On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for May 13

Events in Film & TV

  • 1878 Danvers State Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Massachusetts, opens—later serves as inspiration for Arkham Sanitorium in the work of H.P. Lovecraft, which in turn inspired Arkham Asylum of the D.C. Batman universe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 Kraft Music Hall with Milton Berle last airs on NBC-TV

Comedian and TV Host Milton Berle
Comedian and TV Host
Milton Berle
  • 1960 WOLE TV channel 12 in Aguadillo, PR
  • 1970 Beatles movie "Let it Be" premieres
  • 1982 Terri Lea Utley, 20 (Arkansas) crowned 31st Miss USA
  • 1985 Laura Elena Martinez-Herring, 21, (Texas), crowned 34th Miss USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Frank Stallone beats Geraldo Rivera in boxing on Howard Stern Show

TV Host and News Personality Geraldo Rivera
TV Host and News Personality
Geraldo Rivera

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Arsenio Hall's 1,000th show retrospective seen in Netherlands

Comedian and TV Host Arsenio Hall
Comedian and TV Host
Arsenio Hall
  • 1993 CBS' soap opera "Knots Landing" ends 14 year-run with 334th show in Netherlands and US
  • 1995 Chelsi Smith, 21, of USA, crowned 44th Miss Universe Shanna Lynn Moakler, (19-NY), replaces Chelsi Smith as Miss USA
  • 2001 47th British Academy Television Awards: "Da Ali G Show" Best Comedy, "Clocking Off" Best Drama
  • 2004 The final episode of "Frasier" on NBC is watched by 33 million people

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty for her part in the US college admissions scandal

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1854 Louis H Chrispijn, Dutch actor and director (Krates, Lost & Found, Silvia Silombra), born in Amsterdam, Netherland (d. 1926)
  • 1889 Merie Earle [Ireland], American film and television character actress (The Waltons - "Maude Gormley"), born in Morrow, Ohio (d. 1984)
  • 1891 Fritz Rasp, Bayreuth Germany, actor (Diary of a Lost Girl)
  • 1903 Paul Page, American actor (Girl From Havana, Moth), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1974)
  • 1911 Robert Middleton, American film and TV actor (Barney-Monroes), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • 1912 Helen Craig, American actress (Snake Pit, They Live by Night), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1986)
  • 1922 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress (Maude, The Golden Girls), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1927 Herbert Ross, director/choreographer (Footloose)
  • 1928 Édouard Molinaro, French film actor, director and screenwriter (La Cage aux Folles), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 2013)
  • 1936 Rafael Campos, Santiago Dominican Republic, actor (Tonka)
  • 1937 Zohra Lampert, American actress (Doctor's Hospital, Girl With Something Extra), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Buck Taylor, actor (Monroes, Gunsmoke), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1939 Harvey Keitel, actor (Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs)
  • 1941 Senta Berger, Austrian stage and screen actress (Cast a Giant Shadow), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1943 Eve Babitz, American artist and author (Eve's Hollywood, Slow Days, Fast Company), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Sam Anderson, American actor
  • 1946 Tim Pigott-Smith, English actor (Jewel in Crown, King Charles III), born in Rugby (d. 2017)
  • 1947 Edgar Burcksen, Dutch film editor
  • 1949 Franklyn Ajaye, American comedian and actor (Car Wash, The Jazz Singer, Bridesmaids), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1949 Zoe Wanamaker, American actress (Raggedy Rawney), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 Selina Scott, TV newscaster (West 57th)
  • 1956 Richard Madeley, British TV presenter, journalist, columnist and novelist (Richard & Judy, The Wright Stuff), born in Romford, Essex
  • 1957 Alan Ball, American screenwriter, director, and producer
  • 1958 Frances Barber, Wolverhampton England, actress (Castaway)
  • 1960 Richard M "Dick" van de Toorn, actor (Pastorale)
  • 1962 Eduardo Palomo, Mexican actor (d. 2003)
  • 1962 Sean McDonough, American sports newscaster
  • 1962 Paul McDermott, Australian comedian

Person of interestStephen Colbert

1964 Stephen Colbert, American comedian and TV host (The Colbert Report, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), born in Washington, D.C.

