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 awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

  • Jan 27 "Laverne & Shirley" spinoff from "Happy Days" premieres on ABC TV

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, Milltown NJ, actor (Jonathan-Who's the Boss)
  • Jan 8 Jenny Lewis, actress (Becky-Life With Lucy), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jan 9 Todd Grisham, American professional wrestling interviewer
  • Jan 12 Miki Nakatani, Japanese actress and singer
  • Jan 13 Michael Peña, American actor
  • Jan 15 Dorian Missick, American actor
  • Jan 16 Trisha Stillwell, Miss USA-Oklahoma (1997, top 10)
  • Jan 21 Amanda Little, Miss USA-Texas (1997, top 6)
  • Jan 21 Lynn Thomas, playmate (May 1997), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • Jan 22 Balthazar Getty, American actor (Young Guns 2, Lord of the Flies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 23 Angelica Lee, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • Jan 23 Nigel McGuinness, English professional wrestler
  • 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

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding 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