On This Day in Film & TV for May 25

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943 Agnes Moorehead appears in "Sorry, Wrong Number" on the radio program "Suspense", her most successful appearance

  • 1953 1st non-commercial educational television station-Houston, Texas

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

1964 16th Emmy Awards: Dick Van Dyke Show, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore win

  • 1966 "Au Hasard Balthazar", French film directed by Robert Bresson, starring Anne Wiazemsky and François Lafarge, is released

Film release premierFilm Release

1969 "Midnight Cowboy" directed by John Schlesinger and starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1970)

  • 1973 26th Cannes Film Festival: "The Hireling" directed by Alan Bridges and "Scarecrow" directed by Jerry Schatzberg jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1977 "Brady Bunch Hour" last airs on ABC-TV

Film release premierFilm Release

1977 Original "Star Wars" movie (Episode IV – A New Hope), directed by George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford first released

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Actor Harrison Ford
Actor
Harrison Ford
Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher

Film release premierFilm Release

1979 "Alien", directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver is released

  • 1983 "Return of the Jedi" (Star Wars part VI), produced by George Lucas first released

Music releaseMusic Recording

1989 Weird Al Yankovic records "She Drives Like Crazy"

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000 53rd Cannes Film Festival: "Dancer in the Dark" directed by Lars von Trier and starring Björk (Best Actress) wins the Palme d'Or

Singer Björk
Singer
Björk
  • 2001 54th Cannes Film Festival: "The Son's Room" directed by Nanni Moretti wins the Palme d'Or
  • 2003 56th Cannes Film Festival: "Elephant" directed by Gus Van Sant wins the Palme d'Or
  • 2008 61st Cannes Film Festival: "The Class" directed by Laurent Cantet wins the Palme d'Or
  • 2014 67th Cannes Film Festival: "Winter Sleep" directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan wins the Palme d'Or
  • 2017 "Wonder Woman" directed by Patty Jenkins, starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine premieres in Los Angeles - 1st superhero film directed by a woman

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1878 Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, American actor and tap dancer (Stormy Weather, Little Colonel), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1949)
  • 1882 Harry Fox [Arthur Carringford], American vaudeville dancer, comedian and actor (Talent Scout), born in Pomona, California (d. 1959)
  • 1882 Marie Doro, American stage and film actress of the early silent film era (The Heart of Nora Flynn, The White Pearl), born in Duncannon, Pennsylvania (d. 1956)
  • 1888 Miles Malleson, British writer and actor (Phantom of Opera, Postman's Knock), born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 1969)
  • 1905 Joseph C Harsch, newscaster (Background), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1909 Marie Menken, American experimental filmmaker and socialite (d. 1970)
  • 1913 Richard Dimbleby, British journalist and broadcaster (d. 1965)
  • 1914 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1916 Virginia Ginny Simms, actress/singer (Kay Kyser Band)
  • 1917 Steve Cochran, Eureka CA, actor (Mozambique, Gay Senotiys, Dallas)
  • 1925 Jeanne Crain, Barstow California, actress (Man Without a Star)
  • 1926 Claude Akins, Nelson GA, actor (BJ & Bear, Movin' On, Lobo)
  • 1929 Warren Frost, American actor
  • 1931 John Gabriel, actor (Cat Gang, Fantasies), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1931 Donald Phelps, American actor (Ghost Ship), born in Indiana (d. 1993)
  • 1933 Roger Bowen, actor (M*A*S*H, Main Event, What about Bob, Petulia)
  • 1935 Victoria Shaw, Australian-born American actress (d. 1988)
  • 1939 Dixie Carter, TN, actress (Designing Women, Edge of Night)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1939 Sir Ian McKellen, English film and theatre actor (Lord of the Rings, X-Men), born in Burnley Lancashire

