On This Day

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 2 Alan Titchmarsh, English gardener and broadcaster (Gardener's World), born in Iilkley, England
  • May 3 Ken Hom, Chinese-American chef, author and BBC TV presenter (OBE for "services to culinary arts" 2009), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • May 4 Sybil Danning, Austrian-American actress (Chained Heat), born in Wels, Austria
  • May 5 Anna Bergman, Swedish actress (Agent 69), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • May 7 Stuart Marshall, British film director (Desire), born in Manchester (d.1993)
  • May 13 Franklyn Ajaye, American comedian and actor (Car Wash, The Jazz Singer, Bridesmaids), 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 24 Jim Broadbent, English actor (Iris), born in Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Person of interestRoger Deakins

May 24 Roger Deakins, English cinematographer (Blade Runner 2049), born in Torquay, Devon, England

Cinematographer Roger Deakins
Cinematographer
Roger Deakins
  • May 26 Dayle Haddon, Canadian model and actress (North Dallas Forty; Bedroom Eyes), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 26 Pam Grier, American actress (The Big Bird Cage; Jackie Brown; The L-Word), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • May 26 Philip Michael Thomas, American actor (Miami Vice - "Tubbs"), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • May 28 Sue Holderness, English actress (Marlene-Only Fools & Horses, Sandbaggers), born in London, England
  • 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

LoveWedding 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 American singer and actress Doris Day (27) divorces American saxophonist George Weidler (23) after 3 years of marriage

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day