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Year 1958 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 WMBD TV channel 31 in Peoria, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 6 WIPR TV channel 6 in San Juan, PR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 15 New York Yankees announce that 140 MLB games to be televised on WPIX TV this season in a deal worth over $1 million dollars
  • Jan 20 KUED TV channel 7 in Salt Lake City, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 21 KMOT TV channel 10 in Minot, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 22 KRSD (now KEVN) TV channel 7 in Rapid City, SD (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 26 Jack Smith takes over from Art Baker as TV host of "You Asked for It"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 31 "Jackpot Bowling" premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Feb 1 WFTV TV channel 9 in Orlando, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 2 WRIK (now WLUZ) TV channel 7 in Ponce, PR (PTC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 8 KIRO TV channel 7 in Seattle, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 11 WTVC TV channel 9 in Chattanooga, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 17 WETV (now WPBA) TV channel 30 in Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film ReleaseThe Bridge on the River Kwai

Feb 22 15th Golden Globes: "The Bridge on the River Kwai", Alec Guinness, & Joanne Woodward win

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The Bridge on the River Kwai movie poster
The Bridge on the River Kwai movie poster
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  • Mar 3 KTVU TV channel 2 in Oakland-San Francisco, California (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Mar 5 KDUH TV channel 4 in Scottsbluff-Hay Spring, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast

  • Mar 11 Charles Van Doren finally loses on US TV game show "Twenty-One" after winning $129,000 - later revealed to be fixed
  • Mar 15 KULR TV channel 8 in Billings, MT (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 26 30th Academy Awards-"The Bridge on the River Kwai" wins Best Picture, Joanne Woodward & Alec Guinness win Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively

  • Mar 27 CBS Labs announce new stereophonic records
  • Apr 1 KVIQ TV channel 6 in Eureka, CA (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 4 Cheryl Crane aged 14, daughter of actress Lana Turner, stabs to death organized crime figure Johnny Stompanato, her mother's boyfriend, in self-defence. The crime was later ruled a "justifiable homicide"

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

Apr 15 10th Emmy Awards: Gunsmoke, Robert Young & Jane Wyatt win

Actress Jane Wyatt
Actress
Jane Wyatt
  • Apr 16 5th National Film Awards (India): "Do Aankhen Barah Haath" wins the Golden Lotus
  • May 5 KNME TV channel 5 in Albuquerque, NM (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

May 8 "Dracula" film starring Christopher Lee as the eponymous vampire, directed by Terence Fisher is the first Hammer Horror film released

Film release premierFilm Release

May 9 "Vertigo", American film noir psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, is released

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 15 "Gigi" based on the story by Colette, directed by Vincent Minnelli and starring Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier premieres in New York (Best Picture 1959)

Novelist and Performer Colette
Novelist and Performer
Colette
  • May 18 11th Cannes Film Festival: "The Cranes Are Flying" directed by Mikhail Kalatozov wins the Palme d'Or
  • Jun 2 Alan Freed joins WABC (NYC) radio
  • Jun 12 "Make Me Laugh" TV Game Show last airs on ABC-TV, syndicated 1979
  • Jun 27 8th Berlin International Film Festival: "Wild Strawberries" wins Golden Bear
  • Jul 1 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada via microwave

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 2 Musical drama Film "King Creole" starring Elvis Presley based on a novel by Harold Robbins premieres

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
Writer Harold Robbins
Writer
Harold Robbins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 3 "Andy Williams Show" premieres on ABC (later on CBS & NBC)

Singer and TV Host Andy Williams
Singer and TV Host
Andy Williams

Music release#1 in the Charts

Aug 4 The Billboard Hot 100 is published for the 1st time, with "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson at #1

