May 1964 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 4 KIII TV channel 3 in Corpus Christi, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 14 17th Cannes Film Festival: "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" directed by Jacques Demy wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

May 24 The Beatles' 4th appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", features an interview and pre-recorded performance of "You Can't Do That"

The Subject Was Roses

May 25 Frank Gilroy's dramatic play "The Subject Was Roses", starring Jack Albertson and Martin Sheen, opens at Royale Theatre, NYC; runs for 832 performances; wins Pulitzer Prize, and 2 Tony Awards

Music Premiere

May 26 Betty Comden & Adolph Green and Jule Styne's musical "Fade Out-Fade In", featuring Carol Burnett, Jack Cassidy (later replaced by Dick Shawn), and Tina Louise, opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 271 performances


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 5 Lorraine McIntosh, Scottish pop singer (Deacon Blues) and actress, born in Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland
  • May 6 Dana Hill [Goetz], American actress (2 of Us, Shoot the Moon), born in Van Nuys California,
  • May 8 Cheryl Richardson, American actress (Jennie-General Hospital), born in Palo Alto, California
  • May 8 Melissa Gilbert, American actress (Little House on the Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 11 Katie Wagner, American TV personality, model, entertainment reporter (MTV), and daughter of actor Robert Wagner, born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 11 Tim Blake Nelson, American actor (O Brother, Where Art Thou?; The Ballad of Buster Scruggs; Watchmen), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Stephen ColbertStephen Colbert (59 years old)

May 13 American comedian and TV host (The Colbert Report, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), born in Washington, D.C.

  • May 13 Tom Verica, American actor, director and producer (How to Get Away with Murder, Bridgerton), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 14 Nancy Sorel, actress (Generations, Black Foix)
  • May 21 Annabel Schofield, Welsh actress (Laurel Ellis-Dallas), born in Llanelli, Wales
  • May 21 Carolyn Lawrence, American actress and voice actress (SpongeBob SquarePants), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • May 21 Nancy Daus, American professional wrestler (d. 2007)
  • May 23 Staci Greason, actress (Isabella Toscando-Days of Our Lives), born in Denver, Colorado
  • May 25 Ray Stevenson, Northern Irish actor (King Arthur, Rome), born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland (d. 2023)
  • May 27 Adam Carolla, American comedian and television personality

Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 3 Diana Wynyard, British stage and film actress (Cavalcade), dies of renal disease at 58