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January 1979 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 K-Mart pulls Steve Martin's "Let's Get Small" for being in "bad taste"

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 12 6th American Music Awards: Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win

Musician Barry Manilow
Musician
Barry Manilow
Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 16 BBC landmark nature series "Life on Earth" presented by David Attenborough first shown on BBC One

Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality David Attenborough
Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality
David Attenborough
  • Jan 26 "The Dukes of Hazzard" premieres on US TV network CBS

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 27 36th Golden Globes: Midnight Express, Jon Voight & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
Actor Jon Voight
Actor
Jon Voight

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 Suranne Jones, British actress
  • Jan 7 Bipasha Basu, Indian model, born in New Delhi, India
  • Jan 7 Mariangel Ruiz, Venezuelan actress & model, born in San Juan de los Morros, Venezuela
  • Jan 8 Sarah Polley, Canadian actress (Sweet Hereafter), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jan 11 Darren Lynn Bousman, American film director, born in Overland Park, Kansas
  • Jan 13 Jill Wagner, American Actor
  • Jan 14 Karen Elson, British supermodel, born in Oldham, United Kingdom
  • Jan 14 Angela Lindvall, American supermodel, born in Midwest City, Oklahoma
  • Jan 15 Ken Chu, Taiwanese singer-actor & taichi champ, born in Taiwan
  • Jan 16 Aaliyah [Haughton], American singer and actress, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2001)
  • Jan 20 Will Young, British singer-songwriter & actor, born in Wokingham, United Kingdom
  • Jan 24 Tatyana M. Ali, American actress (Sesame St, Fresh Prince of Bel Air), born in New York City, New York
  • Jan 25 Christine Lakin, American actress (Step by Step), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 26 Sara Rue, American actress, born in New York
  • Jan 27 Rosamund Pike, British actress (Gone Girl), born in London, England
  • Jan 29 Andrew Keegan, American actor (Step by Step, Party of Five), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 29 April Scott, American actress & model, born in Campbell, Missouri

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 1 Film director John Carpenter (30) weds actress Adrienne Barbeau (33)

Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 11 Jack Soo [Goro Suzuki], Japanese-American actor (Flower Drum Song, Barney Miller), dies of esophageal cancer at 61

Person of interestTed Cassidy

Jan 16 Ted Cassidy, American actor (Lurch-Addams Family), dies at 46

  • Jan 18 Cyril Mockridge, British composer for film and television (Miracle On 34th Street; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), dies at 82
  • Jan 19 Paul Meurisse, actor (Diabolique, Truth, Suspects, Monocle), dies
  • Jan 24 Jerry Damon, comedian (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 51
  • Jan 24 Mabel Taliaferro, actress (My Love Come Back), dies at 91
  • Jan 25 J Robertson Hare, actor (Fighting Stock), dies at 87