On This Day in Film & TV for May 12

Events in Film & TV

  • 1953 KUHT TV channel 8 (PBS) in Houston, TX, begins broadcasting
  • 1967 20th Cannes Film Festival: "Blowup" directed by Michelangelo Antonioni wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1968 WSKG TV channel 46 (PBS) in Binghamton, NY, begins broadcasting
  • 1970 KTVM TV channel 6 in Butte, MT (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1983 Julie Lynne Hayek, (California), crowned 32nd Miss USA

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1986 President Reagan appoints Dr James C Fletcher NASA Administrator

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1989 "Entertainment Tonight" makes 2,000th TV performance

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1990 3rd time "Saturday Night Live" uses time delay (Andrew Dice Clay hosts)

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

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1990 Nora Dunn & Sinead O'Connor boycott "Saturday Night Live" to protest Andrew "Dice" Clay's hosting

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Singer-Songwriter
Sinead O'Connor
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • 1993 Final episode of 6 year run of ABC's "Wonder Years" in Netherlands
  • 1993 Last broadcast of "Knots landing" on CBS

Film release premierFilm Premier

1994 "Pulp Fiction", directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson premieres at the Cannes Film Festival (Palme d'Or 1994)

Film Director & Screenwriter Quentin Tarantino
Film Director & Screenwriter
Quentin Tarantino
Actor Samuel L. Jackson
Actor
Samuel L. Jackson
Actress Uma Thurman
Actress
Uma Thurman
  • 2013 59th British Academy Television Awards: "The Revolution Will Be Televised" Best Comedy, "Last Tango in Halifax" Best Drama

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1880 W Hupkes, engineer/director (Dutch Rail 1938)
  • 1886 Piotr F Scharoff, Russian-Italian actor and director (Chechov), born (d. 1969)
  • 1894 Cleo Ridgely, American silent screen actress (I Remember Mama), born in NYC, New York (d. 1962)
  • 1903 Wilfrid Hyde-White, British actor (My Fair Lady, Peyton Place), born in Gloucestershire, England (d. 1991)

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1907 Katharine Hepburn, American actress (Adam's Rib, On Golden Pond), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2003)

  • 1910 Gordon Jenkins, Webster Grove Mo, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour)
  • 1914 Howard K Smith, LA, TV newsman (ABC, Moderated Kennedy-Nixon debate)
  • 1918 Oscar Beregi Jr, Hungarian actor (Young Frankenstein, Panic in City)

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1924 Tony Hancock, English comedian and actor (Hancock's Half Hour), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1968)

Comedian Tony Hancock
Comedian
Tony Hancock
  • 1936 Tom Snyder,American newscaster (The Tomorow Show, NBC Weekend News), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Klaus Doldinger, German jazz saxophonist (Passport) and composer for film, born in Berlin
  • 1937 George Carlin, comedian (7 dirty words, AM & FM, Carwash), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1938 Millie Perkins, actress (Jane-Knots Landings), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1938 Susan Hampshire, actress (Vanity Fair, Living Free), born in London, England
  • 1942 Ian Dury, English rock musician (The Blockheads) and actor (Judge Dredd), born in Upminster, Essex (d. 2000)
  • 1943 Linda Dano, actress (Felicia Gallant-Another World), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Linda Carlson, actress (Bev-Newhart, Katie-Kaz), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1947 Micheline Lanctôt, American film actor, director and screenwriter
  • 1948 Lindsay Ann Crouse, American actress (Slapshot, Iceman, Places in Heart), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 Bruce Boxleitner, Elgin Ill, actor (Scarecrow & Mrs King, Babylon 5)
  • 1950 Gabriel Byrne, actor (Hello Again, Cool World), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1956 Glenn Robbins, Australian comedian

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1956 Homer Simpson, fictional character from the long running television show "The Simpsons", born in Springfield