Rock Star and Actor Ricky Nelson
Rock Star and Actor
Ricky Nelson

  • Aug 18 Actress Betsy Palmer joins Today Show panel
  • Aug 18 TV game show scandal investigation starts
  • Aug 24 19th Venice Film Festival: "Rickshaw Man" directed by Hiroshi Inagaki wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 2 KAYS TV channel 7 in Hays, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 5 1st color video recording on magnetic tape presented, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Sep 5 WKPC TV channel 15 in Louisville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 6 Mary Ann Mobley (Miss), 21, crowned 31st Miss America 1959
  • Sep 10 WJCT TV channel 7 in Jacksonville, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 14 WTAE TV channel 4 in Pittsburgh, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 22 KTVK TV channel 3 in Phoenix, AZ (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 29 "Studio One" TV Anthology Drama last airs on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Texan" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Oct 5 KRTV TV channel 3 in Great Falls, MT (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 8 KCMT TV channel 7 in Alexandria, MN (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 12 WJRT TV channel 12 in Flint, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting

Television DebutThe Smurfs TV Debut

Oct 23 The Smurfs first appear in the story "Johan and Pirlouit" by Belgium cartoonist Peyo

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The Smurfs title card from the 1981 TV series
The Smurfs title card from the 1981 TV series
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  • Oct 27 WEDU TV channel 3 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 5 KGLD (now KSNG) TV channel 11 in Garden City, KS (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 10 WUFT TV channel 5 in Gainesville, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 17 KAII TV channel 7 in Wailuku, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 28 KCOO (now KABY) TV channel 9 in Aberdeen, SD (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 30 WKBW TV channel 7 in Buffalo, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 2 KNOP TV channel 2 in North Platte, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 5 WTOL TV channel 11 in Toledo, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 213

  • Jan 1 Ren Woods, actress (Fanta-Roots), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jan 3 Shim Hyung-rae, South Korean filmmaker
  • Jan 4 Matt Frewer, actor (Max Headroom, Doctor Doctor), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 4 Julian Sands, English actor (A Room with a View, Arachnophobia), born in Otley, Yorkshire, England
  • Jan 4 Andy Borowitz, American comedian and satirist
  • Jan 4 Gary Jones, Welsh-born actor
  • Jan 6 Themos Anastasiadis, Greek journalist, television presenter and newspaper editor
  • Jan 6 Scott Bryce, American actor (As the World Turns), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 8 Rey Misterio Sr., Mexican wrestler, born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • Jan 20 Lorenzo Lamas, American actor (Lance-Falcon Crest, California Fever), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 21 Miguel Alejandro, American actor (Popi), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 24 Jools Holland, British rock keyboardist (Squeeze), and TV presenter (Later...), born in Blackheath, London
  • Jan 25 Dinah Manoff, American actress (Elaine-Soap, Carol Weston-Empty Nest), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestEllen DeGeneres

Jan 26 Ellen DeGeneres, American comedian (Ellen Morgan-Ellen), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres
Comedian and TV Star
Ellen DeGeneres
  • Jan 29 Judy Norton-Taylor, American actress (Mary Ellen - The Waltons), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 30 Brett Butler, American comedian (Grace-Grace Under Fire), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Feb 1 Jackie Shroff, Indian actor, born in Udgir, India
  • Feb 3 Lizzie Borden, director/writer (Love Crimes, Working Girls)
  • Feb 4 Mary Ann Pascal, actress (Samantha-Brothers)
  • Feb 6 Barry Miller, American actor (Fame, Peggy Sue Got Married), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 6 Cecily Adams, American actress & casting director (American Heart), born in Jamaica, New York City (d. 2004)
  • Feb 7 Michele Drake, playmate (May, 1979), born in La Jolla, California
  • Feb 8 "Sensational" Sherri Martel, American professional wrestler (WWF), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2007)
  • Feb 11 Michael Jackson, British television producer & executive (BBC2), born in Cheshire, England
  • Feb 12 Ruth Guerri, US-Italian nude model (July, 1983), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 13 Pernilla August, Swedish actress, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Feb 13 Tip Tipping, British actor and stuntman, born in England, United Kingdom (d. 1993)
  • Feb 14 Perry Stephens, German actor (Loving, All My Children), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Feb 16 Ice-T [Tracy Marrow], American rapper and actor (New Jack City, Tank Girl, Crazy Six), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Feb 16 Lisa Loring, actress (As the World Turns, Wednesday-Addams Family)
  • Feb 17 Heidi Hagman, American actress (Linda-Archie Bunker's Place), born in New York City
  • Feb 20 James Wilby, Burma, actor (Howards End, Maurice)
  • Feb 21 Jack Coleman, Easton Pa, actor (Steven Carrington-Dynasty)
  • Feb 24 Susan Scannell, actress (Nicole-Dynasty), born in Lexington, Massachusetts
  • Feb 26 Jeff Fithian, American actor (Trevor Nash-Please Don't Eat the Daisies), born in Van Nuys, California
  • Feb 26 Joe Fithian, American actor (Tracey Nash-Please Don't Eat the Daisies), born in Van Nuys, California
  • Feb 26 Greg Germann, American actor, born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 28 Jeanne Mas, French pop singer ("Toute première fois"), and actress, born in Alicante, Spain
  • Mar 3 Miranda Richardson, Southport England, actress (Damage, Crying Game)
  • Mar 4 Patricia Heaton, actress (Debra-Everybody Loves Raymond), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Person of interestAndy Gibb

