December 1989 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • 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)

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

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

  • 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, US singer and American Idol winner, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Dec 28 Mackenzie Rosman, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV


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

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 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 14 Jock Mahoney [Jacques Joseph O'Mahoney], American actor and 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, US actor (Good, Bad & Ugly), dies at 64
  • Dec 16 Silvana Mangano, Italian actress (Death in Venice), 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
  • Dec 26 Peggy Thorpe-Bates, actress (Alcatraz Island), dies
  • Dec 30 Madoline Thomas, actress (Girl in the Canal), dies