Walter Cronkite

News anchor, Reporter, Writer
Known as Uncle Walter to millions of Americans, and "Old Iron Pants" to his former colleagues, anchorman Walter Cronkite was the face of "The CBS Evening News" (1948- ) for 19 years. In that time, Cronkite was a ... Read more »
Born: 11/04/1916 in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (181)

Billy Crystal: The Mark Twain Prize 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Toots 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The U.S. vs. John Lennon 2006 (Movie)

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Walter Cronkite: Witness to History 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin 2004 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

CBS at 75: A Primetime Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2002 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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National Memorial Day Concert (2001) 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Patty Hearst: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Right Stuff 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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To Heal a Heart 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

CBS Evening News 1948 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Fail Safe 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Golf Digests 50 Greatest Golfers 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Intimate Portrait: Lady Bird Johnson 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Person of the Century: CBS News/Time 100 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The American President 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

The Remarkable 20th Century 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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William S. Paley: The Eye of CBS 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Cold War 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1999 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Heart of Darkness 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Intimate Portrait: Lesley Stahl 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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John Glenn: Return to Space 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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NYTV: By the People Who Made It 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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On Common Ground 1999 (Movie)

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Silicon Valley: A 100 Year Renaissance 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Kennedy Center Honors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Uncommon Friends of the 20th Century 1999 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

War and Civilization 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

1968: The Year That Shaped a Generation 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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

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

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From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1998 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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G.I. Joe: The Ernie Pyle Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Kennedy Center Honors 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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

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4 Little Girls 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

David Brinkley: A Reporter's Life 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1997 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The 18th Annual CableACE Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Cronkite Remembers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Family Matters: Or Does It? 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Signal to Noise: Life With Television 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Smoke in the Eye 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Ape Man 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Christianity Reborn: Prayer and Politics 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1995 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Great Moments of Discovery 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Happily Ever After? 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Lessons For the Future 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Naked News 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The 16th Annual CableACE Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Drug Dilemma: War Or Peace? 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Search For Clean Air 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Van Cliburn 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1994 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Legend to Legend Night 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Missions to the Moon 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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One on One: Classic Television Interviews 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Our Families, Our Future 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Space: Last Frontier or Lost Frontier? 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The 15th Annual CableACE Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Victory Over Violence 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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What's Ailing Medicine 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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When America Trembled -- Murrow/McCarthy 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Who Killed JFK: The Final Chapter? 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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World of Nature: The Holy Land 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1993 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The American Television Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story 1993 (Movie)

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Dinosaur! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Ethics in American Business 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1992 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Our Children at Risk 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Fifteen Years of MacNeil/Lehrer 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1991 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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An Evening With Alan Jay Lerner 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Can't Afford to Grow Old 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Edward R. Murrow: This Reporter 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1990 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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How to Prevent a Heart Attack 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Hans Christian Andersen Awards 1988 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1989 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Valvoline National Driving Test 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Campaign '88: The Democratic Convention 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Campaign '88: The Republican Convention 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1988 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Nixon in China 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Walter Cronkite at Large 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1987 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Walter Cronkite at Large 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Walter Cronkite at Large 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1986 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Texas 150: A Celebration Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Hiroshima Plus 40 Years... And Still Counting 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Honor, Duty and a War Called Vietnam 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Terrorism: War in the Shadows 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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I, Leonardo: A Journey of the Mind 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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The Dream Is Alive 1984 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Walt Disney... One Man's Dream 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Walter Cronkite's Universe 1979 - 1982 (TV Show)

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CBS: On the Air 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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You Are There 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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The Newsreel Era - 70 Years of Headlines 1971 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Twentieth Century 1957 - 1966 (TV Show)

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Air Power 1956 - 1958 (TV Show)

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A Private Battle (TV Show)

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Borderline Medicine (TV Show)

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Breaking the News (TV Show)

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Children of Apartheid (TV Show)

Narrator

Cronkite Remembers (TV Show)

Actor

Every Breath You Take (TV Show)

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Godspeed John Glenn (TV Show)

Narrator

Harry Hopkins: At FDR's Side (TV Show)

Narrator

Help Unwanted (TV Show)

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Korean War Stories (TV Show)

Narrator

Liberty Kids (TV Show)

Voice

Making Welfare Work (TV Show)

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The Faltering Dream (TV Show)

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Tobacco Wars (TV Show)

Narrator

Watergate: The Secret Story (TV Show)

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Where Do We Fight? (TV Show)

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You Are There (TV Show)

Narrator
Editor (28)

The Bible: Exodus 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

The Bible: Genesis 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

The Inferno 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

Upton Sinclair's The Jungle 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

Crime and Punishment 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

Madame Bovary 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

Dracula 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

Lord of the Flies 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

The Naked and the Dead 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Editor

Galileo 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

The Great Gatsby 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

Catch-22 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

Don Quixote 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

Gulliver's Travels 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

Moby Dick 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

Native Son 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

Plato's Republic 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

The Odyssey 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

The Prince 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

The Scarlet Letter 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

Huck Finn 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

Alice in Wonderland 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

Beyond Genesis -- The Orgin of Species 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

