On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for January 11

Events in Film & TV

  • 1917 Guy Bolton & PG Wodehouse's "Have a Heart" premieres in New York
  • 1927 Royale Theater (Golden, CBS Radio Playhouse) opens at 242 W 45th NYC
  • 1927 Louis B. Mayer head of film studio MGM announces creation of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • 1966 "Daktari" African adventure series premieres on CBS TV
  • 1974 ABC airs final episode of "Love, American Style"
  • 1988 ABC premiere of fact-based "Evil in Clear River"
  • 1990 Actor Joseph Cotton undergoes vocal cancer operation at 84

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Ric Flair wins NWA/WCW wrestling title

Professional Wrestler Ric Flair
Professional Wrestler
Ric Flair

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1998 24th People's Choice Awards: Harrison Ford & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Oprah Winfrey win (TV)

Actress Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
Actor Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • 2002 7th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: A Beautiful Mind wins Best Film
  • 2004 30th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

2009 66th Golden Globes: Slumdog Millionaire, Mickey Rourke, Kate Winslet win

Actress Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2010 Simon Cowell leaves "American Idol"

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

2012 38th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Emma Stone win (Movie Star) and Nathan Fillion & Nina Dobrev win (TV Drama)

Actress Emma Stone
Emma Stone
Actor Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

2015 72nd Golden Globes: Boyhood, Eddie Redmayne, & Julianne Moore win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 YouTube issues sanctions against vlogger Logan Paul after he posted footage of suicide victim's body in Japan in December

YouTube Star and Actor Logan Paul
YouTube Star and Actor
Logan Paul
CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki
CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1885 Jack Hoxie, American actor, rodeo performer (The White Outlaw), born in Kingfisher Creek, Oklahoma (d. 1965)
  • 1886 George Zucco, British actor (Fog Island, Black Raven, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Captain Fury), born in Manchester, England (d. 1960)
  • 1886 Chester Conklin, American actor (Every Day's a Holiday, Greed), born in Oskaloosa, Iowa (d. 1971)
  • 1890 Monte Blue, US silent film actor (Montana, Oh Boy), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1963)
  • 1899 Eva Le Gallienne, English-American actress and director (Resurrection), born in London, England (d. 1991)
  • 1908 Lionel Stander, American blacklisted actor (Hart to Hart, Unfaithfully Yours), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Marguerite Kelsey, English model/painter (Haunting)
  • 1912 Donald "Red" Barry, American actor (Adventures of Red Ryder, Jesse James' Women), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1980)
  • 1915 Veda Ann Borg, American model and actress (Kid Galahad, Avalanche, Accomplice), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1973)
  • 1916 Bernard Blier, actor (Les Miserables), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1921 Kathleen Byron, British actress (Abdication, Profile, Saving Private Ryan), born in London, England (d. 2009)
  • 1921 Gory Guerrero, professional wrestler (d. 1990)
  • 1926 Grant Tinker, American TV executive (NBC), born in Stamford, Connecticut (d. 2016)
  • 1926 Phil Sidey, broadcaster
  • 1928 Mitchell Ryan, American actor (Dark Shadows, Lethal Weapon, Chase, Executive Suite), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1929 Nicoletta Orsomando, Italian TV presenter, born in Casapulla

Person of interestRod Taylor

1930 Rod Taylor, Australian actor (The Birds, Time Machine), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2015)

Actor Rod Taylor
Rod Taylor
  • 1931 Ed Hall, American actor (Mannis, baby... I'm Back!, Medical Center), born in Roxbury, Massachusetts
  • 1932 Alfonso Arau, Mexican film director
  • 1935 Ghita Nørby, Danish actress
  • 1935 Melvyn Hayes [Melvyn Hyams], English actor (Gunner "Gloria Beaumont in 'It Ain't Half Hot Mum'), born in London, England
  • 1936 Linda Lawson, actress (Don't Call Me Charlie), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1936 Meindert Leerling, Dutch TV director/MP (RPF)
  • 1937 Felix Silla, Italian-American circus performer, Hollywood stuntman, and actor (The Addams Family - "Cousin Itt"), born in Roccascasale, Italy (d. 2021)
  • 1942 Leo Cullum, American cartoonist (The New Yorker), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2010)
  • 1945 Christine Kaufmann, Austrian-born actress (Town Without Pity, Red Lips), born in Lendolf (d. 2017)
  • 1947 Anna Calder-Marshall, English actress (Zulu Dawn), born in Kensington, England
  • 1952 Massimo Lopez, Italian comedian
  • 1952 Bille Brown, Australian actor and playwright
  • 1953 John Sessions, Scottish actor and comedian (Whose Line Is It Anyway), born in Largs, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • 1954 Saskia ten Batenburg, Dutch actress (Factory, Hunk)
  • 1956 Kuniaki Kobayashi, wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • 1962 Julie Moran, TV hostess (Entertainment Tonight, Independence Day)
  • 1962 Kim Coles, American actress (Synclaire-Living Single), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1963 Jason Connery, actor (Robin Hood), born in London, England
  • 1965 Loredana Romito, Benevento Italy, model/actress (Fatal Temptation)
  • 1965 Olivia Barash, actress (Laura-Out of the Blue), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1966 Marc Acito, American novelist and humorist
  • 1967 Jeff Bankett, actor (Tyler-1 Life to Live), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Sharon Brown, American actress (Chantal-Generations), born in NYC, New York
  • 1969 Kyle Richards, American actress

