On This Day in Film & TV for May 15

Events in Film & TV

  • 1928 Mickey Mouse makes his 1st ever appearance in silent film "Plane Crazy"
  • 1954 KGLO (now KIMT) TV channel 3 in Mason City, IA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1955 KPUA (now KGMD) TV channel 9 in Hilo, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting

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1958 "Gigi" based on the story by Colette, directed by Vincent Minnelli and starring Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier premieres in New York (Best Picture 1959)

Novelist and Performer Colette
Novelist and Performer
  • 1959 12th Cannes Film Festival: "Black Orpheus" directed by Marcel Camus wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1960 KHVO TV channel 13 in Hilo, HI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 "L'Avventura", Italian film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, starring Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti. premieres at Cannes
  • 1961 "Bonanza" by Al Caiola Orchestra hits #19

Music awardsMusic Awards

1963 5th Grammy Awards: I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Robert Goulet wins

American Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
American Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet

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1968 "Wonderwall" with George Harrison premieres at Cannes Film Festival

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1980 Shawn Weatherly of South Carolina crowned 29th Miss USA, goes on to win Miss Universe
  • 1981 SCTV Network 90, sequel to Second City Television, debuts on NBC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 2nd American Comedy Award: Robin Williams & Tracey Ullman

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams
  • 1989 Maxwell House coffee runs ads during "Roe vs Wade" movie despite threat of boycott by right-to-lifers
  • 1990 Mona Grudt, 19, of Norway, crowned 39th Miss Universe
  • 1997 ABC News & Starwave Corp launch ABCNEWS.com

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2002 "Bowling for Columbine", a documentary directed by Michael Moore has its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore

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2004 "Shrek 2" directed Andrew Adamson and Kelly Asbury, with voices by Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Film release premierFilm Premier

2005 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Film release premierFilm Premier

2011 "The Artist" directed by Michel Hazanavicius and starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo premieres at the Cannes Film festival (Best Picture 2012)

Actor and Comedian Jean Dujardin
Actor and Comedian
Jean Dujardin

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1891 Chief Nipo T Strongheart, US Native American actor (Pony Soldier), born in Yakima, Washington
  • 1898 "Arletty" Arlette-léonie Bathiat, French actress (Maxime), born in Courbevoie, France (d. 1992)
  • 1902 Anny Ondra, Czech actress (Blackmail, Manxman), born in Tarnów, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1987)
  • 1904 Clifton Fadiman, American TV host (Information Please, Quiz Kids), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1905 Joseph Cotten, American actor (Citizen Kane, The Third Man, Airport 77, Hearse), born in Petersburg, Virginia (d. 1994)
  • 1909 James Mason, British actor (Lolita, North by Northwest, Bloodline, Boys From Brazil), born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire (d. 1984)
  • 1910 Constance Cummings, American soprano and actress (John & Julie, 7 Sinners, Glamour), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2005)
  • 1911 Leo Fuchs, Polish/US Yiddish actor (Galitzianer Cowboy)
  • 1915 Maurice B Latey, commentator (BBC World Service)
  • 1916 Bill Williams, American actor (Starlit Time, Date With the Angels), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1917 Hugh Edward Lance Falkus, filmmaker/naturalist
  • 1918 Joseph Wiseman, actor (Dr No, Viva Zapata, Les Miserables), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1923 Johnny Walker, Indian actor (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Ursula Thiess, Hamburg, actress (Monsoon, Bengal Brigade, Americano)
  • 1931 David Healy, actor (Supergirl, Doomsday Gun, Patton, Be My Guest)
  • 1932 John Glen, Thames England, actor (Spy Who Loves Me, Backfire)
  • 1936 Anna Maria Alberghetti, Italian singer/actress (Cinderfella)
  • 1938 Mireille Darc, French actress (Week End, Hurried Man), born in Toulon
  • 1940 Paul Rudd, actor (Conn Yankee in King Arthur's Court), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1941 Lainie Kazan, singer/actress (Lust in the Dust, Beaches), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943 Harve Brosten, comedy writer/producer/director (All in the Family)
  • 1944 Gunilla Hutton, Goteborg Sweden, actress (Petticoat Junction)
  • 1949 Eric J Beekes, actor/singer (Hunk)
  • 1950 Nicholas Hammond, American actor (The Amazing Spider-Man), born in Washington D.C.
  • 1952 Chazz Palminteri, American actor (The Usual Suspects, Bronx Tale), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1955 Lee Horsley, Muleshoe Tx, actor (Nero Wolfe, Matt Houston)
  • 1957 Kevin Von Erich, American professional wrestler
  • 1958 Ron Simmons, American professional wrestler
  • 1960 Rob Bowman, American film director
  • 1961 Katrin Cartlidge, British actress (d. 2002)
  • 1963 Grant Herslov, actor (Wayne-Spencer, Under One Roof), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Jeff Rochlin, American actor (Cutting Class, Splitz, Taps), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1967 Madhuri Dixit, Indian actress
  • 1968 Todd Porter, NJ, actor (Hamilton-Whiz Kids)
  • 1972 David Charvet, actor (Melrose Place)
  • 1974 Shiney Ahuja, Indian actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1978 David Krumholtz, American actor (Billy Kulchak-Chicago Sons), born in NYC, New York

