1960 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 28 "The Goon Show"'s final episode on BBC radio

Comedian and author Spike Milligan
Comedian and author
Spike Milligan

Film release premierFilm Premier

Feb 3 "La Dolce Vita" directed by Federico Fellini and starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg has its film premiere in Italy

Actress Anita Ekberg
Actress
Anita Ekberg
Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • Feb 11 Jack Paar walks off his TV show
  • Feb 19 Bil Keane's "Family Circus" cartoon strip debuts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 26 Vera Miles stars in the famous "Mirror Image" episode of the classic CBS television series "The Twilight Zone"

Actress Vera Miles
Actress
Vera Miles
  • Feb 29 KRET TV channel 23 in Richardson, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 10 17th Golden Globes: "Ben-Hur", Anthony Franciosa, & Elizabeth Taylor win

  • Mar 17 WSLA (now WAKA) TV channel 8 in Selma, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 17 One of the first French New Wave films, "Breathless", directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg is released in France
  • Apr 2 KPEC TV channel 56 in Lakewood Center-Tacoma, WA (PBS) 1st broadcast

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 4 32nd Academy Awards: "Ben-Hur", Charlton Heston & Simone Signoret win

  • Apr 28 WIPM TV channel 3 in Mayaguez, PR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 1 7th National Film Awards (India): "Apur Sansar" wins the Golden Lotus
  • May 3 Musical "Fantasticks" by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, premieres in NYC (world's longest running musical)
  • May 13 WOLE TV channel 12 in Aguadillo, PR
  • May 15 KHVO TV channel 13 in Hilo, HI (ABC) begins broadcasting

  • May 15 "L'Avventura", Italian film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, starring Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti. premieres at Cannes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 20 13th Cannes Film Festival: "The Sweet Life" directed by Federico Fellini wins the Palme d'Or

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • May 23 WGTV TV channel 8 in Athens-Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 23 WRCA radio changes call letters back to WNBC (NYC)
  • Jun 1 WDTV TV channel 5 in Clarksburg-Weston, WV (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 2 Broadway theaters close (labor dispute between owners & Actors Equity)
  • Jun 5 "George Gobel Show" last airs on CBS-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 6 "Steve Allen Show" last airs on NBC-TV

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Jun 9 ABC and AFL sign a 5 year contract
  • Jun 12 KORN (now KDLT) TV channel 5 in Mitchell-Sioux Falls, SD (ABC) begins

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 15 "The Apartment" directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1961)

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 16 "Psycho", psychological horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, and Vera Miles, opens in New York City

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Jun 20 12th Emmy Awards: Playhouse 90, Robert Stack & Jane Wyatt win

Actress Jane Wyatt
Actress
Jane Wyatt
  • Jun 23 "The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom" last airs on ABC-TV
  • Jun 24 10th Berlin International Film Festival: "El Lazarillo de Tormes" wins Golden Bear
  • Jul 12 XEWT TV channel 12 in Tijuana-San Diego, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 31 KSOO (now KSFY) TV channel 13 in Sioux Falls, SD (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Aug 10 Los Angeles premiere of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh
  • Aug 24 21st Venice Film Festival: "Tomorrow Is My Turn" directed by Andre Cayatte wins Golden Lion

Film release premierFilm Release

Sep 8 Nationwide release (US) of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh

  • Sep 14 KERA TV channel 13 in Dallas, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 20 WFSU TV channel 11 in Tallahassee, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 28 "Millionaire" last airs on CBS-TV
  • Sep 28 "Queen For A Day" moves to ABC-TV
  • Sep 29 "Johnny Ringo" TV Western Drama; last airs on CBS-TV

  • Sep 29 "My Three Sons" starring Fred MacMurray, debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 29 "Outlaws" TV Western Drama; debuts on NBC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 30 "The Flintstones" the first animated sitcom created by Hanna-Barbera premieres on ABC in the US

