On This Day

October 1979 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Oct 10 Fleetwood Mac gets a star in Hollywood

Television Premiere

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

Film & TV History

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

  • Oct 22 Walt Disney World's 100-millionth guest

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Oct 2 Francisco Fonseca, Mexican soccer striker and broadcaster (43 caps, 21 goals), born in León, Guanajuato
  • Oct 3 John Hennigan, American professional wrestler
  • Oct 3 Daniel Hollie, American professional wrestler
  • Oct 4 Rachael Leigh Cook, American actress (She's All That), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Oct 4 Stefan Booth, British actor (Eastenders)
  • Oct 4 Caitriona Balfe, Irish actress (Outlander), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Oct 5 Yao Chen, Chinese actress and Sina Weibo personality, born in Shishi City, Quanzhourn
  • Oct 6 Lex Shrapnel, English actor
  • Oct 7 Aaron Ashmore, Canadian actor, born in Richmond, Canada
  • Oct 7 Shawn Ashmore, Canadian actor, born in Richmond, Canada
  • Oct 7 Tang Wei, Chinese actress, born in Hangzhou, China
  • Oct 8 Kristanna Loken, American actress (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), born in Ghent, New York
  • Oct 8 Paul Burchill, English professional wrestler, born in Guildford, England
  • Oct 9 Brandon Routh, American actor (Superman Returns), born in Norwalk, Iowa
  • Oct 10 Wu Chun, Bruneian-Taiwanese actor (The Butterfly Lovers), born in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
  • Oct 11 Bae Doona, South Korean model and actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Oct 11 Andy Douglas, American professional wrestler, born in Kentucky
  • Oct 14 Stacy Keibler, American actress / ex-professional wrestler
  • Oct 20 John Krasinski, American actor, director and producer (The Office, A Quiet Place), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 20 Nargis Fakhri, American actress (Rockstar), born in New York City
  • Oct 23 Prabhas, Indian actor (Mirchi), born in Madras, India
  • Oct 25 Milena Roucka, Canadian model and professional wrestler, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Oct 25 Sarah Thompson, American actress (Brooklyn's Finest), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 27 Melanie Vallejo, Australian TV actress (Power Rangers Mystic Force), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Oct 30 Yukie Nakama, Japanese actress, born in Urasoe, Okinawa, Japan

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 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, American 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