January 1968 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 ABC radio splits into 4 networks (Info, Entertainment, Contemp & FM)
  • Jan 1 WDCO TV channel 15 in Cochran, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 2 KBHK TV channel 44 in San Francisco, California (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 4 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million to CBS
  • Jan 7 "GE College Bowl" quiz show premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 12 Nighttime version of "Hollywood Squares" premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 15 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 19 WKBF TV channel 61 in Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 22 "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premieres on NBC

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 Cuba Gooding Jr, actor (Boyz N the Hood, Glaadiator, Few Good Men)
  • Jan 2 Evan Parke, Jamaican actor
  • Jan 3 Shannon Sturges, actress (Savannah)
  • Jan 5 Carl Evans, Actor (Guilding Light)
  • Jan 6 John Singleton, director/screenwriter (Boyz in the Hood)
  • Jan 8 Ami Dolenz, actress (General Hospital, Can't Buy Me Love), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 9 Joey Lauren Adams, American actress
  • Jan 11 Sharon Brown, American actress (Chantal-Generations), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestHeather Mills

Jan 12 Heather Mills, English model, activist and writer (Out on a Limb), born in Aldershot, Hampshire

Activist and Media Personality Heather Mills
Activist and Media Personality
Heather Mills
  • Jan 12 Rachael Harris, American actress, born in Worthington, Ohio
  • Jan 13 Chara, Japanese singer and actress

Person of interestLL Cool J

Jan 14 LL Cool J, American rapper (Bigger & Deffer), born in Bay Shore, New York

Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J
  • Jan 15 Chad Lowe, actor (Spencer, Apprentice to Murder), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jan 16 David Chokachi, actor (Baywatch)
  • Jan 21 Charlotte Ross, actress (Eve-Days of Our Lives), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 22 Brian Jones, American sports radio and television host and former NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Jan 22 Frank LebÅ“uf, French actor, sports commentator and former footballer (1998 FIFA World Cup), born in Marseille, France
  • Jan 25 Heinrich "Haini" Wolfgramm, Polynesian-American actor and musician (The Jets), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 26 Ravi Teja, Tollywood film actor
  • Jan 29 Edward Burns, American actor, director, writer (Brothers McMullen, Saving Private Ryan), born in Queens, New York
  • Jan 29 Sora Jung, Korean actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 20 Actress Sharon Tate (24) weds actor/director Roman Polanski (34) in Chelsea, London

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 5 Jean Murat, French actor (Eternal Rain, Carnival Flanders), dies at 79
  • Jan 10 Basil Sydney, British actor (Hamlet, Jassy, Simba, Farmer's Wife), dies of pleurisy at 73
  • Jan 10 Howard Smith, American actor (Kiss of Death, Call Northside 777), dies at 74
  • Jan 15 John Davidson, American actor (Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc, Charlie Chan-Chinese Cat), dies at 80
  • Jan 18 Bert Wheeler, American actor (Brave Eagle, The Nitwits, Hold 'em Jail, High Flyers, Rainmakers), dies at 72
  • Jan 18 John Ridgely, American actor (Northern Pursuit, They Died with Their Boots On, Air Force), dies from a heart ailment at 58
  • Jan 25 Virginia Maskell, actress (Only Two Can Play), dies at 31