On This Day

May 1996 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 5 Renette Cruz, Vancouver, wins Miss Canadian Universe

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May 7 Comedian Martin Lawrence suffers a nervous breakdown

Comedian Martin Lawrence
Comedian
Martin Lawrence

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May 10 "Twister" disaster film written by Michael Crichton starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton premieres

Actress Helen Hunt
Actress
Helen Hunt
Novelist Michael Crichton
Novelist
Michael Crichton
  • May 17 Venezuelan Alicia Machado, aged 18, crowned 45th Miss Universe
  • May 20 49th Cannes Film Festival: "Secrets & Lies" directed by Mike Leigh wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 22 Emmy 23rd Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 16th time
  • May 24 "Spy Hard" starring Leslie Nielsen is released
  • May 30 John Tesh's final day as host of "Entertainment Tonight"

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 9 Mary Matilyn Mouser, American child actress
  • May 26 Austin Michael Luciano, American actor (Dante Carlino-Another World) (d. 2019)

Weddings in Film & TV

  • May 1 Actress and talk show host Kelly Ripa (26) weds film actor Mark Consuelos (25) in Las Vegas

LoveWedding of Interest

May 4 Actor-producer Forest Whitaker (35) weds actress-model Keisha Nash (23) in Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • May 4 "CSI Miami" actor David Caruso (40) weds flight attendant Margaret Buckley (33)

LoveWedding of Interest

May 14 Actor Antonio Banderas (35) weds actress Melanie Griffith (38) at the Westminster register office in London

  • May 18 "As the World Turns" actor Shawn Christian (30) weds personal trainer Deborah Quinn in Gun Lake, Michigan
  • May 25 Actress Kelley Menighan (29) weds actor-singer Jon Hensley (31) in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 26 "Seinfield" actor-comedian Wayne Knight (41) weds makeup artist Paula Sutor (44) in Pacific Palisades, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 1 Ivo Rudolph Jarosy, German-British film scholar and exhibitor, dies at 74
  • May 3 Jack Weston [Weinstein], American actor (Dirty Dancing, The Four Seasons, Rad), dies of lymphoma at 71
  • May 7 Howard Smith, British diplomat and Director General of MI5, dies at 76
  • May 17 Willis Conover, American broadcaster (Voice of America), dies at 75
  • May 19 Margaret Rawlings, actress (Roman Holiday), dies at 89
  • May 19 Giovanni "John" Beradino, American MLB infielder (St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians) and actor (General Hospital), dies from pancreatic cancer at 79
  • May 20 Jon Pertwee, English actor and entertainer (third Doctor in Doctor Who, Worzel Gummidge), dies from a heart attack at 76
  • May 20 Eric Davidson, comedy scriptwriter, dies at 65
  • May 21 Alfred "Lash" LaRue, American actor (Lash of the West, Wyatt Earp), dies of emphysema at 78
  • May 23 Dorothy Hyson, American actress (Ghoul, Spare a Copper, Sing as We Go), dies at 81
  • May 23 Patrick Cargill, British actor (Help!, No Wreath for the General, Hammerhead), dies of a brain tumor at 77
  • May 24 John Abbott, British actor (The Jungle Book, Gigi, Smogasboard), dies from cancer at 90
  • May 29 Jeremy Sinden, English actor (Chariots of Fire, Ascendancy, Harem), dies at 45
  • May 31 Colin Morris, playwright/documentary filmmaker, dies at 80