On This Day

January 1963 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 WTEV (now WLNE) TV channel 6 in Providence RI begins broadcasting
  • Jan 3 WOUB TV channel 20 in Athens, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 6 "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" with Marlin Perkins begins on NBC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 24 Buddy Rogers & Lou Thesz wrestle in Toronto, Rogers becomes WWF wrestling champ & Thesz becomes NWA champion

Professional Wrestler Lou Thesz
Professional Wrestler
Lou Thesz

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 3 Jerome Young, American pro wrestler (New Jack), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Jan 4 Dave Foley, actor and comedian (Kids In The Hall, Dave Nelson on NewsRadio)
  • Jan 11 Jason Connery, actor (Robin Hood), born in London, England
  • Jan 12 François Girard, French-Canadian film director and screenwriter, born in Saint-Félicien, Quebec

Person of interestSteven Soderbergh

Jan 14 Steven Soderbergh, American producer, director, writer (Ocean's Eleven, Traffic), born in Atlanta, Georgia

  • Jan 14 Adjoa Andoh, English actress (Casualty, Bridgerton), born in Bristol, England
  • Jan 16 James May, English television presenter, born in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Jan 18 Tom Alexander, American model, and actor (Forbidden Dance; Dream A Little Evil), born in New York City (d. 1992)
  • Jan 20 James Denton, American actor, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jan 23 Gail O'Grady, American actress (Hitman, Nobody's Perfect, NYPD Blue), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 29 Bob Holly, American professional wrestler
  • Jan 31 John Dye, American actor (Andrew-Touched by an Angel), born in Amory, Mississippi (d. 2011)

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 12 Actor and comedian Bob Newhart (33) weds Virginia "Ginnie" Quinn

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 Dick Powell [Richard Ewing Powell], American singer, actor, producer and director (Cry Danger, Dick Powell Theater), dies from cancer at 58
  • Jan 2 Jack Carson, Canadian-American actor (Star is Born, Mildred Pierce), dies at 52
  • Jan 21 Al St John, actor (Law & Order, Devil Riders), dies at 70
  • Jan 26 Ole Olsen, American comedian (Olsen & Johnson), dies at 70
  • Jan 27 John Farrow, Australian director and actor (Botany Bay, Wake Island), dies from a heart attack at 58