May 1951 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Out of This World

May 5 Cole Porter's musical "Out of This World" an adaptation of Titus Plautus's mythological comedy Amphitryon, starring George Gaynes, closes at New Century Theater, NYC, after 157 performances

  • May 14 Ernie Kovacs Show, TV Variety debut on NBC

Film & TV History

May 23 Peter Ustinov's "Love of Four Colonels" premieres in London

Radio Premiere

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

  • May 28 The Jerry Colonna Show debuts on ABC-TV

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, English TV newscaster (West 57th), born in Scarborough, England
  • 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 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 (1889-1951)

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

  • May 9 Marie Ault [Mary Cragg], English actress (The Lodger), dies at 80

Fanny Brice (1891-1951)

May 29 American singing comedian (Ziegeld Follies, Baby Snooks), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 59