On This Day in Film & TV for May 2

Events in Film & TV

  • 1932 Jack Benny's 1st radio show premieres (NBC Blue Network)
  • 1944 WABD (WNEW, now WNYW) TV channel 5 in NYC (DUM/MET/FOX) 1st broadcast

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1946 "The Postman Always Rings Twice" film based on the novel by James M. Cain, directed by Tay Garnett and starring Lana Turner and John Garfield is released

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner
  • 1955 WGBH TV channel 2 in Boston, MA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 WMHT TV channel 17 in Schenectady-Alby-Tro, NY (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1968 Israeli television begins transmitting
  • 1970 KOAI (now KNAZ) TV channel 2 in Flagstaff, AZ (NBC) 1st broadcast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Police arrest transsexual prostitute Atisone Seiuli with Eddie Murphy

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1997 "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery", starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley, is released

Film release premierFilm Release

2008 The critically acclaimed "Iron Man" film starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, is released

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011 Flavor Flav is arrested on four outstanding misdemeanor warrants for various driving offenses

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1853 Marie Verstraete, Belgian actress (Mooi Juultje van Volendam, Frou Frou), born in Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium (d. 1928)
  • 1869 Tyrone Power Sr., British actor (Big Trial, Test of Donald Norton, Alexanders Ragtime Band), born in London, England (d. 1931)
  • 1902 Brian Aherne, British actor (I Confess, Titanic, Juarez), born in King's Norton, Worcestershire, England (d. 1986)
  • 1902 Erin O'Brien-Moore, American actress (Peyton Place, Our Little Girl), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1979)
  • 1908 William Bakewell, actor (Stage manager-Pinky Lee Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1913 Nigel Patrick, actor and director (Sapphire, Prize of Gold), born in London, England
  • 1915 Peggy Mount, English actress (d. 2001)
  • 1919 Than Wyenn, American actor (Pete Kelly's Blues), born in NYC, New York
  • 1924 Theodore Bikel, Austrian/US folk singer/actor (Russians Are Coming), born in Vienna (d.2015)
  • 1925 Roscoe Lee Browne, actor (McCoy, Saunders-Soap), born in Woodbury, New Jersey
  • 1925 John Neville, English theatre and film actor
  • 1927 Ray Barrett, Australian actor
  • 1931 Phil Bruns, American actor and writer (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Bruce Glover, actor (Diamonds are Forever), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1935 Lance LeGault, American actor, (d. 2012)
  • 1936 Quinn Redeker, Woodstock Ill, actor (Dan Raven, Young & Restless)
  • 1937 Lorenzo Music, American writer/actor/voice (Carlton-Rhoda, Garfield), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943 Regina Carrol, American actress (Jessi's Girl), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1992)
  • 1945 Bianca Jagger, Nicaraguan model and socialite who married Mike Jagger, born in Managua, Nicaragua
  • 1946 David Suchet, English actor
  • 1952 Christine Baranski, actress (Maryann-Cybill, Birdcage), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1952 Mari Natsuki, Japanese singer, dancer and actress
  • 1954 Roberta Pedon, American glamour model (d. 1982)
  • 1959 Alan Best, Canadian animation director and producer
  • 1962 Elizabeth Berridge, actress (Amadeus, Funhouse), born in Westchester, New York
  • 1962 Stephen Daldry, English film director
  • 1962 Ray Traylor, American professional wrestler (d. 2004)
  • 1963 Brian Tochi, actor (Dr Alan Poe-St Elsewhere, Renegades), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Midorikawa Hikaru, Japanese voice actor
  • 1968 Ziana Zain, Malaysian singer and actress
  • 1972 Jennifer Miriam, playmate (March, 1997), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1972 Dwayne Johnson ["The Rock"], American professional wrestler and actor, born in Hayward, California

Actor & Professional Wrestler The Rock
Actor & Professional Wrestler
The Rock
  • 1973 Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, German film director and screenwriter
  • 1976 Ailleen Damiles, Miss Universe-Philippines/Miss Photogenic (1996)
  • 1977 Jenna Von Oy, actress (Seven-Blossom)
  • 1983 Christa Rigozzi, Swiss model

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1985 Lily Allen, English singer-songwriter (It's Not Me, It's You) and TV presenter (Lily Allen and Friends), born in London

Recording Artist & Fashion Designer Lily Allen
Recording Artist & Fashion Designer
Lily Allen
  • 1986 James Kirk, Canadian actor
  • 1990 Kay Panabaker, American actor
  • 1995 Kelsey Lewis, American actress
  • 2000 Angel Sy, Filipina child actor

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1946 "Rebecca" actress Joan Fontaine (28) weds producer and actor William Dozier (38)

Actress Joan Fontaine
Actress
Joan Fontaine
  • 1998 Actor-comedian Jim Belushi (43) weds Jennifer Sloan (30) at their home garden in Brentwood, Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

2009 Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (32) weds film and stage actor Peter Sarsgaard (38) in a small chapel in Brindisi, Italy

  • 2015 Actress and singer Amy Adams (40) weds longtime love Darren Le Gallo in California
  • 2016 Actor Adam Rodriguez (41) weds longtime love Grace Gail in a romantic ceremony in Tuscany, Italy

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1973 Alan Carney, actor (Herbie-Take it from Me), dies at 61
  • 1980 George Pál, Hungarian-born film director (b. 1908)
  • 1982 Helmut Dantine, Austrian-born American actor, born in Vienna
  • 1982 Hugh Marlowe, actor (Jim Matthews-Another World), dies at 71
  • 1985 Hal LeRoy, dancer/actor (Harold Teen), dies at 71 after surgery
  • 1990 David Rappaport, 3'11' actor (Wizard, LA Law), shoots himself at 38
  • 1992 Philip Dunne, screenwriter, dies of cancer at 84
  • 1995 Michael Hordern, English actor (b. 1911)
  • 1998 Gene Raymond, American actor (b. 1908)
  • 1998 Kevin Lloyd, British actor (b. 1949)
  • 1999 Oliver Reed, English actor (b. 1938)
  • 2001 Ted Rogers, British comedian (b. 1935)
  • 2001 Gina Mastrogiacomo, American actress (b. 1961)
  • 2002 John Nathan-Turner, English television producer (b. 1947)
  • 2007 Brad McGann, New Zealand film director and screenwriter (b. 1964)
  • 2008 Beverlee McKinsey, American actress (b. 1940)
  • 2010 Lynn Redgrave, British American actress (Tom Jones), dies of cancer at 67