On This Day in Film & TV for May 27

Events in Film & TV

  • 1949 Martin Canine, cartoon character, spoofs Martin Kane
  • 1955 Red Buttons Show, last airs on NBC-TV

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1969 Jerry Lewis Show second run, last airs on NBC-TV

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • 1971 24th Cannes Film Festival: "The Go-Between" directed by Joseph Losey wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1977 30th Cannes Film Festival: "Padre Padrone" directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1977 The Sex Pistols release "God Save the Queen", sparking major controversy and leading to a ban on the song by the BBC
  • 1981 34th Cannes Film Festival: "Man of Iron" directed by Andrzej Wajda wins the Palme d'Or

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1985 Inaugural bands parade for President Reagan

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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1995 Actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition in Culpeper, Virginia

  • 2007 60th Cannes Film Festival: "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" directed by Cristian Mungiu wins the Palme d'Or
  • 2012 65th Cannes Film Festival: "Amour" directed by Michael Haneke wins the Palme d'Or
  • 2012 58th British Academy Television Awards: "Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle" Best Comedy, "The Fades" Best Drama

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2014 The director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde calls for "tougher regulation and tighter supervision" of banking sector

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
Christine Lagarde

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1874 Dustin Farnum, American actor (Squaw Man, Virginian, The Flaming Frontier), born in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire (d. 1929)
  • 1879 Lucile Watson, Canadian actress (Great Lie, Watch on the Rhine, Let's Dance), born in Québec, Canada (d. 1962)
  • 1890 Fritzi Brunette, American actress, born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1943)
  • 1892 Sara Heyblom, Dutch actress (Pygmalion, Fietsen naar de Maan), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • 1911 Vincent Price, actor (House on Haunted Hill, Fly, Laura), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1915 Louise Annand-MacFarquhar, Lanarkshire, Scotland, painter and filmmaker (At the Museum), (d. 2012)
  • 1919 Kam Fong, actor (Hawaii Five-0), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

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1922 Christopher Lee, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit), born in London, England (d. 2015)

  • 1935 Lee Meriwether, Miss America (Time Tunnel, Barnaby Jones), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1936 Louis Gossett Jr, American actor (Officer & Gentleman, Deep), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 Davina Phillips, actress
  • 1943 Bruce Weitz, actor (Hill St Blues, Death of a Centerfold), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • 1943 Cilla Black [Priscilla White], pop singer and TV personality (Blind Date), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2015)
  • 1946 Lewis Collins, English actor, (d. 2013)
  • 1948 Anna E "Annelies" Balhan, Dutch revue-artist/actress (Sweet Chairty)
  • 1955 Richard Schiff, American actor (The West Wing), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • 1955 Eric Bischoff, American professional wrestling promoter
  • 1956 Lisa Niemi, actress (Dirty Dancing, Will Rodgers Follies), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1958 Linnea Quigley, Davenport Iowa, actress (Night of Demons, Virgin High)
  • 1961 Cathy Silvers, actress (Happy Days, Foley Square), born in NYC, New York
  • 1961 Peri Gilpin, actor (Roz Doyle-Frasier), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1962 Mariangela D'Abbraccio, TV actress (Passioni), born in Naples, Italy
  • 1962 Meg Parsont, personality (David Letterman Show)
  • 1964 Adam Carolla, American comedian and television personality
  • 1965 Todd Bridges, actor (Diff'rent Strokes, Fish), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1969 Dondre Whitfield, American actor

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1970 Joseph Fiennes, English actor (Enemy at the Gates, Shakespeare in Love), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire

  • 1971 Monika Schnarre, US actress (Bold & Beautiful)
  • 1971 Paul Bettany, English actor (A Beautiful Mind ), born in London
  • 1973 Jack McBrayer, American actor and comedian
  • 1975 Jamie Oliver, British chef and television personality
  • 1981 Özgür Çevik, Turkish singer and actor

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1995 "Friends" actress Lisa Kudrow (31) weds French advertising executive Michel Stern (37) in Malibu

HeartWedding of Interest

2012 Actress Cynthia Nixon (46) weds education activist Christine Marinoni in New York City

Actress Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
  • 2017 Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel (27) weds Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr (34) in Los Angeles, California

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2003 Actress Angelina Jolie (26) divorces actor Billy Bob Thornton (47) due to irreconcilable differences

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1958 Ainslie Pryor, actor (Adventures of Hiram Holiday), dies at 46
  • 1960 Edward Brophy, American character actor (Champ, Dumbo, Great Guy, Cameraman, Doughboys), dies at 65
  • 1960 George Zucco, British actor (Fog Island, Black Raven, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Captain Fury), dies at 74
  • 1969 Jeffrey Hunter, actor (Christopher Pike-Star Trek Cage), dies at 43
  • 1971 Chips Rafferty, actor (Kona Coast, Walk into Hell), dies at 62
  • 1976 Ruth McDevitt, actress (Jo-All in the Family), dies at 80
  • 1985 Kay Campbell, actress (All My Children), dies at 80
  • 1988 Florida Friebus, actress (Bob Newhart Show), dies of a stroke at 79
  • 1988 Renato Salvatori, actor (Burn, Luna, 2 Women), dies
  • 1989 Jack Starrett, director/actor (Chase, Nightwish, 1st Blood), dies
  • 1992 Glen White, dancer/actor (Graft, Camille), dies of AIDS at 42
  • 1992 John Myhers, director/actor (Billion Dollar Hobo), dies at 70
  • 1993 Jan Wiley, actress (Underdog, Brute Man, She Wolf of London), dies
  • 2001 Ramon Bieri, American actor (b. 1929)
  • 2006 Paul Gleason, American actor (Breakfast Club, Die Hard), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • 2006 Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Indian actor (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Gretchen Wyler, American actress (b. 1932)
  • 2011 Jeff Conaway, American actor (b. 1950)
  • 2013 Bill Pertwee, English actor (Dad's Army), dies at 86