On This Day

May 1972 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 14 24th Emmy Awards: "in the Family", Carrol O'Conner & Jean Stapleton win
  • May 18 "Me and The Chimp" an American TV sitcom last airs on CBS in the US
  • May 19 WMAV TV channel 18 in Oxford, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 19 25th Cannes Film Festival: "The Working Class Goes to Heaven" directed by Elio Petri and "The Mattei Affair" directed by Francesco Rosi jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

Birthdays in Film & TV


Person of interestDwayne Johnson

May 2 Dwayne Johnson [The Rock], American pro wrestler (WCW C'ship x 2; WWE C'ship x 8; Royal Rumble 2000), actor and producer (Baywatch, Jumanji) born in Hayward, California

Actor and Professional Wrestler Dwayne Johnson
Actor and Professional Wrestler
Dwayne Johnson
  • May 2 Pandora Boxx [Michael Steck], American drag queen, comedian and TV personality (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Jamestown, New York
  • May 5 Brigitta Boccoli, Italian actress (Manhattan Baby), born in Milan, Italy
  • May 7 Asghar Farhadi, Iranian film director (The Salesman, A Separation), born in Khomeyni Shahr, Iran
  • May 9 Megumi Odaka, Japanese actress and artist
  • May 10 Emma Ridley, American actress (Return to Oz, Boy Meets World), born in Hampstead, England
  • May 11 Anita Hegh, Australian actress
  • May 12 Paul Stout, Saugus California, actor (Phillip-Scarecrow & Mrs King)
  • May 14 Gabriel Mann, American actor
  • May 15 David Charvet, actor (Melrose Place)
  • May 16 Khary Payton, American actor
  • May 22 Alison Eastwood, daughter of actor Clint/actress (Tightrope)
  • May 22 Anna Belknap, American actress (CSI NY), born in Damariscotta, Maine
  • May 22 Annabel Chong, Singapore actress
  • May 24 Greg Berlanti, American television writer and producer (Everwood), born in Rye, New York
  • May 26 Patsy Palmer [Julie Merkell], British actress (Eastenders), born in London, England
  • May 31 Karl Geary, Irish actor

Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 3 Bruce Cabot, actor (Diamonds are Forever), dies at 68
  • May 13 Dan Blocker, American actor (Tiny-Cimarron City, Hoss-Bonanza), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 43
  • May 15 Nigel Green, South African-born British character actor (Zulu, Skull, Tobruk, Ipcress File), dies of an accidental barbiturate overdose at 47
  • May 22 Margaret Rutherford, English actress (Murder Ahoy, VIP's), dies at 80
  • May 24 Asta Nielsen, actress (Joyless Street), dies at 88
  • May 24 Gavin Muir, American actor (Mary of Scotland, Johnny Trouble), dies at 71
  • May 24 Ismail Yasseen, Egyptian comedian and actor (Isamil Yassine as Tarzan, Ibn Hamidu), dies of a heart attack at 59