On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for January 15

Events in Film & TV


Film release premierFilm Premier

1948 "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre", film based on B. Traven's novel, directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart premieres

  • 1956 KWAB TV channel 4 in Big Spring, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 New York Yankees announce that 140 MLB games to be televised on WPIX TV this season in a deal worth over $1 million dollars

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962 Coco the Clown [Nicolai Poliakoff] is the subject of the BBC TV programme "This is Your Life"

Famous Clown Coco the Clown
Famous Clown
Coco the Clown
  • 1968 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1972 TV drama "Emergency" with Randolph Mantooth and Robert Fuller premieres on NBC TV
  • 1974 TV sitcom "Happy Days" begins an 11 year run on ABC, starring Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross and Ton Bosley
  • 1975 Space Mountain opens at Disneyland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Pioneering female comedian Phyllis Diller get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller

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1977 Coneheads debut on "Saturday Night Live"

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • 1981 "Hill Street Blues" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1985 CBS' premiere of TV made teen drug abuse drama, "Not My Kid", based on the previous year's book by Beth Polson
  • 1986 Living Seas opens (Disneyland)
  • 1988 NFL analyst Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder makes several questionable comments about African Americans during a lunchtime interview on CBS' NFL Today; fired the next day
  • 1989 Big John Studd wins WWF's 2nd Royal Rumble
  • 1989 10th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins the Golden CableACE for "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam"
  • 1990 6th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Santa Barbara wins
  • 1993 Soap opera "Santa Barbara" final show on NBC TV

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

2007 64th Golden Globes: Babel, Forest Whitaker, & Helen Mirren win

  • 2010 15th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Hurt Locker wins Best Film

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

2012 69th Golden Globes: "The Descendants," George Clooney & Meryl Streep win

  • 2015 20th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Boyhood wins Best Film

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1855 Jacques Damala [Aristides Damalas], Greek military officer and actor, born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 1889)
  • 1879 Ernest Thesiger, English actor (Bride of Frankenstein, Ghoul), born in London, England (d. 1961)
  • 1893 Ivor Novello [David Ivor Davies], Welsh composer, writer and actor (Keep the Home Fires Burning, The Truth Game), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1951)
  • 1899 Goodman Ace, American writer, radio presenter, actor and humorist (Better of Goodman), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • 1905 Torin Thatcher, British actor (Houdini, Isranbul, Lady Godiva), born in Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1981)
  • 1913 Lloyd Bridges, American comedic actor (Sea Hunt, Roots, Airplane!), born in San Leandro, California (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Frank Thornton, British actor (Are You Being Served?, Last of the Summer Wine), born in Dulwich, London (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Maria Schell, Austrian-Swiss star of German cinema (The Last Bridge, Gervaise), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2005)
  • 1927 Norm Crosby, American comedian (Young at Heart Comedians), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1930 Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1985)
  • 1931 Thomas Hoving, American news correspondent (20/20), born in NYC, New York
  • 1932 Dean Smith, American actor & relay runner (Olympic gold 1952), born in Emporia, Kansas (d. 2015)
  • 1937 Margaret O'Brien, American actress (Jane Eyre, Meet Me in St Louis), born in San Diego, California
  • 1948 Tommy Nolan, Canadian actor (Jody-Buckskin), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1949 Panos Mihalopoulos, Greek actor, born in Kalamata, Greece

Person of interestCharo

1951 Charo [Maria Baeza], Spanish-American actress, comedienne and flamenco guitarist (Chico and the Man, Love Boat), born in Murcia, Spain

Actress Charo
Actress
Charo
  • 1953 Ta-Tanisha, American actress, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1955 Enrico Mentana, Italian newscaster (RAI), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1957 Mario Van Peebles, Mexican actor (Posse, South Bronx Heroes), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1960 Kelly Asbury, American director & actor, born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1961 Yves P. Pelletier, Canadian comedian & film director, born in Laval, Canada
  • 1965 James Nesbitt, Northern Irish actor, born in Ballymena, United Kingdom
  • 1968 Chad Lowe, American actor (Spencer, Apprentice to Murder), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1969 Demetra Hampton, American actress (Valentina), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Person of interestRegina King

1971 Regina King, American actress (Southland, If Beale Street Could Talk), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Actress Regina King
Actress
Regina King
  • 1972 Ernie Reyes Jr., American actor & martial artist (Ernie-Sidekicks), born in San Jose, California
  • 1972 Claudia Winkleman, English television presenter, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1976 Dorian Missick, American actor, born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1978 Eddie Cahill, American actor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1979 Ken Chu, Taiwanese singer-actor and taichi champ, born in Taiwan
  • 1984 Victor Rasuk, American actor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1987 Michael Seater, Canadian actor, born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1990 Chris Warren Jr., American actor, born in Indianapolis, Indiana

Person of interestDove Cameron

1996 Dove Cameron, American actress ("Liv and Maddie"), born in Seattle, Washington

Actress Dove Cameron
Actress
Dove Cameron

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1955 Film director Stanley Kubrick (26) weds theatrical designer Ruth Sobotka (29)

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
  • 2013 "Gomer Pyle" actor Jim Nabors (82) weds retired performer Stan Cadwallader (64) at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1893 Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble, British Shakespearian actress (Juliet) and author, dies at 83
  • 1962 Kenneth MacKenna, American actor and director (Judgment at Nuremberg, Those We Love), dies of cancer at 62
  • 1968 John Davidson, American actor (Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc, Charlie Chan-Chinese Cat), dies at 80
  • 1971 John Dall, actor (Corn is Green, Rope), dies of heart attack at 50
  • 1973 Coleman Francis, American film director (b. 1919)
  • 1983 Shepperd Strudwick, actor (Psychomania), dies of cancer at 75
  • 1987 Ray Bolger, American actor and dancer (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 83
  • 1990 Gordon Jackson, Scottish actor (Upstairs, Downstairs, The Professionals, The Great Escape), dies after a short illness at 66
  • 1992 Hari Rhodes, American actor (Earth II, Detroit 9000), dies at 59
  • 1999 Betty Box, British film producer (b. 1915)
  • 2000 Frances "Fran" Ryan, American actress (Stripes, The Long Riders), dies of natural causes at 83
  • 2001 Ted Mann, American screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • 2005 Deem Bristow, American video game voice actor (b. 1947)
  • 2005 Dan Lee, Canadian animator (b. 1969)
  • 2005 Ruth Warrick, American actress and singer (Citizen Kane, All My Children), dies of complications from pneumonia at 88
  • 2008 Brad Renfro, American actor (The Client), dies of heroin overdose at 25
  • 2013 Nagisa Oshima, Japanese film director and screen writer, dies at 80
  • 2013 Daphne Anderson, British actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice), dies at 90
  • 2016 Dan Haggerty, American actor (Grizzly Adams), dies of cancer at 73
  • 2016 Noreen Corcoran, American actress (Bachelor Father), dies at 72
  • 2017 Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka, Fijian-born American professional wrestler, dies at 73
  • 2019 Carol Channing, American actress, singer and comedian (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), dies at 97