On This Day

Year 1998 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 11 24th People's Choice Awards: Harrison Ford & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Oprah Winfrey win (TV)

Actress Julia Roberts
Actress
Julia Roberts
Actor Harrison Ford
Actor
Harrison Ford
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • Jan 13 CBS pays $4 billion to televise AFC games for 8-years

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 18 55th Golden Globes: "Titanic", Peter Fonda and Judi Dench win

Actress Judi Dench
Actress
Judi Dench
  • Jan 20 3rd Critics' Choice Movie Awards: L.A. Confidential wins Best Film

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jan 20 "Dawson's Creek" created by Kevin Williamson, starring James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson premieres on WB in the US

  • Jan 25 14th Sundance Film Festival: "Slam" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Feb 11 48th Berlin International Film Festival: "Central Station" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 14 29th NAACP Image Awards: "Soul Food" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 20 US movie box office hits quickest $1 billion for year (51 days)
  • Feb 27 14th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 8 The Screen Actors Guild award Gloria Stuart (Old Rose in "Titanic") with their Founders Award

Actress Gloria Stuart
Actress
Gloria Stuart

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 15 Revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's "Cabaret" opens at Club Expo Theater, NYC, starring Alan Cumming and Natasha Richardson

  • Mar 22 18th Golden Raspberry Awards: The Postman wins

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 23 70th Academy Awards: "Titanic", Jack Nicholson & Helen Hunt win

Sport defeatWrestleMania

Mar 29 WrestleMania XIV, FleetCenter, Boston, MA: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin's wins his first WWF Heavyweight tile against Shawn Michaels

Professional Wrestler Shawn Michaels
Professional Wrestler
Shawn Michaels
  • Apr 18 51st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Full Monty" Best Film, Baz Luhrmann Best Director

  • Apr 22 Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 14 Seinfeld's final 2-part episode "The Finale" airs on NBC to 76.3M viewers (commercials priced at $2M for 30 seconds)

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian
Jerry Seinfeld
  • May 18 44th British Academy Television Awards: "I'm Alan Partridge" Best Comedy, "Jonathan Creek" Best Drama
  • May 24 51st Cannes Film Festival: "Mia aioniotita kai mia mera / Eternity and a Day" by Theo Angelopoulos wins the Palme d'Or

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 5 "The Truman Show", starring Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, and Ed Harris, is released

Actor and Comedian Jim Carrey
Actor and Comedian
Jim Carrey
Actor Ed Harris
Actor
Ed Harris

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Jun 6 TV sitcom "Sex and the City" premieres in the US on HBO, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon

  • Jun 14 "Comic Relief" benefit comedy show

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 17 "The Mask of Zorro" directed by Martin Campbell, starring Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins is released

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 24 "Saving Private Ryan", directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks, Edward Burns and Matt Damon, is released (Academy Awards Best Director 1999)

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Aug 5 The American spin-off "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", starring Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady, debuts on ABC

  • Aug 13 31st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Sep 3 55th Venice Film Festival: "Cosi ridevano" directed by Gianni Amelio wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 4 1st ever "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" hosted by Chris Tarrant debuts on ITV in Britain

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

Sep 10 15th MTV Video Music Awards: Madonna & Will Smith win

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
Actor Will Smith
Actor
Will Smith
  • Sep 13 50th Emmy Awards: The Practice, Frasier, Andre Braugher & Christine Lahti win
  • Sep 14 British TV show "The Royle Family" written and starring Caroline Adherne and Craig Cash, also starring Ricky Tomlinson and Sue Johnston premieres on BBC Two

Film release premierFilm Release

Sep 18 "Rush Hour" directed by Brett Ratner, starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker released - Jackie Chan's Hollywood breakthrough

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 19 23rd Toronto International Film Festival: "Life Is Beautiful" directed by Roberto Benigni wins the People's Choice Award

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 20 Comedian Richard Pryor is awarded the 1st ever Mark Twain Prize for American Humour

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • Oct 29 ATSC HDTV broadcasting in the United States is inaugurated with the launch of STS-95 space shuttle mission.

