On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for May 5

Events in Film & TV

  • 1949 KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, California (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 KNME TV channel 5 in Albuquerque, NM (PBS) begins broadcasting

Music release#1 in the Charts

1962 West Side Story soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album

Singer, Dancer and Actress Rita Moreno
Singer, Dancer and Actress
Rita Moreno
  • 1996 Renette Cruz, Vancouver, wins Miss Canadian Universe
  • 1997 "Married With Children" final episode on Fox TV

Music releaseMusic Single

2018 Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover releases the music video to new single "This is America" to wide acclaim

Actor, Musician and Director Donald Glover
Actor, Musician and Director
Donald Glover

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1887 Estelle Hemsley, American actress (Take a Giant Step), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • 1894 Kit Guard, Danish actor (El Diablo Rides, Kid Courageous), born in Hals, Denmark (d. 1961)
  • 1899 Freeman Gosden, American writer and actor (The Amos 'n' Andy Show, Calvin and the Colonel), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1982)
  • 1906 Frances "Fran" Lee, American actress (Reckless Rosie), born in Eagle Grove, Iowa (d. 2000)
  • 1906 Ursula Jeans, British actress (Cavalcade, Over the Moon, I Lived With You), born in Simla, British India (d. 1973)
  • 1907 Benny Baker, American actor (18 Again, Sting II, Thunderbirds), born in St Joseph, Missouri (d. 1994)
  • 1911 Gilles Grangier, French film director (Archimède le clochard), born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • 1914 Tyrone Power, American actor (The Mark of Zorro, Alexander's Ragtime Band), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1958)
  • 1915 Alice Faye [Leppert], American actress and singer (Hello, Frisco, Hello; Fallen Angel; Stowaway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1922 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Godfrey Quigley, Irish actor (Barry Lyndon, Educating Rita, Rooney), born in Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine (d. 1994)
  • 1924 Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, Argentine film director (Monday's Child), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1978)
  • 1926 Ann B Davis, American actress (Bob Cummings Show, Alice-Brady Bunch), born in Schenectady NY, (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Patricia "Pat" Carroll, American comedienne and actress (Ursula- The Little Mermaid, Make Room for Daddy), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1928 Pierre Schoendoerffer, French Academy Award winning director and screen writer (The Anderson Platoon), born in Chamalieres, France (d. 2012)
  • 1929 John S Ragin, American actor (Dr Astin-Quincy ME), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Will Hutchins, American actor (Sugarfoot, Hey Landlord), born in Atwater, California
  • 1935 Douglas Marland, American soap opera writer (Gen Hospital), born in West Sand Lake, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1936 Patrick Gowers, British film scores composer (Hamlet), born in Islington, England (d. 2014)
  • 1938 Jerzy Skolimowski, Polish film director (Hands Up, Deep End), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1938 Michael Murphy, American ctor (McCabe & Mrs Miller, Unmarried Woman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1940 Lance Henriksen, American actor (Aliens, Pumpkinhead, Knights, Hard Target), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1942 Amy Hill, American comedian and actress (Grandma-Seinfeld, Pauly Shore), born in Deadwood, South Dakota
  • 1942 Marc Alaimo, American actor (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Person of interestMichael Palin

