On This Day in Film & TV for January 8

Events in Film & TV

  • 1929 CBS radio network buys WABC in NYC
  • 1955 WUNC TV channel 4 in Chapel Hill, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 The Who & the Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC
  • 1991 "Davis Rules" with Jonathan Winters & Randy Quaid premieres on ABC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 NBC offers "Tonight Show" to David Letterman

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

2008 34th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Patrick Dempsey & Katherine Heigl win (TV)

  • 2009 14th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Slumdog Millionaire wins Best Film
  • 2014 40th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Sandra Bullock win (Movie Star) and Josh Charles & Stana Katić win (Dramatic TV)

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

2017 74th Golden Globes: "Moonlight", Casey Affleck and Isabelle Huppert win


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1814 Johannes Kneppelhout, [Klikspaan], Dutch humorist
  • 1888 Matt Moore, Irish-American actor and director (Coquette, Deluge), born in Kells, County Meath Ireland (d. 1960)
  • 1889 Paul Hartmann, Furth Germany, actor (Haunted Castle)
  • 1902 Alexander Gray, Wrightsville Pa, actor (This is Music)
  • 1903 Gene Roth, [Eugene Stutenroth], SD, actor (She Demons, Spider)
  • 1908 "Fearless" Nadia [Mary Ann Evans], Australian actress (Hunterwali), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1908 William Hartnell, English actor (first Doctor in Doctor Who, Jackpot), born in London (d. 1975)
  • 1909 Willy Millowitsch, German actor (d. 1999)
  • 1910 Richard Cromwell, [LeRoy Melvin Radabaugh], actor (Jezebel), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1912 José Ferrer, Puerto Rican actor and director (Blood Tide, Dune), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1992)

  • 1917 Stanley Prager, American comedian (College Bowl), born in NYC, New York
  • 1920 Douglas Wilmer, British actor (Sherlock Holmes), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Larry Storch, American comedian (F Troop, Larry Storch Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1924 Ron Moody, actor (12 Chairs, Oliver!), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Soupy Sales, [Milton Hines], NC, comedian (Soupy Sales Show)
  • 1928 Sander Vanocur, news anchor (NBC Weekend News), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1929 Saeed Jaffrey, Indian actor (The Chess Players, Gandhi), born in Punjab, India (d. 2015)
  • 1931 May Wynn, [Donna Lee Hickey], American actress (Caine Mutiny, Noah's Ark), born in NYC, New York
  • 1933 Charles Osgood, American news anchor (CBS Weekend News), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934 Roy Kinnear, Lancashire England, actor (TW3, Help!, The 3 Musketeers)
  • 1935 Nolan Miller, Burkburnett Tx, fashion designer (Dynasty, Love Boat)
  • 1938 Bob Eubanks, TV host (Newlywed Game), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1941 Graham Chapman, English comedian (Monty Python's Flying Circus), born in Leicester, England (d. 1989)
  • 1942 Yvette Mimieux, American actress (Time Machine, Where the Boys Are), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Kathleen Noone, actress (All My Children, Party of 5, Knots Landing)
  • 1951 John McTiernan, actor (Predator, Die Hard, Medicine Man), born in Albany, New York
  • 1952 Lauri Walters, actress (8 is Enough, Harrad Experiment), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1958 Rey Misterio, Sr., Mexican wrestler
  • 1960 Jolanda Egger, Playboy playmate (June, 1983), born in Lucerne, Switzerland
  • 1965 Michelle Forbes, actress (Julianna Cox-Homicide)
  • 1966 Maria Pitillo, Mahwah, New Jersey, American actress (Ryan's Hope, Natural Born Killers)
  • 1966 Loretta Lee, [Lee Lai Chan], China, actress (Happy Ghost)
  • 1968 Ami Dolenz, actress (General Hospital, Can't Buy Me Love), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1971 Brook Mahealani Lee, Miss Universe/Miss USA (1997-Hawaii)
  • 1976 Jenny Lewis, actress (Becky-Life With Lucy), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1977 Pearl Amoah, Miss Universe-Ghana (1996)
  • 1977 Ryan Frances, actor (Trevor-Sisters)
  • 1977 Amber Benson, American actress
  • 1977 Ron Pederson, Canadian actor
  • 1977 Lee Yoo-jin, Korean actress
  • 1978 Petra Minarova, Miss Czech Republic Universe (1997)
  • 1979 Sarah Polley, actress (Sweet Hereafter)
  • 1980 Rachel Nichols, American actress
  • 1982 Gaby Hoffman, actress (Field of Dreams, Uncle Buck, Now & Then)
  • 1983 Chris Mordetzky, American wrestler
  • 1983 Felipe Colombo, Argentine-Mexican actor and singer
  • 1986 Jaclyn Linetsky, Canadian actress (d. 2003)

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1951 Actor Burgess Meredith (43) weds ballerina Kaja Sundsten

HeartWedding of Interest

1973 Actor Michael Caine (40) weds model Shakira Baksh (25) at Candlelight Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • 2005 Rapper and actor Nas (32) weds R&B singer Kelis (25) at Morningside Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1998 Roseanne files for divorce from 3rd husband Ben Thomas

Comedienne and Actress Roseanne Barr
Comedienne and Actress
Roseanne Barr

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1916 Ada Rehan, Irish-born American actress (b. 1860)
  • 1967 Zbigniew Cybulski, Polish actor (Ashes and Diamonds), dies at 39
  • 1975 Anthony Warde, actor (Big Punch, Buck Rogers), dies at 66
  • 1975 John Dierkes, actor (Red Badge of Courage), dies at 69
  • 1975 John Gregson, English actor (Rooney, Assassin), dies at 55
  • 1981 Woody Chamblis, actor (Mr Lathrop-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
  • 1982 Gregoire Aslan, actor (Concrete Jungle), dies of 73 of a heart attack
  • 1982 Reta Shaw, actress (Ghost & Mrs Muir), dies of emphysema at 69
  • 1983 Gale Page, actress (4 Daughters, Knute Rockney), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1983 Lois Wilson, actress (Alice-Aldrich Family), dies at 88
  • 1983 Ron Frazer, Australian actor (b. 1924)
  • 1987 Peter Adams, actor (Alternative, Blowing Hot & Cold), dies at 69
  • 1989 Kenneth McMillan, actor (Malone, Concrete Beat), dies of heart attack at 56
  • 1990 Terry Thomas, British comedian and actor (Heroes), dies of Parkinson's disease at 78
  • 1994 Edward Duke, actor (Decadence, Silver Bears), dies of cancer at 40
  • 1994 Pat Buttram, actor (Haney-Green Acres), dies of kidney failure at 78
  • 1994 Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Italian actor (Octopus), dies at 52
  • 1997 Carole Carr, singer/actress (Down Among the Z Men), dies at 68
  • 1997 Jesse White, American actor (Bedtime for Bonzo, Maytag repairman, Million Dollar Mermaid), dies at 77
  • 2005 Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster (b. 1952)
  • 2007 Yvonne De Carlo, Canadian-born actress (10 Commandments, Lily-Munsters), dies at 84
  • 2010 Monica Maughan, Australian actor (b. 1933)