On This Day

April 1959 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

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

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 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

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, born in Guangdong, China
  • Apr 15 Thomas F. Wilson, American actor, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 17 Elizabeth Lindsey, Polynesian actress (China Beach), born in Oahu, Hawaii
  • Apr 17 Stephen Singleton, English rocker (ABC), born in Sheffield, England
  • 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 (Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train), born in Lyon, France
  • 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

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartPerson of Interest

Apr 22 Actor Marlon Brando and actress Anna Kashfi divorce


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 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