January 1976 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 NBC replaces the peacock logo
  • 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

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

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

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

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

Actor and Director Penny Marshall
Actor and Director
Penny Marshall

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 31 3rd American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & John Denver win

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Georgina Chapman, British fashion designer and actress

Person of interestChai Jing

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

Journalist and Environmental Activist Chai Jing
Journalist and Environmental Activist
Chai Jing
  • 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 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 & singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 13 Michael Peña, American actor
  • 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 professional wrestler, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 26 Frankie Rayder, American model
  • Jan 27 Clint Ford, American voice actor
  • Jan 27 Ruby Lin, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • Jan 28 Lee Ingleby, British actor
  • Jan 28 Emiko Kado, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • Jan 29 Ilmira Shamsutdinova, Miss Universe-Russia/best costume (1996)
  • Jan 29 Charles Divins, American model and actor
  • Jan 30 Andy Milonakis, American comedian, born in Katonah, New York

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 23 Actor Sidney Poitier (48) weds actress Joanna Shimkus


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 Jan B Cammans, Flemish actor (Brothers Karamazov), dies at 84
  • 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, actor (T R Ryan-Mama), killed in hit-&-run at 30
  • Jan 23 Paul Robeson, American singer (Old Man River), actor and civil rights activist, dies in Philadelphia at 77
  • Jan 23 Paul Dupuis, French Canadian actor (Passport to Pimlico, Tot Coq), dies at 62
  • Jan 29 Michael Gwynn, English actor (Dunkirk, Barabbas, Cleopatra), dies of a heart attack at 59