On This Day in Film & TV for May 24

Events in Film & TV

  • 1895 Henry Irving becomes the first actor to receive a knighthood
  • 1974 Dean Martin Show last airs on NBC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 27th Cannes Film Festival: "The Conversation" directed by Francis Ford Coppola wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

  • 1979 32nd Cannes Film Festival: "Apocalypse Now" directed by Francis Ford Coppola and "Die Biechtrommel" directed by Volker Schlondorff jointly awarded the Palme d'Or
  • 1988 Porntip Nakhirunkanok, 19, of Thailand, crowned 37th Miss Universe

Film release premierFilm Premier

1989 "Indiana Jones & Last Crusade", directed by Stephen Spielberg and produced by George Lucas premieres

Director Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas

Music releaseMusic Recording

1989 Weird Al Yankovic records his UHF soundtrack

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1993 Star Trek episode "Second Chances" airs guest starring Mae Jemison, the 1st real life astronaut to appear on the show

Astronaut and Physician Mae Jemison
Astronaut and Physician
Mae Jemison
  • 1993 46th Cannes Film Festival: "Ba wang bie ji" directed by Chen Kaige and "The Piano" directed by Jane Campion jointly awarded the Palme d'Or
  • 1996 "Spy Hard" starring Leslie Nielsen is released

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Actor Tim Allen arrested for drunk driving in Michigan

Actor Tim Allen
Tim Allen
  • 1998 51st Cannes Film Festival: "Mia aioniotita kai mia mera" by Theo Angelopoulos wins the Palme d'Or
  • 2009 62nd Cannes Film Festival: "The White Ribbon" directed by Michael Haneke wins the Palme d'Or
  • 2015 68th Cannes Film Festival: "Dheepan" directed by Jacques Audiard wins the Palme d'Or

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 Bill Cosby is ordered to stand trial in a sexual assault case in Norristown

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Actor Morgan Freeman accused of sexual harassment by several women in CNN report

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1855 Arthur Wing Pinero, English actor and playwright, born in London (d. 1934)
  • 1889 Creighton Hale, Irish actor (Gorilla Man, Way Down East), born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1965)
  • 1900 Eduardo De Filippo, Italian playwright, director, actor and poet (7 Deadly Sins, Shoot Loud), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1984)
  • 1912 Joseph Anthony [Deuster], American playwright, actor, and director (Matchmaker, Tomorrow), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1993)
  • 1914 Lilli Palmer [Peiser], German actress (Cloak and Dagger, Anastasia: The Czar's Last Daughter), born in Posen, Prussia (d. 1986)
  • 1922 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), born in Tokyo (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Siobhán McKenna [Cionnaith], Irish stage actress (Saint Joan, The Chalk Garden), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1986)
  • 1923 Seijun Suzuki, Japanese cult film director, born in Tokyo (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Mai Zetterling, Swedish actress and film director (Witches, Offbeat, Jet Storm), born in Västerås, Västmanland (d. 1994)
  • 1926 Stanley Baxter, Scottish actor (The Stanley Baxter Moving Picture Show, Crook Anonymous), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1931 Michael Lonsdale, French actor (The Day of the Jackal, Moonraker), born in Paris, France
  • 1938 Thomas "Tommy" Chong, Canadian-American comedian, actor, and cannabis rights activist (Cheech & Chong), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1941 Andres Garcia, actor (Tiger Shark), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1943 Gary Burghoff, actor (Radar - M*A*S*H), born in Bristol, Connecticut
  • 1945 Priscilla Presley, American actress (Jenna-Dallas, Naked Gun), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1949 Jim Broadbent, English actor (Iris), born in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
  • 1953 Alfred Molina, British actor (Spider Man 2, Frida, Chocolat), born in London, England
  • 1953 Nell Campbell, [Laura], Australian actress (Rocky Horror), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1960 Kristin Scott Thomas, British actress (The English Patient, Mission: Impossible), born in Redruth, Cornwall, England
  • 1963 Gene Anthony Ray, dancer/actor (Leroy-Fame), born in Harlem, New York

