Television Hall of Fame

by Sylviastel | created - 11 Apr 2015 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

Joyce Hall 1985

I Love Lucy (First television series to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990).

Thomas Murphy 2008

1. Lucille Ball

Actress | I Love Lucy

The woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Her father died before she was four, and her mother worked several jobs, so she and her younger brother were raised by their ...

1984

2. Milton Berle

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Milton Berle was born Milton Berlinger on July 12, 1908, in New York City, to Sarah (Glantz) and Moses Berlinger, a paint and varnish salesman. He was educated at New York Professional Children's School and began performing at age 5. His first stage appearance was in "Florodora" in Atlantic City, ...

1984

3. Paddy Chayefsky

Writer | Network

Author, producer and composer who earned a Bachelor of Science degree from CCNY, then a Purple Heart during World War II while serving in the US Army. Joining ASCAP in 1955, his chief musical collaborators included George Bassman and Harry Warren. His popular-song compositions include "Marty" and "...

1984

4. Norman Lear

Writer | All in the Family

Norman Lear is a World War II veteran, actor, writer, producer, director, and creator of such legendary sitcoms that defined and revolutionized American television.

Norman Milton Lear was born in New Haven, Connecticut, to Enie/Jeanette (Sokolovsky) and Hyman "Herman" Lear, a traveling salesman. His...

1984

5. Edward R. Murrow

Producer | See It Now

Pioneering radio and TV reporter who was the dominant figure in American broadcast journalism during its early years. His dramatic, in-person coverage of the Anschluss (German union with Austria), the 1939 German-Soviet invasion of Poland, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, brought him widespread...

1984

6. William Paley

Self | The 1st TV Academy Hall of Fame

William Paley was born on September 27, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as William Samuel Paley. He was married to Barbara Cushing and Dorothy Jones Hart . He died on October 26, 1990 in New York City, New York, USA.

1984

7. David Sarnoff

Actor | Susan and God

David Sarnoff was one of the giants of 20th Century mass media as the head of Radio Corp. of America (RCA) and the National Broadcasting System (MBC). Sarnoff, who was of Jewish descent, was born on February 27, 1891 in Belarus in the old Russian Empire and emigrated with his family to the United ...

1984

8. Carol Burnett

Actress | The Carol Burnett Show

The entertainment world has enjoyed a five-decade love affair with comedienne/singer Carol Burnett. A peerless sketch performer and delightful, self-effacing personality who rightfully succeeded Lucille Ball as the carrot-topped "Queen of Television Comedy," it was Burnett's traumatic childhood ...

1985

9. Sid Caesar

Actor | Grease

Comedian, saxophonist, composer, actor and musician, he performed within the orchestras of Charlie Spivak, Shep Fields and Claude Thornhill as saxophonist. Later, as super-hip jazz musician "Cool Cees" in television skits, he played tenor saxophone, and sang with the satirical trio "The Hair Cuts" ...

1985

10. Walter Cronkite

Actor | Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776

Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri, the only child of Helen Lena (Fritsche) and Walter Leland Cronkite, a doctor. Throughout his early career, Cronkite worked with newspapers. During World War II, he served as a news reporter. In 1950, Cronkite became a journalist. He ...

1985

11. Rod Serling

Writer | The Twilight Zone

John Phillips is the name used by longtime television and film writer Rod Serling when he asked that his real name be removed as the writer of the pilot episode of the series "The New People" in 1969. While Serling's name remained as series developer, he was sufficiently annoyed with ABC- TV's ...

1985

12. Ed Sullivan

Actor | Bye Bye Birdie

The beloved graven image of TV variety from 1948 to 1971 on CBS, Ed Sullivan originally made his name as a newspaper sportswriter, radio broadcaster and theater columnist for the New York Daily News. His column focused primarily on Broadway shows and juicy items about its stars. Hired in 1932 by ...

1985

13. Sylvester L. Weaver Jr.

Writer | Your Show of Shows

No one in the broadcast television industry -- in the U.S. or abroad -- will doubt for an instant that Sylvester (Pat) Weaver has been its foremost creative force. He was born in Los Angeles, California, to Elenor Isabel (Dixon) and Sylvester Laflin Weaver. From commercial television's nascent days...

