On This Day in Film & TV for January 7

Events in Film & TV

  • 1955 WCIQ TV channel 7 in Mt Cheaha, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 "Newlywed Game" premieres on ABC TV
  • 1968 "GE College Bowl" quiz show premieres on NBC TV
  • 1973 WNPB TV channel 13 in Marquette, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1982 "Fame" premieres on NBC TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 President Reagan ends US arms embargo against Guatemala

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

2001 27th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Drew Carey & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

Actress Jennifer Aniston
Actress
Jennifer Aniston
Actress Julia Roberts
Actress
Julia Roberts
Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson
  • 2008 13th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: No Country for Old Men wins Best Film

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

2009 35th People's Choice Awards: Will Smith & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Hugh Laurie & Christina Applegate win (TV)

Film release premierFilm Release

2011 "The King's Speech", starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter, is released in United Kingdom

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

2015 41st People's Choice Awards: Robert Downey & Jennifer Lawrence win (movie star), Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pomero (TV dramatic)


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1873 Adolph Zukor, Hungary, movie producer/director/executive (Paramount)
  • 1896 Arnold Ridley, Bath England, actor/dramatist (The Ghost Train)
  • 1898 Art Baker, American TV host (You Asked For It), born in NYC, New York
  • 1899 Kenneth Thomson, Pitts, actor (Broadway Melody, Little Giant)
  • 1903 Alan Napier, actor (Alfred-Batman), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1911 Butterfly McQueen, [Thelma], actress (Gone With the Wind), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1913 Francis De Wolff, England, actor (From Russia With Love)
  • 1913 Shirley Ross, actress (Cafe Society, Prison Farm), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1922 Vincent Gardenia, Naples Italy, actor (All in the Family, LA Law)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1928 William Peter Blatty, American scriptwriter and author of The Exorcist, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty
  • 1929 Douglas Kiker, NBC newsman (1970 Peabody Award)
  • 1929 Terry Moore, [Helen Luella Koford], LA Cal, actress (Little Sheba)
  • 1933 Elliott Kastner, American film producer (Angel Heart, Where Eagles Dare), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1949 Anne Schedeen, American actress
  • 1950 Erin Gray, actress (Silver Spoons, Buck Rogers), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1950 Johnny Lever [John Prakasa Rao Janumala ], Indian Bollywood actor and comedian, born in Prakasam, Andhra Pradesh
  • 1955 Sandra Bernhard, Arizona (Follow That Bird, King of Comedy)
  • 1956 David Caruso, American actor (NYPD Blue, Michael Hayes), born in Forest Hills, New York
  • 1957 Kristen Meadows, actress (Santa Barbara)
  • 1957 Reena Roy, Indian actress
  • 1958 Donna Rice, model/Gary Hart's lover, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1960 David Marciano, American actor (Det Ray Vecchio-Due South), born in Newark New Jersey
  • 1960 Tierre Turner, American actor (Waverly Wonders, Cop & the Kid), born in Detroit Michigan
  • 1961 Supriya Pathak, Indian actress
  • 1962 Hallie Todd, actress (Check is in the Mail)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1964 Nicolas Cage, [Coppola], actor (Moonstruck, Racing with the Moon)

  • 1966 Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, model/wife of John Kennedy Jr
  • 1967 Mark Lamarr, British comedian and broadcaster
  • 1969 David Yost, American actor
  • 1970 Doug E Doug [Douglas Bourne], American actor (Cosby, Cool Runnings), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1971 C.W. Anderson, American professional wrestler
  • 1974 Jennifer LeRoy, Craig CO, playmate (Feb, 1993)
  • 1977 Dustin Diamond, actor (Screech-Saved By Bell), born in San Jose, California
  • 1977 Michelle Behennah, British model
  • 1977 John Gidding, American architect and TV host (Designed to Sell)
  • 1979 Bipasha Basu, Indian model
  • 1979 Mariangel Ruiz, Venezuelan actress and model
  • 1988 Haley Bennett, American Singer and Actress
  • 1988 Robert Sheehan, Irish actor
  • 1990 Liam Aiken, American actor
  • 1990 Camryn Grimes, American actress
  • 1991 Max Morrow, Canadian actor

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1911 Actress Mary Pickford (19) weds actor Owen Moore (25)

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford

HeartWedding of Interest

1995 Actor-comedian Martin Lawrence (29) weds former Miss Virginia USA Patricia Southall (24) at Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Virginia

Comedian Martin Lawrence
Comedian
Martin Lawrence

HeartWedding of Interest

2006 Punky pop singer Pink (26) weds motocross daredevil and The Surreal Life actor Carey Hart (30) at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Singer Pink
Singer
Pink

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1985 Actress-singer Janet Jackson (18) divorces fellow R&B singer James DeBarge (21) only 4 months after getting married


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1887 Abraham I van Lier, Dutch actor/director (Gran Theatre), dies at 74
  • 1932 Henri Stroethoff, Dutch actor (Bright Paradise), dies at 60
  • 1957 Al White, choreographer (NBC Comedy Hour), dies
  • 1970 Robert [Harriot] Barrat, actor (Bad Lands, Go West), dies at 81
  • 1971 Dick Kollmar, actor (Broadway Spotlight, Guess What), dies at 60
  • 1971 Madame Spivy [LeVoe], actress (All Fall Down), dies at 64
  • 1980 Sarah Selby, actress (Tower of London), dies at 74
  • 1985 Mary Hardy, Australian radio and television presenter (b. 1931)
  • 1988 Trevor Howard, actor (Ryan's Daughter), dies of bronchitis at 71
  • 1988 Michel Auclair, French actor (b. 1922)
  • 1992 Richard Hunt, puppeteer/actor (Muppet Movie), dies of AIDS at 40
  • 1993 Richard Branda, actor (2 Minute Warning), dies of colon cancer at 57
  • 1994 Vittorio Mezzogiorno, actor (Cafe Express), dies of heart failure 52
  • 1995 William Larry White Grayson, comedian, dies at 71
  • 2000 Gary Albright, American professional wrestler (b. 1963)
  • 2002 Avery Schreiber, American actor (b. 1935)
  • 2004 Ingrid Thulin, Swedish actress (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Magnús Magnússon, Icelandic-born television presenter (b. 1929)
  • 2015 Tadeusz Konwicki, Polish writer (Bohin Manor) and film director, dies at 88

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2015 Rod Taylor, Australian actor (Time Machine, The Birds), dies at 84

Actor Rod Taylor
Actor
Rod Taylor