37 years, the longest period through which any individual hosts a televised talk show anywhere in the world, and the show itself becomes the world's second longest-running talk show.
  • July 23 – First publicly available live transatlantic television broadcast via Telstar 1.
  • August 24 - Indonesia begins the first television broadcast with the newly inaugurated TVRI (Televisi Republik Indonesia, the Television Channel of Indonesia). TVRI is the first national television network in Indonesia before 1989. The establishment of TVRI marked the Day of Indonesian National Television.
  • September 1 – Channel Television, the ITV franchise for the Channel Islands, goes on air.
  • September 9 - WNYS-TV (now WSYR-TV) signs-on the air, giving Syracuse, New York its first full-time ABC affiliate.
  • September 14 – Wales West and North Television (Teledu Cymru) goes on air to the North and West Wales region, extending ITV to the whole of the UK.
  • Broadcast of Sábados Alegres begins, program later becomes Sábados Gigantes
  • Cigarette adverts are banned from children's programmes in the UK. Actors in these adverts now have to be over 21, and connection to social success is no longer allowed. The tobacco companies also start a policy of not advertising before 9pm.
  • The U.S. All-Channel Receiver Act requires UHF tuners to be on all consumer sets (channels 14 through 83), as well as VHF.[1][2]
  • Zenith markets its first color TV, a 21" round screen set.



Ending this yearEdit

Date Show Debut
January 6 The Yogi Bear Show 1961
March 25 Bus Stop
September 12 The Alvin Show
September 28 The Brighter Day 1954
Unknown Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955
The Quick Draw McGraw Show 1959


Date Name Notability
January 5 Suzy Amis Actress
January 17 Jim Carrey Actor and comedian (In Living Color)
January 28 Creflo Dollar American televangelist
February 17 Lou Diamond Phillips Actor (Longmire)
February 27 Adam Baldwin Actor (Chuck)
March 15 Jimmy Baio Actor (Soap)
March 18 Thomas Ian Griffith Actor (Another World)
March 21 Matthew Broderick Actor (2-time host of Saturday Night Live)
Rosie O'Donnell Actress, comedian, talk show host (The Rosie O'Donnell Show)
April 2 Clark Gregg Actor (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
April 15 Tom Kane Voice actor
May 24 Gene Anthony Ray Actor, dancer, choreographer (Fame) (died 2003)
May 28 Michelle Collins Actress (EastEnders, Coronation Street)
Brandon Cruz Actor (The Courtship of Eddie's Father)
June 7 Simon Day English comedian, actor, and screenwriter
June 19 Paula Abdul Singer, choreographer, (American Idol judge)
July 8 Rob Burnett Executive producer of (Late Show with David Letterman)
July 13 Tom Kenny Actor (voice of SpongeBob on SpongeBob SquarePants)
July 19 Anthony Edwards Actor (Dr. Mark Greene on ER)
July 20 Carlos Alazraqui Stand-up comedian, actor (Rocko's Modern Life, Camp Lazlo, Reno 911!)
July 29 Kevin Chapman Actor (Rescue Me, Person of Interest)
July 31 Wesley Snipes Actor
August 16 Steve Carell Actor and comedian (Michael Scott on The Office)
August 24 David Koechner Actor and comedian (The Office)
August 29 Ian James Corlett Actor
August 31 Dee Bradley Baker
September 6 Elizabeth Vargas Journalist (20/20)
September 11 Kristy McNichol Actress (Empty Nest)
September 15 Scott McNeil Actor
September 19 Cheri Oteri Comic actress (Saturday Night Live)
September 26 Melissa Sue Anderson Actress (Mary Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie)
October 1 Esai Morales Actor (NYPD Blue)
October 2 Jeff Bennett Actor (Johnny Bravo)
October 13 Kelly Preston Actress
October 17 Mike Judge Actor (Beavis and Butt-Head, King of the Hill)
October 22 Bob Odenkirk Actor and comedian (Mr. Show with Bob and David, Breaking Bad)
November 11 Demi Moore Actress (General Hospital)
November 19 Jodie Foster Actress and director
November 28 Jon Stewart Comedian and host (The Daily Show)
December 6 Janine Turner Actress (Northern Exposure)
December 9 Felicity Huffman Actress (Desperate Housewives)
December 19 Jill Talley Actress (SpongeBob SquarePants, The Boondocks, Camp Lazlo)
December 31 Lance Reddick Actor (The Wire, Fringe)


Date Name Age Notability
January 13 Ernie Kovacs 42 Comic actor, director, writer, composer
February 8 Myron McCormick 54 Stage actor, radio actor and film actor
February 27 Willie Best 45 Actor
March 1 Roscoe Ates 67
June 19 Will Wright 68
August 5 Marilyn Monroe 36 Iconic sex symbol, actress
October 2 Frank Lovejoy 50 Actor
October 26 Louise Beavers 60 Actress
December 16 Lew Landers 61 Director
December 17 Thomas Mitchell 70 Actor