1959 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 "Rawhide" with Clint Eastwood premieres on CBS TV

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
  • Jan 12 KOED TV channel 11 in Tulsa, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 24 Dmitri Shostakovich's comedy "Cheryomushk" premieres in Moscow

  • Jan 24 WHCT TV channel 18 in Hartford, CT (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 26 KOKH TV channel 25 in Oklahoma City, OK (IND/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 29 Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" released
  • Feb 1 WVUE TV channel 8 in New Orleans, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 23 KVIE TV channel 6 in Sacramento-Stockton, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 5 16th Golden Globes: "The Defiant Ones", David Niven, & Susan Hayward win

  • Mar 6 11th Emmy Awards: Playhouse 90, Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr win
  • Mar 8 KUAT TV channel 6 in Tucson, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 15 WILX TV channel 10 in Lansing, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Mar 29 "Some Like It Hot", directed by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, is released in NYC

Actor Jack Lemmon
Actor
Jack Lemmon
Actress Marilyn Monroe
Actress
Marilyn Monroe
Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder
  • Mar 30 WNED TV channel 17 in Buffalo, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 6 31st Academy Awards: "Gigi", Susan Hayward & David Niven win
  • Apr 14 KDIN TV channel 11 in Des Moines, IA (PBS) begins broadcasting

  • Apr 24 WICD TV channel 15 in Champaign, IL (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28 KLOE TV channel 10 in Goodland, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28 KPLR TV channel 11 in Saint Louis, MO (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28 6th National Film Awards (India): "Sagar Sangamey" wins the Golden Lotus
  • May 4 "The 400 Blows", French film directed by François Truffaut, starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, is released
  • May 13 Kraft Music Hall with Milton Berle last airs on NBC-TV
  • May 15 12th Cannes Film Festival: "Black Orpheus" directed by Marcel Camus wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 16 WTOM TV channel 4 in Cheboygan, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 13 "Sammy Kaye Show" last airs on ABC-TV
  • Jun 18 New York City premiere of the film version of Kathryn Hulme's "The Nun's Story"
  • Jun 26 9th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Cousins" wins Golden Bear
  • Jul 1 WVTV TV channel 18 in Milwaukee, WI (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 6 WENH TV channel 11 in Durham, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 12 NBC uses cameras to show catchers signals during Yankee-Red Sox game

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 17 "North by Northwest" directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint premieres in Los Angeles

  • Jul 18 "The Nun's Story" based on the novel by Kathryn Hulme, starring Audrey Hepburn premieres in Los Angeles
  • Jul 22 Ed Wood's cult classic "Plan 9 From Outer Space", called one of the worse films ever, premieres
  • Jul 24 500,000th Dutch TV set registered
  • Aug 1 WAAY TV channel 31 in Huntsville, AL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 23 20th Venice Film Festival: "The Great War" directed by Mario Monicelli and "General della Rovere" directed by Roberto Rossellini jointly awarded Golden Lion
  • Sep 12 "Bonanza" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Sep 14 WQEX TV channel 16 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 19 Nikita Khrushchev is denied access to Disneyland

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Sep 28 "Hennesey" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Philip Marlowe" debuts on ABC-TV
  • Oct 2 Rod Serling's "Twilight Zone" premieres on CBS-TV

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 7 "Pillow Talk" film directed by Michael Gordon and starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson is first released

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • Oct 11 KTHI TV channel 11 in Fargo-Grand Forks, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 14 WMUB (now WPTO) TV channel 14 in Oxford, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 15 KNDO TV channel 23 in Yakima, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 20 WABG TV channel 6 in Greenwood-Greenville, MS (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 8 KJTV (now KGET) TV channel 17 in Bakersfield, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 10 Corinne Rottschaeffer of the Netherlands elected Miss World

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 18 "Ben-Hur" directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston premieres in New York City (Academy Awards Best Picture 1960)

