On This Day

December 1980 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Mel Harris appears on M*A*S*H in "Cementing Relationships"
  • Dec 8 "Bravo" network premieres on cable TV

Television Premiere

Dec 11 "Magnum P.I." starring Tom Selleck premieres on CBS

Film Release

Dec 19 "Raging Bull", directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta and Cathy Moriarty as his wife, is released in the United States

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
Actor Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
Actress Cathy Moriarty
Cathy Moriarty

Film Release

Dec 19 Comedy film "9 to 5" starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin is released

Country Singer Dolly Parton
Country Singer
Dolly Parton
Comedian, Actress and Singer Lily Tomlin
Comedian, Actress and Singer
Lily Tomlin
Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
  • Dec 20 NBC broadcasts NY Jets' 24-17 win over Dolphins without audio
  • Dec 30 "Wonderful World of Disney" last performance on NBC-TV

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 3 Anna Chlumsky, American actress (My Girl, Veep), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 3 Jenna Dewan, American actress
  • Dec 5 Shizuka Itō, Japanese voice actress (seiyū), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Dec 9 Simon Helberg, American actor (The Big Bang Theory), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 11 Arya [Jamshad Cethirakath], Indian actor, born in Trikaripur, Kerala

Jake Gyllenhaal

Dec 19 Jake Gyllenhaal, American actor (Donnie Darko, Jarhead), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Dec 19 Marla Sokoloff, American actress (The Practice), born in San Francisco, California
  • Dec 22 Chris Carmack, American actor, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 25 Reika Hashimoto, Japanese actress, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Dec 25 Laura Sadler, British actress, born in Ascot, United Kingdom (d. 2003)
  • Dec 27 Claudio Castagnoli, Swiss wrestler
  • Dec 28 Vanessa Ferlito, American actress, born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • Dec 30 Eliza Dushku, American actress (True Lies, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dec 30 Kenny Kwan, Hong Kong singer (Boy'z), and actor (Banana Boys), born in The Philippines
  • Dec 31 Matt Cross, American professional wrestler, born in Brecksville, Ohio

Weddings in Film & TV

Martin Short

Dec 22 Actor Martin Short (30) weds comic actress Nancy Dolman (29)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Sam Levene, American Broadway actor (Purple Heart, Designing Women), dies at 75
  • Dec 24 Siggie Nordstrom, American singer (The Nordstrom Sisters), dies at 87
  • Dec 25 Fred Emney, British actor (Let the People Sing, Adventures of a Private Eye, Lilac Domino), dies at 80
  • Dec 29 Roy Engle, American writer and actor (The Man from Planet X, The Wild Wild West, My Favorite Martian), dies from meningitis at 67