Animator Joseph Barbera
Animator
Joseph Barbera
Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
  • Oct 1 KCBY TV channel 11 in Coos Bay, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 3 "Flair" (CBS' answer to Monitor) premieres on radio with Dick Van Dyke
  • Oct 3 US sitcom "The Andy Griffith Show" premieres in CBS (runs till 1968)
  • Oct 5 KEYC TV channel 12 in Mankato, MN (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 6 "Spartacus", directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier, premieres in NYC

  • Oct 7 TV series "Route 66" premieres on CBS
  • Oct 10 WGTE TV channel 30 in Toledo, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 12 Japanese politician Inejiro Asanuma is assassinated with a sword during a televised debate live on TV by 17-year old nationalist Otoya Yamaguchi
  • Oct 13 Third presidential debate with Nixon in Hollywood & Kennedy in NY
  • Oct 19 KWCS (now KOOG) TV channel 30 in Ogden, UT (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 7 KNRR TV channel 12 in Pembina, ND (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 13 Fire in movie theater kills 152 children in Amude, Spain
  • Nov 23 Tinseltown dedicated its Walk of Fame at Hollywood Blvd & Vine St
  • Nov 25 "Amos 'n' Andy" made its last broadcast on CBS radio
  • Nov 25 CBS ends last 4 radio soap operas (Ma Perkins, Right to Happiness, Young Dr Malone & 2nd Mrs Burton) & cancels 4 other series
  • Nov 27 CBS radio cancels "Have Gun Will Travel"
  • Nov 28 CBS radio expands hourly news coverage from 5 to 10 minutes
  • Dec 9 1st broadcast of "Coronation Street" on British ITV

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 11 Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Wildcat" with Lucille Ball premieres in New York City

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball

Music releaseMusic Recording

Dec 19 Frank Sinatra's 1st session with Reprise Records (Ring-A-Ding-Ding)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 219

  • Jan 1 Michael David Morrison, actor (Caleb Snyder-As the World Turns)
  • Jan 3 Sandeep Marwah Founder of Film City, Noida, India
  • Jan 4 April Winchell, American actress
  • Jan 6 Nigella Lawson, English chef and writer, born in London, England
  • Jan 7 David Marciano, American actor (Det Ray Vecchio-Due South), born in Newark New Jersey
  • Jan 7 Tierre Turner, American actor (Waverly Wonders, Cop & the Kid), born in Detroit Michigan
  • Jan 8 Jolanda Egger, Playboy playmate (June, 1983), born in Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Jan 12 Oliver Platt, Canadian actor
  • Jan 13 Kevin Anderson, American actor (Hoffa, Sleeping with the Enemy), born in Gurnee Illinois
  • Jan 15 Kelly Asbury, American director and actor
  • Jan 17 Chatchai Plengpanich, Thai actor
  • Jan 18 Mark Rylance [David Mark Rylance Waters], English actor (Bridge of Spies) and theatre director, born in Ashford, Kent

Person of interestMichael Hutchence

Jan 22 Michael Hutchence, Australian rock vocalist/actor (INXS, Dogs in Space), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1997)

