On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for January 17

Events in Film & TV

  • 1949 Radio series "The Goldbergs" by Gertrude Berg premieres on US TV on CBS

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1954 Jacques Cousteau's 1st network telecast airs on "Omnibus" (CBS)

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • 1983 10th American Music Awards: John Cougar & Rick Springfield, Olivia Newton-John
  • 1984 Supreme Court rules (5-4) that private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws
  • 1986 2nd Sundance Film Festival: "Smooth Talk" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 1991 Mountie Jacques Rougeau beats Hart for WWF intercontinental title
  • 1993 14th ACE Cable Awards: Bravo! wins the Golden CableACE for its dedication to films, cultural arts and performing arts programming

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Actress Elizabeth Taylor released from the hospital after hip treatment

Music awardsMusic Awards

2000 27th American Music Awards: Shania Twain & Will Smith win

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

2003 8th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Chicago Best Picture

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

2010 67th Golden Globes: Avatar, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock win


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1834 Wilhelmina Albregt-Engelman, Dutch actress, daughter of Mimi Bia, born in Amsterdam (d. 1902)
  • 1867 Carl Laemmle, German-born film executive (d. 1939)
  • 1878 Oscar Apfel, American actor (The Squaw Man, Inspiration, Before Dawn), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1938)
  • 1882 Noah Beery, American character actor (Story of Esther, The Mark of Zorro), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1946)
  • 1891 Marjorie Gateson, American actress (One Man's Family), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1897 Nils Asther, Swedish actor (Bluebeard, Night Monster), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 1981)
  • 1903 Warren Hull, American actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World), born in Gasport, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1903 Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Assamese poet, playwright, filmmaker (d. 1953)
  • 1904 Patsy Ruth Miller, American actress (Quebec, Wide Open, Sap, Twin Beds), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1905 Grant Withers, American actor (Rio Grande, Oklahoma, Annie), born in Pueblo, Colorado (d. 1959)
  • 1917 M. G. Ramachandran, Indian actor & politician, born in Kandy, Sri Lanka (d. 1987)
  • 1921 Dehl Berti, Chiricahua Apache actor (Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Guns of Paradise), born in Pueblo, Colorado (d. 1991)

Person of interestBetty White

1922 Betty White [Ludden], American actress and comedian with the longest TV career of a female entertainer (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls), born in Oak Park Illinois

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White
  • 1923 Onno Molenkamp, Dutch actor (Lifespan, Broken Mirrors, The Lift), born in Fort de Kock, Dutch East Indies (d. 1990)
  • 1923 Carol Raye [Kathleen Corkery], British-born Australian actress (Number 96, Blankety Blanks), born in London, England
  • 1926 Moira Shearer, Scottish actress and ballerina (Red Shoes), born in Dunfermline Scotland (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Richard Michael Hills, comedy script writer
  • 1927 Eartha Kitt, American singer (Santa Baby), dancer, comedian, actress and activist (Catwoman-Batman), born in North, South Carolina (d. 2008)
  • 1927 Michael Herford Wooller, TV/film producer
  • 1931 James Earl Jones, American actor (Darth Vader, Exorcist II, Soul Man), born in Arkabutla, Mississippi
  • 1933 Dalida, Egyptian actress and singer, Miss Egypt (The 6th Day)
  • 1933 Sheree North [Dawn Bethel], American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2005)
  • 1934 Donald Cammell, film director
  • 1934 Shari Lewis, American ventriloquist, puppeteer (Lamb Chop), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1936 Jerry Fogel, actor (Jerry-Mothers-in-Law, White Shadow), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1939 Maury Povich, TV host (Current Affair, Maury)/Mr Connie Chung
  • 1942 Randy Boone, American actor (Cimarron Strip, Virginian), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 1942 Nancy Parsons, American actress, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2001)
  • 1943 Geoffrey Deuel, American actor, born in Lockport, New York
  • 1946 Michèle Deslauriers, Quebec actress, born in Quebec, Canada
  • 1947 Jane Elliot, American actress (Baby Boom, Gen Hospital, Knots Landing), born in New York City, New York
  • 1947 Todd Susman, American actor (Goodnight Beantown), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1949 Andy Kaufman, American comedian & actor (Latka Gravas-Taxi), born in New York City, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1949 Debbie Watson, American actress (Karen, Tammy), born in La Mirada California,
  • 1952 Larry Fortensky, former husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor (7th), born in Stanton, California (d. 2016)
  • 1952 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and film composer (Academy Award 1988 for score to The Last Emperor), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1956 Mitch Vogel, American actor (Jamie-Bonanza), born in Alhambra, California
  • 1957 Steve Harvey, American actor, comedian and radio personality, born in Welch, West Virginia
  • 1957 Keith Chegwin, English television presenter & actor, born in Walton, Liverpool (d. 2017)
  • 1959 Susanna Hoffs, American actress & musician (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959 Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese singer & actress, born in Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1960 Chatchai Plengpanich, Thai actor, born in Kanchanaburi, Thailand
  • 1961 Brian Helgeland, American writer & film director, born in Providence, Rhode Island