  • 1978 Krissy Taylor, American model, born in Miami, Florida (d. 1995)
  • 1978 Caroline Dhavernas, Canadian actress
  • 1980 Rocky Marquette, American actor
  • 1981 Jamie-Lynn Sigler, American actress
  • 1982 Alex Breckenridge, American actress
  • 1982 Tatsuya Fujiwara, Japanese actor
  • 1982 Jessica Sutta, American dancer, singer and actress (The Pussycat Dolls)
  • 1987 Jennylyn Mercado, Filipina actress and singer

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1948 Dancer and actress Cyd Charisse (26) weds singer Tony Martin (34)

HeartWedding of Interest

1965 Director Martin Scorsese (22) weds Laraine Brennan in New York

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
  • 1993 Actress Jane Seymour weds actor James Kesch

HeartWedding of Interest

2010 Actress and model Danneel Harris (33) weds actor Jensen Ackles (34) at the Rosewood Crescent Court Hotel in Dallas, Texas

  • 2011 Actress Tamera Mowry (32) weds Fox News Correspondent Adam Housley (39) at Villagio Inn & Spa in Napa, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1698 Marie Champmeslé, French actress (Fête de Vénus), dies at 56
  • 1833 Edmund Kean, British Shakespearean actor (Edmund Kean's Masonic Career), dies at 46
  • 1933 Ernest Torrence, Scottish actor (I Cover the Waterfront, Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies from complications following surgery for gall stones at 54
  • 1952 Albert Bassermann, German actor (Foreign Correspondent, Madame Curie), dies at 84
  • 1971 Sir Tyrone Guthrie, British actor, producer, writer and director, dies at 70
  • 1972 Nigel Green, actor (Skull, Tobruk, Ipcress File), dies at 47
  • 1985 Jackie Curtis, actor (Underground USA), dies of a drug overdose at 38
  • 1987 Wynne Gibson, actor (Night After Night, Aggie Appleby), dies
  • 1988 Andrew Duggan, actor (Jigsaw, Firehouse), dies of cancer at 64
  • 1988 Greta Nissen, actress (Ambassador Bill), dies
  • 1991 Reno Browne, American Western actress, dies at 70
  • 1991 Ronald Lacey, actor (Raiders of Lost Ark, Next Victim), dies at 55
  • 1992 Bruce Hopkins, performer/director, dies at 44
  • 1994 Gilbert Roland [Luis Alonso], Mexican actor (Juarez, Barbarosa), dies from cancer at 88
  • 1994 Royal Dano, actor (Ghoulies 2), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1995 Edouard Dermit, actor (Testament of Orpheus), dies at 69
  • 1995 Eric Richard Porter, actor (Crucible, Hennessy), dies at 67
  • 2007 Yolanda King, American actress and activist, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. (b. 1955)
  • 2008 Alexander Courage, composer of original Star Trek theme (b. 1919)
  • 2009 Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Australian actor (b. 1923)