On This Day in Film & TV for January 22

Events in Film & TV

  • 1940 1st radio broadcast of "Road to Happiness" on CBS
  • 1947 1st commercial TV station west of Mississippi opens, Hollywood CA
  • 1947 KTLA TV channel 5 in Los Angeles, CA (IND) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1954 11th Golden Globes: The Robe, Spencer Tracy, & Audrey Hepburn win

  • 1958 KRSD (now KEVN) TV channel 7 in Rapid City, SD (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1968 "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premieres on NBC
  • 1972 "Emergency" with Robert Fuller premieres on NBC TV
  • 1985 Kelly Hu, 16, of Hawaii, crowned 3rd Miss Teen USA
  • 1987 Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shoots and kills himself at a press conference on live national television, leading to debates on boundaries in journalism.

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1994 51st Golden Globes: Schlinder's List, Tom Hanks, & Holly Hunter win

Actor Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
Actress Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2010 Conan O'Brien's last Tonight Show episode after a big controversy over the Tonight Show timeslot.

TV Host Conan O'Brien
TV Host
Conan O'Brien

Birthdays in Film & TV

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1875 D.W. Griffith, American film director/producer (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), born in LaGrange, Kentucky (d. 1948)

Film director D. W. Griffith
Film director
D. W. Griffith
  • 1875 Thomas W Ross, actor (Without Limit, Kings Row, 17, Mortal Storm)
  • 1878 Constance Collier, Windsor England, actress/writer (Kitty, Whirlpool)
  • 1882 Theodore Kosloff, Russian-born actor, ballet dancer and choreographer (d. 1956)
  • 1893 Conrad Veidt, Potsdam Germany, actor (Cabinet of Dr Calgary)
  • 1894 Matt McHugh, PA, actor (Taxi, Freaks, Barbary Coast, Innocent Affair)
  • 1906 Joe Gladwin, English actor (d. 1987)
  • 1907 Mary Dresselhuys, Dutch actress (d. 2004)
  • 1909 Ann Sothern, [Harriette Lake], ND, actress (Lady in a Cage)
  • 1918 Richard Eastham, Opelousas La, actor (Falcon Crest) [or Jun 22]
  • 1920 George Breakston, actor/director (Jungle Stampede), born in Paris, France
  • 1923 Diana Douglas, actress (The Cowboys), born in Devonshire Bermuda (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Piper Laurie, [Rosetta Jacobs], actress (Twin Peaks), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1934 Bill Bixby, actor (Incredible Hulk, My Favorite Martian), born in San Francisco, California

Actor Bill Bixby
Bill Bixby
  • 1935 Seymour Cassel, actor (Faces, Plain Clothes, Valentino), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1940 John Hurt, English actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express), born in Chesterfield (d. 2017)
  • 1943 Marília Pêra, Brazilian actress
  • 1945 Michael Cristofer, actor/writer (Little Drummer Girl)
  • 1946 Andrew Rubin, New Bedford Mass, actor (Hometown, Joe Bash) [or Jun 22]
  • 1948 Northern Calloway, American actor (d. 1990)
  • 1952 Ace Vergel, Filipino actor (d. 2007)
  • 1954 Chris Lemmon, actor (Brothers & Sisters, Duet) [or Jun 22], born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954 Tully Blanchard, American professional wrestler
  • 1955 John Wesley Shipp, Norfolk, Virginia, American actor (Dawson's Creek, One Life to Live)
  • 1957 Rene Requiestas, Filipino comedian (d. 1993)
  • 1959 Linda Blair, actress (Exorcist, Chained Heat, Savage St), born in St Louis, Missouri

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1960 Michael Hutchence, Australian rock vocalist/actor (INXS, Dogs in Space), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1997)

INXS rocker Michael Hutchence
INXS rocker
Michael Hutchence
  • 1962 Robert Mailhouse, actor (Brian-Days of our Life), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1962 Choi Min-sik, South Korean actor
  • 1964 Maria Ellingsen, Reykjavik Iceland, actress (Katrina-Santa Barbara)
  • 1965 Diane Lane, American actress (The Perfect Storm, Lady Beware, Lonesome Dove), born in NYC, New York
  • 1965 Brian McCardie, Scottish actor
  • 1965 Chintara Sukapatana, Thai actress
  • 1967 Manabu Nakanishi, wrestler (NJPW)
  • 1969 Olivia d'Abo, actress (Wonder Years, Single Guy), born London, England
  • 1969 Christina Marie Leardini, playmate (Apr, 1991), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1970 Brian Gaskill, actor (David Michaels-Models Inc, Bob-All My Children)
  • 1971 Jennifer Christine Joseph, Wendover Nev, Miss America-Nevada (1996)
  • 1972 Gabriel Macht, American actor
  • 1972 Romi Paku, Japanese seiyu (voice actress)
  • 1976 Balthazar Getty, actor (Young Guns 2, Lord of the Flies)
  • 1979 Melanie Winiger, Miss Switzerland Universe (1997)
  • 1980 Christopher Masterson, American actor
  • 1981 Beverley Mitchell, American actress
  • 1982 Kevin Sheridan, actor (Soul Man)
  • 1984 Raica Oliveira, Brazilian supermodel
  • 1986 Lee Pa-ni, South Korean model
  • 1986 Daniel Wayne Smith, American actor, reality television personality (d. 2006)
  • 2179 Hikaru Walter Sulu, SF, California (character on Star Trek)

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1960 Comedic actor Bob Denver (25) weds Maggie Ryan in California

Actor Bob Denver
Bob Denver

HeartWedding of Interest

2005 Businessman and "The Apprentice" host Donald Trump (58) weds former model Melania Knauss (34) at the Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida

Businessman, TV Personality and 45th US President Donald Trump
Businessman, TV Personality and 45th US President
Donald Trump

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1931 Alma Rubens, American actress (b. 1897)
  • 1950 Alan Hale Sr., American actor (Little John-The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies of a liver ailment and viral infection at 57
  • 1950 Corinne Luchaire, French actress (b. 1921)
  • 1959 A J Else Mauhs, German/Dutch actress (Hamlet, Nora), dies at 73
  • 1966 Herbert Marshall, actor (Dark Angel, Duel in the Sun), dies at 75
  • 1967 Jobyna Ralston, actress (Wings, Girl Shy, Freshman), dies at 66
  • 1974 Leon Lontoc, actor (Henry-Burke's Law), dies at 64
  • 1980 Iris Meredith, actress (Lawless Land, Gambling Terror), dies at 64
  • 1988 Parker Fennelly, actor (Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm), dies at 96
  • 1994 Jean-Louis Barrault, French actor (La Ronde), dies at 83
  • 1994 Telly Savalas, American actor (Kojak), dies of prostate cancer at 72
  • 1995 Jerry Blackwell, American professional wrestler (b. 1949)
  • 1997 Wally Whyton, musician/broadcaster, dies at 66
  • 2004 Ann Miller, American actress and dancer (b. 1923)
  • 2008 Roberto Gari, American actor (b. 1920)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2008 Heath Ledger, Australian-American Actor (Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight), dies of a drug overdose at 28

  • 2010 Jean Simmons, English-American actress (b. 1929)
  • 2012 Dick Tufeld, American voice actor, dies at 85
  • 2013 Leslie Frankenheimer, American film set designer, dies from leukaemia at 64
  • 2016 Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), dies at 93