On This Day

May 1987 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 7 Diane Chambers' (Shelley Long) final episode on TV comedy "Cheers"

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May 15 Last episode of "The Late Show with Joan Rivers" after the host is fired by the Fox network

Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host Joan Rivers
Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host
Joan Rivers

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May 16 Weird Al Yankovic performs live at 72nd National Orange Show

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

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May 19 1st American Comedy Award: Johnny Carson & Betty White

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White
Comedian and TV Host Johnny Carson
Comedian and TV Host
Johnny Carson
  • May 19 40th Cannes Film Festival: "Sous le soleil de Satan" directed by Maurice Pialat wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 20 Wrestler Jerry Lawler sues WWF & Harley Race for trademark name "king"
  • May 26 Cecilia Bolocco, 22, of Chile, crowned 36th Miss Universe
  • May 27 Christian evangelists Jim and Tammy Bakker appear on "Nightline" after PTL scandal
  • May 29 "Twilight Zone" director John Landis found innocent of involuntary manslaughter in death of actor Vic Morrow and 2 child actors during filming
  • May 30 North American Philips Company unveils compact disc video

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 1 Matt Di Angelo, English Actor (Eastenders), born in London, England
  • May 6 Moon Geun-young, South Korean actress
  • May 13 Hunter Parrish, American actor
  • May 15 Jennylyn Mercado, Filipina actress and singer
  • May 18 Luisana Lopilato, Argentine actress and model
  • May 21 Ashlie Brillault, American actress
  • May 29 Alessandra Toreson, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

May 6 Actor Yun Fat Chow (31) weds Jasmine Tan

LoveWedding of Interest

May 9 Actor Tom Cruise (27) weds actress Mimi Rogers (33)

Actor Tom Cruise
Actor
Tom Cruise

Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 4 Cathryn Damon, American actress (Mary-Soap, She's Having a Baby), dies of cancer at 56
  • May 7 Colin Blakely, Northern-Irish character actor (Shattered, Equus, King Lear), dies of leukaemia at 56
  • May 14 Rita Hayworth [Margarita Cansino], American actress (Gilda, Cover Girl, The Lady from Shanghai), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 68
  • May 15 Wynne Gibson, actor (Night After Night, Aggie Appleby), dies
  • May 21 Alejandro Rey, Argentine-American actor and director (Carlos-Flying Nun), dies lung cancer at 57
  • May 24 Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold, British actress (Gigi, Music Man), dies at 89
  • May 28 Charles Ludlam, American playwright and actor (Big Easy), dies at 44
  • May 31 Dorothy Patrick, actress (Torch Song, New Orleans, High Wall), dies