On This Day

October 1978 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Film Premiere

Oct 4 Film adaptation of Ira Levin's novel "The Boys from Brazil", starring Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier premieres

  • Oct 6 "Midnight Express" film premieres directed by Alan Parker starring Brad Davis, Randy Quaid and John Hurt

Film Premiere

Oct 6 Terrence Malick's "Days of Heaven" film premieres starring Richard Gere

Film & TV History

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

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

  • Oct 28 NBC's premiere of Kiss' acting debut, "Kiss Meets The Phantom of the Park" TV film

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Oct 1 Leticia Cline, American model and TV Personality
  • Oct 3 Shannyn Sossamon, American actress
  • Oct 4 Ko Soo, South Korean television and movie actor
  • Oct 5 Morgan Webb, American television presenter, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 9 Randy Spelling, American actor (Sean Richards-Sunset Beach), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 10 Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, American actress (Cassidy-Nash Bridges), born in Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey

Usher

Oct 14 Usher [Raymond IV], American singer (My Way, Confessions) and actor, born in Dallas, Texas

  • Oct 15 Devon Gummersall, American actor (Relativity; My So Called Life - "Brian'), born in Durango, Colorado
  • Oct 15 Takeshi Morishima, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Edogawa, Japan
  • Oct 18 Wesley Jonathan, American actor
  • Oct 20 Michael Johns, American Idol (season 7) finalist
  • Oct 21 Will Estes, American actor
  • Oct 23 Jimmy Bullard, English footballer and TV host (Soccer AM), born in East Ham, England
  • Oct 26 CM Punk, American professional wrestler and mixed martial artist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 26 Eva Kaili, Greek TV presenter and politician, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Oct 28 Marta Etura, Spanish actress
  • Oct 28 Justin Guarini [Bell], American pop singer and actor (American Idol), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • Oct 28 Gwendoline Christie, English actress (Game of Thrones), born in Worthing, England
  • Oct 30 Amanda Swafford, American actress and writer (Worst-Case Scenario), born in Hendersonville, North Carolina
  • Oct 31 Zachary Knighton, American actor (Happy Endings), born in Alexandria, Virginia

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 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