On This Day in Film & TV for January 21

Events in Film & TV

  • 1956 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Golden NYC after 849 performances
  • 1957 KSAT TV channel 12 in San Antonio, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 KMOT TV channel 10 in Minot, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1961 KIFI TV channel 8 in Idaho Falls, ID (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 "Alias Smith & Jones" premieres on ABC TV
  • 1973 Leslie Nielson appears on M*A*S*H in "Ringbanger"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 President Reagan certifies El Salvador human-rights abuses have decreased making country eligible for US military aid

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1986 Allison J Brown, 17, of Oklahoma, crowned 4th Miss Teen USA
  • 1991 CBS News correspondant Bob Simon captured by Iraqis in Persian Gulf

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1995 52nd Golden Globes: Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks, & Jessica Lange win

Actor Tom Hanks
Actor
Tom Hanks

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1996 53rd Golden Globes: Sense and Sensibility, Nicolas Cage, & Sharon Stone win

Actor Nicolas Cage
Actor
Nicolas Cage
Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson
  • 2001 58th Golden Globes: Gladiator, Tom Hanks, & Julia Roberts win

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1867 James Marcus, New York, American actor (The Eagle, The Lonely Trail)
  • 1878 Egon Friedell, Austria, journalist/actor/writer (Der Partylowe)
  • 1897 J Carrol Naish, American actor (Charlie Chan-Adv of Charlie Chan), born in NYC, New York
  • 1898 John George, Syria, actor (Kolb-Adventures of Fu Manchu)
  • 1899 Lido Manetti [Arnold Kent], Italian-born American actor (Quo Vardis), born in Florence (d. 1928)
  • 1904 Joseph Ford McGuinn, actor (Dick Tracy's G-Men), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1915 Alan Hewitt, American actor (Det Brennan-My Favorite Martian), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1918 Chichay, Filipino actress (d. 1993)
  • 1919 Jinx Falkenburg, Barcelona Spain, actress (Masquerade Party)
  • 1921 John Doucette, Brockton Mass, actor (Lock Up, Big Town)
  • 1922 Paul Scofield, Hurst England, actor (A Man for All Seasons, Train)
  • 1922 Telly Savalas, American actor (Kojak), born in Garden City New Jersey, (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Lola Flores, singer, dancer and actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), born in Cadiz, Spain
  • 1924 Benny Hill, Southampton England, comedian (Benny Hill Show)
  • 1926 Raf Reymen, Flemish actor
  • 1926 Steve Reeves, Glasgow Montana, actor (Hercules, Hercules Unchained)
  • 1934 Audrey Dalton, Irish actress
  • 1935 Ann Wedgeworth, Abilene Tx, actress (Tiger's Tale, Men's Club, Bogie)
  • 1936 Koji Hashimoto, Japanese film director (d. 2005)
  • 1938 John Savident, British actor
  • 1941 Stathis Giallelis, Greek actor
  • 1941 Ivan Putski, Polish-born American professional wrestler
  • 1942 Mac Davis, American country music singer-songwriter, actor (Mac Davis Show, North Dallas 40), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1947 Jill Eikenberry, (Ann Kelsey-LA Law, Manhattan Project), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1953 Fausto Bara, Mexico, actor (Gaucho-Renegades)
  • 1956 Robby Benson, American actor (One on One, Running Brave, Chosen), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1957 Geena [Virginia] Davis, Wareham Mass, actress (Beetlejuice, Fly)
  • 1958 Miguel Alejandro, American actor (Popi), born in NYC, New York
  • 1961 Sherry Ramsay, Stauton Va, actress (Trish Mason-As the World Turns)
  • 1962 Marie Trintignant, French actress (d. 2003)
  • 1968 Charlotte Ross, actress (Eve-Days of Our Lives), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Karina Lombard, American actress
  • 1970 Ken Leung, American actor
  • 1971 Tommy Puett, actor (Tyler-Life Goes On, America's Top 10), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1974 Rove McManus, Australian television host and comedian
  • 1975 Anette Oldenborg, Miss Universe-Denmark (1996)
  • 1975 Faghma Absalom, Miss Universe-Namibia (1996)
  • 1976 Amanda Little, Miss USA-Texas (1997, top 6)
  • 1976 Lynn Thomas, playmate (May 1997), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1978 Phil Stacey, American Idol finalist
  • 1979 Kelly Gaudet, Miss Florida Teen USA (1996)
  • 1980 Nana Mizuki, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • 1981 Izabella Miko, Polish-born actress and model
  • 1983 Maryse Ouellet, French-Canadian model and professional wrestler
  • 1985 Sasha Pivovarova, Russian Model
  • 1990 Jacob Smith, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1966 Beatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • 1973 Actress Jane Fonda weds activist Tom Hayden
  • 1989 "Falcon Crest" actor Lorenzo Lamas (31) weds actress Kathleen Kinmont (23) at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas
  • 2015 "One Tree Hill" star Chad Michael Murray (33) weds actress Sarah Roemer (30)

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2011 Actress Jaime Pressly (35) divorces entertainment lawyer Simran Singh (33) due to irreconcilable differences after more than 1 year of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1766 James Quin, English actor (b. 1693)
  • 1937 Marie Prevost, Canadian actress (b. 1898)
  • 1938 George Melies, French early filmmaker (A Trip to the Moon), dies at 76

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1959 Cecil B. DeMille, American filmmaker (The Ten Commandments, Samson and Delilah), dies of heart failure at 77

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • 1963 Al St John, actor (Law & Order, Devil Riders), dies at 70
  • 1964 Joseph Schildkraut, actor (Cleopatra, Diary of Anne Frank), dies at 68
  • 1965 Harvey Zorbaugh, doctor/TV host (Play the Game), dies at 68
  • 1967 Ann Sheridan, actress (Pistols 'n' Petticoats), dies of cancer at 51
  • 1975 Marie Lohr, actress (Pygmalion, Small Hotel, Escapade), dies at 84
  • 1981 Allyn Joslyn, actor (They Won't Forget, Cafe Society), dies at 79
  • 1985 Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler and promoter (b. 1930)
  • 1988 Abraham Sofaer, actor (Naked Jungle, Elephant Walk), dies
  • 1991 Frank Mitchell, actor (Music is Magic, Prairie Gunsmoke), dies
  • 1998 Jack Lord, American actor (Hawaii FIVE-O), dies at 77
  • 1999 Susan Strasberg, American actress (b. 1938)
  • 2005 Parveen Babi, Indian actress (b. 1955)
  • 2010 Paul Quarrington, Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, musician and educator (b. 1953)
  • 2011 E V V Satyanarayana, Indian Film Director, Producer. (b. 1958)
  • 2013 Robert Michael Winner, English film director and producer (Death Wish), dies at 77
  • 2015 Pauline Yates, English actress (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies at 85