January 1976 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 NBC replaces "peacock" logo with large block "N"; Design of new logo approached $1M, and was subject to copyright infringement suit costing NBC an additional $800K

Music Single

Jan 9 Ringo Starr releases single "Oh My My" in the UK

  • Jan 14 "The Bionic Woman" with Lindsay Wagner debuts on ABC (later NBC)
  • Jan 16 "Donny & Marie" [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV

Music Single

Jan 17 Blondie release their debut single "X Offender" written by Debbie Harry and Gary Valentine

Golden Globes

Jan 24 33rd Golden Globes: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", Jack Nicholson, & Louise Fletcher win

Television Premiere

Jan 27 "Laverne & Shirley" TV spinoff from "Happy Days" starring Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams premieres on ABC TV


Birthdays in Film & TV

Chai JingChai Jing (47 years old)

Jan 1 Chinese broadcaster, author and documentary maker (Under the Dome), born in Linfen, Shanxi Province

  • Jan 1 Georgina Chapman, British fashion designer and actress (Project Runway: All-Stars), born in Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 2 Mahée Paiement, Canadian actress
  • Jan 2 Paz Vega, Spanish actress
  • Jan 3 Alisen Down, Canadian actress
  • Jan 3 Dinara Drukarova, Russian actress
  • Jan 3 Nicholas Gonzalez, American actor
  • Jan 6 Danny Pintauro, American actor (Jonathan-Who's the Boss), born in Milltown, New Jersey
  • Jan 7 Vanessa Lorenzo, Spanish fashion model, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Jan 8 Jenny Lewis, American actress (Becky-Life With Lucy), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jan 9 Todd Grisham, American professional wrestling interviewer, born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Jan 12 Miki Nakatani, Japanese actress and singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 13 Michael Peña, American actor (Crash; End of Watch, American Hustle; César Chávez), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 15 Dorian Missick, American actor, born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Jan 22 Balthazar Getty, American actor (Young Guns 2, Lord of the Flies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 23 Angelica Lee, Taiwanese actress & singer, born in Alor Setar, Malaysia
  • Jan 23 Nigel McGuinness, English pro wrestler and broadcaster (ROH World Champion 2003-06; NXT UK), born in London, England
  • Jan 26 Frankie Rayder, American model, born in River Falls, Wisconsin,
  • Jan 27 Clint Ford, American voice actor
  • Jan 27 Ruby Lin, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • Jan 28 Emiko Kado, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • Jan 28 Lee Ingleby, British actor
  • Jan 29 Charles Divins, American model & actor, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 29 Ilmira Shamsutdinova, Russian-Soviet model, born in Saratov, Russia
  • Jan 30 Andy Milonakis, American comedian, born in Katonah, New York

Weddings in Film & TV

Sidney Poitier

Jan 23 Bahamian-American actor Sidney Poitier (48) weds Canadian actress Joanna Shimkus

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 Jan B Cammans, Flemish actor (Brothers Karamazov), dies at 84
  • Jan 8 Herman van der Horst, Dutch cinematographer (Faja Lobbi), dies at 75
  • Jan 13 Margaret Leighton, British actress (The Go-Between, The Night of the Iguana), dies of multiple sclerosis at 53
  • Jan 18 Sonia Dresdel, actor (Fallen Idol, Secret Tent), dies at 67
  • Jan 19 Kevin Coughlin, American actor (T R Ryan-Mama), killed in a hit and run at 30
  • Jan 23 Paul Dupuis, French Canadian actor (The Fortress; Passport to Pimlico), dies at 62
  • Jan 23 Paul Robeson, American stage and screen bass-baritone singer ("Old Man River"), actor, and civil rights activist, dies of stroke complications in Philadelphia at 77
  • Jan 29 Michael Gwynn, English actor (Dunkirk, Barabbas, Cleopatra), dies of a heart attack at 59