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 and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

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


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Jonas Armstrong, Irish-born British actor (Robin Hood), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jan 1 Eden Riegel, American actress ( All My Children), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 5 Brooklyn Sudano, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 6 Rinko Kikuchi, Japanese actress, born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Jan 6 Jérémie Renier, Belgian actor, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 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 & actor, born in Busan, South Korea
  • Jan 20 Crystal Lowe, Canadian actress & model, born in Vancouver, Canada
  • Jan 21 Izabella Miko, Polish-born actress and model
  • Jan 22 Beverley Mitchell, American actress, born in Arcadia, California

Person of interestElijah Wood

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

  • Jan 29 Darío Lopilato, Argentine actor
  • Jan 31 Sergio D. Acosta, American Chicano Filmmaker, born in San Jose, California

Person of interestJustin Timberlake

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

Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Singer-songwriter
Justin Timberlake

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding 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