1985

14. Steve Allen

Soundtrack | The Steve Allen Show

Steve Allen was born on December 26, 1921 in New York City, New York, USA as Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen. He was married to Jayne Meadows and Dorothy Goodman. He died on October 30, 2000 in Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA.

1986

15. Fred Coe

Producer | A Thousand Clowns

Fred Coe was born on December 23, 1914 in Alligator, Mississippi, USA as Frederick Haden Hughes. He was a producer and director, known for A Thousand Clowns (1965), Lights Out (1946) and Producers' Showcase (1954). He was married to Joyce Beeler and Alice Marie Griggs. He died on April 29, 1979 in ...

1986

16. Walt Disney

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Flora Disney (née Call) and Elias Disney, a Canadian-born farmer and businessperson. He had Irish, German, and English ancestry. Walt moved with his parents to Kansas City at age seven, where he spent the majority of ...

1986

17. Jackie Gleason

Actor | The Hustler

Comedian, actor, composer and conductor, educated in New York public schools. He was a master of ceremonies in amateur shows, a carnival barker, daredevil driver and a disc jockey., and later a comedian in night clubs. By the mid-1950s he had turned to writing original music and recording a series ...

1986

18. Mary Tyler Moore

Actress | Ordinary People

Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936, in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to Marjorie (Hackett) and George Tyler Moore, a clerk. Her maternal grandparents were English immigrants, and her father was of English, Irish, and German descent. Moore's family relocated to California when she was eight. Her ...

1986

19. Frank Stanton

Self | Premiere

Graduating from Ohio State University with a Ph.D. in psychology in 1935, his studies brought him to the attention of CBS founder William S. Paley who was interested in his work in audience research. He developed scientific methods for measuring radio listener ship, a forerunner of the devices used...

1986

20. Burr Tillstrom

Actor | Kukla, Fran and Ollie

Burr Tillstrom was born on October 13, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Franklin Burr Tillstrom. He is known for his work on Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1969), The Wizard of Oz (1950) and The Mikado (1954). He died on December 6, 1985 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

1986

21. Johnny Carson

Soundtrack | The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson, the legendary "King of Late Night TV" who dominated the medium's nether hours for three decades, was born in Corning, Iowa, but moved with his family to nearby Norfolk, Nebraska when he was eight years old. It was in Norfolk, where he lived until he was inducted into the US Navy in ...

1987

22. Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Producer | Le monde sans soleil

Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born on June 11, 1910, in Saint-André-de-Cubzac (Gironde) in France. He entered the naval academy in 1930, was graduated and became a gunnery officer. Then, while he was training to be a pilot, a serious car accident ended his aviation career. In order to rehabilitate his ...

1987

23. Leonard H. Goldenson

Producer | Orson Welles at Large: Portrait of Gina

Leonard H. Goldenson was born on December 7, 1905 in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, USA. He was a producer, known for Orson Welles at Large: Portrait of Gina (1958) and The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1990). He died on December 27, 1999 in Longboat Key, Florida, USA.

1987

24. Jim Henson

Writer | The Muppet Show

Jim Henson never thought that he would make a name of himself in puppetry; it was merely a way of getting himself on television. The vehicle that achieved it was Sam and Friends (1955), a late-night puppet show that was on after the 11:00 news in Washington DC. It proved to be very popular and ...

1987

25. Bob Hope

Actor | The Ghost Breakers

Comedian Bob Hope was born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, London, England, the fifth of seven sons of Avis (Townes), light opera singer, and William Henry Hope, a stonemason from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. His maternal grandmother was Welsh. Hope moved to Bristol before emigrating with his parents...

1987

26. Ernie Kovacs

Actor | The Ernie Kovacs Show

Author, actor, comedian, composer and producer. He was educated at the New York School of Theatre, and received the Sylvania Television Award. Joining the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1957, he composed a number of songs and themes, a number of which were used in ...

