1989 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 19 President Reagan pardons George Steinbrenner for illegal funds for Nixon

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 20 Reagan becomes 1st US president elected in a "0" year, since 1840, to leave office alive

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 22 UK physicist Stephen Hawking calls 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
  • 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 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"

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
  • 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" 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 Ronald Reagan is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II (honorary knighthood)
  • Jun 14 Singer-songwriter Carol King gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
  • Jun 23 Movie "Batman" premieres
  • Jun 25 "Day By Day" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jul 3 The 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

  • 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 wins Golden Lion
  • 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
  • Sep 26 MPAA creates NC-17 rating for movies with adult themes
  • 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 Billy Graham is given 1,900th star on Hollywood Blvd

Evangelist Billy Graham
Evangelist
Billy Graham
  • Nov 15 "Batman" is released on video tape
  • Nov 22 Aneta Kreglicka of Poland, 24, crowned 39th Miss World
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 17 The Simpsons, created by Matt Groening, debuts - America's longest-running sitcom

Cartoonist Matt Groening
Cartoonist
Matt Groening
  • Dec 29 Jane Pauley says goodbye to NBC's "Today" show

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 3 Anya Kop, Russian model and America's Next Top Model contestant
  • Jan 3 Alex D. Linz, American actor
  • Jan 30 Khleo Thomas, American actor and rapper
  • Feb 3 Ryne Sanborn, American actor
  • Feb 5 Cristine Reyes, Filipino actress
  • Feb 5 Jeremy Sumpter, American actor
  • Feb 7 Louisa Lytton - British actress
  • Feb 8 Danielle Harmer, English actress
  • Feb 13 Carly McKillip, Canadian actress
  • Feb 20 Melanie Leishman, Canadian actress
  • Feb 21 Corbin Bleu, American actor and singer
  • Feb 21 Kristin Herrera, American actress
  • Feb 21 Scout Taylor-Compton, American actress
  • Feb 25 Tony Oller, American actor
  • Mar 5 Jake Lloyd, American actor
  • Mar 7 Gerald Anderson, Filipino actor and model
  • Mar 9 Christina Broccolini, Canadian TV presenter
  • 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 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
  • 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 (d. 2005)
  • 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
  • Jul 1 Mitch Hewer, English actor
  • Jul 1 Hannah Murray, English actress
  • 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 interestPerson of Interest

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
  • Jul 27 Charlotte Arnold, Canadian actress
  • 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
  • Sep 1 Juliana Lohmann, Brazilian actress
  • Sep 14 Jesse James, American actor
  • Sep 26 Emma Rigby, English actress

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 1 Brie Larson [Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers], actress (Room), 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
  • Oct 24 PewDiePie [Felix Kjellberg], Swedish YouTube star, born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Oct 25 Seth Mumy, actor (3 Wishes)
  • Nov 2 Katelyn Tarver, American singer and actress (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), born in Glennville, Georgia
  • Nov 12 Paul Jessup, actor (Mikie-Baby Talk)
  • Nov 12 Ryan Jessup, actor (Mikie-Baby Talk)
  • Nov 20 Cody Linley, American actor
  • Nov 30 Chanel Iman, American supermodel
  • Nov 30 Margaret Nales Wilson, Filipino model
  • Dec 2 Cassie Steele, Canadian actress
  • Dec 7 Nicholas Hoult, English actor
  • 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

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Film Director Tim Burton
Film Director
Tim Burton

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 4 Actress Phoebe Cates marries actor Kevin Kline

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

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 1 Playboy founder Hugh Hefner weds playmate Kimberly Conrad

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actor Sam Neill
Actor
Sam Neill

