May 1994 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 1 Charles Kuralt, American broadcast journalist (On the Road) retires from CBS
  • May 6 Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait sets fire to the couch on The Tonight Show
  • May 8 500th commentary by Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes

Music Concert

May 10 Barbra Streisand's begins 1st concert tour in 30 years, at the Capitol Centre in Landover, Maryland (after "warm-up" shows in Las Vegas and London)

Pulp Fiction

May 12 "Pulp Fiction", directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson premieres at the Cannes Film Festival (Palme d'Or 1994)

  • May 19 Egyptian actor Omar Sharif suffers a mild heart attack
  • May 19 Final episode of American TV drama "LA Law" after 8 year run
  • May 20 Sony Theaters & Cineplex (NYC) hike movie ticket prices to $8.00
  • May 20 Sushmita Sen from India is crowned the 43rd Miss Universe at 18 years old
  • May 23 "Star Trek: The Next Generation" finale airs this week in syndication
  • May 23 47th Cannes Film Festival: "Pulp Fiction" directed by Quentin Tarantino wins the Palme d'Or

Daytime Emmy Awards

May 25 Emmy 21st Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci not nominated

The Flintstones

May 27 "The Flintstones" live action movie based in the 1960s cartoon, starring John Goodman (as Fred), Rick Moranis (as Barney), and Rosie O'Donnell (as Betty) premieres

Television Finale

May 27 Final broadcast of TV talk show "The Arsenio Hall Show"

Radio History

May 27 Larry King ends his radio show

  • May 28 "Cafe American" last airs on NBC-TV

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 4 Alexander Gould, American actor (Weeds), born in Los Angeles

Weddings in Film & TV

  • May 7 Matlock actor Daniel Roebuck (30) weds Kelly Durst (24)
  • May 14 Mayflower Madame Sydney Biddle Barrows (42) weds television producer Darnay Hoffman (46) at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City

Roone Arledge

May 21 ABC Sports President Roone Arledge (62) weds third wife Gigi Shaw

  • May 21 American actor and Burger King spokesman Dan Cortese (26) weds Dee Dee Hemby (26); divorce in 2012

Rush Limbaugh

May 27 Radio personality Rush Limbaugh (43) weds wife No. 3, aerobic instructor Marta Fitzgerald (35), at the home of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; divorced 2004


Divorces in Film & TV

Drew Barrymore

May 10 Drew Barrymore (19) files for divorce from Jeremy Thomas (31)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 6 Fred Sadoff, actor (Quiet American), dies of AIDS at 67
  • May 6 Montague Modlyn, broadcaster, dies at 72
  • May 8 George Peppard, American actor (Breakfast at Tiffany's, Banacek, A-Team, Blue Max), dies at 65
  • May 8 Rupert Haselden, journalist and screenwriter, dies at 36
  • May 8 Steven Keats, American actor (Death Wish), dies of apparent suicide at 48
  • May 11 Timothy Carey, American actor (Paths of Glory, The Killing), dies of stroke at 65
  • May 12 Helen Lee Mai, Hong Kong actress, dies at 63
  • May 13 Ruth Gillette, American actress (Wild Gold), dies of cancer at 88
  • May 14 Leonard Teale, Australian actor/reciter (Homicide), dies
  • May 15 Gilbert Roland [Luis Alonso], Mexican actor (Juarez, Barbarosa), dies from cancer at 88
  • May 15 Royal Dano, American actor (Red Badge of Courage, Cocaine Wars, House II), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • May 16 Alain Cuny, French actor (La Dolce Vita, Detective, Weite Land, Emmanuelle), dies at 85
  • May 16 Phani Majumdar, Indian film director (Street Singer), dies at 82
  • May 16 Vasek Simek, Czech/American actor (Green Card, Mistress), dies at 66
  • May 17 Andrew Brown, film Producer, dies at 55
  • May 19 Henry Morgan, American comedian and TV panelist (I've Got a Secret; Arena), dies of lung cancer at 79
  • May 23 Ray Candy, American professional wrestler, dies from a heart attack at 42
  • May 24 S├índor Lakatos, Hungarian violinist, bandleader, and actor (mostly as a gypsy violinist), dies at 69
  • May 29 Jose Bohr, actor (El Traidor, Sueno de Amor), dies at 92
  • May 31 Sidney Gilliat, English screenwriter (Night Train to Munich) and director, dies at 86
  • May 31 [Emmanuel] "Mannie" Klein, American swing jazz and session trumpeter (Frank Trumbauer; NBC Orchestra), dies at 86