On This Day

May 1979 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 14 "Kids Are All Right" rockumentary film featuring The Who premieres at the Cannes Film Festival
  • May 14 "Stalker", Russian film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, starring Alexander Kaidanovsky and Anatoli Solonitsyn, is released
  • May 17 Emmy 6th Daytime Award presentation, "Ryan's Hope" wins Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 22 1st ACE Cable Awards: "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" by Jim Henson and HBO

Muppeteer and Filmmaker Jim Henson
Muppeteer and Filmmaker
Jim Henson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24 32nd Cannes Film Festival: "Apocalypse Now" directed by Francis Ford Coppola and "Die Biechtrommel" directed by Volker Schlondorff jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

Film release premierFilm Release

May 25 "Alien", directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver is released

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

May 28 ABC premiere of TV's "The House on Garibaldi Street", based on the 1960 capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina

Nazi SS Officer and War Criminal Adolf Eichmann
Nazi SS Officer and War Criminal
Adolf Eichmann
  • May 29 CBS premiere of Melissa Anderson's modern "Survival of Dana", her first "bad girl" role, in which Anderson's title character leaves her North Dakota town for Los Angeles after her parents' divorce

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 1 Ben Easter, American actor
  • May 3 Monsta Mack [Steven Carrasquillo], American professional wrestler, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 3 Genevieve Nnaji, Nigerian actress and director (Lionheart), born in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria
  • May 4 Wes Butters, British broadcaster, born in Salford, England
  • May 5 Vincent Kartheiser, American actor (Mad Men), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 9 Rosario Dawson, American actress
  • May 16 Evan Ferrante, American actor (Owen-Swan's Crossing), born in Armonk, New York
  • May 19 Barbara Nedeljakova, Slovak actress
  • May 22 Nadia Khan, TV Presenter
  • May 22 Maggie Q [Margaret Quigley], American actress (Mission Impossible III, Nikita), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • May 24 Frank Mir, American UFC fighter and professional wrestler, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • May 26 Elisabeth Harnois, American actress (CSI), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • May 26 Ashley Massaro, American model and professional wrestler
  • May 28 Jesse Bradford, American actor
  • May 28 Monica Keena, American actress
  • May 29 Brian Kendrick, American pro wrestler (WWE cruiserweight tag team champion), born in Fairfax, Virginia
  • May 30 Kugimiya Rie, Japanese seiyuu (voice actress)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 3 Erin O'Brien-Moore, actress (Nurse Choate-Peyton Place), dies at 76
  • May 5 Shirley O'Hara, actress (Wild Party), dies at 68
  • May 11 Joan Chandler, American actress, dies at 55
  • May 24 Jan Arvan, actor (Red Skelton Show, Zorro), dies
  • May 26 George Brent, American actor (Baby Face, Dark Victory, 42nd St), dies at 75

Person of interestMary Pickford

May 29 Mary Pickford, actress (Coquette, Suds, Secrets), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 87

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford
  • May 30 Jack Raine, British actor (Quartet), dies at 82