On This Day

Year 1979 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 K-Mart pulls Steve Martin's "Let's Get Small" for being in "bad taste"

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 12 6th American Music Awards: Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win

Musician Barry Manilow
Musician
Barry Manilow
Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 16 BBC landmark nature series "Life on Earth" presented by David Attenborough first shown on BBC One

Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality David Attenborough
Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality
David Attenborough
  • Jan 26 "The Dukes of Hazzard" premieres on US TV network CBS

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 27 36th Golden Globes: Midnight Express, Jon Voight & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
Actor Jon Voight
Actor
Jon Voight
  • Feb 4 "Co-Ed Fever," TV Comedy, debut & cancelled that outing on CBS
  • Feb 5 Sears Radio Theater premieres on CBS
  • Feb 7 "Supertrain", TV Anthology, Superbomb of 1979, debuts on NBC
  • Feb 9 ABC airs "Heroes of Rock N Roll" special
  • Feb 9 New York City premiere of Paul Schrader's allegedly fact based film "Hardcore"
  • Feb 9 Walter Hill's drama film "The Warriors" is released in the United States, sparking gang violence at many theaters and a halt to the film's marketing campaign
  • Feb 11 43 million watch "Elvis!" on ABC
  • Feb 16 Los Angeles premiere of Paul Schrader's allegedly fact based film "Hardcore"
  • Feb 18 Mini-series "Roots: Next Generations" premieres on ABC TV
  • Feb 20 29th Berlin International Film Festival: "David" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 26 CBS' premiere of NYC sitcom "Flatbush", which received many derision phone calls about it from Brooklynites to CBS

  • Mar 1 ESPN and NCAA come to an agreement giving the network worldwide multi-media rights to NCAA championships for various sports
  • Mar 4 200th episode of "All in the Family"
  • Mar 4 "The Ordeal of Patty Hearst", television movie directed by Paul Wendkos, premieres on CBS

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 7 5th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Olivia Newton-John win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda, Mary Tyler Moore & Carol Burnett win (TV)

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Actress
Mary Tyler Moore
Actor Burt Reynolds
Actor
Burt Reynolds
  • Mar 9 "The Passage", directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Anthony Quinn, is released in the United States

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16 CBS-TV airs "Wings Over the World" with Paul McCartney

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Mar 19 US House of Representatives begins live TV broadcasts via C-SPAN

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 26 41st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Michigan State beats Indiana State, 75-64; marks start of rivalry between future Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Larry Bird; highest-rated game in history of televised college basketball

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • Mar 28 Lazarus & Vosburgh's "Day in Hollywood & night in Ukraine" premieres
  • Apr 8 204th & final episode of "All in the Family"
  • Apr 9 51st Academy Awards: "The Deer Hunter", Jon Voight & Jane Fonda win
  • Apr 18 "Real People" premieres on NBC TV
  • Apr 30 Mary Therese Friel, (New York), crowned 28th Miss USA

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 2 14th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell win

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell
  • May 14 "Kids Are All Right" rockumentary film featuring The Who premieres at the Cannes Film Festival
  • May 14 "Stalker", Russian film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, starring Alexander Kaidanovsky and Anatoli Solonitsyn, is released
  • May 17 Emmy 6th Daytime Award presentation, "Ryan's Hope" wins Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 22 1st ACE Cable Awards: "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" by Jim Henson and HBO

Muppeteer and Filmmaker Jim Henson
Muppeteer and Filmmaker
Jim Henson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24 32nd Cannes Film Festival: "Apocalypse Now" directed by Francis Ford Coppola and "Die Biechtrommel" directed by Volker Schlondorff jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

Film release premierFilm Release

May 25 "Alien", directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver is released


Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

May 28 ABC premiere of TV's "The House on Garibaldi Street", based on the 1960 capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina

