May 1998 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Television Finale

May 14 Seinfeld's final 2-part episode "The Finale" airs on NBC-TV to 76.3M viewers with commercials priced at $2M for 30 seconds

  • May 18 44th British Academy Television Awards: "I'm Alan Partridge" Best Comedy, "Jonathan Creek" Best Drama
  • May 24 51st Cannes Film Festival: "Mia aioniotita kai mia mera / Eternity and a Day" by Theo Angelopoulos wins the Palme d'Or

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 16 Ariel Waller, Canadian child actress
  • May 24 Daisy Edgar-Jones, British actress (Normal People), born in London, England

Weddings in Film & TV

Uma Thurman

May 1 "Reality Bites" actor Ethan Hawke (27) weds "Pulp Fiction" actress Uma Thurman (28)

  • May 2 Actor-comedian Jim Belushi (43) weds Jennifer Sloan (30) at their home garden in Brentwood, Los Angeles

Cindy Crawford

May 21 Supermodel Cindy Crawford (32) weds restaurateur Rande Gerber (36) on Paradise Island in the Bahamas

Lucy Lawless

May 28 "Xena: The Warrior Princess" Lucy Lawless (30) weds executive producer Rob Tapert (43) at Saint Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California


Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 2 Gene Raymond [Raymond Guion], American actor (Paris 7000, Love on a Bet, Fireside Theater), dies from pneumonia a 89
  • May 2 Kevin Lloyd, British actor (b. 1949)
  • May 9 Alice Faye [Leppert], American actress & singer (Hello Frisco, Hello; Fallen Angel; Stowaway), dies of stomach cancer at 83

Frank Sinatra

May 14 Frank Sinatra, American singer ("My Way") and actor ("Guys and Dolls"), dies at 82

  • May 19 (Edwin) "Ted" Astley, British arranger, bandleader, and film and television composer (The Mouse That Roared; The Saint), dies at 76
  • May 21 Douglas Fowley, American actor (Singin' in the Rain, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), dies at 86
  • May 22 John Derek, American actor, director and photographer (Knock on Any Door, All the King's Men, Rogues of Sherwood Forest), dies at 71

Murder of InterestPhil Hartman

May 28 Phil Hartman, Canadian actor and comedian, murdered by his wife in his sleep at 49