1956 in television

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)
In radio




Ending this year

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, 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, talk-show host (The Arsenio Hall Show)
February 17 Richard Karn Actor (Home Improvement), game show host
February 19 Kathleen Beller Actress (Dynasty)
February 25 Jean Bruce Scott Actress (Airwolf)
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)
John James Actor (The Colbys)
April 29 Susan Pratt Actress (General Hospital, Guiding Light, All My Children)
May 1 Byron Stewart Actor (The White Shadow, St. Elsewhere)
May 17 Bob Saget Actor, host (Full House, America's Funniest Home Videos)
May 20 Dean Butler Actor (Little House on the Prairie)
May 23 Ken Michelman Actor (The White Shadow)
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 30 David Alan Grier Actor, 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 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 10 Peter Robbins Voice actor (original voice of Charlie Brown in the Peanuts specials)
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 20 Gary Cole Actor (Midnight Caller, 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, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Cow and Chicken)
October 8 Stephanie Zimbalist Actress (Remington Steele)
October 28 Lauren Holly Actress (Picket Fences, NCIS)
November 10 Sinbad Comedian, actor (A Different World)
November 13 Rex Linn Actor (CSI: Miami)
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 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)


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1946 in film

The year 1946 in film involved some significant events.

1946 in radio

The year 1946 saw a number of significant events in radio broadcasting history.

1956 in Canadian television

This is a list of Canadian television-related events in 1956.

1956 in Scottish television

This is a list of events in Scottish television from 1956.

List of Golden Globe Awards ceremonies

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