1943 Michael Palin, English comedian (Monty Python, Fish Called Wanda), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
  • 1944 Jean-Pierre Léaud, French actor (Detective), born in Paris, France
  • 1944 John Rhys-Davies, Welsh actor (Sir Edward-Quest, Sliders), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
  • 1944 Roger Rees, Welsh Tony winning stage and screen actor (Cheers), born in Aberystwyth (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Kurtis "Kurt" Loder, American film critic, TV personality and columnist (Rolling Stone, New York, Time), born in Ocean City, New Jersey
  • 1949 Anna Bergman, Swedish actress (Agent 69), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1950 Googoosh [Faegheh Atashin (فائقه آتشین)], Persian singer and actress, born in Sarcheshmeh Street, Tehran
  • 1952 Louis Cortelezzi, American rock and jazz saxophonist (Mink DeVille) and film composer (Pokemon), born in New Galilee, Pennsylvania
  • 1952 Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2005)
  • 1954 Dave Spector, American television personality and commentator, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1955 Melinda Culea, American actress (A-Team, Brotherly Love), born in Western Springs, Illinois
  • 1957 Richard E. Grant, Swazi-English actor (Posse, Bram Stoker's Dracula), born in Mbabane, British Swaziland
  • 1957 Lisa Eilbacher, Saudi-American actress (Beverly Hills Cop), born in Dharan, Saudi Arabia
  • 1957 Peter Howitt, British actor and film director (Laws of Attraction), born in Manchester, Lancashire, England
  • 1959 Brian Phelps, American disk jockey and actor (Mark & Brian), born in Cambridge, Illinois
  • 1961 Hiroshi Hase, Japanese wrestler (NJPW) and politician (Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), born in Oyabe, Toyama, Japan
  • 1963 Simon Rimmer, English chef and TV host (Something for the Weekend), born in Wallasey, Merseyside, England
  • 1963 Heidi Kozak, Danish-American actress (Slumber Party Massacre 2), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1964 Lorraine McIntosh, Scottish pop singer (Deacon Blues) and actress, born in Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland
  • 1967 Takehito Koyasu, Japanese seiyu (voice actor), born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • 1967 Maro Mavri, Greek fashion model and actress, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1970 Kyan Douglas, American TV personality (Queer Eye), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1972 Brigitta Boccoli, Italian actress (Manhattan Baby), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1973 Tina Yothers, American actress (Jennifer-Family Ties), born in Whittier, California
  • 1976 Sage Stallone, American actor (Rocky V) and the eldest son of Sylvester Stallone, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1977 Choi Kang-hee, South Korean actress (Sweet Buns), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1978 Morgan Pehme, American filmmaker (Get Me Roger Stone), born in NYC, New York
  • 1978 Santiago Cabrera, Venezuelan-Chilean-British actor (Isaac Mendez - Heroes), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1979 Vincent Kartheiser, American actor (Mad Men), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1981 Danielle Christine Fishel, American actress (Topanga-Boy Meets World), born in Mesa, Arizona
  • 1981 Marcelle Bittar, Brazilian-Lebanese supermodel, born in Guarapuava, Paraná, Brazil
  • 1982 Dieter Brummer, Australian TV actor (Home and Away), born in Sydney, New South Wales

Person of interestHenry Cavill

1983 Henry Cavill, English actor (Superman), born in Jersey, Channel Islands

  • 1984 Eve Torres, American actress and professional wrestler (3 times WWE Divas Champion), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1985 Shoko Nakagawa, Japanese actress and media personality, born in Tokyo

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1940 Actress Mary Martin (26) weds producer Richard Halliday (35)

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin
  • 1978 "Happy Days" actor Anson Williams (28) weds Lorrie Maheffey
  • 1990 "Crocodile Dundee" actors Paul Hogan (50) weds Linda Kozlowski (32) at their newly built $3 million mansion at Faraway Possum Creek in New South Wales, Australia

LoveWedding of Interest

2000 Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie (24) weds actor Billy Bob Thornton (44) at The Little Church of The West Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • 2007 Actress and singer Brittany Murphy (29) weds writer and director Simon Monjack (37) at their home in Los Angeles City

LoveWedding of Interest

2007 "Scream" actress Neve Campbell (33) weds actor John Light (32) in Malibu

Actress Neve Campbell
Actress
Neve Campbell
  • 2012 Actress Julie Benz (40) weds marketing executive Rich Orosco (39) at the historic John Sowden house in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1951 Eddie Dunn, comedian (Face to Face, Spin the Picture), dies at 54
  • 1968 Albert Van Dekker, American actor (Dr Cyclops, Beau Gesture), dies of accidental suffocation at 62
  • 1971 Alice Tissot, French actress (Italian Straw Hat), dies of cancer at 81
  • 1979 Shirley O'Hara, actress (Wild Party), dies at 68
  • 1983 John Williams, British actor (Family Affair, Dial M for Murder), dies at 80
  • 1988 George Rose, British actor and singer (Beacon Hill, Holocaust), dies at 68
  • 1991 William De Acutis, American actor (9½ Weeks, Other People's Money), dies from a brain lymphoma at 33
  • 1992 Ben Frommer, Polish actor (Scarface, Battlestar Galactica), dies at 78
  • 1992 Richard "Dick" Yarmy, American actor (Get Smart, Arnie, Bone), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • 1992 Jean-Claude Pascal, French actor (Golden Salamander), dies at 64
  • 1997 Walter Gotell, German actor (James Bond, From Russia With Love), dies at 73
  • 2002 George Sidney, American film director (b. 1916)
  • 2011 Dana Wynter, German-English actress (Airport, Invasion of the Body Snatchers), dies at 79
  • 2018 Ermanno Olmi, Italian film director (The Tree of Wooden Clogs), dies at 86