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 3 "Shakespeare in Love" directed by John Madden and starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes premieres in New York (Best Picture 1999)

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow
Actress
Gwyneth Paltrow
Actor Joseph Fiennes
Actor
Joseph Fiennes
Playwright and Screenwriter Tom Stoppard
Playwright and Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 10 "Star Trek: Insurrection" film directed by Jonathan Frakes and starring Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes premieres

  • Nov 17 Tori Amos release a compilation of her videos, "Tori Amos: The Complete Collection: 1992-1998"
  • Dec 31 US movie box office hits record $6.24 billion for year

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Marlene Lawston, American child actress
  • Jan 12 Nathan Gamble, American child actor, born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Jan 28 Ariel Winter, American actress (Modern Family) and singer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 14 Arpad Flynn Busson, son of model Elle MacPherson, born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 25 Brendon Baerg, American actor
  • Apr 3 Paris Jackson, American actress and daughter of Michael Jackson, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 9 Elle Fanning, American actress (We Bought a Zoo), born in Conyers, Georgia
  • Apr 24 Ryan Newman, American actress (Zeke and Luther), born in Manhattan Beach, California
  • May 16 Ariel Waller, Canadian child actress
  • May 24 Daisy Edgar-Jones, British actress (Normal People), born in London, England
  • Jun 5 Dave [David Omoregie], English rapper, singer-songwriter, actor (Psychodrama), born in London, England
  • Jul 8 Jaden Smith, American actor (The Karate Kid), born in Malibu, California
  • Jul 24 Bindi Irwin, Australian TV personality, conservationist; daughter of Steve Irwin, born in Buderim, Australia
  • Aug 1 Khamani Griffin, American actor (All Of Us, Daddy Day Care), born in Oakland, California
  • Aug 19 Ella Guevara, Filipino actress
  • Aug 25 China Anne McClain, American actress
  • Sep 21 Brino quadruplets, American actor/actresses
  • Oct 6 Mia-Sophie Wellenbrink, German actress and singer
  • Oct 18 Julia Wr√≥blewska, Polish actress
  • Oct 23 Amandla Stenberg, American actress (Hunger Games), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 24 Bridger Palmer, American child actor
  • Nov 24 Brecken Palmer, American child actor

Person of interestDylan Wang

Dec 20 Dylan Wang [Wang Hedi], Chinese actor and singer (Meteor Garden), born in Chengdu, Sichuan

Actor Dylan Wang
Actor
Dylan Wang
  • Dec 27 Briar Nolet, Canadian actress and dancer (The Next Step, Blood Hunters), born in Toronto, Ontario

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Jan 5 "Hercules" actor Kevin Sorbo (39) weds actress Sam Jenkins (33) at the Beurge Chapel in Pacific Palisades, California
  • Feb 14 Golden Globe Award-winning actress Sharon Stone (40) weds San Francisco Examiner executive editor Phil Bronstein (47) in Beverly Hills, California
  • Feb 20 The warrior monk "Kung Fu" actor David Carradine (61) weds actress Marina Benjamin (45) on the Laramie Street on the back lot of Warner Bros. Studio

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 30 Boyzone singer Ronan Keating (21) weds model Yvonne Connolly at the Caribbean isle of Nevis

LoveWedding of Interest

May 1 "Reality Bites" actor Ethan Hawke (27) weds "Pulp Fiction" actress Uma Thurman (28)

Actress Uma Thurman
Actress
Uma Thurman
  • May 2 Actor-comedian Jim Belushi (43) weds Jennifer Sloan (30) at their home garden in Brentwood, Los Angeles
  • May 21 Supermodel Cindy Crawford (32) weds restaurateur Rande Gerber (36) on Paradise Island in the Bahamas

LoveWedding of Interest

May 28 "Xena: The Warrior Princess" Lucy Lawless (30) weds executive producer Rob Tapert (43) at Saint Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 21 "Home Alone" actor Macaulay Culkin (17) weds broadway actress Rachel Miner (17) in Stone Church in New Preston, Connecticut

  • Jun 27 The "Murphy Brown" actress Faith Ford (33) weds personal trainer and writer Campion Murphy (35) on Clint Eastwood's 22-acre Mission Ranch in Carmel, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 1 Eight-time Grammy Award-winning singer Barbra Streisand (57) weds actor James Brolin (58) in Malibu

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 12 "Dynasty" actress Catherine Oxenberg (36) weds "Chinatown" film producer Robert Evans (68) in Beverly Hills, California. Marriage lasts nine days.

