1961 in television

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The following television-related events took place during 1961.

Contents

Events

Debuts

Programs/programmes

Ending this year

DateShowDebut
January 1 General Motors Presents (Can)1958
January 6 Dan Raven 1960
February 13 Klondike
April 7 Happy
April 24 Acapulco 1961
April 30 The Tab Hunter Show 1960
May 15 The Americans 1961
May 31 Peter Loves Mary 1960
June 20 The Army Game (UK)1957
June 27 Stagecoach West 1960
June 29 The Ford Show 1956
June 30 Hancock's Half Hour
September 18 Peter Gunn 1958
September 22 Five Star Jubilee 1961
December 1 The Huckleberry Hound Show 1958
December 2 Deadline Midnight 1960
December 15 Sam and Friends 1955
December 28 The Investigators 1961
Unknown This Is Your Life (US)1952

Changes of network affiliation

ShowMoved fromMoved to
Walt Disney Presents ABC NBC
The Detectives
Rocky and His Friends
The Wonderful World of Disney
Bachelor Father NBC ABC
Mister Ed Syndication CBS

Births

DateNameNotability
January 2 Gabrielle Carteris Actress ( Beverly Hills, 90210 )
January 9 Candi Milo Actress ( Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron , The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius , My Life as a Teenage Robot , Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends , Maya & Miguel , The Life and Times of Juniper Lee )
January 10 Evan Handler Actor
January 13 Julia Louis-Dreyfus Actress ( Seinfeld , Veep )
January 19 Paul McCrane Actor ( ER )
January 26 Craig Anton Actor, comedian ( Mad TV , Phil of the Future )
February 2 Lauren Lane Actress ( The Nanny )
February 5 Tim Meadows Actor ( Saturday Night Live )
February 21 Christopher Atkins Actor ( Dallas )
February 23 Trent Lehman Actor ( Nanny and the Professor ) (died 1982)
February 27 Grant Shaud Actor ( Murphy Brown )
March 3 Mary Page Keller Actress ( Duet )
March 4 Steven Weber Actor ( Wings , Once and Again )
March 8 Camryn Manheim Actress ( The Practice , Ghost Whisperer , Person of Interest )
March 14 Penny Johnson Jerald Actress
March 17 Casey Siemaszko Actor ( NYPD Blue )
March 18 Geoffrey Owens Actor ( The Cosby Show )
March 21 Kassie DePaiva Actress ( One Life to Live )
March 26 Billy Warlock Actor ( Baywatch )
April 2 Christopher Meloni Actor ( NYPD Blue , Oz , Law & Order: Special Victims Unit )
April 3 Eddie Murphy Comedian, actor ( Saturday Night Live )
April 6 Gene Eugene Singer (Adam Again), actor ( The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan ) (died 2000)
April 7 Teri Ann Linn Actress, singer ( The Bold and the Beautiful )
April 10 Nicky Campbell Scottish television presenter
April 14 Robert Carlyle Scottish actor ( Stargate Universe , Once Upon a Time )
April 17 Carlo Rota Canadian actor ( 24 )
April 18 Jane Leeves Actress (Daphne Moon on Frasier )
April 19 Alan Kirschenbaum Writer
April 21 Cathy Cavadini Voice actress (Blossom on The Powerpuff Girls )
April 23 Dirk Bach Comedian, actor and TV host (died 2012)
George Lopez Comedian, actor ( George Lopez )
April 30 Isiah Thomas Basketball player and TV commentator
May 4 Mary Elizabeth McDonough Actress ( The Waltons )
May 6 George Clooney Actor ( ER )
Wally Wingert Actor
Gina Riley Actress, comedian ( Fast Forward )
May 9 John Corbett Actor ( Northern Exposure , Sex and the City )
May 12 Lar Park Lincoln Actress ( Knots Landing )
May 14 Tim Roth Actor
May 16 Kevin McDonald Actor ( The Kids in the Hall , Lilo and Stitch: The Series , Catscratch )
May 22 Jeremy Gelbwaks Actor ( The Partridge Family )
May 27 Peri Gilpin Actress ( Frasier , Make It or Break It )
Cathy Silvers Actress ( Happy Days )
May 29 Melissa Etheridge Singer, voice actress
Linda Wallem Actress ( Rocko's Modern Life , Nurse Jackie )
May 30 Ralph Carter Actor (Michael Evans on Good Times )
May 31 Lea Thompson Actress ( Caroline in the City )
