On This Day

January 1982 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 Bryant Gumbel became co-host of NBC's "Today Show"
  • Jan 4 ABC Direction Network (57 affiliates) & ABC Rock Network (40 affiliates) become the 5th & 6th ABC radio network
  • Jan 7 TV series "Fame", based on the film of the same name, starring Debbie Allen and an ensemble cast premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 10 NBC's premiere of TV film "Will: G. Gordon Liddy", based on the Watergate conspirator, participant and convict

Film Release

Jan 21 Shaolin Temple" martial arts film released, first Hong Kong feature filmed in China, directed by Chang Hsin Yen, starring Jet Li in his debut role


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 Kang Hye-jeong, South Korean actress, born in Incheon, South Korea
  • Jan 6 Tiffany Pollard, American reality television personality, born in Utica, New York

Eddie Redmayne

Jan 6 Eddie Redmayne, English actor (The Other Boleyn Girl, The Theory of Everything), born in London

  • Jan 7 Lauren Cohan, English-American actress (The Walking Dead), born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
  • Jan 7 Ruth Negga, Irish-Ethiopian actress (Loving), born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Jan 8 Gaby Hoffman, American film actress (Field of Dreams, Uncle Buck, Now & Then), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 10 Josh Ryan Evans, American actor, born in Hayward, California (d. 2002)
  • Jan 11 Ashley Taylor Dawson, British actor and singer, born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Jan 11 Son Ye-jin, South Korean actress, born in Sang-dong, South Korea
  • Jan 13 Ruth Wilson, English actress (The Affair), born in Ashford, England
  • Jan 16 Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Danish actress (Borgen, Pitch Perfect 2), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jan 19 Jodie Sweetin, American actress (Stephanie Tanner-Full House), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 19 Angela Chang [Zhang], Taiwanese pop singer ("Aurora"; "Invisible Wings"), and actress (At Dolphin Bay), born in Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • Jan 22 Kevin Sheridan, American actor (Soul Man), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 25 Sho Sakurai, Japanese J-pop and hip-hop singer-songwriter, and actor, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 25 Shawna Waldron, American actress, born in Glendale, California
  • Jan 29 Heidi Mueller, American actress (Passions), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jan 31 Bruno Nogueira, Portuguese actor & comedian, born in Lisbon, Portugal

Weddings in Film & TV

Danny DeVito

Jan 28 Actor Danny DeVito (37) weds actress Rhea Perlman (33)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Victor Buono, American actor & comic (Mr Schubert-Man from Atlantis), dies at 43
  • Jan 1 Margot Grahame [Margaret Clark], British actress (The Three Musketeers, Criminal Lawyer), dies from chronic bronchitis at 70
  • Jan 5 Hans Conried, American actor (Peter Pan; Bullwinkle Show; Make Room for Daddy - "Uncle Tonoose"; The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T), dies from a heart ailment at 64
  • Jan 5 Harvey Lembeck, actor (Phil Silvers, Hathaways), dies at 56
  • Jan 8 Grégoire Aslan, American actor (The Return of the Pink Panther, King of Kings), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • Jan 8 Reta Shaw, American actress (Ghost & Mrs Muir, Mary Poppins, Picnic), dies of emphysema at 69
  • Jan 10 Paul Lynde, American comedian and actor (The Hollywood Squares, Uncle Arthur-Bewitched), dies after a heart attack at 55
  • Jan 13 Marcel Camus, French film director (Orfeu Negro), dies at 69
  • Jan 18 Trent Lehman, American child actor (Butch-Nanny & the Professor), commits suicide at 20
  • Jan 23 Hope Hampton, actress (Star Dust, Lawful Larcency), dies at 83
  • Jan 27 Iris Korn, actress (Widder-Palmerstown USA), dies at 60
  • Jan 30 Stanley Holloway, English comedian (My Fair Lady, Our Man Higgins), dies at 91
  • Jan 31 Jiří Srnka, Czech classical and film score composer, dies at 74