On This Day

May 1980 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 1 "Day in Hollywood, A Night..." opens at John Golden NYC for 588 performances
  • May 9 Slasher horror film "Friday the 13th" is released in US cinemas
  • May 15 Shawn Weatherly of South Carolina crowned 29th Miss USA, goes on to win Miss Universe

Film & TV History

May 19 Ringo & Barbara Bach are involved in a car crash

Music History

May 21 "Star Wars Episode V - Empire Strikes Back", produced by George Lucas opens in cinemas in UK and North America

  • May 23 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Neil Burton

Cannes Film Festival

May 23 33rd Cannes Film Festival: "All That Jazz" directed by Bob Fosse and "Kagemusha" directed by Akira Kurosawa jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

Film Release

May 23 Horror film "The Shining" released directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, based on book by Stephen King


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 1 Ana Claudia Talancón, Mexican actress
  • May 2 (Elizabeth) "Ellie" Kemper, American actress (The Office -"Erin"; Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • May 6 Scott Colton, American professional wrestler
  • May 6 Kelly van der Veer, Dutch reality TV star
  • May 7 Kate Lawler, English reality television personality and disc jockey (won 1st Big Brother), born in London, England
  • May 9 Cho Hyeon Jae, South Korean actor
  • May 13 Waka Inoue, Japanese gravure idol and actress
  • May 15 Rocky Marquette, American actor
  • May 19 Drew Fuller, American actor/model
  • May 21 Chris Raab, American television personality, born in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
  • May 22 Rhett Fisher, American actor and musician, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • May 23 Lane Garrison, American actor
  • May 24 Billy L. Sullivan, American actor (Will Pacino-Something So Right), born in Long Island, New York
  • May 24 Cecilia Cheung, Hong Kong-Australian actress (Fly Me To Polaris) and cantopop singer, born in Hong Kong
  • May 25 Jae Hee, South Korean actor (Sassy Girl Chun-hyang), born in Seoul

Weddings in Film & TV

  • May 22 American actress Marlo Thomas (42) weds American TV talk host Phil Donahue (44)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 2 George Pál, Hungarian-born film director (b. 1908)
  • May 4 Kay Hammond, British actress (Blithe Spirit, 5 Golden Hours), dies at 71
  • May 12 Lillian Roth [Rutstein], American singer and actress (Animal Crackers; Alice Sweet Alice), dies at 69
  • May 14 Hugh Griffith, Welsh actor (Ben-Hur, Mutiny on the Bounty, Oliver!), dies from a heart attack at 67
  • May 21 Ida Kamińska, Polish stage and screen actress, director, and writer (The Shop on Main Street; Mother Courage and Her Children), dies at 80