Andy Rooney

Broadcaster, Commentator, Writer
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 Few Minutes with ... Read more »
Born: 01/14/1919 in Albany, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (23)

60 Minutes 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Correspondent

Walter Cronkite: Witness to History 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

60 Minutes at 30 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

G.I. Joe: The Ernie Pyle Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Walter Cronkite: Eyewitness to History 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

60 Minutes More 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

1996 Democratic National Convention 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

1996 Republican National Convention 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Cronkite Remembers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

The NFL at 75: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

60 Minutes... 25 Years 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

51st Alfred I. Dupont/Columbia University Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

Share a Moment With the World 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

A Year With Andy Rooney: 1989 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Holocaust: The Untold Story (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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 Few Minutes with Andy Rooney," ran the gamut in subject matter from the topical - politics, social ills, the march of time - to the mundane, which took the form of amusing and often curmudgeonly rants on computers, desk clutter, changes in social graces and the foibles of everyday life. His commentary, which was also documented in newspapers, magazines and a number of books, made him among the most popular segments on the program, as well as one of its most parodied. No matter which side of the fence viewers found themselves on in regard to Rooney, there was no denying his position as one of the most well-known and regarded television figures of the late 20th century and into the new millennium.

Relationships

Marguerite Rooney

Wife
Married April 21, 1942 until her death on April 27, 2004

Brian Rooney Actor

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"

Ellen Rooney

Daughter

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

EDUCATION

Colgate University

Hamilton, New York
left in 1941; drafted for the Army

Milestones

2011

Stepped down as a regular contributor on "60 Minutes" after 33 years

2009

Wrote his 15th book <i>60 Years of Wisdom and Wit</i>

2004

Abruptly ended his interview with host Sascha Baron Cohen during an appearance on "Da Ali G Show" (HBO)

2004

Featured in the documentary "I, Curmudgeon"

2003

Received a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award

2003

Released <i>Years of Minutes</i>, a collection of his essays that aired on "60 Minutes"

1990

Suspended from "60 Minutes" for three months without pay after making a statement that equated homosexual unions with premature death

1984

Featured on the CBS news special "Andy Rooney Takes Off"

1981

Published the No. 1 best-seller <i>A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney</i>

1978

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

1974

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)

1970

Earned a Writers Guild Award for "An Essay on War"

1968

Collaborated with Bill Cosby on the Emmy Award-winning "Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed"

1965

Wrote script for first Telstar transatlantic satellite broadcast

1962

Began writing and producing in collaboration with Harry Reasoner for CBS

1959

Wrote for CBS Radio Network's "The Garry Moore Show"

1949

After the war, Rooney landed at CBS as a writer for the top-rated "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts"

1941

Began reporting for U.K.'s <i>Stars and Stripes</i> during World War II

1940

Drafted into the U.S. Army

Bonus Trivia

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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."

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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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