On This Day in Film & TV for May 21

Events in Film & TV

  • 1908 1st horror movie (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde) premieres in Chicago
  • 1922 "On the Road to Moscow" is 1st cartoon to receive a Pulitzer Prize
  • 1955 WFRV TV channel 5 in Green Bay, WI (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 WITI TV channel 6 in Milwaukee, WI (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WEKW TV channel 52 in Keene, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting

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1980 "Star Wars Episode V - Empire Strikes Back", produced by George Lucas opens in cinemas in UK and North America

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
  • 1981 Kim Seelbrede, (Ohio), crowned 30th Miss USA

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1988 "Fat" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #99

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1990 Last episode of "Newhart" airs on CBS-TV
  • 1990 43rd Cannes Film Festival: "Wild at Heart" directed by David Lynch wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1993 Dayanara Torres, 18, of Puerto Rico, crowned 42nd Miss Universe
  • 1999 All My Children star Susan Lucci finally wins a Daytime Emmy after being nominated 19 times, the longest period of unsuccessful nominations in television history

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2015 Flavor Flav is arrested near Las Vegas on charges including speeding and driving under the influence

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

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1882 Georgine M "May" Basting, actress (Occupier, Hostage Rights of Aemstel), born (d. 1950)
  • 1887 Mabel "Nell" Taliaferro, American actress (Sentimental Tommy, My Love Come Back), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1899 Ralph Sanford, American actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1963)
  • 1904 Robert Montgomery, American actor and director (Robert Montgomery Presents, Earl of Chicago, Yellow Jack), born in Fishkill Landing, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1917 Dennis Day, Irish tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy)
  • 1917 Raymond Burr, BC Canada, actor (Perry Mason, Ironsides, Godzilla)
  • 1920 Anthony Steel, actor (Malta Story, Wooden Horse), born in London, England
  • 1924 Peggy Cass, actress/TV panelist (To Tell the Truth, Mame), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1926 Rick Jason, American actor (Day of the Wolves, Eagles Attack at Dawn), born in NYC, New York
  • 1927 Kay Kendall, Yorkshire England, actress (Genevieve, Les Girls)
  • 1928 Alice Drummond, American actress (Awakenings), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Desmond Wilcox, broadcaster
  • 1938 David Groh, American actor (Joe-Rhoda, Don-Another Day), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945 Richard Hatch, American actor (Battlestar Galactica), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2017)
  • 1946 Ronald Bear, actor and director (Make-up), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1947 Jonathan Hyde, Australian-born actor
  • 1948 Carol Potter, American actress (Beverly Hills 90210, Today's FBI), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 Al Franken, US politician (Senate-D-Minnesota 2009-) comedian, writer, actor (SNL), born in New York City

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1952 Mr. T, [Lawrence Tureaud], American actor (A-Team, Rocky III, T & T), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actor Mr. T
Mr. T
  • 1954 Marina Langner, Dusseldorf Germany, Miss World runner-up (1975)
  • 1957 Judge Reinhold, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1957 Renée Soutendijk, Dutch actress
  • 1959 Nick Cassavetes, American actor and director (The Notebook), born in New York City
  • 1960 Mohanlal, Indian actor
  • 1964 Annabel Schofield, Llanelli Wales, actress (Laurel Ellis-Dallas)
  • 1964 Nancy Daus, American professional wrestler (d. 2007)
  • 1964 Carolyn Lawrence, American actress
  • 1966 Manon Kelley, Canadian actress (Red Lips 2), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • 1968 Julie Vega, Filipino child actress and singer (d. 1985)
  • 1969 Masayo Kurata, Japanese voice actress
  • 1971 Eric Nies, actor (MTV Real World, Grind)
  • 1972 Alesha Oreskovich, playmate (Jun, 1993), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1973 Noel Fielding, British comedian
  • 1980 Chris Raab, American actor
  • 1984 Lorena Ayala, Spanish-Dutch model and beauty queen
  • 1985 Kano [Robinson], English rapper and actor, born in London
  • 1987 Ashlie Brillault, American actress
  • 1991 Sarah Ramos, American actress
  • 1992 Olivia Olson, American singer and actress

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1944 Actor Burgess Meredith (36) weds actress Paulette Goddard (33) at David O Selznick's Beverly Hills home

HeartWedding of Interest

1945 Director Akira Kurosawa (35) weds actress Yoko Yaguchi (23)

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa

HeartWedding of Interest

1949 Film director David Lean (41) weds actress and producer Ann Todd (40) in London

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
  • 1988 Actress Jane Powell weds actor actor Dickie Moore
  • 1998 Supermodel Cindy Crawford (32) weds restaurateur Rande Gerber (36) on Paradise Island in the Bahamas

HeartWedding of Interest

1999 NFL legend Deion Sanders (31) weds model Pilar Biggers in Paradise Island, Bahamas

NFL Legend Deion Sanders
NFL Legend
Deion Sanders
  • 2005 "Second Time Around" actor Boris Kodjoe (32) weds "Soul Food" actress Nicole Ari Parker (34) in Gundelfingen, Germany
  • 2011 TV actress Sara Rue (33) weds Kevin Price (35) at Bel Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2016 Actress Eva Longoria (41) weds Televisa media executive Jose Antonio Baston in Valle de Bravo, Mexico

Actress Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1862 John Drew, Irish-born American actor and theatre manager, dies from head injuries at 34
  • 1922 Sidney Ainsworth, British silent film actor (Not in the News, The Rajah's Tunic), dies at 49
  • 1952 John Garfield, American actor (Juarez, Air Force), dies of heart problems at 39
  • 1966 Pat O'Malley, silent film actor (Wild One, Quiet Man), dies at 75
  • 1968 Doris Lloyd, actress (Oliver Twist), dies of heart strain at 71
  • 1970 Vinton Hayworth, actor (Gen Schaeffer-I Dream of Jeannie), dies at 63
  • 1971 Dennis King, English actor (Devil's Brother), dies of heart ailment at 73
  • 1973 George Breakstone, actor and director (Great Expectations), dies at 53
  • 1980 Ida Kaminska, actress (Shop on Main Street), dies
  • 1981 Yuki Shimoda, actor (Farewell to Manzanar), dies
  • 1984 Andrea Leeds, actress (Stage Door, Earthbound), dies of cancer at 70
  • 1984 Ann Little, actress (Roaring Road), dies at 93
  • 1985 Julie Vega, Philippine Actress (b. 1968)
  • 1987 Alejandro Rey, actor (Carlos-Flying Nun), dies at 57
  • 1990 Franklyn Seales, actor (Silver Spoon, Onion Field), dies of AIDS at 37
  • 1993 John Holland, actor (They Saved Hitler's Brain), dies at 65
  • 1996 Al "Lash" La Rue, cowboy actor (Lash of the West), dies at 78

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2000 Sir John Gielgud, British stage and screen actor and director (Hamlet, Arthur, Ages of Man), dies at 96

  • 2005 Howard Morris, American comic actor and director (b. 1919)
  • 2006 Cherd Songsri, Thai film director (b. 1931)