September 1959 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Sep 12 American western series "Bonanza" starring Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, and Michael Landon premieres on NBC-TV

  • Sep 14 WQEX TV channel 16 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film & TV History

Sep 19 Nikita Khrushchev is denied access to Disneyland

The Mummy

Sep 25 Hammer horror film "The Mummy" starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing is first released in the UK

  • Sep 28 "Hennesey" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Philip Marlowe" debuts on ABC-TV

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Sep 1 Kenny Mayne, American sports journalist, broadcaster (ESPN), born in Kent, Washington
  • Sep 3 Merritt Butrick, American actor (Square Pegs), born in Gainesville, Florida (d. 1989)
  • Sep 4 Kevin Harrington, Australian actor, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Sep 8 Daler Nazarov, Tajik composer and actor, born in Stalinabad, Tajik SSR
  • Sep 11 Robert Wrenn, American golfer, sportscaster, course designer (ESPN), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Sep 14 Mary Crosby, American actress (Kristin-Dallas, Ice Pirates), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 18 Mark Romanek, American filmmaker (One Hour Photo), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 21 David Coulier, American actor (Joey Gladstone-Full House), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 23 Jason Alexander [Greenspan], American actor (George Costanza-Seinfeld), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Sep 24 Steve Whitmire, American voice actor and puppeteer (Kermit the Frog 1990-2016), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sep 28 Steve Hytner, American actor (Seinfield), born in Long Island, New York
  • Sep 29 Leslie Graves, American actress (Brenda-Capitol, Death Wish 2), born in Silver City, New Mexico (d. 1995)

Weddings in Film & TV

Rod Steiger

Sep 19 Academy award-winning actor Rod Steiger (34) weds stage and film actress Claire Bloom (28) in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Sep 6 Edmund Gwenn, English actor (Miracle on 34th Street), dies at 81
  • Sep 6 Kay Kendall [Justine McCarthy], British actress (Genevieve, The Constant Husband, Les Girls), dies of leukemia at 32
  • Sep 11 Paul Douglas, American actor (Adventure Theater; Clash by Night), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • Sep 14 Wayne Morris, American actor and decorated WWII pilot (Paths of Glory, The Bushwackers), dies from a heart attack at 45
  • Sep 20 Olin Howland, American actor (Gone With The Wind; Them!; Circus Boy), dies at 73
  • Sep 22 Jane Winton, American actress (Hell's Angel, Patsy, Don Juan), dies at 53
  • Sep 25 Helen Broderick, American comedienne and actress (Swing Time; Top Hat), dies at 68
  • Sep 28 Gerard Hoffnung, German-British artist, humorist and tuba player (Hoffnung Music Festival), dies at 34
  • Sep 29 Harold Huber [Huberman], American radio, stage, a,d screen actor (I Cover Times Square), dies at 49
  • Sep 30 Taylor Holmes, American actor (Sleeping Beauty, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 81