On This Day

January 1990 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Sports News Network begins operation on cable TV
  • Jan 1 FCC implements "SYNDEX" giving independent stations more rights over cable TV outlets for exclusive syndicated programs

Pro Wrestling

Jan 2 Sting joins pro wrestling's legendary "4 Horsemen" (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson)

  • Jan 11 Actor Joseph Cotton undergoes vocal cancer operation at 84
  • Jan 14 11th ACE Cable Awards: CNN wins the Golden CableACE for the coverage of the events in Beijing, China
  • Jan 15 6th Soap Opera Digest Awards: Santa Barbara wins

Golden Globes

Jan 20 47th Golden Globes: "Born on the Fourth of July", Tom Cruise and Michelle Pfeiffer win

  • Jan 27 6th Sundance Film Festival: "Chameleon Street" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 7 Liam Aiken, American actor, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 7 Camryn Grimes, American actress, born in Van Nuys, California

Liam Hemsworth

Jan 13 Liam Hemsworth, Australian actor (Hunger Games films), born in Melbourne, Victoria

  • Jan 14 Grant Gustin, American actor & singer (The Flash), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Jan 15 Chris Warren Jr., American actor, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jan 21 Jacob Smith, American actor
  • Jan 26 Christopher Massey, American actor, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 30 Jake Thomas, American actor (A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Lizzie McGuire), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jan 30 Eiza Gonzalez, Mexican actress & singer, born in Mexico City, Mexico

Divorces in Film & TV

Michael Keaton

Jan 29 Actor Michael Keaton (38) divorces actress Caroline McWilliams (44) after 7 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Charles Boost, Dutch film critic, dies at 82
  • Jan 2 Alan Hale Jr., American actor (Skipper-Gilligan's Island), dies of cancer at 68
  • Jan 3 Ken Hill, American actor (Cobra, Protocol), dies at 49
  • Jan 5 Arthur Kennedy, American actor (Fantastic Voyage, Peyton Place), dies of a brain tumor at 76
  • Jan 6 Hans Jaray, Austrian actor (Lydia, Fedora) and playwright, dies at 83
  • Jan 6 Ian Charleson, Scottish actor (Gandhi, Chariots of Fire), dies of AIDS at 40
  • Jan 8 Terry-Thomas [Thomas Terry Hoar-Stevens], English comedian and actor (I'm All Right Jack, Private's Progress), dies of Parkinson's disease at 78
  • Jan 10 Juliet Berto, screenwriter/actress (Bastienne Bastien), dies at 42
  • Jan 10 Yvonne Peattie Marquard, actress (Donovan's Reef), dies
  • Jan 11 Mary Jane Carr, actress (Forbidden Trail, Second Wife), dies
  • Jan 11 Kittens Reichert [Catherine Alma Reichert], American silent screen child actor [House of Cards, Les Misérables], dies at 79
  • Jan 14 David Arkin, actor (I Love You Alice B Toklas), dies
  • Jan 15 Gordon Jackson, Scottish actor (Upstairs, Downstairs, The Professionals, The Great Escape), dies after a short illness at 66
  • Jan 18 Rusty Hamer, American actor (Rusty-Make Room for Daddy), dies at 52
  • Jan 20 Barbara Stanwyck [Ruby Stevens], actress (Big Valley), dies at 82
  • Jan 24 Madge Bellamy, American actress, dies of heart failure at 90
  • Jan 25 Alexander Lockwood, actor (Duel), dies

Ava Gardner

Jan 25 Ava Gardner, American actress (Barefoot Contessa, On the Beach), dies of pneumonia at 67

  • Jan 27 Helen Jerome Eddy, actress (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 92