On This Day

April 1959 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Academy 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

Emma 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 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 (Shaun) "Sean" Bean, English actor (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy; Game of Thrones), born in Handsworth, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • 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)

Paul 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

Marlon Brando

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, American silent screen actor & director (In Old Ariz), dies at 70