On This Day

May 1969 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Film & TV History

May 11 British comedy troupe Monty Python forms, made up of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin

Music History

May 16 Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute

Film & TV History

May 23 BBC orders 13 episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus

  • May 23 22nd Cannes Film Festival: "If..." directed by Lindsay Anderson wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

Film Release

May 25 "Midnight Cowboy" directed by John Schlesinger and starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1970)

Television Finale

May 27 Jerry Lewis Show second run, last airs on NBC-TV

  • May 27 Walt Disney World construction begins at Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 4 Ryan Shamrock, American professional wrestling valet, born in Houston, Texas
  • May 10 Judson Mills, Purcellville Va, actor (Hutch-As The World Turns)
  • May 12 Kim Fields Freeman, American actress (Tootie-Facts of Life), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 12 Kevin Nalty, American viral video maker and YouTuber, born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Cate Blanchett

May 14 Cate Blanchett, Australian actress (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Lord of the Rings), born in Melbourne, Victoria

  • May 14 Sabine Schmitz, German professional motor racing driver, and television personality (Top Gear), born in n Adenau, West Germany (d. 2021)
  • May 16 Tracey Gold, American actress (Carol-Growing Pains, Incredible Sunday), born in NYC, New York
  • May 16 David Boreanaz, American actor (Angel, Bones), born in Buffalo, New York

Tucker Carlson

May 16 Tucker Carlson, American television commentator (Tucker Carlson Tonight), born in San Francisco, California

  • May 17 Paige Turco, actress (Melanie-Guiding Light), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 17 Thom Filicia, American television personality
  • May 17 Alan Doyle, Canadian musician (Great Big Sea), and actor, born in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland
  • May 20 Brian Gerard James, American professional wrestler
  • May 21 Masayo Kurata, Japanese voice actress

Anne Heche

May 25 Anne Heche, American actress (Donnie Brasco, Juror, Volcano), born in Aurora, Ohio

  • May 25 Matt Borlenghi, Italian-American actor (Brian Bodine-All My Children), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 27 Dondre Whitfield, American actor (All My Children), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 29 Anthony Azizi, American actor (Idris-Lost, Eagle Eye), born in NYC, New York

Weddings in Film & TV

Dustin Hoffman

May 4 Actor Dustin Hoffman (31) weds actress Anne Byrne (25)

Lana Turner

May 9 Actress Lana Turner marries for the 8th time to Ronald Dante


Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 1 Ella Logan [Ina Allan], Scottish actress (52nd Street, Woman Chases Man, Top of the Town), dies from cancer at 56
  • May 3 Karl Freund, German cinematographer and film director (Dracula, I love Lucy, The Mummy), dies at 79
  • May 14 Enid Bennett, silent film actress (Skippy, Hairpins), dies at 75
  • May 18 Ludwig Berger, German film director & cinematographer (The Thief of Bagdad), dies at 77
  • May 20 Fred Sherman, actor (Chain Lightning), dies after a stroke at 64
  • May 20 Royal Beal, American actor (Death of a Salesman), dies of cancer at 69
  • May 23 Diane Aubrey, actress (Haunted Strangler), dies of heart attack at 79
  • May 24 Mitzi Green [Elizabeth Keno], American child actress (Huckleberry Finn; Little Orphan Annie), dies from cancer at 48
  • May 27 Jeffrey Hunter, American actor (Star Trek Cage, The Searchers), dies of an intracranial hemorrhage at 43
  • May 28 Rhys Williams, Welsh actor (How Green Was My Valley, Nightmare, Okinawa, Cross My Heart), dies at 71