1978 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jan 8 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
  • Jan 20 Columbia Pictures pays $9.5 million for movie rights to "Annie"

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 28 35th Golden Globes: "The Turning Point", Richard Burton, & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
  • Feb 10 U.S. premiere of "Blue Collar", Paul Schrader's first film direction

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 20 4th People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and James Garner & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Actress
Mary Tyler Moore
  • Feb 20 Bob Backland beats "Superstar" Billy Graham in NY, to become WWF wrestling champion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 Charlie Chaplin's coffin and remains are stolen from a Swiss cemetery

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin

Film release premierFilm Premier

Mar 10 "The Incredible Hulk", starring Bill Bixby as David Banner, premieres on CBS

Actor Bill Bixby
Actor
Bill Bixby
  • Mar 22 The Ruttle's "All You Need is Cash" is show on NBC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 1 "The Bob Newhart Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart
  • Apr 2 TV soap show "Dallas" starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Bel Geddes premieres on CBS (as a 5 week mini-series)

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 3 50th Academy Awards: "Annie Hall", Richard Dreyfuss & Diane Keaton win

  • Apr 16 NBC's premiere of miniseries "Holocaust"
  • Apr 25 ABC premiere of crime drama "Vega$"

Film release premierFilm Release

May 1 Jackie Chan's breakthrough film "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" directed by Yuen Woo-ping, is released in Hong Kong

  • May 8 ABC TV airs "Stars Salute Israel at 30"
  • May 30 31st Cannes Film Festival: "The Tree of Wooden Clogs" directed by Ermanno Olmi wins the Palme d'Or

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 13 Film "Grease" opens, starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, based on the 1971 musical

Actor John Travolta
Actor
John Travolta
Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • Jul 10 World News Tonight premieres on ABC.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 BBC bans Sex Pistols "No One is Innocent"

Rocker Steve Jones
Rocker
Steve Jones
  • Jul 21 "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" film, based on the Beatles' album of the same name, premieres in NYC
  • Jul 24 Margaret Gardiner, of South Africa, crowned 27th Miss Universe
  • Jul 26 11th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Aug 14 French TV announced a rating of "0" for a program about an Armenian's woman's 40th birthday, (comp: Napoleanic drama-67%, Knockout-33%)
  • Aug 19 422 die in an arson fire at a movie theater in Iran
  • Sep 1 Last broadcast of "Columbo" on NBC TV

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 1 Horror film "Dawn of the Dead" written and directed by George A. Romero, starring David Emge, Ken Foree and Scott H. Reiniger premieres in Torino

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 4 Jerry Lewis' 13th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $29,074,405

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 9 Kylene Barker (Virginia), crowned 51st Miss America 1979
  • Sep 12 Situation comedy "Taxi" premieres on ABC television

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 16 Filming on Monty Python's "Life of Brian" film, begins

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • Sep 17 30th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Ed Asner & Sada Thompson win
  • Sep 29 "Flying High," debuts on CBS
  • Sep 29 "For Richer, For Poorer," TV Daytime Soap; last airs on NBC-TV
  • Oct 14 1st TV movie from a TV series-"Rescue from Gilligan's Island"
  • Oct 23 CBS raises LP prices to $8.98

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 25 "Halloween", directed by John Carpenter, starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut, is released

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis
Actress
Jamie Lee Curtis
Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter
  • Oct 28 NBC's premiere of Kiss' acting debut, "Kiss Meets The Phantom of the Park" TV film
  • Nov 3 First broadcast of "Different Strokes" on NBC TV
  • Nov 26 1st lesbian theme TV movie - "A Question of Love"

Music release#1 in the Charts

Dec 2 Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter
Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 8 "The Deer Hunter", directed by Michael Cimino and starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep, premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Best Picture 1979)

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 10 Superman: The Movie, directed by Richard Donner and starring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder premieres at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C.

  • Dec 11 NBC premiere of "A Woman Called Moses"
  • Dec 13 CBS' premiere of "Lovey: A Circle of Children Part II", sequel to "A Circle of Children", which is also based on Mary Mac Cracken

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 16 Ronald Reagan denounces President Jimmy Carter's recognition of People's Republic of China

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 27 CBS Television's premiere of its version of "Les Miserables", starring Richard Jordan and Anthony Perkins


Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 222

  • Jan 1 Nina Bott, German actress
  • Jan 2 Devin Doherty, actor (Jimmy Clayton-Swan's Crossing)
  • Jan 2 Toyoguchi Megumi, Japanese seiyuu (voice actress)
  • Jan 2 Karina Smirnoff, Ukrainian-American ballroom dancer and TV personality (Dancing with the Stars), born in Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • Jan 3 Park Sol-mi, South Korean actress
  • Jan 3 Dominic Wood, English children's television presenter and magician
  • Jan 5 January Jones, American actress
  • Jan 6 Tara Spencer-Nairn, Canadian actress
  • Jan 9 Maggie Rizer, American model and AIDS activist
  • Jan 11 Holly Brisley, Australian actress, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Jan 12 Kim Sa Rang, Korean actress
  • Jan 15 Eddie Cahill, American actor
  • Jan 20 Joy Giovanni, American actress and glamour model
  • Jan 21 Phil Stacey, American Idol finalist
  • Jan 26 Kelly Stables, American actress
  • Feb 2 Eden Espinosa, American singer and stage actress
  • Feb 3 Adrian R'Mante, American actor (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Feb 3 Eliza Schneider, American actress and singer
  • Feb 4 Danna Garcia, Colombian actress
  • Feb 5 Shawn Reaves, American actor

Person of interestAshton Kutcher

Feb 7 Ashton Kutcher, American actor (That 70s Show), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • Feb 7 Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Nigerian Nollywood actress, born in Lagos
  • Feb 12 Gethin Jones, British (Welsh) television presenter, born in Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • Feb 13 Mini Andén, Swedish model and actress, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Feb 14 Dean Gaffney, British actor
  • Feb 14 Danai Gurira, American actress and playwright (The Walking Dead, Black Panther), born in Grinnell, Iowa
  • Feb 16 John Tartaglia, Broadway actor and Muppeteer
  • Feb 20 Lauren Ambrose, American actress
  • Feb 20 Jakki Degg, English glamour model/actress
  • Feb 20 Jay Hernandez, American actor
  • Feb 20 Julia Jentsch, German actress
  • Feb 20 Chelsea Peretti, American comedian and actress (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), born in Oakland, California
  • Feb 21 Park Eun-hye, South Korean actress
  • Feb 21 Kim Ha Neul, South Korean actress
  • Feb 21 Nicole Parker, American actress

Person of interestJensen Ackles

Mar 1 Jensen Ackles, American actor (Days of our Lives, Supernatural), born in Dallas, Texas

  • Mar 1 Donovan Patton, Guamanian television star
  • Mar 1 Alicia Leigh Willis, American actress
  • Mar 4 Rachel Roberts, Canadian model and actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Mar 5 Kimberly McCullough, California, actress (Robin-General Hospital)
  • Mar 6 Lara Cox, Australian Actress
  • Mar 8 Nick Zano, American actor
  • Mar 12 Masuimi Max, American model
  • Mar 16 Brooke Burns, American actress
  • Mar 17 Adam Jennings, British actor, producer and film director
  • Mar 18 Khalilah Adams, American actress
  • Mar 21 Rani Mukherjee, Indian actress
  • Mar 23 Nicholle Tom, American actress (Beethoven, The Nanny), born in Hinsdale, Illinois,

Person of interestPerez Hilton

Mar 23 Perez Hilton [Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr], American television personality and blogger, born in Miami, Florida

Blogger & TV Personality Perez Hilton
Blogger & TV Personality
Perez Hilton
  • Mar 29 Michael Kaczurak, American singer and actor
  • Apr 3 Matthew Goode, English actor (The Lookout), born in Exeter, Devon, England
  • Apr 4 Irene Skliva, Greek model (Miss World 1996), born in Athens, Greece
  • Apr 8 Ana de la Reguera, Mexican actress
  • Apr 11 Brett Claywell, American actor (One Tree Hill), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Apr 12 Eddie Robinson, actor (Neil Atwater-Swan's Crossing)
  • Apr 12 Riley Smith, American actor, born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Apr 13 Kyle Howard, American actor
  • Apr 13 Chris Sligh, American singer and Idol finalist, born in Madison, Tennessee
  • Apr 14 Paul O'Brien, Australian actor
  • Apr 15 Austin Aries, American wrestler
  • Apr 16 Lara Dutta, Indian actress, born in Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Apr 19 James Franco, American actor (The Disaster Artist), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Apr 21 Avi Phillips, Ontario, actor (Maniac Mansion)
  • Apr 24 Eric Balfour, American actor (What Women Want), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 24 Kim Hyun-ju, South Korean actress, born in Goyang, South Korea
  • Apr 24 Stella Damasus Aboderin, Nigerian actress (Two Brides and a Baby), born in Benin City, Edo, Nigeria
  • Apr 25 Letícia Birkheuer, Brazilian model
  • Apr 26 Stana Katic, Canadian-American actress (Kate Beckett-Castle), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Apr 27 Adamantia Kontogiorgi, Greek actress (Erotas), born in Paris
  • Apr 28 Nate Richert, actor (Harvey-Sabrina), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Apr 28 Lauren Laverne, Disc jockey, television presenter and former singer
  • May 1 Sachie Hara, Japanese actress
  • May 5 Morgan Pehme, American filmmaker and writer
  • May 5 Santiago Cabrera, Chilean actor
  • May 8 Matthew Davis, American actor
  • May 8 Josie Maran, American model, born in Menlo Park, California
  • May 10 Kenan Thompson, American actor
  • May 11 Laetitia Casta, French supermodel and actress
  • May 12 Amy Wheaton, actress (Curse)
  • May 12 Jason Biggs, American actor (American Pie), born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey

Person of interestDavid Krumholtz

May 15 David Krumholtz, American actor (Billy Kulchak-Chicago Sons), born in NYC, New York

  • May 15 Krissy Taylor, American model, born in Miami, Florida (d. 1995)
  • May 15 Caroline Dhavernas, Canadian actress
  • May 16 Vincent Larusso, Livingston, NJ, actor (Adam-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3)
  • May 18 Jennifer Streblow, Oshkosh Wisconsin, Miss America-Wisconsin (1997)
  • May 22 Ginnifer Goodwin, American actress
  • May 22 Katie Price, British model
  • May 23 Carolyn Moos, American model and professional basketball player
  • May 24 Bryan Greenberg, American actor
  • May 29 Adam Rickitt, British/New Zealand actor
  • Jun 2 Nikki Cox, actress (Unhappily Ever After)
  • Jun 2 A.J. Styles, American professional wrestler
  • Jun 2 Dominic Cooper, English actor
  • Jun 2 Justin Long, American actor
  • Jun 6 Judith Barsi, American actress (d. 1988)
  • Jun 7 Bill Hader, American comedian

Person of interestMaria Menounos

Jun 8 Maria Menounos, American actress, TV star (Today, Access Hollywood, WWE) and 1996 Miss Massachusetts Teen USA, born in Medford, Massachusetts

Journalist Maria Menounos
Journalist
Maria Menounos
  • Jun 9 Michaela Conlin, American actress
  • Jun 10 Shane West, American actor
  • Jun 11 Joshua Jackson, American actor (Dawson's Creek, Fringe), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 28 Actor Jeremy Irons (29) weds actress Sinéad Cusack (30)

  • May 5 "Happy Days" actor Anson Williams (28) weds Lorrie Maheffey

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 4 Broadcaster Howard Stern (24) marries Alison Berns at Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline Massachusetts.

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 4 Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams (26) weds first wife Valerie Velardi

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 11 Charo marries Kjell Rasten, a producer, in South Lake Tahoe, California

Actress Charo
Actress
Charo

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 23 Actress Kate Jackson (29) weds actor Andrew Stevens (23) in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

Actress Kate Jackson
Actress
Kate Jackson

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 30 Actress Meryl Streep (29) weds sculptor Don Gummer (31) in Mason's Island, Connecticut

Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep
  • Nov 4 "The Nanny" actress Fran Drescher (20) weds writer and director Peter Marc Jacobson (20)

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 17 Star Wars actor Mark Hamill (26) weds dental hygienist Marilou York (23) on a civil ceremony


Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 1 Actress and model Bianca Jagger files for divorce from Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger after 7 years of marriage on the grounds of his adultery with model Jerry Hall