Mar 5 Andy Gibb, British singer-songwriter, stage performer, and teen idol ("I Just Want to Be Your Everything"), born in Stretford, Lancashire, England (d. 1988)

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb
  • Mar 5 William "Bill" Timoney, American actor, voice actor, director, script writer and producer (Addicted to Love, All My Children), born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Mar 7 Rik Mayall, English comedian & actor (Drop Dead Fred, The Young Ones), born in Epping, Essex, (d. 2014)
  • Mar 9 Martin Fry, British pop singer-songwriter (ABC - "The Look Of Love"; "All of My Heart"), born in Stretford, Lancashire, England
  • Mar 9 Jack Kenny, American television writer and producer (Warehouse 13), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 10 Sharon Stone, American actress (Basic Instinct, Sliver, Casino), born in Meadville, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 11 Anissa Jones, American actress (d. 1976)
  • Mar 15 Laura Carrington, American actress (Louisa-Alphabet City, General Hospital), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 17 Pat Bolland, Canadian Broadcaster

Person of interestHolly Hunter

Mar 20 Holly Hunter, American actress (Broadcast News, The Piano), born in Conyers, Georgia

Actress Holly Hunter
Actress
Holly Hunter
  • Mar 21 Brad Hall, comedian (SNL), born in Santa Barbara, California

Person of interestGary Oldman

Mar 21 Gary Oldman, English actor (Sid & Nancy, The Darkest Hour), born in London, England

Actor and Filmmaker Gary Oldman
Actor and Filmmaker
Gary Oldman
  • Mar 23 Serena Grandi [Fagioli], actress (Miranda), born in Bologna Italy
  • Mar 25 James McDaniel, actor (Arthur Fancy-NYPD Blue), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 28 Curt Hennig, American professional wrestler, born in Robbinsdale, Minnesota (d. 2003)
  • Mar 29 Fiona Reynolds, Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Director-General of the National Trust, born in Alston, Cumbria
  • Mar 29 Victor Salva, American film director (Jeepers Creepers), born in Martinez, California
  • Mar 30 Maurice LaMarche, Canadian voice actor
  • Mar 31 Tony Cox, American actor

Person of interestAlec Baldwin

Apr 3 Alec Baldwin, American actor (Joshua-Knots Landing, Beetlejuice), born in Amityville, New York