Nazi SS Officer and War Criminal Adolf Eichmann
Nazi SS Officer and War Criminal
Adolf Eichmann
  • May 29 CBS premiere of Melissa Anderson's modern "Survival of Dana", her first "bad girl" role, in which Anderson's title character leaves her North Dakota town for Los Angeles after her parents' divorce

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 26 "Moonraker", 11th James Bond film starring Roger Moore, premieres in London

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jun 30 johnny rotten and Joan Collins appear together on BBC TV's "Juke Box Jury"

Musician John Lydon
Musician
John Lydon
  • Jul 19 Maritza Sayalero, 18, of Venezuela, crowned 28th Miss Universe
  • Aug 1 12th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel

Film release premierFilm Release

Aug 15 "Apocalypse Now", directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Martin Sheen, is released (Palme d'Or 1979)

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 17 Monty Python's "Life of Brian" directed by Terry Jones, starring Graham Chapman & John Cleese premieres

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
  • Aug 24 36th Venice Film Festival opens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 3 Jerry Lewis' 14th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $30,000,000

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 7 The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) makes its debut.
  • Sep 8 Cheryl Prewitt (Miss), 22, crowned 52nd Miss America 1980
  • Sep 9 31st Emmy Awards: Taxi, Lou Grant, Ron Leibman & Ruth Gordon win
  • Sep 14 The film "Quadrophenia", loosely based on The Who's 1973 rock opera of the same name is released.
  • Sep 23 Jane Fonda & 200,000 attend anti-nuke rally in Battery Park, NYC
  • Sep 26 1984 summer LA Olympic coverage sold to ABC for $225 million

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 27 Elton John, sick with flu, collapses in the Hollywood Universal Amphitheater

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Sep 29 John Huston's "Wine Blood" premieres at NY Film Festival

Music awardsMusic Awards

Oct 8 13th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell wins

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell
  • Oct 10 Fleetwood Mac gets a star in Hollywood

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Oct 14 NBC premiere of U.S. TV adaptation of Helen Keller's life story "The Miracle Worker"

Author Helen Keller
Author
Helen Keller

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 16 Comedy sketch show "Not the Nine O'Clock News" debuts starring Rowan Atkinson, Chris Langham, Pamela Stephenson and Mel Smith on BBC 2

Actor and Comedian Rowan Atkinson
Actor and Comedian
Rowan Atkinson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 20 Bob Dylan appears on "Saturday Night Live"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • Oct 22 Walt Disney World's 100-millionth guest
  • Nov 8 Bernard Slade's "Romantic Comedy" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 8 ABC broadcasts "Iran Crisis: American Held Hostage" with Frank Reynolds (forerunner to "Nightline")
  • Nov 15 ABC-TV announces it would broadcast nightly specials on Iran hostage

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Nov 17 "Salem's Lot", American two-part miniseries based on the horror novel of the same name by Stephen King, premieres in the United States

Horror Author Stephen King
Horror Author
Stephen King
  • Nov 24 "Salem's Lot", American two-part miniseries based on the horror novel of the same name by Stephen King, concludes in the United States
  • Nov 30 Ted Koppel becomes anchor of nightly news on Iran Hostages (ABC)

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 7 "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" first movie of the series premieres directed by Robert Wise, starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy

  • Dec 16 "An American Christmas Carol" directed by Eric Till starring Henry Winkler premieres in the US

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 19 "Kramer vs Kramer" directed by Robert Benton and starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep is released (Best Picture 1980)

