On This Day in Film & TV for May 23

Events in Film & TV

  • 1921 "Shuffle Along" 1st black musical comedy, opens in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1922 Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • 1953 WHIZ TV channel 18 in Zanesville, OH (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 WGTV TV channel 8 in Athens-Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 WRCA radio changes call letters back to WNBC (NYC)
  • 1962 15th Cannes Film Festival: "Keeper of Promises" directed by Anselmo Duarte wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1963 NBC purchases 1963 AFL championship game TV rights for $926,000
  • 1963 16th Cannes Film Festival: "The Leopard" directed by Luchino Visconti wins the Palme d'Or

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 BBC orders 13 episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • 1969 22nd Cannes Film Festival: "If..." directed by Lindsay Anderson wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1975 28th Cannes Film Festival: "Chronicle of the Years of Fire" directed by Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1980 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Neil Burton

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 33rd Cannes Film Festival: "All That Jazz" directed by Bob Fosse and "Kagemusha" directed by Akira Kurosawa jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • 1982 BBC warns Britain will bomb Argentina

Film release premierFilm Release

1984 "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", 2nd in the film series, directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford, opens in the US

Actor Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Director Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
  • 1984 37th Cannes Film Festival: "Paris, Texas" directed by Wim Wenders wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1988 41st Cannes Film Festival: "Pelle erobreren" directed by Bille August wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1989 3rd American Comedy Award: Paula Poundstone
  • 1989 Angela Visser, 22, of Holland, crowned 38th Miss Universe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 42nd Cannes Film Festival: "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" directed by Steven Soderbergh wins the Palme d'Or

  • 1994 "Star Trek: The Next Generation" finale airs this week in syndication

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 47th Cannes Film Festival: "Pulp Fiction" directed by Quentin Tarantino wins the Palme d'Or

Film Director & Screenwriter Quentin Tarantino
Film Director & Screenwriter
Quentin Tarantino
  • 1997 Mel Karmazin replaces Peter Lund as CEO of CBS TV
  • 1999 52nd Cannes Film Festival: "Rosetta" directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne wins the Palme d'Or
  • 2010 63rd Cannes Film Festival: "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul wins the Palme d'Or

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1882 James Gleason, American writer and actor (Bishop's Wife, Flying Fool), born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1883 Douglas Fairbanks, American actor (The Mark of Zorro, 3 Musketeers, Robin Hood), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1939)
  • 1890 Herbert Marshall, English actor (Murder, Razor's Edge, Little Foxes), born in London, England
  • 1898 Frank McHugh, american actor (Going My Way, Front Page, Gold Diggers 1935, Mighty Joe Young), born in Homestead, Pennsylvania (d. 1981)
  • 1898 Joseph H. Hazen, Hollywood lawyer (Warner Brothers), born in Kingston, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1903 Walter Reisch, American screenwriter (Ninotchka, Gaslight, Titanic)
  • 1910 Scatman Crothers [Benjamin], American actor, singer, dancer and musician (Chico and the Man, The Shining), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1986)
  • 1912 John Payne, American actor (The Restless Gun, Miracle on 34th Street), born in Roanoke, Virginia (d. 1989)
  • 1912 Marius Goring, British actor (Stairway to Heaven, The Red Shoes), born in Isle of Wight, England (d. 1998)
  • 1914 Leo Lerman, American writer and editor (Condé Nast Publications), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Elizabeth "Betty" Garrett, American actress, comedian, singer and dancer (All in the Family), born in St Joseph, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • 1920 Sid Melton [Sidney Meltzer], American actor (Green Acres, The Danny Thomas Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1921 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz musician, actor and broadcaster (It's Great to Be Young), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire (d. 2008)
  • 1921 James [Benjamin] Blish, US/UK, sci-fi author (Hugo, Star Trek Reader)
  • 1921 Loren Tindall, American actor (Meet Me on Broadway, Girl of Limberlost), born in Hastings, Oklahoma (d. 1973)
  • 1921 Montague Modlyn, broadcaster
  • 1928 Nigel Davenport, actor (Without a Clue, Masada), born in Cambridge, England (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Jeannie Carson, English actress and comedian
  • 1929 Ulla Jacobson, Swedish actress (One Summer of Happiness)
  • 1931 Barbara Barrie, actress (Breaking Away, Barney Miller), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1933 Joan Henrietta Collins, actress (Alexis-Dynasty, Bitch), born in London, England
  • 1936 Charles Kimbrough, actor (Murphy Brown)
  • 1942 K. Raghavendra Rao, Indian film director
  • 1942 Zalman King, Trenton, New Jersey, actor and director (Wild Orchid), (d. 2012)
  • 1945 Lauren Chapin, actress (Kathy-Father Knows Best)
  • 1945 Padmarajan, Indian film director (d. 1991)
  • 1946 Frederik de Groot, Dutch actor
  • 1950 Linda Thompson, actress (Hee Haw), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1952 Deborah Adair, actress (Tracey-Dynasty, Kate-Day of Our Life)
  • 1957 Mark Arnold, American actor