  • Nov 19 "Rocky & His Friends" debuts on ABC
  • Nov 20 WABC fires Alan Freed over payola scandal
  • Nov 28 KOMC (now KSNK) TV channel 8 in McCook - Oberlin, NB (NBC) begins

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 193

  • Jan 4 Denise Matthews "Vanity", singer (Prince protege) and actress (52 Pick Up), born in Niagara Falls, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • Jan 10 Fran Walsh, New Zealand screenwriter
  • Jan 14 Susan Smith, Beloit WISC, playmate (Sept, 1981)
  • Jan 17 Susanna Hoffs, actress/rocker (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian)
  • Jan 17 Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese singer and actress
  • Jan 22 Linda Blair, American actress (Exorcist, Chained Heat, Savage St), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 23 Tyrone Power Jr, American actor (Shag), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 24 James Roderick Moir (alias Vic Reeves), English comedian
  • Jan 27 Patti Cohoon, actress (Molly-Here Come the Brides), born in Whittier, California
  • Jan 28 Frank Darabont, American filmmaker
  • Jan 31 Kelly Lynch, American actress (Drugstore Cowboy), born in Golden Walley Minnesota
  • Jan 31 Anthony LaPaglia, Australian actor (Criminal Justice, Without a Trace), born in Adelaide
  • Feb 3 Thomas Calabro, American actor (Michael Mancini-Melrose Place), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 8 Pamela Jean Bryant,playmate (April, 1978), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Feb 10 Tonga Fifita [Tonga 'Uli'uli Fifita], Tongan wrestler (WCW/WAR/WWF, Ming, Haku, Islanders), born in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
  • Feb 12 Sigrid Thornton, Australian actress (Amelia Lawson-Guns of Paradise), born in Canberra, Australia
  • Feb 15 Hugo Savinovich, Ecuadorian sports commentator and wrestler, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Feb 22 Kyle MacLachlan, American actor (Blue Velvet, Dune, Twin Peaks), born in Yakima, Washington
  • Feb 22 Susan Benjamin, actress (Tracy-Accidental Family)
  • Feb 24 Beth Broderick, Falmouth KY, actress (Aunt Zelda-Sabrina)
  • Feb 25 Carl Marotte, Canadian actor
  • Mar 5 David Fury, American television writer and producer
  • Mar 6 Thomas "Tom" Arnold, American actor (Tom, True Lies) and former husband of actress Rosanne Barr, born in Iowa
  • Mar 7 Donna Murphy, American actress
  • Mar 8 Aidan Quinn, actor (Avalon, Desperately Seeking Susan, Mission)
  • Mar 9 Kato Kaelin, American actor (Beach Fever), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Mar 9 Lonny Price, American actor (Muppets Take Manhattan), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 14 Tamara Tunie, American actress
  • Mar 15 Renny Harlin, Finnish film director

Person of interestFlavor Flav

Mar 16 Flavor Flav [William Drayton Jr], American rapper and reality TV star, born in Roosevelt, New York

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav
  • Mar 17 Christian Clemenson, American actor
  • Mar 18 Irene Cara, Bronx actress/singer (Fame, DC Cab, Certain Fury), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 19 Shelley Burch, actress (One Life to Live, Identity Crisis), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Mar 20 Steve McFadden, British actor
  • Mar 20 Sting [Steve Borden], American professional wrestler, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Mar 22 Matthew Modine, Loma Linda Cal, actor (Full Metal Jacket)
  • Mar 22 Carlton Cuse, Mexican-born American TV writer and executive
  • Mar 23 Catherine Keener, American actress (Captain Philips, Get Out), born in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 23 Philippe Volter, Belgian actor (d. 2005)
  • Mar 28 Todd Curtis, American actor (Capitol, Skip-Young & Restless), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 2 Yves Lavandier, French film writer and director, born in France
  • Apr 3 David Hyde Pierce, American actor (Niles Crane-Fraiser), born in Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Apr 12 Elissa Leeds, American actress (Cissy-Dorothy), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 13 Vicki Witt Lansing MI, playmate (Aug, 1978)