Person of interestMary J. Blige

1971 Mary J. Blige, American R&B singer-songwriter (Be Without You) and actress (I Can Do Bad All By Myself), born in NYC, New York

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige
  • 1972 Marc Blucas, American actor, born in Butler, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Joanna Brodzik, Polish actress (Magma M. and Kasia i Tomek), born in Krosno Odrzańskie, Poland
  • 1973 Rockmond Dunbar, American actor (Earth 2, Prison Break), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1978 Holly Brisley, Australian actress, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1979 Darren Lynn Bousman, American film director, born in Overland Park, Kansas
  • 1980 Deanna Wright, American actress, born in Ocala, Florida
  • 1982 Ashley Taylor Dawson, British actor and singer, born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 1982 Son Ye-jin, South Korean actress, born in Sang-dong, South Korea
  • 1986 Rachel Riley, English television presenter and mathematician (Countdown, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown), born in Rochford, England
  • 1993 Flora Cross, French-American actress, born in Paris, France

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1911 American actress Hattie McDaniel (16) weds pianist Howard Hickman (30)

LoveWedding of Interest

1941 Comedian Stan Laurel and actress Virginia Ruth Rogers remarry for the 2nd time

Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel

LoveWedding of Interest

2003 "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" actor Taye Diggs (32) weds broadway actress Idina Menzel (31) at Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Actress and Singer Idina Menzel
Actress and Singer
Idina Menzel
  • 2003 "The Sixth Sense" actress-singer Toni Collette (30) weds musician Dave Galafassi in a Buddhist ceremony near Sydney, Australia

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1674 Jan Zoet, Dutch actor, author, playwright and poet (Parnasssus aan 't Y), dies at 58
  • 1954 Emmy Arbous, Dutch actress/cabaret performer (Boefje), dies at 56
  • 1973 Isabel Randolph, American actress (Missing Corpse), dies at 83
  • 1978 Michael Bates, English actor (Clockwork Orange, Salt & Pepper), dies at 57
  • 1978 Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humorist and Urdu poet (b. 1927)
  • 1979 Jack Soo [Goro Suzuki], Japanese-American actor (Flower Drum Song, Barney Miller), dies of esophageal cancer at 61
  • 1981 Beulah Bondi, actress (It's a Wonderful Life), dies at 88
  • 1984 Jack La Rue, American actor and TV narrator (Lights Out, Mouthpiece, My Favorite Brunette), dies at 81
  • 1990 Mary Jane Carr, actress (Forbidden Trail, Second Wife), dies
  • 1990 Kittens Reichert [Catherine Alma Reichert], American silent screen child actor [House of Cards, Les Misérables], dies at 79
  • 1997 Duncan Wood, television director and producer, dies at 71
  • 1997 Sheldon Leonard, American actor, producer and director (Danny Thomas Show, Big Eddie), dies at 89
  • 2000 Helena Carter [Helen Rickerts], American model and actress (Invaders from Mars), dies at 76
  • 2001 Michael Williams, British actor, husband of Judi Dench (b. 1935)
  • 2002 Henri Verneuil, French-Armenian playwright and film director (Mélodie en sous-sol), dies at 81
  • 2003 Richard Simmons, American actor (Sergeant Preston of the Yukon), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • 2003 Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (The Naked Childhood), dies at 77
  • 2007 Solveig Dommartin, French-German actress (b. 1961)
  • 2009 David Vine, British sports broadcaster (BBC Match of the Day, World Snooker C'ships, Olympics coverage), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 2011 David Nelson, American actor, director, and producer (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies at 74
  • 2013 Mariangela Melato, Italian actress (Flash Gordon, Summer Night), dies at 71

Person of interestAnita Ekberg

2015 Anita Ekberg, Swedish actress (La Dolce Vita) and Miss Sweden 1950, dies at 83

Actress Anita Ekberg
Anita Ekberg