January 1998 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Film & TV History

Jan 2 Autopsy of Chris Farley shows he overdosed of opiates and cocaine

Musical Finale

Jan 4 Second successful revival of by Stephen Sondheim's musical "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum", starring Nathan Lane, closes at St James, NYC, after 715 performances and 1 Tony Award

  • Jan 13 CBS pays $4 billion to televise AFC games for 8-years

Golden Globes

Jan 18 55th Golden Globes: "Titanic", Peter Fonda and Judi Dench win

Film Premiere

Jan 20 "Dawson's Creek" created by Kevin Williamson, starring James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson premieres on WB in the US

  • Jan 20 3rd Critics' Choice Movie Awards: L.A. Confidential wins Best Film
  • Jan 25 14th Sundance Film Festival: "Slam" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Marlene Lawston, American child actress

Liza SoberanoLiza Soberano (25 years old)

Jan 4 Filipino-American actress (Forevermore; Everyday I Love You), born in Santa Clara, California

  • Jan 12 Nathan Gamble, American child actor, born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Jan 26 Moonbin [Moon Bin], South Korean K-pop singer and actor, born in Cheongju, Chungbuk, South Korea (d. 2023)
  • Jan 28 Ariel Winter, American actress (Modern Family) and singer, born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Jan 5 "Hercules" actor Kevin Sorbo (39) weds actress Sam Jenkins (33) at the Beurge Chapel in Pacific Palisades, California

Divorces in Film & TV

Roseanne Barr

Jan 8 Roseanne Barr files for divorce from 3rd husband Ben Thomas

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 Mae Questel, American vaudeville, screen and voice actress (Olive Oyl; Betty Boop), dies from complications of Alzheimer's disease at 89

Sonny BonoSonny Bono (1935-1998)

Jan 5 American actor, musician, vocalist, (Sonny & Cher) and politician (Rep-R-Ca, 1995-98), dies at Heavenly Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, California, when he hits a tree at 62

  • Jan 5 David Bairstow, English cricket wicket keeper, broadcaster (4 Tests, 13 dismissals; father of England Test 'keeper Jonny; Yorkshire CCC), dies from suicide at 46
  • Jan 9 Charito Solis, Filipino actress (b. 1935)
  • Jan 16 Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (A Girl in Black), dies of cancer at 66
  • Jan 17 Emil Sitka, American actor (Three Stooges shorts), dies of stroke at 83
  • Jan 20 Bobo Brazil [Houston Harris], American professional wrestler, dies at 73
  • Jan 21 Jack Lord, American actor (Hawaii FIVE-O), dies at 77