On This Day

November 1959 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Nov 8 KJTV (now KGET) TV channel 17 in Bakersfield, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 10 Corinne Rottschaeffer of the Netherlands elected Miss World

Film Premier

Nov 18 "Ben-Hur" directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston premieres in New York City (Academy Awards Best Picture 1960)

Actor Charlton Heston
Actor
Charlton Heston
Film Director William Wyler
Film Director
William Wyler
  • Nov 19 "Rocky & His Friends" debuts on ABC
  • Nov 20 WABC fires Alan Freed over payola scandal

Music History

Nov 21 Jack Benny (violin) & Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
Comedian Jack Benny
Comedian
Jack Benny
  • Nov 28 KOMC (now KSNK) TV channel 8 in McCook - Oberlin, NB (NBC) begins

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Nov 2 Peter Mullan, Scottish actor and filmmaker (The Magdalene Sisters), born in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • Nov 2 Mark May, American College Football Hall of Fame guard and broadcaster (Super Bowl 1982, 87; Washington Redskins), born in Oneonta, NY
  • Nov 3 (Hans) "Dolph" Lundgren, Swedish actor (Rocky 4; Masters of Universe: The Expendables), martial artist, and film maker, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Nov 3 Timothy Patrick Murphy, American actor (Dallas; Glitter), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Nov 3 Hal Hartley, American film director and screenwriter (Henry Fool), born in Lindenhurst, Long Island, New York
  • Nov 8 Chi Chi LaRue [Larry David Paciotti], American gay alternative film director and drag queen, born in Hibbing, Minnesota
  • Nov 9 Tony Slattery, British actor and comedian (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), born in Stonebridge, London
  • Nov 10 MacKenzie Phillips, American actress (Julie-1 Day at a Time), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Nov 10 Linda Cohn, American sportscaster (ESPN's SportsCenter), born in Long Island, New York
  • Nov 11 Vincent Irizarry, American actor (Guiding Light, Santa Barbara), born in Queens, New York
  • Nov 14 Paul McGann, English actor (Eighth Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Liverpool, Lancashire
  • Nov 17 William R. Moses, American actor (Cole-Falcon Crest), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 19 Allison Janney, American actress (The West Wing, I Tonya), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Nov 20 Sean Young, American actress (Dune, Blade Runner), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Nov 23 Maxwell Caulfield, English actor (Miles-The Colbys), born in Derbyshire, England
  • Nov 23 Dominique Dunne, American actress (d. 1982)
  • Nov 26 Jamie Rose, American actress (St Elsewhere, Falcon Crest), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 28 Judd Nelson, actor (Breakfast Club, Jack-Suddenly Susan), born in Portland, Maine

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Nov 10 Lupino Lane, English actor (Deputy Drummer), dies at 67
  • Nov 14 Thomas W Ross, American actor (Without Limit, Kings Row, 17, Mortal Storm), dies at 84
  • Nov 18 Arthur Q Bryan, American voice actor, comedian and radio personality (Beulah, The Devil Bat), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • Nov 19 Gerard J Arbous, actor/publicist (Bohemian Amsterdam), dies at 83
  • Nov 25 Jean Grémillon, French film director, dies at 58
  • Nov 27 Gérard Philipe, French actor (Caligula, Devil in the Flesh), dies of cancer at 36
  • Nov 28 Lester Vail, American actor (Dance Fools Dance, Consolation Marriage), dies at 60