For over 30 years, Andy Rooney was an integral part of the CBS news magazine "60 Minutes" (1968- ). A veteran journalist and celebrated war correspondent, Rooney's show-closing editorials, entitled "A...
Albany, New York, USA
|A Year With Andy Rooney: 1989||1989 1988 - 1989||Actor||n/a||19897|
|51st Alfred I. Dupont/Columbia University Awards||1992 1991 - 1992||Actor||Presenter||19927|
|That's the Way It Is: Celebrating Cronkite at 90||2006 2005 - 2006||Actor||Interviewee||20067|
|Arthur Godfrey: Broadcasting's Forgotten Giant||1996 1995 - 1996||Actor||Interviewee||19967|
|1996 Democratic National Convention||1995 1994 - 1995||Actor||Correspondent||19957|
|The Holocaust: The Untold Story||Actor||Interviewee||7|
|1996 Republican National Convention||1995 1994 - 1995||Actor||Correspondent||19957|
|Heroes and Icons: People of the Century: CBS News/Time 100||1998 1997 - 1998||Actor||Interviewee||19987|
|60 Minutes More||1996 1995 - 1996||Actor||Correspondent||19967|
|60 Minutes at 30||1997 1996 - 1997||Actor||n/a||19977|
|Don Hewitt: 90 Minutes on 60 Minutes||Actor||Interviewee||7|
|Walter Cronkite: Eyewitness to History||1997 1996 - 1997||Actor||Interviewee||19977|
|Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater||Actor||Himself||7|
|Walter Cronkite: Witness to History||2005 2004 - 2005||Actor||n/a||20057|
|60 Minutes... 25 Years||1993 1992 - 1993||Actor||n/a||19937|
|Cronkite Remembers||1995 1994 - 1995||Actor||n/a||19957|
|G.I. Joe: The Ernie Pyle Story||1997 1996 - 1997||Actor||Interviewee||19977|
|Share a Moment With the World||1991 1990 - 1991||Actor||n/a||19917|
|Barry Levinson on the Future in the 20th Century: Yesterday's Tomorrows||1998 1997 - 1998||Actor||Interviewee||19987|
|The NFL at 75: An All-Star Celebration||1994 1993 - 1994||Actor||n/a||19947|
|The 10th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame||1994 1993 - 1994||Actor||n/a||19947|
|CBS: The First 50 Years||1997 1996 - 1997||Actor||Interviewee||19977|
|A Year With Andy Rooney: 1989||1989 1988 - 1989||Producer||n/a||3|
|60 Minutes||2013 1967 - 2013||Editor||co-editor(news)||1|
|Wrote for CBS Radio Network's "The Garry Moore Show"|
|Earned a Writers Guild Award for "An Essay on War"|
|Stepped down as a regular contributor on "60 Minutes" after 33 years|
|Joined the CBS news-magazine "60 Minutes"; landed his own featured segment that aired at the end of the show; typically offered satire on a trivial everyday issue|
|After the war, Rooney landed at CBS as a writer for the top-rated "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts"|
|Suspended from "60 Minutes" for three months without pay after making a statement that equated homosexual unions with premature death|
|Collaborated with Bill Cosby on the Emmy Award-winning "Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed"|
|Began hosting and appearing on CBS news specials, including "In Praise of New York City" and the Peabody Award-winning "Mr. Rooney Goes to Washington" (1975)|
|Wrote his 15th book 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit|
|Featured in the documentary "I, Curmudgeon"|
|Released Years of Minutes, a collection of his essays that aired on "60 Minutes"|
|Received a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award|
|Drafted into the U.S. Army|
|Began reporting for U.K.'s Stars and Stripes during World War II|
|Abruptly ended his interview with host Sascha Baron Cohen during an appearance on "Da Ali G Show" (HBO)|
|Featured on the CBS news special "Andy Rooney Takes Off"|
|Began writing and producing in collaboration with Harry Reasoner for CBS|
|Wrote script for first Telstar transatlantic satellite broadcast|
|Published the No. 1 best-seller A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney|
Born Andrew Aitken Rooney in Albany, NY on Jan. 14, 1919, he attended the Albany Academy and Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, but interrupted his studies after being drafted in 1941. Rooney began his journalistic career during his service in World War II; he was a correspondent for the military broadside Stars and Stripes and was one of six correspondents from the paper to fly with the Eighth Air Force on the first bombing raid over Germany. Rooney later received the Bronze Star for his war reporting, which included the invasion of Normandy on D-Day as well as the U.S. Army's entry into Paris and the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Like many WWII veterans, Rooney's war experiences shaped the rest of his life, and he frequently refused to discuss much of what he had seen; one incident, however, was used as the basis for an episode of Steven Spielberg's anthology series "Amazing Stories" (NBC, 1985-87) in which a B-17 bomber was forced to land wheels-up, potentially killing its trapped belly turret gunner. Eventually, Rooney put his memories down on paper in his 1997 book My War. A close friend of the legendary correspondent Ernie Pyle, Rooney later received the National Society of Newspaper Columnists' Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.
