January 1977 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 14 "Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalban premieres on ABC TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 Coneheads debut on "Saturday Night Live"

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • Jan 23 Mini-series "Roots" premieres on ABC

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 29 34th Golden Globes: Rocky, Peter Finch, & Faye Dunaway win

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 31 4th American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & Elton John win

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 3 Mayumi Iizuka, Japanese voice actress (seiyū)
  • Jan 4 Irán Castillo, Mexican actress
  • Jan 6 Amy Zappone, Wolcott Connecticut, Miss America-Connecticut (1996)
  • Jan 7 Dustin Diamond, actor (Screech-Saved By Bell), born in San Jose, California
  • Jan 7 Michelle Behennah, British model
  • Jan 7 John Gidding, American architect and TV host (Designed to Sell)
  • Jan 8 Ryan Frances, actor (Trevor-Sisters)
  • Jan 8 Amber Benson, American actress
  • Jan 8 Ron Pederson, Canadian actor
  • Jan 8 Lee Yoo-jin, Korean actress
  • Jan 12 Piolo Pascual, Filipino actor

Person of interestOrlando Bloom

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

  • Jan 17 Kevin Fertig, American professional wrestler
  • Jan 17 Leigh Whannell, Australian screenwriter/actor
  • Jan 18 Curtis Cregan, American actor
  • Jan 19 Taliesin Jaffe, actor (Willy-Hail to the Chief), born in Venice, California
  • Jan 29 Justin Hartley, American actor (Smallville, This Us), born in Knoxville, Illinois
  • Jan 31 Shingo Katori, Japanese actor and singer (SMAP)
  • Jan 31 Kate Shindle, American actress
  • Jan 31 Kerry Washington, American actress (Scandal), born in The Bronx, New York

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese

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

Person of interestPeter Finch

Jan 14 Peter Finch, actor (Network, The Nun's Story, Judith), dies at 60

  • Jan 18 Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (Paris Waltz, Voyage to America), dies at 81
  • Jan 19 Geraldine Brooks, actress (Faraday & Co, Dumplings), dies at 51
  • Jan 25 Donald Kerr, 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