1983 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 Don Muraco beats Pedro Morales to become WWF Intercontinental Champ

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 7 President Reagan ends US arms embargo against Guatemala

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jan 17 10th American Music Awards: John Cougar & Rick Springfield, Olivia Newton-John
  • Jan 21 President Reagan certifies El Salvador human-rights abuses have decreased making country eligible for US military aid

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 23 "A-Team" with Mr T premieres on NBC

Actor Mr. T
Actor
Mr. T

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 29 40th Golden Globes: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Ben Kingsley & Meryl Streep win

  • Feb 2 CBS' premiere of fact based WW2 drama "The Scarlet and the Black", based on the life of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 28 Final TV episode of "M*A*S*M*A*S*H" airs (CBS); record 125 million watch in the US

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 11 9th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds, Jane Fonda & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Linda Evans & Loretta Swit win (TV)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 19 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • May 19 36th Cannes Film Festival: "Narayama Bushiko" directed by Shohei Imamura wins the Palme d'Or

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 25 "Return of the Jedi" (Star Wars part VI), produced by George Lucas first released

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 6 "Octopussy", 13th James Bond film, starring Roger Moore, Maud Adams and Louis Jourdan premieres in London

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Jun 6 Betty White becomes 1st woman to win Outstanding Game Show Host at Daytime Emmy Awards for NBC's "Just Men"

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White
  • Jun 8 "Trading Places", American comedy film, is released

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 22 "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life," released in France

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
  • Jul 11 Lorraine Elizabeth Downes, 19, of NZ, crowned 32nd Miss Universe
  • Jul 29 "Friday Night Videos" premieres on NBC TV
  • Aug 4 16th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego
  • Aug 30 Elizabeth R Zakarian (Devon Pierce), 17, NY, crowned 1st Miss Teen USA
  • Aug 31 40th Venice Film Festival: "First Name: Carmen" directed by Jean-Luc Godard wins Golden Lion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 5 Jerry Lewis' 18th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $30,691,627

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 16 Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes a US citizen

Actor, Body Builder & Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder & Politician
Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Sep 17 Vanessa Williams (NY), 20, crowned 56th Miss America 1984, 1st black
  • Sep 18 Kiss' first "unmasked" (no make up) appearance on MTV
  • Sep 18 Action series "Hardcastle and McCormick" premieres on ABC in the US
  • Sep 25 35th Emmy Awards: Hill Street Blues, Cheers, Ed Flanders & Shelley Long win
  • Sep 29 US Congress authorizes President Reagan to keep 1,600 US Marines in Lebanon
  • Oct 10 NBC premiere of true life drama "Adam", based on John Walsh's son's murder

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 2 US President Ronald Reagan signs bill establishing Dr Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Nov 11 President Reagan became 1st US president to address Japanese legislature
  • Nov 20 100 million watch ABC-TV movie "Day After" about nuclear war

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 20 "Terms of Endearment" from the book by Larry McMurtry, directed by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger premieres in New York (Best Picture 1984)


Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 139

  • Jan 1 Ali Bastian, English actress and model
  • Jan 1 Emi Kobayashi, Japanese model
  • Jan 2 Kate Bosworth, American actress
  • Jan 8 Chris Mordetzky, American wrestler
  • Jan 8 Felipe Colombo, Argentine-Mexican actor and singer
  • Jan 13 Julian Morris, English actor
  • Jan 13 William Hung, American Idol contestant
  • Jan 17 Andrea Lowell, American Model
  • Jan 18 Samantha Mumba, Irish singer and actress
  • Jan 20 Paula Taylor, English-Thai actress, model and presenter
  • Jan 21 Maryse Ouellet, French-Canadian model and professional wrestler
  • Jan 31 James Sutton, British television actor
  • Feb 3 Silambarasan Rajendar, famous south Indian actor
  • Feb 6 Melrose Bickerstaff, American fashion model
  • Feb 11 Nicki Clyne, Canadian actress
  • Feb 11 Huang Shengyi, Chinese actress
  • Feb 15 Ashley Tesoro, American actress and singer
  • Feb 19 Assunta De Rossi, Filipino actress
  • Feb 19 Mika Nakashima, Japanese singer/actress
  • Feb 23 Aziz Ansari, Indian American comedian and actor (Parks and Recreation, Master of None), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Feb 23 Emily Blunt, British actress
  • Feb 26 Kara Monaco, American model
  • Feb 27 Hayley Angel Wardle, English actress