June 1 Mark Curry Actor ( Hangin' with Mr. Cooper )
Aaron Sorkin Screenwriter
June 5 Mary Kay Bergman Voice actress (Every female character on South Park seasons 1–3) d.1999
June 6 Wes Johnson Actor
June 7 Kym Whitley Actress ( Married... with Children )
June 9 Michael J. Fox Actor (Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties )
June 25 Ricky Gervais Actor
June 29 Kimberlin Brown Actress ( The Young and the Restless , The Bold and the Beautiful )
Sharon Lawrence Actress ( NYPD Blue )
July 23 Woody Harrelson Actor (Woody Boyd on Cheers )
David Kaufman Voice actor (voice of Dexter Douglas on Freakazoid! and Danny Fenton on Danny Phantom )
July 25 Bobbie Eakes Actress and singer ( The Bold and the Beautiful , One Life to Live )
Katherine Kelly Lang Actress ( The Bold and the Beautiful )
July 30 Laurence Fishburne Actor ( CSI: Crime Scene Investigation , Black-ish )
August 4 Lauren Tom Actress ( Pepper Ann , Futurama , Rocket Power , Kim Possible , Fillmore! , Codename: Kids Next Door , Teen Titans , American Dragon: Jake Long )
August 7 Maggie Wheeler Actress
Brian Conley Actor
August 13 Dawnn Lewis Actress ( A Different World , Hangin' with Mr. Cooper )
August 14 Susan Olsen Actress (Cindy on The Brady Bunch )
August 21 Stephen Hillenburg Creator of SpongeBob SquarePants (died 2018)
August 24 Jared Harris English actor ( Mad Men , Fringe , The Expanse )
August 25 Ally Walker Actress ( Santa Barbara , Profiler )
August 26 Kari Lizer Actress
August 27 Mark Curry Presenter
August 28 Jennifer Coolidge Actress
September 11 Elizabeth Daily Voice actress ( Rugrats , The Powerpuff Girls , ChalkZone )
September 15 Dan Marino Football player, analyst ( The NFL Today )
Colin McFarlane Actor, voice actor and narrator ( Outlander , Doctor Who )
September 16Jen TolleyActress
September 21 Nancy Travis Actress ( Last Man Standing )
September 22 Bonnie Hunt Actress, comedian ( The Bonnie Hunt Show )
September 23 Chi McBride Actor ( The John Larroquette Show , Boston Public )
September 25 Heather Locklear Actress ( Melrose Place )
September 28 Gregory Jbara Actor
September 30 Crystal Bernard Actress ( Wings )
Erica Ehm TV host and VJ (MuchMusic)
October 3 Marcus Giamatti Actor ( Judging Amy )
October 4 David W. Harper Actor ( The Waltons )
October 8 Simon Burke Actor ( Devil's Playground )
October 9 Ellen Wheeler Actress ( Another World , All My Children )
October 16 Kim Wayans Actress, comedian ( In Living Color )
October 26 Dylan McDermott Actor ( The Practice )
October 30 Larry Wilmore Actor
November 3 Kari Michaelsen Actress ( Gimme a Break! )
November 4 Jeff Probst Emcee ( Survivor )
November 11 Luca Zingaretti Italian actor ( Inspector Montalbano )
November 14 Elizabeth Keifer US actress ( Guiding Light )
November 19 Meg Ryan Actress ( As the World Turns )
November 22 Gary Valentine Actor, comedian ( The King of Queens )
November 26 Marcy Walker Soap opera actress
November 29 Kim Delaney Actress ( NYPD Blue )
December 2 Gaby Köster Actress, comedian
December 9 Joe Lando Actor ( Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman )
David Anthony Higgins Actor ( Malcolm in the Middle )
December 13 Karen Witter Actress
December 23 Carol Smillie Scottish television presenter
December 24 Eriko Kitagawa Screenwriter ( Aishiteiru to Itte Kure )
Wade Williams Actor ( Prison Break )
December 30 Sean Hannity Talk show host ( Hannity )
December 31 Joanna Johnson Actress ( The Bold and the Beautiful )

Deaths

DateNameAgeNotability
February 3 Anna May Wong 56American actress
May 22 Joan Davis 53Actress ( I Married Joan )
August 26 Gail Russell 36American actress
August 30 Charles Coburn 84Actor
September 10 Leo Carrillo 80Actor ( The Cisco Kid )
October 11 Chico Marx 74Actor (member of the Marx Brothers)
November 24 Ruth Chatterton 68Actress

See also

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