Jerry Springer

Talk show host, Country singer, Songwriter
For better or worse, Jerry Springer revolutionized television, foisting upon the airwaves some of the most garish, freakish, self-involved slices of Americana the nation and world had ever witnessed. In the 1990s, "The ... Read more »
Born: 02/13/1944 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (57)

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Pay 2 Play:Democracy's High Stakes 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

50 Super Epic TV Moments 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Early Edition 1993 - 2000, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love Boat: The Next Wave 1995 - 2000, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad TV 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Malcolm and Eddie 1995 - 2000, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Married... With Children 1993 - 2000, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shatner's Raw Nerve 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Suddenly Susan 1998 - 2000, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Chris Rock Show 1998 - 1999, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Steve Harvey Show 1995 - 2000, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros 1997 - 2000, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1993 - 2000, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

America's Got Talent 2006 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Host

Jerry Springer 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Macy's Passport Celebrity Catwalk Challenge 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2008 Miss Universe Pageant 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

The Great Debate 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Bravo's A-List Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Swing State 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 56th Annual Miss USA Pageant 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Citizen Verdict 2005 (Movie)

Marty Rockman (Actor)

Domino 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

When Jerry Springer Ruled The World 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love The '90s 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1993 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Revealed With Jules Asner 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Son of the Beach 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

V.I.P. 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Sugar & Spice 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Now or Never: Face Your Fear 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex: the Annabel Chong Story 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Fare to Remember 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Jerry Springer: In the Center Ring 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sex With Cindy Crawford 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 Billboard Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24 Hour Woman 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Daily Show Year-End Spectacular '98 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Kismet 1998 (Movie)

Cameo Appearance (Actor)

Kissing A Fool 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Ringmaster 1998 (Movie)

Jerry Farrelly (Actor)

Since You've Been Gone 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Meet Wally Sparks 1997 (Movie)

Special Appearance (Actor)

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

Actor

Passions (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

The Springer Hustle 1993 - 2000, 2006 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

The Steve Wilkos Show 1993 - 2000, 2006 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Ringmaster 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (2)

Ringmaster 1998 (Movie)

("Dr Talk") (Song Performer)

Ringmaster 1998 (Movie)

(Song)
Writer (1)

Ringmaster 1998 (Movie)

(From Story)

Biography

For better or worse, Jerry Springer revolutionized television, foisting upon the airwaves some of the most garish, freakish, self-involved slices of Americana the nation and world had ever witnessed. In the 1990s, "The Jerry Springer Show" (syndicated, 1990- ) became synonymous for mining the underbelly of American society for its looniest and loudest denizens, showcasing them on a daytime televised circus of which he dubbed himself "ringmaster." The product of Jewish refugees who fled Nazi Germany prior to World War II, Springer made his early career as a lawyer and politician, initially as a city councilman in Cincinnati, OH, where he survived a sex scandal to go on to become mayor of the city. In the early 1980s, he switched career gears, becoming an Emmy-winning TV news anchor and eventual host of his own eponymous daytime talk show. By the mid-1990s, he refashioned the fairly sober, public affairs chat hour into an increasingly tabloid-inspired examination of arcane social "issues," notably involving antisocial behavior, prompting the show to be syndicated nationwide. "Springer" became a nationwide phenomenon for its voyeuristic airing of obviously troubled, typically poor Americans' twisted foibles and Springer's seeming encouragement of violence, vulgarity and nudity during tapings - all of which drew a chorus of critics all but labeling him the Anti-Christ. The phenomenon prompted "Ringmaster" (1998), a film starring Springer essentially as himself. Now a cultural icon, he routinely lampooned himself and his on-show shtick in comedic cross-media appearances. In the 2000s, Springer hosted a progressive radio talk show and took hosting duties for other shows such as "America's Got Talent" (NBC, 2006- ). Though widely imitated, Springer's formula would remain the gold-standard of daytime tabloid talkers. Springer himself remained ever-self-effacing about his show's cultural imprint, referring to it in The Los Angeles Times as "a silly little show" with "absolutely no redeeming social value whatsoever."

Relationships

Richard Springer

Father
Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany deceased

Margot Springer

Mother
Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany deceased

Katie Springer

Daughter
Born in 1976, legally blind and deaf in one ear also born without a nasal passages mother, Micki Velton

Evelyn Springer

Sister
Born c. 1940

Micki Velton

Wife
Worked for Proctor & Gamble met Springer on a blind date in 1969 married in 1973

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Chicago , Illinois 1968
Attended Northwestern's Law School

Forest Hills High School

Forest Hills , New York 1961

Tulane University

New Orleans , Louisiana 1965

Milestones

2009

Will make his West End stage debut in London’s "Chicago" as Billy Flynn

2006

Joined the third season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars"

2005

Starred with Armand Assante in the film, "Citizen Verdict"

1999

Had a cameo appearance in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" as himself

1998

Portrayed his own talk show host character in the film, "Ringmaster"

1998

Released his autobiography, Ringmaster

1995

Released country album, Dr. Talk; wrote title cut during a plane ride

1994

Revamped the format of "The Jerry Springer Show" in order to garner higher ratings

1991

Hosted syndicated talk show, "The Jerry Springer Show"; launched show in Cincinnati, moving it to Chicago a year later

1984

Became news anchor and managing editor at WLWT-TV

1982

Was political reporter and commentator for Cincinnati's WLWT-TV (Channel 5)

1982

Lost Ohio Democratic gubernatorial primary

1981

Stepped down as mayor of Cincinnati

1977

Received more votes than any other councilman (largest plurality in city's history), becoming mayor of Cincinnati

1974

Forced to resign after admitting to hiring a prostitute; came clean to stunned news reporters at a press conference

1970

Won a seat on the Cincinnati city council

1968

Joined a Cincinnati law firm and became active in local referendum to lower Ohio's voting age to 19

1968

Became a political campaign aide to Senator Robert F. Kennedy

1949

Family emigrated to the United States when Springer was five years old

1939

Parents fled to London from Nazi Germany

Announced his bid for Ohio congressional seat; three days later, Army reservist Springer was called to active duty and sent to Fort Knox, KY

Upon his discharge four months later, resumed his bid, but lost by a modest margin

Bonus Trivia

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A musical by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas, "Jerry Springer - The Opera," is based on his show.

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Springer received seven local Emmy Awards for his nightly commentaries while at Cincinnati's WLWT-TV.

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On July 10, 2002, the sons of guest Nancy Campbell-Panitz - who was murdered by her ex-husband after they appeared on a May 2000 episode with his girlfriend - filed suit in Sarasota County against Springer, his producers, and his distributor, claiming he created "a mood that led to murder."

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