On This Day in Film & TV for January 20

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Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1949 J. Edgar Hoover gives Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • 1949 1st inaugural parade televised, for Harry Truman, watched by 10 million people
  • 1958 KUED TV channel 7 in Salt Lake City, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 The Beatles appear on Shindig (ABC-TV)
  • 1978 Columbia Pictures pays $9.5 million for movie rights to "Annie"

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

1990 47th Golden Globes: "Born on the Fouth of July", Tom Cruise, & Michelle Pfeiffer win

Actor Tom Cruise
Actor
Tom Cruise
  • 1997 2nd Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Fargo wins Best Film
  • 1998 3rd Critics' Choice Movie Awards: L.A. Confidential wins Best Film

Film release premierFilm Premier

1998 "Dawson's Creek" created by Kevin Williamson, starring James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson premieres on WB in the US

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

2002 59th Golden Globes: "A Beautiful Mind", Russell Crowe, & Sissy Spacek win

  • 2002 18th Sundance Film Festival: "Personal Velocity: Three Portraits", directed by Rebecca Miller, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Film release premierFilm Release

2006 TV movie "High School Musical" released starring Zac Efron and Vanessa Hugdens, becomes Disney Channel's most successful TV movie

Actress and Singer Ashley Tisdale
Actress and Singer
Ashley Tisdale

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

2007 12th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: "The Departed" wins Best Film

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008 "Breaking Bad", created by Vince Gilligan and starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul premieres on AMC


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1867 Yvette Guilbert [Emma Laure Esther Guilbert], French singer and actress, born in Paris, France (d. 1944)
  • 1878 Finlay Currie, Scottish actor (Quo Vadis, Ivanhoe, Avengers), born in Edinburgh (d. 1968)
  • 1895 Roscoe Ates, American actor (Freaks, Cimarron, Marshal of Gunsight Pass), born in Grange, Mississippi (d. 1962)
  • 1895 Eva Jessye, American singer, actress, songwriter (Hallelujah) and 1st black woman to receive international distinction as a choral conductor, born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 1992)
  • 1896 George Burns [Nathan Birnbaum], American actor, comedian and singer (Oh God, Burns and Allen), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1896 Rolfe Sedan, American actor (Young Frankenstein, Ninotchka, George Burns Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1896 Isabel Withers, American actress (Possessed, Lady of Burlesque), born in Frankton, Indiana (d. 1968)
  • 1900 Doris Deane, American actress, born in Wisconsin (d. 1974)
  • 1900 Colin Clive, British actor (Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Mad Love), born in St Malo, France (d. 1937)
  • 1903 Leon Ames, American actor (Mister Ed, Father of the Bride), born in Portland, Indiana (d. 1993)
  • 1907 Paula Wessely, Austrian actress & producer (Masquerade), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 2000)
  • 1910 Abram Hill, African-American playwright & author (American Negro Theater), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1986)
  • 1912 Christopher Casson, Irish-English actor (Zardoz, Educating Rita, The Riordans), born in Manchester, Lancashire, England
  • 1914 Wensley Pithey, South-African actor (Oliver!, The Saint, Little Women), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1993)
  • 1916 Alex Nicol, American actor (The Screaming Skull, Man From Laramie, Air Cadet), born in Ossining, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1919 Stepan Lucky, Slovak film score composer, born in Žilina, Slovakia (d. 2006)
  • 1920 DeForest Kelley, American actor, screenwriter, poet and singer (Star Trek), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Michael Higgins, American actor (Angel Heart, 1918, Wanda, Black Stallion), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)

Person of interestFederico Fellini

1920 Federico Fellini, Italian film director & scriptwriter (8 1/2, La Dolce Vita), born in Rimini, Italy (d. 1993)

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini

Person of interestPatricia Neal

1926 Patricia Neal, American actress (Hud, Subject Was Roses) and wife of Roald Dahl, born in Packard, Kentucky (d. 2010)

