On This Day

December 1979 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Film Premiere

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

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

  • Dec 1 Angelique Bates, American Actress (All That), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 2 Yvonne Catterfeld, German singer and actress, born in Erfurt, East Germany
  • Dec 3 Rainbow Sun Francks, Canadian actor (Stargate Atlantis), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 3 Tiffany Haddish, American comedian and actress (Girls Trip), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 5 Nick Stahl, American actor (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), born in Harlingen, Texas
  • Dec 7 Ayako Fujitani, Japanese actress and writer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Dec 7 Jennifer Carpenter, American actress (Debra Morgan-Dexter), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Dec 10 Matt Bentley, American professional wrestler (TNA), born in Clinton, Iowa
  • Dec 11 Rider Strong, American actor, writer and director (Boy Meets World), born in San Francisco, California
  • Dec 14 Sophie Monk, Australian actress, singer, and model, born in London
  • Dec 15 Adam Brody, American actor (The O.C.), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 15 Eric Young, Canadian professional wrestler
  • Dec 16 Jessie Ward, American professional wrestler
  • Dec 17 Jaimee Foxworth, American actress (Family Matters, 1989-93 - "Judy"), born in Belleville, Illinois
  • Dec 19 Paola Rey, Colombian actress
  • Dec 21 Tuva Novotny, Swedish actress and singer, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Dec 23 Summer Altice, American model and actress, born in Fountain Valley, California
  • Dec 24 Chris Hero, American professional wrestler, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Dec 29 Diego Luna, Mexican actor, born in Toluca, Mexico
  • Dec 31 Elaine Cassidy, Irish actress, born in Raheny, Republic of Ireland

Weddings in Film & TV

Liza Minnelli

Dec 4 American singer Liza Minnelli (33) weds (her 3rd) American sculptor Mark Gero; divorce 1992

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 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, American actress (Alice-Cimarron City), dies at 66
  • Dec 13 Jon Hall, American actor (Ramar of the Jungle), dies at 64
  • Dec 15 Bern Hoffman, American actor (Major Dell Conway), dies at 66
  • Dec 22 Darryl F. Zanuck, American film producer and President (20th Century Fox), dies at 77
  • Dec 25 Joan Blondell, American actress (Real McCoys), dies of leukemia at 73
  • Dec 25 Lee Bowman, American actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover, The Impatient Years), dies from a heart attack at 64