On This Day

January 1957 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 "Blondie" situation comedy premieres on NBC TV (later on CBS)

TV Show Appearance

Jan 6 Elvis Presley makes his 7th & final appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

Sports History

Jan 10 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick rules Bing Crosby can keep token stock in Detroit Tigers, even though he owns part of Pittsburgh Pirates

Radio Premiere

Jan 13 "All that Fall", first radio play by Samuel Beckett, aired on BBC Third Programme

  • Jan 21 KSAT TV channel 12 in San Antonio, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting

Television Premiere

Jan 28 "Tonight! America After Dark" premieres, with Jack Lescoulie & Al (Jazzbo) Collins on NBC (between Steve Allen & Jack Paar)


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Ewa Kasprzyk, Polish actress
  • Jan 2 Joanna Pacula, Tomszowaubelski Poland, actress (Gorky Park, Kiss)
  • Jan 3 Frank Dicopoulos, actor (Frank Cooper-Guiding Light), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Jan 7 Katie Couric, American journalist & author (Today), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • Jan 7 Kristen Meadows, American actress (Santa Barbara), born in Ventura, California
  • Jan 7 Reena Roy, Hindi Bollywood actress, born in Mumbai, India
  • Jan 8 Ron Cephas Jones, American actor (This is Us), born in Patterson, New Jersey
  • Jan 12 John Lasseter, American animation director (Pixar), born in Hollywood, California
  • Jan 14 Suzanne Danielle, English actress, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 15 Mario Van Peebles, Mexican actor (Posse, South Bronx Heroes), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Jan 16 Ricardo Darin, Argentine director and actor (The Secret in Their Eyes), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jan 17 Steve Harvey, American actor, comedian and radio personality, born in Welch, West Virginia
  • Jan 17 Keith Chegwin, English television presenter & actor, born in Walton, Liverpool (d. 2017)
  • Jan 22 Rene Requiestas, Filipino actor & comedian, born in Tondo, Philippines (d. 1993)
  • Jan 24 Adrian Edmondson, British comedian, born in Bradford, United Kingdom
  • Jan 25 Jenifer Lewis, American actress (Girl 6, Meteor Man, Sister Act), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 26 Hawk [Michael Hegstrand], American professional wrestler (ECW/WCW/WWF/AWA, Legion of Doom), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)
  • Jan 27 Frank Miller, American comicbook writer (Batman-The Dark Knight Returns)
  • Jan 27 Danny Aiello III, American film and television stunt performer, stunt coordinator, and actor, born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 2010)
  • Jan 28 Harley Jane Kozak, actress (Arachnophobia, Necessary Roughness)
  • Jan 28 Frank Skinner, English comedian

Weddings in Film & TV

Howard Hughes

Jan 12 Aviator Howard Hughes marries 2nd wife actress Jean Peters

Divorces in Film & TV

Elizabeth Taylor

Jan 31 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 2nd divorce from actor Michael Wilding

Deaths in Film & TV

Humphrey Bogart

Jan 14 Humphrey Bogart, American actor (Casablanca, Caine Mutiny), dies of cancer of the esophagus at 57

  • Jan 16 Arturo Toscanini, Italian-American conductor (NBC), dies in NYC at 89