On This Day

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

Person of interestRicky Nelson

May 8 (Eric) "Ricky" Nelson, 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 (d.1985)

Rock Star and Actor Ricky Nelson
Rock Star and Actor
Ricky Nelson
  • May 9 James L Brooks, producer/director (Broadcast News, Taxi, Critic)
  • May 10 Taurean Blacque, actor (Neal Washington-Hill Street Blues), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 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 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 news correspondant (CBS, CNN), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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 28 Hans Dulfer, Dutch funk and jazz-fusion tenor saxophonist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • May 30 David Ackroyd, actor (I Come in Peace, Memories of Me), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • May 31 Elfi Mikesch, cinematographer (Erotique, Out of America, Malina)

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin

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