Hugh Downs Biography (1921-)

Full name, Hugh Malcolm Downs; born February 14, 1921, in Akron, OH; son of Milton Howard (in business) and Edith (maiden name, Hick or Hicks) Downs; married Ruth Shaheen, February 20, 1944; children: Hugh Raymond, Deirdre Lynn Downs Maslin. Addresses: Agent: (lectures) Harry Walker Agency, Inc., 355Lexington Ave., 21st Floor, New York, NY 10017.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Radio and television broadcaster, actor, producer, and writer
Birth Details
February 14, 1921
Akron, Ohio, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Hawkins Falls, 1950
  • American Inventory, 1951-1955
  • Host, Your Luncheon Date, NBC, 1951
  • Host, The Home Show (also known as Home), NBC, 1954
  • Master of ceremonies, Concentration, NBC, 1958-1969
  • Host, The Today Show (also known as NBC News Today, TheRise and Shine Revue, and Today), NBC, 1962-1972
  • The Tonight Show, NBC, 1962
  • Cohost, Not for Women Only, syndicated, 1972
  • Host, Over Easy, PBS, 1977-1981
  • Coanchor, 20/20 (also known as ABC News 20/20), ABC, 1978-1999
  • Host, Live from Lincoln Center (also known as Great Performances: Live from Lincoln Center), PBS, beginning 1990
  • Anchor, ABC News Saturday Night, ABC, 1998
  • Specials
  • Narrator and reporter, The First Americans, NBC, 1969
  • Reporter, Survival on the Prairie, NBC, 1970
  • Narrator and reporter, The Great Barrier Reef, NBC, 1970
  • Narrator and reporter, The Ice People, NBC, 1970
  • Narrator and reporter, The American Wilderness, NBC, 1971
  • Narrator and reporter, The Everglades, NBC, 1971
  • Survival of Spaceship Earth, 1972
  • Moderator, Broken Treaty at Battle Mountain: A Discussion, 1975
  • Host, Growing Old in America, PBS, 1985
  • Reporter, Liberty Weekend Preview, 1986
  • Commentator, Liberty Weekend, 1986
  • NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1986
  • Today at 35, 1987
  • Anchor and narrator, Burning Questions: The Poisoning of America,ABC, 1988
  • Anchor, The National Cholesterol Test, ABC, 1989
  • The Television Academy Hall of Fame, Fox, 1990
  • Host, Depression: Beyond the Darkness, ABC, 1990
  • Today at 40, NBC, 1992
  • Host, What Every Man Should Know: Your Body, Your Life, ABC, 1993
  • Host, The 20/20 15th Anniversary Special, ABC, 1993
  • Host and narrator, Barry Goldwater: Photographs and Memories, PBS,1995
  • Narrator, "Danny Kaye: A Legacy of Laughter," American Masters, PBS, 1996
  • Gail Sheehy's New Passages, ABC, 1996
  • Narrator, Assassination, The Discovery Channel, 1996
  • "Jack Paar `As I Was Saying...,'" American Masters, PBS, 1997
  • Host, Tales from the Tomb: Lost Sons of the Pharaoh, ABC, 1997
  • Geraldo Rivera, Arts and Entertainment, 1998
  • NYTV: By the People Who Made It, PBS, 1998
  • Barbara Walters: A Driving Force, Arts and Entertainment, 2000
  • Presenter (with others), The '70s: The Decade That Changed Television, ABC, 2000
  • Opening the Tombs of the Golden Mummies: Live, Fox, 2000
  • Host of Live from Lincoln Center Specials
  • New York Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta and Daniel Barenboim, PBS,1990
  • New York City Opera: "Le Nozze di Figaro," PBS, 1991
  • Opening Night--Masur and the Philharmonic, PBS, 1991
  • The Chamber Music Society: Masters and Masterpieces, PBS, 1992
  • New York City Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, PBS, 1992
  • New York Philharmonic 150th Anniversary, PBS, 1992
  • New York Philharmonic 150th Opening Night Celebration, PBS, 1992
  • Pavarotti Plus!, PBS, 1992
  • Mostly Mozart and Mendelssohn Too, PBS, 1993
  • Philharmonic Opening Night: Masur and Perlman, PBS, 1993
  • New York Philharmonic--Masur, Ax, and Beethoven's 5th, PBS, 1994
  • Pavarotti Plus!, PBS, 1994
  • An Evening with Kathleen Battle and Thomas Hampson, PBS, 1995
  • Mostly Mozart Opening Concert, PBS, 1995
  • New York City Opera "La Traviata," PBS, 1995
  • New York Philharmonic--Kurt Masur and Yo-Yo Ma (also known as Live from Lincoln Center: Yo Yo Ma in Concert), PBS, 1995
