On This Day in Film & TV for January 12

Events in Film & TV

  • 1949 "Arthur Godfrey & his Friends" premieres on CBS TV
  • 1959 KOED TV channel 11 in Tulsa, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 "Hullabaloo" premieres on NBC-TV

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1966 "Batman", starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Cesar Romero as The Joker, debuts on ABC

  • 1967 NBC premiers the colorized remake of "Dragnet"
  • 1968 Nighttime version of "Hollywood Squares" premieres on NBC TV
  • 1971 "All in the Family" premieres on CBS featuring 1st toilet flush on TV
  • 1981 Soap opera "Dynasty" produced by Aaron Spelling and starring John Forsythe, Linda Evans and Joan Collins premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1992 13th ACE Cable Awards: CNN wins the Golden CableACE for the coverage of the Persian Gulf War

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1997 23rd People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Sandra Bullock win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Oprah Winfrey win (TV)

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
Actress Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock
Actor Tim Allen
Tim Allen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001 Disney Channel series "Lizzie McGuire" premieres starring Hilary Duff

Actress/Singer Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

2003 29th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

Actress Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston
Actress Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson
  • 2012 17th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Artist wins Best Film

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

2014 "True Detective", a crime-drama starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, debuts on HBO

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Woody Allen receives the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards

Actor, Screenwriter & Director Woody Allen
Actor, Screenwriter & Director
Woody Allen

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1882 Milton Sills, American actor (The Sea Hawk), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1930)
  • 1884 Texas Guinan, American actress (The Gun Woman), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1933)
  • 1902 Ray Teal, American actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, Bonanza), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1976)
  • 1909 Mauritz Hugo, Swedish actor (Atomic Blonde, Road Agent)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1910 Luise Rainer, German-American actress (Escapade, Good Earth, Big City), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 2014)

Actress Luise Rainer
Luise Rainer
  • 1910 Patsy Kelly, American actress (Rosemary's Baby, North Ave Irregulars), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1912 Peter Pooley, broadcaster
  • 1916 House Peters Jr., American actor (King of the Rocket Man), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1925 Bill Burrud, host (Safari to Adventure, Animal World), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1925 Scottie MacGregor, American actress
  • 1928 Lew Gallo, actor (12 O'Clock High), born in Mount Kisco, New York
  • 1932 Des O'Connor, British television presenter
  • 1935 Ron Harper, Turtle Creek Pa, actor (Wendy & Me, Planet of the Apes)
  • 1937 Marie Dubois, actress (Wise Guys, Jules & Jim), born in Paris, France
  • 1938 Lewis Fiander, Australian actor
  • 1943 Henri J "Adriaan" Adriaansen, mime/director (Stinging Nettle King)
  • 1944 Carlos Villagrán, Mexican actor
  • 1948 Anthony Andrews, actor (Under the Volcano), born in London, England
  • 1951 Kirstie Alley, American actress (Star Trek II, Cheers-Rebecca), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1955 Rockne S. O'Bannon, American screenwriter
  • 1957 John Lasseter, American animation director (Pixar), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1960 Oliver Platt, Canadian actor
  • 1963 François Girard, French-Canadian film director and screenwriter
  • 1966 Olivier Martinez, French actor (The Horseman on the Roof), born in Paris
  • 1967 Farrah Forke, Texas, actress (Dweebs, Mr Rhodes, Disclosure, Heat)
  • 1967 Vendela [Kirsebom], model (Sports Illustrated 1993), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1968 Heather Mills, English model, activist and writer (Out on a Limb), born in Aldershot, Hampshire
  • 1968 Rachael Harris, American actress, born in Worthington, Ohio
  • 1972 Randy Sklar, American comedian
  • 1973 Greg Morton, actor (Scarecrow & Mrs King), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1973 Prashant Bhargava, American filmmaker (Patang), born in Chicago (d. 2015)
  • 1976 Miki Nakatani, Japanese actress and singer
  • 1977 Piolo Pascual, Filipino actor
  • 1978 Kim Sa Rang, Korean actress
  • 1985 Yohana Cobo, Spanish actress
  • 1987 Naya Rivera, American actress (Glee), born in Santa Clarita, California
  • 1987 Will Rothhaar, American actor
  • 1988 Andrew Lawrence, American actor (Brotherly Love, Recess), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1988 Joseph Dundas, British TV Presenter
  • 1998 Nathan Gamble, American child actor

Weddings in Film & TV

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1957 Aviator Howard Hughes marries 2nd wife actress Jean Peters

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1963 Actor and comedian Bob Newhart (33) weds Virginia "Ginnie" Quinn

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart
  • 1993 MTV hostess Martha Quinn marries longtime boyfriend Jordan Tarlow

HeartWedding of Interest

2002 TV Host Conan O'Brien (38) weds Liza Powel (31) at St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington

TV Host Conan O'Brien
TV Host
Conan O'Brien
  • 2004 Two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (44) weds ABC-TV correspondent Rebecca Rankin in Los Angeles

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1938 Gösta Ekman (senior), Swedish actor (b. 1890)
  • 1956 Norman Kerry, American actor (Air Eagles, Phantom of Opera), dies at 61
  • 1962 Ernie Kovacs, comedian (Ernie Kovacs Show), killed in auto crash at 42
  • 1981 Isobel Elsom, actress (Unseen, Jane Eyre, Illegal), dies at 87
  • 1991 Keye Luke, Chinese-American actor (Across the Pacific, Charlie Chan's No 1 Son), dies after a stroke at 86
  • 1992 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), dies at 89
  • 1997 Jill Summers, actress (Agatha Coronation Street), dies at 86
  • 1999 Betty Lou Gerson, American voice actress (b. 1914)
  • 2002 Stanley Unwin, South African comedian (b. 1911)
  • 2005 Amrish Puri, Indian actor (b. 1932)
  • 2009 Claude Berri, French movie director (b. 1934)