INXS rocker Michael Hutchence
INXS rocker
Michael Hutchence
  • Jan 23 Misha Mck, American actress (Gerri-Me & Mrs C), born in East Orange New Jersey
  • Jan 26 Road Warrior Animal, American professional wrestler
  • Jan 28 John Caliri, American actor (Vinnie-Square Pegs, Double Trouble), born in Providence Rhode Island
  • Jan 29 Matthew Ashford, American actor (Jack Devaraux-Days of Our Lives), born in Davenport Iowa
  • Jan 29 Gia Carangi, American model (d. 1986)
  • Jan 30 Tony O'Dell, American actor (Alan Pinkard-Head of the Class), born in Pasadena California
  • Feb 2 Eric Shea, actor (Castaway Cowboy)
  • Feb 3 B J Jefferson, American actress (Ronnie Laurance-Another World), born in Dallas Texas
  • Feb 3 Kerry Von Erich, American wrestler (d. 1993)
  • Feb 3 Marty Jannetty, American Wrestler
  • Feb 4 Pamelyn Ferdin, actress (Happy Birthday Wanda June, Tool Box Murders)
  • Feb 4 Jenette Goldstein, American actress
  • Feb 6 Megan Gallagher, actress (Slap Maxwell, Millennium), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 7 James Spader, American actor (Endless Love, Wall St, Mannequin), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 9 Holly Johnson, rock vocalist (Frankie Goes To Hollywood), born in Liverpool, England
  • Feb 10 Robert Addie, British actor, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2003)
  • Feb 13 Matt Salinger, US actor (Captain America, Deadly Deception), born in Windsor, Vermont
  • Feb 14 Meg Tilly, Canadian–American actress (Big Chill, Impulse), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 16 Cherie Chung, Hong Kong actress (An Autumn's Tale), born in Hong Kong
  • Feb 18 Greta Scacchi, actress (Coca-Cola Kid, White Mischief), born in Milan, Italy
  • Feb 19 Vicki Lynn Lasseter Iola Kansas, playmate (Feb, 1981)
  • Feb 20 Joel Hodgson, American comedian (Mystery Science Theater 3000), born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin
  • Feb 27 Stoney Jackson, actor (White Shadow, Insiders), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Feb 28 Dorothy Stratten [Hoogstraten], Canadian playmate (August, 1979), model and actress (Galixina), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1980)
  • Mar 4 Russell Todd, actor (Dr Jamie Frame-Another World), born in Troy, New York
  • Mar 4 Mykelti Williamson, American actor
  • Mar 9 Linda Fiorentino, American actress (Jade, Last Seduction, Moderns), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 10 Anne MacKenzie, journalist and broadcaster
  • Mar 11 Christophe Gans, French film director
  • Mar 12 Courtney B Vance, actor (Hamburger Hill), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 13 Joe Ranft, American screenwriter and animator (Toy Story, Cars), born in Pasadena, California (d. 2005)
  • Mar 15 Donna Smith, playmate (March, 1985), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 15 Chris Sanders, American animator and director
  • Mar 15 Marco Pennette, American television producer
  • Mar 16 Jenny Eclair [Hargreaves], British comedienne, author and actress (Grumpy Old Women, Loose Women), born in Kuala Lumpur, Federation of Malaya
  • Mar 17 Lee Ann Michelle, Surrey England, playmate (Feb, 1979)
  • Mar 17 Vicki Lewis, actress (Beth-Newsradio), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Mar 17 Arye Gross, American actor
  • Mar 18 Claudia Udy, actress (Out of Control, Nightforce), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Mar 18 Patricia Farinelli, playmate (December, 1981), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 18 Richard Biggs, actor (Marcus-Days of Our Lives), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Mar 18 James MacPherson, Scottish actor (Taggart, Sometimes), born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • Mar 19 Roy Roberts, American actor (Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1975)
  • Mar 23 Terry Sweeney, writer/comedian (SNL), born in St Albans, New York
  • Mar 24 Kelly LeBrock, American actress (Weird Science, Woman in Red), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 24 Barry Horowitz, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 25 Haywood Nelson, American actor (Haywood-Grady, Dwayne-What's Happening), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 25 Idy Chan Yuk-Lin, Hong Kong actress
  • Mar 26 Jennifer Grey, American actress (Dirty Dancing), Joel Grey's daughter, born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 28 Chris Barrie, British actor ( Red Dwarf,), born in Hanover, West Germany
  • Mar 31 Anne Howard, actress (Nicole Love-Another World), born in San Diego, California
  • Apr 1 Michael Praed, British actor
  • Apr 4 Jonathan Agnew, English cricket broadcaster, born in Macclesfield, Cheshire
  • Apr 4 Hugo Weaving, Nigerian-born English-Australian actor (Agent Smith - The Matrix), born in Ibadan, Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria
  • Apr 8 John Schneider, American actor
  • Apr 10 Julie Fulton, American actress (Lime Steel), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Apr 11 Jeremy Clarkson, English journalist and broadcaster (Top Gear), born in Doncaster, England
  • Apr 14 Brian Forster, rocker (Partridge Family Drums)