1987

27. Eric Sevareid

Actor | The Right Stuff

Eric Sevareid was born on November 26, 1912 in Velva, North Dakota, USA as Arnold Eric Sevareid. He was an actor and writer, known for The Right Stuff (1983), World News Roundup (1957) and CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite (1962). He was married to Suzanne St. Pierre, Belén Marshall and Lois ...

1987

28. Jack Benny

Actor | The Jack Benny Program

The son of a saloon keeper, Jack Benny (born Benny Kubelsky) began to study the violin at the age six, and his "ineptness" at it, would later become his trademark (in reality, he was a very accomplished player). When given the opportunity to play in live theatre professionally, Benny quit school ...

1988

29. George Burns

Actor | Oh, God!

George Burns was an American actor, comedian, singer, and published author. He formed a comedy duo with his wife Gracie Allen (1895-1964), and typically played the straight man to her zany roles. Following her death, Burns started appearing as a solo performer. He once won an Academy Award for Best...

1988 inductee with Gracie Allen.

30. Gracie Allen

Actress | A Damsel in Distress

Gracie Allen was born on July 26, 1895 in San Francisco, California, USA as Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen. She was an actress, known for A Damsel in Distress (1937), The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950) and The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939). She was married to George Burns. She died ...

1988 inductee with George Burns.

31. Chet Huntley

Actor | I Cheated the Law

Chet Huntley, a native of Bozeman, Montana, worked for Movietone News and then CBS radio in Los Angeles, as well as NBC TV in Los Angeles. His big break came when he moderated NBC coverage of the 1956 political conventions, when he was paired with former UPI reporter David Brinkley. This ...

1988 inductee with David Brinkley.

32. David Brinkley

Writer | FDR

Brinkley hosted This Week with David Brinkley from 1982 until his retirement in 1997. In 1992, he won a Peabody Award for his report on the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. As a news analyst, Brinkley was known for his terse, biting comments and his dry wit.

1988 inductee with Chet Huntley.

33. Red Skelton

Writer | The Red Skelton Show

The son of a former circus clown turned grocer and a cleaning woman, Red Skelton was introduced to show business at the age of seven by Ed Wynn, at a vaudeville show in Vincennes. At age 10, he left home to travel with a medicine show through the Midwest, and joined the vaudeville circuit at age 15....

1988

34. David Susskind

Producer | Eleanor and Franklin

David Susskind was born on December 19, 1920 in New York City, New York, USA as David Howard Susskind. He was a producer and writer, known for Eleanor and Franklin (1976), The DuPont Show of the Month (1957) and Death of a Salesman (1966). He was married to Joyce Davidson and Phyllis Briskin. He ...

1988

35. David L. Wolper

Producer | L.A. Confidential

David L. Wolper was born on January 11, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA as David Lloyd Wolper. He was a producer, known for L.A. Confidential (1997), Murder in the First (1995) and The Race for Space (1959). He was married to Gloria Hill, Dawn Richard and Toni Carroll. He died on August 10, ...

1988

36. Roone Arledge

Producer | ABC's Wide World of Sports

Roone Arledge was born on July 8, 1931 in Forest Hills, New York, USA as Roone Pinckney Arledge Jr. He was a producer and writer, known for ABC's Wide World of Sports (1961), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and 19th Summer Olympic Games (1968). He was married to Gigi Shaw, Ann Fowler and Joan ...

1989

37. Fred Astaire

Soundtrack | Funny Face

Fred Astaire was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Johanna (Geilus) and Fritz Austerlitz, a brewer. Fred entered show business at age 5. He was successful both in vaudeville and on Broadway in partnership with his sister, Adele Astaire. After Adele retired to marry in 1932, Astaire headed to Hollywood. ...

1989

38. Perry Como

Soundtrack | The Perry Como Show

In a singing (and sometimes acting) career that spanned over six decades, the name Perry Como has come to mean that warm, smooth, easy-listening, general-audience, slow-flame romance that characterized popular music in the 1940s, '50s and '60s. It has also come to represent an overall good feeling....