Fictional TV Character Homer Simpson
Fictional TV Character
Homer Simpson
  • 1958 Beth Maitland, actress (Traci-Young & Restless)
  • 1958 Kim Greist, actress (CHUD, Brazil, Payoff, Manhunter), born in Stamford, Connecticut
  • 1959 Ving Rhames, American actor
  • 1961 Lar Park Lincoln, American actress
  • 1961 Bruce McCulloch, Canadian actor (The Kids in the Hall), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1962 Emilio Estevez, American actor (Breakfast Club, Young Guns, Mighty Ducks), born in NYC, New York
  • 1963 Vanessa A. Williams, American actress (Rhonda Blair-Melrose Place), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Stephen Baldwin, actor (Beast, Lawrenceville Stories, Usual Suspects)
  • 1968 Scott Schwartz, American actor
  • 1968 Catherine Tate, British comedian
  • 1969 Kim Fields Freeman, actress (Tootie-Facts of Life), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Kevin Nalty, famed YouTuber
  • 1970 Samantha Mathis, American actress
  • 1971 Jamie Luner, actress (Cindy-Just the 10 of Us), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1971 Doug Basham, American professional wrestler
  • 1972 Annette Albertson, Reno Nevada, Miss America-Nevada (1997)
  • 1972 Paul Stout, Saugus California, actor (Phillip-Scarecrow & Mrs King)
  • 1973 MacKenzie Astin, actor (Facts of Life, Garbage Pail Kids), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1973 Kendra Kassebaum, American stage actress
  • 1974 Tiffany Stoker, Clovis California, Miss America (California-4th-1996)
  • 1976 Matthew P Newmark, actor (Joseph Carroll-Guns of Paradise)
  • 1977 Rebecca Herbst, American actress
  • 1978 Amy Wheaton, actress (Curse)
  • 1978 Jason Biggs, American actor (American Pie), born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey
  • 1981 Lorena Bernal, Spanish model and actress, Miss Spain 1999
  • 1986 Emily VanCamp, Canadian actress
  • 1992 Malcolm David Kelley, American actor
  • 1995 Sullivan and Sawyer Sweeten, American actors (Everyone loves Raymond), born in Brownwood, Texas
  • 1995 Luke Benward, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1959 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's (27) marries for the 4th time to entertainer Eddie Fisher (30)

HeartWedding of Interest

1971 Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger (27) weds actress and model Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias (31) at St Tropez Town Hall, France

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • 2001 American actor Eddie Cibrian (28) weds TV personality Brandi Glanville (28) at the beachfront Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
  • 2005 "La Femme Nikita" actress Anne Parillaud (45) weds musician Jean-Michel Jarre (56) in Paris
  • 2011 Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge (25) weds Kings of Leon singer Caleb Followill (29) at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California
  • 2012 McFly guitarist Tom Fletcher (27) weds actress Giovanna Falcone (27) at One Marylebone in London
  • 2012 "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" actress Mercedes McNab (30) weds real estate developer Mark Henderson at the CostaBaja resort in La Paz, Mexico

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2004 Model and actress Ali Landry divorces (30) "Saved by the Bell" actor Mario Lopez (30) due to infidelity only less than 2 weeks after getting married
  • 2016 Actress Billie Piper and fellow actor Laurence Fox divorce after 8 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1941 Ruth Stonehouse, silent film actress and director, dies at 48
  • 1956 Louis Calhern, American actor (Julius Caesar, Blackboard Jungle), dies at 61
  • 1957 Erich von Stroheim, Austrian film director and actor (Sunset Boulevard, Blind Husbands, La Grande Illusion), dies at 71
  • 1971 Tor Johnson [Tore Johansson], Swedish wrestler and actor (Bride of the Monster), dies at 67
  • 1973 Frances Marion, screenwriter (Pollyanna, Camille), dies at 85
  • 1980 Lillian Roth, actress (Animal Crackers, Alice Sweet Alice), dies
  • 1984 Doris May, actress (Peck's Bad Boy), dies at 81 of heart failure
  • 1986 Lee Bonnell, American actor, dies at 67
  • 1992 Robert Reed, actor (Brady Bunch), dies of AIDs at 59
  • 1992 Lenny Montana, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 1994 Helen Lee Mai, Hong Kong actress, dies at 63
  • 1995 Arthur Lubin, American film director and producer (Francis The Talking Mule, Mr Ed), dies at 95
  • 2002 Erich Kulas, ECW Wrestler (Mass Transit)
  • 2005 Monica Zetterlund, Swedish actress and singer (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Teddy Infuhr, American former child actor (The Bishop's Wife, They Live By Night), dies at 70