On This Day

March 1980 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Daytime Emmy Awards

Mar 6 Emmy 7th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 1st time

Film and TV Awards

Mar 8 6th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Jane Fonda win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)

Television Finale

Mar 21 On season finale cliffhanger of TV show "Dallas", villain J.R. Ewing is shot by unknown assailant

Iran Hostage Crisis

Mar 24 ABC's nightly Iran Hostage crisis program renamed "Nightline"

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Mar 2 Lance Cade, American pro wrestler (WWE Tag Team Champion [with Trevor Murdoch] 2005), born in Carroll, Iowa (d. 2010)
  • Mar 2 Rebel Wilson, Australian actress and producer (Pitch Perfect; Bridesmaids), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Mar 4 Jung Da Bin, South Korean actress (d. 2007)
  • Mar 7 Laura Prepon, American actress (Orange is the New Black), born in Watchung, New Jersey
  • Mar 13 Lee Jung-hyun, South Korean pop singer and actress (Alice in Earnestland), born in Taegu, South Korea
  • Mar 13 Molly Stanton, American actress (Miss March), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 14 Mercedes McNab, Canadian-born actress
  • Mar 18 Sophia Myles, English actress
  • Mar 23 Russell Howard, British Comedian
  • Mar 24 Luke Edwards, Nevada City Ca, actor (Newsie)
  • Mar 25 Carrie Lam, Hong Kong actress
  • Mar 29 Kim Tae Hee, South Korean actress
  • Mar 29 Amy Mathews, Australian actress
  • Mar 31 Maaya Sakamoto, Japanese voice actor

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Mar 5 Jay Silverheels [Harold J. Smith], Canadian actor (The Lone Ranger, Key Largo), dies from a stroke at 67
  • Mar 9 Olga Chekova, actress (Moulin Rouge, Pawns of Possession), dies at 82
  • Mar 18 "Grishata" Grigor Vachkov, Bulgarian actor (At Each Kilometer), dies at 47
  • Mar 28 Richard "Dick" Haymes, Argentine-American actor and singer (Sate Fair, Real Life, Betrayal), dies of lung cancer at 61