May 1922 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 21 "On the Road to Moscow" is 1st cartoon to receive a Pulitzer Prize

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 23 Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 5 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • May 6 Vladimir Etush, Soviet actor and People's Artist of the USSR, born in Moscow, RSFSR
  • May 7 Darren McGavin [Richardson], American actor (Murphy Brown, The Night Stalker, A Christmas Story), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 2006)
  • May 7 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), born in Kirkman, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • May 9 Sheila Burrell, British actress (Black Orchid, Paranoiac, Laughter in Dark), born in Blackheath, London (d. 2011)
  • May 10 Nancy Walker, American actress (Rhoda, McMillan & Wife), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • May 13 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress (Maude, The Golden Girls), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • May 14 Richard Deacon, American actor (Dick Van Dyke Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)
  • May 19 David McLean [Eugene Joseph Huth], American actor known for appearing in Marlboro advertisements (Days of Our Lives, Tate), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • May 22 Judith Crist, American film critic (TV Guide, Today), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2012)
  • May 22 Quinn Martin, American television producer (d. 1987)
  • May 24 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), born in Tokyo (d. 2012)

Person of interestChristopher Lee

May 27 Sir Christopher Lee, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit), born in London, England (d. 2015)

  • May 31 Denholm Elliott, actor (Alfie, Raiders of the Lost Ark), born in London, England (d. 1992)

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

May 13 "Latin Lover" silent actor Rudolph Valentino (27) weds film costume and set designer Natacha Rambova (25) in Mexicali, Mexico

Silent Film Star Rudolph Valentino
Silent Film Star
Rudolph Valentino

Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 21 Sidney Ainsworth, British silent film actor (Not in the News, The Rajah's Tunic), dies at 49
  • May 29 Yevgeny Vakhtangov, Armenian-Russian theatrical director of the Moscow Art Theatre (Vakhtangov Theatre), dies of cancer at 39