Tom Snyder

Talk show host, News anchor, Broadcaster
Unscripted and unplugged, late-night talk show host Tom Snyder never tried to get any of his guests to cry on camera. Nor did he ever feign empathy or back away from an argument. If anything, the chain-smoking host of ... Read more »
Born: 05/11/1936 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Actor (15)

NBC Nightly News, Weekend Edition 1968 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Late Show 1994 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Life... and Stuff 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Dave's World 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tom Snyder 1992 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Talk Back America II 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Talk Back America Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Seven Views of War 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tomorrow Show 1973 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Snyder's Celebrity Spotlight 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Fire and Rain (Movie)

Narrator (Voice)

Biography

Unscripted and unplugged, late-night talk show host Tom Snyder never tried to get any of his guests to cry on camera. Nor did he ever feign empathy or back away from an argument. If anything, the chain-smoking host of "Tomorrow" (NBC, 1973-1982) and "The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder" (CBS, 1995-99) thrived on sparring verbally with his guests, who ran the gamut from Howard Cosell to Jimmy Hoffa to John Lennon. For the night owls and insomniacs who tuned into Snyder's network talk shows, the rewards were broadcast television at its most intimate and unpredictable. When Snyder told "Tomorrow" viewers to "fire up a colortini, sit back, relax, and then watch the pictures now, as they fly through the air," they might see Muhammad Ali telling Snyder, "If I had a lower IQ, I could enjoy this interview." Or be treated to the spectacle of Wendy O. Williams, lead singer of the 1980s-era punk rock group The Plasmatics, blowing up a car onstage. Whether he interviewed heads of state or just plain head cases, like Charles Manson, Snyder did not shrink from expressing his opinions - nor bursting into his signature guffaw, which Dan Aykroyd imitated to merciless perfection on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975-) throughout his run on the late night sketch comedy.

Relationships

Mary Bendel

Wife

Marie Snyder

Mother
resided in a California nursing home died on September 25, 2000 at age 91

Anne Snyder

Daughter

EDUCATION

educated by Jesuits

Marquette University

Milwaukee , Wisconsin
attended as a pre-med; left for a reporting job in Savannah, Georgia

Milestones

1999

Last broadcast as host of "The Late Late Show" (March 26)

1998

Announced her would step down as host of "The Late Late Show"

1995

Began hosting "The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder" on CBS at 12:30 AM (EST) after "The Late Show with David Letterman"

1994

Named host of "The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder" by Howard Stringer, President CBS/Broadcast Group and producer David Letterman of Worldwide Pants Inc.

1985

Became news anchor for KABC-TV in Los Angeles

1982

Became news anchor for WABC-TV's "Eyewitness News" 11:00 PM broadcast in NYC in September

1982

"Tomorrow" cancelled

1980

"Tomorrow" moved to the earlier 12:30 AM time slot, expanded to 90 minutes, added a band, a live audience and gossip columnist Rona Barrett as West Coast co-host

1979

"Tomorrow" moved back to NYC; launched "Primetime Sunday", an NBC News magazine; hosted "The Tom Snyder Celebrity Spotlight" specials for NBC

1973

Selected to host NBC's "Tomorrow", the first late, late night network TV talk show aired at 1 AM (EST) after "The Tonight Show", from Los Angeles; premiered October 15th; first topic was group marriage

1966

Pioneered morning talk show, "Contact", in Philadelphia, his first TV talk show; first flowering of Snyder's "trademarked" interview style

1960

Worked as news reporter for WAII-TV in Atlanta, Georgia

1959

Worked as radio disc jockey and staff announcer at WKZO in Kalamazoo, Michigan

1955

Began radio career as part-time news correspondent at WRIT-AM (now WDCS) in Milwaukee while attending Marquette University

"Tomorrow" returned to Los Angeles

Hosted a nationally syndicated call-in program on ABC Radio Network

Served as guest host for Bob Costas on "Later"

Worked as news reporter at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles

"Tomorrow" moved to NYC; pioneered "NBC News Update"; anchored the Sunday edition of "NBC Nightly News"; anchored early evening edition of WNBC-TV's "News Center 4" in NYC; named "Big Apple Sportscaster of the Year"

Reportedly considered, at various times, a likely replacement for Johnny Carson ("The Tonight Show"), John Chancellor (on "NBC Nightly News") or Tom Brokow (on "Today")

Returned to TV as host of "Tom Snyder", a low-budget cable talk show on CNBC

Began guest hosting on Larry King's Mutual Network radio program

News anchor at KWY-TV in Philadelphia

Boosted ratings and gained celebrity as primary evening (6 PM) news anchor at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles

Quit college for a job as radio and TV news anchor in Savannah, Georgia

Fired after belching on the air and blaming gastric distress on eating at a neighboring Howard Johnson's (that happened to be owned by the station manager)

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with the animator of the same name who worked on "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist".

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"During Mr. Snyder's recent appearance on 'Late Show,' Mr. Letterman reminisced fondly about watching 'Tomorrow' after leaving his weatherman job in Indianapolis each night.""'I'd come home, turn on the TV, and suddenly NBC has this wonderful new show,' he said to Mr. Snyder. 'It was you sitting low in your chair, darkly lit, smoke rolling out of your nose. The image and feeling of intimacy was overwhelming."--From "Tom Snyder Reconsidered: Everyman at 57" by Andy Meisler, THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 8, 1994.

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"By the beginning of 1982, 'Tomorrow' was canceled, and within a year or two what most Americans generally remembered most about Mr. Snyder was the needle-sharp impression of him Dan Aykroyd had been doing for years on 'Saturday Night Live'""'I was flattered,' says Mr. Snyder of that impersonation. 'It wasn't a spiteful parody at all. And it was hilarious. What Aykroyd did was very loving. What I did mind was later, when Joe Piscopo did me. Piscopo did me. Piscopo showed me as a failed broadcaster living in a skid row hotel, interviewing the doorman as a guest on my television show. That to me was hurtful, I did better than that.'"--From "Tom Snyder Reconsidered: Everyman at 57" by Andy Meisler, THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 8, 1994.

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