On This Day in Film & TV for January 18

Events in Film & TV

  • 1948 Ted Mack's "Original Amateur Hour" begins, DuMont (later NBC/ABC/CBS)
  • 1949 "They Stand Accused" courtroom drama premieres on CBS (later DuMont)
  • 1971 Ivan Koloff beats Bruno Sammartino in New York, to become WWF champ

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 John Cleese's final episode on "Monty Python's Flying Circus" on BBC TV

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
  • 1974 "$6 Million Man" starring Lee Majors premieres on ABC TV
  • 1975 "Jeffersons" spinoff from "All in the Family" premieres on CBS
  • 1987 3rd Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1992 49th Golden Globes: Bugsy, Nick Nolte and Jodie Foster win

Actress Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
  • 1992 Comedian Pat McCormick injured in a car accident

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1998 55th Golden Globes: "Titanic", Peter Fonda, & Judi Dench win

Actress Judi Dench
Judi Dench

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008 The United Nations announce George Clooney as a UN messenger of peace

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards: Mathew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett win

Birthdays in Film & TV

Person of interestOliver Hardy

1892 Oliver Hardy, American comic actor (Laurel & Hardy), born in Harlem, Georgia (d. 1957)

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy
  • 1904 Cary Grant [Archibald Alexander Leach], British-born American actor (Arsenic & Old Lace, North by Northwest), born in Horfield, Bristol, England (d. 1986)
  • 1905 Chick Chandler [Fehmer Chandler], American actor (Seven Doors to Death, One Happy Family), born in Kingston, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1908 Jacob Bronowski, Polish-born British mathematician and science writer best known as the presenter of the BBC television series, The Ascent of Man, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1974)
  • 1910 Arthur John Howard, British actor (Frieda, Last Holiday, Paradiso, Glass Cage), born in Camberwell, London (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Danny Kaye [David Daniel Kaminski], American comedian and actor (Danny Kaye Show, White Christmas), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1920 Constance Moore, American singer and actress (Buck Rogers, Show Business, Atlantic City), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Donald Baverstock, TV producer
  • 1925 Anthony Joly de Lotbiniere, TV producer
  • 1941 Iva Zanicchi, actress (Ragazza Tutta d'Oro)
  • 1941 Denise Bombardier, Quebec journalist, television host and novelist
  • 1946 Katia Ricclarelli, actress (Falstaff, Otello, Turandot)
  • 1947 Takeshi Kitano, actor (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi, Fireworks), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1953 Brett Hudson, comedian (Bonkers, Hudson Brothers Show), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1954 Ted DiBiase, Retired Professional Wrestler
  • 1955 Johannes AM "Hans" van Tongeren, Dutch actor (Hunk)

Person of interestKevin Costner

1955 Kevin Costner, American actor (Fandango, Silverado, Bull Durham), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1960 Mark Rylance [David Mark Rylance Waters], English actor (Bridge of Spies) and theatre director, born in Ashford, Kent
  • 1961 Jeff Yagher, American actor
  • 1962 Alison Arngrim, actress (Nellie-Little House of the Prairie)
  • 1964 Jane Horrocks, British actress (Little Voice, Corpse Bride, Absolutely Fabulous), born in Rossendale Valley, Lancashire, England
  • 1964 Enrico Lo Verso, Italian actor
  • 1965 Dave Attell, American writer and comedian
  • 1969 Jesse L. Martin, American actor and singer (Rent, The Flash), born in Rocky Mount, Virginia
  • 1969 Dave Bautista, American professional wrestler, born in Washington, D. C.
  • 1973 Burnie Burns, American film producer and comedian (Machinima, Rooster Teeth), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1974 Devon Odessa, actor (Sharon-My So Called Life, Girl of Limberlost)
  • 1974 Maulik Pancholy, American actor
  • 1977 Curtis Cregan, American actor
  • 1980 Jason Segel, American actor (How I Met Your Mother, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1981 Kang Dong-won, South Korean model and actor
  • 1983 Samantha Mumba, Irish singer and actress, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1984 Kristy Lee Cook, American Idol 7 cast member
  • 1985 Minnisha Lamba, Indian Actress and Model
  • 1993 Morgan York, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1969 Actress Audrey Hepburn marries 2nd husband Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti

  • 1992 Chinese-American actress Joan Chen (Twin Peaks) marries Dr Peter Hui

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1923 Wallace Reid, American actor, director and screenwriter referred to as "the screen's most perfect lover" (Every Inch a Man), dies from morphine addiction at 31
  • 1951 Jack Holt, American golddigger and actor (Cat People, San Francisco, Brimstone), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • 1952 Curly Howard {Jerome Lester Horwitz}, American vaudevillian actor and comedian (The Three Stooges), dies from a stroke at 48
  • 1954 Sydney Greenstreet, British actor (Casablanca, Maltese Falcon), dies at 74
  • 1967 Albert Conti, Austrian actor (Jazz Heaven, Doomed Battalion), dies at 79
  • 1967 Harry Antrim, American actor (Miracle on 34th St, Devil's Doorway), dies of heart attack at 82
  • 1968 Bert Wheeler, American actor (Brave Eagle, The Nitwits, Hold 'em Jail, High Flyers, Rainmakers), dies at 72
  • 1968 John Ridgely, American actor (Northern Pursuit, They Died with Their Boots On, Air Force), dies from a heart ailment at 58
  • 1971 Catherine Calvert, actress (Fires of Faith), dies of stroke at 80
  • 1975 Gertrude Olmstead, American silent film actress, dies at 77
  • 1976 Sonia Dresdel, actor (Fallen Idol, Secret Tent), dies at 67
  • 1977 Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (Paris Waltz, Voyage to America), dies at 81
  • 1978 Carl Betz, American actor (The Donna Reed Show, Love of Life), dies of lung cancer at 56
  • 1982 Trent Lehman, actor (Butch-Nanny & the Professor), dies at 20
  • 1985 Wilfrid Brambell, Irish actor (Hard Day's Night, Steptoe and Son), dies from cancer at 72
  • 1986 Claire James, actress (Jack Armstrong), dies
  • 1990 Rusty Hamer, American actor (b. 1947)
  • 1991 Lillian Bond, actress (Air Mail, Pick-up, Blond Cheat), dies at 83
  • 1991 Nita Krebs, actress (The Wizard of Oz), dies of heart attack at 85
  • 1993 Mia Meijer, Dutch playwright/director (Machine Child), dies
  • 1996 Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Indian actor (b. 1923)
  • 2000 Jester Hairston, American actor (That's My Mama, Amen), dies at 98
  • 2000 Frances Drake [Dean], American actress (Mad Love, The Invisible Ray), dies from natural causes at 87
  • 2001 Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (Meet the People, Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 2001 Al Waxman, Canadian actor (b. 1935)
  • 2003 Edward "The Sheik" Farhat, American professional wrestler (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Lamont Bentley, American actor (b. 1973)
  • 2009 Tony Hart, English artist and television presenter (Take Hart, Hartbeat), dies at 83
  • 2009 Bob May, American actor (b. 1939)
  • 2009 Kathleen Byron, British actress (Abdication, Profile, Saving Private Ryan), dies of breast cancer at 88