Howard Cosell

TV commentator, Sports announcer, TV host
Pioneer in sports journalism on radio and television who gave up a law career to enter broadcasting in 1953 with ABC Radio. Cosell became a media figure as the irascible commentator with his distinctive emphatic speech ... Read more »
Born: 03/24/1918 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

Good Morning America 1975 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The 1995 ESPY Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Sixth Annual Awards of Sport 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Billy Martin Celebrity Roast 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XIX 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Howard Cosell: Speaking of Everything 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Be Good 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Fair Game! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Casey at the Bat 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XVII 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Goldie and the Bears 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Narrator

Battle of the Network Stars XV 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XVI 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway Danny Rose 1984 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XIII 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XIV 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XI 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XII 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars IX 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Battle of the Network Stars X 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Fighting Back 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars VII 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars VIII 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars V 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars VI 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Special (10/18/78) 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars III 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars IV 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Battle of the Network Stars I 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Battle of the Network Stars II 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Celebration: The American Spirit 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Muhammad Ali Variety Special 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Two-Minute Warning 1976 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Sinatra -- The Main Event 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Connection 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The World's Greatest Athlete 1973 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

City vs. Country 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Fol-De-Rol 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Bananas 1971 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 500-Pound Jerk (TV Show)

Actor

The Odd Couple (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Pioneer in sports journalism on radio and television who gave up a law career to enter broadcasting in 1953 with ABC Radio. Cosell became a media figure as the irascible commentator with his distinctive emphatic speech pattern on "Monday Night Football" for 14 years (1970-84) and "Monday Night Baseball" and televised fights for a total of forty years. He has guested as himself in sitcoms, series and in several made-for-TV movies and also played himself in three Woody Allen movies, "Bananas" (1971), "Sleeper" (1973) and "Broadway Danny Rose" (1984) among others. During the Vietnam War Cosell won a measure of notoriety by championing Muhammad Ali's right to become a conscientious objector. Cosell quit sports broadcasting when he felt that "Pro football has become a stagnant bore" and claimed that "I am tired of the hypocrisy and sleaziness of the boxing scene."

Relationships

Nellie Cohen

Mother

Jill Cohane

Daughter
survived him

Justin Cohane

Grandson
survived him

Isadore Cohen

Father

Hilton Cohen

Brother
older

Emmy Cosell

Wife
married in 1944 died in 1990

Hilary Salomon

Daughter
survived him

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York 1940
member of Phi Beta Kappa

Milestones

1994

Inducted into the TV Hall of Fame by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

1992

Retired from ABC radio's daily sportcast, "Speaking of Sports" and half-hour interview program, "Speaking of Everything" at the end of January

1991

Operated on to remove a malignant chest tumor

1986

Began writing a column for the "New York Daily News"

1986

Began serving as a faculty member of Brown University

1984

Left TV after quitting "ABC's NFL Monday Night Football"

1973

TV-movie debut as himself, "The Connection" and "The 500 Pound Jerk"

1970

Film debut as himself in "Bananas"

1959

Announcer, "Prime Time Football"

1953

Hosted first radio program which had Little League baseball players meeting Major League Players

1953

Gave up law practice to join ABC radio as a sports commentator

1946

Was an attorney in private practice in New York

Hosted syndicated talk show, "Speaking of Everything"

Served in the US Army Transportation Corps during WWII

Hosted "Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell"

Worked as sports reporter for WABC, New York

Was commentator for ABC's "Monday Night Football" for 14 years

TV debut as host of "Sports Focus"

Bonus Trivia

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"Howard Cosell is the sort of sportscaster fans love to hate--loud, outrageous, opinionated, but a seasoned pro." --Tim Brooks ("The Complete Directory to Prime Time TV Stars 1946 to the Present", 1987)

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Cosell founded Legend Productions, a TV production company responsible for such sports specials as "A Look Behind the Legend" about Babe Ruth, "Run to Daylight" about the Green Bay Packers championship teams of the 1960s and "One Hundred Yards to Glory" about the history of the Grambling College football program.

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Cosell served as national chairperson to the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in 1976.

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He was an editor of the New York University "Law Review".

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Cosell has a scholarship in journalism at Brown University that was named in his honor (1986).

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Cosell served as the historian for the Friars Club.

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