Person of interestJim Carrey

1962 Jim Carrey, Canadian-American actor (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Dumb & Dumber, The Mask), born in Ontario Canada

Actor and Comedian Jim Carrey
Actor and Comedian
Jim Carrey
  • 1967 Song Kang-ho, South Korean actor, born in Busan, South Korea
  • 1969 Naveen Andrews, British actor, born in Lambeth, London
  • 1970 Genndy Tartakovsky, Russian-born animator, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1971 Kid Rock [Robert James Ritchie], American rapper, songwriter, musician and actor (Devil Without a Cause), born in Romeo, Michigan
  • 1971 Youki Kudoh, Japanese actress, born in Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1972 Benno Fürmann, German actor, born in Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
  • 1974 Annemarie Jacir, Palestinian filmmaker and poet, born in Bethlehem, Palestine
  • 1975 Freddy Rodriguez, Puerto Rican-American actor, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1977 Kevin Thorn, American professional wrestler, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1977 Leigh Whannell, Australian screenwriter & actor, born in Melbourne, Australia

Person of interestZooey Deschanel

1980 Zooey Deschanel, American actress (Almost Famous, New Girl), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1980 Kimberly Spicer, American model, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1981 Ray J [William Ray Norwood Jr.], American singer and actor (Everything You Want), born in McComb, Mississippi
  • 1981 Scott Mechlowicz, American actor, born in New York
  • 1983 Andrea Lowell, American model, born in Long Beach, California
  • 1985 Kangin [Kim Young-woon], South Korean singer, dancer, actor and DJ (Super Junior), born in Seoul, South Korea

Person of interestJake Paul

1997 Jake Paul, American YouTube personality, born in Cleveland, Ohio

YouTube Star and Actor Jake Paul
YouTube Star and Actor
Jake Paul

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1926 Comedian George Burns marries comedienne Gracie Allen

LoveWedding of Interest

1946 Actor John Wayne (38) weds actress Esperanza Baur in Long Beach, California

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne

LoveWedding of Interest

1988 Publisher Bob Guccione (57) weds actress Katherine Keeton (48)

Publisher Bob Guccione
Publisher
Bob Guccione

LoveWedding of Interest

2015 Actor/comedian Stephen Fry (57) weds stand-up comedian Elliott Spencer in the Norfolk town of Dereham

Actor, Comedian and Writer Stephen Fry
Actor, Comedian and Writer
Stephen Fry

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1967 Evelyn Nesbit, actress (Redemption), dies at 82
  • 1972 Rochelle Hudson, American actress (Les Misérables, Imitation of Life, That's My Boy), dies from pneumonia at 55
  • 1973 Fred Essler, Austrian actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown, Saratoga Trunk), dies at 77
  • 1980 Barbara Britton [Brantingham], American actress (Captain Kidd, Young & Willing, Mr. and Mrs. North), dies of pancreatic cancer at 60
  • 1983 Doodles Weaver [Winstead Sheffield Weaver], American comedian (Spike Jones & City Slickers, The Zodiac Killer), commits suicide by shooting himself at 70
  • 1987 Hugo Fregonese, Argentine film director (b. 1908)
  • 1992 Bill Walker, actor (Big Mo, Mask, Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 95
  • 1992 Dorothy Alison, actress (Maggie, 3rd Key, Long Arm), dies
  • 1998 Emil Sitka, actor (3 Stooges shorts), dies of stroke at 82
  • 2002 Queenie Leonard, American actress (b. 1905)
  • 2003 Richard Crenna, American actor (Rambo, Summer Rental, Sand Pebbles), dies at 76
  • 2004 Ray Stark, American stage and film producer, dies at 88
  • 2004 Noble Willingham, American actor (Walker, Texas Ranger), dies at 72
  • 2005 Virginia Mayo [Jones], American actress (The Best Years of Our Lives, Out of the Blue, White Heat), dies of congestive heart failure at 84
  • 2007 Art Buchwald, American humorist (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Allan Melvin, American character actor (Brady Bunch, All in Family), dies of cancer at 84
  • 2013 Robert F. Chew, American actor, dies from heart failure at 52
  • 2015 Greg Plitt, American fitness model and entrepreneur, dies when hit by a train at 37
  • 2018 Simon Shelton Barnes, British actor (Teletubbies-Tinky Winky), dies of hypothermia at 52
  • 2018 Jessica Falkholt, Australian actress (Hope Morrison-Home and Away, dies at 29, three days after a car crash which also killed both her parents
  • 2019 Windsor Davies, British actor (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), dies at 88
  • 2020 Derek Fowlds, British actor (Yes Minister, The Basil Brush Show), dies at 82