On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for May 12

Events in Film & TV

  • 1953 KUHT TV channel 8 (PBS) in Houston, TX, begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Bob Dylan walks out of "The Ed Sullivan Show" over a dispute about his song choice

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • 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
  • 1977 Emmy 4th Daytime Award presentation: "Ryan's Hope" and "Family Feud" win
  • 1983 Julie Lynne Hayek, (California), crowned 32nd Miss USA
  • 1989 "Entertainment Tonight" makes its 2,000th TV performance

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Nora Dunn and Sinead O'Connor boycott "Saturday Night Live" to protest Andrew Dice Clay's hosting which was perceived as sexist; the show uses a time delay for the third time in its history

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Singer-Songwriter
Sinead O'Connor
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
Actor Phil Hartman
Actor
Phil Hartman
  • 1993 Final episode of 6 year run of ABC's "Wonder Years" in Netherlands

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

Film tv awardsBAFTA Awards

2019 British TV Awards (Baftas): "Killing Eve" Jodie Comer and Benedict Cumberbatch win

Actress Sandra Oh
Actress
Sandra Oh

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1880 W. Hupkes, Dutch engineer and Dutch Rail director
  • 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)

Person of interestKatharine Hepburn

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

  • 1910 Gordon Jenkins, American arranger and orchestra leader (Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra), born in Webster Groves, Missouri (d. 1984)
  • 1914 Howard K. Smith, American TV newsman and journalist (ABC, Moderated Kennedy-Nixon debate), born in Ferriday, Louisiana (d. 2002)
  • 1918 Oscar Beregi Jr, Hungarian actor (Young Frankenstein, Panic in City), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1976)

Person of interestTony Hancock

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 television and radio interviewer (The Tomorrow Show, 1973-82), and news anchor (NBC Weekend News), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Klaus Doldinger, German jazz saxophonist (Passport) and composer for film, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1937 George Carlin, American comedian (7 dirty words, AM & FM, Carwash), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1938 Millie Perkins, American actress (Diary of Anne Frank, Table for 5, Shooting), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1938 Susan Hampshire, English 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, American actress (Felicia Gallant-Another World), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Linda Carlson, American actress (Bev-Newhart, Katie-Kaz), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1947 Micheline Lanctôt, American film actor, director and screenwriter, born in Frelighsburg, Quebec
  • 1948 Lindsay Ann Crouse, American actress (Slapshot, Iceman, Places in Heart), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 Bruce Boxleitner, American actor (Scarecrow & Mrs King, Babylon 5), born in Elgin, Illinois
  • 1950 Gabriel Byrne, Irish actor (Hello Again, Cool World), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1956 Glenn Robbins, Australian comedian (Kath & Kim), born in Melbourne, Australia

Person of interestHomer Simpson

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, American actress (Traci-Young & Restless), born in Rapid City, South Dakota
  • 1958 Kim Greist, American actress (CHUD, Brazil, Payoff, Manhunter), born in Stamford, Connecticut
  • 1959 Ving Rhames [Irving Rameses Rhames], American actor (Mission Impossible), born in New York City
  • 1961 Lar Park Lincoln, American actress, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 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 Williams, American actress (Rhonda Blair-Melrose Place), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Stephen Baldwin, American actor (The Usual Suspects), born in Massapequa, New York
  • 1968 Scott Schwartz, American actor, born in Sacramento, California
  • 1968 Catherine Tate, English actress and comedian (The Catherine Tate Show, Doctor Who), born in London, England
  • 1969 Kim Fields Freeman, American actress (Tootie-Facts of Life), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Kevin Nalty, American viral video maker and YouTuber, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1970 Samantha Mathis, American actress (American Psycho, Billions), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1971 Jamie Luner, American actress (Cindy-Just the 10 of Us), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1971 Doug Basham, American professional wrestler, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1972 Paul Stout, American actor (Phillip-Scarecrow & Mrs King), born in Saugus, California
  • 1973 MacKenzie Astin, American actor (Facts of Life, Garbage Pail Kids), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1973 Kendra Kassebaum, American stage actress (Wicked), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1977 Rebecca Herbst, American actress (General Hospital), born in Encino, California
  • 1978 Jason Biggs, American actor (American Pie), born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey
  • 1981 Lorena Bernal, Argentine Spanish model and actress (Miss Spain 1999), born in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina

Person of interestRami Malek

1981 Rami Malek, American actor (Bohemian Rhapsody), born in Los Angeles, California

Actor Rami Malek
Actor
Rami Malek
  • 1984 Emily Beecham, English actress (Little Joe), born in Manchester, England
  • 1986 Emily VanCamp, Canadian actress (Revenge, Captain America films), born in Port Perry, Ontario
  • 1992 Malcolm David Kelley, American actor and rapper (Lost), born in Bellflower, California
  • 1995 Sullivan and Sawyer Sweeten, American actors (Everyone loves Raymond), born in Brownwood, Texas
  • 1995 Luke Benward, American actor, born in Franklin, Tennessee

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding 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


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

Actress and Beauty Queen Ali Landry
Actress and Beauty Queen
Ali Landry

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2016 Actress Billie Piper and fellow actor Laurence Fox divorce after 8 years of marriage

Singer and Actress Billie Piper
Singer and Actress
Billie Piper

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1941 Ruth Stonehouse, American 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-American film director and actor (Greed; La Grande Illusion; Sunset Boulevard), dies of prostate cancer at 71
  • 1971 Tor Johnson [Tore Johansson], Swedish wrestler and actor (Bride of the Monster), dies at 67
  • 1973 Frances Marion, American screenwriter (Pollyanna, Camille), dies at 85
  • 1980 Lillian Roth [Rutstein], American singer and actress (Animal Crackers, Alice Sweet Alice), dies at 69
  • 1984 Doris May, American silent film actress (Peck's Bad Boy), dies at 81 of heart failure
  • 1986 Lee Bonnell, American actor, dies at 67
  • 1992 Robert Reed, American actor (Mike-Brady Bunch, Nurse), 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
  • 1999 Penny Santon [Pierina Burlando], American actress (Fletch, Roll Out, Matt Houston), dies at 82
  • 2001 [Pierino] Perry Como, American singer (Catch A Falling Star) and TV personality (The Perry Como Show) dies at 89
  • 2002 Erich Kulas, ECW Wrestler (Mass Transit), dies after surgery at 22
  • 2005 Monica Zetterlund, Swedish singer and actress, dies at 67
  • 2007 Teddy Infuhr, American former child actor (The Bishop's Wife, They Live By Night), dies at 70
  • 2014 Cornell Borchers, German actress (The Big Lift, Floodtide, Istanbul), dies at 89