January 1971 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 12 "All in the Family" premieres on CBS featuring 1st toilet flush on TV

Pro Wrestling

Jan 18 Ivan Koloff beats Bruno Sammartino in New York, to become WWWF champ

  • Jan 21 "Alias Smith & Jones" premieres on ABC TV
  • Jan 25 WHMB TV channel 40 in Indianapolis, IN (IND) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 Renée Elise Goldsberry, American actress and singer (Hamilton), born in San Jose, California
  • Jan 2 Taye Diggs, American actor (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Best Man), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Jan 4 Jeremy Licht, American actor (Mark-Valerie/Hogan Family), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 5 Mayuko Takata, Japanese actress, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 7 C.W. Anderson, American professional wrestler, born in Emit, North Carolina

Jeremy RennerJeremy Renner (52 years old)

Jan 7 American actor (The Hurt Locker; The Town; The Avengers), born in Modesto, California

  • Jan 8 Brook Lee, American actress & model (Miss Hawaii 1997, Miss USA 1997, Miss Universe 1997), born in Pearl City, Hawaii

Mary J. BligeMary J. Blige (52 years old)

Jan 11 American R&B singer-songwriter ("Be Without You") and actress (I Can Do Bad All By Myself), born in NYC, New York

  • Jan 13 John Mallory Asher, American film actor/director

Regina KingRegina King (52 years old)

Jan 15 American actress (Southland, If Beale Street Could Talk), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Jan 16 Josh Evans, American actor (Ricochett, The Doors), and film producer, born in New York City
  • Jan 17 Kid Rock [Robert James Ritchie], American rapper, songwriter, musician and actor (Devil Without a Cause), born in Romeo, Michigan
  • Jan 17 Youki Kudoh, Japanese actress, born in Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 18 Seamus O'Regan, Canadian politician & television personality, born in St. John's, Canada
  • Jan 19 Shawn Wayans, American actor (In Living Color), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 20 Questlove [Ahmir Thompson], American drummer, producer bandleader (The Roots), and Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker (Summer of Soul), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 21 Tommy Puett, actor (Tyler-Life Goes On, America's Top 10), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Jan 24 Andrea Mackris, American television producer, born in Missouri, United States
  • Jan 24 Saalman Raelyn, American actress (Attack of 60' Centerfold), born in Fostoria, Ohio
  • Jan 24 Tonya Crowe, American actress (Olivia-Knots Landing), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jan 25 Ana Ortiz, American actress (Ugly Betty - "Hilda"), and singer, born in Manhattan, New York
  • Jan 25 China Kantner, American actress & daughter of Grace Slick, born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 26 Bryan Callen, American actor, born in Manila, Philippines
  • Jan 26 Dorian Gregory, American actor, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 30 Darren Boyd, British actor, born in Hastings, United Kingdom
  • Jan 31 Lee Young Ae, South Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Jan 31 Patrick Kielty, Northern Irish comedian, born in Dundrum, United Kingdom

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 Willard Maas, American educator & experimental filmmaker (b. 1906)
  • Jan 5 Douglas Shearer, Canadian film engineer (b. 1899)
  • Jan 7 Madame Spivy [Bertha Levine], American actress (All Fall Down) and nightclub owner, dies of cancer at 64
  • Jan 7 Richard "Dick" Kollmar, American actor (Broadway Spotlight, Guess What), dies from complications from a blood clotting disorder at 60
  • Jan 13 Henri Tomasi, French conductor, classical and film music composer (Requiem for Peace; The Silence of the Sea), dies at 69
  • Jan 15 John Dall, actor (Corn is Green, Rope), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • Jan 16 Kermit Maynard, American cowboy actor (Valley of Terror, Saturday Roundup), dies at 73
  • Jan 18 Catherine Calvert, American actress (Fires of Faith), dies of stroke at 80
  • Jan 20 Broncho Billy Anderson [Maxwell Aronson], American silent and sound screen actor, the 1st cowboy in a movie (The Great Train Robbery; A Lucky Dog), and studio executive, dies at 90 [1]