  • 1943 Leslie Uggams, American singer/actress (Leslie Uggams Show, Roots), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Frank Oz, Hereford England, American muppetteer (Grover-Sesame Street, Muppet Show)
  • 1944 John Bunnell, former Sheriff of Multnomah County, Oregon and TV personality
  • 1947 Karen Valentine, actress (Love American Style, Room 222), born in Santa Rosa, California
  • 1948 Sgt. Slaughter, American professional wrestler
  • 1951 Bob Gale, American screenwriter
  • 1955 Connie Selleca, actress (Hotel, Capt America II), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1956 Tatsutoshi Goto, wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • 1957 Hillary Bailey Smith, actress (Nora-One Life to Live), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1959 Cathryn Harrison, actress (Old Woman in Black Moon), born in London, England
  • 1959 Julian Clary, British television personality
  • 1961 Hiro Saito, wrestler (All-Japan/NJPW/Calgary)
  • 1963 Mike Myers, Canadian comedian (SNL, Wayne's World) [or Jun 25]
  • 1965 Roef-Ragas, Dutch actor (Missing Link, Red Rain, Juju, Mykosch)
  • 1965 George Hickenlooper, American documentary filmmaker

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1969 Anne Heche, American actress (Donnie Brasco, Juror, Volcano), born in Aurora, Ohio

Actress Anne Heche
Actress
Anne Heche
  • 1969 Matt Borlenghi, actor (Brian Bodine-All My Children), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Lindsay Greenbush, LA, twin actress (Carrie-Little House on Prairie)
  • 1970 Sidney Greenbush, LA, twin actress (Carrie-Little House on Prairie)
  • 1971 Justin Henry, American actor (Kramer vs Kramer, 16 Candles), born in Rye, New York
  • 1973 Demetri Martin, American comedian
  • 1973 Molly Sims, American model and actress
  • 1976 Cillian Murphy, Irish actor
  • 1976 Ethan Suplee, American actor
  • 1980 Jae Hee, South Korean actor
  • 1983 Kunal Khemu, Indian actor
  • 1984 Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir, 2005 Miss World
  • 1985 Luciana Abreu, Portuguese singer and actress
  • 1986 Juri Ueno, Japanese actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1901 Anton Chekhov (41), Russian physician, dramatist and author marries actress Olga Knipper (31)

Author and Playwright Anton Chekhov
Author and Playwright
Anton Chekhov
  • 1996 Actress Kelley Menighan (29) weds actor-singer Jon Hensley (31) in Chicago, Illinois
  • 2014 Happy Endings actress Casey Wilson (33) weds comedy writer David Caspe (35) in Ojai, California

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2000 Television producer and director Mark Tinker (49) divorces actress and painter Kristin Harmon (54) after 12 years of marriage
  • 2012 Actress Halina Mlynkova (35) divorces actor Lukasz Nowicki (39) after 9 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1862 Johann Nestroy, Austrian actor, singer and playwright (Judith und Holofernes), dies at 60
  • 1940 Joe De Grasse, American film director (b. 1873)
  • 1971 Terence De Marney, actor (Case Thomas-Johnny Ringo), dies at 62
  • 1974 Donald Crisp, British actor and director (How Green Was My Valley, Pollyana), dies at 91
  • 1982 Larry J Blake, actor (Earth vs the Flying Saucers), dies at 68
  • 1983 Jean Rougeau, French Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • 1990 Vic Tayback, actor (Mel-Alice), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1992 Marshall Thompson, US actor (To Hell & Back), dies at 66
  • 1993 Dan Seymour, actor (Bombs over Burma, Intrigue, Watusi), dies at 78
  • 1995 Dany Robin, actress (Follow the Boys, Topaz, Julietta), dies at 68
  • 2000 Nicholas Clay, British actor (b. 1946)
  • 2002 Pat Coombs, English actress (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Sunil Dutt, Indian actor and politician (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Graham Kennedy, Australian television personality (b. 1934)
  • 2007 Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor and host (b. 1931)
  • 2010 Michael H. Jordan, businessman and former CEO PepsiCo and CBS Corporation (b. 1936)