Television

Browse the history of Television through vintage photographs.

Dawn Wells with co-stars, Tiny Louise and Natalie Schaffer from the hit T.V series, "Gilligan's Island".
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Oct 18, 1938 - Dec 30, 2020
Fraggle Rock was described by https://www.ancientfaces.com/person/jim-henson-birth-1936-death-1990/192791146 as "a high-energy, raucous musical romp. It's a lot of silliness. It's wonderful." This 1980s television staple was introduced to many 80s children on HBO. In fact, I bet a few of us still have our VHS tapes!
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Sep 24, 1936 - May 16, 1990
This is a photo of Harold Gould added by Amanda S. Stevenson on November 29, 2020.
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Dec 10, 1923 - Sep 11, 2010
Added Nov 29, 2020 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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The 1969 Grover Cleveland High School yearbook photo of the 1960s - 1990s television and movie actress Patricia Mattick.
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Jul 31, 1951 - Dec 6, 2003
Jean Trebek shared this photo of her and Alex on their wedding day via her instagram. She said: "My family and I sincerely thank you all for your compassionate messages and generosity. Your expressions have truly touched our hearts. Thank you so very, very much. Many Blessings to all, Jean Trebek."
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Jul 22, 1940 - Nov 8, 2020
Alex dedicated his life to his passion of entertaining others.
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Jul 22, 1940 - Nov 8, 2020
In the mid-1960s, Alex Trebek was the host of CBC-TV's Music Hop, a CBC-TV teen dance show that aired for several years and featured various musical guests. (Barry Wilson/CBC Still Photo Collection)
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Jul 22, 1940 - Nov 8, 2020
Jack Chaplain being interviewed in 1964.
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Jul 28, 1942 - Apr 25, 2008
Added Oct 27, 2020 by: Daniel Pinna
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Naheeti played by Mokihana Kiaaina aka Merllyn Mokihana Kiaaina on The Castaways On Gilligan's Island.
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Sep 25, 1931 - Sep 15, 1994
Photo of all the Warner Brothers Studio television western stars who had programs on ABC. From left: Will Hutchins ("Sugarfoot" Brewster-Sugarfoot), Peter Brown (Johnny McKay-Lawman), Jack Kelly (Bart Maverick-Maverick), Ty Hardin (Bronco Laine-Bronco), James Garner (Bret Maverick-Maverick), Wayde Preston (Christopher Colt-Colt .45), John Russell (Dan Troop-Lawman).
Star Trek creator, producer and writer Gene Roddenberry interacting with fans after his lecture at the Student Union of the University of Texas in Austin Texas 1976.
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Aug 19, 1921 - Oct 24, 1991
Commander Spock and Captain James T. Kirk, played by Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner, pictured here in the original series.
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Mar 22, 1931 - Unknown
Hour long TV special "Meanwhile Back At the Ranch" shot on location in Central City, Colorado and telecast, Friday, August 16th 1974.
A wonderful portrait by Arthur K. Miller. I have met Dick Clark in person many times and he was always cheerful and did a lot for clean-cut teenagers.
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Nov 30, 1929 - Apr 18, 2012
Added Aug 5, 2020 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Michael A. Zabonik added by Kathy Pinna on August 5, 2020.
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Jul 14, 1961 - Unknown
Added Aug 5, 2020 by: Kathy Pinna
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Before he became a tv meteorologist, Dick Goddard wanted to be a cartoonist for Disney. In this photo, he shows his playful side.
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Feb 24, 1931 - Aug 4, 2020
Added Aug 4, 2020 by: Kathy Pinna
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Wilford Brimley with Barret Oliver taken during the filming of the 1985 movie Cocoon.
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Sep 27, 1934 - Aug 1, 2020
Added Aug 3, 2020 by: Daniel Pinna
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A photo of (l to r), Regis Philbin, Joey Bishop, and Jack Benny.
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Feb 14, 1894 - December 1974
Added Jul 27, 2020 by: Kathy Pinna
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A formal photo of Regis Philbin taken in the 1950s.
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Aug 25, 1931 - Jul 24, 2020
Added Jul 27, 2020 by: Kathy Pinna
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This is a photo of John Gulbis added by Karen Frazier on February 27, 2020.
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Jan 28, 1944 - February 1969
Added Feb 27, 2020 by: Karen Frazier
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A photo of Alston Decost
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Sep 15, 1902 - November 1968
Added Dec 20, 2019 by: Hellen Ball
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This is Walter Ransom Gail Baker, Watching television in 1938, as vice-president of General Electric. He is watching one of the first televisions. The cathode ray tube was so long that it was mounted vertically, and the image was viewed in a mirror reflection.
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Jan 28, 2019 by: Gaye Thomas
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A photo of Fred McFeely Rogers in one of his trademark sweaters. (One of his sweaters is in the Smithsonian Museum.) Fred was an American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister (he made sure until his death that his ordination was up to date). Rogers was famous for creating, hosting and composing the theme music for the educational preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001), which featured his kind-hearted grandfatherly personality, and for his direct connection to his audience. 33 years on the same television show! How many children learned kindness from him?
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Mar 20, 1928 - Feb 27, 2003
Added Mar 26, 2018 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of reatives of Carl S Barbettini
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Jul 12, 1912 - May 14, 1992
Added Feb 19, 2018 by: Joey Machado
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A photo of some of the cast of the Rowan and Martin Show during their first season in 1968: Alan Sues, Jo Anne Worley, Lily Tomlin, Ruth Buzzi, and Gary Owens.
