May 1944 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 2 WABD (WNEW, now WNYW) TV channel 5 in NYC (DUM/MET/FOX) 1st broadcast

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 3 "Going My Way", directed by Leo McCary and starring Bing Crosby premieres in New York (Best Picture 1945)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

Film release premierFilm Release

May 4 "Gaslight", starring an 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her film debut, is released


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 5 Jean-Pierre Leaud, actor (Detective), born in Paris, France
  • May 5 John Rhys-Davies, Salisbury England, actor (Sir Edward-Quest, Sliders)
  • May 5 Roger Raised, English actor (Nicholas Nickleby)
  • May 5 Roger Rees, Welsh Tony winning stage and screen actor (Cheers), born in Aberystwyth (d. 2015)
  • May 6 Anton Furst, American production designer (d. 1991)
  • May 7 Sivi Aberg, actress (Batman TV show)
  • May 7 Eva Norvind, Mexican actress (d. 2006)
  • May 7 Richard O'Sullivan, British actor
  • May 10 Marie-France Pisier, Daclat, Vietnam, French actress and writer (Love on the Run, Cousin cousine)
  • May 14 Francesca Annis, actress (Madame Bovary, Dune), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 14 George Lucas, American director (Star Wars, Indiana Jones), born in Modesto, California

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
  • May 15 Gunilla Hutton, Goteborg Sweden, actress (Petticoat Junction)
  • May 16 Danny Trejo, American actor
  • May 19 Peter Mayhew, British-American actor
  • May 25 Frank Oz, Hereford England, American muppetteer (Grover-Sesame Street, Muppet Show)
  • May 25 John Bunnell, former Sheriff of Multnomah County, Oregon and TV personality
  • May 28 Faith Brown, British actress and impressionist
  • May 29 Helmut Berger, actor (Ash Wednesday, Damned, Picture of Dorian Gray)

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

May 21 Actor Burgess Meredith (36) weds actress Paulette Goddard (33) at David O Selznick's Beverly Hills home


Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 30 Jessie Ralph, actress (Good Earth, San Francisco), dies at 79