Hugh Downs

TV host, TV announcer, Pilot
An easy-going, warm if placid TV announcer and personality, Hugh Downs was certified by "The Guinness Book of Records" in 1985 as having hosted more hours on TV than anyone else in the history of the medium and that ... Read more »
Born: 02/14/1921 in Akron, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (62)

Pioneers of Television 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

20/20 1961 - 1972, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

ABC 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Barbara Walters: A Driving Force 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Guy 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Opening the Tombs of the Golden Mummies Live 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Geraldo Rivera 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

NYTV: By the People Who Made It 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC News Saturday Night 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

New York Philharmonic Opening Night Gala 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Tales From the Tomb: Lost Sons of the Pharaoh 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Juilliard Opera: Hansel und Gretel 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Assassination 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Jack Paar: As I Was Saying... 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

New York City Opera: Puccini's "La Boheme" 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

New York Philharmonic: Masur & Vengerov 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Gail Sheehy's New Passages 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Mostly Mozart Opening Concert 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Mostly Mozart Opening Concert 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

New York City Opera "La Traviata" 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Pavarotti Plus! 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Philharmonic Opening Night: Masur and Perlman 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

20/20 15th Anniversary Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Mostly Mozart and Mendelssohn Too 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

New York Philharmonic 150th Anniversary 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

New York City Opera: "Le Nozze di Figaro" 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Opening Night -- Masur and the Philharmonic 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Pavarotti Plus! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Today at 40 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Performer

Burning Questions: The Poisoning of America 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The National Cholesterol Test 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Today at 35 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Growing Old in America 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty Weekend Preview 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Oh, God! Book II 1980 (Movie)

Newscaster (Actor)

Woman of the Year 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Not For Women Only 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Nothing By Chance 1973 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Today 1961 - 1972 (Tv Show)

Host

The 19th Emmy Awards 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Host

A Global Affair 1963 (Movie)

TV Commentator (Actor)

Car 54, Where Are You? 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Variety (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Nothing By Chance 1973 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Other (3)

The Tonight Show 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)

Other

Home 1953 - 1957 (TV Show)

Other

Mending Hearts (TV Show)

Advisor

Biography

An easy-going, warm if placid TV announcer and personality, Hugh Downs was certified by "The Guinness Book of Records" in 1985 as having hosted more hours on TV than anyone else in the history of the medium and that record has continued to grow into the 90s.

Relationships

Milton Howard Downs

Father

Edith Downs

Mother

Deirdre Lynn Downs

Daughter

Davy Crockett

Cousin
his 4th cousin

Hugh Downs

Son

Ruth Shaheen

Wife
married in 1944

EDUCATION

Bluffton College

Bluffton , Ohio 1938 - 1939

Wayne State University

Detroit , Michigan 1940 - 1941

Columbia University

New York , New York 1955 - 1956

Hunter College

New York , New York
post-graduate work(gerontology)

Milestones

2007

Inducted into the American TV Game Show Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, NV

2001

Made a guest voice appearance on animated series "Family Guy" (Fox)

1990

Hosted PBS classical music showcase "Live From Lincoln Center"

1980

Made a cameo as a newscaster in the comedy feature "Oh, God! Book II"

1978

Anchored the ABC newsmagazine "20/20"; in the 1980s, reunited with Barbara Walters from the "Today" show

1978

Emceed talk program "Over Easy" (PBS)

1975

Executive produced and narrated the documentary "Nothing by Chance"

1966

Hosted NBC game show "Concentration"

1962

Began anchoring for NBC's "Today"

1960

Published autobiography Yours Truly, Hugh Downs"

1958

Worked as announcer for "The Jack Paar Tonight Show" (NBC)

1956

Worked as announcer for "Caesar's Hour" (NBC)

1951

Hosted "Your Luncheon Date"

1949

Was announcer on the children's show "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" (NBC, ABC)

1942

Served briefly in the U.S. Army

1941

Made acting debut with uncredited role of a reporter in "Roxie Hart," starring Ginger Rogers

1940

Served as staff announcer for WWJ in Detroit, MI

1939

Began broadcasting career as a radio announcer in Lima, OH

Was staff announcer for NBC in Chicago

Bonus Trivia

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In 1992, Downs completed a certificate program in geriatric education at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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