January 1981 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 5 "Nightline" with Ted Koppel extended from 20 mins to 30 mins
  • Jan 12 Soap opera "Dynasty" produced by Aaron Spelling and starring John Forsythe, Linda Evans and Joan Collins premieres on ABC-TV
  • Jan 15 "Hill Street Blues" premieres on NBC-TV

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 30 8th American Music Awards: Barbra Streisand & Kenny Rogers win

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 31 38th Golden Globes: Ordinary People, Robert De Niro, & Mary Tyler Moore win


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Jonas Armstrong, Irish actor
  • Jan 1 Eden Riegel, American actress ( All My Children), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 5 Brooklyn Sudano, American actress
  • Jan 6 Rinko Kikuchi, Japanese actress
  • Jan 6 Jérémie Renier, Belgian actor
  • Jan 13 Shad Gaspard, American professional wrestler, bodyguard, and actor
  • Jan 17 Ray J [William Ray Norwood Jr.], McComb, Mississippi, American singer and actor (Everything You Want, Sex tape)
  • Jan 17 Scott Mechlowicz, American actor
  • Jan 18 Kang Dong-won, South Korean model and actor
  • Jan 20 Crystal Lowe, Canadian actress
  • Jan 21 Izabella Miko, Polish-born actress and model
  • Jan 22 Beverley Mitchell, American actress

Person of interestElijah Wood

Jan 28 Elijah Wood, American actor (Good Son, The Lord of the Rings), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • Jan 29 Darío Lopilato, Argentine actor
  • Jan 31 Sergio D. Acosta, Chicano Filmmaker

Person of interestJustin Timberlake

Jan 31 Justin Timberlake, American singer-songwriter and actor (Sexyback, My Love), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Singer-songwriter
Justin Timberlake

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 25 Actor Bill Murray (30) weds Margaret Kelly on Super Bowl Sunday in Las Vegas

Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
Actor/Comedian
Bill Murray

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 8 Woody Chamblis, actor (Mr Lathrop-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
  • Jan 10 Richard Boone, American actor (The Richard Boone Show, Have Gun Will Travel), dies of throat cancer at 63
  • Jan 11 Beulah Bondi, actress (It's a Wonderful Life), dies at 88
  • Jan 12 Isobel Elsom, actress (Unseen, Jane Eyre, Illegal), dies at 87
  • Jan 16 Bernard Lee, British actor (M in James Bond movies, Fallen Idol, Dr No), dies at 73
  • Jan 21 Allyn Joslyn, American actor (They Won't Forget, Cafe Society), dies at 79
  • Jan 25 Richard Talmadge, actor (Speed Reporter), dies