Geraldo Rivera Biography (1943-)

Original name, Gerald Miguel Riviera; surname legally changed to Rivera in 1960s; given name is pronounced "Hare-all-doe;" some sources cite name variantsincluding Gerald Michael Rivera, Geraldo Miguel Rivera, and Jerry Rivers; born July 4 (some sources cite July 3), 1943, in New York, NY; son of Cruz Allen (a cab driver and restaurant worker) and Lillian (a waitress; maiden name,Friedman) Rivera; brother of Craig Rivera (a broadcast journalist); married Linda Coblentz, c. 1965 (divorced); married Edith Bucket "Pie" Vonnegut (an artist and fashion designer), December 14, 1971 (divorced); married Sherryl Raymond (a television producer), December 31, 1976 (divorced, 1984); married C.C. Dyer (a television producer), 1987 (separated); children: Cruz (son); (third marriage) Gabriel Miguel; (fourth marriage) Isabella Holmes, Simone Cruickshank. Addresses: Agent: William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Broadcast journalist, actor, producer, writer
Birth Details
July 4, 1943
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Reporter and correspondent, Eyewitness News, WABC (New York City),1970-1975
  • Host, Goodnight America, ABC, 1974-1978
  • Host, Geraldo! (also known as The Geraldo Rivera Show), syndicated, 1987-1998
  • Host, Now It Can Be Told, syndicated, 1991
  • Anchor, Rivera Live, CNBC, 1994-2001
  • Anchor, Upfront Tonight, CNBC, 1998-2001
  • Host, Geraldo Voyager, Travel Channel, 1999-2001
  • Documentary Specials
  • Host, Willowbrook: The Last Disgrace, WABC (New York City), 1972
  • Host, The Opening of Al Capone's Vault, syndicated, 1986
  • Host, American Vice: The Doping of America, syndicated, 1986
  • Whatta Year ... '86, 1986
  • Our Kids and the Best of Everything, 1987
  • Host, Innocence Lost: The Erosion of American Childhood, syndicated, 1987
  • Host, Modern Love, syndicated, 1987
  • Host, Sons of Scarface: The New Mafia, syndicated, 1987
  • Host, Murder: Live from Death Row, syndicated, 1988
  • Himself (in archive footage), Image of an Assassination: A New Look atthe Zapruder Film, 1998
  • Himself, When It Was a Game 3, 2000
  • Other specials include Barriers: The View from a Wheelchair, Devil Worship: Exposing Satan's Underground, The Littlest Junkie: A Children's Story, Marching Home, Again, Migrants: Dirt Cheap, Tell Me Where I Can Go, and Working Class Heroes.
  • Movies
  • Ted Mayne, Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo, 1992
  • Episodic
  • Good Morning America, ABC, between 1974 and 1978
  • Special correspondent, 20/20 (also known as ABC News 20/20), ABC, 1978-1985
  • Substitute host, Larry King Live, Cable News Network, 1985
  • Special correspondent, Entertainment Tonight, between 1985 and 1987
  • "Mr. Right," thirtysomething, ABC, 1989
  • "Once a Mermaid," thirtysomething, ABC, 1990
  • "Dirty Harry," Empty Nest, NBC, 1992
  • "Dirty Laundry," Nurses, NBC, 1992
  • Voice, "Dial `M' for Murder," The Critic (animated), ABC, 1994
  • Albert Romero, "Red Wind," Baywatch, syndicated, 1994
  • Albert Romero, "Payback," Baywatch Nights, syndicated, 1996
  • "Till Death Do Us Part," Nash Bridges, CBS, 1996
  • "Talked to Death," America Undercover, HBO, 1997
  • "Live Shot," Nash Bridges, CBS, 1998
  • "The Finale," Seinfeld, NBC, 1998
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Senior producer, 20/20 (also known as ABC News 20/20), ABC,between 1978 and 1985
  • Producer, Geraldo!, syndicated, 1987-1998
  • Managing editor, Now It Can Be Told, syndicated, 1991
  • Coproducer, Geraldo Voyager, Travel Channel, 1999-2001
  • Television Executive Producer
  • Specials
  • The Opening of Al Capone's Vault, syndicated, 1986
  • American Vice: The Doping of America, syndicated, 1986
  • Innocence Lost: The Erosion of American Childhood, syndicated, 1987
  • Modern Love, syndicated, 1987
  • Sons of Scarface: The New Mafia, syndicated, 1987
  • Murder: Live from Death Row, syndicated, 1988
  • Film Appearances
  • Himself, Salsa, 1976
  • (Uncredited) Robert Cordo, The Bonfire of the Vanities, 1990
  • Himself, Hated (documentary; also known as Hated: G. G. Allin and the Murder Junkies), Film Threat Video, 1994
  • Himself, Grumpier Old Men (also known as Grumpy Old Men 2),Warner Bros., 1995
  • Himself, Meet Wally Sparks, Trimark Pictures, 1997
  • Unforgotten: Twenty-Five Years after Willowbrook (documentary), Castle Hill, 1997
  • Himself, Contact, Warner Bros., 1997
  • Himself, Cop Land, Buena Vista/Miramax, 1997
  • Himself, Primary Colors (also known as Perfect Couple and Mit aller Macht), MCA/Universal, 1998
  • Film Work
  • Dialogue coach, Salsa, 1976
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Specials
  • The Opening of Al Capone's Vault, syndicated, 1986
  • American Vice: The Doping of America, syndicated, 1986
  • Other Writings
  • Willowbrook: A Report on How It Is and Why It Doesn't Have to Be ThatWay (based on the television special Willowbrook: The Last Disgrace), Random House (New York City), 1972
  • (With Edith Rivera) Miguel Robles: So Far (nonfiction), Harcourt (New York, NY), 1973
  • Puerto Rico: Island of Contrasts (nonfiction), Parents' Magazine Press, 1973
  • A Special Kind of Courage: Profiles of Young Americans (nonfiction), Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1976
  • (With Daniel Paisner) Exposing Myself (autobiography), Bantam (NewYork City), 1991
  • Contributor to periodicals, including Esquire, TV Guide, and Yachting.

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • The books Miguel Robles: So Far and Puerto Rico: Island of Contrasts have been adapted as audio books.
OTHER SOURCES
    Books
    • Newsmakers 1989, Issue 4, Gale, 1989
    • Rivera, Geraldo, and Daniel Paisner, Exposing Myself, Bantam (NewYork City), 1991
    Periodicals
    • Broadcasting & Cable, December 17, 2001, p. 11
    • Editor & Publisher, December 18, 2000, p. 16
    • Time, December 10, 2001, p. 27
    • TV Guide, December 18, 1999, pp. 31-34
    • Variety, August 27, 2001, p. 20

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