Actress Patricia Neal
Actress
Patricia Neal
  • 1928 Peter Donat, Canadian-American actor (Flamingo Road, Different Story), born in Kentville, Canada (d. 2018)
  • 1929 Arte Johnson, American comedian (Laugh-in, Don't Call Me Charlie), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1934 Tom Baker, English actor (fourth Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1937 Dorothy Provine, American actress (Good Neighbor Sam, Darn Cat), born in Deadwood, South Dakota
  • 1940 Krishnam Raju, Indian actor & politician, born in Mogalthur, India
  • 1941 Pierre Lalonde, Canadian singer & television host, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 2016)
  • 1946 David Lynch, American actor & director (Dune, Eraserhead), born in Missoula, Montana
  • 1950 Liza Goddard, British actress, born in Smethwick, United Kingdom
  • 1955 Wyatt Knight, American actor (d. 2011)

Person of interestBill Maher

1956 Bill Maher, American comedian & political commentator (Real Time with Bill Maher, Politically Incorrect), born in NYC, New York

Political Commentator and Comedian Bill Maher
Political Commentator and Comedian
Bill Maher
  • 1958 Lorenzo Lamas, American actor (Lance-Falcon Crest, California Fever), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 James Denton, American actor, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1964 Victoria Sellers, English actress (Crime Zone, Warlords), born in London, England
  • 1966 Rainn Wilson, American actor (The Office, Juno), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1967 Joe Pasquale, English comedian & actor (Prey), born in Grays, United Kingdom
  • 1967 Stacey Dash, American actress (Dionne-Clueless), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1969 Melissa Rivers, American TV hostess (MTV, CBS Morning News), born in NYC, New York
  • 1970 Skeet Ulrich, American actor (Scream), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1970 Mitch Benn, English comedian & musician, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1978 Joy Giovanni, American actress & glamour model, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1979 Will Young, British singer-songwriter & actor, born in Wokingham, United Kingdom
  • 1981 Crystal Lowe, Canadian actress & model, born in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1983 Paula Taylor, Thai actress & model, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1984 Olivia Hallinan, English actress, born in Hounslow, United Kingdom
  • 1984 Toni Gonzaga, Filipino singer & actress, born in Rizal, Phillipines

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1968 Actress Sharon Tate (24) weds actor and director Roman Polanski (34) in Chelsea, London

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • 2001 "Fast Lane" actor Peter Facinelli (27) weds actress and director Jennie Garth (28) at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Montecito, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1779 David Garrick, English actor, producer and writer (Aboan-Oroonoko), dies at 61
  • 1920 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler and strongman of the early 20th century, dies at 43
  • 1960 Matt Moore, Irish-American actor and director (Coquette, Deluge), dies at 72
  • 1971 Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor and the 1st cowboy in a movie (The Great Train, The Lucky Dog), dies at 88
  • 1984 Johnny Weissmuller, American actor (Tarzan), swimmer (5 Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies of pulmonary edema at 79
  • 1989 Beatrice Lillie, actress (Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies at 94
  • 1989 Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi film director (b. 1938)
  • 1990 Barbara Stanwyck, [Ruby Stevens], actress (Big Valley), dies at 82
  • 1991 Louis Seigner, actor (Eclipse, Special Section), dies in a fire at 87

Person of interestAudrey Hepburn

1993 Audrey Hepburn, British actress (Roman Holiday), dies of colon cancer at 63

  • 1993 Joseph Anthony [Deuster], American playwright, actor, and director (Matchmaker, Tomorrow), dies at 80
  • 1998 Bobo Brazil [Houston Harris], American professional wrestler, dies at 73
  • 2002 Carrie Hamilton, American actress (Fame), dies at 38
  • 2003 Nedra Volz, American actress (b. 1908)
  • 2011 Bruce Gordon, American actor (The Untouchables), dies after long illness at 94
  • 2018 John Coleman, American journalist, co-founder of The Weather Channel and broadcaster (1953-2014), dies at 83
  • 2018 Bob Smith, American author and a groundbreaking gay comedian (The Tonight Show, Funny Gay Males), dies from Lou Gehrig’s disease at 59
  • 2018 Howard Lew Lewis, English comedian and actor (Maid Marian and Her Merry Men and Brush Strokes), dies at 76