On This Day in Film & TV for May 7

Events in Film & TV

  • 1947 "Kraft Television Theater" premieres on NBC
  • 1963 Bruno Sammartino becomes WWF champ
  • 1965 WAOW TV channel 9 in Wausau, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1987 Diane Chambers' (Shelley Long) final episode on TV comedy "Cheers"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Comedian Martin Lawrence suffers a nervous breakdown

Comedian Martin Lawrence
Martin Lawrence
  • 2006 52nd British Academy Television Awards: "Help" Best Comedy, "Doctor Who" Best Drama

Film release premierFilm Premier

2011 "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides", directed by Rob Marshall, starring Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz, premieres in - opening weekend makes $350.6m

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 MTV becomes 1st major awards show to adopt gender-neutral categories - Emma Watson best film actor, Millie Bobby Brown best TV actor

Actress Emma Watson
Emma Watson
  • 2017 “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” becomes the highest grossing Indian box-office film ever earning $120 million

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1867 Philippine "Pine" Belder [Mary de Klerk], Flemish actress (Hope of Blessing), born in Amsterdam (d. 1961)
  • 1885 George "Gabby" Hayes, American actor (In Old Santa Fe, El Paso), born in Wellesvile, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1890 Billy House, US actor (Imitation of Life, Bedlam, Egg & I), born in Mankato, Minnesota
  • 1900 Ralph Truman, British actor (Henry V, Treasure Island, Web of Evidence), born in London, England (d. 1977)

Person of interestGary Cooper

1901 Gary Cooper, American actor (Sgt York, High Noon), born in Helena, Montana (d. 1961)

  • 1911 Ishiro Honda, Japanese film director (d. 1993)
  • 1916 Huw Wheldon, Welsh broadcaster (BBC), born in Prestatyn, Denbighshire (d. 1986)
  • 1917 David Tomlinson, British actor (Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Helter Skelter), born in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England (d. 2000)

Person of interestEva Perón

1919 Eva Perón [Evita], Argentine First Lady (1946-52) actress, suffragette, unionist and humanitarian who was inspiration for A.L. Webber's musical "Evita", born in Los Toldos, Argentina (d. 1952)

First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón
First Lady of Argentina
Eva Perón
  • 1921 Gale Robbins [Betty Gale Murphy], American singer and actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Mr Hex), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • 1922 Darren McGavin [Richardson], American actor (Murphy Brown, The Night Stalker, A Christmas Story), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 2006)
  • 1922 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), born in Kirkman, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Albert Band, American film director (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Val Bisoglio, American actor (Lt Marsh-Police Woman, Danny-Quincy ME), born in NYC, New York
  • 1927 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German screenwriter, (d. 2013)
  • 1928 John Ingle, actor (Edward Quartermaine-General Hospital), (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Hans Boskamp, [Johan HG Hoelscher], actor/producer (Oh My Papa)
  • 1935 Kevin O'Connor, actor (Bogie, Special Effects), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1939 Marco St John, actor (Rayford-Ball Four), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1940 John Irvin, actor (Moment in Time)
  • 1944 Sivi Aberg, actress (Batman TV show)
  • 1944 Eva Norvind, Mexican actress (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Richard O'Sullivan, British actor
  • 1945 Robin Strasser, American actress (Dorian-One Life to Live, Another World), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Marilyn Cole, Portsmouth England, playmate of the year (Jan, 1972)
  • 1950 Randall 'Tex' Cobb, American boxer and actor, born in Bridge City, Texas

Person of interestTim Russert

1950 Tim Russert, American television journalist and host of NBC's Meet the Press, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2008)

Television Journalist Tim Russert
Television Journalist
Tim Russert
  • 1951 Robert Hegyes, NJ, actor (Underground Aces, Welcome Back Kotter)
  • 1955 Peter Reckell, Elkhart, actor (Days of our Lifes)
  • 1956 Anne Dudley, British classical and film composer (The Full Monty), born in Beckenham, Kent
  • 1956 Jean Lapierre, Canadian politician and television host
  • 1957 Shauna McDonald Brown, TV producer
  • 1957 Ray Fernandez, American wrestler (d. 2004)
  • 1959 Michael E. Knight, actor (All My Children), born in Princeton New Jersey
  • 1959 Barbara Yung Mei-ling, Hong Kong actress (d. 1985)
  • 1964 Doug Benson, American comedian
  • 1965 Owen Hart, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • 1974 Breckin Meyer, American actor
  • 1977 Patrick Johnson, American broadcaster
  • 1980 Kate Lawler, English reality television personality and disc jockey
  • 1986 Mark Furze, Australian actor
  • 1992 Gavin Hetherington, British actor

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1950 Actor Jack Lemmon (25) weds tv actress Cynthia Stone (24)

  • 1958 "The Mark of Zorro" actor Tyrone Power (44) weds Debbie Ann Minardos
  • 1994 Matlock actor Daniel Roebuck (30) weds Kelly Durst (24)
  • 1995 Eldest son of Shirley Jones and screenplay writer Shaun Cassidy (36) weds actress Susan Diol (30) in Westwood, California
  • 2005 "Growing Pains" actress Alan Thicke (58) weds model Tanya Callau at The One and Only Palmilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • 2006 Actress Tori Spelling (32) weds actor Dean McDermott (39) at Wakaya Club in Wakaya Island, Fiji
  • 2012 Former "Dexter" 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

Person of interestWarner Baxter

1951 Warner Baxter, American actor (In Old Arizona, Cisco Kid), dies at 62

  • 1962 Jimmy Conlin, American actor (Sin of Harold Diddlebock), dies at 77
  • 1967 Judith Evelyn [Evelyn Morris], American actress (13th Letter, Tingler, Rear Window), dies of cancer at 54
  • 1985 Dawn Addams, American actress (A King in New York, Star Maidens) who married the Prince of Roccasecca, dies of cancer at 54
  • 1986 Jeffrey Mylett, American actor (b. 1949
  • 1990 Jessica James, actress (Spring Break), dies of breast cancer at 60
  • 1993 Mary Philbin, actress (Phantom of the Opera), dies at 89
  • 2000 Douglas Fairbanks Jr, American actor and decorated naval officer (Ghost Story), dies at 90
  • 2006 Machiko Soga, Japanese actress, singer, and tokusatsu legend (b. 1943)
  • 2011 Allyson Hennessy, Trindadian television presenter
  • 2011 Big George, British broadcaster, composer, bandleader and musician (b. 1957)
  • 2016 John Krish, British documentary filmmaker (Let My People Go), dies at 92