On This Day in Film & TV for May 30

Events in Film & TV

  • 1949 WRTV TV channel 6 in Indianapolis, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 KMVT TV channel 11 in Twin Falls, ID (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1978 31st Cannes Film Festival: "The Tree of Wooden Clogs" directed by Ermanno Olmi wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1987 North American Philips Company unveils compact disc video

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1989 Margaret Ray pleads guilty to breaking into David Letterman's house

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • 1996 John Tesh's final day as host of "Entertainment Tonight"

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2003 "Finding Nemo", directed by Andrew Stanton and starring Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres is released in the US and Canada

Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres
Comedian and TV Star
Ellen DeGeneres

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2014 Seth MacFarlane's "A Million Ways to Die in the West" is released to theatres, MacFarlane's first live-action role on the big screen

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2017 Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John reveals her breast cancer has returned after 25 years

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1853 Andries Andre, Dutch actor and husband of Geertruida Meeuwissen (Trumpeter-Major), born (d. 1890)
  • 1871 Olga Engl, Austrian actress (Phantom), born in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1946)
  • 1896 Howard Hawks, American director and producer (Rio Bravo, Scarface), born in Goshen, Indiana (d. 1977)
  • 1899 Irving Thalberg, American film producer (MGM), born in Booklyn, New York (d. 1936)
  • 1902 Stepin Fetchit [Lincoln Perry], American actor (Miracle in Harlem) 1st African American film star, born in Key West, Florida (d. 1985)
  • 1910 Inge Meysel, German actress (None, Ida Rogalski), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2004)
  • 1911 Douglas Fowley, American actor (Grandpa-Pistols 'n' Petticoats), born in NYC, New York
  • 1912 Hugh Griffith, Wales, actor (Ben Hur, Mutiny on the Bounty, Oliver!)
  • 1920 John Heawood, actor/singer/choreographer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)
  • 1923 Jimmy Lydon, Harrington Pk NJ, actor (Richard-Love That Jill)
  • 1927 Clint Walker, Hartford Ill, actor (Kodiak, Cheyenne, Dirty Dozen)
  • 1927 Dick Noel, American TV host (It's a Small Wonder), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1929 Michael Mellinger, Bavaria, actor (Goldfinger)
  • 1936 Keir Dullea, actor (2001, 2010, David & Lisa), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1936 Ruta Lee, actress (Operation Eichmann, Marjorie Morningstar)
  • 1939 Michael J Pollard, actor (Bonny & Clyde, Roxanne), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1940 David Ackroyd, actor (I Come in Peace, Memories of Me), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1945 Meredith MacRae, actress (Petticoat Junction, My 3 Sons), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1945 Norman Eshley, English actor
  • 1948 Michael Piller, American screenwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1950 Paresh Rawal, Indian actor
  • 1951 Stephen Tobolowsky, Tx, actor (Single White Female, Thelma & Louise)
  • 1953 Colm Meaney, actor (Star Trek Deep Space 9)
  • 1955 Jake "The Snake" Roberts, American wrestler, born in Gainesville, Texas
  • 1958 Ted McGinley, actor (Love Boat, MWC, Dynasty), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1961 Ella Arolovich, Leningrad USSR, model
  • 1961 Ralph Carter, American actor (Michael Evans-Good Times), born in NYC, New York
  • 1961 Trey Parker, rapper/actor (Newsies, Hull High)
  • 1961 Harry Enfield, Horsham, West Sussex, English comedian (Dermot-Men Behaving Badly, Saturday Live)
  • 1962 Tonya Pinkins, actress (Livia Frye-All My Children), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963 Lynda Wiesmeier, playmate (Jul, 1982), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1965 Tammy Parks, actress (Attack of 60' Centerfold), born in Rockville Centre, New York

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1971 Idina Menzel, American actress and singer born in Queens, New York

Actress/Singer Idina Menzel
Actress/Singer
Idina Menzel
  • 1973 Christine Pavone, Miss USA-Connecticut (1997)
  • 1973 Leigh Francis, British comedian
  • 1976 Omri Hairi Katz, actor (Marshall Teller-Eerie Indiana), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1977 Rachael Stirling, British actress
  • 1979 Kugimiya Rie, Japanese seiyuu (voice actress)
  • 1981 Blake Bashoff, American actor
  • 1990 Dean Collins, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV


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1927 Academy Award-winning actor Fredric March (29) marries actress Florence Eldridge

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1999 "The Goodbye Girl" actor Richard Dreyfuss (51) weds accountant Janelle Lacey in Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

2008 Film actor Charlie Sheen (42) weds socialite Brooke Mueller (30) at a private estate in Los Angeles, California

  • 2015 Actor Eric Balfour (38) weds fashion designer Erin Chiamulon (31) in Pacific Palisades, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1944 Jessie Ralph, actress (Good Earth, San Francisco), dies at 79
  • 1953 Dooley Wilson [Arthur Wilson], American musician and actor (Beulah, Casablanca), dies of natural causes at 67
  • 1967 Claude Rains, British actor (Invisible Man, Casablanca), dies at 77
  • 1971 Audie Murphy, most decorated American WW II hero/actor (Sierra), killed in plane crash at 46
  • 1971 Rodd Redwing, actor (Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory), dies at 66
  • 1975 Michel Simon, actor (Panic, Plague, Two of Us), dies at 80
  • 1979 Jack Raine, British actor (Quartet), dies at 82
  • 1988 Ella Raines, actress (Uncle Harry, Runaround, Impact), dies at 66
  • 1991 Manolo Gomez Bur, Spanish comedian dies at 74
  • 1992 Daniel Addes, actor (Victor-Sunst Grill), dies at 59
  • 2000 Doris Hare, Welsh actress (b. 1905)
  • 2006 Shohei Imamura, Japanese film director (b. 1926)
  • 2006 Robert Sterling, American actor (George Kirby-Adv of Topper), dies at 88
  • 2007 Jean-Claude Brialy, French actor and author (b. 1933)
  • 2011 Clarice Taylor, American actress (b. 1917)