Bryant Gumbel

TV host, Newscaster, Sportscaster
Bryant Gumbel has been a well-spoken, good-looking TV personality in sports and news since he left his post editing "Black Sports" magazine in 1972 to become a sportscaster for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. His fluid style ... Read more »
Born: 09/28/1948 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (99)

Dateline NBC 1991 - 2015 (TV Show)

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The Early Show 1999 - 2012 (TV Show)

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Magic & Bird 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL (11/20/07) 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (01/22/08) 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (06/24/08) 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Remembering Tim Russert 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (10/31/06) 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

The Weather Man 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The New Roswell: Kecksburg Exposed 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

UFO Invasion at Rendlesham 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Arli$$ 1996 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (01/28/02) 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (02/25/02) 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (03/18/02) 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (09/13/01) 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (10/16/01) 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (11/20/01) 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (12/11/01) 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Survivor: Africa -- The Reunion 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Chris Rock Show 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (04/16/01) 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (05/14/01) 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (06/18/01) 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (07/16/01) 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (08/14/01) 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Survivor: The Outback Reunion 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Ali-Frazier I: One Nation... Indivisible 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Cosby 1982 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Internight 1995 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (01/24/00) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (02/14/00) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (03/20/00) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (04/10/00) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Survivor: The Reunion 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The Nanny 1982 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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The Sportscasters: Behind the Mike 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (01/25/99) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (02/25/99) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (07/26/99) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (09/15/98) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (11/17/98) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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TLC Legends 1997 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 1999 Trumpet Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Great American History Quiz 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Olympic Winter Games XVIII 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Public Eye With Bryant Gumbel 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (01/12/98) 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (03/16/98) 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (05/19/98) 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (09/23/97) 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (11/18/97) 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Young Kennedys 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Contact 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (01/13/97) 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (03/10/97) 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (05/12/97) 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (07/28/97) 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (09/10/96) 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The 10th Essence Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The 1997 ESPY Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The 28th NAACP Image Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Today 1982 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (05/20/96) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (07/15/96) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (10/31/95) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (12/26/95) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (04/02/95) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (07/30/95) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Today at Night 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Donahue: The 25th Anniversary 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Seinfeld 1993 (Tv Show)

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Today at 40 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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1990: Living on the Edge 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Hard Way 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Lost Youth of Hollywood 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The R.A.C.E. 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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1988 Summer Olympic Games 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Presidential Inauguration 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The 21st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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1988 Winter Olympic Games 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Main Street 1985 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Sportsworld Tenth Anniversary Special 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Today at 35 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Today at Night, Volume II 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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America Talks Back 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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NBC News Statue of Liberty Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Games People Play 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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The N-Word (TV Show)

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Biography

Bryant Gumbel has been a well-spoken, good-looking TV personality in sports and news since he left his post editing "Black Sports" magazine in 1972 to become a sportscaster for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. His fluid style soon caught the eye of the brass in NY, and Gumbel was tapped by NBC Sports in 1975 to host the pre-game shows before NFL games. His rise was rapid and within a few years Gumbel had become the sole host or lead anchor on NBC's coverage of major league baseball, college basketball and NFL football games. In 1980, sports reporting for NBC's "Today" were added to his duties. By January 1982, he was the anchor of the entire "Today" program. Gumbel quickly proved foolish those pundits who thought a sportscaster could not adapt to news coverage. In 1984, he headed the "Today" team broadcasting live from Moscow, including interviews with Kremlin leaders. Both Gumbel and NBC News received much praise for the effort. Gumbel's identity as a sportscaster had been supplanted. He followed the Moscow trip with coups -- broadcasts from Cuba (including an interview with Fidel Castro), and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). He also began to host primetime documentaries and reality-based programs for NBC, including "The R.A.C.E." a two-hour quiz on racial attitudes in America.

Relationships

Richard Gumbel

Father

June Gumbel

Wife
Met when June was a flight attendant married in 1973 separated in 1997 filed for divorce in January 2001 June tried to amend her divorce petition to add adultery as grounds, claiming Gumbel was a "serial adulterer," a charge his lawyers denied divorced in August 2001

Rhea Gumbel

Mother

Jillian Gumbel

Daughter
Born c. 1984 mother, June Gumbel

Bradley Gumbel

Son
Born c. 1978 mother, June Gumbel

Greg Gumbel

Brother
Born in 1946

Hillary Quinlan

Wife
Reportedly became engaged in December 2001 married in August 2002

EDUCATION

Bates College

Lewiston , Maine 1970

Milestones

2006

Became a play-by-play announcer for the NFL Network

2005

Made a cameo appearance alongside Nicolas Cage and Michael Caine in "The Weather Man," a film directed by Gore Verbinski

1999

Returned to morning television hosting CBS' "The Early Show"

1997

Hosted the primetime newsmagazine "Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel"

1997

Gumbel stepped down from "The Today Show" (NBC) after 15 years

1997

Hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards

1997

After leaving NBC, signed multi-million dollar deal with CBS to host a primetime newsmagazine as well as perform other duties for the network

1995

Hosted "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel" for HBO

1991

Norville was replaced by Katie Couric, and the Gumbel-Couric team helped refocus Today as the morning news program of choice

1989

Following Pauley's departure from "Today," Gumbel was joined by Deborah Norville in a short-lived partnership that lasted just over a year

1989

Hosted NBC's two-hour primetime special, "The R.A.C.E."

1988

Anchored NBC Sports telecast of the 1988 Summer Olympics from Seoul, Korea

1984

Headed the "Today" team to the Soviet Union for an unprecedented series of live broadcasts from Moscow

1982

Replaced Tom Brokaw as a co-anchor on "The Today Show" with Jane Pauley

1980

Was named the sports reporter for "The Today Show" (NBC)

1975

Joined NBC Sports as co-host of its NFL pre-game show "GrandStand" with Jack Buck

1972

Joined KNBC-TV sportcaster in Los Angeles

Bonus Trivia

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"When I first got the ["Today"] job, we had a 30th anniversary party over at Tavern on the Green, and Dave Garroway [the original "Today" host] took me aside and said 'Do it for five years and then leave.'" - Bryant Gumbel to Electronic Media, Jan. 25, 1993

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Bryant Gumbel revealed he's recovering from lung cancer surgery and treatment. He says a malignant tumor and part of his lung were removed two months ago. He revealed his condition to Kelly Ripa while he was subbing for co-host Regis Philbin on "Live With Regis and Kelly" on Dec. 8, 2009.

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