On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for January 13

Events in Film & TV

  • 1928 RCA and GE install three test television sets in homes in Schenectady, New York allowing American inventor E.F.W. Alexanderson to demonstrate the first home television receiver which delivered a poor and unsteady 1.5 square inch picture
  • 1948 1st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cin
  • 1953 KOLD TV channel 13 in Tucson, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WEAR TV channel 3 in Pensacola-Mobile, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 "All that Fall", first radio play by Samuel Beckett, aired on BBC Third Programme

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1967 Rolling Stones appear again on the Ed Sullivan Show

TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • 1989 "Ryan's Hope" ends 13½ year run on ABC-TV

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1989 British comedy sketch show series "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie debuts on BBC1

Actor, Comedian and Writer Stephen Fry
Actor, Comedian and Writer
Stephen Fry
Actor Hugh Laurie
Actor
Hugh Laurie
  • 1998 CBS pays $4 billion to televise AFC games for 8-years

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

2002 28th People's Choice Awards: Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Kelsey Grammer, Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

2008 65th Golden Globes (announced): Atonement, Daniel Day-Lewis, & Julie Christie win

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

2013 70th Golden Globes: Argo, Daniel Day-Lewis, & Jessica Chastain win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Actor Mark Wahlberg donates his $1.5m reshoot fee "All the Money in the World" to "Time's Up" movement after revelation co-star Michelle Williams only paid $1000

Actor & Former Rapper Mark Wahlberg
Actor & Former Rapper
Mark Wahlberg
Actress Michelle Williams
Actress
Michelle Williams

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 Queen Elizabeth II issues a statement saying she reluctantly supports Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wish to live a more independent life

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
Prince of Wales Prince Harry
Prince of Wales
Prince Harry
Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress Meghan Markle
Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress
Meghan Markle

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1905 Kay Francis [Katherine E Gibbs], American actress (False Madonna), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1968)
  • 1907 Jeff Morrow [Leslie Irving Morrow], American actor (Robe, Union Pacific, Temperatures Rising), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1916 Osa Massen [Aase Madsen Iversen], Dutch actress (Jack London, Rocketship X-M), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2006)
  • 1918 Stephen "Steve" Dunne, American actor (Professional Father, Shock), born in Northampton, Massachusetts (d. 1977)
  • 1918 Ted Willis, prolific English screenwriter (It's Great to be Young)
  • 1918 George "Bud" Hamilton, American film make-up artist (Westmore family), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1973)
  • 1919 Army Archerd, Hollywood columnist/TV host (Movie Game)
  • 1919 Robert Stack, American actor (The Untouchables, Unsolved Mysteries, Written on the Wind), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1922 John Hewer, English actor famous for portraying Captain Birdseye in British commercials, born in London (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Jack Watling, British actor (Nanny, Adventure for 2, Naked Heart), born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • 1925 Gwyneth “Gwen” Verdon, American actress, singe and dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity), born in Culver City, California (d. 2000)
  • 1925 Rosemary Murphy, American actress (Margaret-Lucas Tanner), born in Munich, Germany (d. 2014)
  • 1928 David Sheiner, American actor (Paul-Mr Novak, Norman-Diana), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928 Gregory Walcott, American actor (Plan 9 from Outer Space, 87th Precinct), born in Wendell, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Frances Sternhagen, American actress (The Mist, Cheers, Outland, Starting Over), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1931 Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor, comedian and gameshow panelist (Match Game, Ghost & Mrs Muir), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Ian Hendry, British actor (The Avengers, The Lotus Eaters), born in Ipswich, Suffolk (d. 1984)

Person of interestRip Taylor

1934 Rip Taylor, American actor and comedian (Gong Show, $1.98 Beauty Show), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2019)

Comedian and Actor Rip Taylor
Comedian and Actor
Rip Taylor
  • 1938 Billy Gray, American actor (Bud-Father Knows Best), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1938 William B. Davis, Canadian actor
  • 1943 Richard Moll, American actor (Night Court, House, Dungeonmaster, Survivor), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1949 Brandon Tartikoff, TV exec (NBC)
  • 1950 John McNaughton, American film director
  • 1952 Sharon Gabet, actress (Edge of Night, Another World), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1954 Vicki McCarty, American author (Girlfriend's Guide to) Playboy playmate (Sep, 1979), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1955 Trevor Rabin, South African rock guitarist and film score composer (Yes), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1956 Janet Hubert-Whitten, actress (Vivian Banks-Fresh Prince of Bel Air)
  • 1960 Kevin Anderson, American actor (Hoffa, Sleeping with the Enemy), born in Gurnee Illinois