  • Dec 27 Soap Opera "Knots Landing" premieres on CBS-TV

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 221

  • Jan 2 Suranne Jones, British actress
  • Jan 7 Bipasha Basu, Indian model, born in New Delhi, India
  • Jan 7 Mariangel Ruiz, Venezuelan actress & model, born in San Juan de los Morros, Venezuela
  • Jan 8 Sarah Polley, Canadian actress (Sweet Hereafter), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jan 11 Darren Lynn Bousman, American film director, born in Overland Park, Kansas
  • Jan 13 Jill Wagner, American Actor
  • Jan 14 Karen Elson, British supermodel, born in Oldham, United Kingdom
  • Jan 14 Angela Lindvall, American supermodel, born in Midwest City, Oklahoma
  • Jan 15 Ken Chu, Taiwanese singer-actor & taichi champ, born in Taiwan
  • Jan 16 Aaliyah [Haughton], American singer and actress, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2001)
  • Jan 19 Spider Loc [Curtis Williams], American rapper (G-Unit), and actor, born in Compton, California
  • Jan 20 Will Young, British singer-songwriter & actor, born in Wokingham, United Kingdom
  • Jan 24 Tatyana M. Ali, American actress (Sesame St, Fresh Prince of Bel Air), born in New York City, New York
  • Jan 25 Christine Lakin, American actress (Step by Step), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 26 Sara Rue, American actress, born in New York
  • Jan 27 Rosamund Pike, British actress (Gone Girl), born in London, England
  • Jan 29 Andrew Keegan, American actor (Step by Step, Party of Five), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 29 April Scott, American actress & model, born in Campbell, Missouri
  • Feb 2 Shamita Shetty, Indian actress
  • Feb 2 Christine Bleakley, Northern Irish broadcaster and presenter (BBC, ITV, UKTV), born in Newtownards, Northern Ireland
  • Feb 8 Josh Keaton, American actor and singer, born in Hacienda Heights, California
  • Feb 8 Deng Chao, Chinese actor (The Mermaid, The Dead End), born in Nanchang, China
  • Feb 9 Zhang Ziyi, Chinese actress (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), born in Beijing, China
  • Feb 12 Jesse Spencer, Australian actor, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Feb 13 Mena Suvari, American actress, born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Feb 15 Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Canadian actor (Quarantine), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 19 Mariana Ochoa, Mexican singer and actress

Person of interestJennifer Love Hewitt

Feb 21 Jennifer Love Hewitt, American actress (Sarah Reeves-Party of Five), born in Waco, Texas

  • Feb 21 Carly "Carlito" Colón, Puerto Rican professional wrestler, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Feb 21 Jordan Peele, American actor, comedian and director (Fargo, Get Out), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 22 David Lopez, American actor (and God Created Women, Ghostwriter), born in Queens, New York
  • Feb 22 Lee Na-young, South Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Feb 25 Jennifer Ferrin, American actress
  • Feb 25 David Hoflin, Swedish-born Australian Actor
  • Feb 26 Shalim Ortiz, Puerto Rican singer & actor, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Mar 2 Amanda Ireton, Cast member of MTV's A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila
  • Mar 3 Patrick Renna, American actor
  • Mar 3 Alex Zane, English comedian
  • Mar 6 David Flair, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 9 Melina Perez, American model and WWE Diva, born in High Desert, California
  • Mar 12 Nidia Guenard, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 14 Chris Klein, American actor
  • Mar 17 Nicole "Coco" Austin, American glamor model
  • Mar 17 Samoa Joe, Samoan professional wrestler
  • Mar 17 Stormy Daniels [Stephanie Clifford], American pornographic actress, claims had affair with Donald Trump, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Mar 18 Danneel Harris, American actress
  • Mar 20 Silvia Abascal, Spanish actress
  • Mar 20 Freema Agyeman, British actress
  • Mar 20 Bianca Lawson, American actress
  • Mar 24 Lake Bell, American actress
  • Mar 24 Emraan Hashmi, Indian actor (Murder, Zeher), born in Pulgaon, Maharashtra
  • Mar 25 Lee Pace, American actor
  • Mar 25 Natasha Yi, American supermodel
  • Mar 26 Heidi Zeigler, actress (Sherry-Just the 10 of Us)
  • Mar 28 Park Chae-rim, South Korean actress

Person of interestNatasha Lyonne

Apr 4 Natasha Lyonne, American actress (Orange is the New Black), born in New York City

Person of interestHeath Ledger

Apr 4 Heath Ledger, Australian-American Actor (Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 2008)

