January 1966 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 National Football League Championship, Lambeau Field, Green Bay: Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns, 23-12; first NFL title game televised in colour, and last one played before Super Bowl era
  • Jan 4 WFLD TV channel 32 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 8 The Who & the Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC
  • Jan 11 "Daktari" African adventure series premieres on CBS TV

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jan 12 "Batman", starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Cesar Romero as The Joker, debuts on ABC

  • Jan 24 WDIO TV channel 10 in Duluth, MN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 25 WCMC (now WMGM) TV channel 40 in Wildwood, NJ (NBC) 1st broadcast

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Rawley Valberde, Oceanside California, actor (Amado-Santa Barbara)
  • Jan 6 Fernando Carrillo, Venezuelan actor, born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • Jan 7 Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, American publicist & wife of John Kennedy Jr, born in White Plains, New York (d. 1999)
  • Jan 8 Maria Pitillo, American actress (Ryan's Hope, Natural Born Killers), born in Elmira, New York
  • Jan 8 Loretta Lee [Lee Lai Chan], Chinese actress (Happy Ghost), born in British Hong Kong
  • Jan 9 Candi Milo, American voice actress, born in Palm Springs, California
  • Jan 11 Marc Acito, American novelist and humorist
  • Jan 12 Olivier Martinez, French actor (The Horseman on the Roof), born in Paris, France

Person of interestPatrick Dempsey

Jan 13 Patrick Dempsey, American actor (Grey's Anatomy),born in Lewiston Maine

  • Jan 13 Simon Shelton Barnes, British actor (Teletubbies-Tinky Winky), born in Bethnal Green, London (d. 2018)
  • Jan 14 Daniel J Schneider, American actor (Dennis-Head of the Class), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 20 Rainn Wilson, American actor (The Office, Juno), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jan 22 Carlton Haselrig, American wrestler & NFL guard (NY Jets), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 24 Jimeoin, Northern Irish comedian
  • Jan 27 Tamlyn Tomita, Okinawa, actress (Karate Kid 2, Ming Li-Santa Barbara)
  • Jan 30 Daphne Ashbrook, American actress (Liz-Our Family Honor), born in Long Beach, California

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 21 Beatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 3 Rex Lease, American actor (Fast Bullets, Sunny Skies, Custer's Last Stand), dies at 62
  • Jan 22 Herbert Marshall, actor (Dark Angel, Duel in the Sun), dies at 75
  • Jan 31 Elizabeth Patterson, actress (Tall Story), dies at 90