Ted Turner

Executive, Entrepreneur, Sports executive
Alternately referred to as a visionary businessman, monomaniacal competitor or simply "Captain Outrageous," brash media mogul Ted Turner built a broadcasting and entertainment empire that reshaped the multimedia ... Read more »
Born: 11/18/1938 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

The '80s: The Decade That Made Us 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Guest

Fidel 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Jane Fonda: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Goodwill Games Opening Celebration 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Arli$$ 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fourth Annual Environmental Media Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Naked News 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

First Person With Maria Shriver (08/26/93) 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Gettysburg 1993 (Movie)

(uncredited cameo appearance) Lieutenant Colonel W T Patton (Actor)

First Person With Maria Shriver (05/06/92) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Ted Turner Talking With David Frost 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

A Conversation With Castro 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual ACE Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Hope News Network 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Southern Voices, American Dreams 1984 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Writer (2)

Cold War 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Creator

Without Borders (TV Show)

Creator
Producer (1)

Gods and Generals 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Other (3)

Millennium: A Thousand Years of History 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Other

The New Adventures of Captain Planet 1990 - 1996 (TV Show)

Other

A Night of Soviet Television 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Other

Biography

Alternately referred to as a visionary businessman, monomaniacal competitor or simply "Captain Outrageous," brash media mogul Ted Turner built a broadcasting and entertainment empire that reshaped the multimedia landscape throughout the 1980s and '90s. Building on his family business and an almost manic need to accomplish the impossible, Turner turned a failing Atlanta-based UHF channel into TBS, America's first "Superstation." Already the owner of Atlanta's MLB and NBA franchises, Turner achieved fame as the boisterous winner of America's Cup in 1977. Three years later, he embarked on what most deemed a fool's errand when he launched CNN, the world's first 24-hour news network. More bold acquisitions and gutsy startups followed, typified by three-letter acronyms like MGM, TNT, TCM and WCW. In addition to his business ventures, Turner made news for his lofty philanthropic pursuits, well-publicized feud with rival media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, and his 10-year marriage to actress Jane Fonda. Turner began to see a shift not only in his relationship with the company he built, but with his personal fortune as well, after successive mergers with Time Warner, Inc. and AOL. By 2006, he had completely stepped away from duties at the media company, choosing to devote his energies to such ecological enterprises as his Turner Foundation and penning his autobiography. Truly a man of astounding ambition and fierce resolve, Turner was sure to be remembered as one of the greatest entrepreneur-philanthropist-rabble rousers in American history.

Relationships

Florence Turner

Mother

Robert Edward Turner IV

Son
mother, Judy Nye

Frederique D'Arragon

Companion
French born c. 1949 began dating in late spring 2000

Jane Fonda Actor

Wife
Met in 1989 Engaged in 1990 Married on Dec. 21, 1991 at Avalon, Turner's plantation in Florida Separated in January 2000 She filed for divorce in April 2001 Divorced May 22, 2001

Judy Hallisey

Wife
divorced mother of Turner's two older children

Jane Smith

Wife
married in 1964 divorced in 1988 mother of Turner's three younger children

Robert Turner

Father

Jennie Turner

Daughter
mother, Jane Smith

Laura Turner

Daughter
mother, Judy Nye

Beauregard Turner

Son
born c. 1968 mother, Jane Smith married Gannon Hunt in December 1999

Rhett Turner

Son
mother, Jane Smith

EDUCATION

Brown University

Providence , Rhode Island 1960
vice president of the Debating Union; commodore (head) of the Yacht Club

Milestones

2000

Relieved of duties at Turner Broadcasting following the merger of AOL and Time Warner

1997

Announced $1 billion charitable gift to benefit United Nations agencies

1995

Agreed to merger of Turner Entertainment and Time Warner

1994

Introduced another cable channel, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), designed to compete with American Movie Classics by showing older Hollywood movies without commercial interruption; many cable carriers nationwide, though, already had full slates and the chan

1994

Announced $75 million dollar award to education, with one third going to his alma mater Brown University, and other monies going to preparatory schools The Citadel in Charleston, SC and the McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN

1993

Played a cameo role as Lt. Col. W. T. Patton in the feature Civil War saga, "Gettysburg", produced by his Turner Pictures

