May 1955 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 2 WGBH TV channel 2 in Boston, MA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 10 8th Cannes Film Festival: "Marty" directed by Delbert Mann wins Palme d'Or
  • May 15 KPUA (now KGMD) TV channel 9 in Hilo, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 21 WFRV TV channel 5 in Green Bay, WI (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 27 Red Buttons Show, last airs on NBC-TV
  • May 30 KMVT TV channel 11 in Twin Falls, ID (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 5 Melinda Culea, Western Springs Ill, actress (A-Team, Brotherly Love)
  • May 7 Peter Reckell, American actor (Days of our Lifes), born in Elkhart, Indiana
  • May 9 Kevin Peter Hall, American actor (Misfits of Science), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • May 10 Chris Berman, sportscaster (ESPN)
  • May 15 Lee Horsley, American actor (Nero Wolfe, Matt Houston), born in Muleshoe, Texas
  • May 16 Debra Winger, American actress (Terms of Endearment, Officer & Gentleman), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • May 16 Hazel O'Connor, Coventry England, singer/actress (Breaking Glass)
  • May 17 Bill Paxton, actor (True Lies, Big Love), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2017)

Person of interestYun Fat Chow

May 18 Yun Fat Chow, Hong Kong actor (Better Tomorrow), born in Lamma Island, Hong Kong

  • May 20 Zbigniew Preisner, Polish film composer
  • May 25 Connie Selleca, actress (Hotel, Capt America II), born in The Bronx, New York
  • May 26 Candace L Collins, Dupo Illinois, playmate (Dec, 1979)
  • May 27 Richard Schiff, American actor (The West Wing), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • May 27 Eric Bischoff, American professional wrestling promoter
  • May 30 Jake "The Snake" Roberts, American wrestler, born in Gainesville, Texas