On This Day

Year 1989 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 5 2 French TV newsmen arrested for trying to plant fake bombs on 3 airlines at JFK airport in security test
  • Jan 5 Baseball signs $400M with ESPN, showing 175 games in 1990
  • Jan 9 "Pat Sajak Show" premieres on CBS
  • Jan 13 "Ryan's Hope" ends 13½ year run on ABC-TV

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jan 13 British comedy sketch show series "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie debuts on BBC1

Actor, Comedian and Writer Stephen Fry
Actor, Comedian and Writer
Stephen Fry
Actor Hugh Laurie
Actor
Hugh Laurie
  • Jan 15 Big John Studd wins WWF's 2nd Royal Rumble
  • Jan 15 10th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins the Golden CableACE for "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam"
  • Jan 16 5th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 28 46th Golden Globes: "Rain Man", Dustin Hoffman, & Jodie Foster win

  • Jan 29 5th Sundance Film Festival: "True Love" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Feb 3 Baseball's National League announces Yanks' broadcaster Bill White will its 1st African American President
  • Feb 10 To gain deregulation WWF admits pro wrestling is an exhibition & not a sport, in a NJ court
  • Feb 10 39th Berlin International Film Festival: "Rain Man" wins the Golden Bear

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 22 UK physicist Stephen Hawking calls the proposed missile defense system known as Star Wars a "deliberate fraud"

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Physicist
Stephen Hawking
  • Feb 22 1st Spanish commercial on network TV (Pepsi-Cola-CBS Grammy Award)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 24 Margaret Ray found in David Letterman's home, claims to be his wife

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman

  • Feb 28 Gretchen Polhemus, 23, (Texas), crowned 38th Miss USA

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 12 15th People's Choice Awards: Dustin Hoffman & Meryl Streep win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Phylicia Rashad win (TV)

Actor Dustin Hoffman
Actor
Dustin Hoffman
Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 24 Mary Martin in "Peter Pan" 1st seen on TV since 1973

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin
  • Mar 27 1st African American soap opera, "Generations" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Mar 29 61st Academy Awards: "Rainman", Dustin Hoffman & Jodie Foster win
  • Mar 29 9th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Cocktail" wins

Sport defeatWrestleMania

Apr 2 WrestleMania V, Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall, NJ: Hulk Hogan beats Randy "Macho Man" Savage for WWF Heavyweight title

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Apr 5 David Letterman becomes 1st network TV series to use dolby stereo
  • Apr 23 CBS' premiere of fact based "The Littlest Victims", based on Newark, N.J. physician James Oleske as the first doctor to discover AIDS in children
  • Apr 30 Critics Siskel & Ebert film their 500th TV movie-review show
  • May 1 135 acre Disney's MGM studio theme park officially opens to public in Lake Buena Vista, Florida
  • May 12 "Entertainment Tonight" makes 2,000th TV performance
  • May 14 Final TV episode of "Family Ties" airs on NBC with a 36 million audience
  • May 14 Moonlighting, TV Crime Drama last airs on ABC
  • May 15 Maxwell House coffee runs ads during "Roe vs Wade" movie despite threat of boycott by right-to-lifers

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 19 "Do the Right Thing", directed by Spike Lee, starring Danny Aiello and Ossie Davis premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Director Spike Lee
Director
Spike Lee

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 20 Toonces The Cat takes the wheel on "Saturday Night Live"

Actor Phil Hartman
Actor
Phil Hartman
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • May 23 3rd American Comedy Award: Paula Poundstone
  • May 23 Angela Visser, 22, of Holland, crowned 38th Miss Universe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 23 42nd Cannes Film Festival: "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" directed by Steven Soderbergh wins the Palme d'Or


Film release premierFilm Premier

May 24 "Indiana Jones & Last Crusade", directed by Stephen Spielberg and produced by George Lucas premieres

Director Steven Spielberg
Director
Steven Spielberg
Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas

Music releaseMusic Recording

May 24 Weird Al Yankovic records his UHF soundtrack

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 2 "Dead Poets Society" film starring Robin Williams premieres

