On This Day in Film & TV for January 15

Events in Film & TV

  • 1956 KWAB TV channel 4 in Big Spring, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting

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
  • 1974 "Happy Days" begins an 11 year run on ABC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 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 awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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, actress (Space 1999), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1927 Norm Crosby, comedian (Young at Heart Comedians), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1930 Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler (d. 1985)
  • 1932 Dean Smith, US actor/relay runner (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1937 Margaret O'Brien, actress (Jane Eyre, Meet Me in St Louis), born in San Diego, California
  • 1948 Tommy Nolan, actor (Jody-Buckskin), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1949 Panos Mihalopoulos, Greek actor

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
  • 1953 Ta-Tanisha, American actress
  • 1955 Enrico Mentana, Italian newscaster (RAI), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1957 Mario Van Peebles, Mexican actor (Posse, South Bronx Heroes)
  • 1960 Kelly Asbury, American director and actor
  • 1961 Yves P. Pelletier, Canadian comedian and film director
  • 1965 James Nesbitt, Northern Irish actor
  • 1968 Chad Lowe, actor (Spencer, Apprentice to Murder), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1969 Demetra Hampton, actress (Valentina)
  • 1971 Regina King, actress (Brenda Jenkins-227), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Ernie Reyes Jr, actor (Ernie-Sidekicks), born in San Jose, California
  • 1972 Kimberly Anne Massaro, Miss America (Missouri-5th-1997), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1972 Claudia Winkleman, English television presenter
  • 1974 Aubrey Jo Hiller, Miss America-Montana (1997), born in Missoula, Montana
  • 1976 Dorian Missick, American actor
  • 1978 Eddie Cahill, American actor
  • 1979 Ken Chu, Taiwanese singer-actor and taichi champ
  • 1984 Victor Rasuk, American actor
  • 1987 Michael Seater, Canadian actor
  • 1990 Chris Warren Jr., American actor

Person of interestDove Cameron

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

Actress Dove Cameron
Dove Cameron

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding 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
  • 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 Ruth Warrick, American actress and singer (Citizen Kane, All My Children), dies of complications from pneumonia at 88
  • 2008 Brad Renfro, American actor (b. 1982)
  • 2013 Nagisa Oshima, Japanese film director and screen writer, dies at 80
  • 2016 Dan Haggerty, American actor (Grizzly Adams), dies of cancer at 73
  • 2016 Noreen Corcoran, American actress (Bachelor Father), dies at 72