On This Day in Film & TV for May 18

Events in Film & TV

  • 1912 Maurits Binger establishes 2 Dutch movie companies
  • 1927 Grauman's Chinese Theater opens in Hollywood, California
  • 1958 11th Cannes Film Festival: "The Cranes Are Flying" directed by Mikhail Kalatozov wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1961 14th Cannes Film Festival: "The Long Absence" directed by Henri Colpi and "Viridiana" directed by Luis Bunuel jointly awarded the Palme d'Or
  • 1964 David Frost interviews Paul McCartney on BBC
  • 1965 Gene Roddenberry suggests 16 names for Star Trek Captain; they include Kirk
  • 1965 WTAF TV channel 29 in Philadelphia, PA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1972 "Me & The Chimp" last airs on CBS-TV
  • 1990 TV movie "Return To Green Acres" airs
  • 1992 45th Cannes Film Festival: "Den goda viljan" directed by Bille August wins the Palme d'Or

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1995 "Braveheart" directed by Mel Gibson and starring Mel Gibson and Sophie Marceau premieres at the Seattle Film Festival (Best Picture 1996)

Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson
  • 1997 50th Cannes Film Festival: "Taste of Cherry" directed by Abbas Kiarostami and "Unagi" directed by Shohei Imamura jointly awarded the Palme d'Or
  • 1998 44th British Academy Television Awards: "I'm Alan Partridge" Best Comedy, "Jonathan Creek" Best Drama

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2001 DreamWorks Pictures "Shrek", starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz in voice-over roles, debuts

  • 2014 60th British Academy Television Awards: "A League of Their Own" Best Comedy, "Broadchurch" Best Drama

Birthdays in Film & TV


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1897 Frank Capra, Italian-American film director (Its a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night), born in Bisacquino, Italy (d. 1991)

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
  • 1897 Jack Raine, British actor (Quartet), born in London, England (d. 1979)
  • 1903 George E Stone, Polish actor (Viva Villa, Last Mile, 5 Star Final, Front Page), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1967)
  • 1911 Sigrid Gurie, actor (Algiers, Sofia, Refugee), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1917 James Donald, Aberdeen Scotland, actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Vikings)
  • 1918 Massimo Girotti, Italian actor (d. 2003)
  • 1922 Bill Macy, Revere Mass, actor (Walter-Maude, Oh! Calcutta)
  • 1923 Liam Sullivan, Jacksonville Ill, actor (Mapoy-Monroes)
  • 1924 Jack Whitaker, sportscaster (ABC, CBS), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1924 Priscilla Pointer, American actress
  • 1926 Dirch Passer, Danish actor (d. 1980)
  • 1928 Pernell Roberts, Waycross Ga, actor (Adam-Bonanza, Trapper John MD)
  • 1931 Robert Morse, actor (That's Life, Jack Frost), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1934 Dwayne Hickman, LA, actor (Dobie Gillis, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini)
  • 1941 Miriam Margolyes, English actress (Babe, Romeo and Juliet), born in Oxford
  • 1941 Diane McBain, actress (Surfside Six, Spinout, Donner Pass), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1943 James Reiher, American professional wrestler
  • 1946 Andreas Katsulas, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1947 Candice Azzara, actress (Fatso), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1948 Felix MH Troch, Flemish actor and director (Gekkenbriefje)
  • 1949 Bill Wallace, rocker/actor (Fear, Avenging Force, Desperate)
  • 1950 Thomas Gottschalk, German radio and TV host (Telespiele), born in Bamberg, Germany
  • 1951 Denny Dillon, comedian (SNL, Dream On)
  • 1951 James Stephens, actor (Paper Chase, Devil's Island), born in Mount Kisco, New York
  • 1954 Martyn Wiley, writer/broadcaster

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1955 Yun Fat Chow, Hong Kong actor (Better Tomorrow), born in Lamma Island, Hong Kong

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1970 Tina Fey, American actress and comedian (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock), born in Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania

Actress & Writer Tina Fey
Actress & Writer
Tina Fey
  • 1978 Jennifer Streblow, Oshkosh Wisconsin, Miss America-Wisconsin (1997)
  • 1980 Ali Zafar, Pakistani singer and model
  • 1982 Eric West, American singer and actor
  • 1984 Scarlett Keegan, Playboy Playmate
  • 1987 Luisana Lopilato, Argentine actress and model
  • 1988 Ryan Cooley, Canadian television actor
  • 1992 Spencer Breslin, American actor
  • 1997 Alana Etheridge, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1996 "As the World Turns" actor Shawn Christian (30) weds personal trainer Deborah Quinn in Gun Lake, Michigan
  • 2003 Actress Rena Sofer (34) weds director and producer Sanford Bookstaver (29) in Malibu, California
  • 2005 Television presenter and former Miss Germany Verona Feldbusch (37) weds German entrepreneur Franjo Pooth at the San Diego Court House in San Diego, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1889 Isabella Glyn Dallas, Scottish Shakepearean actress, dies at 65
  • 1961 Henry O'Neill, actor (Lady Killer, Nothing But Trouble), dies
  • 1967 Andy Clyde, Scottish actor (The Real McCoys, Lassie), dies from natural causes at 75
  • 1967 Richard Ainley, actor (I Dood It, Above Suspicion), dies at 56
  • 1969 Ludwig Berger, German film director and cinematographer (The Thief of Bagdad), dies at 77
  • 1981 Arthur O'Connell, actor (Mr Peepers, 2nd Hundred Years), dies at 73
  • 1985 Tex Terry, actor (Apache Rose, Timberjack), dies at 82
  • 1988 Daws Butler, cartoon voice (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound), dies at 71
  • 1990 Jill Ireland, actress (Carry on Nurse, Family), dies of cancer at 54
  • 1991 Edwina Booth, actress (Trader Horn), dies of heart failure at 86
  • 1992 Marshall Thompson, actor (Bog), dies of congestive heart failure at 65
  • 1992 Skip Stephenson, American comedian (Real People), dies of heart attack at 52
  • 1995 Alexander Gudonov, Russian dancer/actor (Witness), dies at 45
  • 1995 Elisha Cook Jr, American actor (Maltese Falcon, Shane, Magnum PI), dies at 91

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1995 Elizabeth Montgomery, actress (Bewitched), dies of cancer at 62

  • 1995 Robert Harris, British actor (Big Caper, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Laughing Anne), dies at 95
  • 1997 Bridgette Andersen, American actress (b. 1975)
  • 2002 Davey Boy Smith, English professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • 2003 Anna Santisteban, Puerto Rican beauty contest organizer (b. 1914)
  • 2004 Serge Turgeon, Quebec actor and union leader (b. 1946)
  • 2007 Yoyoy Villame, Philippine novelty singer and movie actor (b. 1932)
  • 2009 Wayne Allwine, American voice actor (b.1947)
  • 2013 Steve Forrest, American actor (SWAT), dies at 87