Person of interestDrew Carey

1958 Drew Carey, American actor & comedian (Drew Carey Show), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Actor and Comedian Drew Carey
Actor and Comedian
Drew Carey
  • 1959 Linden Ashby, actor (Mortal Kombat)
  • 1962 Karen Duffy, [Duff], American MTV VJ/actress (Meet Wally Sparks), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Imran Anwar, Pakistani Internet pioneer and American TV personality
  • 1964 Staci Greason, actress (Isabella Toscando-Days of Our Lives), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1965 Tom Tykwer, German film director
  • 1968 Guinevere Turner, American actress
  • 1970 Nanette Burstein, American director and producer
  • 1971 Laurel Holloman, American actress
  • 1973 Verna Vasquez, Miss Universe-best swimsuit (Curacao, 1997)
  • 1974 Kimber West, playmate (Feb 1997), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1975 Kim Sung-soo, South Korean actor
  • 1976 Kelly Marie Monaco, playmate (April, 1997), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1976 Melanie Joyce Bell, Miss America-New Jersey (1997), born in Vernon, New Jersey
  • 1978 Carolyn Moos, American model and professional basketball player
  • 1980 Lane Garrison, American actor
  • 1983 Cristiano Bilanzola, Canadian musician and filmmaker
  • 1983 Alex Shelley, American professional wrestler
  • 1984 Adam Wylie, actor (Picket Fences)
  • 1999 James Charles [Dickinson], American internet personality and model (Cover Girl), born in Bethlehem, New York

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1992 "Once and Again" actress Sela Ward (35) weds actor Howard Sherman (42)

HeartWedding of Interest

1992 Actress Anjelica Huston (40) weds sculptor Robert Graham (54)

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2016 Actress Amber Heard (30) files for divorce from fellow actor Johnny Depp (52)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1961 Joan Davis, comedic actress (I Married Joan), dies at 53
  • 1966 Ruth Gates, Denton TX, actress (Aunt Jenny-Mama), dies at 79
  • 1967 Philip Coolidge, American actor (North by Northwest, North by Northwest, I Want to Live, Tingler), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • 1968 James Burke, American actor (Ellery Queen, Army Surgeon), dies at 81
  • 1969 Diane Aubrey, actress (Haunted Strangler), dies of heart attack at 79
  • 1970 Nydia Westman, actress (Going My Way, Young Mr Bobbins), dies at 68
  • 1973 Athena Lorde, American actress (Fuzz, Skin Game, Firecreek), dies of cancer at 57
  • 1986 Sterling Hayden, actor (Blue & Gray), dies at 70
  • 1988 David Schoenbrun, CBS broadcast bureau head (Wash, Paris), dies at 73
  • 1993 James Millhollin, actor (Anston Foster-Grindl), dies at 77
  • 1994 Joe Pass [Joseph Passalaqua], American virtuoso jazz guitarist and composer, dies from liver cancer at 65
  • 1994 Ray Candy, American professional wrestler, dies from a heart attack at 42
  • 1996 Dorothy Hyson, American actress (Ghoul, Spare a Copper, Sing as We Go), dies at 81
  • 1996 Patrick Cargill, British actor (Help!, No Wreath for the General, Hammerhead), dies of a brain tumor at 77
  • 1999 Owen Hart, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1965)
  • 2003 Jean Yanne, French actor and director (b. 1933)
  • 2010 Simon Monjack, English actor, producer, & writer (b. 1970)
  • 2015 Anne Meara, American Comedian and actress (Stiller & Meara, Archie's Place), dies at 85

Person of interestJohn Nash

2015 John Nash, American mathematician (subject of movie "A Beautiful Mind") and Nobel laureate, dies in a car crash at 86

Mathematician and Economist John Nash
Mathematician and Economist
John Nash

Person of interestRoger Moore

2017 Roger Moore, British actor (The Saint, James Bond), dies at 89