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
  • 2001 Downtown Disney opens to the public in Anaheim

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 and Director Woody Allen
Actor, Screenwriter and 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, Death Valley Gunfighter), born in Ostergotland, Sweden (d. 1974)

Person of interestLuise Rainer

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 Katherine "Scottie" MacGregor, American actress (Little House on the Prairie), born in Glendale, California
  • 1928 Lew Gallo, American character actor and screen writer (Get Smart, Gunsmoke, 12 O'Clock High), born in Mount Kisco, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Ruth Brown, American actress and singer sometimes known as the "Queen of R&B" (So Long, Teardrops from My Eyes), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • 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, American actress (Dweebs, Mr Rhodes, Disclosure, Heat), born in Corpus Christi,Texas
  • 1967 Vendela [Kirsebom], model (Sports Illustrated 1993), born in Stockholm, Sweden

Person of interestHeather Mills

1968 Heather Mills, English model, activist and writer (Out on a Limb), born in Aldershot, Hampshire

Activist and Media Personality Heather Mills
Activist and Media Personality
Heather Mills
  • 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
  • 1985 Issa Rae, American actress, writer and producer (Insecure), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

1957 Aviator Howard Hughes marries 2nd wife actress Jean Peters

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding of Interest

2004 Two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (44) weds ABC-TV correspondent Rebecca Rankin in Los Angeles

Cinematographer Janusz Kamiński
Janusz Kamiński

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1938 Gösta Ekman (senior), Swedish actor (b. 1890)
  • 1956 Norman Kerry, American actor (Air Eagles, Phantom of the 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 (101 Dalmatians, Cinderella), dies of a stroke at 84
  • 2000 Marc Davis, American animator (b. 1913)
  • 2002 Stanley Unwin, South African comedian (b. 1911)
  • 2005 Amrish Puri, Indian actor (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom- Mola Ram, Mr. India), dies of a cerebral haemorrhage at 72
  • 2009 Claude Berri, French movie director (b. 1934)
  • 2009 Russ Conway, Canadian-American character actor (Richard Diamond Private Eye), dies at 95
  • 2011 Paul Picerni, American actor (The Untouchables), dies at 88

Person of interestWilliam Peter Blatty

2017 William Peter Blatty, American scriptwriter and author of The Exorcist, dies at 89

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty
  • 2018 Keith Jackson, American sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football, college football), dies at 89