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding 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, actor (Malone, Concrete Beat), dies of heart attack at 56
  • Jan 13 Joe Spinell, actor (Maniac, Star Crash, Strike Force), dies at 51
  • Jan 16 Pierre Boileau, 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 (b. 1918)
  • Jan 31 Jack Douglas, humorist (My Brother Was an Only Child), dies at 80
  • Feb 3 John Cassavetes, American actor (Rosemary's Baby) and director, dies at 59
  • Feb 5 Joe Raposa, composer/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 Joe Silver, actor (Rage, Rapid, Deathtrap, Shivers), dies at 66
  • Mar 1 Josephine van Gasteren, Dutch actress/dir (Bluejackets), dies at 72
  • 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 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 Woolard, actor (Guilty, Saul & David, Medeleine), dies at 79
  • Apr 12 Gerald Flood, British actor (b. 1927)
  • Apr 15 Charles Vanel, French actor and director (Wages of Fear), dies at 96
  • Apr 21 James Kirkwood, actor/writer (Devil's Holiday), dies at 64
  • Apr 25 George Coulouris, British actor (Runaway Bus), dies at 85

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Comedienne/Actress
Lucille Ball
  • May 1 Douglass Watson, actor (Mac Cory-Another World), dies at 68
  • May 1 Marion Mack, actress (General), dies
  • May 3 Muriel Ostriche, American silent film actress dies at 92
  • May 6 Guy Williams [Armando Joseph Catalano], American actor (Zorro, Lost in Space), dies of a brain aneurysm at 65
  • May 9 Paul J Steenbergen, actor (Ciske de Rat), dies at 82
  • May 19 Robert Webber, actor (Alex-Moonlighting), dies of ALS at 64
  • May 20 Anton Diffring, actor (Zeppelin, Fahrenheit 451), dies at 70
  • May 27 Jack Starrett, director/actor (Chase, Nightwish, 1st Blood), dies
  • May 31 Terry Drinkwater, CBS news correspondent, dies at 53 of cancer
  • Jun 9 Rashid Behbudov, Azerbaijani singer and actor (b. 1915)
  • Jun 10 Richard Quine, director/actor (Babes on Broadway), dies at 68
  • Jun 13 Fran Allison, actress (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), dies at 81
  • Jun 15 Ray McAnally, actor (My Left Foot, Empire State), dies in Dublin at 63
  • Jun 15 Victor French, actor (#44-Get Smart, Highway to Heaven), dies at 54
  • Jun 17 John Matusek, NFLer (Oak Raider)/actor, dies of a heart attack at 38
  • Jun 21 Simon van Collem, Dutch journalist/TV host, 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 Jim Backus, actor (Magoo, Gilligan's Island), dies at 76 of pneumonia
  • Jul 10 Mel Blanc, cartoon voice (Warner Bros cartoons), dies at 81

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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, dir/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, actor (Don't Go Near the Water), dies at 66
  • Aug 5 Ralph Meeker, actor (Kiss Me Deadly, Gentle Giant), dies at 68
  • 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
  • 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 interestPerson of Interest

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 14 Michael Carmine, actor (Batteries Not Included), dies at 30
  • Oct 16 Cornel Wilde, actor (Saadia, Comic, Beach Red, Gargoyles), dies at 74
  • Oct 20 Anthony Quayle, actor (Moses, Operation Crossbow), dies at 76
  • 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, actress (Shock, Nocturne, 6 Gun Law), dies 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 movie actor ("Miracle on 34th St") dies aged 77
  • Dec 7 William Calhoun, professional wrestler (b. 1934)
  • Dec 14 Jock Mahoney, actor (Dallas, Cow Town, Range Rider), dies at 70
  • Dec 15 Arnold Moss, actor (Gambit), dies at 79
  • Dec 15 Edward Underdown, English actor (b. 1908)
  • Dec 16 Aileen Pringle, actress (Age of Consent, Convicted, Night Parade), dies
  • Dec 16 Lee Van Cleef, US actor (Good, Bad & Ugly), dies at 64
  • Dec 16 Silvana Mangano, Italian actress (Death in Venice), dies at 59
  • Dec 20 Audrey Christie, actress (Splendor in the Grass), dies at 77
  • Dec 26 Peggy Thorpe-Bates, actress (Alcatraz Island), dies
  • Dec 30 Madoline Thomas, actress (Girl in the Canal), dies