January 1931 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 26 "Cimarron" directed by Wesley Ruggles and starring Richard Dix and Irene Dunne premieres in New York. 1st western to win Best Outstanding Production/Picture (1931)

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jan 30 "City Lights", American silent romantic comedy film directed by Charlie Chaplin, starring himself and Virginia Cherrill, premieres at Los Angeles Theater

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin

Birthdays in Film & TV


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 5 Robert Duvall, actor (Great Santini, Taxi Driver), born in San Diego, California

  • Jan 6 P J [Patrick Joeseph] Kavanagh, poet, actor and journalist (The Perfect Stranger), born in Worthing, Sussex (d. 2015)
  • Jan 8 May Wynn, [Donna Lee Hickey], American actress (Caine Mutiny, Noah's Ark), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 11 Ed Hall, Roxbury Mass, actor (Dr Bicker-Medical Center)
  • Jan 13 Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor (Match Game, Ghost & Mrs Muir), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 13 Ian Hendry, English actor (d. 1984)
  • Jan 17 James Earl Jones, Miss, actor (Darth Vader, Exorcist II, Soul Man)
  • Jan 19 Robert MacNeil, news anchor (NBC Weekend News, 1965-67), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 25 Dean Jones, actor (Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, The Love Bug), born in Decatur, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • Jan 25 Harold Lloyd Jr, actor (Frankenstein's Daughter)
  • Jan 26 Mary Murphy, actress (A Man Alone, Maggie-Investigators), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 27 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), born in London (d. 1998)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 Art Acord, western actor (Set Free, Spurs & Saddles), dies at 40
  • Jan 9 Wayne Munn, wrestler (b. 1896)
  • Jan 22 Alma Rubens, American actress (b. 1897)