Film Producer Robert Evans
Film Producer
Robert Evans

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 23 YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki (30) weds Google executive Dennis Troper in Belmont, California

CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki
CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki
  • Aug 29 "Baywatch" actress Traci Bingham (30) weds Robb Vallier at First United Methodist Church in Ames, Iowa

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 4 "Sex and The City" actress Kim Cattrall (42) weds audio designer Mark Levinson

Actress Kim Cattrall
Actress
Kim Cattrall
  • Sep 19 "Full House" actor John Stamos (35) weds supermodel Rebecca Romijn (25) at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California
  • Sep 27 "The Mummy" actor Brendan Fraser (30) weds actress Afton Smith (32) at Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 3 Dutch-born model Annette Roque (33) weds The Today show cohost Matt Lauer (41) at Presbyterian Church in Bridgehampton, New York
  • Oct 25 "Punky Brewster" actress Soleil Moon Frye (22) weds television producer and actor Jason Goldberg (26) at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 6 "Some Like It Hot" actor Tony Curtis (73) weds horse trainer Jill Vanden Berg at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 14 Chicago Bulls NBA player Dennis Rodman (37) weds "Baywatch" actress Carmen Electra (26) at Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas, Nevada

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman
Actress Carmen Electra
Actress
Carmen Electra
  • Nov 14 "Can't Hardly Wait" actor Ethan Embry (20) weds Amelinda Smith

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 22 "Titanic" actress Kate Winslet (23) weds assistant film director Jim Threapleton (25) at All Saints Church in Reading, England

Actress Kate Winslet
Actress
Kate Winslet
  • Nov 28 "The Truman Show" actor Noah Emmerich (33) weds "The West Wing" actress Melissa Fitzgerald (30) in a tent outside Philadelphia's Memorial Hall

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 28 Actor and martial arts expert Chuck Norris (58) weds former model Gena O'Kelley (30) at The North Church in Carrolton, Texas

  • Dec 12 TV personality Melissa Rivers (30) weds horse breeder John Endicott at The Plaza Hotel in New York City
  • Dec 19 Actress Vivica A. Fox (34) weds singer Christopher Harvest at the Park Plaza in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 20 "Def Jam" business magnate Russell Simmons (41) weds model Kimora Lee (23) on the French Caribbean island of Saint Barthelemy

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 8 Roseanne Barr files for divorce from 3rd husband Ben Thomas

Comedienne and Actress Roseanne Barr
Comedienne and Actress
Roseanne Barr

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 28 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (31) divorces Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee (35) after 3 years of marriage

Actress Pamela Anderson
Actress
Pamela Anderson
Rock Star and Drummer Tommy Lee
Rock Star and Drummer
Tommy Lee