Person of interestEmma Thompson

Apr 15 Emma Thompson, British actress (Henry V, Howards End, Oscar 1992), born in London, England

Actress Emma Thompson
Actress
Emma Thompson
  • Apr 15 Fruit Chan, Hong Kong film director
  • Apr 15 Thomas F. Wilson, American actor
  • Apr 17 Elizabeth Lindsey, actress (China Beach)
  • Apr 17 Stephen Singleton, Sheffield, rocker (ABC)
  • Apr 17 Teri Austin, Canadian actress (Terminal Choice, Knots Landing), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 17 Sean Bean, English actor (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, A Game of Thrones)
  • Apr 20 Clint Howard, American actor (Gentle Ben), born in Burbank, California
  • Apr 22 Ryan Stiles, American actor (Lewis-Drew Carey Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Apr 25 Dominique Blanc, French actress
  • Apr 30 Kamaran Abdalla, Iraq/Engl/Neth actor (Goede Tijden Selechte Tijden)

Person of interestPaul Gross

Apr 30 Paul Gross, Canadian actor (Constable Benton Fraser - Due South), director, and writer (Passchendaele), born in Calgary, Alberta

Actor and Director Paul Gross
Actor and Director
Paul Gross
  • May 2 Alan Best, Canadian animation director and producer, born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • May 3 Ben Elton, English actor and comedian (Blackadder Back & Forth, Friday Night Live), born in Fitzrovia, London
  • May 4 Scott Armstrong, American professional wrestling referee, born in Marietta, Georgia
  • May 5 Brian Phelps, American disk jockey and actor
  • May 6 Kate Collins, actress (Natalie Hunter-All My Children), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 7 Michael E. Knight, America actor (All My Children), born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • May 7 Barbara Yung Mei-ling, Hong Kong actress, born in Hong Kong (d. 1985)
  • May 11 Martha Quinn, MTV VJ (Tracey-Bradys), born in Albany, New York
  • May 12 Ving Rhames [Irving Rameses Rhames], American actor (Mission Impossible), born in New York City
  • May 14 Connie Brighton, playmate (Sept, 1982), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • May 14 Patrick Bruel, Algerian/French actor/rock vocalist (Coup of Sirocco)
  • May 16 Mare Winningham, actress (St Elmo's Fire, Turner & Hooch), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • May 17 Jim Nantz, American broadcaster
  • May 20 Bronson Pinchot, American actor (Perfect Strangers, Beverly Hills Cop), born in NYC, New York
  • May 21 Nick Cassavetes, American actor and director (The Notebook), born in NYC, New York
  • May 22 Ed Fry, actor (Larry-As the World Turns, Adam Cory-Another World)
  • May 23 Linden Ashby, actor (Mortal Kombat)
  • May 23 Robert "Bob" Mortimer, British comedian, podcast presenter, and actor, born in Acklam, England
  • May 25 Cathryn Harrison, actress (Old Woman in Black Moon), born in London, England
  • May 25 Julian Clary, British television personality
  • May 26 Ole Bornedal, Danish film director, actor and producer
  • May 29 Rupert Everett, British actor (Princess Daisy, Another Country)
  • May 29 Tamayo Otsuki, actress (Mrs Yamagami-Davis Rules)
  • Jun 6 Amanda Pays, actress (Max Headroom, Off Limits), born in London, England
  • Jun 6 Colin Quinn, American comedian
  • Jun 6 David Schultz, American wrestler (d. 1996)
  • Jun 6 Josie Lawrence, British comedian and actress (Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Eastenders, Humans), born in Staffordshire, England
  • Jun 10 Timothy Van Patten, American actor (White Shadow, Master), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestHugh Laurie

Jun 11 Hugh Laurie, English actor (Strapless, Dr Gregory House-House), born in Oxford, England

