January 1969 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 Robert B. Nemiroff's stage drama "To Be Young, Gifted & Black" adaptated from the writings of his late wife of Lorraine Hansberry, starring Ruby Dee, premieres in NYC
  • Jan 2 The Beatles begin rehearsals, while being filmed, for the Let It Be project at Twickenham Film Studios, London

Music Single

Jan 6 The Supremes release single "I'm Livin' In Shame"

  • Jan 6 WLIW TV channel 21 in Garden City, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 27 Actress Thelma Ritter suffers a heart attack (she dies Feb 5th)

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Morris Chestnut, American actor (Ricky-Boyz n the Hood; The Enemy Within), born in Cerritos, California
  • Jan 1 Nicolle Dickson, Australian actress
  • Jan 1 Verne Troyer, American actor (Mini-Me in Austin Powers movies), born in Sturgis, Michigan (d. 2018)

Christy TurlingtonChristy Turlington (54 years old)

Jan 2 American model (Calvin Klein Eternity), born in San Francisco, California

Tommy MorrisonTommy Morrison (1969-2013)

Jan 2 American boxer (WBO heavyweight title 1993) and actor (Rocky V), born in Gravette, Arkansas

  • Jan 4 Lindsay Kennedy, American actor (Jeb-Little House on the Prairie), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Marilyn MansonMarilyn Manson (54 years old)

Jan 5 American shock-rock singer-songwriter (Marilyn Manson - "The Dope Show"; "Tainted Love"), artist and actor, born in Canton, Ohio

  • Jan 5 Paul McGillion, Scottish actor, born in Paisley, United Kingdom
  • Jan 6 Norman Reedus, American model and actor (The Walking Dead), born in Hollywood, Florida
  • Jan 7 David Yost, American actor & producer, born in Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Jan 11 Kyle Richards, American actress (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), born in Los Angeles, California

Jason BatemanJason Bateman (54 years old)

Jan 14 American actor (Arrested Development, Ozark), born in Rye, New York

  • Jan 17 Naveen Andrews, British actor, born in Lambeth, London
  • Jan 18 Dave Bautista, American professional wrestler, born in Washington, D. C.
  • Jan 18 Jesse L. Martin, American actor and singer (Rent; The Flash), born in Rocky Mount, Virginia
  • Jan 20 Melissa Rivers, American TV hostess (MTV, CBS Morning News), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 21 Karina Lombard, American actress
  • Jan 22 Olivia d'Abo, English-American actress (Wonder Years, Single Guy), born in London, England
  • Jan 23 Ariadna Gil, Spanish actress, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Jan 24 Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Icelandic actor, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Jan 24 Stephanie Romanov, American model & actress, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jan 27 Patton Oswalt, American comedian, actor (The King of Queens; The Goldbergs) and writer, born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Jan 28 Kathryn Morris, American actress
  • Jan 28 Mo Rocca, American writer and comedian

Weddings in Film & TV

Audrey Hepburn

Jan 18 Actress Audrey Hepburn (39) marries 2nd husband Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti; divorce in 1982

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Barton Maclane, American actor (The Quarterback, I Dream of Jeannie), dies of cancer at 66
  • Jan 2 George Renevant [Georges de Cheux], French actor (Moulin Rouge, Scotland Yard, Comrade X), dies at 74
  • Jan 3 Howard McNear, American actor (The Andy Griffith Show, Irma La Douce), dies after long illness at 63
  • Jan 5 Tom Aherne, actor (Hustler, April Fools), dies of influenza in NY
  • Jan 13 Wilton Graff, American actor (Bloodlust, Just Before Dawn), dies at 65
  • Jan 19 Charles Winninger, American actor (Cafe Metropole, Coney Island, Charlie Farrell Show), dies at 84