Comedian and TV Host Stephen Colbert
Comedian and TV Host
Stephen Colbert
  • 1964 Tom Verica, American actor
  • 1965 Hikari Ota, Japanese comedian
  • 1965 Lari White, American country music singer and actress (You Can Be a Star winner- 1988), born in Dunedin, Florida (d. 2018)
  • 1974 Brian Geraghty, American actor
  • 1977 Neil Hopkins, American actor
  • 1977 Samantha Morton, English actress
  • 1980 Waka Inoue, Japanese gravure idol and actress
  • 1981 Sunny Leone, Canadian born Indian American model and actress, born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1981 Jimmy Yang, American wrestler
  • 1981 Rebecka Liljeberg, Swedish actress
  • 1984 Caitlin Murphy, Australian actress and Model

Person of interestLena Dunham

1986 Lena Dunham, American actress, writer and producer (Girls), born in New York City

Writer, Actress and Producer Lena Dunham
Writer, Actress and Producer
Lena Dunham
  • 1986 Giuliana Marino, German model, Playboy Playmate (Apr 2005, Playmate of the Year 2006), born in Nuremberg, Germany

Person of interestRobert Pattinson

1986 Robert Pattinson, English actor (Cedric Diggory-Harry Potter, Edward Cullen-Twilight), born in London, England

  • 1987 Hunter Parrish [Tharp], American screen and stage actor (Weeds; Spring Awakening) born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1993 Debby Ryan, American actress (The Suite Life on Deck), born in Huntsville, Alabama.

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1922 "Latin Lover" silent actor Rudolph Valentino (27) weds film costume and set designer Natacha Rambova (25) in Mexicali, Mexico

Actor and Silent Film Idol Rudolph Valentino
Actor and Silent Film Idol
Rudolph Valentino
  • 2006 Actress Sara Bakker weds Sloan Alexander at the United Church on the Green in New Haven, Connecticut

LoveWedding of Interest

2017 Actor Jim Parsons marries graphic designer Todd Spiewak at the Rainbow Room in New York

Actor and Producer Jim Parsons
Actor and Producer
Jim Parsons

Deaths in Film & TV

Person of interestGary Cooper

1961 Gary Cooper, 2 time Acad award-winning actor (High Noon), dies at 60

  • 1962 Frank Jenks, American actor (Colonel Flack, Zombies on Broadway), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1967 Frank McGrath, American actor (The Reluctant Astronaut, Wagon Train), dies from a heart attack at 64
  • 1972 Dan Blocker, American actor (Tiny-Cimarron City, Hoss-Bonanza), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 43
  • 1993 Joaquin Garcia [Vargas] "Borolas", Mexican comedian and actor (Santa Sangre), dies at 71
  • 1994 Ruth Gillette, actress (Wild Gold), dies of cancer at 88
  • 1995 Robert Marley, Jamaican cricketer (WICBC pres 1971-74, Jamaican capt 1946), dies at 85
  • 2000 Paul Bartel, American actor (b. 1938)
  • 2001 Jason Miller, American actor and writer (Exorcist, Light of Day), dies at 62
  • 2002 Ruth Cracknell, Australian actress (Mother and Son), dies at 76
  • 2009 Frank Aletter, American character actor (Mac-It's About Time, Tom-Nancy), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • 2018 Margot Kidder, Canadian American actress (Lois Lane in Superman films, Amityville Horror), dies at 69

Person of interestDoris Day

2019 Doris Day [Kappelhoff], American singer, animal welfare activist and actress known as the "girl next door" actress (Pillow Talk, The Man Who Knew Too Much), dies of pneumonia at 97

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day