On This Day

May 1895 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 20 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)
  • May 24 Henry Irving becomes the first actor to receive a knighthood

Birthdays in Film & TV


Person of interestRudolph Valentino

May 6 Rudolph Valentino, Italian actor and silent movie idol (The Sheik, Eagle), born in Castellaneta, Italy (d. 1926)

Actor and Silent Film Idol Rudolph Valentino
Actor and Silent Film Idol
Rudolph Valentino
  • May 9 Richard Barthelmess, American actor (Broken Blossoms, Noose, Heroes for Sales), born in NYC, New York (d. 1963)
  • May 14 Lew Lehr, comedian (Stop Me if I heard this One), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Person of interestPaul Lukas

May 26 Paul Lukas, Hungarian actor (Watch on the Rhine, Sphynx), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1971)

Actor Paul Lukas
Actor
Paul Lukas