On This Day

March 1959 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Emmy Awards

Mar 6 11th Emmy Awards: Playhouse 90, Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr win

  • Mar 8 KUAT TV channel 6 in Tucson, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 15 WILX TV channel 10 in Lansing, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting

Film Release

Mar 29 "Some Like It Hot", directed by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, is released in NYC

  • Mar 30 WNED TV channel 17 in Buffalo, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Mar 5 David Fury, American television writer and producer
  • Mar 6 Thomas "Tom" Arnold, American actor (Tom, True Lies) and former husband of actress Rosanne Barr, born in Iowa
  • Mar 7 Donna Murphy, American musical theatre actress (The King and I), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 8 Aidan Quinn, American actor (Desperately Seeking Susan, Elementary), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • Mar 8 Lester Holt, American journalist and news anchor (NBC Nightly News, 2015-present), born in Hamilton Air Force Base, California
  • Mar 9 Kato Kaelin, American actor (Beach Fever), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Mar 9 Lonny Price, American actor (Muppets Take Manhattan), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 14 Tamara Tunie, American actress
  • Mar 15 Renny Harlin, Finnish film director

Flavor Flav

Mar 16 Flavor Flav [William Drayton Jr], American rapper and reality TV star (Public Enemy), born in Roosevelt, New York

  • Mar 17 Christian Clemenson, American actor (Boston Leagal; CSI:Miami), born in Humboldt, Iowa
  • Mar 18 Irene Cara [Escalera], American Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter ("Fame"; Flashdance...What A Feeling"), and actress (Fame: D.C. Cab), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Mar 19 Shelley Burch, actress (One Life to Live, Identity Crisis), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Mar 20 Steve McFadden, British actor
  • Mar 20 Sting [Steve Borden], American professional wrestler, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Mar 22 Matthew Modine, American actor (Full Metal Jacket), born in Loma Linda, California
  • Mar 22 Carlton Cuse, Mexican-born American TV writer and executive
  • Mar 23 Catherine Keener, American actress (Captain Philips, Get Out), born in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 23 Philippe Volter, Belgian actor (d. 2005)
  • Mar 26 Chris Hansen, American reporter and correspondent (Dateline NBC: To Catch A Predator, 2004-07), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 28 Todd Curtis, American actor (Capitol, Skip-Young & Restless), born in Detroit, Michigan

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Mar 2 Eric Blore, British actor (Great Gatsby, Bowery to Baghdad, Abie's Irish Rose, Love Happy), dies at 70

Lou Costello

Mar 3 Lou Costello, American comedian and actor (The Abbott and Costello Show), dies from a heart attack at 52

  • Mar 6 Fred Stone, renowned American circus performer and broadway actor (Alice Adams), dies at 85
  • Mar 26 Raymond Chandler, British-American mystery writer novelist and screenwriter (Farewell My Lovely; The Long Goodbye; The Big Sleep), dies at 71
  • Mar 27 Grant Withers, American actor (Rio Grande, Oklahoma, Annie), commits suicide with sleeping pills at 54