Keith Olbermann

If Keith Olbermann were not a very real, very angry American news anchor, commentator, and sportscaster, then he might have been a character dreamed up by brilliant screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky in the movie "Network" ... Read more »
Born: 01/27/1959 in New York City, New York, USA


Actor (18)

The Jim Gaffigan Show 2015 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006, 2008, 2010 - 2014 (Tv Show)


Olbermann 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)


Real Time with Bill Maher 2009, 2011 (Tv Show)


30 Rock 2009 (Tv Show)


Best Year Ever 1992 - 1997, 2002 - 2009 (Tv Show)


Countdown with Keith Olbermann 2002 - 2009 (Tv Show)


SportsCenter 1992 - 1997, 2002 - 2009 (Tv Show)


Big Love 2007 (Tv Show)


Arli$$ 1996 - 2003 (TV Show)


Greenfield at Large 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


The Keith Olbermann Evening News 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Turn Back the Clock 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


The Big Show With Keith Olbermann 1997 - 1999 (TV Show)


The 1997 ESPY Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Bobby Darin: Beyond the Song (TV Show)


Dead Solid Perfect (TV Show)

Producer (1)

The Keith Olbermann Evening News 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer


If Keith Olbermann were not a very real, very angry American news anchor, commentator, and sportscaster, then he might have been a character dreamed up by brilliant screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky in the movie "Network" (1976), his searing satire of television news. In that movie, Peter Finch's anchorman Howard Beale goes insane, chucks his professional impartiality, and starts ranting and raving on the air against the depressing state of the world. As the host of the nightly newscast "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" (MSNBC, 2003-2011), Olbermann's critics - and even some of his fans - would argue that Olbermann essentially did the same thing, night after night. A man who admittedly harbored many personal demons through the years, eventually transformed a show that began as a straight newscast into a pulpit for its star to attack the policies of the Bush Administration and the right-wing diatribes of his heated on-air rival, Bill O'Reilly. In the process, Olbermann became a lightning rod for controversy and perhaps the loudest liberal voice on America's airwaves, until his sudden departure from MSNBC in early 2011 left uncertain the future of both the vocal provocateur and his former network.


Laura Ingraham Actor

Briefly dated in the 1990s no longer together

Theodore Olbermann

Died on March 13, 2010 of complications from colon surgery

Marie Olbermann

Died in 2009

Jenna Olbermann

Born in 1968

Katy Tur

Began dating in June 2006 split in 2009 after three years of living together


Cornell University

Ithaca , New York 1979
Served as sports director for WVBR, a student-run commercial radio station in Ithaca

Hackley School

Tarrytown , New York



Relaunched "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" on Al Gore's Current TV; fired by Gore from network in 2012


Announced his departure from MSNBC the same day his final episode of "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" aired; MSNBC issued a statement that it had ended its contract with Olbermann, with no further explanation


Co-anchored MSNBC's coverage of the 2008 U.S. presidential election with Chris Matthews


Appeared as himself on an episode of "The Simpsons" (Fox)


Returned to MSNBC to host "Countdown with Keith Olbermann"


Wrote a weekly column for


Appeared as himself on an episode of "Arli$$" (HBO)


Hosted MSNBC primetime series "The Big Show with Keith Olbermann"; show titled changed to "White House in Crisis" when the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke in 1998


Co-wrote (with Dan Patrick) the book The Big Show: Inside ESPN's SportsCenter


Briefly worked at ESPN2 on "SportsNight"


Joined ESPN's "SportsCenter," co-hosting with Dan Patrick


Joined the CNN Network in the early stages of development

Became a sports anchor in Los Angeles in the mid 1980s, working at KTLA and KCBS

Began his professional career at UPI and the RKO Radio Network

Bonus Trivia


On April 5, 2012, Olbermann filed a $50-70 million wrongful termination lawsuit against Current, alleging breach of contract. The following day, the TV channel counter-sued, citing Olbermann's lawsuit "frivolous" and "riddled with falsehoods and distortions."


Olbermann was cited by writer Aaron Sorkin as one of the models for the sportscasters on his short-lived TV dramedy "Sports Night" (ABC, 1998-2000).


As a result of his clashes with ESPN, he was banned him from the network's offices and excluded from from the guest lineup of its 25th Anniversary "SportsCenter" Reunion Week.


On Oct. 28, 2010, days before the 2010 U.S. elections, Olbermann donated $2,400 each to three Democratic candidates for Congress: Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway, and Arizona Democratic Representatives Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. In response, on Nov. 5, MSNBC President Phil Griffin suspended him indefinitely without pay for violating a network policy, which required employees to obtain approval from management before making political contributions. An online petition calling for his reinstatement received over 250,000 signatures. Two days after the suspension began, Griffin announced that Olbermann would return to the air on Nov 9.


Olbermann suffered from a mild case of celiac disease as well as restless leg syndrome.


Following Olbermann's firing from Current TV, Al Gore released a statement on March 30, 2012 stating, "[Current TV] was founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann and we have ended it."


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