On This Day

November 1980 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Nov 10 Dan Rather refuses to pay his cabbie, CBS pays $12.55 fare
  • Nov 13 Gabriella Brum, 18, of West Germany crowned 30th Miss World; she resigns the next day because she wants to marry her 52 year old boyfriend
  • Nov 14 Kimberley Santos, 19 of Guam, crowned 30th Miss World
  • Nov 17 WHHM Television in Washington, D.C., becomes the first African-American public-broadcasting television station

Film Premiere

Nov 18 "Heaven's Gate" film directed by Michael Cimino, starring Kris Kristofferson and Christopher Walken premieres - one of the biggest box office bombs ever

  • Nov 20 United Artists withdraws $44 million movie "Heaven's Gate" for re-editing
  • Nov 21 TV show "Dallas" episode "Who Done It" reveals 'Who Shot J.R.?', gets a then record 53.3 rating (over 83 million viewers, 76% of television watchers) in the US

Theatrical Finale

Nov 30 "West Side Story" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 341 performances


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Nov 2 Kim So-yeon, South Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Nov 2 Karamo Brown, American psychotherapist and TV personality (Queer Eye), born in Houston, Texas
  • Nov 4 Emme Rylan, American actress (General Hospital), born in Providence, North Carolina
  • Nov 5 Eva González, Spanish model and beauty queen, born in Seville, Spain
  • Nov 7 Luciana Salazar, Argentine model and actress (Cien días para enamorarse), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Nov 9 Vanessa Minnillo, Filipino-born American TV personality (Entertainment Tonight), born in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines
  • Nov 12 Trent Acid, American professional wrestler, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ryan Gosling

Nov 12 Ryan Gosling, Canadian actor (The Notebook, Drive), born in London, Ontario

  • Nov 12 Gustaf Skarsgård, Swedish actor (Vikings), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Nov 13 Monique Coleman, American actress (High School Musical), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Nov 14 Brock Pierce, American actor
  • Nov 15 Brett "Ace" Young, American pop singer (American Idol), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Nov 17 Brad Bradley, American professional wrestler
  • Nov 17 Mercedes Martinez, professional wrestler
  • Nov 18 Junichi Okada, Japanese pop singer (V6), and actor, born in Hirakata, Osaka, Japan
  • Nov 19 Adele Silva, English actress (Emmerdale), born in London, England
  • Nov 21 Elaine Yiu, Hong Kong actress and presenter, born in Hong Kong
  • Nov 24 Beth Phoenix, American professional wrestler
  • Nov 25 Josh Lomberger, American professional wrestling backstage interviewer
  • Nov 26 Jessica Bowman, American actress (Colleen Cooper-Dr Quinn), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • Nov 26 Delilah Cotto, Puerto Rican actress, dancer and model, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 26 Satoshi Ohno, Japanese singer and actor, born in Mitaka, Tokyo

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Nov 2 Edith Bunker, character on "All in the Family", dies
  • Nov 6 Mary Michael, American actress (Biridie-Wonderful John Acton), dies at 77

Steve McQueen

Nov 7 Steve McQueen, American actor called "The King of Cool" during the 1960s (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape), dies of a heart attack after surgery at 50

  • Nov 9 Carmel Myers, American actress (Carmel Myers Show), dies at 79
  • Nov 9 Victor Sen Yung [Cheung Young], American actor (Across the Pacific, Charlie Chan in Honolulu), dies from accidental asphyxiation at 65
  • Nov 16 Imogen Hassall, English actress (Countess of Cleavage-Carry on Loving), suicide at 37
  • Nov 22 Leonard Barr, comedian (Dean Martin Show, Szysznyk), dies at 77

Mae West

Nov 22 Mae West, actress (She Done Him Wrong), dies in Hollywood at 87

  • Nov 24 George Raft, American actor (Scarface, Johnny Angel, Mr Ace), dies at 79
  • Nov 26 Rachel Roberts, Welsh actress (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Foul Play, Doctor's Wife), commits suicide at 53