On This Day

January 1970 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 3 WHAG TV channel 25 in Hagerstown, MD (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 5 KPTS TV channel 8 in Hutchinson-Wichita, KS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 5 Soap Opera "All My Children" premieres on ABC
  • Jan 10 Preview Center opens at Walt Disney World, Florida - first building to open

Film & TV History

Jan 25 "M*A*S*H", directed by Robert Altman, starring Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould, is released (Palme d'Or 1970)

Film Director Robert Altman
Film Director
Robert Altman
  • Jan 27 Movie rating system modifies "M" rating to "PG"

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Gabriel Jarret, American actor
  • Jan 2 Royce Clayton, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 1997; SF Giants, St Louis Cardinals) and actor (The Rookie, Moneyball), born in Burbank, California
  • Jan 3 Mahaya Petrosian, Iranian actress
  • Jan 3 Christian Duguay, American comic actor
  • Jan 3 Matt Ross, American actor
  • Jan 4 Chris Kanyon, American pro wrestler (WCW/WWF World Tag Team C'ship), born in Sunnyside, New York City (d. 2010)
  • Jan 5 Rick Campanelli, Canadian TV presenter, born in Hamilton, Canada
  • Jan 6 Gabrielle Reece, American volleyball player & actress (Extremists), born in La Jolla, California
  • Jan 6 Julie Chen, American television presenter, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 7 Doug E. Doug [Douglas Bourne], American actor and comedian (Cosby, Operation Dumbo Drop, Jungle Fever), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 10 Marcus Bagwell, American professional wrestler, born in Marietta, Georgia
  • Jan 13 Keith Coogan, American actor (Jeffrey in The Waltons, Gun Shy), born in Palm Springs, California

Shonda Rhimes

Jan 13 Shonda Rhimes, American television producer and series creator (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal), born in Chicago Illinois

TV Producer Shonda Rhimes
TV Producer
Shonda Rhimes
  • Jan 14 Gene Snitsky, American professional wrestler, born in Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 17 Genndy Tartakovsky, Russian-born animator, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jan 19 Ghetty Chasun, American actress (Red Lips), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 19 Udo Suzuki, Japanese comedian, born in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan
  • Jan 20 Skeet Ulrich, American actor (Scream), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Jan 20 Mitch Benn, English comedian and musician, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Jan 21 Ken Leung, American actor
  • Jan 22 Brian Gaskill, American actor (David Michaels-Models Inc, Bob-All My Children), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jan 24 Matthew Lillard, American actor (Scream), born in Lansing, Michigan
  • Jan 29 Heather Graham, American actress (Drugstore Cowboy, Diggstown), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jan 31 (Amelia) "Minnie" Driver, British-American actress (Good Will Hunting; The Riches), and singer-songwriter (Everything I've Got in My Pocket), born in London, England

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 7 Robert [Harriot] Barrat, American actor (Bad Lands, Go West, Distant Drums), dies at 80
  • Jan 19 Hal March [Harold Mendelson], American comedian, actor and TV host ($64,000 Question, Outrage), dies of lung cancer at 49
  • Jan 25 Marie Benavente, actress (Paradise), dies at 84
  • Jan 25 Eiji Tsuburaya, Japanese television writer and producer (Ultraman) (b. 1901)
  • Jan 30 Malcolm Keen, British actor (The Lodger, The Manxman, The Murder Party), dies at 82