On This Day

January 1959 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Jan 9 "Rawhide" with Clint Eastwood premieres on CBS TV

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
  • Jan 12 KOED TV channel 11 in Tulsa, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 24 Dmitri Shostakovich's comedy "Cheryomushk" premieres in Moscow

  • Jan 24 WHCT TV channel 18 in Hartford, CT (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 26 KOKH TV channel 25 in Oklahoma City, OK (IND/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 29 Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" released

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 Denise Matthews "Vanity", singer (Prince protege) and actress (52 Pick Up), born in Niagara Falls, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • Jan 10 Fran Walsh, New Zealand screenwriter, born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Jan 17 Susanna Hoffs, American actress & musician (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 17 Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese singer & actress, born in Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 22 Linda Blair, American actress (Exorcist, Chained Heat, Savage St), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 23 Tyrone Power Jr., American actor (Shag), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 24 Vic Reeves [James Roderick Moir], English comedian, born in Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Jan 26 Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkish film director (Winter Sleep), born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Jan 27 Patti Cohoon, actress (Molly-Here Come the Brides), born in Whittier, California
  • Jan 28 Frank Darabont, American filmmaker
  • Jan 31 Kelly Lynch, American actress (Drugstore Cowboy), born in Golden Walley, Minnesota
  • Jan 31 Anthony LaPaglia, Australian actor (Criminal Justice, Without a Trace), born in Adelaide, Australia

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 21 Carl Switzer, American actor (Our Gang, Beginner's Luck, General Spanky), shot by an acquaintance at 31

Person of interestCecil B. DeMille

Jan 21 Cecil B. DeMille, American filmmaker (The Ten Commandments, Samson and Delilah), dies of heart failure at 77

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • Jan 22 A J Else Mauhs, German/Dutch actress (Hamlet, Nora), dies at 73