Person of interestJohn C. Reilly

1965 John C. Reilly, American actor (Chicago, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1972 Greg Berlanti, American television writer and producer
  • 1974 Will Sasso, Canadian actor and comedian
  • 1977 Kym Valentine Australian actress (Neighbours), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1978 Bryan Greenberg, American actor
  • 1980 Billy L Sullivan, actor (Will Pacino-Something So Right), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1980 Cecilia Cheung, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • 1981 Marketa Janska, Czech model and Playboy Playmate
  • 1984 Sarah Hagan, American actress
  • 1986 Jordan Metcalfe, English actor
  • 1989 Tara Correa-McMullen, American actress (d. 2005)
  • 1992 Travis T. Flory, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

2003 Oscar winning-actress Kate Winslet (27) weds director Sam Mendes (36) in Anguilla Island

Actress Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
  • 2003 Actor and film director Kenneth Branagh (42) weds film art director Lindsay Brunnock in a secret ceremony

HeartWedding of Interest

2014 Rapper and record producer Kanye West (36) weds model Kim Kardashian (33) at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy

TV Personality & Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality & Model
Kim Kardashian
Rapper Kanye West
Kanye West
  • 2015 Actress and model Michelle Keegan (28) weds TV presenter Mark Wright (28) at Hengrave Hall estate in Suffolk

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1948 Jacques Feyder, Belgian director and screenwriter (b. 1885)
  • 1953 Cor Hermus, Dutch actor, director and writer (Bleeke Bet, William of Orange, Jantes), dies at 63
  • 1956 Guy Kibbee, American actor (Capt Blood, Babes in Arms), dies at 74
  • 1969 Mitzi Green [Elizabeth Keno], American child actress (Huckleberry Finn, Little Orphan Annie), dies from cancer at 48
  • 1972 Asta Nielsen, actress (Joyless Street), dies at 88
  • 1972 Gavin Muir, American actor (Mary of Scotland, Johnny Trouble), dies at 71
  • 1972 Ismail Yasseen, Egyptian comedian and actor (Isamil Yassine as Tarzan, Ibn Hamidu), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 1979 Jan Arvan, actor (Red Skelton Show, Zorro), dies
  • 1981 Jack Warner [Waters], British actor (Dixon of Dock Green, Christmas Carol), dies from pneumonia at 85
  • 1984 Vincent J. McMahon, American professional wrestling promoter (b. 1914)
  • 1986 Gunnar Bjornstrand, Swedish actor (7th Seal, Devil's Eye), dies at 76
  • 1986 Yakima Canutt [Enos Edward], American rodeo cowboy, actor and director(Texas Terror), dies at 90
  • 1987 Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold, British actress (Gigi, Music Man), dies at 89
  • 1991 Miriam di San Servolo, Italian actress (b. 1912)
  • 1992 Joan Sanderson, English actress (Young Wives' Tale, Fawlty Towers), dies at 79
  • 1996 John Abbott, British actor (The Jungle Book, Gigi, Smogasboard), dies from cancer at 90
  • 1997 Edward Mulhare, Irish actor (Knight Rider), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • 2003 Rachel Kempson, English actress (b. 1910)
  • 2004 Captain Stubby [Tom Fouts], American author and comedian (Captain Stubby and the Buccaneers), dies of a stroke at 85
  • 2008 Dick Martin [Thomas Richard], American actor and comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Carbon Copy), dies of respiratory complications at 86
  • 2010 Ray Alan, English ventriloquist & television entertainer (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Tapen Chatterjee, Bengali actor from India (b. 1937)
  • 2016 Burt Kwouk, English actor (Pink Panther movies), dies at 85
  • 2018 Jerry Maren [Gerard Marenghi], American actor (The Wizard of Oz, Mayor McCheese), dies at 98