On This Day in Film & TV for January 13

Events in Film & TV

  • 1928 RCA and GE install three test television sets in homes in Schenectady, New York allowing American inventor E.F.W. Alexanderson to demonstrate the first home television receiver which delivered a poor and unsteady 1.5 square inch picture
  • 1929 Humanist Society established, Hollywood, California
  • 1948 1st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cin
  • 1953 KOLD TV channel 13 in Tucson, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WEAR TV channel 3 in Pensacola-Mobile, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting

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1957 "All that Fall", first radio play by Samuel Beckett, aired on BBC Third Programme

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • 1989 "Ryan's Hope" ends 13½ year run on ABC-TV
  • 1998 CBS pays $4 billion to televise AFC games for 8-years

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2002 28th People's Choice Awards: Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Kelsey Grammer, Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

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2008 65th Golden Globes (announced): Atonement, Daniel Day-Lewis, & Julie Christie win

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2013 70th Golden Globes: Argo, Daniel Day-Lewis, & Jessica Chastain win


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1884 Johannes Elsensohn, Dutch actor/writer (Arie, novel from the Jordan)
  • 1905 Kay Francis, [Katherine E Gibbs], actress (False Madonna), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1968)
  • 1913 Jeff Morrow, American actor (Bart-Union Pacific, Temperatures Rising), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916 Osa Massen, Copenhagen Denmark, actress (Jack London, Rocketship XM)
  • 1918 Steve Dunne, Northampton Mass, actor (Professional Father)
  • 1918 Ted Willis, prolific English screenwriter (It's Great to be Young)
  • 1919 Army Archerd, Hollywood columnist/TV host (Movie Game)
  • 1919 Robert Stack, actor (Eliot Ness-Untouchables, Airplane), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1923 Jack Watling, actor (Nanny, Adventure for 2, Naked Heart), born in London, England
  • 1925 Gwen Verdon, LA, actress/singer/dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity)
  • 1925 Rosemary Murphy, American actress (Margaret-Lucas Tanner), born in Munich, Germany, (d. 2014)
  • 1928 David Sheiner, American actor (Paul-Mr Novak, Norman-Diana), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928 Gregory Walcott, Wilson NC, actor (87th Precinct)
  • 1929 Wim Bary, Dutch actor/theater director (Nice Boys)
  • 1930 Frances Sternhagen, actress (Outland, Starting Over), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1931 Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor (Match Game, Ghost & Mrs Muir), born in NYC, New York
  • 1931 Ian Hendry, English actor (d. 1984)
  • 1934 Rip Taylor, American actor and comedian (Gong Show, $1.98 Beauty Show), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1935 Elsa Martinelli, Italian actress
  • 1938 Billy Gray, actor (Bud-Father Knows Best), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1938 William B. Davis, Canadian actor
  • 1943 Richard Moll, American actor (Night Court, House, Dungeonmaster, Survivor), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1949 Brandon Tartikoff, TV exec (NBC)
  • 1950 John McNaughton, American film director
  • 1952 Sharon Gabet, actress (Edge of Night, Another World), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1954 Vicki McCarty, playmate (Sep, 1979), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Janet Hubert-Whitten, actress (Vivian Banks-Fresh Prince of Bel Air)
  • 1960 Kevin Anderson, American actor (Hoffa, Sleeping with the Enemy), born in Gurnee Illinois

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1961 Julia Louis-Dreyfus, American comedienne (SNL, Seinfeld, Soul Man, Troll), born in NYC, New York

Seinfeld Comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Seinfeld Comedienne
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • 1964 Penelope Ann Miller, American actress (Awakenings, Chaplin, Kindergarden Cop), born in Los Angeles, California

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1966 Patrick Dempsey, American actor (Grey's Anatomy),born in Lewiston Maine

  • 1967 Annie Jones, Australian actress
  • 1968 Chara, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1970 Anne-Marie Goddard, Utrechtum Netherlands, playmate (Jan, 94)
  • 1970 Keith Coogan, Palm Springs, California, American actor (Jeffrey-Waltons, Gun Shy)
  • 1970 Shonda Rhimes, American screenwriter/creator (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal), born in Chicago Illinois
  • 1971 John Mallory Asher, American film actor/director
  • 1972 Nicole Eggert, actress (Charles in Charge, Baywatch), born in Glendale, California
  • 1973 Gloria Yip, Hong Kong actor
  • 1976 Michael Peña, American actor

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1977 Orlando Bloom, English actor (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings), born in Canterbury, England

  • 1979 Jill Wagner, American Actor
  • 1981 Shad Gaspard, American professional wrestler, bodyguard, and actor
  • 1983 Julian Morris, English actor
  • 1983 William Hung, American Idol contestant
  • 1990 Liam Hemsworth, Australian actor (Hunger Games films), born in Melbourne

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

2006 "The Diary of Anne Frank" actress Shelley Winters (85) weds Gerry DeFord a few hours before her death


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1958 Edna Purviance, actress (Charlie Chaplin, Sunnyside), dies at 61
  • 1958 Jesse L. Lasky, U.S. film producer (b. 1880)
  • 1962 Ernie Kovacs, comedian, dies in a car crash in West LA, at 42
  • 1969 Wilton Graff, actor (Bloodlust, Just Before Dawn), dies at 65
  • 1976 Margaret Leighton, British actress (Much ado about nothing), dies at 53
  • 1983 Arthur Space, actor (Doc Weaver-Lassie), dies of cancer at 74
  • 1983 Doodles Weaver, comedian (Spike Jones & City Slickers), dies at 71
  • 1983 John McHugh, actor (Unspeakable), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • 1989 Joe Spinell, actor (Maniac, Star Crash, Strike Force), dies at 51
  • 1992 Yvonne Bryceland, actress (Road to Mecca), dies of cancer at 66
  • 1995 Maxwell Henley Harris, Austrian poet/publisher (Critics), dies at 73
  • 1996 Denise Grey, [Edouardine Verthuy], actress (Julietta), dies at 99
  • 2001 Michael Cuccione, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1985)
  • 2002 Ted Demme, American film director (b. 1963)
  • 2002 Gregorio Fuentes, Cuban fisherman, reputed model for Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea (b. 1897)
  • 2002 Frank Shuster, Canadian comedian (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Norman Panama, American screenwriter and director (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Earl Cameron, Canadian broadcaster (b. 1915)
  • 2009 Patrick McGoohan, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 2016 Brian Bedford, English actor (Anthony-Coronet Blue), dies at 80
  • 2017 Dick Gautier, American stage and screen actor (Get Smart, Bye Bye Birdie), dies at 85