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 8 Paul Rutherford, British rock vocalist (Frankie Goes to Hollywood - "Relax"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 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, Somerset NJ, actress (Megan-Hotel)
  • 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

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

Director Lee Daniels
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Lee Daniels
  • 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 30 Tracey Ullman, British actress (The Tracey Ullman Show) and singer ("They Don't Know"), born in Slough, England
  • Dec 31 Bebe Neuwirth, American actress (Lilith in Cheers, Damn Yankees), born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • Dec 31 Val Kilmer, American actor (Top Secret, Top Gun, Willow), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 31 Alfie Anido, Filipino actor, born in Calamba, Laguna, Philippines (d. 1981)

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