Dan Rather

News anchor, Editor, Correspondent
A modest Texan with a hard-headed reporting style, Dan Rather led a prolific career in journalism that spanned more than half a century. Though he never saw a television set until the age of 18, Rather went on to become ... Read more »
Born: 10/31/1931 in Wharton, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (108)

48 Hours Mystery 1987 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000s: A New Reality 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Harry Benson: Shoot First 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Secrets of the Dead: JFK 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Evening News 1980 - 2005, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Newsreaders 1980 - 2005, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

One PM Central Standard Time 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Daily Show 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Love We Make 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Dirty Sexy Money 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beer for My Horses 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Simpsons 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

60 Minutes 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Performer

60 Minutes II 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dan Rather: A Reporter Remembers 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Politics: A Pop Culture History 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS at 75: A Primetime Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Paula Zahn 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

American Veteran Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Election Night 2000 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

VoteFest 2000 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Kids Pick the Issues 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Person of the Century: CBS News/Time 100 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Anchor

Intimate Portrait: Ann Richards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Intimate Portrait: Lesley Stahl 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

John Glenn: Return to Space 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Monica: The Untold Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

60 Minutes at 30 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

I Remember 1996 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Real America: 48 Hours 1996 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Unspoiled Country 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

We Were There: CBS News at 50 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Moms 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Classics 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Election Night 96 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood and the News 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Incredible Journey: A Decade of "48 Hours" 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Class of 2000 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The People and the Power Game 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

1996 Democratic National Convention 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

1996 Republican National Convention 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Campaign '96: New Hampshire Primary 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Campaign '96: Super Tuesday 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Faith & Politics: The Christian Right 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Smithsonian Fantastic Journey 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Smithsonian Fantastic Journey 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Smithsonian Fantastic Journey 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Horatio Alger Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Gulf War + 5 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Revolutionary 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Killing Fields of America 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Legacy of Shame 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Presenter

Victory in the Pacific 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

When America Trembled -- Murrow/McCarthy 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Killed JFK: The Final Chapter? 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Malcolm X: The Real Story 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Schwarzkopf in Vietnam: A Soldier Returns 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

See How They Run 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

America on the Line 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Eye on the Earth 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Class of the 20th Century 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Dangerous Assignments 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

A Day With Dan Rather 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Edward R. Murrow: This Reporter 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Hard Drugs, Hard Choices 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Setting the Summit 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS News Special: Lucy 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Campaign '88: Election Night 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

JFK -- A Time Remembered 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Presidential Inauguration 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Campaign '88: The Democratic Convention 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Campaign '88: The Republican Convention 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Catholics in America 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

AIDS Hits Home 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Campaign '86: Election Night 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Battle For Afghanistan 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Presidency and the Constitution 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Soviet Union: Seven Days in May 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best Congress Money Can Buy 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

48 Hours on Crack Street (TV Show)

Actor

Breaking the News (TV Show)

Actor

The Wall Within (TV Show)

Actor

Watergate: The Secret Story (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A modest Texan with a hard-headed reporting style, Dan Rather led a prolific career in journalism that spanned more than half a century. Though he never saw a television set until the age of 18, Rather went on to become one of the leading television journalists in history, reporting on groundbreaking stories - from the assassination of President Kennedy to the Vietnam War. Serving as anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News" (CBS, 1962- ) for 24 years, Rather was named one of the "Big Three" - alongside peers Peter Jennings (ABC) and Tom Brokaw (NBC) - of network news broadcasting. Though he received criticism for his direct reporting style, Rather's down-home Southern charm made him a celebrated journalist for much of his career. Known for his folksy "Ratherisms," his Texas upbringing made its mark on his newscasts; he once famously described President Clinton's re-election as being "as secure as a double knot tied in wet rawhide." The recipient of a Peabody Award as well as numerous Emmy Awards, Rather was revered as one of the greatest American broadcast journalists of the last 50 years - and despite a questionable departure from CBS amidst allegations of political mudslinging and accusations from the right of Rather's leftist-leaning ways - the anchorman went on to further success as host of "Dan Rather Reports," (2006- ) - his reputation as a reputable newsman firmly intact.

Relationships

Dawn Robin Rather

Daughter

Danjack Rather

Son

Jean Rather

Wife
married in 1958

Irvin Rather

Father

Byrl Rather

Mother

Donald Rather

Brother
born on September 5, 1937

Patricia Rather

Sister
born on November 27, 1939

EDUCATION

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas 1953

Milestones

2006

Offically resigned from CBS News after failing to reach a deal to extend his contract for "60 Minutes," where he had been contributing segments since retiring from the anchor desk

2005

Resigned as anchor of CBS Evening News after 44 years with the network

1998

Signed contract to remain with CBS through the year 2002

1997

Launched a syndicated weekly newspaper column, "Part of Our World", now called "Dan Rather Reporting"

1995

Became sole anchor of "CBS Evening News"

1988

Anchored and reported for the CBS news magazine "48 Hours"

1988

Had a stormy pre-election interview with then Vice-President George Bush on Jan. 25, 1988

1981

Managing editor and anchorman of "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather"

1975

Named co-editor of "60 Minutes"

1974

Promoted to anchorman for "CBS Reports"

1964

Appointed as CBS's White House correspondent

1961

Signed with CBS

1960

Joined KHOU-TV in Houston

1956

Served as news director of KTRH

1950

Associate Press reporter in Huntsville, Texas

1940

Worked as newsboy selling the "Houston Chronicle" at age nine (date approximate)

Anchored Saturday edition of "CBS Evening News"

Shared anchoring duties on the "CBS Evening News" with Connie Chung

Named as one of the correspondents for "60 Minutes II"

Grew up in the Heights Annex, Houston neighborhood

Bonus Trivia

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In 2007, Dan Rather filed a $70 million lawsuit against the network, Viacom, its chairman Sumner Redstone, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, and former CBS News president Andrew Heyward, claiming he was treated unfairly over his role in a controversial 2004 60 Minutes report questioning President Bush's Vietnam-era National Guard service. The suit alleges that CBS made Rather a scapegoat to placate the Bush Administration after he was dismissed in March 2005 as anchor of CBS Evening News in the wake of the report. The suit also claims he was prevented from defending himself from attacks inside and outside CBS, and that he was forced to apologize for the report, even though he wasn't responsible for the portions of it that were inaccurate.

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