On This Day

May 2008 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Film Release

May 2 First film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe released "Iron Man" directed by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark

Agreement of Interest

May 4 Seth MacFarlane reaches an agreement worth $100 million with Fox to keep "Family Guy" and "American Dad" on television until 2012, making MacFarlane the world's highest paid television writer

Music Concert

May 8 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, Chris Botti, Feist, Roberto Alagna, and Natalie Clein

TV Show Appearance

May 11 Charo makes a guest appearance on the Latin-themed VH1 reality show Viva Hollywood

  • May 25 61st Cannes Film Festival: "The Class" directed by Laurent Cantet wins the Palme d'Or

Weddings in Film & TV

  • May 17 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (23) weds rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (28) in Encino, California

Jessica Alba

May 19 Film actress Jessica Alba (31) weds film and TV producer Cash Warren (33) at the Beverly Hills Courthouse in Beverly Hills, California

Charlie Sheen

May 30 Film actor Charlie Sheen (42) weds socialite Brooke Mueller (30) at a private estate in Los Angeles, California

  • May 31 "Law & Order" actress Alana De La Garza (31) weds writer Michael Roberts in Orlando, Orange County, Florida

Divorces in Film & TV

  • May 16 "24" actor Kiefer Sutherland (37) divorces former model Elizabeth Kelly Winn (42) due to irreconcilable differences after nearly 8 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 2 Beverlee McKinsey, American actress (Iris-Another World, Guiding Light), dies at 72
  • May 10 Jessie Jacobs, Australian Actress (b. 1990)
  • May 15 Alexander Courage, American composer of original Star Trek theme, dies at 88
  • May 24 Dick Martin [Thomas Richard], American actor and comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Carbon Copy), dies of respiratory complications at 86

Sydney Pollack

May 26 Sydney Pollack, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (Out of Africa, Tootsie) dies at 73

  • May 28 Robert Justman, American television producer (b. 1926)
  • May 29 Harvey Korman, American actor (The Carol Burnett Show; Blazing Saddles; High Anxiety), dies at 81