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 Mae Questel, American actress (b. 1908)
  • Jan 5 David Bairstow, English cricket wicket keeper, broadcaster (4 Tests; father of England Test 'keeper Jonny), dies from suicide at 46
  • Jan 5 Salvatore "Sonny" Bono, American actor, musician, vocalist, (Sonny & Cher) and politician (Rep-R-Ca, 1995-98), dies while skiing at 62
  • Jan 9 Charito Solis, Filipino actress (b. 1935)
  • Jan 16 Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (A Girl in Black), dies of cancer at 66
  • Jan 17 Emil Sitka, actor (3 Stooges shorts), dies of stroke at 82
  • Jan 20 Bobo Brazil [Houston Harris], American professional wrestler, dies at 73
  • Jan 21 Jack Lord, American actor (Hawaii FIVE-O), dies at 77
  • Feb 18 Harry Caray, American Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster (Chicago Cubs), dies of heart attack complications at 83
  • Feb 23 Philip Abbott, American character actor (The FBI, Sweet Bird of Youth), dies at 73
  • Feb 24 Henny Youngman, American comedian and violinist (Take my wife ... please), dies at 91
  • Feb 26 J T Walsh, actor (Good Morning Vietnam), dies at 54
  • Feb 27 J. T. Walsh, American actor (b. 1943)
  • Feb 28 Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (Father Ted Crilly-Father Ted), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • Mar 5 Donald Woods, Canadian actor (True Grit, Craig Kennedy; Criminologist), dies at 91
  • Mar 10 Lloyd Bridges, American actor (Sea Hunt, Roots, Airplane!), dies of natural causes at 85
  • Mar 12 Jozef Kroner, Slovak actor (The Shop on Main Street), dies at 74
  • Mar 25 Daniel Massey, English actor (Vault of Horror), dies at 64
  • Mar 30 Ramsay Ames [Phillips], American actress, model and dancer (The Mummy's Ghost; Ali Baba & the 40 Thieves), dies of lung cancer at 79
  • Apr 1 Eugene "Gene" Evans, American actor (My Friend Flicka, Johnny Ringo, Alamo), dies of heart failure at 75
  • Apr 3 Rob Pilatus, American-German model, dancer, and de-frocked Grammy Award winner (Milli Vanilli - "Girl You Know It's True"), dies of accidental prescription drug and alcohol overdose at 42
  • Apr 19 Liam Sullivan, American singer and actor (Star Trek, The Magic Sword, Monroes), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Apr 21 Peter Lind Hayes, American comedian and singer (Peter Lind Hayes Show), dies at 82
  • Apr 27 Godfrey Kenton, English actor (The Tempest, Well's Theater), dies at 96
  • May 2 Gene Raymond [Raymond Guion], American actor (Paris 7000, Love on a Bet, Fireside Theater), dies from pneumonia a 89
  • May 2 Kevin Lloyd, British actor (b. 1949)
  • May 9 Alice Faye [Leppert], American actress & singer (Hello Frisco, Hello; Fallen Angel; Stowaway), dies of stomach cancer at 83

Person of interestFrank Sinatra

May 14 Frank Sinatra, American singer ("My Way") and actor ("Guys and Dolls"), dies at 82

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • May 21 Douglas Fowley, American actor (Singin' in the Rain, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), dies at 86
  • May 22 John Derek, American actor, director and photographer (Knock on Any Door, All the King's Men, Rogues of Sherwood Forest), dies at 71

MurderPhil Hartman

May 28 Phil Hartman, Canadian actor and comedian, murdered by his wife in his sleep at 49

  • Jun 1 Darwin Joston, American actor (Assault on Precinct 13), dies at 60
  • Jun 2 Sylvester Ritter (Junkyard Dog), American professional wrestler, dies at 45
  • Jun 3 Poul Bundgaard, Danish comic actor (Olsen-banden films) and operetta singer (Royal Danish Theatre, 1958-73), dies at 75
  • Jun 5 Jeanette Nolan, American actress (Richard Boone Show, Virginian), dies following a stroke at 86
  • Jun 12 Theresa Merritt [Hines], American singer and actress (The Wiz, That's My Mama), dies of skin cancer at 75
  • Jun 13 Reg Smythe, English cartoonist (Andy Capp), dies at 80
  • Jun 18 Charles Korvin [Geza Korvin Karpathi], Austrian actor (Berlin Express, Ship of Fools), dies at 90
  • Jun 23 Maureen O'Sullivan, Irish actress (Tarzan, Pride & Prejudice, Hannah and Her Sisters), dies at 87
  • Jul 20 June Byers, American professional wrestler (b. 1922)
  • Jul 21 Robert Young, American actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby, M.D.), dies at 91
  • Jul 23 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), dies at 67
  • Jul 27 Binnie Barnes, British actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers), dies at 95
  • Jul 29 Jerome Robbins, American choreographer (Tony-West Side Story), dies at 79
  • Jul 30 Buffalo Bob Smith [Robert Emil Schmidt], American TV host (Howdy Doody), dies of cancer at 80
  • Jul 30 David Hunt, British diplomat winner of the BBC's Mastermind television quiz (1977), dies at 84
  • Aug 1 Eva Bartok, Hungarian-born actress (Crimson Pirate), dies at 72
  • Aug 2 Shari Lewis, American puppeteer and ventriloquist (Lamb Chop), dies at 64
  • Aug 18 Persis Khambatta, Indian actress (Star Trek, Megaforce), dies of a heart attack at 49
  • Aug 24 E. G. Marshall [Everett Eugene Grunz], American actor (12 Angry Men, The Defenders), dies of lung cancer at 84
  • Sep 5 Leo Penn, American actor and film director, dies at 77

