On This Day

February 1979 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • 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

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 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" Col√≥n, 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

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

  • 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