On This Day in Film & TV for January 15

Events in Film & TV

  • 1956 KWAB TV channel 4 in Big Spring, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1974 "Happy Days" begins an 11 year run on ABC
  • 1977 Coneheads debut on "Saturday Night Live"
  • 1981 "Hill Street Blues" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1985 CBS' premiere of TV made teen drug abuse drama, "Not My Kid", based on the previous year's book by Beth Polson
  • 1989 Big John Studd wins WWF's 2nd Royal Rumble
  • 1989 10th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins the Golden CableACE for "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam"
  • 1990 6th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Santa Barbara wins
  • 1993 Soap opera "Santa Barbara" final show on NBC TV
  • 2007 64th Golden Globes: Babel, Forest Whitaker, & Helen Mirren win
  • 2010 15th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Hurt Locker wins Best Film

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2012 69th Golden Globes: "The Descendants," George Clooney & Meryl Streep win

  • 2015 20th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Boyhood wins Best Film

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1855 Jacques Damala, Greek military officer and actor (d. 1889)
  • 1879 Ernest Thesiger, English actor (Bride of Frankenstein, Ghoul), born in London, England (d. 1961)
  • 1893 Ivor Novello [David Ivor Davies], Welsh composer, writer and actor (Keep the Home Fires Burning, The Truth Game), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1951)
  • 1899 Goodman Ace, radio/TV actor/columnist/humorist (Better of Goodman)
  • 1905 Torin Thatcher, English actor (d. 1981)
  • 1913 Lloyd Bridges, San Leandro California, actor (Sea Hunt, Roots, Airplane)
  • 1921 Frank Thornton, English actor
  • 1926 Maria Schell, actress (Space 1999), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1927 Norm Crosby, comedian (Young at Heart Comedians), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1930 Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler (d. 1985)
  • 1932 Dean Smith, US actor/relay runner (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1937 Margaret O'Brien, actress (Jane Eyre, Meet Me in St Louis), born in San Diego, California
  • 1948 Tommy Nolan, actor (Jody-Buckskin), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1949 Panos Mihalopoulos, Greek actor

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1951 Charo [Maria Baeza], Spanish-American actress, comedienne and flamenco guitarist (Chico and the Man, Love Boat)

Actress Charo
Actress
Charo
  • 1953 Ta-Tanisha, American actress
  • 1955 Enrico Mentana, Milan Italy, Italian newscaster (RAI)
  • 1957 Mario Van Peebles, Mexico, actor (Posse, South Bronx Heroes)
  • 1958 Julian Sands, actor (One Night Stand)
  • 1960 Kelly Asbury, American director and actor
  • 1961 Yves P. Pelletier, Canadian comedian and film director
  • 1965 James Nesbitt, Northern Irish actor
  • 1968 Chad Lowe, actor (Spencer, Apprentice to Murder), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1969 Demetra Hampton, actress (Valentina)
  • 1971 Regina King, actress (Brenda Jenkins-227), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Ernie Reyes Jr, actor (Ernie-Sidekicks), born in San Jose, California
  • 1972 Kimberly Anne Massaro, Miss America (Missouri-5th-1997), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1972 Claudia Winkleman, English television presenter
  • 1974 Aubrey Jo Hiller, Missoula Montana, Miss America-Montana (1997)
  • 1976 Dorian Missick, American actor
  • 1978 Eddie Cahill, American actor
  • 1979 Ken Chu, Taiwanese singer-actor and taichi champ
  • 1984 Victor Rasuk, American actor
  • 1987 Michael Seater, Canadian actor
  • 1990 Chris Warren Jr., American actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1996 Dove Cameron, American actress ("Liv and Maddie"), born in Seattle, Washington

Actress Dove Cameron
Actress
Dove Cameron

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1955 Film director Stanley Kubrick (26) weds theatrical designer Ruth Sobotka (29)

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
  • 2013 "Gomer Pyle" actor Jim Nabors (82) weds retired performer Stan Cadwallader (64) at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1893 Fanny Kemble, British actress and author (b. 1809)
  • 1962 Kenneth MacKenna, actor (Men Without Women), dies of cancer at 62
  • 1968 John Davidson, actor (Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc), dies at 80
  • 1971 John Dall, actor (Corn is Green, Rope), dies of heart attack at 50
  • 1973 Coleman Francis, American film director (b. 1919)
  • 1983 Shepperd Strudwick, actor (Psychomania), dies of cancer at 75
  • 1987 Ray Bolger, actor/dancer (Wizard of Oz), dies at 83
  • 1990 Gordon Jackson, actor (Hamlet), dies after a short illness at 66
  • 1999 Betty Box, British film producer (b. 1915)
  • 2000 Fran Ryan, American actress (b. 1916)
  • 2001 Ted Mann, American screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • 2005 Ruth Warrick, American actress/singer, dies of complications from pneumonia at 89
  • 2005 Deem Bristow, American video game voice actor (b. 1947)
  • 2008 Brad Renfro, American actor (b. 1982)
  • 2013 Nagisa Oshima, Japanese film director and screen writer, dies at 80
  • 2016 Dan Haggerty, American actor (Grizzly Adams), dies of cancer at 73
  • 2016 Noreen Corcoran, American actress (Bachelor Father), dies at 72