Frank Gifford

Frank Gifford was a star professional football player with the NFL, an Emmy-award winning sportscaster, and famously the husband of daytime television host Kathie Lee Gifford. Due to a low grade point average in high ... Read more »
Born: 08/16/1930 in Santa Monica, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (47)

Being Evel 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Glickman 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Lombardi 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Psych 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Toots 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Three Days of Rain 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Vince Lombardi 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Evel Knievel: Hell on Wheels 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Kathie Lee: Christmas Every Day 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Art Buchwald: The Wit of Washington 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC's Monday Night Football Mania! 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Coach 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kathie Lee: Just in Time For Christmas 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Plugged In: A Parents' Guide to TV 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Spin City 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spotlight With Phyllis George (09/11/96) 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Jerry Maguire 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Kathie Lee: Home for Christmas 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

AFC-NFC Pro Bowl 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy Ray Cyrus: A Year on the Road 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Kathie Lee... Looking For Christmas 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Bowl XXIX 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Variety Children's Charity Telethon 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

The Barbara Walters Special (11/24/92) 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

Super Bowl XXV 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

1988 Winter Olympic Games 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Calgary '88: The Olympic Adventure Begins 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Two-Minute Warning 1976 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Viva Knievel! 1976 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The World's Greatest Athlete 1973 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Paper Lion 1969 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Up Periscope 1958 (Movie)

Lieutenant Mount (Actor)

The All American 1953 (Movie)

Stan Pomeroy (Actor)
Producer (1)

Kathie Lee: We Need a Little Christmas 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Frank Gifford was a star professional football player with the NFL, an Emmy-award winning sportscaster, and famously the husband of daytime television host Kathie Lee Gifford. Due to a low grade point average in high school, Gifford was ineligible for an academic scholarship to USC, so he enrolled in a junior college in order to get the grades necessary to transfer. After graduation, Gifford joined the New York Giants, the team with which he would spend the entirety of his professional football career. During his tenure with the Giants, Gifford went to the Pro Bowl 8 times and went to the NFL Championship Game 5 times. In 1956 Gifford won the MVP award, and led the Giants to victory in the Championship, beating the Chicago Bears. After 12 seasons with the NY Giants, Gifford became a broadcaster for CBS. In 1971 Gifford became the play-by-play host for "Monday Night Football" (ABC/ESPN 1970- ), a show he remained part of for 28 years. The series became enduringly popular, and was one of the longest-running sports programs in television history. In 1997 Gifford faced scandal when his affair with flight attendant Suzen Johnson was made public. As a result, he was replaced by Boomer Esiason on "Monday Night Football." Gifford also made television appearances throughout his career, such as in a 1963 episode of "Hazel" (NBC/CBS 1961-66), and a 1995 episode of the Craig T. Nelson sitcom "Coach" (ABC 1989-1997). Gifford died in Greenwich, CT on August 9, 2015.

Relationships

Kathie Lee Gifford Actor

Husband
Married Oct. 18, 1986

Cassidy Gifford Actor

Daughter
Born in New York, NY on August 2, 1993

Cody Gifford

Son
Born March 22, 1990 to Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford.

EDUCATION

USC

1949 - 1952

Milestones

1970

Joined the play-by-play team of "Monday Night Football"

1956

Named NFL MVP

1952

Joined the NFL's New York Giants

Bonus Trivia

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Gifford's home life was a frequent topic of anecdotes told by his wife Kathie Lee Gifford on "Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee" and "Today."

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Gifford was a major part of one of the most shocking moments in sports broadcasting history, when he urged "Monday Night Football" co-anchor Howard Cosell to break the tragic news that John Lennon had been murdered in New York on the night of December 8, 1980.

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