✍🎭Chris Elliott -- is 58 in the year 2018 and 59 in the year 2019; b.5/31/1960
Comedy Writer, Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Producer, English
Names/Places: Bob's son
TV Shows: Late Night with David Letterman (as Fugitive Guy and semiregular), Get a Life (as Chris Peterson), Dilbert (voice), Eagleheart (as Chris), Schitt's Creek (as Roland Schitt)
Movie Titles: Groundhog Day, Cabin Boy, There's Something About Mary
🎭Harry Enfield -- is 57 in the year 2018 and 58 in the year 2019; b.5/31/1961
Actor, Comedian, Director, English
🎭Yael Grobglas -- is 34 in the year 2018 and 35 in the year 2019; b.5/31/1984 N.S.
TV Shows: Reign, The Selection, The Island (as Ginny), Hatsuya, Jane the Virgin (as Petra Solano / Anezka)
Movie Titles: Jeruzalem, Rabies
🎭Gregory Harrison -- is 68 in the year 2018 and 69 in the year 2019; b.5/31/1950
Names/Places: b. in Avalon, CA
TV Shows: Logan's Run (as Logan), Centennial, Trapper John MD (as Dr. George Alonzo Gates aka Gonzo), Falcon Crest (as Michael Sharpe), Family Man, Pee Wee's Playhouse (as Conky the Robot), Sisters (as Daniel Albright), New York News (as Jack Reilly)
Movie Titles: Razorback
🎭Jeremy Hotz -- is 55 in the year 2018 and 56 in the year 2019; b.5/31/1963 N.S.
Actor, Comedian, Canadian
✍🎭Steven Kampmann -- is 71 in the year 2018 and 72 in the year 2019; b.5/31/1947
Writer, Actor, Director
TV Shows: Newhart (as Kirk Devane)
Movie Titles: Analyze That, Back to School, Multiplicity
🏆🏈Steve Martin -- is 44 in the year 2018 and 45 in the year 2019; b.5/31/1974
Misc: not the Wild and Crazy Guy
🎭Eric Christian Olsen -- is 41 in the year 2018 and 42 in the year 2019; b.5/31/1977
Actor, Comedian, Producer
TV Shows: NCIS: Los Angeles (as Marty Deeks)
Movie Titles: Dumb and Dumberer, When Harry Met Lloyd, The Thing, Not Another Teen Movie, The Hot Chick
⛪🎭🏆Brooke Shields -- is 53 in the year 2018 and 54 in the year 2019; b.5/31/1965
Roman Catholic, Vegetarian, TV/Movie/Stage Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Commercial Actress, Producer, Model
Names/Places: b. in New York, NY; RFMN:Christa Brooke Camille; Andre Agassi's ex-wife
Misc: Calvin Klein jeans ads, stage: Grease (as Betty)
TV Shows: Lipstick Jungle (as Wendy), Army Wives (as Katherine "Kat" Young), Mr. Pickles (as Mrs. Goodman), Michael J. Fox Show (as Deborah), Creative Galaxy (as Seraphina), Bob Hope (specials frequent guest), Suddenly Susan (as Susan Keane), That 70's Show (as Pamela Burkhardt, Jackie's mom), Hannah Montana (as Miley's mom)
Movie Titles: The Muppets Take Manhattan, Endless Love, The Midnight Meat, The Blue Lagoon, Brenda Starr, Pretty Baby
🎭Lea Thompson -- is 57 in the year 2018 and 58 in the year 2019; b.5/31/1961
TV/Movie Actress, Producer
TV Shows: Caroline In The City (as Caroline Duffy), Switched at Birth (as Kathryn Kennish)
Movie Titles: Back to the Future (series), Howard the Duck
🎭Fred Allen -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/31/1894 d.3/17/1956 (61)
Hall of Famer, TV/Radio Actor, Comedian, Vaudevillan, Panelist
Names/Places: b. in Cambridge, Mass; RN:John Florence Sullivan
Misc: a big name in the radio era
TV Shows: What's My Line
🎵🎸John Henry Bonzo Bonham -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/31/1948 d.9/25/1980 (32)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Heavy Metal Drummer, English
Group Names: Led Zeppelin
🎭Julio Oscar Mechoso -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/31/1955 d.11/25/2017 N.S. (62)
Movie Titles: The Legend of Zorro, Planet Terror, Little Miss Sunshine, Jurassic Park III, Lords of Dogtown
🎵Johnny Paycheck -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/31/1941 d.2/18/2003 (61)
Singer, Country Performer
Names/Places: b. in Greenfield, OH; RN:Don Lytle
Misc: some say b. May 24; AP says b. 1938
Song Titles: Take This Job and Shove It
✍Alexander Pope -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/21/1688 J-LD or 5/31/1688 N.S. d.5/30/1744 J-LD (56) or 6/10/1744 N.S. (56)
Poet, Satirist, English
🎵Wesley Willis -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/31/1963 N.S. d.8/21/2003 N.S. (40)
Songwriter, Novelty Singer
🎭William Castle -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/24/1914 d.5/31/1977 (63)
Misc: low-budget horror director
Movie Titles: The Tingler
🎭🎵Joseph Grimaldi -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/18/1779 d.5/31/1837 (57)
Stage Actor, Comedian, Acrobat, Clown, Dancer, Singer, English
Misc: greatest clown in history, king of pantotime, some say b. 1778
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✍🎭Tino Insana -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/15/1948 N.S. d.5/31/2017 N.S. (69)
Writer, Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Movie Producer
TV Shows: Darkwing Duck (as Dr. Reginald Bushfoot), Bobby's World (as Uncle Ted), Police Squad! (writer of two episodes), Bubble Guppies (as Mr. Grouper)
Movie Titles: Neighbors, Three Amigos!, Who's Harry Crumb?, The Couch Trip, Oscar, Beverly Hills Cop III
✍⚛🎭Dr. Timothy Francis Leary -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/22/1920 d.5/31/1996 (75)
Philosopher, Psychologist, Professor, Movie Actor
Misc: Conception Date:1/17/1920. ex-drug Advocate; Doctor?
