On This Day

January 1956 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 KHAS TV channel 5 in Hastings, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 KOSA TV channel 7 in Odessa, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 WREC (now WREG) TV channel 3 in Memphis, Tennessee (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 6 KGNS TV channel 8 in Laredo, TX (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting

Music History

Jan 9 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin broadcast live, for a 2nd time, on NBC as part of "Producers' Showcase" series

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin
  • Jan 15 KWAB TV channel 4 in Big Spring, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting

Theatrical Finale

Jan 21 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Golden NYC after 849 performances

Comedian and Pianist Victor Borge
Comedian and Pianist
Victor Borge
  • Jan 30 KRMA TV channel 6 in Denver, CO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 30 KTXS TV channel 12 in Sweetwater-Abilene, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Kôji Yakusho, Japanese actor

Mel Gibson

Jan 3 Mel Gibson, American actor (Mad Max, Mrs Soffel, Lethal Weapon) and filmmaker, born in Peekskill, New York

Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson
  • Jan 4 Ann Magnuson, actress (Anything But Love, Hunger), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Jan 7 David Caruso, American actor (NYPD Blue, Michael Hayes), born in Forest Hills, New York
  • Jan 9 Kimberly Beck Hilton, American actress (Kim-Peyton Place), born in Glendale, California
  • Jan 9 Imelda Staunton, British actress (Finding Your Feet, Maleficent), born in Archway, London
  • Jan 10 Don Letts, British film director & musician (Big Audio Dynamite), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 11 Kuniaki Kobayashi, wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • Jan 13 Janet Hubert-Whitten, actress (Vivian Banks-Fresh Prince of Bel Air)
  • Jan 14 Ben Heppner, Canadian tenor, and broadcaster, born in Murrayville, British Columbia
  • Jan 16 Jennifer Dale, Canadian actress, born in Toronto, Canada
  • Jan 17 Mitch Vogel, American actor (Jamie-Bonanza), born in Alhambra, California

Bill Maher

Jan 20 Bill Maher, American comedian & political commentator (Real Time with Bill Maher, Politically Incorrect), born in NYC, New York

Political Commentator and Comedian Bill Maher
Political Commentator and Comedian
Bill Maher
  • Jan 21 Robby Benson, American actor (One on One, Running Brave, Chosen), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 21 Geena Davis, American actress (Beetlejuice, Fly), born in Wareham, Massachusetts
  • Jan 27 Mimi Rogers, actress (Paper Dolls, The Rousters), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Jan 30 Jeremy Gittins, English actor, born in Manchester, United Kingdom

Weddings in Film & TV

Gene Hackman

Jan 1 Actor Gene Hackman (25) weds Fay Maltese

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 5 Mistinguett [Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois], French actress and singer (Moulin Rouge star), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 80
  • Jan 12 Norman Kerry, American actor (Air Eagles, Phantom of the Opera), dies at 61
  • Jan 13 Lyonel Feininger, German-American cartoonist and painter, dies at 84
  • Jan 19 Charles Dingle, American actor (The Little Foxes), dies at 68
  • Jan 23 Alexander Korda, English movie producer (Henry VIII), dies at 62
  • Jan 27 Erich Kleiber, Austrian-Argentine conductor (Teatro Colón, 1937-49; NBC Symphony, 1947-48), dies at 65
  • Jan 30 Jane Seymour [Marjorie S Fitz-patrick], Canadian-American actress (Tom, Dick and Harry, Young Mr Bobbin), dies at 62