Bill Kurtis Biography (1940-)

Full name, William Horton Kurtis; born September 21, 1940, in Pensacola, FL;raised in Independence, KS; son of William A. and Wilma Mary (maiden name, Horton) Kurtis; married Helen M., July 7, 1963 (died, 1977); children: Mary Kristin, Scott Erik. Addresses: Office: Kurtis Productions, 400 West ErieSt., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60610.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Television anchor, broadcast journalist, producer, television executive
Birth Details
September 21, 1940
Pensacola, Florida, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Coanchor, CBS Morning News (also known as Morning), 1982-1985
  • Correspondent, The American Parade (also known as Crossroads), CBS, 1984
  • Host, World in Action, Arts and Entertainment, 1990
  • Host and narrator, The New Explorers (series of specials; also known as The New Explorers with Bill Kurtis), PBS, 1991-1997, then Arts and Entertainment, beginning 1997
  • Host and narrator, Investigative Reports (series of specials), Arts and Entertainment, beginning 1991
  • Host, DEA, Arts and Entertainment, 1992
  • Host and narrator, American Justice (series of specials), Arts andEntertainment, beginning 1993
  • Host and narrator, L.A. Detectives, Arts and Entertainment, 1997-1999
  • Host and narrator, Inside Story (series of specials), Arts and Entertainment, beginning 1998
  • Host and narrator, Unexplained (series of specials), Arts and Entertainment, beginning 1998
  • Host, The Real Story, Arts and Entertainment, 2002
  • Miniseries
  • Host and narrator, The Miracle Planet, PBS, 1990
  • Host, "The Men Who Killed Kennedy," Investigative Reports, Arts and Entertainment, 1991
  • Host, "Target Mafia," American Justice, Arts and Entertainment, 1993
  • Specials
  • Host, Fighting Terrorism: A National Security View, PBS, 1986
  • Host, On Trial: Lee Harvey Oswald, Showtime, 1986
  • Dilemmas of Disarmament, PBS, 1988
  • Inside Television, PBS, 1988
  • Host, Secret Intelligence, PBS, 1989
  • Narrator, Fire on the Rim, PBS, 1990
  • Narrator, The Rain Forest Imperative, Arts and Entertainment, 1990
  • Host and narrator, Ozone: The Hole Story, PBS, 1992
  • The American Revolution, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Host, In the Footsteps of Dr. Livingstone, PBS, 1994
  • Host, On the Trail of a Killer Virus, PBS, 1994
  • Host, Secrets of Underwater Volcanoes, PBS, 1994
  • Host, Skeletons in the Sand, PBS, 1994
  • Host, "The Million Dollar Spy," Biography, Arts and Entertainment,1995
  • Host, The Science of Star Trek, PBS, 1995
  • Host, The Crystal Laboratory, PBS, 1995
  • Host, Environmental S.W.A.T. Team, PBS, 1995
  • Host, Expedition Inspiration, PBS, 1995
  • Host, Secrets of an Ancient Culture, PBS, 1995
  • Host, The Sounds of Discovery, PBS, 1995
  • Host, Taxbreak '96, PBS, 1996
  • Host, Police, Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • Host, Empire of Crime: A Century of the New York Mob, Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • Narrator, UFOs vs. the Government, Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • Host, Polluting the Fountain of Youth, 1998
  • Host, Endeavor, Arts and Entertainment, 1998
  • Host and narrator, The Real Full Monty, Arts and Entertainment, 1998
  • Host, Road Warriors: The Biker Brotherhood, Arts and Entertainment, 1998
  • Narrator, 666, the Sign of Evil, 1999
  • Host, Buried Alive, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Host, The Real Cowboy: Portrait of an American Icon, History Channel, 2000
  • Host and narrator, Lessons of a Forgotten War, History Channel, 2000
  • The 2001 Genesis Awards, Animal Planet, 2001
  • Narrator, Medicine on the Kansas Prairie, PBS, 2002
  • Narrator, UFOs: Testing the Evidence, History Channel, 2002
  • Television Executive Producer
  • Series
  • The New Explorers (series of specials; also known as The New Explorers with Bill Kurtis), PBS, 1991-1997, then Arts and Entertainment, beginning 1997
  • Investigative Reports (series of specials), Arts and Entertainment, beginning 1992
  • American Justice (series of specials), Arts and Entertainment, beginning 1993
  • Miniseries
  • "Target Mafia," American Justice, Arts and Entertainment, 1993
  • Specials
  • The Rain Forest Imperative, Arts and Entertainment, 1990
  • The River of Doubt, PBS, 1992
  • Ozone: The Hole Story, PBS, 1992
  • Co-executive producer, Declassified: U.S. Navy Dolphins, PBS, 1993
  • Skeletons in the Sand, PBS, 1994
  • Secrets of Underwater Volcanoes, PBS, 1994
  • On the Trail of a Killer Virus, PBS, 1994
  • In the Footsteps of Dr. Livingstone, PBS, 1994
  • The Sounds of Discovery, PBS, 1995
  • Secrets of an Ancient Culture, PBS, 1995
  • The Science of Star Trek, PBS, 1995
  • Expedition Inspiration, PBS, 1995
  • Environmental S.W.A.T. Team, PBS, 1995
  • The Crystal Laboratory, PBS, 1995
  • Empire of Crime: A Century of the New York Mob, Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • The Real Cowboy: Portrait of an American Icon, History Channel, 2000
  • Film Appearances
  • Narrator, Eyewitness, 1999
  • Film Executive Producer
  • The Farm: Angola, USA (documentary; also known as The Farm), Seventh Art Releasing, 1998
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Host, The Best of American Justice: The Mob, Arts and Entertainment Home Video, 1996
  • WRITINGS
  • Films
  • (With George Casey) The Great Barrier Reef (documentary), 1990
  • Television Specials
  • The Rain Forest Imperative, Arts and Entertainment, 1990
  • Other
  • (And photographer) Bill Kurtis on Assignment (memoir), Rand McNally, 1983
  • Contributor to numerous periodicals, including New York Times Magazine.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Contemporary Authors, Volume 133, Gale, 1991, pp. 218-21
    Periodicals
    • Booklist, November 1, 1994, p. 515
    • Entertainment Weekly, January 20, 1995, p. 41

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