⛪🎭Jean Stapleton -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/19/1923 d.5/31/2013 (90)
Hall of Famer, Christian Scientist, TV/Stage Actress
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RN:Jeanne Murray
TV Shows: All in the Family (as Edith 'Dingbat' Bunker), Bagdad Cafe (as Jasmine)
Movie Titles: You've Got Mail
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In 1955, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello left Universal.
In 1962, “Tell It To Groucho”, TV Game Show; last aired on CBS. Tell it to Groucho that youʹre cancelled and one of his ducks will drop something on the network programmer, and it wonʹt be a hundred dollar bill.
In 1967, “Sgt Pepperʹs Lonely Hearts Club Band” LP, a number one selling LP, would be released the next day in the U.K.
In 1969, R.C., “Gitarzan” by Ray Stevens peaked at #8 on the pop singles chart.
In 1969, Rolling Stone reports Frank Zappa has become a lecturer on the college circuit, speaking at NYCʹs New School, UCLA, Villanova and the University of South carolina. He is paid $1,500 for speaking on such subjects as “Pigs, Ponies and Rock and Roll.”
In 1975, on the cover of TV Guide: “cast of The Bob Newhart Show”. Other Articles: Bill Conrad, Smothers Bros.
In 1978, Betty White learns what her paid writers suggest her husband Allen Ludden really thinks of her courtesy of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts. Also able to find better things to do for the evening are Georgia Engel and John Hillerman (from her 1977 “The Betty White Show”), Phyllis Diller, Milton Berle, Peter Marshall, Bonnie Franklin, Dan Haggerty, Orson Welles, Jimmie “J.J.” Walker, LaWanda Page and comedy legend Abe Vigoda.
In 1980, R.C., “Love Stinks” by J. Geils Band peaked at #38 on the pop singles chart.
In 1981, “Superman II” opened in theaters in the U.S.A. setting a then record weekend gross of $14 million.
In 1982, “Eye Of The Tiger” single by Survivor was released. It was a coincidence that the TV show by the bandʹs name premiered on CBS 18 years later, and they did not appreciate it one bit. “Weird Al” parodied it into “Rye or the Kaiser.”
In 1988, “Heʹs The Dj, Iʹm The Rapper” album by DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince was certified Gold by the RIAA.
In 1990, “Seinfeld”, TV Comedy, starring Jerry Seinfeld, premieres as a summer series on NBC as “The Seinfeld Chronicles”. It was seen as a pilot the previous July and returned as a series in January 1991. After this show premiered, sitcoms never were the same. Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Michael Richards and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star. The sitcom ended its run in May 1998 — leaving us with such catch phrases as “no soup for you,” “yadda yadda yadda” and “master of your own domain.” On tonightʹs show, George and whats-his-name stakeout the lobby of a woman they met at a birthday party. Thus is born the imaginary import/export firm of “Vandelay Industries.”
In 1993, “Iʹm Gonna Be (500 Miles)” single by The Proclaimers was released
In 1996, Timothy Leary, the counterculture guru of the 1960s who urged a generation of Americans to use the drug LSD so they could “turn on, tune in and drop out,” died of cancer.
In 1997, on the cover of TV Guide: “Michael Richards as Kramer”. Other Articles: Hannah Storm, Tonys
In 1998, “The Larry Sanders Show”. “Weʹre a superstar short,” Larry grouses as he reviews the guest list for his final show. Kevin Costner has dropped out because he slipped and fell during the filming of his new, entirely on-ice movie. Someone suggests David Duchovny, but Larry winces. In the past, Duchovny has been so alarmingly tender to Larry offstage that…the host shudders to think. But after several humiliating turndowns, Larry warily phones the X-Files star. “Meet me at the Bel-Air Hotel,” the exquisitely ambiguous Duchovny says. Larry, agonizing between his craven need to seem important on TV and a raging homosexual panic, drags himself to Duchovnyʹs hotel room. Duchovny greets him wearing only a bathrobe. As Larry makes his pitch, Duchovny crosses his legs. Was that — no, impossible. He recrosses his legs. Could that have been — no way. Then his legs part again, wider than ever, and Larryʹs eyes pop as the battle between his basic instincts goes nuclear.
In 1999, “Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace” in its 13th day of release grossed past the $200 million mark in a record pace.
In 2000, “Survivor” reality serial begins its three month tour on a remote island on CBS. In reality, it was taped months ago! Sixteen average Americans are about to be stranded a deserted island in the South China Sea for thirty-nine days. Former Backchat on fX host Jeff Probst goes from some 300 households in 1994 to over 30 million on CBS in 2000. Ryan Hopak, a former writer for the show, recorded a novelty song inspired by the show in 2003 called “Tribal Council”.
In 2013, actress Jean Stapleton, known to millions of viewers as Edith Bunker in the hit 1970s sitcom “All in the Family,” died at age 90 in New York City.