On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for January 24

Events in Film & TV

Film release premierFilm Release

1927 Alfred Hitchcock releases his first film as director - The Pleasure Garden, in England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933 Noël Coward's "Design for Living" premieres in NYC

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Film release premierFilm Release

1940 "The Grapes of Wrath", directed by John Ford and based on John Steinbeck's novel of the same name, starring Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell, is released

Actor Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
Author John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 Dmitri Shostakovich's comedy "Cheryomushk" premieres in Moscow

  • 1959 WHCT TV channel 18 in Hartford, CT (IND) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Buddy Rogers & Lou Thesz wrestle in Toronto, Rogers becomes WWF wrestling champ & Thesz becomes NWA champion

Professional Wrestler Lou Thesz
Professional Wrestler
Lou Thesz
  • 1964 CBS purchases 1964 & 1965 NFL TV rights for $28.2 million
  • 1966 WDIO TV channel 10 in Duluth, MN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1972 WRIP (now WDSI) TV channel 61 in Chattanooga, TN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1975 "Hot l Baltimore" situation comedy premieres on ABC TV

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

1976 33rd Golden Globes: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", Jack Nicholson, & Louise Fletcher win

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

1986 43rd Golden Globes: "Out of Africa", Jon Voight, & Whoopi Goldberg win

  • 1988 1st WWF Royal Rumble - Jim Duggan wins
  • 1988 NBC premiere of fact based "The Murder of Mary Phagan"
  • 1988 4th Sundance Film Festival: "Heat and Sunlight" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

1999 56th Golden Globes: "Saving Private Ryan", Jim Carrey, and Cate Blanchett win

Actress Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
Actor and Comedian Jim Carrey
Actor and Comedian
Jim Carrey
Cinematographer Janusz Kamiński
Janusz Kamiński

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 Walt Disney International and Bob Iger announce it is buying computer animation film studio Pixar for $7.4 billion

CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger
CEO of The Walt Disney Company
Bob Iger
  • 2016 TV drama "The X-Files" returns after 13 years, reuniting lead actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and produced again by Chris Carter

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1798 Karl von Holtei, Silesian actor, playwright and author (Die Vagabunden), born in Poland (d. 1880)
  • 1883 Estelle Winwood [Goodwin], British actress (The Misfits, The Producers, Miracle on 34th Street), born in Lee, Kent, England (d. 1984)
  • 1886 Henry King, Christiansburg Virginia, American film director (d. 1982)
  • 1905 Dorothy Patten, American actress, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1975)
  • 1909 Ann Todd, English actress (The Paradine Case, Taste of Fear), born in Hartford, England (d. 1993)

Person of interestErnest Borgnine

1917 Ernest Borgnine, American actor (Ice Station Zebra, McHale's Navy, Marty), born in Hamden, Connecticut (d. 2012)

  • 1918 John McLiam [Williams], Canadian actor (First Blood, Sleeper, Men From Shiloh), born in Alberta, Canada (d. 1994)
  • 1920 Jerry Maren [Gerard Marenghi], American actor (The Wizard of Oz, Mayor McCheese), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • 1924 Marvin Kaplan, American character and voice actor (Top Cat- "Choo Choo"; Alice - "Henry"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1925 William Hudson, American actor (I Led 3 Lives), born in Gilroy, California (d. 1974)
  • 1926 Georges Lautner, French director & screenwriter, born in Nice, France (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Clyde Adler, American writer and voice actor (Soupy Sales Show - "White Fang"; "Black Tooth"), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1928 Michel Serrault, French actor (Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud, La Cage aux Folles), born in Brunoy, France (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Bamber Gascoigne, English television presenter (University Challenge), born in London, England
  • 1942 Gary Hart, American professional wrestling manager & wrestler, born in Ottawa, Kansas (d. 2008)
  • 1943 Julie Bennett, American actress (Hey There It's Yogi Bear), born in Beverly Hills, California

