On This Day

May 1951 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 14 Ernie Kovacs Show, TV Variety debut on NBC
  • May 28 The Jerry Colonna Show debuts on ABC-TV

Radio Premiere

May 28 Radio programme "Crazy People" (later titled The Goon Show) premieres on the BBC, created by Spike Milligan


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 4 (Sigmund) "Jackie" Jackson, American pop singer and songwriter (Jackson 5 - "ABC"; "I Want You Back"), born in Gary, Indiana
  • May 7 Robert Hegyes, American actor (Underground Aces; Welcome Back, Kotter - "Juan Epstein"), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • May 8 Deborah Harmon, American actress (Ted Knight Show; M*A*S*H; Just the 10 of Us), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 9 Alley Mills, actress (Norma Arnold-Wonder Years), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 13 Selina Scott, TV newscaster (West 57th)
  • May 14 Season Hubley [Susan], American actress (Vice Squad, Hardcore), born in NYC, New York
  • May 18 Denny Dillon, American comedian (SNL, Dream On), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 18 James Stephens, American actor (Paper Chase, Devil's Island), born in Mount Kisco, New York
  • May 19 Dick Slater, American professional wrestler
  • May 20 William Cullen Bryant, actor (Hell Squad)
  • May 21 Al Franken, US politician (Senate-D-Minnesota 2009-18) comedian, writer, actor (SNL, 1975-80; 1985-90), born in NYC, New York
  • May 23 Don Warrington [Donald Williams], Trinidadian-born British actor (Rising Damp), born in Trinidad
  • May 25 Bob Gale, American screenwriter (Back to the Future), born in University City, Missouri
  • May 30 Stephen Tobolowsky, Tx, actor (Single White Female, Thelma & Louise)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 5 Eddie Dunn, comedian (Face to Face, Spin the Picture), dies at 54

Warner Baxter

May 7 Warner Baxter, American actor (In Old Arizona; Cisco Kid), dies at 62

  • May 9 Marie Ault, British actress, dies at 80
  • May 29 Fanny Brice, American Zeigfield Girl and commedienne (Baby Snooks Show), dies at 59