On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for January 29

Events in Film & TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1920 Walt Disney starts work as an artist with KC Slide Co for $40 a week

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • 1959 Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" released
  • 1964 NBC purchases AFL 5 year (1965-69) TV rights for $36 million

Film release premierFilm Premier

1964 "Dr Strangelove", directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, premieres

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
Actor George C. Scott
George C. Scott
  • 1967 WDAZ TV channel 8 in Devils Lake, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1975 First American Annual Comedy Awards, hosted by Alan King

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

1977 34th Golden Globes: Rocky, Peter Finch, & Faye Dunaway win

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

1983 40th Golden Globes: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Ben Kingsley & Meryl Streep win

  • 1989 5th Sundance Film Festival: "True Love" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 1995 11th Sundance Film Festival: "The Brothers McMullen" and "The Young Poisoner's Handbook" (tie) win Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 2006 22nd Sundance Film Festival: "Quinceanera", directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 US Postal Service releases 39-cent stamp featuring Hattie McDaniel in the dress she wore in 1940 when she became the 1st African-American actress to accept an Academy Award

  • 2012 28th Sundance Film Festival: "The House I Live In", directed by Eugene Jarecki, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Film release premierFilm Premier

2018 Marvel film "Black Panther" directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman premieres in Los Angeles

Actor Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader Stan Lee
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader
Stan Lee
Actor Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1852 Ion Luca Caragiale, Romanian actor and playwright (O Noapte Furtunoasa), born in Haimanalele, Ploiesti, Romania (d. 1912)
  • 1880 W C Fields [William Claude Dukenfield], actor (Bank Dick), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1887 Albert Conti, Austrian actor (Jazz Heaven, Doomed Battalion), born in Trieste, Austria-Hungary (d. 1967)
  • 1892 Ernst Lubitsch, German actor, producer and film director (To Be or Not to Be, Love Parade), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1947)
  • 1909 Alan Marshal, Australian actor (White Cliffs of Dover, Lydia), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1961)
  • 1913 Victor Mature, American actor (I Wake Up Screaming, Samson and Delilah), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1999)
  • 1913 Daniel Taradash, American screenwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1917 John Raitt, American stage and screen singer and actor (Carousel; Pajama Game), born in Santa Ana, California (d. 2005)
  • 1918 John Forsythe, actor (Bachelor Father, Charlie's Angels, Dynasty), born in Penns Grove, New Jersey (d. 2010)
  • 1921 Anthony George, American aactor (Untouchables, Checkmate), born in Endicott, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Pier Tania (Meinte Piet), radio/TV host (ANP, De Bezetting)
  • 1928 Peter Byrne, British director and actor (Postcards from America, Carry on Cabby), born in West Ham, Essex
  • 1930 John Junkin, British actor and scriptwriter (A Hard Day's Night), born in Ealing, Middlesex (d. 2006)
  • 1931 Leslie Bricuse, British theater and film composer and lyricist ("Stop the World - I Want to Get Off; Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), born in Pinner, Middlesex
  • 1934 Noel Harrison, British singer ("The Windmills of Your Mind"), and actor (Girl from U.N.C.L.E. - "Mark Slate"), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1940 Katharine Ross, American actress (Graduate, Francesca-Colbys), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1942 Claudine Longet, French-American singer, actress, and former Mrs Andy Williams (1961-75), born in Paris, France
  • 1942 Robin Morgan, American poet, author, political theorist, academic, and former child actor (Dagmar-Mama), born in Lake Worth, Florida
  • 1943 Tony Blackburn, English radio DJ (Radio Caroline, BBC - 1st to broadcast), born in Guildford, England
  • 1944 Barbara Moore, Wardell Mo, actress (Lisa Rogers-Man From UNCLE)

Person of interestTom Selleck

1945 Tom Selleck, actor (Lance-Rockford Files, Magnum PI), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1948 Marc Singer, actor (V, Dallas), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1948 Pat Kenny, Irish TV presenter & radio host
  • 1950 Ann Jillian, American actress (Mr Mom, Jennifer Slept Here), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1952 Tim Healy, English actor (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet), born in Benwell, England
  • 1953 Dalila di Lazzaro, Udine Italy, covergirl/model (Vogue)
  • 1953 Teresa Teng [Li-chun], Taiwanese pop singer("Aijin"; The Power Of Love"; "Airport"), and actress, born in Baozhong Township, Yunlin, Taiwan
  • 1953 Lynne McGranger, Australian actress (Home and Away), born in Sydney, New South Wales

Person of interestOprah Winfrey

1954 Oprah Winfrey, American TV talk show host and actress (The Oprah Winfrey Show, Colour Purple), born in Kosciusko, Mississippi

