On This Day in Film & TV for May 1

Events in Film & TV

  • 1931 Singer Kate Smith begins her long-running radio program on CBS
  • 1939 Batman comics hit the street

Film release premierFilm Premier

1941 "Citizen Kane", directed by Orson Welles and starring himself, Joseph Cotten and Dorothy Corningore, premieres at the Palace Theater in New York City

Actor and Director Orson Welles
Actor and Director
Orson Welles
  • 1950 WJIM (now WLNS) TV channel 6 in Lansing, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WAPA TV channel 4 in San Juan, PR (NBC/SFN) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 7th National Film Awards (India): "Apur Sansar" wins the Golden Lotus

Film release premierFilm Release

1978 Jackie Chan's breakthrough film "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" directed by Yuen Woo-ping, is released in Hong Kong

  • 1980 "Day in Hollywood, A Night..." opens at John Golden NYC for 588 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 US President Reagan ends embargo against Nicaragua

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1994 Charles Kuralt retires as CBS newsman (On the Road)

Film release premierFilm Premier

2000 "Gladiator" directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix premieres in LA (Best Picture 2001)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007 British model Kate Moss launches a clothing line with chain Topshop

Supermodel Kate Moss
Kate Moss

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1901 Heinz Eric Roemheld, American film composer (d. 1985)
  • 1905 Leila Hyams, American actress (Big House, Ruggles of Red Gap), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1913 Louis Nye, American comedian and actor (d. 2005)
  • 1916 Glenn Ford, Quebec Canada, actor (Cade's County, Big Heat, Midway)
  • 1917 Danielle Darrieux, French actress (Alexander the Great, Mayerling)
  • 1917 John Beradino, actor (Steve Hardy-General Hospital), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1917 Louis G "Lo" van Hensbergen, actor/author (Amsterdam Affair)
  • 1918 Jack Paar, American television host of the Jack Paar Show (d. 2004), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1919 Dan O'Herlihy, Irish actor (Fail Safe, Last Starfighter, Robocop)
  • 1927 Roland Verhavert, Flemish screen writer (Sea Gulls Die in the Harbor)
  • 1935 Ann Robinson, American actress
  • 1937 Una Stubbs, English actress ( Till Death Us Do Part), born in Welwyn Garden City

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1939 Max Robinson, 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1988)

1st African-American Network TV Anchor Max Robinson
1st African-American Network TV Anchor
Max Robinson
  • 1939 Ray Aranha, actor (Nick-Married People), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1941 Barbara Barendrecht, [BHM Wurfbain], actress (Dirty Picture)
  • 1942 Stephen Macht, actor (Joe-Knots Landing, Cagney & Lacey), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Joy Harmon, actress (Cool Hand Luke), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1946 Bruce Robinson, actor (Story of Adele H)
  • 1946 Joanna Lumley, Kashmir India, actress (Abs Fab, OHM's Secret Service)
  • 1949 Douglas Barr, actor (Howie-Fall Guy), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1950 Dann Florek, American actor (Law & Order), born in Flat Rock, Michigan
  • 1954 Michael Scott, reporter (Entertainment Tonight)
  • 1956 Byron Stewart, Baxter Springs Ks, actor (Warren Coolidge-St Elsewhere)
  • 1962 Paula Weishoff, volleyballer (Oly-Sil-84, br-92, 96), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1966 Charlie Schlatter, American actor (18 Again, Heartbreak Hotel), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Scott Coffey, HI, actor (Satisfaction, Shout)
  • 1967 Tawni Cable, playmate (June 1989), born in Salem, Oregon
  • 1967 Tim McGraw, American musician and actor, born in Delhi, Louisiana
  • 1968 Sol Kyung-gu, South Korean actor
  • 1969 Carrie Stevens, playmate (June 1997), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1971 Jamie Marie Swenson, Miss USA-South Dakota (1997)
  • 1971 Ajith Kumar, Indian film actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1975 Jodhi May, British actress (A World Apart, The Other Boleyn Girl), born in London, England

Actress Jodhi May
Jodhi May
  • 1976 Darius McCrary, actor (Edward Winslow-Family Matters)
  • 1978 Sachie Hara, Japanese actress
  • 1979 Ben Easter, American actor
  • 1980 Ana Claudia Talanc√≥n, Mexican actress
  • 1982 Jamie Dornan, Irish actor (Fifty Shades of Grey), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1983 The Human Tornado (Craig Williams), American professional wrestler
  • 1984 Farah Fath, American actress
  • 1985 Drew Sidora, American actress
  • 1987 Matt Di Angelo, English Actor (Eastenders), born in London, England
  • 1991 Creagen Dow, American actor
  • 1997 Ariel Gade, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1967 King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley (32) weds actress Priscilla Beaulieu (21) at Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

HeartWedding of Interest

1982 Actress Kate Jackson (33) weds business executive David Greenwald in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Kate Jackson
Kate Jackson

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1991 Actor Robert Duvall weds Sharon Brophy

  • 1996 Actress and talk show host Kelly Ripa (26) weds film actor Mark Consuelos (25) in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

1998 "Reality Bites" actor Ethan Hawke (27) weds "Pulp Fiction" actress Uma Thurman (28)

Actress Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
  • 1999 "As Good As It Gets" actor Greg Kinnear (35) weds British model Helen Labdon (29)

HeartWedding of Interest

2010 Actor-producer Seth Green (36) weds actress Clare Grant (30) at George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch in Nacasio, California

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1978 Actress and model Bianca Jagger files for divorce from Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger after 7 years of marriage on the grounds of his adultery with model Jerry Hall

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1937 Snitz Edwards, Hungarian actor (College, Phantom of the Opera), dies at 69
  • 1954 Tom Tyler [Vincent Markowsky], American actor (Stagecoach, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon), dies from heart failure at 50
  • 1957 Grant Mitchell, American actor (Great Lie, Laura, Cairo, Conflict), dies at 82
  • 1969 Ella Logan, actress (52nd Street, Woman Chases Man), dies at 56
  • 1971 Edith Day, American actress (A Romance of the Air), dies at 75
  • 1971 Glenda Farrell, actress (Grand Slam, Exposed), dies at 66
  • 1976 Rex O'Malley, British actor (Camille, Zara, Midnight, Thief), dies at 75
  • 1982 Gene Sheldon, actor (Bernardo-Zorro), dies at 72
  • 1984 Gordon Jenkins, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 73
  • 1985 George Pravda, Czech actor, dies at 68
  • 1986 Hylda Baker, English comedy actress (b. 1905)
  • 1988 Paolo Stoppa, actor (Garibaldi, Visit, Freedom Fighters), dies
  • 1989 Douglass Watson, actor (Mac Cory-Another World), dies at 68
  • 1989 Marion Mack, actress (General), dies
  • 1990 Sunset Carson, cowboy actor (El Paso Kid, Oregon Trail), dies at 62
  • 1996 Ivo Rudolph Jarosy, German-British film scholar and exhibitor, dies at 74
  • 2000 Steve Reeves, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 2003 Miss Elizabeth, American wrestler (b. 1960)
  • 2015 Grace Lee Whitney, American actress (Yeoman Rand in Star Trek), dies at 85