March 1979 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Mar 1 ESPN and NCAA come to an agreement giving the network worldwide multi-media rights to NCAA championships for various sports

Television Premiere

Mar 4 "The Ordeal of Patty Hearst", television movie directed by Paul Wendkos, premieres on CBS

  • Mar 4 200th episode of "All in the Family"
  • Mar 9 "The Passage", directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Anthony Quinn, is released in the United States
  • Mar 10 Eubie Blake, a 92-year old ragtime piano player and composer, and Gregory Hines are musical guest on Saturday Night Live

Music History

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

  • Mar 19 US House of Representatives begins live TV broadcasts via C-SPAN

Sports History

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

  • Mar 28 Frank Lazarus & Dick Vosburgh's stage musical comedy "A Day in Hollywood/A Night in Ukraine" premieres at the Mayfair Theatre, London, England

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Mar 2 Amanda Ireton, Cast member of MTV's A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila
  • Mar 3 Alex Zane, English comedian
  • Mar 3 Patrick Renna, American actor
  • Mar 6 David Flair, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 9 Melina Perez, American model and WWE Diva, born in High Desert, California

Oscar IsaacOscar Isaac (44 years old)

Mar 9 French Guatemalan-American actor (Scenes From A Marriage; Balibo; Inside Llewyn Davis), born in Guatemala City, Guatemala

  • Mar 10 Danny Pudi, American comedian and actor (Community), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 10 Edi Gathegi, Kenyan actor (Blacklist), born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Mar 12 Nidia Guenard, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 14 Chris Klein, American actor (American Pie films), born in Hinsdale, Illinois
  • 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 Bianca Lawson, American actress
  • Mar 20 Freema Agyeman, English actress (Doctor Who, New Amsterdam), born in London, England
  • Mar 20 Silvia Abascal, Spanish actress
  • Mar 24 Emraan Hashmi, Indian actor (Murder, Zeher), born in Pulgaon, Maharashtra
  • Mar 24 Lake Bell, American actress
  • Mar 25 Lee Pace, American actor
  • Mar 25 Natasha Yi, American supermodel
  • Mar 26 Heidi Zeigler, American child actress (Just the 10 of Us - "Sherry"), born in Lansing, Michigan
  • Mar 28 Park Chae-rim, South Korean actress

Weddings in Film & TV

Kurt Russell

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

Bob Denver

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

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 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 on radio (Green Hornet), and early television (Captain Video), dies of heart failure at 66
  • 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