On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for January 8

Events in Film & TV

  • 1929 CBS radio network buys WABC in NYC
  • 1955 WUNC TV channel 4 in Chapel Hill, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 The Who & the Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1978 TV series "All Creatures Great and Small" debuts on BBC TV, based on the books by James Herriot, starring Robert hardy and Christopher Timothy

Novelist James Herriot
Novelist
James Herriot
  • 1991 "Davis Rules" with Jonathan Winters & Randy Quaid premieres on ABC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 NBC offers "Tonight Show" to David Letterman

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

2008 34th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Patrick Dempsey & Katherine Heigl win (TV)

  • 2009 14th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Slumdog Millionaire wins Best Film
  • 2014 40th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Sandra Bullock win (Movie Star) and Josh Charles & Stana Katić win (Dramatic TV)

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

2017 74th Golden Globes: "Moonlight", Casey Affleck and Isabelle Huppert win


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1814 Johannes Kneppelhout, [Klikspaan], Dutch humorist
  • 1888 Matt Moore, Irish-American actor and director (Coquette, Deluge), born in Kells, County Meath Ireland (d. 1960)
  • 1891 Alexander Gray, American actor (Sally, This is Music), born in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania (d 1976)
  • 1903 Gene Roth [Eugene Stutenroth], American actor (She Demons, Tormented, The Spider), born in Redfield, South Dakota (d. 1976)
  • 1908 "Fearless" Nadia [Mary Ann Evans], Australian actress (Hunterwali), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1908 William Hartnell, English actor (first Doctor in Doctor Who, Jackpot), born in London (d. 1975)
  • 1909 Willy Millowitsch, German actor (National Lampoon's European Vacation), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1999)
  • 1910 Richard Cromwell [LeRoy Melvin Radabaugh], American actor (Jezebel, Riot Squad), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1960)
  • 1911 Gypsy Rose Lee [Rose Hovick], American burlesque actress (Gypsy), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1970)

Person of interestJosé Ferrer

1912 José Ferrer, Puerto Rican actor and director (Blood Tide, Dune), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1992)

  • 1917 Stanley Prager, American comedian (College Bowl), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1920 Douglas Wilmer, British actor (Sherlock Holmes, Octopussy, El Cid), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Larry Storch, American comedian (F Troop, Larry Storch Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1924 Ron Moody [Ronald Moodnick], British composer, singer and actor (12 Chairs, Oliver!), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Soupy Sales [Milton Hines], American comedian (Soupy Sales Show), born in Franklinton, North Carolina (d. 2009)
  • 1928 Sander Vanocur, American journalist (NBC Weekend News), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1928 May Wynn [Donna Lee Hickey], American actress (Caine Mutiny, Noah's Ark), born in NYC, New York
  • 1929 Saeed Jaffrey, Indian actor (The Chess Players, Gandhi), born in Punjab, India (d. 2015)
  • 1933 Charles Osgood, American news anchor (CBS Weekend News), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934 Roy Kinnear, English character actor (TW3, Help!, The 3 Musketeers), born in Wigan, United Kingdom (d. 1988)
  • 1935 Nolan Miller, American fashion & jewellery designer (Dynasty, Love Boat), born in Burkburnett, Texas (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Bob Eubanks, American DJ & television personality (Newlywed Game), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1941 Graham Chapman, English comedian (Monty Python's Flying Circus), born in Leicester, England (d. 1989)
  • 1942 Yvette Mimieux, American actress (Time Machine, Where the Boys Are), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Kathleen Noone [O'Meara], American actress (All My Children, Party of 5, Knots Landing), born in Hillsdale, New Jersey
  • 1948 Gillies Mackinnon, Scottish film director & writer (Playboys), born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1951 John McTiernan, American actor (Predator, Die Hard, Medicine Man), born in Albany, New York
  • 1952 Lauri Walters, American actress (8 is Enough, Harrad Experiment), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1957 Ron Cephas Jones, American actor (This is Us), born in Patterson, New Jersey
  • 1958 Rey Misterio Sr., Mexican wrestler, born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • 1965 Michelle Forbes [Guajardo], American actress (True Blood, Guiding Light, Star Trek: The Next Generation), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1966 Maria Pitillo, American actress (Ryan's Hope, Natural Born Killers), born in Elmira, New York
  • 1966 Loretta Lee [Lee Lai Chan], Chinese actress (Happy Ghost), born in British Hong Kong
  • 1968 Ami Dolenz, American actress (General Hospital, Can't Buy Me Love), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1971 Brook Lee, American actress & model (Miss Hawaii 1997, Miss USA 1997, Miss Universe 1997), born in Pearl City, Hawaii
  • 1976 Jenny Lewis, American actress (Becky-Life With Lucy), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1977 Ryan Frances, American actor (Trevor-Sisters), born in Los Angeles County, California
  • 1977 Amber Benson, American actress, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1977 Ron Pederson, Canadian actor, born in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1977 Lee Yoo-jin, Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1979 Sarah Polley, Canadian actress (Sweet Hereafter), born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1980 Rachel Nichols, American actress, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1982 Gaby Hoffman, American film actress (Field of Dreams, Uncle Buck, Now & Then), born in NYC, New York
  • 1983 Chris Mordetzky, American wrestler, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1983 Felipe Colombo, Argentine-Mexican actor & singer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1986 Jaclyn Linetsky, Canadian actress, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 2003)
  • 1987 Cynthia Erivo, British actress and singer-songwriter, born in London, England

