On This Day

July 1959 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • 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

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 18 "The Nun's Story" based on the novel by Kathryn Hulme, starring Audrey Hepburn premieres in Los Angeles

Film PremierThe Worst Movie Ever

Jul 22 Ed Wood's cult classic "Plan 9 From Outer Space", called one of the worse films ever, premieres

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Poster for Ed Wood's cult film Plan 9 from Outer Space
Poster for Ed Wood's cult film Plan 9 from Outer Space
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  • Jul 24 500,000th Dutch TV set registered

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jul 3 Andreas Wisniewski, German actor (The Living Daylights), born in Berlin
  • Jul 4 Victoria Abril [Rojas], Spanish actress (Libertarias), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Jul 7 Jessica Hahn, American model (playboy) and actress, accused evangelist Jim Bakker of rape, born in Massapequa, New York
  • Jul 7 Billy Campbell [William Oliver], American actor (Once and Again, Dracula), born in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Jul 8 Robert Knepper, American actor
  • Jul 9 Kevin Nash, American professional wrestler, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 13 Danitra Vance, comedienne (SNL, Little Man Tate, Limit Up)
  • Jul 15 Vincent Lindon, French actor
  • Jul 18 Pauline Quirke, British actress (Birds of a Feather), born in London, England
  • Jul 19 Terri Treas, American actress (Hannah-7 Brides for 7 Brothers), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Jul 23 Nancy Savoca, American filmmaker (True Love), born in Bronx, New York

Person of interestKevin Spacey

Jul 26 Kevin Spacey, American actor (American Beauty, House of Cards), born in South Orange, New Jersey

  • Jul 29 Gary Springer, American actor (Bernice Bobs Her Hair), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 29 Sanjay Dutt, Indian actor

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

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


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jul 20 Harry Fox [Arthur Carringford], American vaudeville dancer, comedian and actor (Talent Scout), dies at 77