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

Musical Finale

Jan 5 Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical "Camelot", starring Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, and Robert Goulet, closes at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 873 performances and winning 4 Tony Awards

  • Jan 6 "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" with Marlin Perkins begins on NBC

Pro Wrestling

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

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, British actor (Robin of Sherwood), born in Rome, Italy
  • Jan 12 François Girard, French Canadian film director and screenwriter, born in Saint-Félicien, Quebec
  • Jan 14 Adjoa Andoh, English actress (Casualty, Bridgerton), born in Bristol, England

Steven SoderberghSteven Soderbergh (60 years old)

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

  • 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 'Hardcore Holly', American professional wrestler, born in Glendale, California
  • Jan 31 John Dye, American actor (Touched by an Angel - "Andrew"), born in Amory, Mississippi (d. 2011)

Weddings in Film & TV

Bob Newhart

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

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, American vaudeville and silent film comic (Young and Dumb),and talkie character actor billed as "Fuzzy" St. John (Outlaws of the Plains), dies of a heart attack 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