May 1975 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 4 Italian film "Seven Beauties" directed by Lina Wertmüller, starring Giancarlo Giannini, and Shirley Stoler released - first film directed by a women to be nominated for an Academy Award
  • May 14 Cult feminist film "Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles" written and directed by Chantal Ackerman and starring Delphine Seyrig premieres at Cannes
  • May 17 NBC pays $5M for rights to show "Gone With The Wind" one time

27th Emmy Awards

May 19 27th Emmy Awards: "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", Robert Blake & Jean Marsh win

  • May 23 28th Cannes Film Festival: "Chronicle of the Years of Fire" directed by Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina wins the Palme d'Or

Musical Finale

May 31 Larry Grossman and Hal Hackady's historical musical comedy "Goodtime Charley", based on King Charles VII of France, and starring Joel Grey, closes at Palace Theater, NYC, after 104 performances


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 1 Austin Croshere, American basketball forward (Indiana Pacers) and broadcaster (Fox Sports Indiana Pacers analyst), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 2 Kate Baldwin, American stage actress and singer (Hello, Dolly!), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • May 3 Christina Hendricks, American actress (Mad Men), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • May 3 Dulé Hill, American actor (The West Wing), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • May 3 Eva Santolaria, Spanish actress (7 Vidas), born in Barcelona, Spain

Jodhi May (48 years old)

May 8 British actress (A World Apart; Sister My Sister; The Other Boleyn Girl), born in Camden Town, London, England

  • May 9 Chris Diamantopoulos, Canadian actor (The Three Stooges; Silicon Valley), and cartoon Voice (Mickey Mouse, 2013-present), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 17 Alex Wright, German professional wrestler
  • May 17 Kostas Sommer, Greek actor
  • May 19 Masanobu Ando, Japanese actor
  • May 21 Abbas [Mirza Abbas Ali], Indian Tamil film actor and model (Kadhal Desam), born in Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • May 23 Kim Sung-soo, South Korean actor
  • May 27 André 3000 [Benjamin], American rapper (Outkast), and actor, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 27 Jamie Oliver, British chef and television personality, born in Claverling, England

Melanie Brown (48 years old)

May 29 English pop singer "Scary Spice" (Spice Girls), and television personality (America's Got Talent; X-FActor), born in Leeds, England

  • May 29 Shoshanna Lonstein, American fashion designer and ex-girlfriend of Jerry Seinfeld, born in NYC, New York
  • May 30 CeeLo Green [Thomas Callaway], American Grammy winning singer-songwriter (Crazy; F*** You), reality TV judge (The Voice, 2011-13), record producer, and actor, born in Atlanta, Georgia

Weddings in Film & TV

Sean Connery

May 6 Actor Sean Connery (44) weds Micheline Roquebrune in Casablanca

Deaths in Film & TV

Moe Howard (1897-1975)

May 4 American actor and comedian (The 3 Stooges), dies at 77

  • May 9 Philip Dorn, Dutch actor (Enemy Agent; I Remember Mama), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • May 11 Walter Kinsella, American actor (Martin Kane Private Eye), dies at 74
  • May 22 Torben Myer, Danish actor (Girl Who Came Back, Judgment at Nuremberg, Sullivan's Travels), dies at 90
  • May 23 Jackie Moms Mabley, American comedian and actress (Amazing Grace), dies at 81
  • May 28 Roy Roberts, American actor (Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • May 30 Michel Simon, Swiss actor (Panic, Plague, Two of Us), dies at 80