May 1941 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


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May 1 "Citizen Kane", directed by Orson Welles and starring himself, Joseph Cotten and Dorothy Corningore, premieres at the Palace Theater in New York City

Actor and Director Orson Welles
Actor and Director
Orson Welles
  • May 2 FCC approves regular scheduled commercial TV broadcasts to begin July 1
  • May 16 Nazis forbid Dutch Organization of Actors (NOT)

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 1 Barbara Barendrecht, [BHM Wurfbain], actress (Dirty Picture)
  • May 6 Ghena Dimitrova, actress (Nabucco)
  • May 8 Jim Mitchum, actor (Blackout, Invincible 6), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • May 13 Senta Berger, actress (Cast a Giant Shadow), born in Vienna, Austria
  • May 15 Lainie Kazan, singer/actress (Lust in the Dust, Beaches), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 17 Grace Zabriskie, American actress
  • May 18 Miriam Margolyes, English actress (Babe, Romeo and Juliet), born in Oxford
  • May 18 Diane McBain, actress (Surfside Six, Spinout, Donner Pass), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 19 Nora Ephron, NY, novelist/screenwriter/director (Michael, Heartburn), (d. 2012)
  • May 20 John Strasberg, American actor
  • May 22 Paul Winfield, LA, actor (Star Trek II, Huckleberry Finn, Mars Attack)
  • May 24 Andres Garcia, actor (Tiger Shark), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • May 27 Davina Phillips, actress
  • May 28 Beth Howland, actress (Vera - Alice, Company), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • May 29 Bob Simon, American TV correspondent (CBS, 60 Minutes), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2015)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 12 Ruth Stonehouse, silent film actress and director, dies at 48