On This Day

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, Oklahoma(ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 3 WHA TV channel 21 in Madison, Wisconsin (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, born in Ohio (d. 1982)
  • May 3 Peter Duncan, British stage and screen actor, and television presenter (Blue Peter, 1980-86), born in Chelsea, London, England
  • May 3 Patti Boulaye [Komlosy] (née Ebigwei), Nigerian-British pop singer and stage and screen actress (Bisi, Daughter of the River), born in a taxi in Mid-Western Nigeria
  • May 4 Pia Zadora [Schipani], American actress (Hairspray), and singer, born in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • May 5 Dave Spector, American television personality and commentator, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 7 Philippe Geluck, Belgian comedian and cartoonist, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • May 8 David Keith, American 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 10 Jeff Apple, American film producer (In the Line of Fire), born in Miami, Florida
  • May 10 Michael Hagerty, American actor (Overboard, Inspector Gadget), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 11 Lubomir Stoykov, Bulgarian journalist and broadcaster
  • May 11 John Clayton, American sports journalist/reporter (The Pittsburgh Press, The News Tribune; ESPN), born in Braddock, Pennsylvania (d. 2022)
  • May 16 Janet Maw, actress (Sparrow, King John, Mayor of Casterbridge)
  • May 17 John Iles, British stage and screen actor (The Bill -"Dashwood"), born in Ripon, North Yorkshire, England
  • May 21 Marina Langner, German beauty queen, Miss World runner-up (1975), born in Dusseldorf, Germany
  • May 28 George E Mahlberg, American astronomer (Mt Palomar/Mt Wilson, California, 1974-78), movie actor, sound engineer, and DJ (Dr. Cosmo), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2011)
  • May 29 Pankaj Kapoor, Indian actor (Ek Doctor Ki Maut, Raakh), born in Ludhiana, Punjab
  • May 31 Vicki Sue Robinson, American stage and screen actress, and pop singer ("Turn the Beat Around"), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2000)

Weddings in Film & TV

Kirk Douglas

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