On This Day

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, American actress (Josephine Baker; Equal Justice), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 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 10 Alex Foster, American jazz and session saxophonist (SNL Band; Mingus Big Band), born in Oakland, California
  • 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)

Pierce Brosnan

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

  • May 17 Kathleen Sullivan, American 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, British actor (Spider Man 2, Frida, Chocolat), born in London, England
  • May 24 Nell Campbell [Laura], Australian actress (Rocky Horror), born in Sydney, New South Wales

Danny Elfman

May 29 Danny Elfman, American singer-songwriter (Oingo Boingo - "Weird Science"), and Emmy and Grammy Award-winning composer (The Simspons Theme; Good Will Hunting; Tim Burton films), born in Los Angeles, California

  • May 29 Karla DeVito, American stage and screen actress and singer, born in Mokena, Illionis
  • May 29 Big Daddy Graham [Edward Gudonis], American comedian, writer, actor, recording artist, and radio personality, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2021)
  • May 30 Colm Meaney, actor (Star Trek Deep Space 9)
  • May 31 Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Finnish actor

Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 11 Jean Adair, Canadian actress, dies at 80
  • May 24 Cor Hermus, Dutch actor, director and writer (Bleeke Bet, William of Orange, Jantes), dies at 63
  • May 29 Man Mountain Dean [Frank Simmons Leavitt], American professional wrestler, dies at 61
  • May 30 George Barnes, cinematographer, dies at 60
  • May 30 Dooley Wilson [Arthur Wilson], American musician and actor (Beulah, Casablanca), dies of natural causes at 67