On This Day

May 1984 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 17 Mai Shanley, 21, of New Mexico crowned 33rd Miss USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 19 "King Of Suede" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #62

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic

Film release premierFilm Release

May 23 "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", 2nd in the film series, directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford, opens in the US

Actor Harrison Ford
Actor
Harrison Ford
Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Director Steven Spielberg
Director
Steven Spielberg
  • May 23 37th Cannes Film Festival: "Paris, Texas" directed by Wim Wenders wins the Palme d'Or

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 23 Crime epic film "Once Upon a Time in America" directed by Sergio Leone starring Robert De Niro and James Woods premieres at Cannes


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 1 Farah Fath, American actress
  • May 3 Nam Sang-mi, South Korean actress and model, born in Yeongju, South Korea
  • May 5 Eve Torres, American actress and professional wrestler (3 times WWE Divas Champion), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 8 Nadine Chandrawinata, 2006 Miss Universe Pageant (Indonesia)
  • May 12 Emily Beecham, English actress (Little Joe), born in Manchester, England
  • May 13 Caitlin Murphy, Australian actress and Model
  • May 16 Mickie Knuckles, American female professional wrestler
  • May 17 Lena Waithe, American screenwriter, actress and producer (Master of None), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 21 Lorena Ayala, Spanish-Dutch model and beauty queen
  • May 23 Adam Wylie, actor (Picket Fences)
  • May 24 Sarah Hagan, American actress (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in Austin, Texas
  • May 25 Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir, Icelandic actress and beauty queen who won 2005 Miss World, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • May 28 Beth Allen, New Zealand actress

Person of interestLaverne Cox

May 29 Laverne Cox, American actress and LGBT advocate, born in Mobile, Alabama

Actress Laverne Cox
Actress
Laverne Cox
  • May 31 Jason Smith, Australian actor

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

May 26 Actress Annette Bening (25) weds J. Steven White


Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 1 Gordon Jenkins, American arranger and orchestra leader (Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra), dies of Lou Gehrig's disease at 73
  • May 4 Diana Dors [Fluck], British actress and singer (Berserk!, Steaming), dies of cancer at 52
  • May 10 Robert Moore, American director and actor (Murder by Death, Marshall-Diana), dies from AIDS-related pneumonia at 56
  • May 12 Doris May, actress (Peck's Bad Boy), dies at 81 of heart failure
  • May 16 Andy Kaufman, comedian (Latka-Taxi), dies of cancer at 35
  • May 16 Wessel Couzijn, Dutch sculptor and cartoonist (Auschwitz-monument), dies at 71
  • May 20 Peter Bull, British actor and author (The African Queen, Tom Jones, Dr Strangelove), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • May 21 Andrea Leeds, actress (Stage Door, Earthbound), dies of cancer at 70
  • May 21 Ann Little, actress (Roaring Road), dies at 93
  • May 22 John Marley, actor (Cat Ballou), dies at 77 following heart surgery
  • May 24 Vincent J. McMahon, American professional wrestling promoter (b. 1914)
  • May 28 Eric Morecambe [John Bartholomew], British comedian (Morecambe & Wise, Picadilly Palace), dies of a heart attack at 58