December 1988 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 NBC bids record $401M to capture rights to 1992 Barcelona Olympics
  • Dec 2 "Naked Gun" movie based on TV's "Police Squad" premieres
  • Dec 4 Actor Gary Busey critically injured in motorcycle crash
  • Dec 9 NY Yankees sign 12-year television contract with MSG for $500M
  • Dec 9 Premiere of fact based crime drama film "Mississippi Burning"

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 12 "Rainman" directed by Barry Levinson and starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise premieres in New York (Best Picture 1989)

  • Dec 14 CBS' $1.1 B bid wins exclusive 1990-94 major-league baseball rights
  • Dec 20 NBC signs lease to stay in NYC, 33 more years

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 20 "Working Girl" premieres directed by Mike Nicols, starring Melanie Griffin, Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 2 Alfred Enoch, British Actor
  • Dec 2 Soniya Mehra, Indian Actress
  • Dec 5 Ross Bagley, American actor (Nicky-Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 7 Emily Browning, Australian actress
  • Dec 7 Asia Ray Smith, American actress
  • Dec 14 Vanessa Hudgens, American singer and actress
  • Dec 14 Awkwafina [Nora Lum], American rapper and actress (Ocean's 8), born in New York City
  • Dec 16 Anna Popplewell, English actress
  • Dec 19 Paulina Gretzky, American-born Canadian actress and model

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 6 Actor and comedian Robin Williams (37) divorces Valerie Velardi after 10 years of marriage

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 7 Christopher Connelly, actor (Liar's Moon, Hawmps), dies at 47
  • Dec 8 Anne Seymour, actress (Misty, Chevy Mystery Show), dies at 79
  • Dec 10 Dick Clair, comedian (Clair & McMahon, Facts of Life), dies of AIDS

Person of interestMax Robinson

Dec 20 Max Robinson, 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), dies of aids at 49

1st African-American Network TV Anchor Max Robinson
1st African-American Network TV Anchor
Max Robinson
  • Dec 20 Alphonse Ouimet, Canadian television pioneer and president of the CBC, dies at 80
  • Dec 21 Bob Steele [Robert Adrian Bradbury], American actor (Monogram, Supreme, Tiffany), dies of Emphysema at 60
  • Dec 26 Cynthia Stone, American actress (That Wonderful Guy, Ad Libbers), dies at 62
  • Dec 26 John Loder, actor (Sabotage, Java Head), dies at 90
  • Dec 27 Fox Harris, actor (Alienator, Warlords, Sid & Nancy), dies