On This Day

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

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

Television 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"

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

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 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 7 Caleb Landry Jones, American actor and musician (Nitram), born in Garland, Texas
  • Dec 18 Ashley Benson, American actress
  • Dec 18 Ashley Slanina-Davies, Hollyoaks actress
  • Dec 21 Quinta Brunson, American writer, producer and actress (Abbott Elementary), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 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
  • Dec 28 Jessie Buckley, Irish actress (The Lost Daughter), born in Killarney, Ireland
  • Dec 29 Jane Levy, American actress (Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Film & TV

David Hasselhoff

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

George Clooney

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 Bavier, American Emmy Award-winning stage and screen actress (The Andy Griffith Show & Mayberry, RFD - "Aunt Bee"), dies of congestive heart failure at 86
  • Dec 6 John Payne, American actor (The Restless Gun, Miracle on 34th Street), dies aged 77
  • Dec 7 William '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
  • Dec 26 Peggy Thorpe-Bates, actress (Alcatraz Island), dies
  • Dec 30 Madoline Thomas, actress (Girl in the Canal), dies