Person of interestAkira Kurosawa

Sep 6 Akira Kurosawa, Japanese director and screenwriter who was posthumously named "Asian of the Century" in the "Arts, Literature, and Culture" category (Rashomon, Drunken Angel, Seven Samurai, Ran), dies of a stroke at 88

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • Sep 10 Carl Forgione, British actor (b. 1944)
  • Sep 11 Dane Clark, American actor (Wire Service, Bold Venture, Perry Mason), dies at 86
  • Sep 18 Leonid Kinskey, Russian actor (Casablanca, Duck Soup), dies at 95
  • Sep 23 Mary Frann, American actress (b. 1943)
  • Sep 30 Marius Goring, British actor (Stairway to Heaven, The Red Shoes), dies from cancer at 86
  • Oct 2 Gene Autry, American cowboy singer, songwriter, actor, musician, ("Back In The Saddle Again";"Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer") and business tycoon (owner MLB Angels team, 1961-97), dies of lymphoma at 91
  • Oct 3 Roddy McDowall, British actor (Planet of Apes, Cleopatra, Lord Love a Duck), dies at 70
  • Oct 9 Robert Allen [Irvine Theodore Baehr], American actor (The Awful Truth, Crime and Punishment), dies from cancer and collapsed lung at 92
  • Oct 11 Richard Denning [Louis Denninger Jr.], American actor (An Affair to Remember, The Black Scorpion), dies from cardiac arrest at 84
  • Oct 17 Joan Hickson, British actress (b. 1906)
  • Oct 28 James Goldman, American screenwriter and playwright (The Lion in Winter) dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Oct 29 Paul Misraki [Misrachi], French jazz pianist, songwriter, and film score composer (Jean Renoir), dies at 90
  • Nov 2 Vincent Winter, Scottish child actor, dies at 50
  • Nov 3 Bob Kane, American comic artist and Batman co-creator, dies at 83
  • Nov 3 Martha O'Driscoll, American film actress, dancer and socialite (Young and Willing, Blonde Alibi), dies at 76
  • Nov 6 Marcel Gauthier [Sky Low Low], Canadian wrestler, dies at 70
  • Nov 8 Jean Marais, French actor (Donkey Skin, Orpheus), dies of cardio-vascular disease at 84
  • Nov 9 Ursula Reit [Reith], German actress (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory), dies from natural causes at 84
  • Nov 10 Mary Millar, English actress (Keeping Up Appearances), dies at 62
  • Nov 13 Edwige Feuill√®re, French actress (b. 1907)
  • Nov 13 Valerie Hobson, British actress (Great Expectations), dies at 81
  • Nov 17 Esther Rolle, Bahamian-American actress (Good Times, Maude), dies from complications of diabetes at 78
  • Nov 18 Norma Connolly, American actress (Ruby Anderson-General Hospital, The Young Marrieds), dies at 71
  • Nov 25 Flip Wilson, American actor and comedian (Flip Wilson Show), dies at 64
  • Nov 29 Giant Haystacks [Martin Ruane], English professional wrestler, dies at 51
  • Nov 29 Frank Latimore, American actor (b. 1925)
  • Dec 1 Freddie Young, British cinematographer (Lawrence of Arabia), dies at 96
  • Dec 14 Norman Fell, American actor (Three's Company, The End, Graduate), dies of bone marrow cancer at 74
  • Dec 20 Irene Hervey, American actress (b. 1910)
  • Dec 21 Roger Avon, British actor (Doctor Who, Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.), dies at 84
  • Dec 22 Michelle Thomas, American actress (b. 1969)
  • Dec 22 Virginia Graham, American TV personality (Girl Talk, Where Was I), dies at 86
  • Dec 29 Donald "Don" Taylor, American director and actor (Father's Little Dividend, Escape from the Planet of the Apes), dies of hear failure at 78
  • Dec 29 Jeanne Stern, German screenwriter (The Condemned Village), dies at 90
  • Dec 30 George Webb, British actor (Keeping Up Appearances), dies of natural causes at 86