On This Day

January 1961 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 Berry Gordy signs The Supremes with Motown Records

Record Company Owner Berry Gordy
Record Company Owner
Berry Gordy
Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • Jan 21 KIFI TV channel 8 in Idaho Falls, Idaho (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 23 Supreme Court rules cities & states have right to censor films

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Jan 25 1st live, nationally televised presidential news conference with JFK

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

Film release premierFilm Release

Jan 25 Walt Disney's animated film "101 Dalmatians", based on the novel by Dodie Smith and directed by Clyde Geronimi and Hamilton Luske is released in the US

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Jan 27 "Sing Along with Mitch" [Miller] premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 30 Bobby Darin is youngest performer to headline a TV special on NBC
  • Jan 30 KAET TV channel 8 in Phoenix, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jan 31 "The Misfits" premieres in NYC, final movie for Clark Gable & Marilyn Monroe


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Fiona Phillips, British television presenter
  • Jan 1 Mark Wingett, British actor

Person of interestGabrielle Carteris

Jan 2 Gabrielle Carteris, American actress (Andrea in Beverly Hills 90210), born in Scottsdale, Arizona

  • Jan 2 Todd Haynes, American film director
  • Jan 2 Craig James, American NFL running back and sports commentator (Pro Bowl 1985; New England Patriots; ABC, ESPN), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • Jan 4 Lee Curreri, American actor (Bruno Martelli-Fame), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 6 Howie Long, American NFL tackle/actor/broadcaster (Broken Arrow), born in Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Jan 7 Supriya Pathak, Indian actress, born in Mumbai, India
  • Jan 9 Oliver Goldstick, American screenwriter
  • Jan 10 Evan Handler, American actor (Dear Mr Wonderful), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 10 Janet Jones, American actress (American Anthem, Flamingo Kid), born in Bridgeton, Missouri

Person of interestJulia Louis-Dreyfus

Jan 13 Julia Louis-Dreyfus, American comedienne and actress (Elaine Benes-Seinfeld, SNL, Veep), born in NYC, New York

Seinfeld Comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Seinfeld Comedienne
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Jan 15 Yves P. Pelletier, Canadian comedian & film director, born in Laval, Canada
  • Jan 17 Brian Helgeland, American writer & film director, born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Jan 18 Jeff Yagher, American actor, born in Lawrence, Kansas
  • Jan 19 Paul McCrane, American actor (Hotel New Hampshire, We're Fighting Back), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 19 William Ragsdale, American actor (Fright Night, Mannequin 2, Smooth Talk), born in El Dorado, Arkansas
  • Jan 21 Sherry Ramsay, American actress (Trish Mason-As the World Turns), born in Stauton, Virginia
  • Jan 24 Nastassja Kinski, German actress (Tess, Cat People), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Jan 25 Michele Tobin, American actress (Fitzpatricks), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 27 Karen Velez, American Playboy playmate (December, 1984, 1985 Playmate of the Year), born in Rockville Center, New York
  • Jan 27 Dina Bonnevie, Filipino actress

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 Barry Fitzgerald, Irish actor (Academy Award, Going My Way), dies at 72
  • Jan 14 Ernest Thesiger, English actor (Brass Monkey, Ghoul), dies at 81