1989

39. Joan Ganz Cooney

Writer | Sesame Street

Joan Ganz Cooney was born on November 30, 1929 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA as Joan Ganz. She is a producer and writer, known for Sesame Street (1969), The Electric Company (1971) and 3-2-1 Contact (1980). She was previously married to Peter G. Peterson and Timothy Jeffries Cooney.

1989

40. Don Hewitt

Producer | 60 Minutes

Don Hewitt was born on December 14, 1922 in New York City, New York, USA as Donald Shepard Hewitt. He was a producer and director, known for 60 Minutes (1968), Years of Crisis (1950) and Who's Who (1977). He was married to Marilyn Berger, Frankie Hewitt and Mary Weaver. He died on August 19, 2009 ...

1989

41. Carroll O'Connor

Actor | All in the Family

Carroll was born in Manhattan and raised in Forest Hills, a heavily Jewish community in New York City's borough of Queens. After graduating from high school in 1942, O'Connor joined the Merchant Marines and worked on ships in the Atlantic. In 1946, he enrolled at the University of Montana to study ...

1989

42. Barbara Walters

Producer | The Barbara Walters Special

Barbara Walters was born on September 25, 1929 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Barbara Jill Walters. She is a producer and writer, known for The Barbara Walters Summer Special (1976), The View (1997) and 20/20 (1978). She was previously married to Merv Adelson, Lee Guber and Robert Henry Katz.

1989

43. Desi Arnaz

Producer | I Love Lucy

Desiderio Alberto Arnaz ye de Acha III was born in Santiago, Cuba on March 2, 1917. His father was the mayor of Santiago. The 1933 revolution led by Fulgencio Batista had landed his father in jail and stripped the family of its wealth, property and power. His father was released because of the ...

1990

44. Leonard Bernstein

Soundtrack | New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts

Renowned composer ("West Side Story", "Candide", "On The Town"), conductor, arranger, pianist, educator, author, TV/radio host, educated at the Boston Latin School and Harvard University (BA) with Walter Piston. Edward Burlingame Hill and A. Tillman Merritt. He studied piano with Helen Coates, ...

1990

45. James Garner

Actor | The Rockford Files

Amiable and handsome James Garner had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero/con-man persona he first developed in Maverick, the offbeat western TV series that shot him to stardom in the late 1950s.

James Garner was born James Scott ...

1990

46. Danny Thomas

Actor | Make Room for Daddy

Known primarily as a TV actor, he starred as a nightclub singer on the popular The Danny Thomas Show (1953).

He also served TV behind the cameras partnering with Sheldon Leonard and Aaron Spelling to create such shows as Dick Van Dyke's show, The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961), The Andy Griffith Show (...

1990

47. Mike Wallace

Self | 60 Minutes

Mike Wallace was born on May 9, 1918 in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA as Myron Leon Wallace. He was a producer and actor, known for 60 Minutes (1968), The Big Surprise (1955) and Suspense (1949). He was married to Mary Yates, Lorraine Perigord, Buff Cobb and Norma Kaphan. He died on April 7, 2012 ...

1990

48. Bill Cosby

Actor | The Cosby Show

Bill Cosby is one of the world's most well-known entertainers and comedians. William Henry Cosby, Jr. was born on July 12, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Anna Pearl (Hite), a maid, and William Henry Cosby, Sr., a U.S. Navy sailor. After tenth grade, Cosby joined the Navy and completed high...

1991

49. Andy Griffith

Actor | The Andy Griffith Show

Andy Griffith is best known for his starring roles in two very popular television series, The Andy Griffith Show (1960) and Matlock (1986). Griffith earned a degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the 1950s, he became a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) and ...

1991

50. Ted Koppel

Producer | Koppel on Discovery

Ted Koppel was born on February 8, 1940 in Lancashire, England as Edward James Martin Koppel. He is known for his work on Koppel on Discovery (2006), ABC News Nightline (1980) and Nightline Up Close (2002). He has been married to Grace Anne Koppel since May 17, 1963. They have four children.

1991

51. Sheldon Leonard

Producer | Make Room for Daddy

Sheldon Leonard was born in New York City's lower Manhattan, the son of Jewish parents. He studied acting at Syracuse University and, after graduating, landed a job on Wall Street. Following the Wall Street crash of 1929, he found himself unemployed and resolved to become a professional actor on ...