Person of interestBrad Garrett

Apr 14 Brad Garrett [Brad H. Gerstenfeld], American actor and comedian (Everybody Loves Raymond), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Apr 19 Nicoletta Braschi, Italian actress (The Tiger and the Snow)
  • Apr 24 Paula Yates, English TV personality (The Big Breakfast), born in London (d. 2000)
  • Apr 25 Bruce Redman, Australian film producer
  • Apr 29 Joseph Guzaldo, actor (Stir Crazy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 29 Caveh Zahedi, American filmmaker
  • May 3 Amy Steel, American actress (April Fool's Day), born in Pennsylvania
  • May 4 Andrew Denton, Australian television presenter and comedian, born in Sydney, Australia
  • May 6 Julianne Phillips, Lake Oswego Oregon, actress (Frankie Reed-Sisters)
  • May 10 Victoria Rowell, actress (Drucilla-Young & Restless), born in Portland, Maine
  • May 13 Richard M "Dick" van de Toorn, actor (Pastorale)
  • May 14 Steve Williams, American wrestler
  • May 15 Rob Bowman, American film director
  • May 16 Anne Parillaud, actress (Subway, Nikita, Innocent Blood), born in Paris, France
  • May 17 Fiona Hutchison, actress (One Life to Live, Guiding Light), born in Miami, Florida
  • May 20 Tony Goldwyn, actor (Ghost, Kuffs, Traces of Red), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 20 John Billingsley, American actor
  • May 21 Mohanlal, Indian actor
  • May 24 Kristin Scott Thomas, British actress (The English Patient, Mission: Impossible), born in Redruth, Cornwall, England
  • May 29 Adrian Paul, actor (Dance to Win, Highlander), born in London, England
  • May 31 Chris Elliott, actor/comedian (Get a Life, David Letterman Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 4 Bradley Walsh, British actor
  • Jun 5 Leslie Hendrix, American actress
  • Jun 6 Lola Forner, Spanish actress (Wheels on Meals, Armour of God) and Miss Spain 1979, born in Alicante, Spain
  • Jun 7 Bill Prady, American television producer
  • Jun 10 Balakrishna Nandamuri, Indian actor
  • Jun 11 Mehmet Oz, surgeon and TV personality (The Dr. Oz Show), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jun 17 Thomas Haden Church, American actor (Sideways), born in Yolo, California
  • Jun 18 Ralph Brown, British actor

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 22 Comedic actor Bob Denver (25) weds Maggie Ryan in California

Actor Bob Denver
Actor
Bob Denver
  • Jan 31 Songwriter Adolph Green marries actress/singer Phyllis Newman in NYC

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 31 Actor Yul Brynner (44) weds fashion house executive Doris Kleiner (32) in Mexico City

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 4 "On the Waterfront" actor Marlon Brando (36) weds Mexican-American actress Movita Castaneda (42)

  • Jun 6 Singer-actress Eartha Kitt (33) weds Bill McDonald

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 4 Film director David Lean (52) weds fourth wife Leila Matkar

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 11 Actress Gene Tierney (39) weds oil baron W. Howard Lee in Aspen, Colorado

Actress Gene Tierney
Actress
Gene Tierney

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 16 Actress Vera Miles (30) weds actor Keith Larsen (36)

Actress Vera Miles
Actress
Vera Miles
  • Nov 13 US Entertainer Sammy Davis Jr marries Swedish actress May Britt (divorced 1968)
  • Nov 27 Actress Lana Turner marries for the 6th time to Frederick May

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 4 Lucille Ball files divorce from Desi Arnaz

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball
Actor Desi Arnaz
Actor
Desi Arnaz

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 26 Academy award-winning actor Yul Brynner (39) divorces actress Virginia Gilmore (40) after 15 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 14 Actress Laraine Day (39) divorces manager Leo Durocher (53) due to incompatibility after 12 years of marriage

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 6 Actress Bette Davis (52) divorces actor Gary Merrill (46) after almost 10 years of marriage