Frankenstein -- The Making of a Monster 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

Le Morte D'Arthur: The Legend of Arthur 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

The Art of War 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

War of the Worlds 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

Walden (TV Show)

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Producer (5)

1984 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Les Miserable 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Grapes of Wrath 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

All Quiet on the Western Front 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lessons For the Future 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (1)

Lessons For the Future 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Writer
Other (1)

Apollo 13 1995 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Biography

Known as Uncle Walter to millions of Americans, and "Old Iron Pants" to his former colleagues, anchorman Walter Cronkite was the face of "The CBS Evening News" (1948- ) for 19 years. In that time, Cronkite was a reassuring presence in the face of the greatest - and often tragic - events of the 20th century. From his start as a wire reporter for the United Press during World War II, Cronkite cultivated a reputation for delivering clean, unembellished news that was bolstered by an intense drive to fact-check every detail. Though at first reluctant to make the switch from print to the burgeoning world of television in the early 1950s, Cronkite became one of the pioneers of onscreen journalism, often creating the methods of reporting later generations of television reporters took for granted. When he became the anchor of CBS News in 1962, Cronkite had a unique viewpoint from which to observe one of the country's most turbulent times, reporting on the assassination of a president, a destructive war overseas and the eventual resignation of another president. Through it all, America looked to Uncle Walter for comfort and unnerving perspective, making Cronkite the "most trusted man" in America for over half a century.

Relationships

Nancy Elizabeth Cronkite

Daughter
Mother, Betsy Cronkite

Walter Leland Cronkite III

Son
Mother, Betsy Cronkite

Walter Cronkite

Father

Betsy Cronkite

Wife
Met while working as the sports announcer for KCMO in Kansas City married from 1940 until her death in 2005

Helen Cronkite

Mother
Died in 1993 at the age of 101

Mary Cronkite

Daughter
Mother, Betsy Cronkite

Joanna Simon

Companion
Carly Simon's older sister began dating in late 2005

EDUCATION

University of Texas at Austin

Austin , Texas 1935
Wrote for The Daily Texan, while simultaneously working for the Houston Press as their campus correspondent; left school in 1935 to focus on journalism full time

San Jacinto High School

Houston , Texas

Milestones

2006

The 90-minute documentary "Walter Cronkite: Witness to History" was aired on PBS

2006

Provided the voiceover introduction to the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric"

2005

Appeared briefly in the documentary "The American Ruling Class"

2005

Contributed to The Huffington Post

2003

Wrote a syndicated opinion column for King Features Syndicate

2002

Voiced Benjamin Franklin in the educational series, "Liberty's Kids"

1997

Narrated the eight-part Discovery Channel special "Cronkite Remembers"

1997

Successfully underwent heart bypass surgery to repair

1995

Provided the voice of the titular book in the Broadway revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"

1995

Broadway debut, providing voice-over for "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"

1995

Provided the voice of Captain Neweyes in the animated film "We're Back: A Dinosaur's Story"

1992

Signed a three year deal with Discovery Communications, parent company of the Discovery Channel and the Learning Channel to anchor, executive produce, and executive edit various projects

1986

Was the narrator's voice in the EPCOT Center attraction, "Spaceship Earth," at Walt Disney World

1985

Narrated the IMAX film about the Space Shuttle, "The Dream is Alive"

1980

Had a cameo role in the film "A Private Battle"

1979

Hosted a 30-minute series on the complexities of modern life, "Walter Cronkite's Universe" (CBS)

1974

Made a cameo appearance as himself in an episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS)

1968

Remembered for his coverage of the landing of the first manned spacecraft on the moon

1963

Widely remembered for breaking the news of the death of President John F. Kennedy

1962

Succeeded Douglas Edwards as anchorman of the "CBS Evening News"

1957

Narrated the long-running documentary program "The 20th Century" (CBS); renamed "The 21st Century" in 1967

1953

Hosted CBS' reenactment series that covered famous historical events, "You Are There"

1952

Anchored the first nationally-televised Democratic and Republican National Conventions

1950

Recruited by Edward R. Murrow to join CBS News

1937

Began working for the United Press Wire Service; reassigned by the wire service to their New York office in 1941

1936

Returned to Kansas City, MO and worked as an announcer for KCMO

Began working at WTOP-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C.

Was a reporter for The Houston Press as as their campus correspondent

Was the chief correspondent at Nuremberg trials and served as the bureau chief in Moscow for two years

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1985.

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In December 1998, the American Society of the French Legion of Honor gave Cronkite its highest award, the Medal for Distinguished Achievement.

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He is a chevalier in the French Legion of Honor.

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In 1984, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, which is part of Arizona State University was named after him.

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In June 2009, Walter Cronkite’s family said that he was seriously ill with cerebrovascular disease.

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