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams
  • Jun 8 Pirates score 10 in 1st (their best inning since 1942), prompts Pirate broadcaster Jim Rooker to say he would walk from Pitts to Philadelphia if Pirates lost, Phillies beat them 15-11, Rooker walks at end of season
  • Jun 9 "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" premieres in USA
  • Jun 10 "Tales From The Crypt" TV Anthology debuts on HBO
  • Jun 12 "Doctor Doctor", TV Comedy starring Matt Frewer, debuts on CBS-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 13 Jerry Lee Lewis gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Jun 13 "Licence to Kill", 16th James Bond film, last directed by John Glen and starring Timothy Dalton premieres in London
  • Jun 14 Singer-songwriter Carol King gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 16 "Ghostbusters II" directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murry and Dan Aykroyd premieres

Actor and Comedian Dan Aykroyd
Actor and Comedian
Dan Aykroyd
Actor and Musician Rick Moranis
Actor and Musician
Rick Moranis

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 23 Movie "Batman" premieres directed by Tim Burton, starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson

Actor Michael Keaton
Actor
Michael Keaton
Actor Jack Nicholson
Actor
Jack Nicholson
Film Director Tim Burton
Film Director
Tim Burton
  • Jun 25 "Day By Day" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 29 Emmy 16th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 10th time
  • Jul 3 Movie "Batman" set record of quickest $100 million (10 days)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 4 14 year old actress Drew Barrymore, attempts suicide

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jul 5 "Seinfield" (originally titled The Seinfeld Chronicles" screens its pilot episode starring Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards on NBC

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian
Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian Jerry Stiller
Comedian
Jerry Stiller
Seinfeld Comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Seinfeld Comedienne
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Jul 23 FOX-TV tops ABC, NBC & CBS for 1st time (America's Most Wanted)
  • Jul 25 Brandi Sherwood of Idaho crowned 7th Miss Teen USA
  • Aug 3 22nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Omni Hotel

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 1 "Roger and Me", the first documentary directed by Michael Moore, premieres at the Telluride Film Festival

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 4 Jerry Lewis' 24th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $42,737,219

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 4 46th Venice Film Festival: "A City of Sadness" directed by Hsiao-hsien Hou debuts and wins the Golden Lion

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Sep 5 Daytime talk show "The Joan Rivers Show" hosted by Joan Rivers premieres on US TV

Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host Joan Rivers
Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host
Joan Rivers
  • Sep 16 Debbye Turner (Mont), 23, crowned 63rd Miss America 1990
  • Sep 16 14th Toronto International Film Festival: "Roger & Me" directed by Michael Moore wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 17 41st Emmy Awards: LA Law, "Cheers", Dana Delany & Candice Bergen win

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Sep 19 "Doogie Howser, M.D.", starring Neil Patrick Harris as a teenage physician, debuts on ABC

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Sep 22 "Baywatch" starring David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson debuts on NBC

  • Sep 24 ABC's premiere of "The Preppie Murder", based on 1986 murder in New York City of Jennifer Levin by ex prep school student Robert Chambers
  • Oct 2 TV true life drama "A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story" premieres on NBC in the US

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 15 American radio and television evangelist Billy Graham is given the 1,900th star on Hollywood Boulevard, the first clergyman to be granted a star

Evangelist Billy Graham
Evangelist
Billy Graham

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 2 "Blackadder Goes Forth" final episode "Goodbyeee" airs starring Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton

Actor and Comedian Rowan Atkinson
Actor and Comedian
Rowan Atkinson
Actor, Comedian and Writer Stephen Fry
Actor, Comedian and Writer
Stephen Fry
Actor Hugh Laurie
Actor
Hugh Laurie
  • Nov 8 "Byker Grove" begins broadcasting on the BBC
  • Nov 15 "Batman" film is released on video tape
  • Nov 22 Aneta Kreglicka of Poland, 24, crowned 39th Miss World

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 28 Queen Latifah releases her debut hip hop album "All Hail the Queen" featuring single "Ladies First"