Person of interestSharon Tate

1943 Sharon Tate, American actress (Valley of the Dolls), born in Dallas, Texas

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • 1943 Subhash Ghai, Indian film director, born in Nagpur, India
  • 1944 David Gerrold [Jerrold David Friedman], American science fiction screenwriter (Star Trek) & author (The Martian Child), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946 John Harrison, South Africa correspondent (BBC), born in Aldershot, England (d. 1994)
  • 1946 Michael Ontkean, Canadian actor (Rookies, Slap Shot, Twin Peaks), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1948 Michael Des Barres, British actor & rock singer, born in Hove, United Kingdom
  • 1949 John Belushi, American comedian & actor (SNL: Animal House: Blues Brothers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1982)
  • 1950 Daniel Auteuil, French actor (Elegant Criminal, Manon of Spring), born in Algiers, Algeria
  • 1951 Yakov Smirnoff, Ukrainian-American comedian (It's a wonderful country), born in Odessa, Ukraine
  • 1953 Brian Matthews, American actor (Burning), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 Adrian Edmondson, British comedian, born in Bradford, United Kingdom
  • 1958 Jools Holland, British rock keyboardist (Squeeze), and TV presenter (Later...), born in Blackheath, London
  • 1959 Vic Reeves [James Roderick Moir], English comedian, born in Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 1961 Nastassja Kinski, German actress (Tess, Cat People), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1965 Carlos Saldanha, Brazilian film director, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1966 Jimeoin, Northern Irish comedian, born in Royal Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
  • 1967 Phil LaMarr, American voice actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Stephanie Romanov, American model & actress, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1969 Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Icelandic actor, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1970 Matthew Lillard, American actor (Scream), born in Lansing, Michigan
  • 1971 Saalman Raelyn, American actress (Attack of 60' Centerfold), born in Fostoria, Ohio
  • 1971 Tonya Crowe, American actress (Olivia-Knots Landing), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1971 Andrea Mackris, American television producer, born in Missouri, United States
  • 1974 Ed Helms, American actor, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1979 Tatyana M. Ali, American actress (Sesame St, Fresh Prince of Bel Air), born in New York City, New York
  • 1980 Nicole Marie Lenz, American actress, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1986 Mischa Barton, English-born American actress, born in Hammersmith, London
  • 1986 Raviv Ullman, Israeli-born American actor, born in Eilat, Israel

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 2004 "Married ... With Children" actor David Faustino (33) weds actress Andrea Elmer (31) at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

LoveWedding of Interest

2004 Actress Selma Blair (31) weds producer Ahmet Zappa (29) at Carrie Fisher's mansion in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Selma Blair
Selma Blair

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1950 Bull Montana [Luigi Montagna], Italian actor (Brass Buttons, Victory, The Son of the Sheik), dies from coronary thrombosis at 62
  • 1960 John Miljan, American actor (The Ten Commandments, Possessed, Final Extra, Susan Lenox), dies at 67
  • 1962 Tom Shirley, actor/TV announcer (They're Off), dies at 62
  • 1972 Jerome Cowan, American actor (Blondie, Tab Hunter Show), dies at 74
  • 1973 J. Carrol Naish, American actor (Charlie Chan-Adv of Charlie Chan), dies at 73
  • 1975 Larry Fine, American actor and comedian (3 Stooges), dies at 72
  • 1979 Jerry Damon, comedian (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 51
  • 1979 Mabel Taliaferro, actress (My Love Come Back), dies at 91
  • 1980 Lil Dagover, Dutch-born German actress (Spiders), dies at 92

Person of interestGeorge Cukor

1983 George Cukor, American film director (My Fair Lady, The Wizard of Oz), dies of a stroke and a heart attack at 83

Director George Cukor
George Cukor
  • 1986 Gordon MacRae, American singer and actor (Oklahoma!, Carousel), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • 1990 Madge Bellamy, American actress, dies of heart failure at 90
  • 1991 George Gobel, comedian, dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1991 Lawrence Lott, American actor (Real Men, Philadelphia Experiment), dies of AIDS at 40
  • 1992 Charles Moulin, French actor (French Tarzan), dies
  • 1992 John Bleifer, actor (Highway to Heaven), dies at 90
  • 1992 Tina Chow, model, dies of AIDs at 41
  • 2000 Bobby Duncum, Jr., American professional wrestler (b. 1965)
  • 2002 Peter Gzowski, Canadian broadcaster, writer and reporter (b. 1934)
  • 2006 Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers and actor (The Five Heartbeats), dies of pneumonia and complications from a stroke at 91
  • 2006 Chris Penn, American actor (The Wild Life), dies at 40
  • 2007 Krystyna Feldman, Polish actress (b. 1916)
  • 2008 Randy Salerno, co-anchor of Chicago's CBS 2 News (b. 1963)
  • 2010 Pernell Roberts, American actor (Adam-Bonanza, Trapper John MD), dies at 81
  • 2011 Bernd Eichinger, German film producer and director, dies at 61
  • 2012 James Farentino, American actor, dies from heart failure at 73
  • 2012 Theo Angelopoulos, Greek film director (The Travelling Players, Eternity and a Day), dies at 76
  • 2015 Joe Franklin, American radio host, TV personality and New York institution (The Joe Franklin Show), dies of prostate cancer at 88