Phil Donahue

Talk show host, Newscaster, Radio announcer
A pioneer of the television talk show, Phil Donahue was the host of "The Phil Donahue Show" (WLWD/syndicated, 1967-1996), which paved the way for the tide of afternoon chat programs that followed in its wake while also ... Read more »
Born: 12/21/1935 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

Finding Vivian Maier 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sex: The Revolution! 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

An Unreasonable Man 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

After Innocence 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Popping the Question with Star Jones 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Madalyn Murray O'Hair 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

Frasier 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Ellen 1990 - 1991, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1990 - 1991, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 25th Daytime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

Talked to Death 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Donahue 1967 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Breakthroughs: Amazing Things to Come 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Talk Back America III 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

Talk Back America II 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

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

Actor

Talk Back America Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Issue Is Race 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Host

The Barbara Walters Special (01/29/92) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

This Week With Pozner and Donohue 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Blossom 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Better World Society Awards Dinner 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Host

Just One Step: The Great Peace March 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 16th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Sesame Street, Special 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 15th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Host

Bob Hope Buys NBC? 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Drinking and Driving: The Toll, The Tears 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Phil Donahue Examines the Human Animal 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Love, Sex... And Marriage 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Narrator

First Steps (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Body of War 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Body of War 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (1)

Body of War 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A pioneer of the television talk show, Phil Donahue was the host of "The Phil Donahue Show" (WLWD/syndicated, 1967-1996), which paved the way for the tide of afternoon chat programs that followed in its wake while also establishing a thoughtful, informative tone that many of them eschewed in favor of verbal fireworks. Donahue's screen persona - passionate, deeply liberal and sympathetic - made him a favorite among like-minded viewers, especially women, and a target for conservative figures. Donahue's fascination with stories from both high and low roads helped to fashion the modern talk show in all its permutations, from feel-good chats and news-driven roundtables to trashy exposes of sordid lives before the camera. In doing so, Phil Donahue was among the most important media figures of the late 20th century.

Relationships

Margaret Cooney

Wife
Married February 1, 1958 divorced 1975

Phillip Donahue

Father

Catherine Donahue

Mother

Mary Donahue

Daughter
Mother, Margaret Cooney

Daniel Donahue

Son
Mother, Margaret Cooney

Jim Donahue

Son
Mother, Margaret Cooney

Kevin Donahue

Son
Mother, Margaret Cooney

Michael Donahue

Son
Mother, Margaret Cooney

Marlo Thomas Actor

Wife
Met in 1977 when she was a guest on Donahue's talk show Married May 1980

Tony Thomas

Brother-In-Law

Danny Thomas

Father-In-Law
Best known for starring in the sitcom "The Danny Thomas Show" (ABC, 1953-57 CBS, 1957-64) produced the popular shows "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1961-66) and "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-68) died in 1991, of a punctured lung at the age of 79

EDUCATION

University of Notre Dame

South Bend , Indiana 1957

St. Edward High School

Lakewood , Ohio
Was a member of the first graduating class

Milestones

2007

Executive Produced the feature documentary film, "Body of War," which he also co-directed with independent filmmaker Ellen Spiro

2002

Returned to television with the short-lived MSNBC show, "Donahue"

1996

Taped final episode of "The Phil Donahue Show" on May 2

1991

Co-hosted, "This Week With Pozner and Donahue" (aired both on CNBC and in syndication)

1980

Contributed special segments to "The Today Show" (NBC)

1969

"The Phil Donahue Show" was syndicated; produced in Chicago and later in NYC

1967

Hosted "The Phil Donahue Show" on WLWD-TV Dayton

1963

Hosted "Conversation Piece" on WIHO-Radio, Dayton

1958

Named program and news director of WAJB-Radio, Adrian, MI

1958

Moved to KYW-TV, Cleveland

1957

Worked as announcer at KYW-Radio, Cleveland, OH

Was news reporter and anchor at WIHO-Radio, Dayton, OH

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