Singer, Rapper, & Actress Queen Latifah
Singer, Rapper, & Actress
Queen Latifah
  • Nov 29 8th Largest wrestling crowd UFW U-Cosmos (60,000-Tokyo Dome)
  • Dec 4 NBC's premiere of "Howard Beach: Making A Case for Murder", based on December 1986 murders of black youths by white youths in New York City

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 13 "Driving Miss Daisy" directed by Bruce Beresford and starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy is released (Best Picture 1990)

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Dec 17 "The Simpsons" created by Matt Groening, premieres on Fox TV as a full animated series with the episode, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"

Fictional TV Character Homer Simpson
Fictional TV Character
Homer Simpson
Cartoonist Matt Groening
Cartoonist
Matt Groening
Actor Hank Azaria
Actor
Hank Azaria
  • Dec 29 Jane Pauley says goodbye to NBC's "Today" show

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 3 Anya Rozova [Anya Kop], Russian American model and America's Next Top Model contestant, born in Leningrad, USSR
  • Jan 3 Alex D. Linz, American actor, born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Jan 30 Khleo Thomas, American actor & rapper, born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Feb 3 Ryne Sanborn, American actor
  • Feb 5 Cristine Reyes, Filipino actress, born in Marikina, Philippines
  • Feb 5 Jeremy Sumpter, American actor, born in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
  • Feb 7 Louisa Lytton - British actress
  • Feb 8 Danielle Harmer, English actress
  • Feb 13 Carly McKillip, Canadian actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 20 Melanie Leishman, Canadian actress
  • Feb 21 Corbin Bleu, American actor & singer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 21 Kristin Herrera, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 21 Scout Taylor-Compton, American actress, born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 24 Daniel Kaluuya, British actor and writer (Get Out), born in London, England
  • Feb 25 Tony Oller, American actor
  • Mar 5 Jake Lloyd, American actor
  • Mar 7 Gerald Anderson, Filipino actor and model
  • Mar 8 Ming Xi, Chinese model, born in Shanghai, China
  • Mar 11 Anton Yelchin, Russian-born American actor (Star Trek), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (d. 2016)
  • Mar 15 Caitlin Wachs, actress (Chloe Waters-Profiler)
  • Mar 18 Lily Collins, British American actress (Mirror, Mirror), born in Guildford, England
  • Mar 25 Alyson Michalka, American actress/singer
  • Apr 5 Lily James [Lily Thomson], English actress (Cinderella), born in Esher, England
  • Apr 18 Alia Shawkat, American actress (Hannah Rayburn-State of Grace), born in Riverside, California
  • Apr 19 Simu Liu, Canadian actor (Kim's Convenience), born in Harbin, China
  • Apr 27 Emily Rios, American actress (Andrea Cantillo-Breaking Bad), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 10 Lindsey Shaw, American actress
  • May 24 Tara Correa-McMullen, American actress (Judging Amy), born in Westminster, Vermont (d. 2005)
  • May 30 Kevin Covais, American singer (American Idol) and actor, born in Levittown, New York
  • Jun 3 Daniela Vega, Chilean transgender actress and sinnger (A Fantastic Woman), born in San Miguel, Chile
  • Jun 13 Lisa Tucker, American singer and actress (American Idol), born in Anaheim, California
  • Jun 14 Lucy Hale, American actress
  • Jun 14 Courtney Halverson, American actress
  • Jun 18 Renee Olstead, American singer and actress
  • Jun 20 Christopher Mintz-Plasse, American actor
  • Jun 27 Matthew Lewis, English actor (The Syndicate), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
  • Jun 28 Mark Fischbach [Markiplier], American Youtuber, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jul 1 Mitch Hewer, English actor (Skins), born in Bristol, England
  • Jul 1 Hannah Murray, English actress (Game of Thrones), born in Bristol. England
  • Jul 11 David Henrie, American actor
  • Jul 14 Sean Flynn-Amir, American actor
  • Jul 15 Tristan Wilds, American actor
  • Jul 17 Josie Loren Lopez, American actress (17 Again, Make It or Break It), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jul 20 Witwisit Hirunwongkul, Thai actor
  • Jul 21 Jamie Waylett, British actor
  • Jul 21 Rory Culkin, American actor

