On This Day in Film & TV for January 24

Events in Film & TV


Film release premierFilm Release

1927 Alfred Hitchcock releases his first film as director - The Pleasure Garden, in England.

  • 1959 Dmitri Shostakovitch's comedy "Cheryomushk" premieres in Moscow
  • 1959 WHCT TV channel 18 in Hartford, CT (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1963 Buddy Rogers & Lou Thesz wrestle in Toronto, Rogers becomes WWF wrestling champ & Thesz becomes NWA champion
  • 1964 CBS purchases 1964 & 1965 NFL TV rights for $28.2 million
  • 1966 WDIO TV channel 10 in Duluth, MN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1972 WRIP (now WDSI) TV channel 61 in Chattanooga, TN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1975 "Hot l Baltimore" situation comedy premieres on ABC TV

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1976 33rd Golden Globes: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Jack Nicholson, & Louise Fletcher win

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1986 43rd Golden Globes: Out of Africa, Jon Voight, & Whoopi Goldberg win

  • 1988 1st WWF Royal Rumble - Jim Duggan wins
  • 1988 NBC premiere of fact based "The Murder of Mary Phagan"
  • 1988 4th Sundance Film Festival: "Heat and Sunlight" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1999 56th Golden Globes: Saving Private Ryan, Jim Carrey, & Cate Blanchett win

  • 2016 TV drama "The X-Files" returns after 13 years, reuniting lead actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and produced again by Chris Carter

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1798 Karl von Holtei, Silezian actor/playwright (Die Vagabunden)
  • 1883 Estelle Winwood, [Goodwin], England, actress (Miracle on 34th Street)
  • 1886 Henry King, Christiansburg Virginia, American film director (d. 1982)
  • 1905 Dorothy Patten, American actress, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1975)
  • 1909 Ann Todd, Hartford England, actress (Paradine Case, 7th Veil)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1917 Ernest Borgnine, actor (Ice Station Zebra, McHale's Navy, Marty), (d. 2012), born in Hamden, Connecticut (d. 2012)

  • 1918 John McLiam, actor (Parker-Men From Shiloh), born in Alberta, Canada (d. 1994)
  • 1920 Jerry Maren, actor (munchkin-Wizard of Oz, Mayor McCheese)
  • 1924 Marvin Kaplan, actor (Top Cat, Henry-Alice), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1925 William Hudson, California, actor (I Led 3 Lives)
  • 1926 Georges Lautner, French director and screenwriter
  • 1928 Michel Serrault, French actor (d. 2007)
  • 1942 Gary Hart, American professional wrestling manager and wrestler (d. 2008)
  • 1943 Julie Bennett, actress (Hey There It's Yogi Bear), born in Beverly Hills, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1943 Sharon Tate, American actress (Valley of the Dolls), born in Dallas, Texas

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • 1943 Subhash Ghai, Indian film director
  • 1944 David Gerrold, [Jerrold David Friedman], author (World of Star Trek)
  • 1946 John Harrison, South Africa correspondent (BBC)
  • 1946 Michael Ontkean, actor (Rookies, Slap Shot, Twin Peaks), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1948 Michael Des Barres, British actor and rock singer
  • 1949 John Belushi, comedian/actor (SNL, Blues Brothers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950 Daniel Auteuil, Algeria, actor (Elegant Criminal, Manon of Spring)
  • 1951 Yakov Smirnoff, Russia, comedian (It's a wonderful country)
  • 1953 Brian Matthews, actor (Burning), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 Adrian Edmondson, British comedian
  • 1959 James Roderick Moir (alias Vic Reeves), English comedian
  • 1961 Nastassja Kinski, actress (Tess, Cat People), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1965 Carlos Saldanha, Brazilian film director
  • 1966 Jimeoin, Northern Irish comedian
  • 1967 Phil LaMarr, American voice actor
  • 1969 Stephanie Romanov, actress (Teri Spencer-Models Inc)/model (Elite)
  • 1969 Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Icelandic actor
  • 1970 Matthew Lillard, actor (Scream)
  • 1971 Saalman Raelyn, Fostoria Ohio, actress (Attack of 60' Centerfold)
  • 1971 Tonya Crowe, actress (Olivia-Knots Landing), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1971 Andrea Mackris, American television producer
  • 1974 Ed Helms, American actor
  • 1976 Laure Belleville, Miss Universe-France (1996)
  • 1979 Tatyana M Ali, actress (Sesame St, Fresh Prince of Bel Air), born in NYC, New York
  • 1980 Nicole Marie Lenz, American actress
  • 1986 Mischa Barton, English-born American actress
  • 1986 Raviv Ullman, Israeli-born American actor

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 2004 "Married ... With Children" actor David Faustino (33) weds actress Andrea Elmer (31) at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

2004 Actress Selma Blair (31) weds producer Ahmet Zappa (29) at Carrie Fisher's mansion in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Selma Blair
Actress
Selma Blair

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1950 Bull Montana, actor (Son of Sheik), dies at 62
  • 1960 John Miljan, actor (Charlie Chan in Paris, Yankee Clipper), dies at 66
  • 1962 Tom Shirley, actor/TV announcer (They're Off), dies at 62
  • 1972 Jerome Cowan, actor (Mr Dithers-Blondie), dies at 74
  • 1973 J. Carrol Naish, American actor (Charlie Chan-Adv of Charlie Chan), dies at 73
  • 1975 Larry Fine, actor (3 Stooges), dies at 72
  • 1979 Jerry Damon, comedian (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 51
  • 1979 Mabel Taliaferro, actress (My Love Come Back), dies at 91
  • 1980 Lil Dagover, Dutch-born German actress (Spiders), dies at 92
  • 1990 Madge Bellamy, American actress, dies of heart failure at 90
  • 1991 George Gobel, comedian, dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1991 Lawrence Lott, actor (Real Men, Philadelphia Experiment), dies of AIDS at 40
  • 1992 Charles Moulin, French actor (French Tarzan), dies
  • 1992 John Bleifer, actor (Highway to Heaven), dies at 90
  • 1992 Tina Chow, model, dies of AIDs at 41
  • 2000 Bobby Duncum, Jr., American professional wrestler (b. 1965)
  • 2002 Peter Gzowski, Canadian broadcaster, writer and reporter (b. 1934)
  • 2006 Chris Penn, American actor (b. 1965)
  • 2007 Krystyna Feldman, Polish actress (b. 1916)
  • 2008 Randy Salerno, co-anchor of Chicago's CBS 2 News (b. 1963)
  • 2010 Pernell Roberts, American actor & singer, last surviving star of Bonanza (b. 1928)
  • 2011 Bernd Eichinger, German film producer and director (b. 1949)
  • 2012 James Farentino, American actor, dies from heart failure at 73