December 1978 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

#1 in the Charts

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

Film Premiere

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 Premiere

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

Television Premiere

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


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 6 K. D. Aubert, American actress and singer, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Dec 7 Shiri Appleby, American actress (Roswell), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 8 Ian Somerhalder, American actor (Lost, Vampire Diaries), born in Covington, Louisiana
  • Dec 9 Jesse Metcalfe, American actor (Desperate Housewives; John Tucker Must Die), born in Carmel Valley, California
  • Dec 10 Summer Phoenix, American actress
  • Dec 11 Celine Sciamma, French film director (Tomboy), born in Paris, France
  • Dec 12 Monica Bîrlădeanu, Romanian actress, born in Iaşi, Romania
  • Dec 17 Riteish Deshmukh, Indian actor and filmmaker (Lai Bhaari; Ek Villian), born in Latur, India

Katie HolmesKatie Holmes (44 years old)

Dec 18 American actress (Dawson's Creek, Batman Begins), born in Toledo, Ohio

  • Dec 19 Patrick Casey, American screenwriter and actor
  • Dec 21 Michael Vitar, American actor (D2, D3, Sunset Grill, Sandlot Kids), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 23 Estella Warren, Canadian model and actress, born in Peterborough, Canada
  • Dec 23 Jodie Marsh, British glamour model, born in Brentwood, United Kingdom
  • Dec 25 Jeremy Strong, American actor (Succession), born in Boston, Massachusetts

John LegendJohn Legend (44 years old)

Dec 28 American EGOT (Emmy; Grammy; Oscar; and Tony Awards winner), piano player; singer-songwriter ("All Of Me"; "Glory"), producer, actor (Jesus Christ, Superstar), and television personality (The Voice), born in Springfield, Ohio

  • Dec 30 Tyrese [Gibson], American R&B singer (Tyrese) and actor (Transformers), born in Watts, Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Film & TV

Mark Hamill

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

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 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 16 Blanche Calloway, American jazz vocalist, band leader (Twelve Clouds of Joy), civil rights activist, and broadcaster, dies of breast cancer at 76
  • Dec 17 Don Ellis, American avant garde jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and Grammy Award-winning film score composer (The French Connection), dies of a heart attack at 44
  • Dec 27 Bob de Lange [Jacob Bernard de Lange], Dutch actor and director (Daniel), dies at 62