Person of interestDaniel Radcliffe

Jul 23 Daniel Radcliffe, English actor (Harry Potter in the Harry Potter series of movies), born in London, England

  • Jul 25 Noel Callahan, Canadian actor (Romeo!), born in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
  • Jul 27 Charlotte Arnold, Canadian actress (Naturally, Sadie), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 15 Belinda [Belinda Peregrín Schüll], Mexican singer, songwriter and actress, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Aug 21 Hayden Panettiere, American actress (One Life to Live), born in Palisades, New York
  • Aug 28 Trixie Mattel [Brian Firkus], American drag queen, singer-songwriter, comedian, and television personality (The Trixie & Katya Show), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Sep 1 Juliana Lohmann, Brazilian actress
  • Sep 14 Jesse James, American actor (The Amityville Horror), born in Palm Springs, California
  • Sep 26 Emma Rigby, English actress, born in St Helens, United Kingdom
  • Sep 29 Adore Delano [Daniel Noriega], American drag queen, singer-songwriter, actor and TV performer (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Azusa, California

Person of interestBrie Larson

Oct 1 Brie Larson [Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers], American actress (Room, Captain Marvel), singer and director, born in Sacramento, California

Actress Brie Larson
Actress
Brie Larson
  • Oct 17 Phoebe Tonkin, Australian actress
  • Oct 24 Eliza Taylor-Cotter, Australian actress (Neighbours), born in Melbourne, Australia

Person of interestPewDiePie

Oct 24 PewDiePie [Felix Kjellberg], Swedish YouTube star, born in Gothenburg, Sweden

YouTube Star PewDiePie
YouTube Star
PewDiePie
  • Oct 25 Seth Mumy, American actor (3 Wishes), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 2 Katelyn Tarver, American singer and actress (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), born in Glennville, Georgia
  • Nov 10 Taron Egerton, Welsh actor and singer (Rocketman), born in Birkenhead, England
  • Nov 12 Paul Jessup, actor (Mikie-Baby Talk)
  • Nov 12 Ryan Jessup, actor (Mikie-Baby Talk)
  • Nov 14 Mary Bashua-Alimi, Nigerian radio and TV personality
  • Nov 20 Cody Linley, American actor, born in Lewisville, Texas
  • Nov 22 Alden Ehrenreich, American actor (Solo: A Star Wars Story), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 30 Chanel Iman, American supermodel (Victoria's Secret Angel), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Nov 30 Margaret Nales Wilson, Filipino model
  • Dec 2 Cassie Steele, Canadian actress (Degrassi: The Next Generation), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 7 Nicholas Hoult, English actor (The Favourite), born in Wokingham, England
  • Dec 18 Ashley Benson, American actress
  • Dec 18 Ashley Slanina-Davies, Hollyoaks actress
  • Dec 22 Jordin Sparks, American singer and American Idol winner, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Dec 28 Mackenzie Rosman, American actress, born in Charleston, South Carolina

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 1 Actor Leonard Nimoy (57) weds actress Susan Bay

  • Jan 21 "Falcon Crest" actor Lorenzo Lamas (31) weds actress Kathleen Kinmont (23) at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas
  • Feb 17 Whitesnake's rocker David Coverdale weds actress Tawny Kitaen

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 24 Film director Tim Burton (30) weds photographer Lena Gieseke

Film Director Tim Burton
Film Director
Tim Burton

LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 4 Actress Phoebe Cates marries actor Kevin Kline

  • Apr 8 Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart marries producer Burt Sugarman

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 30 Actor and comedian Robin Williams (37) weds nanny Marsha Garces at a private ceremony in Lake Tahoe, California

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 2 Actor James Woods (42) weds horse trainer Sarah Owen (26) in Beverly Hills, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 16 Actor Hugh Laurie (30) weds theatre administrator Jo Green in Camden, London

