On This Day

December 1959 in Film & Television

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Wally Lewis, Australian rugby league five eighth, coach and broadcaster (34 Tests; Queensland 38 games; RL Immortal), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Dec 2 Gywneth Strong, English actress (Cassandra-Only Fools and Horses), born in London
  • Dec 3 Eamonn Holmes, Northern Irish TV presenter
  • Dec 5 Connie Needham Newton, American actress (Eight is Enough, Fame), born in Anaheim, California
  • Dec 10 Burke Moses, American actor (Sean Baxter-As the World Turns), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 11 Tina Gayle, American cowboy cheerleader and actress (Kathy-Chips), born in Frankfurt
  • Dec 13 John Whitaker, American actor (Family Affair, Snowball Expr), born in Van Nuys, California
  • Dec 13 Marianne Gravatte, American model and Playboy playmate (Oct, 1982, 1983 Playmate of the Year), born in Hollywood, California
  • Dec 13 Boris Zhukov [Jim Harrell], American professional wrestler, born in Roanoke, Virginia
  • Dec 15 Heidi Bohay, American actress (Megan-Hotel), born in Somerset, New Jersey
  • Dec 16 Alison La Placa, NJ, actress (Duet, Catherine-John Larroquette Show)
  • Dec 24 Anil Kapoor, Indian producer and actor (Slumdog Millionaire, Taal, Maulana Jutt, Tezaab, Beta), born in Bombay, India

Lee Daniels

Dec 24 Lee Daniels, American director ("Precious", "Empire"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Dec 26 Koji Morimoto, Japanese anime director, born in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan
  • Dec 28 Phil Abrams, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 29 Paula Poundstone, American stand-up comedian (Emmy Awards), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Dec 29 Patricia Clarkson, American actress (House Of Cards; Pieces Of April; The Station Agent), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 30 Tracey Ullman, British actress (The Tracey Ullman Show) and singer ("They Don't Know"), born in Slough, England
  • Dec 30 Alfie Anido, Filipino model and actor (Temptation Island), born in Calamba, Laguna, Philippines (d. 1981)
  • Dec 31 Bebe Neuwirth, American stage and screen actress (Chicago; Cheers & Fraser - "Lilith"; Damn Yankees), born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • Dec 31 Val Kilmer, American actor (Top Secret; Top Gun; Willow), born in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 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, American actor (Growing Paynes), dies at 65