1962 in television

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)
In radio


  • 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.
  • Zenith markets its first color TV, a 21" round screen set.



Ending this year

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


January 5 Suzy Amis Actress
January 11 Kim Coles Actress (In Living Color, Living Single)
January 17 Jim Carrey Actor and comedian (In Living Color)
Joseph C. Phillips Actor (The Cosby Show, General Hospital)
January 19 Kelly Coffield Park Actress and comedian (In Living Color)
January 28 Creflo Dollar American televangelist
January 29 Nicholas Turturro Actor (NYPD Blue)
February 4 Jim O'Heir Actor (Parks and Recreation)
February 13 Michele Greene Actress (L.A. Law)
February 15 Kurt McKinney Actor (Guiding Light)
February 17 Lou Diamond Phillips Actor (Longmire)
February 27 Adam Baldwin Actor (Chuck)
March 10 Jasmine Guy Actress, singer and dancer (A Different World)
March 11 Jeffrey Nordling Actor (Once and Again, 24, Desperate Housewives)
Barbara Alyn Woods Actress (One Tree Hill)
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)
March 25 Marcia Cross Actress (Bree Van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives)
April 2 Clark Gregg Actor (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
April 15 Tom Kane Voice Actor (The Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends)
April 26 Debra Wilson Actress and comedian (Mad TV)
May 2 Elizabeth Berridge Actress (The John Larroquette Show)
Mitzi Kapture Actress (Silk Stalkings)
May 4 Clare Wren Actress (The Young Riders)
May 24 Gene Anthony Ray Actor, dancer, choreographer (Fame) (died 2003)
May 26 Genie Francis Actress (General Hospital)
May 28 Michelle Collins Actress (EastEnders, Coronation Street)
Brandon Cruz Actor (The Courtship of Eddie's Father)
June 5 Jeff Garlin Actor and comedian (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Goldbergs)
June 7 Simon Day English comedian, actor, and screenwriter
June 10 Carolyn Hennesy Soap opera actress (General Hospital)
June 12 Eamonn Walker British actor (Oz, Chicago Fire)
June 19 Paula Abdul Singer, choreographer (American Idol judge)
June 29 Amanda Donohoe Actress (L.A. Law)
July 1 Andre Braugher Actor (Homicide: Life on the Street, Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Dominic Keating English actor (Star Trek: Enterprise)
July 3 Thomas Gibson Actor (Chicago Hope, Dharma & Greg, Criminal Minds)
July 8 Rob Burnett Executive producer of (Late Show with David Letterman)
July 13 Tom Kenny Actor and comedian (voice of SpongeBob on SpongeBob SquarePants)
July 18 Jensen Buchanan Actress (One Life to Live, Another World)
July 19 Anthony Edwards Actor (Dr. Mark Greene on ER)
July 20 Carlos Alazraqui Actor and comedian (Rocko's Modern Life, Camp Lazlo, Reno 911!)
July 23 Eriq La Salle Actor (ER)
July 25 Anthony Tyler Quinn Actor (Boy Meets World)
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 19 Eric Lutes Actor (Caroline in the City)
August 20 James Marsters Actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel)
August 24 Craig Kilborn Comedian and host (The Daily Show)
David Koechner Actor and comedian (Todd Packer on The Office)
August 29 Ian James Corlett Voice Actor
August 31 Dee Bradley Baker
September 6 Elizabeth Vargas Journalist (20/20)
September 11 Kristy McNichol Actress (Family, Empty Nest)
September 12 Mary Kay Adams Actress (Guiding Light, Babylon 5)
Amy Yasbeck Actress (Wings)
September 15 Scott McNeil Voice Actor
September 17 Paul Feig Actor (Sabrina the Teenage Witch)
Dustin Nguyen Vietnamese-American actor (21 Jump Street, V.I.P.)
September 19 Cheri Oteri Comic actress (Saturday Night Live)
September 21 Rob Morrow Actor (Northern Exposure, Numb3rs)
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 Voice Actor (Johnny Bravo, Dexter's Laboratory, Camp Lazlo)
October 12 Carlos Bernard Actor (24)
October 13 Kelly Preston Actress
T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh Actress (In Living Color, That's So Raven)
October 17 Mike Judge Actor and director (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 and model (General Hospital)
November 14 Laura San Giacomo Actress (Just Shoot Me!)
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, The Loud House)
December 31 Don Diamont Actor (The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Lance Reddick Actor (The Wire, Fringe)


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

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