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 1 Playboy founder Hugh Hefner weds playmate Kimberly Conrad

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 8 Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston (33) weds actress Robin Dearden (35)

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 17 Director Kathryn Bigelow (38) weds fellow director James Cameron (35)

Director Kathryn Bigelow
Director
Kathryn Bigelow
Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
  • Aug 23 "The Cars" lead singer and guitarist Ric Ocasek (40) weds model Paulina Porizkova (24)
  • Aug 30 Roman Polanski marries actress Emmanuelle Seigner

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 2 Actor Sam Neill (41) weds actress Noriko Watanabe (24)

Actor Sam Neill
Actor
Sam Neill

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 7 Radio talk show host Larry King weds Julie Alexander

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 27 Actor John Goodman (37) weds Annabeth Hartzog (21) in New Orleans

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 9 "Baywatch" actor David Hasselhoff (37) weds actress Pamela Bach (26) at the Little Brown Church in Studio City, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 15 Actor and director George Clooney (28) weds actress Talia Balsam (30) in Las Vegas

  • Dec 31 Actress Annabella Sciorra (Jungle Fever) weds Joe Petruzzi

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 16 actress Jane Fonda & activist Tom Hayden separate after 16 years of marriage

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 1 "Baywatch" actor David Hasselhoff (37) divorces actress Catherine Hickland (33) after nearly 5 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 8 Kenneth McMillan, American actor (Malone, Concrete Beat), dies of liver disease at 56
  • Jan 13 Joe Spinell, actor (Maniac, Star Crash, Strike Force), dies at 51
  • Jan 16 Pierre Boileau, French screenwriter (Vertigo), dies at 82
  • Jan 16 Romo Vincent, actor (Naked Jungle), dies
  • Jan 16 Trey Wilson, actor (Bull Durham, Twins, Raising Arizona), dies
  • Jan 19 Norma Varden, actress (Loose in London), dies
  • Jan 20 Beatrice Lillie, actress (Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies at 94
  • Jan 20 Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi film director (b. 1938)
  • Jan 27 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor [Okey Ka Fairy Ko!], dies at 70
  • Jan 31 Jack Douglas, English comedian (My Brother Was an Only Child), dies at 80
  • Feb 3 John Cassavetes, Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter (Dirty Dozen, Rosemary's Baby), dies at 59
  • Feb 5 Joe Raposa, American composer and songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
  • Feb 6 Andre Cayatte, French filmmaker, dies at 80
  • Feb 11 George O'Hanlon, american actor and director (Bop Girl, Zamba), dies at 71
  • Feb 22 Joan Woodbury, American actress (Super Sleuth, Northwest Trail), dies at 73
  • Feb 27 Joseph "Joe" Silver, American actor (Lenny, Mr I Magination), dies of liver cancer at 66
  • Mar 1 Josephine van Gasteren, Dutch actress and director (Bluejackets, De kleine zielen), dies at 71
  • Mar 6 Harry Andrews, English actor (Equus, Helen of Troy, Hill), dies at 77
  • Mar 12 Maurice Evans, British actor (Planet of the Apes, Bewitched), dies at 87
  • Mar 17 Merritt Butrick, actor (Shy People, Wired to Kill), dies of AIDS at 29
  • Mar 18 William Challee, actor (Desperate, Moonchild), dies
  • Mar 20 Alan Gifford [John Lennox], American actor (Time Lock, 2001: A Space Odyssey), dies at 78
  • Mar 21 Milton Frome, actor (Family Jewels), dies
  • Mar 27 May Allison, actress (Youth for Salem Men of Steel), dies
  • Mar 29 Bernard Blier, actor (Les Miserables, Women & War), dies at 73
  • Mar 30 Dort Clark, actor (In Harm's Way), dies
  • Apr 3 Norman Wooland, German actor (Ivanhoe, Quo Vadis, Hamlet), dies at 79
  • Apr 7 Alberto Morin, Puerto Rican actor (Two Mules for Sister Sara, Rio Grande), dies at 86
  • Apr 12 Gerald Flood, British actor (Doctor Who, Patton), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Apr 15 Charles Vanel, French actor & director (Wages of Fear), dies at 96
  • Apr 21 James Kirkwood, American actor, author and playwright (A Chorus Line, P. S. Your Cat Is Dead!), dies of cancer at 64
  • Apr 25 George Coulouris, British actor (Runaway Bus), dies at 85