1993

Turner Broadcasting System acquired New Line Cinema and Castle Rock Entertainment for over $650 million

1987

Started TNT (Turner Network Television)

1987

First feature credit: "executive consultant" for the comedy-drama, "Amazing Grace and Chuck"

1986

As part of earlier deal, sold UA back to MGM/UA majority stockholder Kirk Kerkorian for $500-600 million; also sold part of MGM/UA to Lorimar for $190 million

1986

Set up the Turner Entertainment Company to handle the management and marketing of what he still owned of MGM/UA, primarily the film and TV libraries

1985

Bought MGM/UA Entertainment Co. For $1.5 billion in August; subject to closing deal by December 31

1985

In January, purchased a 75% share in the Omni International, which consisted of two 14-story office buildings, a hotel and an atrium which connects them; TBS took over as sole owner in August 1986; renamed the CNN Center

1985

Attempted takeover of CBS for $5.4 billion; move blocked by network

1985

Organized the Goodwill Games; sponsored first games in Moscow in 1986

1985

Appeared in the documentary "Southern Voices, American Dream", written, produced and directed by Ken Hey

1983

Purchased Satellite News Channel

1982

Set up CNN Radio, a 24-hour, all-news broadcaster

1982

Started Headline News, a second 24-hour TV network

1981

Established Turner Program Services, a syndication arm of TBS

1980

Established CNN (Cable News Network), the first 24-hour, all-news station

1977

Purchased Atlanta Hawks basketball team in January; acted as president

1976

Served as president, chairman of the board, Turner Broadcasting Systems (TBS), the nation's first "superstation", using satellite technology to carry its signal nationwide

1976

Purchased Atlanta Braves baseball team in January for $10 million; acted as president

1969

First entered broadcasting with purchase of the independent UHF TV station, Channel 17, in Atlanta; renamed WTBS

1960

Worked as general manager of Turner Advertising (his family's outdoor advertising business), Macon, GA, selling space on billboards

1948

Moved with family from Cincinnati to Savannah, GA at age 9 (date approximate)

Purchased World Championship Wrestling Inc.

Bought family companies; became president and chief executive officer of various Turner Companies, Atlanta

Bonus Trivia

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Received an honorary degree from Emerson College in May 2000.

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"Turner represents the rogue pioneer hormone lost somewhere deep within the gentrified, cable-connected, microwavable American soul. He is our surrogate venturer into the future, going boldly where no man has had the gall to go before--a buccaneer and provocateur who thrives on strewing the waters with red meat when jumping in with the sharks. What can you say about a man who speaks as passionately about colorizing "Gilligan's Island" as he does about wiping out world hunger? Who believes the key to East-West reconciliation lies in establishing Rotary Clubs in Budapest and Minsk? Who presumes to shape the future of American film but sees only two movies a year?. (from American Film article by Greg Dawson, January-February 1989)

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"[He's] passionate, coarse and, for a man of the world, boyishly provincial, a man who has met privately with Gorbachev yet still reads every review in obscure weeklies, hungry for validation...Born in Cincinnati but bred in Georgia, Turner is a Yankee fist inside a velvet Southern glove. His mind may have gone north to college, but his accent stayed south. This is the voice of a Skoal commercial." (from American Film article by Greg Dawson, January-February 1989)

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Ted Turner on the "art" and the "business" of cinema, or at least mainstream cinema: "Movies were made to be profitable. They were not made as art. They were made to make money, and any moviemaker who did make movies for art's sake is out of business." --From American Film, January-February 1989

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Named yachtsman of the year four times.

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He has won the America's Cup in his yacht "Courageous" in 1977.

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Awarded the Fastnet Trophy for yachting in 1979.

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He was named Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year by "Sales Marketing and Management" magazine in 1979.

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He has received the president's award for National Cable TV Association in 1979.

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Named International Communicator of the Year by sales and marketing executives in 1981.

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Received sponsor recognition award from the American council for Better Broadcasts (1981)

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He was named Business Leader of the Year by Sigma Delta Pi and the Georgetown University School of Business Administration (1982)

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Named Man of the Year by the Harvard Business School Communications Chapter (1982)

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He was named MIPCOM Man of the Year in 1990.

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Named Time Magazine's Man of the Year (1991)

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He was inducted into the TV Hall of Fame, Academy of Televison Arts and Sciences (1992)

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