May 1949 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 5 KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, California (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 27 Martin Canine, cartoon character, spoofs Martin Kane
  • May 29 Candid Camera, TV comedy show, moves to NBC
  • May 29 1st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Best Years of Our Lives" Best Film
  • May 29 2nd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Hamlet" Best Film
  • May 30 WRTV TV channel 6 in Indianapolis, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 1 Douglas Barr, actor (Howie-Fall Guy), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • May 4 Sybil Danning, Austrian-American actress (Chained Heat), born in Wels, Austria
  • May 5 Anna Bergman, actress (Agent 69), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • May 13 Franklin Ajaye, American comedian and actor (Jazz Singer, Car Wash), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 13 Zoe Wanamaker, American actress (Raggedy Rawney), born in NYC, New York
  • May 15 Eric J Beekes, actor/singer (Hunk)
  • May 18 Bill Wallace, rocker/actor (Fear, Avenging Force, Desperate)
  • May 24 Jim Broadbent, English actor (Iris), born in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
  • May 26 Dayle Haddon, Montreal Quebec Canada, actress (Bedroom Eyes)
  • May 26 Pam Grier, actress (Big Bird Cage, Tough Enough), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • May 26 Philip Michael Thomas, actor (Miami Vice), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • May 28 Sue Holderness, actress (Marlene-Only Fools & Horses, Sandbaggers)
  • May 31 Steven Kampmann, actor (Kirk-Newhart), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 31 Tom Berenger, actor (Big Chill, Someone to Watch Over Me), born in Chicago, Illinois

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

May 21 Film director David Lean (41) weds actress and producer Ann Todd (40) in London

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 31 Actress Doris Day (27) divorces saxophonist George Weidler (23) after 3 years of marriage

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day