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 27 Kate Mara, American actress (House of Cards, 24), born in Bedford, New York

Actress Kate Mara
Actress
Kate Mara
  • Mar 1 Lupita Nyong’o, Mexican-Kenyan actress (12 Years a Slave), born in Mexico City
  • Mar 10 Rafe Spall, English Actor
  • Mar 15 Sean Biggerstaff, Scottish actor
  • Mar 19 Ana Rezende, Brazilian film director and musician (CSS)
  • Mar 19 Matt Sydal, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 26 Michael Brendli, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 30 Zach Gowen, American professional wrestler
  • Apr 1 Matt Lanter, American actor and model
  • Apr 6 Diora Baird, American actress
  • Apr 6 Jade Seah, Singaporean model, host and actress
  • Apr 8 Allu Arjun, Indian film actor
  • Apr 8 Adrian Bellani, American actor
  • Apr 10 Ryan Merriman, American actor
  • Apr 15 Alice Braga, Brazilian actress
  • Apr 20 Terrence J, American television host
  • Apr 20 Miranda Kerr, Australian supermodel, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Apr 27 Ari Graynor, American actress
  • Apr 29 Yuriko Shiratori, Japanese gravure idol and actress
  • Apr 29 Sam Jones III, American Actor
  • May 1 The Human Tornado (Craig Williams), American professional wrestler
  • May 2 Christa Rigozzi, Swiss model
  • May 4 Trisha Krishnan, Indian actress
  • May 5 Henry Cavill, English actor (Superman), born in Jersey, Channel Islands
  • May 6 Adrianne Palicki, American actress

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 11 Holly Valance, Australian actress (Felicity "Flick" Scully-Neighbours) and singer, born in Melbourne, Victoria

Actress & Singer Holly Valance
Actress & Singer
Holly Valance
  • May 14 Amber Tamblyn, actress (Emily Bowen-Gen Hospital), born in Santa Monica, California
  • May 14 Anahí, Mexican actress and singer (RBD)
  • May 19 Jessica Fox, British actress
  • May 20 Jr. NTR, Indian film actor
  • May 23 Cristiano Bilanzola, Canadian musician and filmmaker
  • May 23 Alex Shelley, American professional wrestler
  • May 25 Kunal Khemu, Indian actor
  • May 29 Richard Jackson, Redlands California, actor (Ryan Meyers-Saved by the Bell)
  • May 31 Reggie Yates, English television presenter
  • Jun 1 Jake Silbermann, American actor
  • Jun 6 Gemma Bissix, British actress

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 10 Leelee Sobieski, American actress (Deep Impact, Joan of Arc, Uprising), born in New York City