  • New York Philharmonic Opening Night--Kurt Masur and Jessye Norman,PBS, 1995
  • New York Philharmonic: Kurt Masur and Sarah Chang, PBS, 1995
  • Mostly Mozart Opening Concert, PBS, 1996
  • New York City Opera: Franz Lehar's "The Merry Widow," PBS, 1996
  • Great Performers at Lincoln Center: A Celebration of the American Musical, PBS, 1997
  • The Juilliard Opera: Hansel und Gretel, PBS, 1997
  • New York City Opera: Puccini's "La Boheme," PBS, 1997
  • New York Philharmonic Opening Night Gala, PBS, 1997
  • New York Philharmonic: Debussy's "The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian,"PBS, 1997
  • New York Philharmonic: Masur & Vengerov, PBS, 1997
  • Episodic
  • "The Talent Scouts Program," Startime (also known as Ford Startime), CBS, 1960
  • Talent Search, NBC, 1960
  • "The Night of the Faceless Men," Riverboat, 1960
  • Himself, "Catch Me on the Jack Paar Show," Car 54, Where Are You?,1961
  • "Rock Hudson Show," The Jack Benny Program, 1962
  • The Hollywood Squares, 1967, 1968
  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in, 1968
  • Guest host, Larry King Live, Cable News Network, 2000
  • Voice, "The Kiss Seen `round the World," Family Guy, Fox, 2001
  • Also guest panelist on To Tell the Truth.
  • Other
  • Television newscaster, A Global Affair (movie), 1964
  • Host, Variety (pilot), ABC, 1974
  • Himself, Woman of the Year (movie), 1976
  • Television Work
  • Series Announcer
  • Kukla, Fran, and Ollie, NBC, 1949
  • Sid Caesar's Hour (also known as Caesar's Hour), NBC, 1956-1957
  • The Jack Paar Show, NBC, 1957-1962
  • The Tonight Show, NBC, 1962
  • Film Appearances
  • Introductory host of U.S. version, Vynalez zkazy (also known as The Deadly Invention, The Fabulous World of Jules Verne, and Invention of Destruction), 1958
  • Narrator of U.S. version, La sonrisa de la Virgen (also known as Little Angel), 1961
  • Narrator, Nothing by Chance (documentary), 1974
  • NBC newscaster, Oh, God! Book II, Warner Bros., 1980
  • Someone Like You (also known as Animal Attraction), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001
  • Film Work
  • Executive producer, Nothing by Chance (documentary), 1974
  • Radio Appearances
  • Perspective (series), ABC, 1995
  • Host of Monitor, NBC.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • Narrator, Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, RCA, 1964
  • (With Harvey Wheeler) Mass Media and the Future, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, 1972
  • Narrator, Historical Highlights from Space (commentary by Wernhervon Braun), National Space Institute, 1976
  • Also recorded the album An Evening with Hugh Downs.
  • WRITINGS
  • Books
  • Yours Truly (autobiography), Holt, 1960
  • A Shoal of Stars (sailing memoir), Doubleday, 1967
  • Rings around Tomorrow (essays; introduction by Isaac Asimov), Doubleday, 1970
  • Potential: The Way to Emotional Maturity, Doubleday, 1973
  • Thirty Dirty Lies about Old, Argus Communications, 1979
  • The Best Years Book, Delacorte, 1980
  • (With Richard J. Roll) Hugh Downs' Years Book: How to Plan for Fulfillment, Security, and Happiness in the Retirement Years, Dell, 1982
  • On Camera: My 10,000 Hours on Television, Putnam, 1986
  • Fifty to Forever, T. N. Publishers, 1994
  • Perspectives (collected radio broadcasts), Turner Publishing, 1995
  • Greater Phoenix: The Desert in Bloom, Towery, 1999
  • (Editor and author of introduction) My America: What My Country Meansto Me by 150 Americans from All Walks of Life, Scribner, 2002

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Downs, Hugh, Yours Truly (autobiography), Holt, 1960
    • St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, St. James Press, 2000
    Periodicals
    • TV Guide, September 25, 1999, pp. 43-46
    Electronic
    • ABC News, http://abcnews.go.com/20/20, March 25, 2003

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