Bob Costas Biography (1952-)

Full name, Robert Quinlan Costas; born March 22, 1952, in New York, NY; son of John George (an electrical engineer) and Jayne (maiden name, Quinlan) Costas; married Carol Randall Krummenacher, June 24, 1983 (filed for divorce, 2001); children: Keith Michael, Taylor. Addresses: Office: NBC Sports, 30Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112.; Manager: Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, 9150 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 350, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Broadcaster, writer
Birth Details
March 22, 1952
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Announcer--baseball, Game of the Week, NBC, 1983-1989
  • Host, NFL Live, NBC, 1984-1993
  • Host, Later with Bob Costas (also known as Later), NBC, 1988-1994
  • The NBC Saturday Sports Showcase, NBC, 1990
  • Host, NBA Showtime, NBC, 1991-1997
  • Correspondent, Dateline NBC, NBC, 1992-
  • Correspondent, Now (also known as Now with Tom Brokaw and KatieCouric), NBC, 1993-1994
  • Correspondent, The Today Show, NBC, 1995-
  • (With Katie Couric) Host, Internight, MSNBC, 1996
  • Host, On the Record with Bob Costas, HBO, 2001-
  • Miniseries
  • Baseball (also known as The History of Baseball), PBS, 1994
  • Specials
  • Moderator, NFL '85, NBC, 1985
  • Host, SportsWorld Looks at Sports Humor, NBC, 1986
  • Studio anchor, 1988 Winter Olympic Games, ABC, 1988
  • (With others) Pregame host, 1988 World Series, NBC, 1988
  • Commentator, SportsWorld 10th Anniversary Special, NBC, 1988
  • Anchor, 1988 Summer Olympic Games, NBC, 1988
  • Friday Night Surprise!, NBC, 1989
  • Pregame host, 1989 Major League All-Star Game, NBC, 1989
  • Host, One Year: Later (also known as Later with Bob Costas: First Anniversary), NBC, 1989
  • Host, Two Years: Later, NBC, 1990
  • NBC All-Star Stay in School Jam, NBC, Nickelodeon, and TNT, 1991
  • Host, Play by Play: A History of Sports Television, HBO, 1991
  • Himself, Diamonds on the Silver Screen, syndicated, 1992
  • Primetime host, The 1992 Summer Olympics, NBC, 1992
  • Host, An Olympic Christmas: Barcelona Memories, NBC, 1992
  • Host, Barcelona '92: A New World Gathers, NBC, 1992
  • Five Years Later ... with Bob Costas, NBC, 1993
  • Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years, NBC, 1993
  • Host, Super Bowl Live, NBC, 1993
  • Host, One Child, One Dream: The Horatio Alger Awards, NBC, 1993
  • Host, Last Call! A Cheers' Celebration, NBC, 1993
  • (With others) Host, One on One: Classic Television Interviews, CBS, 1993
  • Himself, TV Guide: 40th Anniversary Special, 1993
  • Host, 40 for the Ages: Sports Illustrated's 40th Anniversary Special, NBC, 1994
  • Host, The Horatio Alger Awards, 1994
  • Fields of Fire: Sports in the '60s, HBO, 1995
  • Host, Great Moments of Discovery, The Discovery Channel, 1995
  • Host, The Opening Ceremonies of the 1995 Special Olympics World Games, NBC, 1995
  • The Ultimate TV Trivia Challenge, ABC, 1995
  • Baseball-a-Palooza II, Comedy Central, 1996
  • NBA at 50, TNT, 1996
  • Host, Sports Illustrated Olympic Special: A Prelude to the Games,NBC, 1996
  • Pregame interviewer and commentator, Super Bowl XXX, NBC, 1996
  • Primetime host and cohost of opening and closing ceremonies, The 1996Summer Olympics, NBC, 1996
  • Play-by-play commentator, The 67th Annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game, NBC, 1996
  • All-Star Moms, CBS, 1997
  • Long Shots: The Life and Times of the American Basketball Association, HBO, 1997
  • Play-by-play commentator, The 48th NBA All-Star Game, NBC, 1998
  • The 69th Annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game, NBC, 1998
  • The Greek Americans, PBS, 1998
  • Commentator, The 50th Emmy Awards, NBC, 1998
  • Host and narrator, Yogi Berra: Deja Vu All Over Again, PBS, 1999
  • Voice of himself, When It Was a Game 3, HBO, 2000
  • Narrator, Twice Born, NBC, 2000
  • The Sportscasters: Behind the Mike, History Channel, 2000
  • Nick News Presents Lifestory: Muhammad Ali, Nickelodeon, 2000
