On This Day

January 2018 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Initiative of 300 Hollywood women called "Time's Up" announced to fight sexual harassment
  • Jan 1 Japanese actress and former porn star Sora Aoi announces her engagement
  • Jan 6 Jon Gruden returns to the NFL as Oakland Raiders head coach after nearly a decade of broadcasting (ESPN Monday Night Football 2009-17)

Golden Globes

Jan 7 75th Golden Globes: "Ladybird", "The Handmaid's Tale", Elisabeth Moss, Sterling K. Brown among the winners, Oprah Winfrey accepts Lifetime award with powerful speech

Film & TV History

Jan 11 YouTube issues sanctions against vlogger Logan Paul after he posted footage of suicide victim's body in Japan in December

Music History

Jan 13 Actor Mark Wahlberg donates his $1.5M re-shoot fee for the film "All The Money In The World" to "Time's Up" movement after revelation co-star Michelle Williams was only paid $1000

  • Jan 22 Netflix becomes the largest digital media and entertainment company in the world worth $100 billion

Film Premier

Jan 29 Marvel film "Black Panther" directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman premieres in Los Angeles


Weddings in Film & TV

Elliot Page

Jan 3 Actress Ellen Page reveals she has married dancer Emma Portner

Ricky Martin

Jan 8 Singer Ricky Martin reveals he has married Jwan Yosef

Ryan Lochte

Jan 9 Swimmer and 12-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte weds model Kayla Rae Reid in Florida


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 5 Jerry Van Dyke, American actor (My Mother the Car, Coach), dies at 86
  • Jan 8 Donnelly Rhodes, Canadian actor (Da Vinci's Inquest, Danger Bay), dies of cancer at 80
  • Jan 9 Terence Marsh, British production designer (Oliver!, Dr. Zhivago, Spaceballs), dies of cancer at 86
  • Jan 12 Keith Jackson, American sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football, college football), dies at 89
  • Jan 14 Hugh Wilson, American director, writer and actor (Blast from the Past, Frank's Place), dies at 74
  • Jan 15 Peter Wyngarde [Cyril Goldbert], British actor (Department S and Jason King), dies at 90
  • Jan 16 Bradford Dillman, American actor (Compulsion, Piranha, Sudden Impact, Enforcer), dies of complications of pneumonia at 87
  • Jan 17 Simon Shelton Barnes, British actor (Teletubbies-Tinky Winky), dies of hypothermia at 52
  • Jan 17 Jessica Falkholt, Australian actress (Hope Morrison-Home and Away, dies at 29, three days after a car crash which also killed both her parents
  • Jan 19 Dorothy Malone, American actress (At Gunpoint, Night & Day, Peyton Place), dies at 93
  • Jan 19 Olivia Cole, American actress (Roots, Backstairs at the White House), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Jan 19 Allison Shearmur [Allison Ivy Brecker], American film executive and producer (Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Jason Bourne), dies of complications from lung cancer at 54
  • Jan 20 John Coleman, American journalist, co-founder of The Weather Channel and broadcaster (1953-2014), dies at 83
  • Jan 20 Bob Smith, American author and a groundbreaking gay comedian (The Tonight Show, Funny Gay Males), dies from Lou Gehrig’s disease at 59
  • Jan 20 Howard Lew Lewis, English comedian and actor (Maid Marian and Her Merry Men and Brush Strokes), dies at 76
  • Jan 21 Connie Sawyer [Rosie Cohen], American actress known as "The Clown Princess of Comedy" (Pineapple Express, Dumb and Dumber), dies at 105
  • Jan 23 Lari White, American country music singer and actress (You Can Be a Star winner- 1988), dies of peritoneal cancer at 52
  • Jan 25 John Morris, American film and Broadway composer who commonly worked alongside Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, dies of a respiratory infection at 91
  • Jan 27 Mort Walker, American cartoonist (Beetle Bailey, Hi & Lois), dies at 94
  • Jan 30 Mark Salling, American actor and musician (Glee), commits suicide at 35
  • Jan 31 Anne Gillis [Alma Conner], American actress (Faline-Bambi, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Little Men), dies at 90