1991

52. Dinah Shore

Soundtrack | The Dinah Shore Chevy Show

Her real name was Frances "Fanny" Rose Shore, and she was born in Winchester, Tennessee. Stricken with polio at 18 months of age, she recovered after receiving the Sister Kenny treatment. She became a cheerleader at Hume-Fogg High School in Nashville and went on to graduate from Vanderbilt ...

1991

54. John Chancellor

Self | Baseball

John Chancellor was born on July 14, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as John William Chancellor. He was married to Barbara Upshaw and Constance Herbert. He died on July 12, 1996 in Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

1992

55. Dick Clark

Self | Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Dick Clark was born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York on November 30, 1929 to Julia Fuller and Richard Augustus Clark. He had one older brother, Bradley, who was killed in World War II. At the age of 16, Clark got his first job in the mailroom of WRUN, a radio station in Utica, New York, which ...

56. Phil Donahue

Producer | Body of War

Phil Donahue was born on December 21, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Phillip John Donahue. He is an actor and producer, known for Body of War (2007), Donahue (1967) and Watching the Detectives (2008). He has been married to Marlo Thomas since May 21, 1980. He was previously married to Marge Cooney.

1992

57. Mark Goodson

Producer | Tattletales

Mark Goodson was born on January 14, 1915 in Sacramento, California, USA as Mark Leo Goodson. He was a producer and writer, known for Tattletales (1974), Password (1973) and What's My Line (1951). He was married to Suzanne Russell Waddell, Virginia McDavid and Bluma Neveleff. He died on December 18...

1992

58. Bob Newhart

Actor | The Rescuers

Bob Newhart is an American actor and stand-up comedian. His comedic style involves deadpan delivery of dialogue, a slight stammer when talking, and comedic monologues. He has cited earlier comedians George Gobel (1919-1991), Ray Goulding (1920-1990), and Bob Elliott (1923-2016) as his main ...

1992

59. Agnes Nixon

Writer | All My Children

Agnes Nixon was born on December 10, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Agnes Eckhardt. She was a writer and actress, known for All My Children (1970), One Life to Live (1968) and The City (1995). She was married to Robert Henry Nixon. She died on September 28, 2016 in Pennsylvania, USA.

1992

60. Jack Webb

Writer | Dragnet

John Randolph Webb was born in Santa Monica, California, to Margaret (Smith) and Samuel Chester Webb. His father left home before he was born; Webb would never know him. He was raised by his mother and maternal grandmother in dire poverty that preceded the Depression. Making things worse, Webb ...

1992

61. Alan Alda

Actor | M*A*S*H

Alan Alda was born on January 28, 1936 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo. He is known for his work on M*A*S*H (1972), The Four Seasons (1981) and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). He has been married to Arlene Alda since March 15, 1957. They have three children.

1994

62. Howard Cosell

Actor | Bananas

When you think of the words honesty, straight from the shoulder, and tell it like it is, you think of one man: Howard Cosell. Howard is best remembered as the greatest sportscaster in the history of sports. His way with words and ability of telling like it was, brought him fame not only in America,...

1994

63. Barry Diller

Producer | Top Five

Barry Diller was born on February 2, 1942 in San Francisco, California, USA as Barry Charles Diller. He is a producer, known for Top Five (2014), Five Came Back (2017) and Squawk Box (1995).

1994

64. Fred W. Friendly

Producer | CBS Reports

Fred W. Friendly was born on October 30, 1915 in New York City, New York, USA as Ferdinand Friendly Wachenheimer. He was a producer and editor, known for CBS Reports (1959), General Electric Theater (1953) and Montgomery Speaks His Mind (1959). He was married to Ruth Weiss Mark and Dorothy Greene. ...

1994

65. William Hanna

Producer | ABC Afterschool Specials

William Hanna was an animator, film director, and television producer. He was the co-founder of the company Hanna-Barbera, with his longtime partner Joseph Barbera.

Hanna was born in an Irish-American family, son of William John Hanna (1873-1949) and his wife Avice Joyce Denby. He was born in ...