  • Jun 14 Louis Garrel, French actor
  • Jun 17 Connie Fisher, English stage actress
  • Jun 17 Kazunari Ninomiya, Japanese singer and actor
  • Jun 20 Cherrie Ying, Hong Kong actress
  • Jun 24 John Lloyd Cruz, Filipino Actor
  • Jun 28 Maui Taylor, Filipino model and singer
  • Jul 2 Sammy J, Australian comedian
  • Jul 3 Steph Jones, American singer and model
  • Jul 4 Isabeli Fontana, Brazilian model
  • Jul 6 Gregory Smith, Canadian actor (Small Soldiers, Everwood), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 11 Kellie Shirley, British actress
  • Jul 14 Wesley Dening, Australian TV personality
  • Jul 17 Brooke Kinsella, British actress (Eastenders), born in London
  • Jul 17 Sarah Jones, American actress
  • Jul 22 Sharni Vinson, Australian actress and model
  • Jul 23 Andrew Eiden, American actor
  • Jul 23 Bec Hewitt, Australian actress
  • Jul 26 Roderick Strong, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 27 Alsou, Russian pop-star and actress
  • Aug 3 Mamie Gummer, American actress (Nancy Crozier-The Good Wife), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 7 Tina O'Brien, British actress
  • Aug 8 Guy Burnet, British actor
  • Aug 9 Ashley Johnson, actress (Chrissy-Growing Pains)
  • Aug 11 Chris Hemsworth, Australian actor (Thor, Avengers), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Aug 13 Sebastian Stan, Romanian-born actor
  • Aug 14 Mila Kunis, Ukrainian-American actress (Friends with Benefits), born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine
  • Aug 16 Colin Griffiths, English TV presenter and DJ
  • Aug 19 Tammin Sursok, Australian actress & singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 20 Andrew Garfield, British American actor (The Amazing Spider-Man), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Aug 21 Chantelle Houghton, British TV personality, born in Wickford, Essex, England
  • Aug 21 Brody Jenner, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 22 Laura Breckenridge, American actress (Rose Sorelli-Related), born in Flourtown, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 24 Christopher Parker, British actor (Eastenders), born in London
  • Aug 25 Janet Chow, Canadian/Chinese beauty pageant contestant
  • Aug 27 Wilson Chen, Taiwanese actor
  • Aug 28 Alfonso Herrera, Actor, and singer in the Latin pop group RBD
  • Aug 29 Jennifer Landon, actress (As the World Turns), born in Malibu, California
  • Aug 30 Jun Matsumoto, Japanese singer and actor
  • Sep 5 Xavier Susai, Australian comedian

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 13 Jerry Lewis marries 2nd wife dancer SanDee Pitnick

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Mar 4 Actor Harrison Ford marries screenwriter Melissa Mathison (divorced 2004)

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 17 Singer and actor Glenn Frey (34) weds Janie Beggs

Rock Vocalist Glenn Frey
Rock Vocalist
Glenn Frey
  • Jun 24 "NBC Sports" sportscaster Bob Costas (31) weds Carole Randall Krumenacher

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 25 Actor Denzel Washington (28) weds actress Pauletta Pearson (33)

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 6 Film director Philippe de Broca (50) weds actress Margot Kidder (34) in France

Film Director Philippe de Broca
Film Director
Philippe de Broca

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 16 Musician Paul Simon weds actress and writer Carrie Fisher

Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher
  • Nov 21 NY Ranger Ron Greschner marries model Carol Alt

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 21 Actor Ed Harris (33) weds actress Amy Madigan (33)

Actor Ed Harris
Actor
Ed Harris

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 23 "Ordinary People" actress Mary Tyler Moore (46) weds Dr. Robert Levine at the Pierre Hotel in New York City

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 18 Wrestler Hulk Hogan (30) weds Linda Claridge

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Dec 21 M*A*S*H actress Loretta Swit weds Dennis Holahan

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 24 Actor Johnny Depp (20) weds Lori Anne Allison


Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 20 Actor James Woods (36) divorces costume designer Kathryn Morrison after 3 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 Dick Emery, actor (Yellow Submarine, Loot, Baby Love), dies at 65
  • Jan 8 Gale Page, actress (4 Daughters, Knute Rockney), dies of cancer at 72
  • Jan 8 Lois Wilson, actress (Alice-Aldrich Family), dies at 88
  • Jan 8 Ron Frazer, Australian actor (b. 1924)
  • Jan 13 Arthur Space, actor (Doc Weaver-Lassie), dies of cancer at 74
  • Jan 13 John McHugh, actor (Unspeakable), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • Jan 15 Shepperd Strudwick, actor (Psychomania), dies of cancer at 75
  • Jan 17 Doodles Weaver [Winstead Sheffield Weaver], American comedian (Spike Jones & City Slickers, The Zodiac Killer), commits suicide at 70
  • Jan 17 Doodles Weaver, actor/comedian (Ring of Fire), shoots himself at 71
  • Jan 27 Louis De Funes, French actor and writer (The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacobs), dies at 68
  • Jan 27 Robert Christian, actor (Bustin' Loose), dies of cancer at 42
  • Jan 30 Joan Valerie, actress (Pier 13), dies of pneumonia
  • Feb 4 Jim Ameche, actor (Festival of Stars), dies at 68
  • Feb 4 Reginald Denham, director/writer (Death at BC House), dies at 89
  • Feb 10 Eduard Franz, American actor (Zorro), dies at 80
  • Feb 13 Marian Nixon, actress (Dr Bull, Sweepstakes), dies of cancer at 78
  • Feb 19 Alice White, actress (Employees' Entrance), dies at 78 of a stroke
  • Feb 20 Ray Vitte, actor (Doc, Cody-Quest), killed by police at 33
  • Mar 6 Thelma Pelish, actress (Pajama Game), dies at 55
  • Mar 7 Robert Bray, actor (Corey-Lassie, Simon-Stagecoach West), dies at 65
  • Mar 9 Faye Emerson, American actress (I've Got a Secret), dies of cancer at 65
  • Mar 14 Maurice Ronet, actor (Circle of Love, Frantic, Sphinx), dies at 55
  • Mar 16 Arthur Godfrey, TV host (Arthur Godrey Show), dies at 79
  • Mar 25 Martha Sleeper, actress (Spitfire), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Mar 27 James Hayter, actor (Pickwick Papers, Trio, Great Game), dies at 75
  • Mar 28 Ank [Anna M] van der Moer, actress (Verkade, Dutch Comedy), dies at 71
  • Mar 31 Stephen Murray, English actor (Guilty, Silent Dust, Master Spy), dies at 70

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 4 Gloria Swanson, actress (Airport 1975), dies of a heart ailment at 84

  • Apr 7 Gavin Gordon, television actor (Romance, Lone Cowboy), dies at 82
  • Apr 11 Dolores Del Rio, actress (Cheyenne Autumn), dies at 78
  • Apr 15 Rodolfo Hoyos, actor (Luis-Viva Valdez), dies at 68
  • Apr 19 Lorene Scott, actress (Faraway Hill), dies at 74
  • Apr 22 Walter Slezak, Austrian actor (Bedtime for Bonzo, Inspector General), commits suicide at 80
  • Apr 23 Selena Royale, American actress (Date With Judy, Robot Monster), dies at 78
  • Apr 26 Vaughn Taylor, actor (Johnny Jupiter), dies at 72
  • Apr 30 Jerry Hatsuo Fujikawa, actor (Uncle Matsu-Mr T & Tina), dies at 71
  • May 5 John Williams, British actor (Family Affair, Dial M for Murder), dies at 80
  • May 8 John Fante, Italian-American author and screenwriter (Wait Until Spring, Bandini, Ask the Dust, Full of Life), dies at 74
  • May 25 Jean Rougeau, French Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1925)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 31 Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight boxing champ/actor, dies at 86

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • Jun 3 Miroslav "Standa" Bares, actress (Te Gkek Om Los te Lopen), dies at 60
  • Jun 3 Nanna, Rafi Khawar, Lollywood actor, Lahore

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 12 Norma Shearer, Canadian-American actress (Escape, Romeo & Juliet), dies at 82

Actress Norma Shearer
Actress
Norma Shearer
  • Jun 26 Walter O'Keefe, songwriter/TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 82
  • Jul 15 Eddie Foy Jr [Edwin Fitzgerald Jr], American actor (The Pajama Game, Fair Exchange), dies of cancer at 78
  • Jul 20 Frank Reynolds, news anchor (ABC Evening News), dies at 59

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 29 David Niven, British actor (Around the World in 80 Days, Rugues), dies in Switzerland at 73

