On This Day

January 1978 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jan 8 TV series "All Creatures Great and Small" debuts on BBC TV, based on the books by James Herriot, starring Robert hardy and Christopher Timothy

Veterinarian and Novelist James Herriot
Veterinarian and Novelist
James Herriot
  • Jan 20 Columbia Pictures pays $9.5 million for movie rights to "Annie"

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 28 35th Golden Globes: "The Turning Point", Richard Burton, & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
Stage and Screen Actor Richard Burton
Stage and Screen Actor
Richard Burton

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 30 Mutual Broadcasting Network begins airing Larry King Show on radio

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Nina Bott, German actress
  • Jan 2 Devin Doherty, actor (Jimmy Clayton-Swan's Crossing)
  • Jan 2 Toyoguchi Megumi, Japanese seiyuu (voice actress)
  • Jan 2 Karina Smirnoff, Ukrainian-American ballroom dancer and TV personality (Dancing with the Stars), born in Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • Jan 3 Park Sol-mi, South Korean actress
  • Jan 3 Dominic Wood, English children's television presenter and magician
  • Jan 5 January Jones, American actress, born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Jan 6 Tara Spencer-Nairn, Canadian actress, born in Montreal, Canada
  • Jan 9 Maggie Rizer, American model & AIDS activist, born in Staten Island, New York
  • Jan 11 Holly Brisley, Australian actress, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Jan 12 Kim Sa Rang, Korean actress, born in Daegu, South Korea
  • Jan 15 Eddie Cahill, American actor, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 20 Joy Giovanni, American actress & glamour model, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 21 Phil Stacey, American Idol finalist
  • Jan 25 Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukrainian comedian & politician, President of Ukraine (2019-), born in Kryvyi Rih, Ukrainian SSR
  • Jan 26 Kelly Stables, American actress, born in St Louis, Missouri

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 6 Francine York, American actress (Slattery's People), dies at 80
  • Jan 11 Michael Bates, English actor (Clockwork Orange, Salt & Pepper), dies at 57
  • Jan 11 Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humorist and Urdu poet (b. 1927)
  • Jan 14 Blossom Rock [Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald], American actress (Grandmamma-The Addams Family), dies at 81
  • Jan 15 Jack Jackson, British trumpeter, dance band leader, and influential BBC disc jockey, dies at 71
  • Jan 18 Carl Betz, American actor (The Donna Reed Show, Love of Life), dies of lung cancer at 56
  • Jan 23 Jack Oakie, American actor (The Great Dictator, 1974 Photoplay Award), dies at 74
  • Jan 26 Leo Genn, British lawyer and actor (Mourning Becomes Electra, Moby-Dick, Affair in Monte Carlo), dies at 72
  • Jan 27 Oscar Homolka, Hungarian actor (Sabotage, The Seven Year Itch, Ball of Fire, I Remember Mama), dies at 79
  • Jan 29 Tim McCoy, American actor (Arizona Bound) and soldier, dies at 86