On This Day

October 1979 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


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

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 15 Mahana Ka'ahumanu Walters, Miss Hawaii Teen USA (3rd-1997)
  • Oct 20 John Krasinski, American actor
  • 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, 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