December 1978 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

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
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

  • Dec 6 K. D. Aubert, American actress
  • Dec 7 Shiri Appleby, American actress
  • Dec 8 Ian Somerhalder, American actor
  • Dec 9 Jesse Metcalfe, American actor
  • Dec 10 Summer Phoenix, American actress
  • Dec 12 Monica Barladeanu, Romanian actress
  • Dec 12 Jennifer Rovero Playboy Playmate
  • Dec 17 Riteish Deshmukh, Indian actor

Person of interestKatie Holmes

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

Actress Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes
  • Dec 19 Patrick Casey, American screenwriter and actor
  • Dec 21 Michael Vitar, actor (D2, D3, Sunset Grill, Sandlot Kids), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 23 Jodie Marsh, British glamour model
  • Dec 23 Estella Warren, Canadian model and actress
  • Dec 28 John Legend [John R Stephens], American musician, producer, songwriter and actor (La La Land, Django Unchained), born in Springfield, Ohio
  • Dec 30 Tyrese, American singer and actor

Weddings in Film & TV

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 27 Bob de Lange [Jacob Bernard de Lange], Dutch actor and director (Daniel), dies at 62