On This Day in Film & TV for January 3

Events in Film & TV

  • 1929 27 year old William S Paley becomes CBS president
  • 1949 "Colgate Theater" dramatic anthology series premieres on NBC TV
  • 1952 "Dragnet" with Jack Webb premieres on NBC TV
  • 1963 WOUB TV channel 20 in Athens, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 WJAN TV channel 17 in Canton, OH (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 WHAG TV channel 25 in Hagerstown, MD (NBC) begins broadcasting

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1973 George Steinbrenner III buys Yankees from CBS for $12 million

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • 1997 Bryant Gumbel co-hosted his final "Today" show on NBC-TV

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2004 After hosting the show for over 30 years, Casey Kasem gives up the hosting duties of "American Top 40" to Ryan Seacrest

Disc Jockey and Actor Casey Kasem
Disc Jockey and Actor
Casey Kasem

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2005 Craig Ferguson becomes the host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS

Actor & Comedian Craig Ferguson
Actor & Comedian
Craig Ferguson

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1865 Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (The Mikado), born in London, England (d. 1936)
  • 1882 Willem Benoy, Flemish actor and director (Pygmalion), born in Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1939)
  • 1886 Josephine Hull, American Academy award actress (Harvey), born in Newtonville, Massachusetts (d. 1957)

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1892 J. R. R. Tolkien, British author (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings), born in Bloemfontein, South Africa (d. 1973)

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 1894 ZaSu Pitts, American actress (Life With Father, Dames, Wedding March), born in Parsons, Kansas (d. 1963)
  • 1897 Marion Davies [Marion Cecelia Douras], American actress (Operator 13), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1897 Pola Negri, [Barbara A Chalupiec], Polish-American stage actress (Madame Dubarry), born in Lipno, Kingdom of Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1987)

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1905 Ray Milland, Welsh actor (Lost Weekend-Academy Award 1945), born in Neath, Wales (d. 1986)

  • 1905 Anna May Wong, American actress, 1st Chinese-American movie star (Shanghai Express), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1961)
  • 1909 Victor Borge, [Borge Rosenbaum], Copenhagen Denmark, pianist/comedian
  • 1912 Robert Flemyng, actor (Windom's Way, Young Winston), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1916 Betty Furness, American actress/journalist/consumer activist (Studio 1), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919 Jesse White, American actor (Bedtime for Bonzo, Maytag repairman, Million Dollar Mermaid), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1921 John Russell, American actor (Pale Rider, Rio Bravo), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1991)
  • 1922 Bill Travers, Newcastle-on-Tyne England, actor (Born Free, Gorgo)
  • 1923 Charles Tingwell, Australian actor
  • 1930 Eddie Egan, American actor (Joe Forrester), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930 Robert Loggia, actor (Officer & a Gentleman, Scarface), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Mara Corday, actress (Foxfire, Black Scorpion), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1936 Betty Rollin, actress (Crossing Delancey)/author (Last Wish)
  • 1937 Glen Larson, American television producer & writer (Battlestar Galactica, Magnum PI, & Knight Rider), born in Long Beach, CA, (d. 2014)
  • 1940 Thelma Schoonmaker, actress/editor (Casino, Cape Fear, Good Fellas)
  • 1941 Shima Iwashita, actress (Red Lion, Hara-Kiri, Double Suicide)
  • 1941 Van Dyke Parks, Alabama, actor/musician (Bonino, Billy Crystal Hour)
  • 1942 John Thaw, British actor (d. 2002)
  • 1950 Victoria Principal, American actress (Earthquake, Pamela-Dallas), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1954 Dean Hart, Canadian wrestler (d. 1990)
  • 1955 Cynthia Sykes, Coffeyville Ky, actress (Flamingo Road, St Elsewhere)

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1956 Mel Gibson, American actor (Mad Max, Mrs Soffel, Lethal Weapon) and filmmaker, born in Peekskill, New York

Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson
  • 1957 Frank Dicopoulos, actor (Frank Cooper-Guiding Light), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1958 Shim Hyung-rae, South Korean filmmaker
  • 1960 Sandeep Marwah Founder of Film City, Noida, India
  • 1963 Vic Grimes, American professional wrestler, born in NYC, New York
  • 1963 Jerome Young, American professional wrestler
  • 1964 Bruce LaBruce, Canadian filmmaker
  • 1968 Shannon Sturges, actress (Savannah)
  • 1970 Mahaya Petrosian, Iranian actress
  • 1970 Christian Duguay, American comic actor
  • 1970 Matt Ross, American actor
  • 1971 Ku'ualoha Taylor, Hawaii, Miss USA (Hawaii-Miss Congeniality-1996)
  • 1972 Yoon Chan, South Korean actor
  • 1973 Paula Knoll, Moorhead Minnesota, Miss America-Minnesota (1996)
  • 1973 Dan Harmon, American voice actor, producer and writer (Rick and Morty, Community), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1975 Danica McKellar, actress (Winnie Cooper-Wonder Years) [or Mar 3]
  • 1975 Jason Marsden, actor (General Hospital, Eddie-Munsters Today)
  • 1976 Alisen Down, Canadian actress
  • 1976 Dinara Drukarova, Russian actress
  • 1976 Nicholas Gonzalez, American actor
  • 1977 Mayumi Iizuka, Japanese voice actress (seiyū)
  • 1978 Park Sol-mi, South Korean actress
  • 1978 Dominic Wood, English children's television presenter and magician
  • 1980 Liya Kebede, Ethiopian model
  • 1989 Anya Kop, Russian model and America's Next Top Model contestant
  • 1989 Alex D. Linz, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1987 Singer/Miss America Vanessa Williams marries Ramon T Hervey in NYC

HeartWedding of Interest

1987 Tennis player champ Mats Wilander (22) weds model Sonya Mulholland in South Africa

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
  • 2003 Actress Emily Mortimer (31) weds actor Alessandro Nivola (30) in Chilterns, Buckinghamshire

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1858 Rachel Félix [Elisabeth "Eliza/Élisa"], French singer and actress (Muse), dies at 36
  • 1933 Jack Pickford, Canadian-American actor (The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come), dies at 37
  • 1942 Pauline Beersmans, [PLJM van Cuyck], Flemish actress, dies at 70
  • 1965 Julius Tannen, comedian, dies at 84
  • 1966 Rex Lease, American actor (Fast Bullets, Sunny Skies, Custer's Last Stand), dies at 62
  • 1969 Howard McNear, American actor (The Andy Griffith Show,Irma La Douce), dies after long illness at 63
  • 1974 Gino Cervi, Italian actor (Les Miserables, Naked Maja), dies at 72
  • 1975 Milton J Cross, TV announcer (Met Opera Auditions), dies at 87
  • 1980 Ivan Triesault [Johann Constantin Treisalt], Russian actor (Cry of the Werewolf, Black Parachute), dies at 81
  • 1988 William Cagney, actor (Torrid Zone), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 1990 Ken Hill, actor (Cobra, Protocol), dies
  • 1992 Judith Anderson, actress (Star Trek 3), dies of pneumonia at 93
  • 1994 Heather Sears, British actress (b. 1935)
  • 1995 Byron MacGregor, newscaster, dies at 56
  • 2008 Aleksandr Abdulov, Russian actor (b. 1953)
  • 2008 Natasha Collins, British actress and television presenter (b. 1976)
  • 2009 Pat Hingle, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2011 Fadil Hadžić, Croatian film director (b. 23 April 1922)
  • 2013 Sergiu Nicolaescu, Romanian film director, dies from surgical complications at 82