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 2 Actress Tammy Grimes (26) divorces actor Christopher Plummer (30) after 4 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Margaret Sullavan, American actress (Three Comrades), dies of barbiturate overdose at 50
  • Jan 2 Cees [Cornelis J] Laseur, Dutch actor/dir (Hague Comedy), dies at 60
  • Jan 20 Matt Moore, Irish-American actor and director (Coquette, Deluge), dies at 72
  • Jan 24 John Miljan, American actor (The Ten Commandments, Possessed, Final Extra, Susan Lenox), dies at 67
  • Jan 25 Diana Barrymore, American actress (Nightmare, Lady Courageous, Fired Wife), dies of an alcohol and drug overdose at 38
  • Jan 29 Louis Jean Heydt, American actor (Waterfront, Gone with the Wind, The Great McGinty), dies from a heart attack at 54
  • Jan 31 Lowell Gilmore, American actor (The Picture of Dorian Gray, Living Christ Series), dies at 53
  • Feb 3 Ferdinando "Fred" Buscaglione, Italian singer and actor, dies in an automobile accident at 38
  • Feb 28 Jonathan Hale [Hatley], Canadian-born American actor (Blondie), shoots himself at 68
  • Mar 3 Sammy White, American comedian and actor (711 Ocean Drive, Sound Off), dies at 65
  • Mar 26 Ian Keith, American actor (Abraham Lincoln, Queen Christina, Cleopatra, 3 Musketeers), dies from a heart attack at 61
  • Apr 5 Alma Kruger, actor (Made For Each Other), dies at 88
  • Apr 24 John P "John" Musch, actor/founder (JM), dies at 84
  • Apr 25 Hope Emerson, actress (I Married Joan, Peter Gunn), dies at 62
  • May 27 Edward Brophy, American character actor (Champ, Dumbo, Great Guy, Cameraman, Doughboys), dies at 65
  • May 27 George Zucco, British actor (Fog Island, Black Raven, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Captain Fury), dies at 74
  • Jun 4 Lucien Littlefield, American actor (Blondie), dies at 64
  • Jun 20 Mahlon Hamilton, American actor (Peg O'My Heart, High School Girl), dies at 80 (b. 1880)
  • Jul 24 Hans Albers, German actor (Blue Angel), dies at 68
  • Aug 10 FranFrank Lloyd, Scotland, actor and director (Mutiny on Bounty, Oliver Twist, Blood on the Sun), dies at 74
  • Aug 22 Eduard PĂĽtsep, Estonian wrestler (b. 1898)
  • Aug 29 Alexander Gauge, actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 46
  • Sep 6 Jimmy Savo, comedian (Through the Crystal Ball), dies at 65
  • Sep 23 Kathlyn Williams, actress (Single Man), dies of heart attack at 72
  • Oct 6 Douglas Spencer, American actor (The Thing from Another World, This Island Earth, River of No Return), dies from diabetes at 50
  • Oct 11 Richard Cromwell [LeRoy Melvin Radabaugh], American actor (Jezebel, Riot Squad), dies of cancer at 50
  • Oct 15 Clara Kimball Young, American actress (Return of Chandu), dies of stroke at 70
  • Oct 15 Henny Porten, silent screen actress (Mother Love), dies at 70
  • Oct 15 Maude Eburne, actress (Ladies They Talk About, Guardsman), dies at 84
  • Nov 3 Paul Willis, American actor (The Little Lumberjack, Little Kaintuck), dies at 59
  • Nov 5 Mack Sennett, director and producer (Keystone Cops), dies
  • Nov 5 Ward Bond, American actor (Wagon Train, It's a Wonderful Life), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Nov 14 Walter Catlett, American actor (Climax, Front Page, Tale of 2 Cities), dies of a stroke at 71

Person of interestClark Gable

Nov 16 Clark Gable, actor (Gone With the Wind), dies at 59

  • Nov 19 Phyllis Haver, actress (Don Juan), commits suicide at 61
  • Dec 14 Gregory Ratoff, Russian producer, director and actor (Exodus, Skyscraper Souls, Corsican Brothers), dies of leukemia at 63
  • Dec 16 Anna Luther, silent screen actress (Sinners in Silk), dies at 63
  • Dec 31 Germaine Loosveldt, Flemish actress (Trees die Upright), dies at 69