  • Apr 3 Jaya Prada, Indian actress (Sargam) and politician, born in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Apr 4 Hrvoje Horvatic, video artist
  • Apr 7 Alexandra Neil, actress (Rose-Guiding Light), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 11 Brynn Hartman, American actress and murderer, born in Thief River Falls, Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • Apr 12 Howard Stableford, English actor and host, born in Preston, Lancashire
  • Apr 14 Mike Hulbert, American golfer, broadcaster (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Elmira, New York
  • Apr 14 John D'Aquino, American actor (seaQuest DSV), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 14 Peter Capaldi, Scottish actor (12th Doctor in Doctor Who, The Thick of It), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 21 Andie MacDowell [Rosalie Anderson], American actress (Sex, Lies and Videotape, Green Card), born in Gaffney, South Carolina
  • Apr 22 Ken Olandt, actor (April Fool's Day, Imposter, Leprechaun)
  • Apr 26 Giancarlo Esposito, American actor (Bob Roberts, School Daze, King of NY), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Apr 28 Nancy Lee Grahn, actress (Santa Barbara)
  • Apr 29 Eve Plumb, actress (Jan-Brady Bunch, I'm Gonna Get You Sucka), born in Burbank, California
  • Apr 29 Michelle Pfeiffer, American actress (Scarface, Batman Returns, Hairspray), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Apr 29 Gary Cohen, American baseball broadcaster, born in Queens, New York
  • Apr 29 Marc Randolph, American entrepreneur and co-founder and ex-CEO of Netflix, born in Chappaqua, New York
  • Apr 30 Charles Berling, French actor, director and screenwriter
  • May 3 Kevin Kilner, American actor (Earth:Final Conflict), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • May 3 Sandi Toksvig, Danish-British comedian and radio presenter (The Great British Baking Show), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • May 6 Lolita Flores, Spanish singer and actress
  • May 12 Beth Maitland, American actress (Traci-Young & Restless), born in Rapid City, South Dakota
  • May 12 Kim Greist, actress (CHUD, Brazil, Payoff, Manhunter), born in Stamford, Connecticut
  • May 13 Frances Barber, Wolverhampton England, actress (Castaway)
  • May 15 Ron Simmons, American professional wrestler
  • May 20 Ronald Prescot Reagan Jr, LA, TV host (Ron Reagon Show) and son of Ronald and Nancy Reagon

Person of interestDrew Carey

May 23 Drew Carey, American actor & comedian (Drew Carey Show), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Actor and Comedian Drew Carey
Actor and Comedian
Drew Carey
  • May 26 Margaret Colin, American actress (Independence Day, Three Men & a Baby), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 27 Linnea Quigley, Davenport Iowa, actress (Night of Demons, Virgin High)

Person of interestAnnette Bening

May 29 Annette Bening, American actress (Grifters, Bugsy, American Beauty), born in Topeka, Kansas

  • May 30 Ted McGinley, actor (Love Boat, MWC, Dynasty), born in Newport Beach, California
  • May 31 Kyle Secor, actor (Tim Bayliss-Homicide), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Jun 2 Lex Lugar [Larry Pfohl], wrestler (WWF/WCW/NWA), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jun 3 Scott Valentine, actor (Nick-Family Ties, My Demon Lover)
  • Jun 4 Julie Gholson, American actress (Where the Lilies Bloom), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jun 7 Christopher Marcantel, actor (Chip-Nurse, Loving), born in Smithtown, New York
  • Jun 8 Keenan Ivory Wayans, American comedian (In Living Color), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 12 Rebecca Holden, American actress and singer (Knight Rider), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jun 17 Daniel McVicar, American actor (Clarke-Bold & Beautiful), born in Independence, Missouri
  • Jun 17 Bobby Farrelly, American film director (Dumb and Dumber), born in Cumberland, Rhode Island
  • Jun 20 Chuck Wagner, actor (Automan), born in Nashville, Tennessee

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 1 American entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. marries Loray White; divorce in 1959

Singer, Actor and TV Host Sammy Davis Jr.
Singer, Actor and TV Host
Sammy Davis Jr.