Person of interestJulia Louis-Dreyfus

1961 Julia Louis-Dreyfus, American comedienne and actress (Elaine Benes-Seinfeld, SNL, Veep), born in NYC, New York

Seinfeld Comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Seinfeld Comedienne
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • 1964 Penelope Ann Miller, American actress (Awakenings, Chaplin, Kindergarden Cop), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Bill Bailey, British comedian (Black Books, QI), born in bath, England

Person of interestPatrick Dempsey

1966 Patrick Dempsey, American actor (Grey's Anatomy), born in Lewiston, Maine

  • 1966 Simon Shelton Barnes, British actor (Teletubbies-Tinky Winky), born in Bethnal Green, London (d. 2018)
  • 1967 Annie Jones, Australian actress
  • 1968 Chara [Miwa Watabiki], Japanese singer and actress (Swallowtail Butterfly), born in Kawaguchi, Saitama, Japan
  • 1970 Keith Coogan, American actor (Jeffrey in The Waltons, Gun Shy), born in Palm Springs, California

Person of interestShonda Rhimes

1970 Shonda Rhimes, American television producer and series creator (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal), born in Chicago Illinois

TV Producer Shonda Rhimes
TV Producer
Shonda Rhimes
  • 1971 John Mallory Asher, American film actor/director
  • 1972 Nicole Eggert, actress (Charles in Charge, Baywatch), born in Glendale, California
  • 1973 Gloria Yip, Hong Kong actor
  • 1976 Michael Peña, American actor

Person of interestOrlando Bloom

1977 Orlando Bloom, English actor (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings), born in Canterbury, England

  • 1979 Jill Wagner, American Actor
  • 1981 Shad Gaspard, American professional wrestler, bodyguard, and actor, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1982 Ruth Wilson, English actress (The Affair), born in Ashford, England
  • 1983 Julian Morris, English actor
  • 1983 William Hung, American Idol contestant

Person of interestLiam Hemsworth

1990 Liam Hemsworth, Australian actor (Hunger Games films), born in Melbourne, Victoria


Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

2006 "The Diary of Anne Frank" actress Shelley Winters (85) weds Gerry DeFord a few hours before her death


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1937 Martin Elmer Johnson, American adventurer and filmmaker, dies at 52
  • 1956 Lyonel Feininger, German-American cartoonist and painter, dies at 84
  • 1958 Edna Purviance, American actress (Charlie Chaplin, Sunnyside), dies at 61
  • 1958 Jesse L. Lasky, U.S. film producer (b. 1880)
  • 1962 Ernie Kovacs, American comedian (The Ernie Kovacs Show), dies in a car crash at 42
  • 1969 Wilton Graff, American actor (Bloodlust, Just Before Dawn), dies at 65
  • 1976 Margaret Leighton, British actress (The Go-Between, The Night of the Iguana), dies of multiple sclerosis at 53
  • 1982 Marcel Camus, French film director (Orfeu Negro), dies at 69
  • 1983 Arthur Space, actor (Doc Weaver-Lassie), dies of cancer at 74
  • 1983 John McHugh, actor (Unspeakable), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • 1989 Joe Spinell, actor (Maniac, Star Crash, Strike Force), dies at 51
  • 1992 Yvonne Bryceland, actress (Road to Mecca), dies of cancer at 66
  • 1995 Maxwell Henley Harris, Australian poet and publisher (Critics), dies at 73
  • 1996 Denise Grey, [Edouardine Verthuy], actress (Julietta), dies at 99
  • 2001 Michael Cuccione, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1985)
  • 2002 Ted Demme, American film director, dies at 38
  • 2002 Gregorio Fuentes, Cuban fisherman, reputed model for Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea (b. 1897)
  • 2002 Frank Shuster, Canadian comedian (Wayne and Shuster), dies at 85
  • 2003 Norman Panama, American screenwriter and director (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Earl Cameron, Canadian broadcaster (b. 1915)
  • 2007 Doyle Holly, American comedian and musician (Buckaroos), dies at 70
  • 2009 Patrick McGoohan, American-born Irish actor, writer, and director (The Prisoner, Secret Agent/ Danger Man), dies at 80
  • 2011 Ellen Stewart, American actress, director and founder of La Mama Theatre Group, dies at 91
  • 2016 Brian Bedford, English actor (Anthony-Coronet Blue), dies at 80
  • 2017 Dick Gautier, American stage and screen actor (Get Smart, Bye Bye Birdie), dies at 85