On This Day

May 1950 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 1 WJIM (now WLNS) TV channel 6 in Lansing, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 29 3rd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Bicycle Thieves" Best Film

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 1 Dann Florek, American actor (Law & Order), born in Flat Rock, Michigan
  • May 2 Randy Colley (Moondog Rex), American pro wrestler (WWF Tag Team champion 1981), born in Alexander City, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • May 4 Hilly Hicks, American actor (Roll Out, Roots), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 4 René van Asten, Dutch actor (Herenstraat 10), born in Tilburg, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
  • May 5 Googoosh [Faegheh Atashin (فائقه آتشین)], Persian singer and actress, born in Sarcheshmeh Street, Tehran
  • May 7 Randall 'Tex' Cobb, American boxer and actor, born in Bridge City, Texas

Tim Russert

May 7 Tim Russert, American television journalist and host of NBC's Meet the Press, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2008)

  • May 9 Matthew Kelly, actor/TV host (Holding the Fort, Relative Strangers)
  • May 11 Jeremy Paxman, English broadcaster (University Challenge, Newsnight), born in Leeds, England
  • May 12 Bruce Boxleitner, American actor (Scarecrow & Mrs King; Babylon 5), born in Elgin, Illinois
  • May 12 Gabriel Byrne, Irish actor (Hello Again; Cool World), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • May 14 Mark Blum, American actor (Worth Winning, Blind Date, Presidio), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • May 15 Nicholas Hammond, American actor (The Amazing Spider-Man), born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 18 Thomas Gottschalk, German radio and TV host (Telespiele), born in Bamberg, Germany
  • May 23 Linda Thompson, actress (Hee Haw), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • May 25 (Elizabeth) Ann Crumb, American stage and screen actress and singer, born in Charleston, West Virginia (d. 2019)
  • May 27 Dee Dee Bridgewater (née Garrett), American Grammy Award-winning jazz singer-songwriter, Tony Award-winning stage actress (The Wiz), and radio host (NPR's "JazzSet"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • May 28 Jim Harris, American professional wrestler
  • May 30 Paresh Rawal, Indian Bollywood actor (Woh Chokri, Woh Chokri), born in Bombay, India
  • May 31 Gregory Harrison, Catalina California, actor (Trapper John, Logan's Run)

Weddings in Film & TV

Elizabeth Taylor

May 6 Elizabeth Taylor (18) marries for the 1st time to hotel heir Conrad "Nicky" Hilton (23)

Jayne Mansfield

May 6 American student, and aspiring actress, Vera Jayne (Palmer) Peers (later known as Jayne Mansfield) (17) weds American student Paul Mansfield (20), in Fort Worth, Texas; divorce in 1958

Jack Lemmon

May 7 Actor Jack Lemmon (25) weds tv actress Cynthia Stone (24)


Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 8 Franklin Dyall, British actor (Easy Virtue, Atlantic), dies at 80