On This Day in Film & TV for January 27

Events in Film & TV

  • 1950 2nd Emmy Awards: Ed Wynn Show & Texaco Star Theater win
  • 1961 "Sing Along with Mitch" [Miller] premieres on NBC TV
  • 1969 Actress Thelma Ritter suffers a heart attack (she dies Feb 5th)
  • 1970 Movie rating system modifies "M" rating to "PG"
  • 1976 "Laverne & Shirley" spinoff from "Happy Days" premieres on ABC TV

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1979 36th Golden Globes: Midnight Express, Jon Voight & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
Actor Jon Voight
Jon Voight

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music awardsMusic Awards

1986 13th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis & C Gayle

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • 1990 6th Sundance Film Festival: "Chameleon Street" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 1991 7th Sundance Film Festival: "Poison" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 1992 Jane Fonda undergoes arthroscopic surgery on her right knee
  • 2008 24th Sundance Film Festival: "Frozen River", directed by Courtney Hunt, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 2013 29th Sundance Film Festival: "Fruitvale Station", directed by Ryan Coogler, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 2016 OnThisDay.com receives a substantial face-lift, courtesy of a fresh new website design and brand by design studio Fhoke. Dedicated history and film and television channels are launched alongside the new design.

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1720 Samuel Foote, England, actor/dramatist (Mirror)
  • 1858 Neel [Cornelia H] Doff, Dutch/French/Belgian painter's model/writer
  • 1901 Willy Fritsch, German actor (Spies, Women in the Moon)
  • 1905 Howard McNear, actor (Floyd- "The Andy Griffith Show", "Jetsons"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1911 Benay Venuta, actress (Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Mister), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1920 John Box, British film production designer and art director (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Brian Rix [Lord Rix], English actor, born in Cottingham, Yorkshire (d. 2016)
  • 1924 Sabu, [Dastagir], India, actor (Elephant Boy, Drum)
  • 1926 Ingrid Thulin, Swedish actress (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Doretta Morrow, American actress (Because You're Mine), born in NYC, New York
  • 1927 Michael Craig, Poona India, actor (Escape 2000, Vault of Horror)
  • 1927 Nancy Dickerson, pioneering American radio and TV journalist (NBC, CBS), born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin (d. 1997)
  • 1929 Ingrid Thulin, Solleftea Sweden, actress (Cries & Whispers, Damned)
  • 1931 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1936 Troy Donahue, American actor (Surfside Six, Cockfighter, Hawaiian Eye), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 James Cromwell, American actor (Babe, The Green Mile), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 John Witherspoon, American actor
  • 1951 Scott Lane, American actor (Gary-McKeever & the Colonel), born in NYC, New York
  • 1956 Mimi Rogers, actress (Paper Dolls, The Rousters), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1957 Frank Miller, US, comicbook writer (Batman-The Dark Knight Returns)
  • 1959 Patti Cohoon, Whittier California, actress (Molly-Here Come the Brides)
  • 1961 Charlotte Kemp, playmate (Dec, 1982), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1961 Karen Velez, Rockville Ctr NY, playmate (December, 1984)
  • 1961 Dina Bonnevie, Filipino actress
  • 1964 Bridget Fonda, actress (Scandal, Single White Female), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Alan Cumming, Scottish actor
  • 1966 Tamlyn Tomita, Okinawa, actress (Karate Kid 2, Ming Li-Santa Barbara)
  • 1967 Carrington Garland, actress (Kelly Capwell-Santa Barbara), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Bobby Deol, Indian actor
  • 1967 Byron Mann, Hong Kong actor
  • 1969 Patton Oswalt, American actor and writer
  • 1970 Jon Douglas Rainey, American TV personality
  • 1972 Guillermo, Mexican-born American TV personality
  • 1973 Margot Bourgeois, Miss Universe-3rd place (Trinidad & Tobago, 1997)
  • 1976 Clint Ford, American voice actor
  • 1976 Ruby Lin, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • 1979 Jessica Lynn Ferdinand, Miss New York Teen USA (1997)
  • 1979 Rosamund Pike, British actress
  • 1984 Davetta Sherwood, American actress
  • 1987 Lily Donaldson, British model

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1996 "ER" TV actress Yvette Freeman (39) weds musical director Lawny Hartley (49) in Dunleith, Delaware

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1997 "Wall Street" actor Charlie Sheen (31) divorces model Donna Peele after nearly 5 months of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1928 Marie Verstraete, actress (Frou-Frou/Nora), dies at 74
  • 1963 John Farrow, actor/director (Botany Bay), dies at 58
  • 1969 Charles Winninger, actor (Charlie Farrell Show), dies at 82
  • 1977 Walter Baldwin, actor (Gay Amigo), dies at 88
  • 1978 Oscar Homolka, actor (7 Year Itch, Ball of Fire), dies at 79
  • 1982 Iris Korn, actress (Widder-Palmerstown USA), dies at 60
  • 1983 Louis De Funes, French actor and writer (The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacobs), dies at 68
  • 1983 Robert Christian, actor (Bustin' Loose), dies of cancer at 42
  • 1984 Lou Crosby, TV announcer (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 72
  • 1986 Lilli Palmer, German actress (Boys from Brazil, Kinder), dies at 71
  • 1989 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor (b. 1918)
  • 1990 Helen Jerome Eddy, actress (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 92
  • 1992 Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, British actress (Eliza Dolittle), dies at 101

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1993 André the Giant, WWF wrestler, dies of congestive heart failure at 49

Professional Wrestler André the Giant
Professional Wrestler
André the Giant
  • 1994 Claude Akins, actor (Rio Bravo, Lobo), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1994 Joe Mays, actor (Mr Saturday Night), dies of AIDS at 44
  • 1996 John Patrick Sutton Ludlow, actor (Agatha), dies at 93
  • 2007 Tige Andrews, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 2010 Zelda Rubinstein, American actress (b. 1933)
  • 2017 Emmanuelle Riva, French actress (Hiroshima Mon Amour), dies at 89