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • 1958 Judy Norton-Taylor, American actress (Mary Ellen - The Waltons), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1960 Matthew Ashford, American actor (Days of Our Lives - "Jack Devaraux"), born in Davenport Iowa
  • 1960 Gia Carangi, American model (d. 1986)
  • 1962 Nicholas Turturro, actor (James Martinez-NYPD Blue), born in Queens, New York
  • 1963 Bob Holly, American professional wrestler
  • 1964 Anna Ryder Richardson, British interior designer and television presenter
  • 1968 Edward Burns, American actor, director, writer (Brothers McMullen, Saving Private Ryan), born in Queens, New York
  • 1968 Sora Jung, Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1970 Heather Graham, American actress (Drugstore Cowboy, Diggstown), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1975 Kelly Packard, American actress (Tiffani Smith-California Dreams), born in Glendale, California
  • 1975 Sara Gilbert, American actress (Darlene Conner-Roseanne), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1976 Ilmira Shamsutdinova, Russian-Soviet model, born in Saratov, Russia
  • 1976 Charles Divins, American model & actor, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1977 Justin Hartley, American actor (Smallville, This Us), born in Knoxville, Illinois
  • 1979 Andrew Keegan, American actor (Step by Step, Party of Five), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1979 April Scott, American actress & model, born in Campbell, Missouri
  • 1980 Jason James Richter, American actor (Free Willy), born in Medford, Oregon
  • 1980 Yael Bar-Zohar, Israeli actress & model, born in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
  • 1981 Darío Lopilato, Argentine actor, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1982 Heidi Mueller, American actress (Passions), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1985 Isabel Lucas, Australian actress, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1986 Drew Tyler Bell, American actor, born in Indiana
  • 1996 Megan Jossa, English actress, born in Eltham, London

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1945 Actress Gloria Swanson (45) weds William N. Davey

LoveWedding of Interest

1958 Academy Award-winning actor Paul Newman (33) weds "The Three Faces of Eve" actress Joanne Woodward (27) at the El Rancho hotel-casino in Las Vegas

Actor and Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor and Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
Actress Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
  • 1984 Actress Wonder Woman Lynda Carter (33) marries Robert Altman (58)
  • 2005 "New York Mets" catcher Mike Piazza (36) weds former "Baywatch" actress Alicia Rickter (32) at St. Jude Catholic Church in Miami, Florida

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1951 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 1st divorce from hotel heir Conrad Hilton Jr

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1990 Actor Michael Keaton (38) divorces actress Caroline McWilliams (44) after 7 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1994 Actor Bill Murray (43) divorces Margaret Kelly after 13 years of marriage

Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
Bill Murray

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1960 Louis Jean Heydt, American actor (Waterfront; Gone with the Wind; The Great McGinty), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • 1964 Alan Ladd, American actor (Shane, Carpetbaggers), dies from an overdose at 50
  • 1965 John Larkin, American actor (Saints & Sinners, The Satan Bug, 12 O'Clock High), dies of heart attack at 52
  • 1973 Ludwig Stössel, Austrian actor (Man With a Camera, The Pride of the Yankees), dies at 89
  • 1976 Michael Gwynn, English actor (Dunkirk, Barabbas, Cleopatra), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 1977 Freddie Prinze, comedian and actor (Chico & the Man), shoots himself at 22
  • 1978 Tim McCoy, American actor (Arizona Bound) and soldier, dies at 86
  • 1980 Jimmy Durante, American actor, comedian and singer known as "the schnozzola" (The Durante-Moore Show, Jimmy Durante Show), dies of pneumonia at 86
  • 1986 Leif Erickson, American actor (Invaders from Mars, On the Waterfront), dies at 74
  • 1994 Jevgeni P Leonov, Russian actor (Gori, Moja Zvezda), dies at 67
  • 1994 Nick Cravat [Nicholas Cuccia], American actor (Twilight Zone - "Gremlin" in "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" episode), dies of lung cancer at 81
  • 2002 Harold Russell, Canadian actor (Best Years of Our Life, Dogtown), dies from a heart attack at 88
  • 2004 Otto Wilhelm Fischer, Austrian actor (Helden, Ich suche dich), dies of kidney disease at 88
  • 2005 Ephraim Kishon, Israeli author, dramatist, screenwriter, and Oscar-nominated film director, dies at 80
  • 2006 Nam June Paik, Korean video artist (Medium is the Medium; hommage à john cage), dies at 73
  • 2008 Philippe Khorsand, French actor (b. 1948)
  • 2015 Rodney "Rod" McKuen, American poet, singer-songwriter and actor (Jean, Alone, Beatsville), dies at 81
  • 2016 Jacques Rivette, French New Wave film director (The Beautiful Troublemaker), dies at 87