  • Play-by-play commentator, The 71st Annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game, NBC, 2000
  • The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television, ABC, 2000
  • Play-by-play commentator, The 49th NBA All-Star Game, NBC, 2000
  • Opening ceremony cohost and primetime host, 2000 Olympic Games, NBC, 2000
  • Host, Sports Illustrated's Night of Champions, NBC, 2001
  • Commentator, The 133rd Belmont Stakes, NBC, 2001
  • Commentator, The 127th Kentucky Derby, NBC, 2001
  • Commentator, The 126th Preakness Stakes, NBC, 2001
  • Host, All State Presents an All-Star Olympic Salute: Countdown to SaltLake City, NBC, 2002
  • Host, 2002 Olympic Winter Games CBS, 2002
  • Episodic
  • Voice of himself, The Critic (animated), ABC, 1994
  • Himself, "A Man of Our Times," Arli$$ (also known as Arliss), HBO, 1996
  • Voice of guest caller Jake, "Love Bites Dog," Frasier, NBC, 1996
  • Himself, "Awards Show," NewsRadio (also known as News Radioand The Station), NBC, 1996
  • Himself, "As My Career Lay Dying," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1998
  • Voice of air show announcer, "Escape from Bastille-12," Voltron: The Third Dimension, syndicated, 1998
  • Himself, "The Tracy Bowl," The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 1999
  • "Taking One for the Team," Arli$$ (also known as Arliss), HBO, 1999
  • "The Cult of Celebrity," Arli$$ (also known as Arliss), HBO, 1999
  • Himself, "Chambraigne," Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Cartoon Network, 1999
  • Voice of himself, "The Bitterman Hillbillies," Baby Blues (animated), The WB, 2000
  • Also appeared in Dennis Miller Live, HBO; The Today Show (also known as Today), NBC; Tracey Takes On ... , HBO; Spin City.
  • Film Appearances
  • Himself, New York Yankees (The Movie) (also known as New York Yankees), Magig Video/Philo, 1987
  • Himself, The Paper, Universal, 1994
  • Himself, The Scout, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994
  • Himself, Open Season, Legacy Releasing, 1996
  • Himself, BASEketball, Universal, 1998
  • Himself, Express: Aisle to Glory, 1998
  • Himself, Race for the Record, 1998
  • Himself, Michael Jordan to the Max, Giant Screen Sports, 2000
  • Narrator, Major League Baseball: All Century Team, 2000
  • Himself, Looking for Oscar, 2000
  • Himself, Pootie Tang, Paramount, 2001
  • Himself, The Swinger, 2001
  • Radio Appearances
  • Series
  • Host, Costas Coast-to-Coast, syndicated until 1994, then Major Talk Radio Network, 1996
  • Also hosted the syndicated radio shows The Sporting News Report and Sports Flashback.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • The 500 Home Run Club, 1988
  • Taped Readings
  • And the Crowd Goes Wild, 1999
  • Narrator, And the Fans Roared: The Sports Broadcasts that Kept Us on the Edge of Our Seats, Sourcebooks, 2000
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Episodes
  • On the Record with Bob Costas, HBO, 2001-
  • Books
  • Fair Ball: A Fan's Case for Baseball, Main Street Books, 2000
  • Contributor to magazines, including Time and The Sporting News.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Contemporary Newsmakers 1986, Issue Cumulation, Gale Research, 1987
    Periodicals
    • American Enterprise, June, 2000, p. 16
    • Broadcasting & Cable, April 2, 2001, p. 34; May 20, 2002, p. 14
    • Entertainment Weekly, July 19, 1996, p. 30
    • Inside Sports, September, 1984, p. 8
    • Insight, December 17, 1990, p. 52
    • Newsweek, July 20, 1992, pp. 52-54; July 22, 1996, p. 51
    • Parade, August 21, 1988, p. 19
    • People Weekly, February 1, 1993, pp. 71-74
    • Playboy, June, 1992, p. 36
    • The Sporting News, February 13, 1995, p. 18; August 13, 1997, September 13, 1997
    • Sports Illustrated, May 12, 1986, p. 62; July 22, 1992, p. 18
    • Time, August 3, 1992, p. 64; May 15, 2000, p. 8; April 1, 2002, p.16
    • USA Weekend, January 24, 1986, p. 4

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