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1951 Actor Burgess Meredith (43) weds ballerina Kaja Sundsten

LoveWedding of Interest

1973 Actor Michael Caine (40) weds model Shakira Baksh (25) at Candlelight Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • 2005 Rapper and actor Nas (32) weds R&B singer Kelis (25) at Morningside Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia

LoveWedding of Interest

2018 Singer Ricky Martin reveals he has married Jwan Yosef

Singer/Actor Ricky Martin
Singer/Actor
Ricky Martin

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1998 Roseanne Barr files for divorce from 3rd husband Ben Thomas

Comedienne and Actress Roseanne Barr
Comedienne and Actress
Roseanne Barr

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1916 Ada Rehan, Irish-American stage actress and comedian (Daly's Fifth Avenue Theatre), dies from arteriosclerosis and cancer at 58
  • 1967 Zbigniew Cybulski, Polish actor (Ashes and Diamonds), dies at 39
  • 1972 Wesley Ruggles, American actor, producer and director (I'm No Angel, Arizona, Too Many Husbands), dies at 82
  • 1975 Anthony Warde, American actor (Dangers of the Canadian Mounted, Buck Rogers, Black Widow), dies at 66
  • 1975 John Dierkes, American actor (Shane, Daughter of Dr Jekyll, Hanging Tree), dies from emphysema at 69
  • 1975 John Gregson, British actor (Gideon CID, The Longest Day, Shirley's World), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • 1981 Woody Chamblis, actor (Mr Lathrop-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
  • 1982 Gregoire Aslan, actor (Concrete Jungle), dies of 73 of a heart attack
  • 1982 Reta Shaw, American actress (Ghost & Mrs Muir, Mary Poppins, Picnic), dies of emphysema at 69
  • 1983 Gale Page, actress (4 Daughters, Knute Rockney), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1983 Lois Wilson, actress (Alice-Aldrich Family), dies at 88
  • 1983 Ron Frazer, Australian actor (b. 1924)
  • 1987 Peter Adams [James H Adams II], American actor (Zorro, Kraft Mystery Theater, Alternative), dies of cancer at 69
  • 1989 Kenneth McMillan, actor (Malone, Concrete Beat), dies of heart attack at 56
  • 1989 Ken McMillan, American actor (Malone, Concrete Beat), dies of liver failure at 56
  • 1990 Terry-Thomas [Thomas Terry Stevens], British actor (It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World), dies of Parkinson's disease at 78
  • 1990 Terry-Thomas [Thomas Terry Hoar-Stevens], English comedian and actor (I'm All Right Jack, Private's Progress), dies after a long battle with Parkinson's disease at 78
  • 1994 Edward Duke, actor (Decadence, Silver Bears), dies of cancer at 40
  • 1994 Pat Buttram, actor (Haney-Green Acres), dies of kidney failure at 78
  • 1994 Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Italian actor (Octopus), dies at 52
  • 1997 Carole Carr [Carless], British singer and actress (Down Among the Z Men), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1997 Jesse White, American actor (Bedtime for Bonzo, Maytag repairman, Million Dollar Mermaid), dies at 77
  • 2005 Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster, dies at 52
  • 2007 Yvonne De Carlo, Canadian-born actress (10 Commandments, Lily-Munsters), dies at 84
  • 2007 Iwao Takamoto, American animator (b. 1925)
  • 2009 Don Galloway, American actor (Arrest & Trial, Ironside), dies at 71
  • 2010 Monica Maughan, Australian actor (b. 1933)
  • 2015 Virginia "Patsy" Garrett, American singer and actress (Nanny & the Professor, Fred Waring's Pleasure Time), dies at 93
  • 2018 Donnelly Rhodes, Canadian actor (Da Vinci's Inquest, Danger Bay), dies of cancer at 80