Ted Turner Biography (1938-)

Full name, Robert Edward Turner III; born November 19, 1938, in Cincinnati, OH; son of Robert Edward (a billboard advertising magnate) and Florence (maiden name, Rooney) Turner; married Judy Nye Hallisey (divorced); married Jane Shirley Smith (a flight attendant), 1964 (divorced, 1988); married Jane Fonda (an actress), December 21, 1991 (divorced May 22, 2001); children: (first marriage) Robert Edward IV, Laura Lee; (second marriage) Beauregard, Rhett, Jennie. Addresses: Office: Ted Turner Pictures, 133 Luckie St., NW, 7th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Broadcasting executive, sports executive
Birth Details
November 19, 1938
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Hope News Network (also known as Bob Hope's News Network),NBC, 1988
  • CNN Special Report: A Conversation with Carl Sagan, Cable News Network (CNN), 1989
  • A Conversation with Castro, CNN, 1990
  • The 11th Annual ACE Awards, 1990
  • Ted Turner Talking with David Frost, PBS, 1991
  • First Person with Maria Shriver, NBC, 1992, 1993
  • MGM: When the Lion Roars (also known as The MGM Story), TNT, 1992
  • November 22, 1963: Where Were You? A Larry King Special Live from Washington, TNT, 1993
  • Fourth Annual Environmental Media Awards, 1994
  • The 10th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame, 1994
  • Naked News, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • Barbara Walters Presents "The 10 Most Fascinating People of 1995,"ABC, 1995
  • Panelist, An American Family and Television: A National Town Hall Meeting, USA Network, The Disney Channel, Bravo, The Family Channel, CartoonChannel, Nickelodeon, Animal Planet, STARZ!, Food Network, MSG Network, and Encore, 1997
  • The Goodwill Games Opening Ceremonies, TBS, 1998
  • American Film Institute's 100 Years ... 100 Movies, CBS, 1998
  • Jane Fonda: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2000
  • Episodic
  • "How to be a Good Listener," Arli$$, HBO, 1997
  • Miniseries
  • Himself, Cosmos, 1980
  • (Cameo) Lieutenant Colonel W. T. Patton, Gettysburg, 1993
  • Television Work
  • Specials
  • Creator, Without Borders (documentary), TBS, 1989
  • Creator, The Portrait of Great Britain, TBS, 1990
  • Creator, Portrait of Japan, TBS, 1992
  • Executive producer, WCW Superbrawl VIII, 1998
  • Series
  • Concept, Captain Planet and the Planeteers (animated; also known as The New Adventures of Captain Planet), 1990
  • Executive producer, WCW Worldwide Wrestling, 1991
  • Executive producer, WCW Saturday Night (also known as WCW Saturday Morning), 1991
  • Executive producer, WCW Monday Nitro (also known as World Championship Wrestling Monday Nitro), 1995
  • (As R. E. Turner) Creator, "The Cold War" (also known as "Cold War: A Television History"), CNN Perspectives, CNN, 1998
  • Executive producer, WCW Thunder, TNT, 1998
  • Film Appearances
  • Himself, Southern Voices, American Dreams, 1985
  • (Uncredited) Darryl Fan, The Slugger's Wife (also known as NeilSimon's The Slugger's Wife), 1985
  • (Uncredited) Colonel Waller T. Patton, Gettysburg, 1993
  • Himself, Fidel (documentary), First Run Features, 2001
  • (As R. E. Turner) Colonel Tazewell, Gods and Generals, 2003
  • Film Work
  • Executive producer, Starrcade (also known as NWA Starrcade), 1985-2000
  • Executive consultant, Amazing Grace and Chuck, TriStar, 1987
  • Assistance, Powaqqatsi, 1988
  • Executive producer, NWA Halloween Havoc (also known as Halloween Havoc and WCW Halloween Havoc), 1989-1998
  • Executive producer, Capital Combat (also known as WCW Capitol Combat), 1990
  • Executive producer, WCW Beach Blast, 1992
  • Executive producer, WCW Uncensored, 1996
  • Executive producer, WCW Bash at the Beach, 1996
  • Executive producer, WCW Fall Brawl, 1998
  • Executive producer, WCW/NOW Superstar Series: Diamond Dallas Page--Feel the Bang!, 1998
  • Executive producer, WCW Souled Out, 1999
  • Producer, WCW New Blood Rising, 2000
  • Executive producer, Starrcade (also known as WCW Starrcade), 2000
  • Executive producer, Gods and Generals, Warner Bros., 2003
  • WRITINGS
  • Nonfiction
  • (With Gary Jobson) The Racing Edge, Simon & Schuster, 1979
  • Ted Turner Speaks: Insights from the World's Greatest Maverick, Wiley & Sons, 1999
  • Autobiography
  • Wrote (with Porter Bibb) It Ain't As Easy As It Looks.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Business Leader Profiles for Students, Volume 2, 2002
    • Goldberg, Robert, and Gerald Jay Goldberg, Citizen Turner: The Wild Rise of an American Tycoon, Harcourt Brace, 1995
    • Schonfeld, Reese, Me and Ted against the World: The Unauthorized Storyof the Founding of CNN, Cliff Street Books, 2001
    Periodicals
    • Cosmopolitan, September, 1995, p. 262
    • Current Biography, June, 1998, p. 52
    • Fortune, March 3, 2003, p. 56; May 26, 2003, p. 124
    • Harper's Magazine, December, 1997, p. 10
    • Inc., April, 1997, p. 11
    • Maclean's, February 17, 2003, p. 36
    • People Weekly, December 25, 1995, p. 87
    • U.S. News & World Report, October 28, 2002, p. 38
    • Variety, February 24, 2003, p. 6
    Electronic
    • Ted Turner Official Site, http://www.tedturnerpictures.com, November 1, 2003

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