January 1977 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 14 "Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalbán and Hervé Villechaize premieres on ABC TV
  • Jan 15 Coneheads debut on "Saturday Night Live"
  • Jan 23 Mini-series "Roots" premieres on ABC

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 Brian Boucher, American NHL hockey goaltender, 1999-2013 (Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, and 5 other teams; NHL modern record for longest shutout streak 332:01, 2003-04) and broadcaster, born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island
  • Jan 3 Mayumi Iizuka, Japanese voice actress (seiyū)
  • Jan 4 Irán Castillo, Mexican actress, born in Veracruz, Mexico
  • Jan 7 Dustin Diamond, American actor (Saved By Bell - "Screech"), born in San Jose, California (d. 2021)
  • Jan 7 John Gidding, American architect & TV host (Designed to Sell), born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Jan 7 Michelle Behennah, British model, born in Singapore
  • Jan 8 Amber Benson, American actress, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jan 8 Lee Yoo-jin, Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Jan 8 Ron Pederson, Canadian actor, born in Edmonton, Canada
  • Jan 8 Ryan Frances, American actor (Trevor-Sisters), born in Los Angeles County, California
  • Jan 12 Piolo Pascual, Filipino actor, born in Manila, Philippines

Orlando BloomOrlando Bloom (46 years old)

Jan 13 English actor (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings), born in Canterbury, England

  • Jan 17 Kevin Thorn, American professional wrestler, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 17 Leigh Whannell, Australian screenwriter & actor, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 18 Curtis Cregan, American actor, born in Vintage, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 19 Taliesin Jaffe, American actor (Willy-Hail to the Chief), born in Venice, California
  • Jan 21 Jerry Trainor, American actor (Drake & Josh; iCarly), born in San Diego, California
  • Jan 28 Joey Fatone, American pop singer (NSYNC - "Bye Bye Bye"), dancer, actor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 29 Justin Hartley, American actor (Smallville, This Us), born in Knoxville, Illinois
  • Jan 31 Kate Shindle, American actress, born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Jan 31 Kerry Washington, American actress (Scandal), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 31 Shingo Katori, Japanese actor & singer (SMAP), born in Yokohama, Japan

Divorces in Film & TV

Martin Scorsese

Jan 19 American film director Martin Scorsese (34) divorces Julia Cameron (28) after 1 year of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 5 Onslow Stevens, American actor (This is the Life), dies at 74
  • Jan 6 Niall MacGinnis, Irish character actor (Curse of the Demon, Helen of Troy), dies from cancer at 63
  • Jan 9 Hal Sawyer, TV host (Sawyer Views Hollywood), dies at 62

Peter FinchPeter Finch (1916-1977)

Jan 14 British-Australian radio, stage, and BAFTA and Academy Award-winning screen actor (Network; The Nun's Story; Raid on Entebbe), dies of a heart attack at 60

  • Jan 18 Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (Paris Waltz, Voyage to America), dies at 81
  • Jan 25 Donald Kerr, American actor (Devil Bat, Killer Bats), dies at 85
  • Jan 26 Margaret Hayes, American actress (Blackboard Jungle, Robert Montgomery Presents), dies from cancer and hepatitis at 60
  • Jan 27 Walter Baldwin, American actor (The Best Years of Our Lives, The Long, Long Trailer), dies at 88
  • Jan 28 Burton "Burt" Mustin, American actor (All in the Family, The Andy Griffith Show), dies at 92
  • Jan 29 Freddie Prinze, comedian and actor (Chico & the Man), shoots himself at 22