May 1940 in Film & Television

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 5 Lance Henriksen, American actor (Aliens, Pumpkinhead, Knights, Hard Target), born in Manhattan, New York
  • May 7 John Irvin, English actor (Moment in Time), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland

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May 8 American pop-Rock Star ("Hello Mary Lou"; "It's Late"; "Garden Party") and actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), born in Teaneck, New Jersey

  • May 9 James L Brooks, American Emmy and Academy Award-winning television and film writer, director, and producer (The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Taxi; Terms of Endearment; Broadcast News; The Tracey Ullman Show), born in, New York City
  • May 10 Taurean Blacque [Herbert Middleton Jr], American stage and screen actor (Hill Street Blues - "Det. Neal Washington"), and adoption advocate, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2022)
  • May 11 Juan Downey, Chilean video artist (d. 1993)
  • May 15 Paul Ryan Rudd, American stage and screen actor, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2010)
  • May 15 Roger Ailes, American TV executive and CEO of Fox News (1996-2016), born in Warren, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • May 19 Carlos Diegues, actor (Xica)
  • May 19 Joan Staley, American actress and Playboy playmate (Nov, 1958), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 22 Bernard Shaw, American television news journalist (CBS, ABC), and 1st anchor of CNN, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2022)
  • May 22 Michael Sarrazin, Canadian actor (Seduction, They Shoot Horses Don't They), born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (d. 2011)
  • May 26 Levon Helm, American drummer and singer (The Band - "Up On Cripple Creek"; "The Weight"), and actor (Coal Miner's Daughter; The Right Stuff), born in Elaine, Arkansas (d. 2012)
  • May 30 David Ackroyd, actor (I Come in Peace, Memories of Me), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • May 31 Elfi Mikesch, Austrian cinematographer (Erotique, Out of America, Malina), born in Judenburg, Austria

Weddings in Film & TV

Mary Martin

May 5 Actress Mary Martin (26) weds producer Richard Halliday (35)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 25 Joe De Grasse, Canadian film director, dies at 67
  • May 28 Randle Ayrton, British actor (The Manxman, Nell Gwyn), dies at 70
  • May 28 Walter Connolly, American actor (It Happened One Night, Good Earth), dies from a stroke at 53