On This Day in Film & TV for January 4

Events in Film & TV

  • 1896 AFL charters Actors' National Protective Union, NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1903 Topsy the elephant is electrocuted by her owners at Luna Park, Coney Island and filmed by Edison Manufacturing movie company

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • 1920 Amsterdam actors decide to strike for retirement benefits
  • 1934 1st Dutch talkie movie, Jan Teunissen's "Willem of Orange" premieres
  • 1953 KTSM TV channel 9 in El Paso, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 Soap Opera "The Brighter Day" premieres
  • 1957 "Blondie" situation comedy premieres on NBC TV (later on CBS)
  • 1966 WFLD TV channel 32 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million to CBS
  • 1982 Bryant Gumbel became co-host of NBC's "Today Show"
  • 1982 ABC Direction Network (57 affiliates) & ABC Rock Network (40 affiliates) become the 5th & 6th ABC radio network
  • 1984 "Night Court" starring Harry Anderson premieres on NBC TV
  • 1992 8th= largest wrestling crowd NJPW Starcade (60,000-Tokyo Dome)
  • 1993 7th largest wrestling crowd (63,500-Tokyo Dome)
  • 1994 10th largest wrestling crowd (58,000-Tokyo Dome)

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1870 Percy Pitt, English composer (BBC), born in London (d. 1932)
  • 1877 Gibson Gowland, England, actor (Blind Husbands, Phantom of the Opera)
  • 1889 Albertus W "Albert" van Dalsum, actor/director (Abandoned Child)
  • 1903 Joris Diels, Flemish actor/director (Haagsche Comedy)
  • 1905 Sterling Holloway, Cedartown Georgia, actor (Waldo-Life of Riley)
  • 1916 Lionel Newman, American film music composer (d. 1989)
  • 1922 Rosalie Crutchley, English actress (d. 1997)
  • 1927 Barbara Rush, actress (Marsha-Peyton Place, Flamingo Road), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1930 Iain Cuthbertson, British actor (Guilty, Scandal, Rep, Danger UXB)
  • 1930 Sorrell Booke, actor (Bye Bye Braverman, Black Like Me), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1932 Richard Stahl, actor (Howard-It's a Living), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1937 Dyan Cannon, Mrs Cary Grant/actress (Heaven Can Wait), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1940 Anthony Skooter Teague, Texas, actor (How to Succeed in Business)
  • 1941 John Bennett Perry, singer/actor (Falcon Crest), born in Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • 1947 Rick Stein, English chef and television presenter
  • 1956 Ann Magnuson, Charleston WV, actress (Anything But Love, Hunger)
  • 1958 Matt Frewer, actor (Max Headroom, Doctor Doctor), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1958 Andy Borowitz, American comedian and satirist
  • 1958 Gary Jones, Welsh-born actor
  • 1959 Denise Matthews "Vanity", singer (Prince protege) and actress (52 Pick Up), born in Niagara Falls, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1960 April Winchell, American actress
  • 1961 Lee Curreri, American actor (Bruno Martelli-Fame), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Patrick Cassidy, actor/composer (Fever Pitch, Off the Wall), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Laila Eloui, Egyptian actress
  • 1963 Dave Foley, actor and comedian (Kids In The Hall, Dave Nelson on NewsRadio)
  • 1965 Julia Ormond, actress (Sabrina, Legends of the Fall), born in London, England
  • 1965 Yvan Attal, French actor and director
  • 1965 Rick Hearst, actor (General Hospital), born in Howard Beach, New York
  • 1967 Marina Orsini, Canadian actress
  • 1969 Lindsay Kennedy, actor (Jeb-Little House on the Prairie), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1970 Chris Kanyon, American professional wrestler
  • 1971 Jeremy Licht, actor (Mark-Valerie/Hogan Family), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 James Longley, American documentary filmmaker
  • 1973 Harmony Korine, American film director and artist
  • 1977 Irán Castillo, Mexican actress
  • 1980 Greg Cipes, American actor
  • 1980 Erin Cahill, American actress
  • 1982 Kang Hye-jeong, South Korean actress
  • 1991 Olivia Tennet, New Zealand actress
  • 2000 Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1997 Czech Republic's first president Vaclav Havel (60) weds Czech actress Dagmar Havlova (43) in Prague, Czech Republic

Politician and author Václav Havel
Politician and author
Václav Havel
  • 1997 "Smothers Brothers" actor-singer Dick Smothers (58) weds Denby Franklin (47) in Las Vegas

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1931 Art Acord, western actor (Set Free, Spurs & Saddles), dies at 40
  • 1953 Arthur Hoyt, actor (Gold Rush Gertie, Lost World), dies at 78
  • 1961 Barry Fitzgerald, actor (Going My Way), dies at 72
  • 1964 Ralph Dumke, actor (Movieland Quiz), dies at 64
  • 1976 Jan B Cammans, Flemish actor (Brothers Karamazov), dies at 84
  • 1991 Berry Kroeger, actor (Demon Seed), dies of kidney failure at 78
  • 1991 Harry Krimer, actor (Napoleon), committed suicide at 94
  • 1992 William Walker, stuntman/actor (Our Man Flint), dies at 74
  • 1993 Joe Keenan, actor (Conviction of Kitty Dodd), dies of cancer at 69
  • 1995 D Elmina Davies, filmmaker, dies at 36
  • 1995 Dorothy Granger, US actress (Hog Wild, Dentist), dies at about 80
  • 1995 Leonard Hirsch, British violinist and conducter (BBC Empire Orch), dies at 92
  • 1998 Mae Questel, American actress (b. 1908)
  • 1999 Iron Eyes Cody, American actor (b. 1904)
  • 2004 Brian Gibson (director), English film director (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Steve Krantz, American film and TV producer (Fritz the Cat) (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Helen Hill, American independent filmmaker (b. 1970)
  • 2012 Harry Fowler, English actor, dies at 85
  • 2013 Tony Lip, American actor, dies at 82
  • 2015 Stuart Scott, American sports journalist (ESPN), dies of cancer at 49