Hugh Downs | Biography

Posted On: 03 Aug, 2014


Hugh Downs | Biography

Quick Facts

Date of Birth February 14, 1921
Age 96 Years 8 Month(s)
Nationality American
Profession Broadcaster
Wife/Spouse Ruth Shaheen
Girlfriend No
Ethnicity White
Is Gay/Lesbian No
Divorced? No
Married Yes
Net Worth $20 Million Dollars
Height N/A
Weight N/A
Children/Kids Deirdre Downs

Hugh Malcolm Downs was born on February 14, 1921, the St. Valentine’s day (his age is 93 years old) in Akron, Ohio, USA to Edith H. Downs and Milton Howard. He went to Lima Shawnee High School in Lima, Ohio and then to Bluffton College, also in Ohio. He did his bachelors level from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan between 1938 to 1941. He acted as a radio emcee and project chief at WLOK in Lima, Ohio, after his first year. Downs served quickly in the U.S. Armed force in 1943 and afterward joined as an anchor to the NBC radio system at WMAQ in Chicago, Illinois, where he existed until 1954. He did is masters’ degree from Columbia University in New York City in 1955.

Downs made his news telecast debut in 1945 from the WBBM-TV studio, a station then possessed by the Paramount Pictures. He turned into a TV consistent, reporting for Hawkins Falls in 1950, the first fruitful TV cleanser musical show, which was supported by Lever Brothers Surf cleanser. He likewise reported the Burr Tillstrom youngsters' show from Chicago’s NBC studios. In March 1954, he shifted to New York to acknowledge a position as anchor for Pat Weaver's The Home Show featuring Arlene Francis. That program aired till 1957. He also anchored Sid's Caesar's Hour in between 1956/ 57, and was also one of NBC Radio's Monitor "Communicators" between 1955 and 1959. Downs turned into a real TV "character" as Jack Paar's broadcaster on The Tonight Show from 1957, which he continued to host till 1962. On August 25, 1958, he simultaneously started a long run of 10 years, facilitating the first form of the amusement show Concentration. Likewise, he also hosted NBC's Today Show from 1962 to 1971, a long 9 years’ time. He was also a co-host of the TV program Not for Women Only alongside Barbara Walters in 1975/ 76. Downs additionally showed up as a panelist on the TV show To Tell the Truth. He has also been featured on the NBC sitcom Car 54, Where Are You? He has also denied working in many TV shows and has walked away from those chances.

His exact height is not provided on the internet and the details that has been, vary from one website to another. But assumptionally, he is 5 feet 9 inches tall. There have been many fake calls and news regarding his death on the media. It might be because of his old age that every time he is taken to the hospital for some health related reason, he is rumored to be dead. He is still alive, not in his best shape, but is doing well. A long working career, he has earned a lot of name and fame. His estimated net worth is 20 million US dollars. His wife is Ruth Shaheen, whom he married in 1944 just after his 23rd birthday. The couple has two children together, and lives happily with each other.

He is also famous for his lines and quotes like “A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” More of his quotes can be found and read on the internet. You can also read his biography or articles about him on different sites like Wikipedia. To stay updated with all his latest news, you could probably follow him on twitter.