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
  • 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

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

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

Actor Tom Cruise
Actor
Tom Cruise
  • 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

Person of interestLiam 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


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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, actor (Lydia, Fedora), dies
  • Jan 6 Ian Charleson, 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

Person of interestAva Gardner

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

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