Frank Gifford Biography (1930-)

Full name, Francis Newton Gifford; born August 16, 1930, in Santa Monica, CA;son of Weldon (an oil driller) and Lola Mae (Hawkins) Gifford; married Maxine Avis Ewart (divorced); married Astrid Lindley (divorced); Kathie Lee Johnson, October 18, 1986; children: (first marriage) Jeffrey, Kyle, Victoria; (third marriage) Cody Newton, Cassidy Erin. Career: Sports announcer and actor. New York Giants, 1952-64, professional football player; KERO-TV, Bakersfield, CA, sportscaster, 1957; WCBS-TV, New York City, sports reporter, 1961-65; CBS, sportscaster, 1965-71; ABC, sportscaster, 1971-. Also appeared in commercials and worked in the oil fields. Member: Society of Multiple Sclerosis (member of the board), Special Olympics (chair of the sportscasting committee, 1974-, and member of the board of directors, 1983-). Awards, Honors: National Football League most valuable player and the Sporting News National Football League player of the year, both 1956; most valuableplayer, National Football League's Pro Bowl, 1959; National Football League comeback player of the year, UPI, 1962; sportsman of the year, Catholic YouthOrganization, 1964; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding sports programming, 1974, for N.F.L. Monday Night Football; inductee, National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, 1975; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding sports broadcaster, 1975, for N.F.L. Monday Night Football; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding sports personality, 1976, for N.F.L. Monday Night Football and XII Winter Olympics; inductee, Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1977; Emmy Award nominations, outstanding sports personality, 1979 and 1980; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding sports personality, 1980; Christopher Award, 1984,for Special Olympics coverage on ABC's Wide World of Sports; Career Achievement Award, National Football League Alumni, 1985; Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award, Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1995; Emmy Award, lifetime achievement-sports, 1997.

Television sportscaster, actor
Birth Details
August 16, 1930
Santa Monica, California, United States

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