1994 inductee with Joseph Barbera.

66. Joseph Barbera

Producer | ABC Afterschool Specials

Joseph Roland Barbera was an American animator, film director, and television producer. He was the co-founder of the company Hanna-Barbera, with his longtime partner William Hanna.

Barbera was born in an Italian-American family. His parents were barbershop-owner Vincent Barbera (1889-1965) and ...

1994 inductee with William Hanna.

67. Oprah Winfrey

Producer | The Oprah Winfrey Show

Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi, USA as Orpah Gail Winfrey. She is a producer and actress, known for The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) and A Wrinkle in Time (2018).

1994

68. Michael Landon

Actor | Little House on the Prairie

Michael Landon was born Eugene Maurice Orowitz, on Saturday, October 31st, 1936, in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. In 1941, he and his family moved to Collingswood, New Jersey.

When Eugene was in high school, he participated -- and did very well -- in track and field, especially javelin throwing, ...

1995

69. Richard Levinson

Writer | Columbo

Richard Levinson was born on August 7, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Richard Leighton Levinson. He was a writer and producer, known for Columbo (1971), Rehearsal for Murder (1982) and Murder, She Wrote (1984). He was married to Rosanna Huffman. He died on March 12, 1987 in Brentwood, ...

1995 inductee with William Link.

70. William Link

Writer | Columbo

William Link was born on December 15, 1933 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as William Theodore Link Jr. He is a writer and producer, known for Columbo (1971), Rehearsal for Murder (1982) and Murder, She Wrote (1984). He has been married to Margery Nelson since 1980.

1995 inductee with Richard Levinson.

71. Jim McKay

Self | ABC's Wide World of Sports

Jim McKay was born on September 24, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as James Kenneth McManus. He was a writer and actor, known for ABC's Wide World of Sports (1961), Miracle (2004) and The Verdict Is Yours (1958). He was married to Margaret Dempsey. He died on June 7, 2008 in Monkton, ...

1995

72. Bill Moyers

Writer | Bill Moyers' Journal

Bill Moyers was born on June 5, 1934 in Hugo, Oklahoma, USA. He is known for his work on Bill Moyers' Journal (1972), Creativity with Bill Moyers (1982) and Trade Secrets: A Moyers Report (2001). He has been married to Judith Davidson Moyers since December 18, 1954. They have three children.

1995

73. Dick Van Dyke

Actor | Mary Poppins

Dick Van Dyke was born Richard Wayne Van Dyke in West Plains, Missouri, to Hazel Victoria (McCord), a stenographer, and Loren Wayne Van Dyke, a salesman. His younger brother is entertainer Jerry Van Dyke. His ancestry includes English, Scottish, German, Swiss-German, and Dutch. Although he'd had ...

1995

74. Betty White

Actress | The Proposal

Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess (Cachikis), a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive for the Crouse-Hinds Electric Company. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent.

Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic ...

1995

75. Edward Asner

Actor | Up

Ed Asner is a television legend, the winner of seven acting Emmy Awards (which puts him tied with Mary Tyler Moore, both of whom rank second to their "The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970) Show" co-star, Cloris Leachman who has nine). In all, he has been nominated 20 times for an Emmy Award, with 17 ...

1996

76. Steven Bochco

Writer | Hill Street Blues

Attended Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie-Mellon U) as a playwriting major. Barbara Bosson, Michael Tucker, Bruce Weitz and Charles Haid were classmates; he and Tucker drove cross-country to Hollywood for full-time jobs at Universal, where Bochco would remain for 12 years. In 1978, he moved to MTM ...

1996

77. Marcy Carsey

Producer | The Cosby Show

Marcy Carsey was born on November 21, 1944 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA as Marcia Lee Peters. She is a producer, known for The Cosby Show (1984), Roseanne (1988) and 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996). She was previously married to John Jay Carsey.

1996 inductee with Tom Werner.

78. Tom Werner

Producer | The Cosby Show

Tom Werner was born on April 12, 1950 in New Jersey, USA. He is a producer, known for The Cosby Show (1984), 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996) and Roseanne (1988).

