On This Day in Film & TV for January 17

Events in Film & TV

  • 1949 The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, first airs.

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1954 Jacques Cousteau's 1st network telecast airs on "Omnibus" (CBS)

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • 1983 10th American Music Awards: John Cougar & Rick Springfield, Olivia Newton-John
  • 1984 Supreme Court rules (5-4) oks private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws
  • 1986 2nd Sundance Film Festival: "Smooth Talk" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

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1987 US President Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1991 Mountie Jacques Rougeau beats Hart for WWF intercontinental title
  • 1993 14th ACE Cable Awards: Bravo! wins the Golden CableACE for its dedication to films, cultural arts and performing arts programming

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1994 Actress Elizabeth Taylor released from the hospital after hip treatment

Music awardsMusic Awards

2000 27th American Music Awards: Shania Twain & Will Smith win

  • 2003 8th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Chicago wins Best Film

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

2010 67th Golden Globes: Avatar, Jeff Bridges, & Sandra Bullock win

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1834 Wilhelmina Albregt-Engelman, Dutch actress, daughter of Mimi Bia, born in Amsterdam (d. 1902)
  • 1867 Carl Laemmle, German-born film executive (d. 1939)
  • 1878 Oscar Apfel, actor (Abraham Lincoln, Inspiration, Before Dawn), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1882 Noah Beery, Smithville AR, actor (Story of Esther, The Mark of Zorro)
  • 1891 Marjorie Gateson, American actress (One Man's Family), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1897 Nils Asther, Swedish actor (Bluebeard, Night Monster), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 1981)
  • 1903 Warren Hull, Gasport NY, actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World)
  • 1903 Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Assamese poet, playwright, filmmaker (d. 1953)
  • 1904 Grant Withers, Pueblo CO, actor (Oklahoma, Annie)
  • 1904 Patsy Ruth Miller, actress (Quebec, Wide Open, Sap, Twin Beds)
  • 1921 Dehl Berti, Pueblo Colo, actor (John Taylor-Guns of Paradise)

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1922 Betty White, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls), born in Oak Park Illinois

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White
  • 1923 Onno Molenkamp, Dutch actor (Lifespan, Broken Mirrors, The Lift)
  • 1923 Carol Raye, Australian actress
  • 1926 Richard Michael Hills, comedy script writer
  • 1927 Eartha Kitt, singer/actress (Catwoman-Batman), born in North, South Carolina (d. 2008)
  • 1927 Michael Herford Wooller, TV/film producer
  • 1931 James Earl Jones, Miss, actor (Darth Vader, Exorcist II, Soul Man)
  • 1933 Dalida, Cairo, actress/singer, Miss Egypt (The 6th Day)
  • 1933 Sheree North [Dawn Bethel], American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2005)
  • 1934 Donald Cammell, film director
  • 1934 Shari Lewis, ventriloquist/puppeteer (Lamb Chop), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1936 Jerry Fogel, actor (Jerry-Mothers-in-Law, White Shadow), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1939 Maury Povich, TV host (Current Affair, Maury)/Mr Connie Chung
  • 1942 Randy Boone, actor (Cimarron Strip, Virginian), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 1942 Nancy Parsons, American actress (d. 2001)
  • 1943 Geoffrey Deuel, American actor
  • 1946 Michèle Deslauriers, Quebec actress
  • 1947 Jane Elliot, American actress (Baby Boom, Gen Hospital, Knots Landing), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Todd Susman, actor (Goodnight Beantown), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1949 Andy Kaufman, American comedian/actor (Latka Gravas-Taxi), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Debbie Watson, La Mirada California, actress (Karen, Tammy)
  • 1952 Larry Fortensky, former husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor (7th)
  • 1956 Mitch Vogel, American actor (Jamie-Bonanza), born in Alhambra, California
  • 1957 Steve Harvey, American actor, comedian and radio personality
  • 1959 Susanna Hoffs, actress/rocker (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian)
  • 1959 Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1960 Chatchai Plengpanich, Thai actor
  • 1961 Brian Helgeland, American writer and film director
  • 1962 Jim Carrey, Canadian-American actor (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Dumb & Dumber, The Mask), born in Ontario Canada
  • 1967 Song Kang-ho, South Korean actor
  • 1969 Naveen Andrews, British actor
  • 1971 Youki Kudoh, Japanese actress
  • 1972 Benno Fürmann, German actor
  • 1973 Amanda Elizabeth Spivey, Spartanburg SC, Miss America-SC (1996)
  • 1975 Freddy Rodriguez, Puerto Rican-American actor
  • 1977 Kevin Fertig, American professional wrestler
  • 1977 Leigh Whannell, Australian screenwriter/actor
  • 1978 Irina A Borisova, Miss Universe-Ukraine (1996)

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1980 Zooey Deschanel, American actress (Almost Famous, New Girl), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1980 Kimberly Spicer, American model
  • 1981 Ray J [William Ray Norwood Jr.], McComb, Mississippi, American singer and actor (Everything You Want, Sex tape)
  • 1981 Scott Mechlowicz, American actor
  • 1983 Andrea Lowell, American Model
  • 1985 Kang-In, South Korean singer/dancer/actor/MC/DJ(Super Junior)

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1926 Comedian George Burns marries comedienne Gracie Allen

HeartWedding of Interest

1946 Actor John Wayne (38) weds actress Esperanza Baur in Long Beach, California

Actor John Wayne
John Wayne

HeartWedding of Interest

1988 Publisher Bob Guccione (57) weds actress Katherine Keeton (48)

Publisher Bob Guccione
Bob Guccione
  • 2015 Actor/comedian Stephen Fry (57) weds stand-up comedian Elliott Spencer in the Norfolk town of Dereham

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1967 Evelyn Nesbit, actress (Redemption), dies at 82
  • 1972 Rochelle Hudson, actress (That's My Boy), dies at 55
  • 1973 Fred Essler, actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 77
  • 1980 Barbara Britton, actress (Pamela-Mr & Mrs North), dies at 59
  • 1983 Doodles Weaver, actor/comedian (Ring of Fire), shoots himself at 71
  • 1987 Hugo Fregonese, Argentine film director (b. 1908)
  • 1992 Bill Walker, actor (Big Mo, Mask, Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 95
  • 1992 Dorothy Alison, actress (Maggie, 3rd Key, Long Arm), dies
  • 1998 Emil Sitka, actor (3 Stooges shorts), dies of stroke at 82
  • 2002 Queenie Leonard, American actress (b. 1905)
  • 2003 Richard Crenna, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 2004 Ray Stark, American stage and film producer (b. 1915)
  • 2004 Noble Willingham, American actor (Walker, Texas Ranger), dies at 72
  • 2005 Virginia Mayo, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Art Buchwald, American humorist (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Allan Melvin, American actor (b. 1923)
  • 2013 Robert F. Chew, American actor, dies from heart failure at 52
  • 2015 Greg Plitt, American fitness model and entrepreneur, dies when hit by a train at 37