  • Jul 29 Raymond Massey, Canadian actor (Dr Kildare), dies of pneumonia at 86
  • Jul 30 Lynn Fontanne, Broadway's premier actress (Emmy 1965), dies at 95
  • Aug 1 Peter Arne, actor (Straw Dogs), bludgeoned to death in London at 62
  • Aug 3 Carolyn Jones, American actress (Morticia-Addams Family), dies of cancer at 54
  • Aug 5 Judy Canova, American comedian and actress (Cannonball), dies of cancer at 66
  • Aug 15 Anthony Costello, actor (Blue), dies at 42
  • Aug 24 Jack Somack, actor (Ball Four, Stockard Channing Show), dies at 64
  • Aug 26 Mike Kellin, actor (Honestly Celeste), dies at 61 of cancer
  • Aug 28 Jan Clayton, actress (Ellen Miller-Lassie), dies at 66
  • Aug 29 Simon Oakland, actor (Toma, Kolchak, Baa Baa Black Sheep), dies at 61
  • Sep 3 Ellie Lambeti, Greek actress (b. 1926)
  • Sep 26 Tino Rossi, French singer and actor, dies at 76
  • Sep 27 Tino Rossi, singer/actor (Destins, Belle Menuniere), dies at 76
  • Sep 30 William Elliott, American actor (Bernie Loves Bridget", "Adam 12"), dies at 49
  • Oct 3 John K M McCaffery, TV host (One Minute Please), dies at 69
  • Oct 8 Joan Hackett, actress (Group, Flicks, Rivals), dies of cancer at 49

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 10 Sir Ralph Richardson, English actor (Richard III), dies at 80

  • Oct 12 The Grand Wizard of Wrestling, Wrestling manager
  • Oct 14 Paul Fix, American actor (Rifleman), dies of kidney failure at 82
  • Oct 15 Pat O'Brien, American actor (Knute Rockne, Angels with Dirty Faces), dies of heart attack at 83
  • Oct 23 Jessica Savage, Margate NJ, newscaster (NBC Weekend), dies at 36
  • Oct 23 Tamara Shayne, Russian-American actress (Moma Yoelson-The Jolson Story), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Oct 24 Jessica Savitch, news anchor (NBC-TV), dies at 35
  • Nov 15 John Le Mesurier, British actor (Jabberwocky, Dad's Army), dies at 71
  • Nov 19 Peter Coffield, Ill, actor (Kevin-W E B), dies at 37
  • Nov 20 Marcel Dalio [Israel Moshe Blauschild], French actor (Sabrina, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Casablanca), dies at 83
  • Nov 20 Richard Loo, actor, (China Sky), dies of cardio-pulmonary arrest
  • Nov 22 Michael Conrad, actor (Hill Street Blues), dies of cancer at 58
  • Nov 28 Christopher George, American actor (Chisum, Heist), dies of heart attack at 52
  • Dec 4 Estelle Omens, actress (Effect of Gamma Rays), dies at 55
  • Dec 5 Robert Aldrich, American director and producer (The Dirty Dozen, Last Sunset), dies at 65
  • Dec 7 Fanny Cano, Mexican actress (b. 1944)
  • Dec 8 Slim Pickins, actor (Blazing Saddles), dies after brain surgery at 64
  • Dec 9 David Rounds, actor (Terence-Beacon Hill), dies at 53
  • Dec 10 Dorothy Cummings, actress (Dancing Mothers), dies at 84
  • Dec 10 Patrick O'Moore, actor (Jungle Gents), dies at 74
  • Dec 13 Leora Dana, US actress (3:10 to Yuma, Pollyanna), dies at 60
  • Dec 21 Rod Cameron, actor (Santa Fe Passage, Stampede), dies at 73
  • Dec 26 Violet Carson, British actress (b. 1898)
  • Dec 28 William Demarest, American actor (My 3 Sons), dies from pneumonia and prostate cancer at 91
  • Dec 31 Frank Link, actor (Burns & Schreiber Comedy Show), dies at 46