In 1959, composer George Bruns, from Sandy, received his first Oscar nomination, for Sleeping Beauty.
In 1959, writer-director-producer James Ivory, from Klamath Falls, made The Sword and the Flute, a documentary about Indian miniature paintings.
In 1959, future film scholar Sheldon Renan, from Oregon City, was studying at Yale.
In 1959, Gordon Scott, from Portland, was swinging from the vines and letting out bloodcurdling yells as King of the Jungle.
Scott (born Gordon Werschkul) was discovered while working as a lifeguard in a Las Vegas hotel. From 1955 to 1960, he was the big screen Tarzan. After a second career in Italian sword and sandal pictures, he retired in 1968. Born in 1926, he died in 2007.