List of years in television (table)
In radio

The year 1959 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during that year.




Ending this year

Date Show Debut
January 13 Confession 1958
January 23 Our Mutual Friend
January 26 Quatermass and the Pit
April 9 Behind Closed Doors
April 24 Your Hit Parade 1950
June 22 The Restless Gun 1957
June 25 Dragnet 1951
Mickey Mouse Club 1955
State Trooper 1956
September 28 Polka Go-Round 1958
Unknown This Is Alice 1958


Date Name Notability
January 5 Clancy Brown Voice actor (Mr. Krabs on SpongeBob SquarePants)
January 16 Sade Adu British singer
January 27 Cris Collinsworth American sports broadcaster
January 31 Anthony LaPaglia Australian actor (Without a Trace)
February 3 Fredric Lehne Actor (Mancuso, F.B.I.)
February 11 Bradley Cole Actor (Guiding Light)
February 12 Larry Nance NBA basketball player
February 18 Jayne Atkinson English-American actress (24)
February 22 Kyle MacLachlan Actor (Twin Peaks, Desperate Housewives)
February 24 Beth Broderick Actress (The 5 Mrs. Buchanans, Sabrina the Teenage Witch)
February 26 Rolando Blackman NBA basketball player
March 6 Tom Arnold Actor and comedian (The Best Damn Sports Show Period)
March 7 Donna Murphy Actress and singer
March 8 Lester Holt Journalist and news anchor
Aidan Quinn Actor
March 9 Tom Amandes Actor (Everwood)
March 14 Tamara Tunie Actress (As the World Turns, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
March 16 Flavor Flav Rapper
March 22 Stephen Lambert English television producer
April 3 David Hyde Pierce Actor (Niles Crane on Frasier)
Amy Morton Actress
April 4 Phil Morris Actor (Seinfeld, Smallville)
April 15 Emma Thompson English actress
Thomas F. Wilson Actor, voice actor
April 17 Sean Bean English actor (Sharpe, Game of Thrones)
April 22 Ryan Stiles Actor (Whose Line Is It Anyway?)
April 23 Dan Frischman Actor (Head of the Class)
April 24 Paula Yates English television presenter (died 2000)
May 3 Ben Elton English comedian and writer (Blackadder)
May 5 Brian Williams Journalist
May 7 Michael E. Knight Actor (All My Children)
May 10 Victoria Rowell Actress (The Young and the Restless, Diagnosis: Murder)
May 13 Jerry Butler American actor
May 17 Jim Nantz American sportscaster
May 20 Bronson Pinchot Actor (Balki Bartokomous on Perfect Strangers)
May 29 Rupert Everett English actor
June 2 Kevin Newman Journalist
June 6 Neal H. Moritz Film producer
June 11 Hugh Laurie English actor (Jeeves and Wooster, Dr. Gregory House on House)
June 12 Marty Griffin Journalist
June 15 Eileen Davidson Actress (Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills)
June 21 Tom Chambers NBA basketball player
June 24 Dan Gilroy Screenwriter
June 26 Mark McKinney Actor and comedian (The Kids in the Hall, Superstore)
June 27 Janusz Kamiński Director
June 30 Vincent D'Onofrio Actor (Law & Order: Criminal Intent)
July 3 David Shore Canadian television writer
July 7 Billy Campbell Actor (Once and Again)
July 8 Robert Knepper Actor (Prison Break, Heroes)
July 12 Charlie Murphy Actor and comedian (died 2017)
July 16 Bob Joles Actor
July 24 Shawn Weatherly Actress
July 25 Geoffrey Zakarian American chef, restaurateur, television personality and author
July 26 Kevin Spacey Actor (Wiseguy, House of Cards)
Tom McGowan Actor (Frasier, Everybody Loves Raymond, The War at Home)
August 2 Victoria Jackson Actress (Saturday Night Live)
August 3 John C. McGinley Actor (Scrubs)
August 5 Mark Cendrowski Director
August 13 Danny Bonaduce Actor (The Partridge Family)
August 14 Marcia Gay Harden Actress (Pollock, Code Black)
Magic Johnson NBA basketball player
August 17 Derek McGinty American news anchor
August 18 June Angela Actress (The Electric Company)
August 19 Pamela Fryman Director
August 28 Arthur Holden Actor
September 5 Rickey Minor Bass player
September 11 John Hawkes Actor (Deadwood, Eastbound & Down)
September 13 Chris Hansen Television journalist (Dateline NBC)
September 14 Mary Crosby Actress (Dallas)
September 15 Kevin Allen Actor
September 19 Carolyn McCormick Actress (Law & Order)
September 21 Dave Coulier Actor (Joey Gladstone on Full House)
September 23 Jason Alexander Actor (George Costanza on Seinfeld)
September 27 Stephen Caffrey Actor (Tour of Duty)
September 30 Debrah Farentino Actress
October 3 Jack Wagner Actor (The Bold and the Beautiful)
Greg Proops Actor
October 7 Simon Cowell English television personality
Dylan Baker Actor
October 8 Nick Bakay Actor (Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Angry Beavers)
October 10 Julia Sweeney Actress (Saturday Night Live)
Bradley Whitford Actor (The West Wing)
October 13 Marie Osmond Actress and singer (Donny & Marie)
October 17 Norm Macdonald Actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live, Mike Tyson Mysteries) (died 2021)
October 23 "Weird Al" Yankovic Music parodist
Nancy Grace American anchor
October 26 François Chau American-Cambodian actor (Lost)
November 10 Mackenzie Phillips Actress (One Day at a Time)
November 12 Vincent Irizarry Soap opera actor
November 14 Paul Attanasio American screenwriter
November 19 Allison Janney Actress (The West Wing, Mom)
November 26 Jamie Rose Actress (Falcon Crest)
November 28 Judd Nelson Actor (Suddenly Susan)
December 5 Connie Needham Actress (Eight is Enough)
December 6 Tom Foreman Canadian television writer
December 9 Terry Moran American journalist
December 10 Mark Aguirre NBA basketball player
Burke Moses Actor
December 13 Johnny Whitaker Actor (Family Affair)
December 16 Alison LaPlaca[7] Actress (Duet)
December 30 Tracey Ullman Actress, comedian (The Tracey Ullman Show)
December 31 Val Kilmer Actor


Date Name Age Notability
March 6 Lou Costello 52 Actor and comedian (The Abbott and Costello Show)
June 16 George Reeves 45 Actor (Superman on Adventures of Superman)
December 6 Len Doyle 66 Actor (Investigator Harrigan on Mr. District Attorney)[8]


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