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
  • 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 Giles Grangier, film director
  • 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)
  • 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, Atwater California, actor (Sugarfoot, Hey Landlord)
  • 1935 Douglas Marland, West Sand Lake NY, soap opera writer (Gen Hospital)
  • 1938 Michael Murphy, actor (McCabe & Mrs Miller, Unmarried Woman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1940 Lance Henriksen, actor (Aliens, Pumpkinhead, Knights, Hard Target)
  • 1942 Amy Hill, American comedian and actress (Grandma-Seinfeld, Pauly Shore), born in Deadwood, South Dakota
  • 1942 Mark Alalmo, US actor (Avenging Force), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1942 Marc Alaimo, American actor

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 Leaud, actor (Detective), born in Paris, France
  • 1944 John Rhys-Davies, Salisbury England, actor (Sir Edward-Quest, Sliders)
  • 1944 Roger Raised, English actor (Nicholas Nickleby)
  • 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
  • 1946 Stefania Sandrelli, Viareggio Italy, actress (Lie, Conformist, 1900)
  • 1949 Anna Bergman, actress (Agent 69), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1950 Googoosh, Faegheh Atashin (فائقه آتشین), Iranian, Persian Singer & actress
  • 1952 Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster (d. 2005)
  • 1954 Dave Spector, American television personality and commentator
  • 1955 Melinda Culea, Western Springs Ill, actress (A-Team, Brotherly Love)
  • 1957 Richard E Grant, Swaziland, actor (Posse, Bram Stoker's Dracula)
  • 1957 Lisa Eilbacher, Saudi-American actress (Beverly Hills Cop), born in Dharan, Saudi Arabia
  • 1957 Peter Howitt, British actor and film director
  • 1959 Brian Phelps, American disk jockey and actor
  • 1961 Hiro Hase, wrestler (NJPW)
  • 1963 Heidi Kozak, American actress
  • 1964 Lorraine McIntosh, Scottish pop singer (Deacon Blues) and actress, born in Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland
  • 1967 Takehito Koyasu, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
  • 1967 Maro Mavri, Greek fashion model and actress
  • 1972 Brigitta Boccoli, actress (Manhattan Baby), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1972 Wendy Kaye, playmate (Jul, 1991), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1973 Tina Yothers, actresss (Jennifer-Family Ties), born in Whittier, California
  • 1975 Christine Buschur, Eagle River Alaska, Miss America-Alaska (1997)
  • 1976 Sage Stallone, Sylvester's son/actor (Rocky V)
  • 1977 Choi Kang-hee, South Korean actress
  • 1978 Morgan Pehme, American filmmaker and writer
  • 1978 Santiago Cabrera, Chilean actor
  • 1979 Vincent Kartheiser, American actor (Mad Men), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1981 Danielle Christine Fishel, actress (Topanga-Boy Meets World), born in Mesa, Arizona
  • 1981 Marcelle Bittar, Brazilian supermodel
  • 1982 Dieter Brummer, Australian TV Actor
  • 1983 Henry Cavill, English actor (Superman), born in Jersey, Channel Islands
  • 1984 Eve Torres, American dancer and model
  • 1985 Shoko Nakagawa, Japanese actress, illustrator and singer

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actress Mary Martin
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

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actress Neve Campbell
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