May 1953 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 3 WTVO TV channel 17 in Rockford, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 8 WIPB TV channel 49 in Muncie, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 10 KCBD TV channel 11 in Lubbock, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 12 KUHT TV channel 8 (PBS) in Houston, TX, begins broadcasting
  • May 23 WHIZ TV channel 18 in Zanesville, OH (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 25 1st non-commercial educational television station-Houston, Texas
  • May 28 Premier of 1st animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor-"Melody"
  • May 31 WSUN TV channel 38 in St Petersburg-Tampa, FL (IND) 1st broadcast

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 6 Lynn Whitfield, actress (Josephine Baker, Equal Justice), born in Baton Rouge
  • May 9 Gregory Beecroft, Chorpus Christi TX, actor (Guiding Light)
  • May 10 Lawrence Lau, actor (Jamie Frame-Another World)
  • May 10 Tito Santana, Mexican-American professional wrestler
  • May 11 Boyd Gaines, American actor (Mark-One Day at a Time, Sure Thing), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 11 David Gest, American television producer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 16 Pierce Brosnan, Irish actor (Remington Steele, Golden Eye), born in Drogheda, Ireland

  • May 17 Kathleen Sullivan, newscaster (ABC-TV, CBS Morning Show), born in Pasadena, California
  • May 17 Yoko Shimada, Kumamota Japan, author (Kir Royal)/actress (Shogun)
  • May 19 Victoria Wood, British comedian and actress (Dinner Ladies), born in Bury, Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • May 24 Alfred Molina, actor (Enchanted April, Prick up your Ears), born in London, England
  • May 24 Nell Campbell, [Laura], Australian actress (Rocky Horror), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • May 28 Arto Lindsay, rocker/actor (Cookie, Desperately Seeking Susan)
  • May 30 Colm Meaney, actor (Star Trek Deep Space 9)
  • May 31 Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Finnish actor

Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 24 Cor Hermus, Dutch actor, director and writer (Bleeke Bet, William of Orange, Jantes), dies at 63
  • May 29 Man Mountain Dean, American professional wrestler (b. 1891)
  • May 30 Dooley Wilson [Arthur Wilson], American musician and actor (Beulah, Casablanca), dies of natural causes at 67