  • Apr 9 Keshia Knight Pulliam, American actress (Rudy-Crosby), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Apr 9 Keith Nobbs, American actor (Phone Booth), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 10 Tsuyoshi Domoto, Japanese actor and singer (KinKi Kids), born in Nara, Japan
  • Apr 11 Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Canadian human rights activist, Miss World Canada, born in Tehran, Iran
  • Apr 11 Josh Server, American actor (All That), born in Highland Park, Illinois

Person of interestClaire Danes

Apr 12 Claire Danes, American actress (Angela-My So Called Life, Romeo & Juliet), born in NYC, New York

Actress Claire Danes
Actress
Claire Danes
  • Apr 12 Paul Nicholls, English actor (EastEnders), born in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England
  • Apr 12 Jennifer Morrison, American actress (Once Upon a Time, House), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 14 Rebecca DiPietro, American model, born in Rehoboth, Massachusetts
  • Apr 17 Tram-Anh Tran, American actress (Ghostwriters'), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 17 Siddharth Narayan, Indian film actor, born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Apr 18 Kourtney Kardashian, American reality television star, born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestKate Hudson

Apr 19 Kate Hudson, American actress (Almost Famous, You, Me and Dupree), born in Los Angeles, California

Actress Kate Hudson
Actress
Kate Hudson
  • Apr 21 James McAvoy, Scottish actor (X-Men: First Class), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 23 Yana Gupta, Czech actress and author (How To Love Your Body And Get The Body You Love), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia
  • Apr 23 Jaime King, American model and actress (Bulletproof Monk), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Apr 26 Sean Fox, American actor (3 Ninjas Kick Back, Calendar Girl)
  • Apr 28 Bahram Radan, Iranian actor
  • May 1 Ben Easter, American actor
  • May 3 Monsta Mack [Steven Carrasquillo], American professional wrestler, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 3 Genevieve Nnaji, Nigerian actress and director (Lionheart), born in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria
  • May 4 Wes Butters, British broadcaster, born in Salford, England
  • May 5 Vincent Kartheiser, American actor (Mad Men), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 9 Rosario Dawson, American actress
  • May 16 Evan Ferrante, American actor (Owen-Swan's Crossing), born in Armonk, New York
  • May 19 Barbara Nedeljakova, Slovak actress
  • May 22 Nadia Khan, TV Presenter
  • May 22 Maggie Q [Margaret Quigley], American actress (Mission Impossible III, Nikita), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • May 24 Frank Mir, American UFC fighter and professional wrestler, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • May 26 Elisabeth Harnois, American actress (CSI), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • May 26 Ashley Massaro, American model and professional wrestler
  • May 28 Jesse Bradford, American actor
  • May 28 Monica Keena, American actress
  • May 29 Brian Kendrick, American pro wrestler (WWE cruiserweight tag team champion), born in Fairfax, Virginia
  • May 30 Kugimiya Rie, Japanese seiyuu (voice actress)
  • Jun 12 Wil Horneff, American actor (Ghost in the Machine, Sandlot), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Jun 20 Lani Billard, Canadian actress

Person of interestChris Pratt

Jun 21 Chris Pratt, American actor (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World,), born in Virginia, Minnesota

  • Jun 24 Petra Němcová, Czechoslovakian-born model, born in Karviná, Czechoslovakia
  • Jun 24 Mindy Kaling, American actress and TV producer (The Office, The Mindy Project), born in Cambridge Massachusetts
  • Jun 25 La La Anthony , American TV personality (Think Like a Man, Power), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 25 Katie Doyle, American actress (The Hillz) and reality television star, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 25 Hirooki Goto, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Kuwana, Mie, Japan

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 1 Film director John Carpenter (30) weds actress Adrienne Barbeau (33)

Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter

LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 17 Actor Kurt Russell (28) weds actress Season Hubley (28)

LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 26 Comedic actor Bob Denver (44) weds fourth wife Dreama Peery