Person of interestLucille Ball

Apr 26 Lucille Ball, Americancomedienne (I Love Lucy), dies of heart attack at 78

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball
  • Apr 30 Guy Williams [Armando Joseph Catalano], American actor (Zorro, Lost in Space), dies of a brain aneurysm at 65
  • May 1 Douglass Watson, American actor (Satan Murders, Another World), dies at 68
  • May 1 Marion Mack, actress (General), dies
  • May 3 Muriel Ostriche, American silent film actress dies at 92
  • May 15 Johnny Green, American singer (Body and Soul) and film score composer who won 5 Academy Awards, dies at 80
  • May 19 Robert Webber, American actor (12 Angry Men, Moonlighting, 79 Park Avenue), dies of Lou Gehrig's disease at 64
  • May 20 Anton Diffring [Alfred Pollack], German character actor (Assignment Vienna), dies at 70
  • May 20 Gilda Radner, American comedian and actress (SNL, Haunted Honeymoon), dies at 42
  • May 27 Jack Starrett, director/actor (Chase, Nightwish, 1st Blood), dies
  • May 31 Terry Drinkwater, American CBS news correspondent, dies at 53 of cancer
  • Jun 9 Rashid Behbudov, Azerbaijani singer and actor (b. 1915)
  • Jun 10 Richard Quine, American actor and director (How to Murder Your Wife, Clay Pigeon), commits suicide at 68
  • Jun 13 Fran Allison, actress (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), dies at 81
  • Jun 15 Ray McAnally, Irish actor (The Mission, My Left Foot, Empire State, Sicilian), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Jun 15 Victor French, American actor (#44-Get Smart, Highway to Heaven), dies at 54
  • Jun 17 John Matuszak, American NFL defensive end (Oak Raider) and actor (The Goonies), dies of an accidental propoxyphene overdose at 38
  • Jun 21 Simon van Collem, Dutch journalist and TV host (Amsterdamned), dies at 70
  • Jun 27 Jack Beutel, actor (The Outlaw), dies
  • Jul 1 William Ching, actor (Moonlighter, Terror in Haunted House), dies
  • Jul 2 Franklin Schaffner, American film director (b. 1920)
  • Jul 3 James "Jim" Backus, American actor (Mr Magoo, Rebel Without a Cause, Gilligan's Island), dies of pneumonia at 76
  • Jul 4 Vic Perrin, American actor (Mission: Impossible), dies at 73
  • Jul 4 Jack Haig [John Cecil Coppin], English actor ('Allo, Allo!), dies of stomach cancer at 76
  • Jul 10 Mel Blanc, American voice actor, comedian best known for his Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons (Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd & Porky Pig), dies at 81
  • Jul 10 Thomas "Tommy" Trinder, British radio comedian and actor (Save a Little Sunshine, Phoenix), dies at 80

Person of interestLaurence Olivier

Jul 11 Laurence Olivier, English stage and screen acting great (Hamlet, Rebecca), dies at 82

