On This Day

January 1980 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 10 Last broadcast of "The Rockford Files" on NBC

Music History

Jan 26 175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Golden Globes

Jan 28 37th Golden Globes: "Kramer vs. Kramer", Dustin Hoffman & Sally Field win


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 Greg Cipes, American actor, born in Coral Springs, Florida
  • Jan 4 Erin Cahill, American actress, born in Stafford, Virginia
  • Jan 5 Garette Patrick Ratliff, American actor (Return to Blue Lagoon), born in Burbank, California
  • Jan 8 Rachel Nichols, American actress, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jan 10 Sarah Shahi, American actress & model, born in Euless, Texas
  • Jan 11 Deanna Wright, American actress, born in Ocala, Florida
  • Jan 14 Hiroshi Tamaki, Japanese actor & model, born in Nagoya, Japan
  • Jan 16 Michelle Wild, Hungarian model, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jan 16 Alyssa Edwards [Justin Johnson], American drag performer, choreographer, TV personality and businessperson (Beyond Belief Dance Company), born in Mesquite, Texas

Zooey Deschanel

Jan 17 Zooey Deschanel, American actress (Almost Famous, New Girl), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Jan 17 Kimberly Spicer, American model, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 18 Jason Segel, American actor (How I Met Your Mother, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 18 Estelle [Swaray], English singer-songwriter, rapper ("American Boy", and actress (Steven Universe), born in Hammersmith, London
  • Jan 21 Nana Mizuki, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • Jan 22 Christopher Masterson, American actor, born in Long Island, New York
  • Jan 24 Nicole Marie Lenz, American actress, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jan 25 Michelle McCool, American professional wrestler, born in Palatka, Florida
  • Jan 29 Jason James Richter, American actor (Free Willy), born in Medford, Oregon
  • Jan 29 Yael Bar-Zohar, Israeli actress & model, born in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
  • Jan 30 Leilani Dowding, British glamour model, born in Bournemouth, United Kingdom
  • Jan 30 Wilmer Valderrama, American actor, born in Miami, Florida
  • Jan 30 Pavel Ponomaryov, Russian-Estonian actor, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Jan 31 James Adomian, American actor, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jan 31 Tiffany Limos, American actress, born in Dallas, Texas

Weddings in Film & TV

Samuel L. Jackson

Jan 14 Actor Samuel L. Jackson (31) weds sports channel producer LaTanya Richardson (30)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 3 Ivan Triesault [Johann Constantin Treisalt], Russian actor (Cry of the Werewolf, Black Parachute), dies at 81
  • Jan 7 Sarah Selby, actress (Tower of London), dies at 74
  • Jan 17 Barbara Britton [Brantingham], American actress (Captain Kidd, Young & Willing, Mr. and Mrs. North), dies of pancreatic cancer at 60
  • Jan 22 Iris Meredith [Shunn], American actress (Son of Davy Crockett, The Mystery of the Hooded Horsemen), dies at 64
  • Jan 24 Lil Dagover, Dutch-born German actress (Spiders), dies at 92
  • Jan 25 David Newell, American actor (Runaway Bride, White Heat, Dangerous Curves), dies at 75
  • Jan 25 Queenie Watts [Mary Spenton], British singer and actress (Up the Junction, Holiday on the Buses), dies at 56

Jimmy Durante

Jan 29 Jimmy Durante, American actor, comedian and singer known as "the schnozzola" (The Durante-Moore Show, Jimmy Durante Show), dies of pneumonia at 86

Actor and Comedian Jimmy Durante
Actor and Comedian
Jimmy Durante
  • Jan 30 Lil Dagover, actress (Destiny, Spiders), dies at 82