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 29 Academy Award-winning actor Paul Newman (33) weds "The Three Faces of Eve" actress Joanne Woodward (27) at the El Rancho hotel-casino in Las Vegas

Actor and Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor and Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
Actress Joanne Woodward
Actress
Joanne Woodward

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 15 Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully (30) weds model Joan (not the actress) Crawford in California

Sportscaster Vin Scully
Sportscaster
Vin Scully

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 14 Film director Stanley Kubrick (29) weds actress Christiane Harlan (25)

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
  • May 7 "The Mark of Zorro" actor Tyrone Power (44) weds Debbie Ann Minardos

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 9 Actor Robert Redford (21) weds Lola Van Wagenen in Las Vegas, Nevada

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 22 Film director Sydney Pollack (24) weds actress Claire Bradley Griswold (22)

Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film Director, Producer and Actor
Sydney Pollack

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 26 Model Bettie Page (35) weds Armond Walterson in Florida

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 21 Actress Ingrid Bergman (43) weds producer Lars Schmidt


Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 11 Actress Agnes Moorehead (57) divorces actor and film director Robert Gist (40) after 5 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 13 Edna Purviance, American actress (Charlie Chaplin, Sunnyside), dies at 61
  • Jan 13 Jesse L. Lasky, U.S. film producer (b. 1880)
  • Feb 7 Walter Kingsford, British actor (Carefree, My Favorite Blonde), dies at 76
  • Feb 10 Billy Vine, actor (54th Street Revue), dies at 42
  • Feb 20 Thurston Hall, American actor (Roaming Lady, In Society), dies at 75
  • Mar 8 Josephina "Frieda" Herberich, German actress (Salontiroler), dies at 85
  • Apr 4 Johnny Stompanato, American organized crime figure and abusive partner of actress Lana Turner, stabbed to death by Turner's daughter in self-defence at 32
  • Apr 15 Estelle Taylor, American actress, dies at 64
  • Apr 25 Herman Hickman, American College Football Hall of Fame guard, coach and broadcaster (Army, Yale), dies at 46
  • May 9 Bill Goodwin, American television announcer (Burns & Allen), dies at 47

Person of interestRonald Colman

May 19 Ronald Colman, British actor (Lost Horizon, The Prisoner of Zenda, Phantom Shot), dies at 67

  • May 27 Ainslie Pryor, actor (Adventures of Hiram Holiday), dies at 46

Person of interestRobert Donat

Jun 9 Robert Donat, actor (Citadel, Goodbye Mr Chips, 39 Steps), dies at 53

  • Jun 27 Robert Greig, Australian actor (Sullivan's Travels, Horse Feathers), dies at 78
  • Jul 7 Raymond Hackett, American husband of Blanche Sweet and actor (Faithless Lover), dies at 55
  • Jul 18 John Gobau, Flemish actor (Electricity, Hostage Rights, The Cross-Patch), dies at 67
  • Jul 20 Franklin Pangborn, American actor (My Best Gal, Hats Off, Easy Living), dies at 69
  • Jul 29 Charles O'Malley, actor in silent westerns (Iron Horse), dies at 61
  • Aug 16 Paul Panzer, German-American silent film actor (The Perils of Pauline, Mildred Pierce, Hotel Berlin), dies at 85
  • Sep 26 Carl Brisson, Danish actor (Ship Cafe, Ring, Song of Soho, Murder at the Vanities), dies of jaundice at 64
  • Oct 12 Ed Hinton, actor (Henderson-I Lived 3 Lives), dies at 30
  • Oct 12 Gordon Griffith, American actor (first actor to portray Tarzan on film) and director, dies at 51
  • Oct 15 John Hamilton, American actor (Superman), dies at 61
  • Oct 24 Esther Delterne, Flemish actress/revue-artists, dies at 81
  • Nov 15 Tyrone Power, American actor (The Mark of Zorro), dies of a heart attack at 44
  • Dec 1 Patricia "Boots" Mallory, American dancer and actress (Handle With Care), dies from chronic throat disease at 45
  • Dec 13 Brand Dirck Ochse, Dutch filmmaker and co-founder (Polygoon), dies at 66
  • Dec 13 Tim Moore, American actor (Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 71
  • Dec 21 H. B. Warner, British actor (Sunset Boulevard, The King of Kings), dies at 83