Actor Bob Denver
Actor
Bob Denver

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 6 Singer Rod Stewart & model Alana Collins wed

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 28 Actor and comedian John Candy (28) weds Rosemary Margaret Hobor at St. Basil's Church in Toronto, Canada

Actor and Comedian John Candy
Actor and Comedian
John Candy

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 29 Actress Isabella Rossellini (27) weds director Martin Scorsese (36)

Actress Isabella Rossellini
Actress
Isabella Rossellini
Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 4 Liza Minnelli's 3rd marriage (Mark Gero)

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 26 Actor Max Von Sydow (49) divorces actress Christina Olin after 28 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 11 Jack Soo [Goro Suzuki], Japanese-American actor (Flower Drum Song, Barney Miller), dies of esophageal cancer at 61

Person of interestTed Cassidy

Jan 16 Ted Cassidy, American actor (Lurch-Addams Family), dies at 46

  • Jan 18 Cyril Mockridge, British composer for film and television (Miracle On 34th Street; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), dies at 82
  • Jan 19 Paul Meurisse, actor (Diabolique, Truth, Suspects, Monocle), dies
  • Jan 24 Jerry Damon, comedian (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 51
  • Jan 24 Mabel Taliaferro, actress (My Love Come Back), dies at 91
  • Jan 25 J Robertson Hare, actor (Fighting Stock), dies at 87
  • Feb 1 Mort Marshall [Mortimer Haig Lichtenstein], American actor (Kiss Me Deadly, Dumplings), dies of coronary arrest at 60
  • Feb 2 Jim Burke, Australian cricket batsman (24 Tests; record for most innings in a complete career without scoring a duck [44]) and broadcaster (ABC), dies of self inflicted gunshot wounds at 48
  • Feb 3 Jody Gilbert, American actress (Willard, Shaggy, Blonde Dynamite), dies at 62
  • Feb 12 Jean Renoir, French film director (Madame Bovary, Nana, Grand Illusion) and actor (Rules of the Game), dies at 84
  • Feb 15 Alex Bradford, American gospel composer and singer (Your Arms Too Short to Box with God), dies of a stroke at 51
  • Feb 16 Louise Allbritton, American actress (The Egg and I, Stage Door, Got a Secret), dies of cancer at 58
  • Feb 17 "Bill" William Gargan, American actor (The Bells of St. Mary's, You Only Live Once), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • Feb 28 Jane Hylton [Audrey Gwendolene Clark], British actress (Adv of Sir Lancelot, Daybreak), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • Mar 1 Dolores Costello, American actress (Noah's Ark, Expensive Women), dies at 73
  • Mar 2 Edith Craig, actress (Harmony Lane, Smashing Rackets), dies at 71
  • Mar 6 Charles Wagenheim, actor (Halligan-Gunsmoke), dies at 83
  • Mar 9 Barbara Mullen, American actress (Thunder Rock, Innocent Sinners), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Mar 11 Victor Kilian, American actor (Gentleman's Agreement), dies at 88
  • Mar 19 Albert "Al" Hodge, American actor (Captain Video, Green Hornet), dies at 65
  • Mar 19 Richard Beckinsale, English actor (Doing Time, Porridge, Lovers), dies at 31
  • Mar 22 Ben Lyon, American actor (Hell's Angels, I Cover the Waterfront, Night Nurse), dies at 78
  • Mar 23 Philip Bourneuf, actor (Big Night, Frankenstein), dies at 71
  • Mar 27 Ronald Adam, actor (Phantom Shot), dies at 82
  • Apr 4 Edgar Buchanan, American actor (Petticoat Junction), dies at 76
  • Apr 9 Staats Cotsworth, American actor (Hamlet, Peyton Place), dies at 71
  • Apr 10 Henriette P "Hetty" Beck, Dutch actress (Dodendans), dies at 91
  • Apr 10 Nino Rota [Giovanni Rota Rinaldi], Italian classical and film score composer (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze; The Godfather (I & II; 16 Fellini films), dies from a coronary thrombosis at 67
  • Apr 20 Peter Donald, British-born American actor and radio host dubbed "one of radio's great dialecticians" (Masquerade Party), dies at 60
  • Apr 24 John Carroll [Julian LaFaye], American actor (Flying Tigers, Go West), dies from leukaemia at 72
  • Apr 29 Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (Little Toot), dies at 72
  • May 3 Erin O'Brien-Moore, actress (Nurse Choate-Peyton Place), dies at 76
  • May 5 Shirley O'Hara, actress (Wild Party), dies at 68
  • May 11 Joan Chandler, American actress, dies at 55
  • May 24 Jan Arvan, actor (Red Skelton Show, Zorro), dies
  • May 26 George Brent, American actor (Baby Face, Dark Victory, 42nd St), dies at 75

