January 1917 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 11 Guy Bolton & PG Wodehouse's "Have a Heart" premieres in New York

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Albert Mol, Dutch actor (Kant aan m'n broek!), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • Jan 3 Jesse White [Weidenfeld], American character actor (Bedtime for Bonzo; Harvey; Maytag repairman, 1967-88), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1997)

Jane WymanJane Wyman (1917-2007)

Jan 5 American Academy Award-winning actress (Johnny Belinda; Magnificent Obsession) and 1st wife of Ronald Reagan, born in Saint Joseph, Missouri

  • Jan 8 Stanley Prager, American comedian (College Bowl), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)
  • Jan 16 William "Buddy" Lester, American comedian and actor (Barney Miller, Phil Silvers Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • Jan 17 M. G. Ramachandran, Indian actor & politician, born in Kandy, Sri Lanka (d. 1987)

Ernest BorgnineErnest Borgnine (1917-2012)

Jan 24 American Academy Award-winning actor (Marty; From Here To Eternity; ; McHale's Navy; The Poseidon Adventure), born in Hamden, Connecticut

  • Jan 26 Louis Zamperini, American World War II veteran whose story of capture by the Japanese inspired the movie "Unbroken", born in Olean, New York (d. 2014)
  • Jan 29 John Raitt, American stage and screen singer and actor (Carousel; Pajama Game), born in Santa Ana, California (d. 2005)