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 11 Michael Bates, English actor (Clockwork Orange, Salt & Pepper), dies at 57
  • Jan 11 Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humorist and Urdu poet (b. 1927)
  • Jan 14 Blossom Rock [Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald], American actress (Grandmamma-Addams Family), dies at 81
  • Jan 18 Carl Betz, American actor (The Donna Reed Show, Love of Life), dies of lung cancer at 56
  • Jan 23 Jack Oakie, American actor (The Great Dictator, 1974 Photoplay Award), dies at 74
  • Jan 26 Leo Genn, British lawyer and actor (Mourning Becomes Electra, Moby Dick, Affair in Monte Carlo), dies at 72
  • Jan 27 Oscar Homolka, Hungarian actor (Sabotage, The Seven Year Itch, Ball of Fire, I Remember Mama), dies at 79
  • Jan 29 Tim McCoy, American actor (Arizona Bound) and soldier, dies at 86
  • Feb 2 Wendy Barrie, TV hostess (Wendy Barrie Show), dies at 65
  • Feb 15 Ilka Chase, American actress (Masquerade Party, Trials of O'Brien), dies at 72
  • Feb 18 Charlotte Greenwood, actress (Oklahoma, Moon over Miami), dies at 84
  • Feb 18 Derrick De Marney, British actor (The Girl Was Young, Inheritance), dies at 71
  • Feb 18 Marguerite "Maggie" McNamara, American actress (3 Coins in a Fountain, Cardinal), dies of a barbiturate overdose at 49
  • Feb 22 Ilka Chase, actress (Masquerade Party, Trials of O'Brien), dies at 74
  • Feb 28 Philip Ahn, American actor (Kung Fu, Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies from pneumonia at 66
  • Mar 12 John Cazale, actor (Dog Day Afternoon, The Deer Hunter), dies at 41
  • Mar 18 Peggy Wood, actress (One Life to Live, Mama), dies at 86
  • Mar 25 Jack Hulbert, British actor (Into the Blue, Bulldog Jack), dies at 85
  • Mar 27 Wilfred Pickles, British actor (Billy Liar, Gay Dog), dies at 73
  • Mar 31 Astrid Allwyn, actress (Love Affair, Girl for Calgary), dies at 68
  • Apr 3 Ray Noble, English bandleader, comedian and actor (The Very Thought of You), dies at 74
  • Apr 13 Paul McGrath, American actor (Witness, No Time for Love), dies at 74
  • Apr 22 Will Geer [William Aughe Ghere], American actor (Salt of the Earth, The Waltons), dies at 76
  • May 6 Ko van Dijk Jr, Dutch actor (Zaak M P), dies at 61
  • May 26 Cybele, Greek actress (b. 1887)
  • May 28 Arthur Brough, English actor (b. 1905)
  • Jun 9 Chief Tahachee [Jeff Davis Tahchee Cypert], Cherokee stage and film actor, dies from a heart attack at 74
  • Jun 17 Cully Richards, actor (Don't Call Me Charlie), dies at 68
  • Jun 20 Karel G Bakker, actor (Coffee House), dies at 66
  • Jun 29 Bob Crane, American DJ and actor (Col Hogan-Hogan's Heroes, Donna Reed), murdered at 49
  • Jul 3 James Daly, American actor (Medical Center, Planet of the Apes), dies of heart failure at 59
  • Jul 17 Thayer David, actor (Rocky, Roots, Savages), dies at 51
  • Jul 31 Carleton Percy Hobbs, actor (I Claudius, Dark Places), dies at 80
  • Aug 5 Queenie Smith, actress/dancer (Funny Side), dies at 79
  • Aug 26 Charles Boyer, French actor (Gaslight, Rogues), dies at 78
  • Aug 27 Robert Shaw, British actor, novelist, and playwright (Deep, Jaws, Sting, Black Sunday), dies of heart attack at 51
  • Sep 12 Frank Ferguson, American actor (Wagons West, Dynamite, My Gal Sal), dies at 71
  • Sep 12 Frank Fergusson, American character actor (My Friend Flicka, Peyton Place), dies at 78
  • Sep 22 Lina Carstens, actress (Homeland, Broken Jug), dies at 85
  • Sep 23 Jay Adler, actor (Macon County Line, Illegal, Big Combo), dies at 79
  • Sep 25 Claire Adams, actress (Legally Dead, End of the Road), dies at 80
  • Sep 30 Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), dies at 75
  • Oct 8 Karl Swenson, American actor (Lars Hanson-Little House on the Prairie), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Oct 9 Jacques Brel, Belgian singer, songwriter, actor, director and composer (Le Far West, Pain in the A__), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 49
  • Oct 16 Daniel "Dan" Dailey, American dancer and actor (You're My Everything, Governor & J.J.), dies of anemia at 62
  • Oct 19 Gig Young [Byron Elsworth Barr], American actor (They Shoot Horses Don't They), kills his bride of 3 weeks and commits suicide at 64
  • Nov 5 Denis O'Dea, Irish actor (Niagara, Esther & the King, Treasure Island), dies at 73
  • Nov 6 Flora Campbell, actress (Faraway Hill, Date With Judy), dies at 67
  • Nov 9 Joe Wong, actor (Ken Murray Show), dies at 75
  • Nov 10 Linda Scott, actress (Escape from Hell Island), dies at 28
  • Nov 10 Theo Lingen, German director and actor (M, Charm of La Boheme), dies at 75
  • Nov 16 Claude Dauphin, French actor (Barbarella, April in Paris, Deported), dies at 75
  • Nov 28 André Morell [Cecil André Mesritz], British actor (Ben-Hur, The Message, Hound of the Baskervilles), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • Dec 10 Ed Wood, American filmmaker and director (Plan 9 from Outer Space), dies of heart failure at 54
  • Dec 12 Fay Compton, actress (Othello), dies at 74
  • Dec 15 Chill Wills, American actor (Frontier Circus, Rounders), dies at 75
  • Dec 27 Bob de Lange [Jacob Bernard de Lange], Dutch actor and director (Daniel), dies at 62