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24th – 30th May: Discover This Fascinating Week in Film History

This week we cover the period between 24th – 30th 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.

30th May

American actor Hank Mann, famous for his roles in City Lights, Smoky and Fugitive Road, was born in New York City
28th May, 1887

American director and producer Howard Hawks, famous for his films Rio Bravo, Scarface and Bringing Up Baby, was born in Goshen, Indiana
30th May, 1896

English-born American actor, comedian and entertainer Bob Hope, famous for his roles in the Road to… movies with Bing Crosby, was born in London
29th May, 1903

British actor and director Sebastian Shaw, famous for his roles in The Spy in Black, It Happened Here and Return of the Jedi, was born in Holt, England
29th May, 1905

American actor John Wayne, famous for his roles in Rio Bravo, The Searchers and The Longest Day, was born in Winterset, Iowa
26th May, 1907

English author Ian Fleming, famous for writing the James Bond novels, was born in London, England
28th May, 1908

American actor Ben Alexander, famous for his roles in Dragnet, All Quiet on the Western Front and Penrod and Sam, was born in Winterset, Iowa
26th May, 1911

American actor Vincent Price, famous for his roles in House on Haunted Hill, Edward Scissorhands and House of Wax, was born in St Louis, Missouri
27th May, 1911

English actor Peter Cushing, famous for his roles in Dracula, Star Wars and Dr. Who and the Daleks, was born in Kenley, Surrey, England
26th May, 1913

American actor Stacy Keach Sr., famous for his roles in False Identity, Pretty Woman and The Parallax View, was born in Chicago, Illinois
29th May, 1914

English actor Sir Christopher Lee, famous for his roles in Dracula, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, was born in London, England
27th May, 1922

French actor Michael Lonsdale, famous for his roles in The Day of the Jackal, Moonraker and Munich, was born in Paris, France
24th May, 1931

Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, first appears in Mickey’s Revue by Walt Disney
25th May, 1932

American actor Louis Gossett Jr, famous for his roles in An Officer and a Gentleman, Iron Eagle and The Deep, was born in Brooklyn, New York
27th May, 1936

Canadian-American actor and comedian Thomas “Tommy” Chong, famous for his roles in Up in Smoke, Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie and Still Smokin, was born in Edmonton, Alberta
24th May, 1938

English film and theatre actor Sir Ian McKellen, famous for his roles in Richard III, Lord of the Rings and X-Men, was born in Edmonton, Alberta
25th May, 1939

Yankee Doodle Dandy, based on life of George M. Cohan, directed by Michael Curtiz and starring James Cagney and Joan Lesley, premiered in New York City
29th May, 1942

American muppetteer Frank Oz, famous for his role as Yoda in Star Wars and for his films The Dark Crystal and Little Shop of Horrors, was born in Hereford, England
25th May, 1944

English actor Jim Broadbent, famous for his roles in Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Hot Fuzz, was born in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
24th May, 1949

English cinematographer Roger Deakins, famous for his work on films 1917, Blade Runner 2049 and No Country for Old Men, was born in Torquay, Devon, England
24th May, 1949

American actress Pam Grier, famous for his roles in Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown and Coffy, was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
26th May, 1949

American screenwriter Bob Gale, most famous for writing the Back to the Future films, was born in University City, Missouri
25th May, 1951

Canadian actor and comedian Mike Myers, famous for his roles in Austin Powers International Man of Mystery, Wayne’s World and Shrek, was born in Scarborough, Ontario
25th May, 1963

American actor John C. Reilly, famous for his roles in Step Brothers, Stan & Ollie and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, was born in Chicago, Illinois
24th May, 1965
26th May, 1966

26th May, 1966

British actress Helena Bonham Carter, famous for her roles in Harry Potter, Fight Club and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, was born in London, England
26th May, 1966

American actor Don Castle, famous for his roles in Born to Speed, Tombstone and Motor Patrol, died of a medication overdose aged just 47
26th May, 1966

British actor Claude Rains, famous for his roles in Casablanca, The Invisible Man and Notorious, died aged 77
30th May, 1967

Midnight Cowboy, directed by John Schlesinger and starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman, was released in the U.S.
25th May, 1969

American actor Jeffrey Hunter, famous for his roles in King of Kings, The Searchers and Sergeant Rutledge, died aged 43
27th May, 1969

Welsh actor Rhys Williams, famous for his roles in How Green Was My Valley, Mutiny and Okinawa, died aged 71
28th May, 1969

English actor Joseph Fiennes, famous for his roles in Killing Me Softly, Enemy at the Gates and Shakespeare in Love, was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire
27th May, 1970

American actor Justin Henry, famous for his roles in Kramer vs Kramer, Sixteen Candles and Martin’s Day, was born in Rye, New York
25th May, 1971

English actor Paul Bettany, famous for his roles in A Knight’s Tale, A Beautiful Mind and Uncle Frank, was born in London
27th May, 1971

American actor Ethan Suplee, famous for his roles in American History X, Remember the Titans and The Butterfly Effect, was born in Manhattan, New York
25th May, 1976

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, directed by George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, was first released in cinemas
25th May, 1977

Alien, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver, was released in the U.S.
25th May, 1979

Canadian-American film actress Mary Pickford, famous for her roles in Coquette, Rosita and Little Annie Rooney, died aged 87
29th May, 1979

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, produced by George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, was released in the U.S.
25th May, 1983

Director John Landis found innocent of involuntary manslaughter in death of actor Vic Morrow and 2 child actors during the filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie
29th May, 1987

American actress Ella Raines, famous for her roles in Impact, Brute Force and Tall in the Saddle, died aged 67
30th May, 1988

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, directed by Stephen Spielberg and produced by George Lucas, premiered in the U.S.
24th May, 1989

The Flintstones, live action movie based on the 60’s cartoon, starring John Goodman and Rick Moranis, was released in the U.S.
27th May, 1994

Actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition in Culpeper, Virginia
27th May, 1995

Spy Hard, directed by Rick Friedberg and starring Leslie Nielsen, was released in the U.S.
24th May, 1996

British actor John Abbott, famous for his roles in The Jungle Book, Gigi and The Woman in White, died aged 90
24th May, 1996

Canadian actor and comedian Phil Hartman, famous for his roles in Jingle All The Way, Small Soldiers and Coneheads, was murdered by his wife while he slept. He was only 49 years old.
28th May, 1998

American actress Anne Haney, famous for her roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Liar Liar, died aged 67
26th May, 2001

American actress Martha Scott, famous for his roles in The Ten Commandments, Our Town and Ben-Hur, died aged 90
28th May, 2003

Finding Nemo, directed by Andrew Stanton and starring Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres, was released in the U.S. and Canada
30th May, 2003

American actor Eddie Albert, famous for his roles in Roman Holiday, The Longest Yard and Escape to Witch Mountain, died aged 99
26th May, 2005

Pan’s Labyrinth, fantasy film on the Spanish Civil War written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, debuted at Cannes Film Festival
27th May, 2006

American actor Paul Gleason, famous for his roles in The Breakfast Club, Trading Places and Die Hard, died aged 67
27th May, 2006

American director Sydney Pollack, famous for his films Out of Africa, Tootsie and The Firm, died aged 73
26th May, 2008

American actor and director Dennis Hopper, famous for her roles in True Grit, Blue Velvet and Easy Rider, died aged 74
29th May, 2010

Jurassic World, directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, premiered in Paris
29th May, 2015

Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, premiered in Los Angeles. This was the first superhero film directed by a woman.
25th May, 2017

Well there we have our picks for this week in film history between 24th – 30th May.

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David Roberts
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