After the war, Rooney landed at CBS in 1949 as a writer for the top-rated "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" (1948-1958). He later wrote for "The Garry Moore Show" (CBS, 1950-58), which also became a smash hit and helped launch the careers of Carol Burnett, Don Adams, Jonathan Winters and others. But Rooney always considered himself a newsman first and foremost, instead focusing his attention on such CBS news and public affairs vehicles as "The Twentieth Century" (1957-1970), "Calendar" (1961-63) and "News of America" (1960) before collaborating with CBS veteran Harry Reasoner on a series of droll news specials for CBS. The idiosyncrasies of life were the focus of "An Essay on Doors" (1964), "An Essay on Bridges" and "The Strange Case of the English Language (1968), though he occasionally turned his attention on more serious matters like 1971's "An Essay on War," which earned him a Writers Guild Award. In 1968, Rooney collaborated with Bill Cosby on "Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed," a fairly direct and groundbreaking program that dealt with whites' and blacks' perceptions on race and history. Rooney's script won him an Emmy, and helped to lay the groundwork for his contributions to "60 Minutes."
In 1978, Rooney was brought on board the news magazine as a summer alternative to its established show closer, a debate segment called "Point/Counterpoint." By the fall of that year, Rooney's essays, originally titled "3 Minutes or So with Andy Rooney," were so popular with viewers that they began alternating with its predecessor before replacing it entirely in 1979. His segment led to a regular newspaper column, syndicated out to hundreds of newspapers, and his bromides were compiled into a brace of best-selling books, starting in 1981 with A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney. In later years, Rooney's focus broadened to implicitly political topics, which included such hot-button issues as the 2003 war in Iraq and the shortcomings of President George W. Bush.
Occasionally, Rooney's comments resulted in controversy. He was suspended from "60 Minutes" for three months without pay in 1990 after making a statement that equated homosexual unions with premature death. In 1994, his dismissive comments over the public outpouring of grief over Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain's suicide were deemed insensitive, and on several occasions, he was criticized by media outlets for making racially charged statements in regard to Native Americans, African-Americans and the use of the word "negro" - to say nothing of baseball players of Hispanic and Latin descent, whom he grouped together as "all being [named] Rodriguez to me." Rooney was forced to publicly recant or apologize for his statements in each of these situations.
Despite these setbacks, Rooney's popularity on "60 Minutes" remained as solid as ever, and he eventually settled into a public persona of one of America's favorite, if crankiest, avuncular figures. That perception was highlighted in a variety of ways; some were positive, such as the documentary "I, Curmudgeon" (2004), which placed him in such celebrated and irascible company as writer Harvey Pekar and photographer Fran Leibowitz. Others were less celebratory, such as his 2004 appearance on "Da Ali G Show" (HBO, 2003-04), in which he became so incensed with Sascha Baron Cohen's deliberately witless host that he abandoned the satirical interview only minutes after it began. Throughout it all, he remained remarkably productive on both the series and with countless essays for magazines and newspapers, which numbered at over 1,000. In 2003, his body of work for CBS was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy. Rooney suffered a devastating blow with the loss of his wife of 62 years, Marguerite "Margie" Rooney - a figure who appeared frequently in his writings and on-air essays - due to heart failure in April of 2004. In 2009 he published the anecdotal memoir 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit. Two years later, after 33 years on the program, Rooney delivered his 1,097th and final essay for "60 Minutes" on Oct. 2, 2011, lamenting, "I wish I could do this forever. I can't." Three weeks later, following what was described as minor surgery, the 92-year-old was admitted to an undisclosed hospital for an unspecified, but admittedly serious condition. On Nov. 4, 2011, only a month after his "60 Minutes" sign-off, Rooney passed away from complications from surgery.
By Jerry Renshaw
|Marguerite Rooney||Wife||Married April 21, 1942 until her death on April 27, 2004|
|Brian Rooney||Son||Correspondent for ABC since the 1980's|
|Emily Rooney||Daughter||Born c. 1948; twin of Martha; married to TV newscaster Kirby Perkins; hosted a nightly Boston-area public affairs program "Greater Boston"|
|Martha Rooney Fishel||Daughter||Born c. 1948; twin of Emily; worked as Chief of the Public Services Division at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD|
|Following his suspension without pay from "60 Minutes" for homophobic remarks he made, Rooney released the following statement: "There was never a writer who didn't hope that in some small way he was doing good with the words he put down on paper and, while I know it's presumptuous, I've always had in my mind that I was doing some little bit of good. Now, I was to be known for having done, not good, but bad. I'd be known for the rest of my life as a racist bigot and as someone who had made life a little more difficult for homosexuals. I felt terrible about that and I've learned a lot."|
|Rooney was admitted to a hospital on Oct. 25, 2011 after reportedly developing serious complications following a minor surgery the week prior. A representative from CBS said Rooney was in stable condition after getting hospitalized. He died on Nov. 4, 2011 in a New York hospital.|
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