  • Jun 12 Jenilee Harrison, American actress (Cindy-3's Company, Dallas), born in Glendale, California
  • Jun 12 Kenneth Herdigein, Surinamese-Dutch actor (Say A), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Jun 12 Scott Thompson, Canadian comedian (The Kids in the Hall, Larry Sanders Show), born in North Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • Jun 15 Eileen Davidson, Artesia California, actress (Kristen-Days of our Life)
  • Jun 16 The Ultimate Warrior [James Brian Hellwig], professional wrestler, born in Crawfordsville, Indiana (d. 2014)
  • Jun 22 Wayne Federman, American comedian
  • Jun 25 Paris Themmen, American actor (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - Mike Teevee), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 26 Mark McKinney, Canadian comedian and actor (The Kids in the Hall), born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Person of interestJanusz Kamiński

Jun 27 Janusz Kamiński, Polish cinematographer (Schindler's List), born in Ziębice, Poland

Cinematographer Janusz Kamiński
Cinematographer
Janusz Kamiński
  • Jun 30 Gina Goldberg, playmate (May, 1981)
  • Jun 30 Vincent D'Onofrio, American actor
  • Jul 3 Andreas Wisniewski, Berlin German FR, actor (Living Daylights)
  • Jul 4 Victoria Abril [Rojas], Spanish actress (Libertarias), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Jul 5 Patricia Pease Jeffers, NC, actress (Kimberly-Days of our Life)
  • Jul 7 Jessica Hahn, evangelist rape victim/model (playboy)/actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

May 8 Actress Raquel Welch (18) weds high school sweetheart James Welch

Actress Raquel Welch
Actress
Raquel Welch

HeartWedding of Interest

May 12 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's (27) marries for the 4th time to entertainer Eddie Fisher (30)

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 18 Actress Louise Fletcher (25) weds producer Jerry Bick (36)

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 19 Academy award winning actor Rod Steiger (34) weds stage and film actress Claire Bloom (28) in Los Angeles, California


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 21 Carl Switzer, American actor (Our Gang, Beginner's Luck, General Spanky), shot by an acquaintance at 31

Person of interestCecil B. DeMille

Jan 21 Cecil B. DeMille, American filmmaker (The Ten Commandments, Samson and Delilah), dies of heart failure at 77

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • Jan 22 A J Else Mauhs, German/Dutch actress (Hamlet, Nora), dies at 73
  • Feb 1 Madame Sul-To-Wan, [Conley], actress (Birth of a Nation), dies at 85
  • Feb 4 Una O'Connor, actress (Banjo, Invisible Man), dies at 78
  • Feb 5 Gwili Andre, actress (No Other Woman, Roar of the Dragon), dies
  • Feb 17 Kathryn Adams, actress (Meet the Chump, 5th Avenue Girl), dies
  • Feb 22 Helen Parrish, American actress (Hour Glass, Three Smart Girls Grow Up), dies of cancer at 35
  • Mar 2 Eric Blore, British actor (Great Gatsby, Bowery to Baghdad, Abie's Irish Rose, Love Happy), dies at 70

Person of interestLou Costello

Mar 3 Lou Costello, American comedian and actor (The Abbott and Costello Show), dies from a heart attack at 52

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
  • Mar 6 Fred Stone, renowned American circus performer and broadway actor (Alice Adams), dies at 85
  • Mar 27 Grant Withers, American actor (Rio Grande, Oklahoma, Annie), commits suicide with sleeping pills at 54
  • Apr 2 Benjamin Christensen, Danish actor (Barnet, Mockery) and film director (Häxan), dies at 79
  • Apr 12 James Gleason, American writer and actor (Bishop's Wife, Flying Fool), dies at 76
  • Apr 16 Charles Halton, British stage actor (Dr Cyclops, Tugboat Annie Sails Again), dies at 83
  • Apr 18 Irving Cummings Sr, American silent screen actor and director (In Old Ariz), dies at 70
  • May 16 Joe Cook, Stage comedian, dies at 69
  • May 26 Joe Kelly, TV host (Quiz Kids), dies at 57