Person of interestMary Pickford

May 29 Mary Pickford, actress (Coquette, Suds, Secrets), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 87

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford
  • May 30 Jack Raine, British actor (Quartet), dies at 82
  • Jun 1 Jack Mulhall, American actor and producer (The Three Musketeers, The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand), dies at 91
  • Jun 2 Jim Hutton, actor (Ellery Queen), dies of liver cancer at 45
  • Jun 4 Herman Shumlin, American Broadway producer, director and actor (Watch on the Rhine), dies at 80

Person of interestJack Haley

Jun 6 Jack Haley [John Joseph], American actor (The Wizard of Oz, Ford Star Revue), dies of a heart attack at 81

Actor Jack Haley
Actor
Jack Haley
  • Jun 11 August Maes, Flemish actor and director (Farmer that Dies), dies at 85

Person of interestJohn Wayne

Jun 11 John Wayne [Marion Mitchell Morrison], American actor (Green Berets, True Grit), dies of stomach cancer at 72

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
  • Jun 13 Darla Hood, American child actress (Little Rascals, The Bat), dies from acute hepatitis at 47
  • Jun 16 Nicholas Ray, American film director (b. 1911)
  • Jun 17 Lou Frizzell, American actor and music director (Dusty Rhoades-Bonanza), dies at 59
  • Jun 21 Julian Orchard, actor (Perfect Friday, Bless this House), dies at 49
  • Jun 22 Emory Parnell, St Paul Minn, actor (Life of Riley), dies at 85
  • Jul 1 Richard Ward, African American actor (Death of a Salesman, Beacon Hill), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Jul 5 Judson Laire, American actor and singer (Papa-Mama, Adm Broadway Revue), dies at 76
  • Jul 8 Michael Wilding, British actor (Stage Fright, Courtney Affair, World of Suzie Wong), dies from a head injury at 66
  • Jul 14 George De Witt, TV host (Name that Tune), dies at 56
  • Jul 22 Hope Summers, actress (Clara - "The Andy Griffith Show"), dies at 78
  • Jul 22 Tony "Two-Ton" Galento, American heavyweight boxer and actor (On the Waterfront), dies at 69
  • Jul 24 Archie Duncan, Scottish actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes), dies at 65
  • Jul 27 Ettore Manni, Italian actor (Street People, Divine Nymph, Fatal Desire, Heroes in Hell), accidentally shoots himself at 52
  • Jul 27 Shirley Mason, actress (Let it Rain, Dark Skies), dies at 79
  • Jul 29 Bill Todman, American television producer (b. 1916)
  • Jul 30 Beppie Nooij, Dutch actress and director (Red Sien, Zeemansvrouwen), dies at 60
  • Jul 31 Beatrix Lehmann, British actress (Candles at Nine, Staircase), dies at 76
  • Aug 6 Kurt Kaszner [Serwicher], Austrian actor (Kiss Me Kate, Lili, Casino Royale), dies of cancer at 65
  • Aug 9 Allan Frank, actor (Charade Quiz), dies at 64
  • Aug 10 John Nicholas "Dick" Foran, American actor (OK Crackerby, Fort Apache, Winners of the West), dies at 69
  • Aug 17 Vivian Vance, American actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies of cancer at 70
  • Aug 23 Richard Hearne, British actor (Tons of Trouble, The Time of His Life), dies at 71
