On This Day in Film & TV for May 3

Events in Film & TV


Film release premierFilm Premier

1944 "Going My Way", directed by Leo McCary and starring Bing Crosby premieres in New York (Best Picture 1945)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1948 1st broadcast of "CBS Evening News" - longest running network news show in the US
  • 1953 WTVO TV channel 17 in Rockford, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KTEN TV channel 10 in Ada-Ardmore, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WHA TV channel 21 in Madison, WI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 Musical "Fantasticks" by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, premieres in NYC (world's longest running musical)
  • 1965 KTCI TV channel 17 in St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1966 WDHO (now WNWO) TV channel 24 in Toledo, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1982 ABC's All Talk network begins on radio (2 west coast stations)

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1982 President Reagan begins 5 minute weekly radio broadcasts

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1991 356th & final episode of CBS second longest running series "Dallas", (2nd only to "Gunsmoke")
  • 1997 ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jason Queen

Film release premierFilm Premier

2002 "Spider-Man", starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin, premieres

  • 2012 59th National Film Awards (India): "Deool" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2013 60th National Film Awards (India): "Paan Singh Tomar" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2014 61st National Film Awards (India): "Ship of Theseus" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2015 62nd National Film Awards (India): "Court" wins the Golden Lotus

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1889 Beulah Bondi, American actress (It's a Wonderful Life), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • 1893 Hope Landin, American actress (I Remember Mama, Sugarfoot), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1973)
  • 1899 Aline MacMahon, American actress (Backdoor to Heaven), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1901 Gino Cervi, Italian actor (Les Miserables, Naked Maja), born in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (d. 1974)
  • 1902 Jack La Rue, American actor and TV narrator (Lights Out, Mouthpiece, My Favorite Brunette), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1902 Walter Slezak, Austrian actor (Bedtime for Bonzo, Inspector General), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1983)

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1903 Bing Crosby [Harry Lillis Crosby], American actor and singer (White Christmas, Going My Way), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1977)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1904 John Breeden, American actor (Salute, Madame Racketeer, Joy Street), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1977)

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1906 Mary Astor, American actress (Maltese Falcon, Dinky), born in Quincy, Illinois (d. 1987)

Actress Mary Astor
Actress
Mary Astor
  • 1915 Stu Hart, Canadian professional wrestler and trainer (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Mary Carver, actress (Cecilia-Simon & Simon), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1925 Nina Bara, actress (Tonga-Space Patrol), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1928 Jeanne Bal, actress (Pat-Love & Marriage), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1932 Robert Osborne, American film historian (Turner Classic Movies), born in Colfax, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Alex Cord, American actor
  • 1942 Lynn Farleigh, Bristol England, actress (Lovers of Their Time)
  • 1946 Greg Gumbel, sportscaster (CBS TV, WFAN)
  • 1948 Chris Mulkey, American actor
  • 1952 Caitlin Clarke. American actress (d. 2004)
  • 1958 Kevin Kilner, American actor
  • 1958 Sandi Toksvig, Danish comedian and radio presenter
  • 1959 Ben Elton, Catford, London, English actor and comedian (Blackadder Back & Forth, Friday Night Live)
  • 1960 Amy Steel, American actress
  • 1963 Sally Whittaker, English actress
  • 1965 Rob Brydon, Welsh comedian
  • 1965 Nina Garcia, Colombian-American fashion expert and television personality (Project Runway), born in Barranquilla, Colombia
  • 1966 Peter Abbay, American actor
  • 1966 Firdous Bamji, Indian-American actor
  • 1968 Deborah Caprioglio, Miestre Italy, actress (Big Game Hunter)
  • 1975 Eva Santolaria, Spanish actress
  • 1975 DulĂ© Hill, American actor
  • 1978 Christina Hendricks, American actress (Mad Men), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1979 Steve Mack, American professional wrestler
  • 1984 Nam Sang-mi, South Korean actress and model
  • 1986 Poppy Delevingne, British model and actress (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), born in London, England

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1986 Actress-singer Annette Funicello (43) weds harness racing horse breeder and trainer Glen Holt

HeartWedding of Interest

1992 Beverly Hills 90210 actress Gabrielle Carteris marries Charles Isaacs

  • 1997 "Port Charles" soap opera actor Jon Lindstrom (39) weds "The Young and The Restless" actress Eileen Davidson (38) in Cambria, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1997 Actor Dwayne Johnson (25) weds producer Dany Garcia (28)

Actor & Professional Wrestler The Rock
Actor & Professional Wrestler
The Rock

HeartWedding of Interest

2003 "Friends" actor Matt LeBlanc (35) weds former model Melissa McKnight (38) at a private estate overlooking Anini Beach in Kilauea, Hawaii


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1972 Bruce Cabot, actor (Diamonds are Forever), dies at 68
  • 1979 Erin O'Brien-Moore, actress (Nurse Choate-Peyton Place), dies at 76
  • 1982 Helmut Dantine, actor (Shadow of the Cloak), dies at 64
  • 1986 Robert Alda, actor (Dan Lewis-Supertrain), dies at 72
  • 1989 Muriel Ostriche, American silent film actress dies at 92
  • 1991 Margaret Tallichet, American actress (Stranger on the 3rd Floor), dies at 77

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1992 George Murphy, American politician (US Senator, California), actor and dancer (MGM Parade), dies of leukemia at 89

Actor and Senator George Murphy
Actor and Senator
George Murphy
  • 1995 Michael Horden, actor (Fool, Green Man, Scoop), dies at 83
  • 1996 Jack Weston, American actor (Ishtar, Rad, Cuba), dies of lymphoma at 71
  • 2003 Suzy Parker, American model and actress, dies at 69
  • 2004 Anthony Ainley, British actor (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Knock Yokoyama, Japanese comedian and politician (b. 1932)
  • 2011 Thanasis Veggos, Greek actor (b. 1927)
  • 2011 Jackie Cooper, American actor, dies at 88
  • 2017 Daliah Lavi [Levinbuck], Israeli actress (Casino Royale, Lord Jim), dies at 74