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1939 - Unknown
Added Jan 17, 2018 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of the first season of "60 minutes".
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Columbia serial shorts
Added Sep 26, 2017 by: Alyssa McIntosh
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A photo of Herbert Akerberg
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Jun 25, 1897 - Nov 6, 1964
Added Feb 28, 2016 by: William Neill
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A photo of Norma C Dodd, "Hog Buyer" on 4/24/1955 episode of What's My Line? (With host John Daly)
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Oct 19, 1902 - Nov 21, 1997
Added Jan 24, 2016 by: George Paul
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My uncle Don (Donald Mecray Williams. born 1924) worked for RCA for a while.
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Joan Rivers (Joan Alexandra (Molinsky) Rosenberg) was born June 8, 1933 In Brooklyn New York, the daughter or immigrant Russian Jews. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College and after trying a few other jobs began a career as a stand up comedian at a time when women weren't accepted as stand up comedians. She was always one gutsy lady - breaking into a career that wasn't easy for a woman, recovering and thriving after the suicide of her husband (which left her bankrupt), changing her image and material to reflect current standards, and working until she died. (Not to much all of the plastic surgery!) Joan died on September 4 2014 in Manhattan, New York - not far from where she was born. This is a picture of her with Johnny Carson on the tonight show, early in her career.
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Oct 23, 1925 - Jan 23, 2005
A photo of James Scott Bumgarner (James Garner) born April 7, 1928, taken in the 1950's. He was born in Norman, Oklahoma, the youngest of 3 boys. His mother died when he was 5 and he and his brothers went to live with relatives until his father remarried. His relationship with his step-mother was rocky at best, and her actions led to a divorce by his father. He joined the Army during the Korean War and won a Purple Heart during that conflict. After the war, he turned to acting, legally changing his name to "Garner". He is probably best known to Baby Boomers as Bret Maverick on "Maverick" and Jim Rockford in "The Rockford Files". My favorite movie role of his was in "Support Your Local Gunfighter" - he was good looking and funny! James Garner died on July 19, 2014 in Brentwood Hollywood of natural causes. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
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Apr 7, 1928 - Jul 19, 2014
RIP Alice. A picture of Ann B Davis and Allan Melvin - Alice and Sam the butcher on "The Brady Bunch." Ann Bradford Davis was born Schenectady, New York on May 5, 1926. She first became well-known as the character "Schultzy" on the Bob Cummings show. Remember that? But her most well-known character was Alice the housekeeper on the Brady Bunch. . Ann died June 1, 2014 after complications from a fall at her home in San Antonio Texas. She never married and had no children.
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May 5, 1926 - Jun 1, 2014
Russell David Johnson (shown here in a promotional shot for the television show Black Saddle) is an American actor best known for his role as "The Professor" on the sitcom Gilligan's Island. Russell Johnson also had roles in the Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, The Invaders, Lassie and many other movies and television shows.
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Nov 10, 1924 - Jan 16, 2014
A photo of Earl E Hicks with wife Clara
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Nov 4, 1900 - Jan 15, 1996
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A yearbook photo of James Gandolfini. James is best remembered as playing Tony Soprano in the HBO series "The Sopranos". James was born in Westwood, New Jersey in 1961. Both of his parents were Italian. So perhaps playing a Mafia boss from New Jersey wasn't much of a stretch? He acted in many films, on television, and even on Broadway. He died of natural causes in Rome, Italy, on June 19, 2013. He leaves behind a wife and a son and a daughter.
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Sep 18, 1961 - Jun 19, 2013
Added Jun 19, 2013 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Peter Ellstrom Deuel
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Feb 24, 1940 - Dec 31, 1971
Added Apr 15, 2013 by: Bev LaRue
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Jonathan Winters as "Maude Frickert" one of his many hilarious characters. Jonathan Harshman Winters III was born November 11, 1925 in Dayton Ohio. While his grandfather had owned a bank and his father was an investment banker, like many families of the era the Great Depression of the 1930's decimated the family's fortunes. His parents separated and he and his mother moved to Springfield Ohio to live with his grandmother. After serving in the Marines in World War 2, he went on to study cartooning and met his wife (married until her death in 2009), Eileen Schauder. They had two children. After leaving the art career he was pursuing and entering radio, Jonathan broke into television and movies, becoming one of the most famous comedians of his day. His comedic characters ranged from Maude Frickert (shown) to impersonating the voice of President John Kennedy on the Jack Paar show. Another generation of television watchers knew him as "Mearth" the son of the title characters on "Mork and Mindy." He was a comedic hero of Robin Williams. Jonathan died on April 11, 2013 at the age of 87 in Montecito, California. He brought a lot of laughter and joy to generations of Americans and will be sorely missed.
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Nov 11, 1925 - Apr 11, 2013
Added Apr 12, 2013 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Brian Birge, 1924 - 1979.
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Jan 28, 1924 - November 1979
Annette Joanne Funicello, born October 22nd, 1942 in New York, made famous initially for her role in Disney's Mickey Mouse Club died today April 8th, 2013 in Bakersfield California after battling Multiple Sclerosis for 25 years. Annette Funicello was the last original Mouseketeer (selected by Walt Disney himself!) during the 1950's, was the star of multiple teen Beach Party movies during the 1960's with co-star Frankie Avalon, the singer of pop songs Tall Paul and Pineapple Princess, and of course played Mary Contrary in the 1961 film Babes in Toyland.
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Oct 22, 1942 - Apr 8, 2013
Added Apr 8, 2013 by: Daniel Pinna
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