  • Aug 29 Mary Marquet, French actress (Landru, Paris Canaille), dies at 84
  • Aug 30 Jean Seberg, American actress (Breathless, Airport), commits suicide at 40
  • Aug 31 Sally Rand, American burlesque dancer, vedette and actress known for her ostrich feather fan and balloon bubble dances, dies at 75
  • Sep 1 Doris Kenyon, American silent screen actress (Alexander Hamilton), dies at 81
  • Sep 2 Felix Aylmer, British actor (Anastasia, Hamlet, Iron Duke, Macbeth, St Joan), dies at 90
  • Sep 15 Tommy Leonetti, singer/actor (Gomer Pyle USMC), dies at 50
  • Sep 15 Caro van Eyck [Gerarda Taytelbaum], Dutch actress (De stille Kracht, Medea), dies at 63
  • Sep 21 John McQuade, actor (Charlie Wild Private Detective), dies at 73
  • Sep 23 Catherine Lacey, actress (October Man, Carnival), dies at 75
  • Sep 25 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 64
  • Sep 26 Arthur Hunnicutt, American actor (El Dorado, Big Sky, Apache Uprising), dies from mouth cancer at 69
  • Sep 26 John Cromwell, American actor and director (Spitfire, Of Human Bondage), dies at 91
  • Sep 27 Gracie Fields, English music hall/vaudeville performer and actress (Queen of Hearts), dies at 81
  • Oct 3 Claudia Jennings [Mary Ellen Chestrerton],, American actress and Playboy playmate (Nov, 1969, Playmate of the Year 1970), dies in car crash at 29
  • Oct 8 June Nash, actress (Strange Cargo, Dynamite), dies at 68
  • Oct 12 Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (Man of a Thousand Faces), dies from natural causes at 82
  • Oct 13 Clarence Muse, American actor, screenwriter and director (Casablanca, Black Stallion), dies at 89
  • Oct 17 John Stuart, Scottish actor (Kittie, Superman, Number Seventeen), dies at 81
  • Oct 17 S J Perelman, American author, humorist and screenwriter (The New Yorker, Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 75
  • Nov 7 Amedeo Nazzari, Italian actor (The Nights of Cabiria, Chains, Lure of Sila), dies from cardiac arrest at 71
  • Nov 7 Paolo Carlini, Italian actor (It Started in Naples), dies at 53
  • Nov 8 Sydney Tafler, actor (Too Many Crooks), dies at 63
  • Nov 9 Lewis Charles [Cholost], American actor (Topaz, Feather & Father Gang), dies of cancer at 59
  • Nov 11 Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian-American film score composer and conductor (Academy Award 1954-High & Mighty), dies at 85
  • Nov 23 Merle Oberon, British actress (That Uncertain Feeling, Wuthering Heights), dies from a stroke at 68
  • Nov 26 Marcel L'Herbier, French director and screenwriter (El Dorado), dies at 91
  • Nov 30 Joyce Grenfell (Adventure for Two), actress, dies at 69
  • Nov 30 Zeppo Marx [Herbert Manfred Marx], American comedian and actor (Marx Brothers), dies at 78
  • Dec 4 Robert Karnes, actor (Max-The Lawless Years), dies at 62
  • Dec 9 Fulton J Sheen, archbishop/religious broadcaster, dies in NYC at 84
  • Dec 10 Ann Dvorak [McKim], American actress (G Men, Life of Her Own, Scarface), dies at 67
  • Dec 11 Claire Carleton, NYC, actress (Alice-Cimarron City), dies at 66
  • Dec 13 Jon Hall, American actor (Ramar of the Jungle), dies at 64