On This Day

February 1980 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Feb 1 Sears Radio Theater moves from CBS to Mutual Broadcasting System
  • Feb 1 Soap opera "Love of Life" ends a 28 year run

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 14 "West Side Story" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 341 performances

Choreographer, Director and Theater Producer Jerome Robbins
Choreographer, Director and Theater Producer
Jerome Robbins
  • Feb 18 30th Berlin International Film Festival: "Heartland" and "Palermo or Wolfsburg" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 25 British political comedy "Yes Minister" written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, starring Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds premieres on BBC Two

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Feb 2 Teddy Hart [Edward Annis], Canadian professional wrestler, born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Feb 6 Mamiko Noto, Japanese voice actress & singer, born in Kanazawa, Japan
  • Feb 6 Kim Poirier, Canadian actress, born in Drummondville, Canada
  • Feb 8 Ralf Little, English actor/comedian
  • Feb 8 William Jackson Harper, American actor (The Good Place), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 9 Shelly Martinez, American wrestler
  • Feb 11 Matthew Lawrence, American actor (Boy Meets World. Matthew-Brotherly Love), born in Albington Township, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 11 Natasha Bobo, American actress (Sally in Together We Stand), born in Watsonville, California
  • Feb 12 Christina Ricci, American actress (Wednesday-Addams Family, Casper), born in Santa Monica. California
  • Feb 12 Sarah Lancaster, American actress (Rachel-Saved By Bell: New Class), born in Overland Park, Kansas
  • Feb 14 Michelle Ye, Chinese actress & producer, born in Hangzhou, China
  • Feb 14 Josh Senter, American screenwriter, born in Plato, Missouri
  • Feb 16 Agim Kaba, American actor and film producer
  • Feb 17 Jason Ritter, American actor and producer (Joan of Arcadia, Gravity Falls, Raising Dion), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 21 Justin Roiland, American actor, writer and director (Rick and Morty), born in Stockton, California
  • Feb 24 Shinsuke Nakamura, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Feb 25 Christy Knowings, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Feb 20 Actress Susan Dey (LA Law) weds producer Bernard Sofronski

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 8 Model Angie Bowie (30) divorces singer David Bowie (33) after just under 10 years of marriage

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Feb 1 Jack Bailey, American actor & TV host (Queen for a Day), dies at 72
  • Feb 1 Romolo Valli, Italian actor (Boom, La Viaccia), dies at 54
  • Feb 7 Katherine Emery, American actress (Maze, Isle of the Dead), dies at 73
  • Feb 12 Floyd Taliaferro Alderson, actor (Crossing Trails), dies
  • Feb 13 David Janssen, American actor (The Fugitive, Harry O), dies at 49
  • Feb 14 Luitkonwar Rudra Baruah, Assamese composer and actor
  • Feb 18 Gale Robbins [Betty Gale Murphy], American singer and actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Mr Hex), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • Feb 21 Chester Lauck, American actor (Dreaming Out Loud, 2 Weeks to Live), dies at 78
  • Feb 22 Dick Kallman, American actor (Born to Be Loved, Verboten!), murdered in his New York apartment at 46
  • Feb 27 George Tobias, American actor (Bewitched), dies at 78