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 Ricky Nelson [Rick Nelson], American 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 28 Hans Dulfer, tenor saxophonist/director (Paradiso)
  • 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