January 1971 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 12 "All in the Family" premieres on CBS featuring 1st toilet flush on TV
  • Jan 18 Ivan Koloff beats Bruno Sammartino in New York, to become WWF 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 1 Sammie Henson, American wrestler
  • Jan 2 Taye Diggs, American actor
  • Jan 3 Ku'ualoha Taylor, Hawaii, Miss USA (Hawaii-Miss Congeniality-1996)
  • Jan 4 Jeremy Licht, actor (Mark-Valerie/Hogan Family), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 5 Mayuko Takata, Japanese actress
  • Jan 7 C.W. Anderson, American professional wrestler
  • Jan 8 Brook Mahealani Lee, Miss Universe/Miss USA (1997-Hawaii)

Person of interestMary J. Blige

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

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Singer-songwriter
Mary J. Blige
  • Jan 13 John Mallory Asher, American film actor/director
  • Jan 15 Regina King, actress (Brenda Jenkins-227), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 16 Josh Evans, actor (Ricochett, The Doors)
  • 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
  • Jan 19 Shawn Wayans, actor (In Living Color)
  • Jan 21 Tommy Puett, actor (Tyler-Life Goes On, America's Top 10), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Jan 22 Jennifer Christine Joseph, Wendover Nev, Miss America-Nevada (1996)
  • Jan 23 Lorne Spicer, British TV presenter
  • Jan 24 Saalman Raelyn, Fostoria Ohio, actress (Attack of 60' Centerfold)
  • Jan 24 Tonya Crowe, American actress (Olivia-Knots Landing), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jan 24 Andrea Mackris, American television producer
  • Jan 25 China Kantner, American actress and daughter of Grace Slick, born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 25 Ana Ortiz, American actress and singer
  • Jan 26 Bryan Callen, American actor
  • Jan 26 Dorian Gregory, American actor
  • Jan 30 Darren Boyd, British actor
  • Jan 31 Brandi Sherwood, Miss USA-Idaho (1997, 2nd)
  • Jan 31 Lee Young Ae, South Korean actress
  • Jan 31 Patrick Kielty, Northern Irish comedian

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 Willard Maas, American educator and experimental filmmaker (b. 1906)
  • Jan 5 Douglas Shearer, Canadian film engineer (b. 1899)
  • Jan 7 Richard "Dick" Kollmar, American actor (Broadway Spotlight, Guess What), dies from complications from a blood clotting disorder at 60
  • Jan 7 Madame Spivy [LeVoe], actress (All Fall Down), dies at 64
  • Jan 15 John Dall, actor (Corn is Green, Rope), dies of heart attack at 50
  • Jan 16 Kermit Maynard, American cowboy actor (Valley of Terror, Saturday Roundup), dies at 73
  • Jan 18 Catherine Calvert, actress (Fires of Faith), dies of stroke at 80
  • Jan 20 Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor and the 1st cowboy in a movie (The Great Train, The Lucky Dog), dies at 88