Person of interestGeorge Reeves

Jun 16 George Reeves, actor (Superman, Gone with the Wind), commits suicide by shooting himself in the head at 45

  • Jun 18 Ethel Barrymore [Blythe], American actress (None but the Lonely Heart), dies at 79
  • Jul 20 Harry Fox [Arthur Carringford], American vaudeville dancer, comedian and actor (Talent Scout), dies at 77
  • Aug 6 Preston Sturges [Edmund Biden], American director and screenwriter (Sullivan's Travels), dies at 60
  • Aug 13 Henri Garat, French actor (Valse royale, Congress Dances), dies at 57
  • Aug 31 Charles Delaney, American actor (Air Police, Lonesome Trail), dies at 67
  • Sep 6 Edmund Gwenn, English actor (Miracle on 34th Street), dies at 81
  • Sep 6 Kay Kendall [Justine McCarthy], British actress (Genevieve, The Constant Husband, Les Girls), dies of leukaemia at 32
  • Sep 11 Paul Douglas, American actor (Adventure Theater, Clash by Night), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • Sep 14 Wayne Morris, American actor and decorated WWII pilot (Paths of Glory, The Bushwackers), dies from a heart attack at 45
  • Sep 20 Olin Howlin, American actor (Gone with the Wind, Them!, Circus Boy), dies at 73
  • Sep 22 Jane Winton, actress (Hell's Angel, Patsy, Don Juan), dies at 53
  • Sep 25 Helen Broderick, comedienne/actress (Swing Time, Top Hat), dies
  • Sep 28 Gerard Hoffnung, German-born British artist/humorist/musician, dies at 34
  • Sep 29 Harold Huber, actor (I Cover Times Square), dies at 49
  • Sep 30 Taylor Holmes, American actor (Sleeping Beauty, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 81
  • Oct 3 William Bishop, American actor (Black Eagle, Adventures in Silverado, It's a Great Life), dies of cancer at 42
  • Oct 7 Mario Lanza [Alfredo Arnold Cocozza], Italian-American actor and singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans), dies of a heart attack at 38
  • Oct 14 Errol Flynn, Australian actor (Captain Blood, Robin Hood), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • Oct 20 Werner Krauss, German actor (Joyless Street), dies at 75 (b. 1884)
  • Oct 23 Gerda Lundequist, Swedish actress (b. 1871)
  • Oct 25 Bob Murphy, TV host (RFD America), dies at 42

Person of interestVictor McLaglen

Nov 7 Victor McLaglen, actor (Gunga Din), dies of heart attack at 72

  • Nov 10 Lupino Lane, English actor (Deputy Drummer), dies at 67
  • Nov 14 Thomas W Ross, American actor (Without Limit, Kings Row, 17, Mortal Storm), dies at 84
  • Nov 18 Arthur Q Bryan, American voice actor, comedian and radio personality (Beulah, The Devil Bat), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • Nov 19 Gerard J Arbous, actor/publicist (Bohemian Amsterdam), dies at 83
  • Nov 25 Jean Grémillon, French film director, dies at 58
  • Nov 27 Gérard Philipe, French actor (Caligula, Devil in the Flesh), dies of cancer at 36
  • Nov 28 Lester Vail, American actor (Dance Fools Dance, Consolation Marriage), dies at 60
  • Dec 6 Len Doyle, actor (Harrington-Mr District Attorney), dies at 66
  • Dec 7 Charlie Hall, English comedic actor (Tit for Tat, A Chump at Oxford), dies at 60
  • Dec 10 Henri Vidal, French actor (Fabiola), dies of a heart attack at 40
  • Dec 12 Russell Simpson, American actor (San Francisco, Abraham Lincoln), dies at 82
  • Dec 22 Gilda Gray, actress (Piccadilly), dies of heart attack at 60
  • Dec 23 Lester Lonergan Jr, actor (Growing Paynes), dies at 65