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

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

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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
Actor
Robert De Niro
Actress Cathy Moriarty
Actress
Cathy Moriarty
  • 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, actress (My Girl), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 3 Jenna Dewan, American actress
  • Dec 5 Shizuka Ito, Japanese voice actress (seiyū)
  • Dec 9 Simon Helberg, actor (The Big Bang Theory), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 11 Arya [Jamshad Cethirakath], Indian actor, born in Trikaripur, Kerala

Person of interestJake Gyllenhaal

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

  • Dec 19 Marla Sokoloff, American actress
  • Dec 22 Chris Carmack, US actor
  • Dec 25 Reika Hashimoto, Japanese actress
  • Dec 25 Laura Sadler, British actress (d. 2003)
  • Dec 27 Claudio Castagnoli, Swiss wrestler
  • Dec 28 Vanessa Ferlito, American actress
  • Dec 30 Eliza Dushku, actress (This Boy's Life, True Lies, Journey), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dec 31 Matt Cross, American professional wrestler

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

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, model, actress, entertainer, socialite and lead singer of The Nordstrom Sisters (b. 1893)
  • 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