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

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May 17 Paul & Linda McCartney appear on "Saturday Night Live"

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

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

Actress Barbara Bach
Barbara Bach

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

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Composer John Williams
John Williams
  • May 23 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Neil Burton

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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 Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa

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

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
Actor Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
Actress Shelley Duvall
Shelley Duvall

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 1 Ana Claudia Talancón, Mexican actress
  • 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
  • May 9 Cho Hyeon Jae, South Korean actor
  • May 11 Matthew Lawrence, actor (Dynasty, Matthew-Brotherly Love), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 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 actor
  • May 22 Rhett Fisher, actor/musician
  • May 23 Lane Garrison, American actor
  • May 24 Billy L Sullivan, actor (Will Pacino-Something So Right), born in Long Island, New York
  • May 24 Cecilia Cheung, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • May 25 Jae Hee, South Korean actor

Weddings in Film & TV

  • May 22 Actress Marlo Thomas & talk host Phil Donahue marry

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 Kaminska, actress (Shop on Main Street), dies