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: 05/12/1936 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA


Actor (16)

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


The Late Late Show 1994 - 1999 (TV Show)


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


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


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


Dave's World 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)


Tom Snyder 1992 - 1995 (TV Show)


Talk Back America II 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Talk Back America Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Seven Views of War 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


The Late Show 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)


The Tomorrow Show 1973 - 1982 (TV Show)


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


Fire and Rain (Movie)

Narrator (Voice)

Ink (TV Show)



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.


Mary Bendel


Anne Snyder


Marie Snyder

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


educated by Jesuits

Marquette University

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



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


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


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


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.


Became news anchor for KABC-TV in Los Angeles


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


"Tomorrow" cancelled


"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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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")

"Tomorrow" returned to Los Angeles

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

Served as guest host for Bob Costas on "Later"

Boosted ratings and gained celebrity as primary evening (6 PM) news anchor at KNBC-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"

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)

Worked as news reporter at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles

Bonus Trivia


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