  • Jul 18 Rebecca Schaeffer, American actress (Patti-My Sister Sam), is shot by a fan at 21
  • Jul 19 Carl-Heinz Schroth, German director and actor (Strafverteidiger), dies at 87
  • Jul 20 Mary Treen, actress (Career, Rock-a-bye Baby), dies at 71
  • Jul 24 Ernest Morrison, actor (Peggy Does Her Darndest), dies
  • Jul 28 Jeff Richards [Richard Mansfield Taylor], American actor (Don't Go Near the Water), dies of acute respiratory failure at 64
  • Aug 5 Ralph Meeker [Rathgeber], American actor (Mister Roberts, Anderson Tapes, Night Stalker), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Aug 11 John Meillon, actor (Wild Duck, Crocodile Dundee), dies
  • Aug 15 F de Jong Edz, Dutch historian/director (IISG), dies
  • Aug 16 Amanda Blake [Beverly Louise Neill], American actress (Gunsmoke), dies at 60
  • Aug 22 Johannes "Jan" Teulings, Dutch actor (Lentelied, The Three Wishes), dies of natural causes at 84
  • Sep 4 Georges Simenon, Belgian born writer and director (Maigret detective novels), dies at 86
  • Sep 9 Tim Hovey, actor (Slim Carter, Man Afraid), dies of a drug overdose
  • Sep 19 Guido de Moor, actor (Flanagan, Because of the Cats), dies
  • Sep 22 Jan Teulings, Dutch actor and director (Dorp aan de Rivier), dies
  • Oct 4 Graham Chapman, English comedian (Monty Python, Life of Brian), dies of cancer at 48

Person of interestBette Davis

Oct 6 Bette Davis, American actress (All About Eve, White Mama), dies at 81

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis
  • Oct 11 Paul Shenar, actor (Deadly Force, Dream Lover), dies at 53
  • Oct 12 Carmen Cavallaro, American actor and pianist (Hollywood Canteen, Diamond Horseshoe), dies from prostate cancer at 76
  • Oct 13 Cesare Zavattini, Italian screenwriter (Ladri di Biciclette), dies at 87
  • Oct 14 Michael Carmine, actor (Batteries Not Included), dies at 30
  • Oct 16 Cornel Wilde [Kornel Lajos Weisz], Hungarian-American actor (Sword of Lancelot, High Sierra, 5th Musketeer), dies at 74
  • Oct 20 Anthony Quayle, British actor (Anne of 1000 Days, Lawrence of Arabia), dies from liver cancer at 76
  • Oct 21 Jean Image, Hungarian-born French animator (b. 1910)
  • Oct 22 Roland Winters [Winternitz], American actor (Mama, Smothers Brothers, Jet Pilot, Meet Millie), dies at 84
  • Oct 23 Armida, Mexican-American stage, vaudeville and film actress (b. 1911)
  • Nov 6 Yusaku Matsuda, Japanese actor (b. 1949)
  • Nov 17 Billy Lee, actor (Sons of Legion, Biscuit Eater), dies
  • Nov 20 Lynn Bari [Margaret Schuyler Fisher], American actress (Shock, Nocturne, 6 Gun Law), dies from a heart attack at 71
  • Nov 25 Frank M Thomas, actor (Behind the Headlines, M'Liss), dies
  • Dec 6 Frances Beauvier, actress (Aunt Bee, Mayberry), dies at 86
  • Dec 6 John Payne, American actor (The Restless Gun, Miracle on 34th Street), dies aged 77
  • Dec 7 William Calhoun, professional wrestler (b. 1934)
  • Dec 7 Haystacks Calhoun, American professional wrestler, dies at 55
  • Dec 14 Jock Mahoney [Jacques Joseph O'Mahoney], American actor & stuntman (Dallas, Yancy Derringer, Day of Fury), dies of a stroke at 70
  • Dec 15 Arnold Moss, American actor (Loves of Carmen, Kim, Quebec, Viva Zapata), dies at 79
  • Dec 15 Edward Underdown, British actor (Beat the Devil, Thunderball), dies at 81
  • Dec 16 Aileen Pringle, actress (Age of Consent, Convicted, Night Parade), dies
  • Dec 16 Lee Van Cleef, American actor (Good, Bad & Ugly), dies at 64
  • Dec 16 Silvana Mangano, Italian actress (Death in Venice, Barabbas), dies at 59
  • Dec 20 Audrey Christie, American actress (Splendor in the Grass, Fair Exchange), dies at 77
  • Dec 23 Peter Bennett, British actor (Lady Chatterley's Lover, The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 72