On This Day

May 1981 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 15 SCTV Network 90, sequel to Second City Television, debuts on NBC

Music release#1 in the Charts

May 16 "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis
  • May 21 Kim Seelbrede, (Ohio), crowned 30th Miss USA
  • May 27 34th Cannes Film Festival: "Man of Iron" directed by Andrzej Wajda wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 30 "Nightline" extends from 4 nights to 5 nights a week (Friday)

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 5 Danielle Christine Fishel, American actress (Topanga-Boy Meets World), born in Mesa, Arizona
  • May 5 Marcelle Bittar, Brazilian-Lebanese supermodel, born in Guarapuava, Paraná, Brazil

Person of interestXie Na

May 6 Xie Na, Chinese television host and actress (Happy Camp), born in Deyang, Sichuan

Television Presenter and Actress Xie Na
Television Presenter and Actress
Xie Na
  • May 8 Stephen Amell, Canadian actor (Arrow), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 11 Austin O'Brien, American actor (Apollo 13, My Girl 2, Lawnmower Man), born in Eugene, Oregon
  • May 12 Lorena Bernal, Spanish model and actress, Miss Spain 1999

Person of interestRami Malek

May 12 Rami Malek, American actor (Bohemian Rhapsody), born in Los Angeles, California

Actor Rami Malek
Actor
Rami Malek
  • May 13 Sunny Leone, Canadian born Indian American model and actress, born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • May 13 Jimmy Yang, American wrestler
  • May 13 Rebecka Liljeberg, Swedish actress
  • May 15 Jamie-Lynn Sigler, American actress
  • May 16 Jim Sturgess, English actor
  • May 17 R. J. Helton, American Idol finalist
  • May 19 Calico Cooper, American actress (Lila Black-Bloomers) and dancer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 22 Bryan Danielson, American professional wrestler
  • May 27 Özgür Çevik, Turkish singer and actor
  • May 30 Blake Bashoff, American actor

Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 8 Margaret Lindsay, actress (G Men, Lady Killer, Jezebel), dies at 70
  • May 18 Arthur O'Connell, American actor (Mr Peepers, Second Hundred Years), dies at 73
  • May 21 Yuki Shimoda, actor (Farewell to Manzanar), dies
  • May 24 Jack Warner [Waters], British actor (Dixon of Dock Green, Christmas Carol), dies from pneumonia at 85