On This Day

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964 David Frost interviews Paul McCartney on BBC

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 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 and The Chimp" an American TV sitcom last airs on CBS in the US
  • 1985 1st remote location for "Nightline" (South Africa)
  • 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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Actor Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
Actress Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz
Actor and Comedian Mike Myers
Actor and Comedian
Mike Myers
  • 2014 60th British Academy Television Awards: "A League of Their Own" Best Comedy, "Broadchurch" Best Drama

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1890 Mary Charleson, Irish-American silent film actress (Upstairs And Down), born in Dungannon, Ireland (d. 1961)
  • 1896 Walter Fitzgerald, English actor, born in Devonport, England (d. 1976)

Person of interestFrank Capra

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)
  • 1909 Fred Perry, English tennis player and broadcaster (8-time Grand Slam singles winner), born in Stockport, England (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Sigrid Gurie, Norwegian American actress (Algiers, Sofia, Refugee), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1912 [Pierino] Perry Como, American singer (Catch A Falling Star) and TV personality (The Perry Como Show), born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1917 James Donald, Scottish actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Vikings, In Which We Serve, Way Ahead), born in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (d. 1993)
  • 1918 Massimo Girotti, Italian actor (Last Tango in Paris, In the Name of the Law), born in Mogliano, Marche, Italy (d. 2003)
  • 1923 Liam Sullivan, American singer and actor (Star Trek, The Magic Sword, Monroes), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1924 Jack Whitaker, American sportscaster (ABC, CBS), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • 1924 Priscilla Pointer, American actress (Carrie, Mommie Dearest), born in NYC, New York
  • 1926 Dirch Passer, prolific Danish actor (Going for Broke, Mig og mafiaen), born in Østerbro, Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1980)
  • 1928 Pernell Roberts, American actor (Adam-Bonanza, Trapper John MD), born in Waycross, Georgia (d. 2010)
  • 1931 Robert Morse, American singer and actor (Mad Men, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1934 Dwayne Hickman, American actor (Dobie Gillis, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941 Miriam Margolyes, English actress (Babe, Romeo and Juliet), born in Oxford
  • 1941 Diane McBain, American actress (Surfside Six, Spinout, Donner Pass), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1943 James Reiher 'Deuce', American professional wrestler, born in Fiji
  • 1946 Andreas Katsulas, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1947 Candice Azzara, American actress (Fatso), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1948 Felix MH Troch, Flemish actor and director (Gekkenbriefje)
  • 1950 Thomas Gottschalk, German radio and TV host (Telespiele), born in Bamberg, Germany
  • 1951 Denny Dillon, American comedian (SNL, Dream On), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1951 James Stephens, American actor (Paper Chase, Devil's Island), born in Mount Kisco, New York

Person of interestYun Fat Chow

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

Person of interestTina Fey

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
  • 1987 Luisana Lopilato, Argentine actress and model and singer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1988 Ryan Cooley, Canadian television actor ( Degrassi: The Next Generation), born in Orangeville, Ontario
  • 1992 Spencer Breslin, American actor, born in New York City
  • 1997 Alana Etheridge, American actress, born in San Diego, California

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, American 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, British actor (I Dood It, As You Like It, Above Suspicion), dies from barbiturate poisoning at 56
  • 1969 Ludwig Berger, German film director & cinematographer (The Thief of Bagdad), dies at 77
  • 1981 Arthur O'Connell, American actor (Mr Peepers, Second Hundred Years), dies at 73
  • 1985 Tex Terry, American actor (Apache Rose, Timberjack), dies at 82
  • 1988 Daws Butler, American animation voice (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound), dies at 71
  • 1990 Jill Ireland, English actress (Carry on Nurse, Family), dies of cancer at 54
  • 1991 Edwina Booth, American actress (Trader Horn), dies of heart failure at 86
  • 1992 Marshall Thompson, American 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
  • 1995 Robert Harris, British actor (Big Caper, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Laughing Anne), dies at 95
  • 1997 Bridgette Andersen, American actress, dies at 21
  • 2002 Davey Boy Smith, English professional wrestler (WWF Intercontinental Championship; British Bulldogs), dies of a heart attack at 39
  • 2003 Anna Santisteban, Puerto Rican beauty contest organizer, dies at 89
  • 2004 Serge Turgeon, Quebec actor and union leader, dies at 58
  • 2004 Lincoln Kilpatrick, American actor (BJ-Leslie Uggams Show), dies at 72
  • 2007 Yoyoy Villame, Philippine novelty singer & movie actor, dies at 74
  • 2009 Wayne Allwine, American voice actor, dies at 62
  • 2013 Steve Forrest, American actor (SWAT), dies at 87
  • 2018 Stephanie Adams, American Playboy playmate (November 1992), kills herself and her child at 47