On This Day in Film & TV for May 19

Events in Film & TV

  • 1968 20th Emmy Awards: "Get Smart", "Mission Impossible" & Barbara Bain win
  • 1972 WMAV TV channel 18 in Oxford, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1972 25th Cannes Film Festival: "The Working Class Goes to Heaven" directed by Elio Petri and "The Mattei Affair" directed by Francesco Rosi jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

1975 27th Emmy Awards: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Robert Blake & Jean Marsh win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Ringo & Barbara Bach are involved in a car crash

Actress Barbara Bach
Barbara Bach

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1982 Sophia Loren jailed in Naples for tax evasion

Actress Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren

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1983 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1983 36th Cannes Film Festival: "Narayama Bushiko" directed by Shohei Imamura wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1984 "King Of Suede" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #62
  • 1986 39th Cannes Film Festival: "The Mission" directed by Roland Joffe wins the Palme d'Or

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 1st American Comedy Award: Johnny Carson & Betty White

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White
  • 1987 40th Cannes Film Festival: "Sous le soleil de Satan" directed by Maurice Pialat wins the Palme d'Or

Film release premierFilm Premier

1989 "Do the Right Thing", directed by Spike Lee, starring Danny Aiello and Ossie Davis premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Director Spike Lee
Spike Lee
  • 1990 General Elvis, TV Drama last airs on ABC
  • 1992 US VP Dan Quayle attacks Murphy Brown for being a single mother and as a poor example of family values
  • 1994 Final Episode of TV drama "LA Law" after 8 year run

Film release premierFilm Premier

1997 "The Lost World: Jurassic Park", directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore, premieres in the US

Film release premierFilm Release

1999 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Liam Neeson is released in cinemas

Actress Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman
Actor Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor
Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas

Film release premierFilm Premier

2007 "Sicko" a documentary on the US health care system, directed by Michael Moore has its premiere at the Cannes Film festival.

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore

Film release premierFilm Premier

2007 "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End", directed by Gore Verbinksi, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom premieres in Anaheim - most expensive film ($300 million) made at the time

  • 2007 Coen brothers film "No Country for Old Men", based on the Cormac McCarthy novel, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin premieres at the Cannes Film Festival (Best Picture 2008)

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1904 Anthony Bushell, British actor (Journey's End, A Night to Remember), born in Kent, England (d. 1997)
  • 1906 Bruce Bennett, American athlete and actor (Before I Hang, Sahara), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Daniel Gélin, French actor (Obsession, The Man Who Knew Too Much), born in Angers, Maine-et-Loire (d. 2002)
  • 1922 David McLean [Eugene Joseph Huth], American actor known for appearing in Marlboro advertisements (Days of Our Lives, Tate), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Guy Provost, French Canadian actor (d. 2004)
  • 1926 David Jacobs, British broadcaster (Juke Box Jury), born in London (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Eric Davidson, comedy scriptwriter
  • 1932 Claude Blanchard, Quebec comedian and actor (d. 2006)
  • 1934 David Sinclair, actor (Love & Hate)
  • 1935 David Hartman, Pawtucket RI, TV personality (Good Morning America)
  • 1937 Pat Roach, English actor and wrestler (d. 2004)
  • 1939 17th earl of Pembroke, English landowner/director (Emily)
  • 1939 James Fox, actor (The Servant), born in London, England
  • 1939 Nancy Kwan, actress (Flower Drum Song, World of Suzie Wong), born in Hong Kong
  • 1940 Carlos Diegues, actor (Xica)
  • 1940 Joan Staley, playmate (Nov, 1958)
  • 1941 Nora Ephron, NY, novelist/screenwriter/director (Michael, Heartburn), (d. 2012)
  • 1942 Robert Kilroy-Silk, British politician and television presenter
  • 1944 Peter Mayhew, British-American actor
  • 1946 Diedre Lenihan, actress (Wendy-Needles & Pins), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1946 Michele Placido, Foggia Italy, actor (La Lupa, Poliziotti)

Person of interestAndré the Giant

1946 André the Giant, French professional wrestler, born in Grenoble, France (d. 1993)

Professional Wrestler André the Giant
Professional Wrestler
André the Giant
  • 1948 Grace Jones, Jamacian singer/actress (Vamp, A View to a Kill), born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine
  • 1951 Dick Slater, American professional wrestler
  • 1953 Victoria Wood, British comedian and actress (Dinner Ladies), born in Bury, Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • 1956 Steve Ford, actor (Young & Restless)/son of President Gerald Ford
  • 1957 Sophia Crawford, actress (Power Rangers), born in London, England
  • 1961 Gregory Poirier, American screenwriter and director
  • 1965 Joshua Beckett [Joshua Rifkind], American actor (Marshall Chronicles), born in Beverly Hills, California
  • 1965 Maile Flanagan, American actress (Naruto, Lab Rats), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1966 Polly Walker, British actress
  • 1966 Sophia Crawford, English actress and martial artist
  • 1968 Jeanne Basone, Brubank California, wrestler (Hollywood-GLOW)
  • 1971 Psicosis, Mexican professional wrestler
  • 1975 Masanobu Ando, Japanese actor
  • 1979 Barbara Nedeljakova, Slovak actress
  • 1980 Drew Fuller, American actor/model
  • 1983 Jessica Fox, British actress
  • 1986 Eric Lloyd, American actor
  • 1988 Lily Cole, English model/actress

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1997 Film and stage actor Matthew Broderick (35) weds Sex and the City actress Sarah Jessica Parker (32) in New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2008 Film actress Jessica Alba (31) weds film and TV producer Cash Warren (33) at the Beverly Hills Courthouse in Beverly Hills, California

Actress and Businesswoman Jessica Alba
Actress and Businesswoman
Jessica Alba

Deaths in Film & TV

Person of interestRonald Colman

1958 Ronald Adam, British actor (Lost Horizon, The Prisoner of Zenda, Phantom Shot), dies at 67

  • 1988 Virginia Farmer, actresss (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 90
  • 1989 Robert Webber, American actor (12 Angry Men, Moonlighting, 79 Park Avenue), dies of Lou Gehrig's disease at 64
  • 1991 Rini Otte, Dutch actress (Ergens in Nederland), dies at 74
  • 1996 Margaret Rawlings, actress (Roman Holiday), dies at 89
  • 1999 Candy Candido [Jonathan Joseph Candido], American actor and radio performer (Peter Pan, The Great Mouse Detective), dies at 85
  • 2004 Tony Randall [Leonard Rosenberg], American actor (The Odd Couple) dies aged 84
  • 2004 Mary Dresselhuys, Dutch actress (b. 1907)
  • 2005 Henry Corden, American actor and voice artist (b. 1921)
  • 2016 Morley Safer, Canadian American TV newscaster (60 Minutes), dies at 84
  • 2016 Angus "Alan" Young, British actor and voice actor (Mister Ed, Scrooge McDuck), dies of natural causes at 96