On This Day in Film & TV for January 10

Events in Film & TV

  • 1927 Fritz Lang's silent film "Metropolis" premieres in Berlin
  • 1928 George Gershwin, Sigmund Romberg and P. G. Wodehouse's musical "Rosalie" premieres in New York
  • 1932 "Pete the Tramp" cartoon strip by C D Russell debuts
  • 1949 1st Jewish family show "Goldbergs" premieres on CBS

Film release premierFilm Premier

1952 "The Greatest Show on Earth", directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring James Stewart and Carlton Heston, premieres in New York (Best Picture 1953)

Actor James Stewart
James Stewart
Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • 1955 "Ordet", directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, starring Henrik Malberg, Emil Hass Christensen, is released

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick rules Bing Crosby can keep token stock in the Det Tigers, even though he owns part of Pittsburgh Pirates

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1965 WKBD TV channel 50 in Detroit, MI (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 Preview Center opens at Walt Disney World, Florida - first building to open
  • 1980 Last broadcast of "The Rockford Files" on NBC
  • 1982 NBC's premiere of TV film "Will: G. Gordon Liddy", based on the Watergate conspirator, participant and convict
  • 1992 8th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • 1995 "Late Late Show" with Tom Snyder premieres on CBS at 12:30 AM
  • 1997 4,000th episode of "Entertainment Tonight"

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1999 25th People's Choice Awards: Tom Hanks & Sandra Bullock win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Helen Hunt win (TV)

Actress Helen Hunt
Helen Hunt
Actress Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock
Actor Tim Allen
Tim Allen

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1999 "The Sopranos", starring James Gandolfini as mobster Tony Soprano, debuts on HBO

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

2004 9th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King wins Best Film

Actress Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler
  • 2005 10th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: "Sideways" wins Best Film

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

2006 32nd People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Sandra Bullock win (Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & Jennifer Garner win (TV)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011 Ian McKellen officially confirms that he will reprise the role of Gandalf in "The Hobbit" film adaptations

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

2013 39th People's Choice Awards: Robert Downey, Jr & Jennifer Lawrence win (Movie Star) and Nathan Fillion & Ellen Pompeo win (TV Drama)

  • 2013 18th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Argo wins Best Film

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

2016 73rd Golden Globes: The Revenant, The Martian, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson win

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1882 Charles Trowbridge, Mexican-American actor (Fatal Hour), born in Veracruz, Mexico (d. 1967)
  • 1883 Florence Reed, American silent film actress (Dancing Girl), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1883 Francis X. Bushman, American silent film actor (Sabrina, Ben-Hur), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1966)
  • 1890 Douglas MacLean, silent film comedian/producer (Going Up), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1890 Ernest Milton, US actor (Cat Girl, Fiddler's Three), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1901 Pauline Starke, American actress (Dante's Inferno, Dance Magic), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1903 Barbara Hepworth, British abstract sculptor and actress (Rescued by Rover), born in Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1975)
  • 1903 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler (d. 1997)
  • 1903 Violet Wilkey, American actress, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1976)
  • 1904 Ray Bolger, American actor and dancer (Wizard of Oz), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1987)
  • 1908 Bernard Lee, British actor (M in James Bond movies, Fallen Idol, Dr No), born in London, England (d. 1981)

Person of interestPaul Henreid

1908 Paul Henreid, Austrian-American actor (Casablanca, Now, Voyager), born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1992)

