May 1954 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 1 WAPA TV channel 4 in San Juan, PR (NBC/SFN) begins broadcasting
  • May 3 KTEN TV channel 10 in Ada-Ardmore, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 3 WHA TV channel 21 in Madison, WI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 15 KGLO (now KIMT) TV channel 3 in Mason City, IA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • May 16 WGAN (now WGME) TV channel 13 in Portland, ME (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • May 22 KREX TV channel 5 in Grand Junction, CO (CBS) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 1 Michael Scott, reporter (Entertainment Tonight)
  • May 2 Roberta Pedon, American glamour model (d. 1982)
  • May 4 Pia Zadora, American actress
  • May 5 Dave Spector, American television personality and commentator
  • May 8 David Keith, actor (Back Roads, Firestarter), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • May 8 Stephen Furst, American actor (Animal House, St. Elsewhere) born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2017)
  • May 11 Lubomir Stoykov, Bulgarian journalist and broadcaster
  • May 16 Janet Maw, actress (Sparrow, King John, Mayor of Casterbridge)
  • May 18 Martyn Wiley, writer/broadcaster
  • May 21 Marina Langner, Dusseldorf Germany, Miss World runner-up (1975)

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

May 28 "The Bad and the Beautiful" actor Kirk Douglas (37) weds producer Ann Buydens (24) at Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas


Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 1 Tom Tyler [Vincent Markowsky], American actor (Stagecoach, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon), dies from heart failure at 50