January 1968 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 ABC radio splits into 4 networks (Info, Entertainment, Contemp & FM)
  • Jan 1 Netherlands gets color TV
  • 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, Texas (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 19 WKBF TV channel 61 in Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

Jan 20 Arthur Penn's film "Bonnie and Clyde" premieres in Paris, France with stars Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway in attendance

  • Jan 22 "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premieres on NBC

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Miki Higashino, Japanese video game composer (Suikoden series), born in Japan

Cuba Gooding Jr.Cuba Gooding Jr. (55 years old)

Jan 2 American actor (Boyz n the Hood: Gladiator; As Good As It Gets: Jerry Maquire), born in The Bronx, New York

  • Jan 2 Evan Parke, Jamaican actor
  • Jan 3 Shannon Sturges, actress (Savannah)
  • Jan 5 Carl Evans, American actor (Guiding Light), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 6 John Singleton, American director and screenwriter (Boyz in the Hood), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • Jan 8 Ami Dolenz, American actress (General Hospital, Can't Buy Me Love), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 9 Joey Lauren Adams, American actress, born in North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Jan 11 Sharon Brown, American actress (Chantal-Generations), born in NYC, New York

Heather MillsHeather Mills (55 years old)

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

  • Jan 12 Rachael Harris, American actress, born in Worthington, Ohio
  • Jan 13 Chara [Miwa Watabiki], Japanese singer and actress (Swallowtail Butterfly), born in Kawaguchi, Saitama, Japan

LL Cool JLL Cool J (55 years old)

Jan 14 American rapper (Bigger and Deffer), born in Bay Shore, New York

  • Jan 15 Chad Lowe, American actor (Spencer, Apprentice to Murder), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jan 16 David Chokachi, American actor (Baywatch), born in Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • 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 22 Guy Fieri [Ferry], American celebrity chef, restaurateur and TV personality (Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives; Guy's Grocery Games), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Jan 25 Heinrich "Haini" Wolfgramm, Polynesian-American actor & musician (The Jets), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 26 Ravi Teja, Indian film actor, born in Jaggampeta, India
  • Jan 29 Edward Burns, American actor, director, writer (Brothers McMullen, Saving Private Ryan), born in Queens, New York
  • Jan 29 Sora Jung, Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea

Weddings in Film & TV

Sharon Tate & Roman Polanski

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

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 16 John Davidson, American stage and silent and sound screen actor (The Bronze Bell; Dick Tracy vs Crime, Inc; Chinese Cat), dies at 81
  • 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