  • 1914 Polly Rowles, American actress (Sweet Liberty, Jamie), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1920 Georges Marchal, French actor (Evil Eden, Gina, Milky Way, La mort en ce jardin), born in Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France (d. 1997)
  • 1927 Gisele MacKenzie [LaFlèche], Canadian singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Lee Philips, American actor and director (Peyton Place, Ellery Queen), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1930 Roy Edward Disney, American film executive and CEO of Disney
  • 1932 Elaine Devry, American actress
  • 1936 Burnum Burnum, Australian Aboriginal activist, actor, author and dreamer (d. 1997)
  • 1939 Sal Mineo, American actor (Exodus, Rebel Without a Cause), born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Jack Regan, broadcaster
  • 1944 William Sanderson, American actor (Newhart, Blade Runner, True Blood), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1945 Edward Wiskoski, American professional wrestler
  • 1949 Teresa Graves, actress (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1951 Kathleen Bradley, model (Price is Right), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1959 Fran Walsh, New Zealand screenwriter
  • 1961 Evan Handler, American actor (Dear Mr Wonderful), born in NYC, New York
  • 1961 Janet Jones, actress (American Anthem, Flamingo Kid), born in Bridgeton, Missouri
  • 1964 Krista Tesreau, actress (Tina-OLTL, Silk Stalkings), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1965 Butch Hartman, American animator
  • 1967 Trini Alvarado, actor (Frighteners)
  • 1970 Marcus Bagwell, American professional wrestler
  • 1972 Brian Lawler, American professional wrestler
  • 1973 Ryan Drummond, American voice actor
  • 1974 Jemaine Clement, New Zealand actor and musician (Flight of the Conchords), born in Masterton, New Zealand
  • 1974 Hrithik Roshan, Indian actor and dancer (Bang Bang!, Fiza, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • 1980 Sarah Shahi, American actress and model, born in Euless, Texas
  • 1982 Josh Ryan Evans, American actor (d. 2002)
  • 1986 Saleisha Stowers, American model

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1936 Actor Burgess Meredith (28) weds actress Margaret Perry (22)

HeartWedding of Interest

1942 Actress Ava Gardner (19) weds actor Mickey Rooney (21) in Ballard, California

Actress Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner

HeartWedding of Interest

2009 "The Black Eyed Peas" singer fergie (33) weds actor Josh Duhamel (36) at Church Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1936 Actress Mary Pickford (44) divorces actor Douglas Fairbanks (52) after 15 years of marriage

Actress Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1967 Actor Christopher Plummer (37) divorces columnist Patricia Lewis after nearly 5 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1777 Spranger Barry, Irish Shakespearean actor, dies at 57
  • 1908 Anna S Barbiers, Dutch actress (Klaasje Zevenster), dies at 65
  • 1939 Jameson Thomas, British actor (Piccadilly, Farmer's Wife), dies from tuberculosis at 50
  • 1941 Joe Penner, Hungarian-born comedian and actor (b. 1904)
  • 1967 Emerson Treacy, American actor (California Straight Ahead, Prowler), dies after surgery at 66
  • 1968 Basil Sydney, British actor (Hamlet, Jassy, Simba, Farmer's Wife), dies of pleurisy at 73
  • 1968 Howard Smith, American actor (Kiss of Death, Call Northside 777), dies at 74
  • 1972 Al Goodman, Russian/US orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 81
  • 1981 Richard Boone, American actor (The Richard Boone Show, Have Gun Will Travel), dies of throat cancer at 63
  • 1983 Ewan Roberts, Scottish actor (The Day of the Triffids, Five to One), dies at 68
  • 1987 Marion Hutton, American actress and singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra), dies at 67
  • 1990 Juliet Berto, screenwriter/actress (Bastienne Bastien), dies at 42
  • 1990 Yvonne Peattie Marquard, actress (Donovan's Reef), dies
  • 1992 Barbara Couper, British actress (Last Days of Dolwyn), dies at 89
  • 1994 Michael Aldridge, British actor (Last of the Summer Wine, Murder in Cathedral), dies at 73
  • 2001 Jacques Marin, French character actor (The Vintage, Charade), dies at 81

Person of interestSpalding Gray

2004 Spalding Gray, American actor (Beaches, Clara's Heart, Heavy Petting), commits suicide at 62

  • 2005 Gene Baylos, American comedian (b. 1906)
  • 2005 Erwin Hillier, British cinematographer (b. 1911)
  • 2007 Carlo Ponti, Italian film producer (Marriage Italian Style, Doctor Zhivago), dies at 94
  • 2008 Maila Nurmi [Syrjäniemi], Finnish-American actress (The Vampira Show), dies at 85
  • 2015 Francesco Rosi, Italian film director ("The Mattei Affair" - Palme d'Or 1972), dies at 92
  • 2015 Brad Stephen "Taylor" Negron, American actor and writer (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money), dies of liver cancer at 57
  • 2017 Tony Rosato, Italian-born Canadian comedian (SCTV, Saturday Night Live), dies at 63