January 1984 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 "Night Court" starring Harry Anderson, created by comedy writer Reinhold Weege, premieres on NBC TV; runs for 9 seasons
  • Jan 9 "TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes" premieres on NBC TV (Whoops)
  • Jan 17 Supreme Court rules (5-4) that private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws

Pro Wrestling

Jan 23 Hulk Hogan defeats Iron Sheik to win his 1st World Wrestling Federation title at Madison Gardens, New York

Music History

Jan 27 Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial

Golden Globes

Jan 28 41st Golden Globes: Terms of Endearment, Tom Courtenay, Robert Duvall, & Shirley MacLaine win

  • Jan 31 Edwin Newman retires from NBC News after 35 years with the network

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 6 Kate McKinnon, American actress and comedian (Ghostbusters), born in Sea Cliff, New York
  • Jan 15 Victor Rasuk, American actor, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 18 Kristy Lee Cook, American country singer (American Idol, season 7), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jan 20 Olivia Hallinan, English actress, born in Hounslow, United Kingdom
  • Jan 20 Toni Gonzaga, Filipino singer and actress, born in Rizal, Philippines
  • Jan 21 Luke Grimes, American actor (Yellowstone), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jan 22 Raica Oliveira, Brazilian supermodel, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jan 26 Layla Kayleigh, British television personality, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 27 Davetta Sherwood, American actress (The Young And The Restless, 2006 - "Lily"), born in Mount Vernon, New York

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Jan 29 Actress Wonder Woman Lynda Carter (33) marries Robert Altman (58)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Ken Sitzberger, American diver & broadcaster (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1964), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 38
  • Jan 6 Ernest Laszlo, Hungarian-U.S. cinematographer (b. 1898)
  • Jan 11 Jack La Rue, American actor and TV narrator (Lights Out, Mouthpiece, My Favorite Brunette), dies at 81

Brooks AtkinsonBrooks Atkinson (1894-1984)

Jan 14 American drama critic (The New York Times), dies at 89

Johnny WeissmullerJohnny Weissmuller (1904-1984)

Jan 20 Romanian-American actor (Tarzan) and swimmer (5 Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies of pulmonary edema at 79

  • Jan 27 Lou Crosby, American actor, and radio and TV announcer (Lum and Abner; The Lawrence Welk Show), dies at 69
  • Jan 28 John Macvane, newscaster (United or Not), dies at 71
  • Jan 29 Frances Goodrich, American actress and dramatist (Diary of Anne Frank), dies at 93 of lung cancer