This Week in Film History Banner 3rd May - 9th May
This Week in Film History Banner 3rd May - 9th May

3rd – 9th May: Discover This Fascinating Week in Film History

This week we cover the period between 3rd – 9th May as we look back at the the fascinating past of the film industry. We love to celebrate the history of cinema here at More Movies and we really enjoy delving into and highlighting some of the most interesting moments in the world of movies, including milestone releases, births and deaths of the industry’s most notable characters, along with other historic happenings.

9th May

Italian actor and silent movie idol Rudolph Valentino, famous for his roles in The Sheik, The Son of the Sheik and Blood and Sand, was born in Castellaneta, Italy
6th May, 1895

British actor Ralph Truman, famous for his roles in The Night My Number Came Up, Malta Story and The Black Tent, was born in London, England
7th May, 1900

American actor Gary Cooper, famous for his roles in High Noon, Sergeant York and Love in the Afternoon, was born in Helena, Montana
7th May, 1901

American actor and singer Bing Crosby, famous for his roles in White Christmas, High Society and Holiday Inn, was born in Tacoma, Washington
3rd May, 1903

American actor Raymond Bailey, famous for his roles in The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Lineup and No Time for Sergeants, was born in San Francisco, California
6th May, 1904

American actress Mary Astor, famous for her roles in The Maltese Falcon, The Great Lie and Red Dust, was born in Quincy, Illinois
3rd May, 1906

British actress Ursula Jeans, famous for her roles in Cavalcade, Over the Moon and I Lived With You, was born in Simla, British India
5th May, 1906

Italian film director Roberto Rossellini, famous for his films Rome, Open City, Paisan and Stromboli, was born in Rome, Italy
8th May, 1906

American actor William “Bill” Quinn, famous for his roles in Star Trek, The Birds, and The Rifleman, was born in New York City
6th May, 1912

Film and television production and distribution studio Paramount Pictures was founded
8th May, 1912

Mexican actor Pedro Armendáriz, famous for his roles in Enamorada, María Candelaria and Wild Flower, was born in Mexico City, Distrito Federal
9th May, 1912

South African-born British character and comedy actor Sid James, famous for his roles in the Carry On films, was born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province
8th May, 1913

American actor and director Orson Welles, famous for his roles in Citizen Kane, The Third Man and Touch of Evil, was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
6th May, 1915

British actor David Tomlinson, famous for his roles in Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Helter Skelter, was born in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
7th May, 1917

Argentine First Lady and actress,Eva Perón, inspiration for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Evita, famous for her role in The Unhappiest Man in Town, was born in Los Toldos, Argentina
7th May, 1919

American graphic designer of logos and film titles Saul Bass, famous for his work on Psycho, was born in New York City
8th May, 1920

Irish actor Godfrey Quigley, famous for his roles in Barry Lyndon, Educating Rita and Rooney, was born in Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine
5th May, 1923

British actress Audrey Hepburn, famous for her roles in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady and Roman Holiday, was born in Brussels, Belgium
4th May, 1929

British actress Joan Sims, famous for her roles in the Carry On films, was born in Laindon, Essex
9th May, 1930

English actor Albert Finney, famous for his roles in Erin Brockovich, Annie and Murder on the Orient Express, was born in Salford, England
9th May, 1936

English actress Glenda Jackson, famous for her roles in Sunday Bloody Sunday, Women in Love and A Touch of Class, was born in Cheshire, England
9th May, 1936

American actor Paul Gleason, famous for his roles in The Breakfast Club, Die Hard and Trading Places, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey
4th May, 1939

American producer/director James L Brooks, famous for his films As Good As It Gets, Terms of Endearment and Broadcast News, was born in Brooklyn, New York
9th May, 1940

English comedian Michael Palin, famous for his roles in Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life and A Fish Called Wanda, was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire
5th May, 1943

Going My Way, directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby, premiered in New York
3rd May, 1944

Gaslight, starring an 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her film debut, was released in the U.S.
4th May, 1944

American actor Warner Baxter, famous for his roles in In Old Arizona, Crime Doctor and The Cisco Kid, died aged 62
7th May, 1951

American actor Stephen Furst, famous for his roles in Animal House, The Dream Team and Up the Creek, was born in Norfolk, Virginia
8th May, 1954

Dracula, starring Christopher Lee as the eponymous vampire, directed by Terence Fisher was the first Hammer Horror film released in the U,S.
8th May, 1958

Vertigo, American film noir psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, was released in the U,S.
9th May, 1958

American actor George Clooney, famous for his roles in Ocean’s Eleven, Batman and Robin and From Dusk Till Dawn, was born in Lexington, Kentucky
6th May, 1961

American actress Judith Evelyn, famous for his roles in The Tingler, Twilight for the Gods and The Brothers Karamazov, died aged 54
7th May, 1967

American actor Phil Arnold, famous for his roles in Creeps, The Ghost Talks and Pardon My Backfire, died aged 58
9th May, 1968

American actor Sage Stallone, the eldest son of Sylvester Stallone and famous for his role in Rocky V, was born in Los Angeles, California
5th May, 1976

English actor Henry Cavill, famous for his roles in Man of Steel, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Zack Snyder’s Justice League, was born in Jersey, Channel Islands
5th May, 1983

British actor John Williams, famous for his roles in To Catch a Thief, Dial M for Murder and Midnight Lace, died aged 80
5th May, 1983

American actor Redmond “Edmond” O’Brien, famous for his roles in D.O.A., The Barefoot Contessa and The Hitch-Hiker, died aged 69
8th May, 1985

German American actress and singer Marlene Dietrich, famous for her roles in Morocco, The Blue Angel and Shanghai Express, died in Paris aged 90
6th May, 1992

English actress Ann Todd, famous for her roles in The Paradine Case, Taste of Fear and The Passionate Friends, died aged 84
6th May, 1993

American actor Steven Keats, famous for his roles in Death Wish, Hester Street and The Last Dinosaur, died of apparent suicide aged 48
8th May, 1994

American actor Jack Weston, famous for his roles in Dirty Dancing, The Four Seasons and Rad, died aged 71
3rd May, 1996

German actor Walter Gotell, known for his role as General Gogol, head of the KGB, in the Roger Moore-era of the James Bond film series, died aged 73
5th May, 1997

Science fiction film The Fifth Element, written and directed by Luc Besson, starring Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich, was released in the U.S. At the time, the film was the most expensive European film ever made.
7th May, 1997

The Mummy, directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah, premiered in the U.S.
4th May, 1999

Spider-Man, starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin, premiered in the U.S.
3rd May, 2002

American film director George Sidney, famous for his films Anchors Aweigh, Show Boat and The Three Musketeers, died aged 85
5th May, 2002

American comedian & actor Alan King, famous for his roles in The Anderson Tapes, Rush Hour 2 and Casino, died aged 76
9th May, 2004

Shrek the Third, directed by Chris Miller and Raman Hui with voices by Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy, premieres in Westwood, California
6th May, 2007

German-English actress Dana Wynter, famous for his roles in Sink the Bismarck!, Airport and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, died aged 79
5th May, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, directed by Rob Marshall and starring Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz, premiered in the U.S.
7th May, 2011

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences members vote to expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski in accordance with the organisation’s Standards of Conduct
3rd May, 2018

Well there we have our picks for this week in film history between 3rd – 9th May.

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David Roberts
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