On This Day

May 2002 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

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May 3 "Spider-Man", starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin, premieres

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May 15 "Bowling for Columbine", a documentary directed by Michael Moore has its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore

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May 16 "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman, opens in cinemas

Actress Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman
Actor Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor
Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas

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May 26 55th Cannes Film Festival: "The Pianist" directed by Roman Polanski wins the Palme d'Or

Film Director Roman Polanski
Film Director
Roman Polanski

Weddings in Film & TV

  • May 31 "NYPD Blue" actress Sharon Lawrence (30) weds doctor Thomas Apostle at Saint Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles

Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 2 John Nathan-Turner, English television producer (b. 1947)
  • May 5 George Sidney, American film director (b. 1916)
  • May 10 Yves Robert, French actor, screenwriter and director (b. 1920)
  • May 12 Erich Kulas, ECW Wrestler (Mass Transit), dies after surgery at 22
  • May 13 Ruth Cracknell, Australian actress (Mother and Son), dies at 76
  • May 16 Big Dick Dudley, American professional wrestler (b. 1968)
  • May 18 Davey Boy Smith, English professional wrestler (WWF Intercontinental Championship; British Bulldogs), dies of a heart attack at 39
  • May 25 Patricia "Pat" Coombs, British comedienne and actress (Carry On Again Doctor, Cranford), dies at 75