January 1987 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 18 3rd Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Jan 21 2nd Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Coasters; Eddie Cochran; Bo Diddley; Aretha Franklin; Marvin Gaye; Bill Haley; B.B. King; Clyde McPhatter; Ricky Nelson; Roy Orbison; Carl Perkins; Smokey Robinson; Joe Turner; Muddy Waters; Jackie Wilson; Louis Jordan; T-Bone Walker; Hank Williams; Leonard Chess; Ahmet Ertegun; Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller; and Jerry Wexler

  • Jan 22 Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shoots and kills himself at a press conference on live national television, leading to debates on boundaries in journalism
  • Jan 25 3rd Sundance Film Festival: "Waiting for the Moon" and "The Trouble with Dick" (tie) win Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 26 Hart Foundation beat British Bulldogs for WWF tag team title

Golden Globes

Jan 31 44th Golden Globes: Platoon, Bob Hoskins, & Marlee Matlin win


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 Loui Batley, British actress
  • Jan 2 Shelley Hennig, American actress (Stephanie Johnson-Days of Our Lives; When We First Met)and model who won Miss Teen USA 2004, born in Metairie, Louisiana
  • Jan 5 Kristin Cavallari, American actress, born in Denver, Colorado

Cynthia ErivoCynthia Erivo (36 years old)

Jan 8 British Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award-winning stage and screen actress (The Color Purple; Harriet) and singer-songwriter ("Stand Up"), born in London, England

  • Jan 9 Nicola Coughlan, Irish actress (Derry Girls, Brigerton), born in Galway, Ireland
  • Jan 9 Pablo Santos, Mexican actor, born in Monterrey, Mexico (d. 2006)
  • Jan 12 Naya Rivera, American actress and singer (Glee; Step Up: High Water), born in Santa Clarita, California (d. 2020)
  • Jan 12 Will Rothhaar, American actor, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 15 Michael Seater, Canadian actor, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jan 16 Lauren McAvoy, British fashion model, born in Wickford, United Kingdom

Evan PetersEvan Peters (36 years old)

Jan 20 American actor (Mare of Easttown, Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story), born in St. Louis, Missouri

  • Jan 26 Vladimir Garin, Russian actor, born in Sosnovo, Russia (d. 2003)
  • Jan 27 Lily Donaldson, British model
  • Jan 30 Becky Lynch [Rebecca Knox], Irish professional wrestler (WWE), born in Limerick, Republic of Ireland

Weddings in Film & TV

Vanessa Williams

Jan 3 American singer and former Miss America Vanessa Williams (23) marries Ramon T. Hervey in NYC; divorce 1997

Mats Wilander

Jan 3 Swedish tennis player Mats Wilander (22) weds South African model Sonya Mulholland in South Africa


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Gustav Knuth, German actor (Sissi, Freddy Unter Fremden), dies at 85
  • Jan 8 Peter Adams [James H Adams II], American actor (Zorro, Kraft Mystery Theater, Alternative), dies of cancer at 69
  • Jan 9 Arthur Lake [Arthur William Silverlake], American actor (Blondie, Topper), dies from a heart attack at 81
  • Jan 10 Marion Hutton [Thornburg], American singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra, 1938-42), and actress (In Society), dies of cancer at 67 [1]
  • Jan 14 Douglas Sirk, German American film director (All That Heaven Allows), dies at 86
  • Jan 15 Ray Bolger, American dancer, actor, and singer (Wizard of Oz - "Scarecrow"; Partridge Family - "Grandpa Renfrew"), dies of bladder cancer at 83
  • Jan 16 Joyce Jameson, American comedienne and actress (Spike Jones Show, The Outlaw Josey Wales), commits suicide at 59
  • Jan 17 Hugo Fregonese, Argentine film director (b. 1908)
  • Jan 27 Norman McLaren, Scottish-Canadian film animator and director, dies at 72
  • Jan 30 Angelo Rutherford, actor (Willie-Gentle Ben), dies at 32
  • Jan 30 Ken Drake, American actor (Crime & Punishment USA), dies at 65
  • Jan 31 Yves All├ęgret, French film director, dies at 79