1996 inductee with Marcy Carsey.

79. Charles Kuralt

Writer | CBS News Sunday Morning

Charles Kuralt was born on September 10, 1934 in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for CBS News Sunday Morning (1979), CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite (1962) and Gauguin in Tahiti: The Search for Paradise (1967). He was married to Suzanna Baird and Sory Guthery...

1996

80. Angela Lansbury

Actress | The Manchurian Candidate

Angela Lansbury was born on October 16, 1925 in Regent's Park, London, England as Angela Brigid Lansbury. She is an actress and producer, known for The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Anastasia (1997) and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). She was previously married to Peter Shaw and Richard Cromwell.

1996

81. Aaron Spelling

Producer | Charlie's Angels

Aaron Spelling graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Before that, he attended Forest Avenue High. He started as a writer and sold his first script to Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (1955). He wrote for various television shows, ...

1996

82. Lew Wasserman

Self | UCLA & Los Angeles: A Legacy of Leadership

Lew Wasserman was born on March 22, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Louis Robert Wasserman. He was married to Edie Wasserman. He died on June 3, 2002 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.

1996

83. James L. Brooks

Writer | Broadcast News

James L. Brooks was born on May 9, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as James Lawrence Brooks. He is a writer and producer, known for Broadcast News (1987), As Good as It Gets (1997) and Terms of Endearment (1983). He was previously married to Holly Holmberg Brooks and Marianne Catherine Morrissey.

1997

84. Garry Marshall

Actor | Never Been Kissed

Garry Marshall was born on November 13, 1934 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Garry Kent Maschiarelli. He was a writer and producer, known for Never Been Kissed (1999), A League of Their Own (1992) and Pretty Woman (1990). He was married to Barbara Marshall. He died on July 19, 2016 in...

1997

85. Quinn Martin

Producer | The Fugitive

During the early 1970s QM Productions through its owner Quinn Martin dominated the action adventure television series genre. At one time QM produced more hours of network television programs per week than any other independent production company. Perhaps one of Martin's most lasting contributions ...

1997

86. Diane Sawyer

Self | ABC Evening News

Diane Sawyer was born on December 22, 1945 in Glasgow, Kentucky, USA as Lila Diana Sawyer. She is a writer, known for ABC World News Tonight with David Muir (1953), 20/20 (1978) and Primetime (1989). She was previously married to Mike Nichols.

1997

87. Grant Tinker

Producer | Going Places

Grant Tinker was born on January 11, 1926 in Stamford, Connecticut, USA as Grant Almerin Tinker. He was a producer, known for Going Places (1973), Great Television Moments: What We Watched (1993) and Time Machine (1991). He was married to Brooke Knapp, Mary Tyler Moore and Ruth Prince Byerly. He ...

1997

88. Herbert Brodkin

Producer | Holocaust

Herbert Brodkin was born on November 9, 1912 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a producer and actor, known for Holocaust (1978), The Alcoa Hour (1955) and Goodyear Playhouse (1951). He was married to Patricia M. Brodkin. He died on October 29, 1990 in New York City.

1999: producer.

89. Robert MacNeil

Actor | Hamlet

Robert MacNeil was born on January 19, 1931 in Montréal, Québec, Canada as Robert Breckenridge Ware Macneil. He is a writer and actor, known for Hamlet (2000), PBS NewsHour (2009) and The Story of English (1986). He was previously married to Donna Joy Nappi, Jane Jacobsen Doherty and Rosemarie Anne...

1999 inductee with Jim Lehrer.

90. Jim Lehrer

Actor | Zoolander 2

Jim Lehrer was born on May 19, 1934 in Wichita, Kansas, USA as James Charles Lehrer. He was a writer, known for Zoolander 2 (2016), Viva Max (1969) and PBS NewsHour (2009). He was married to Kate Tom Staples. He died on January 23, 2020 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.

1999 inductee with Robert MacNeil.

91. Lorne Michaels

Producer | Saturday Night Live

Lorne Michaels was born on November 17, 1944 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Lorne Michael Lipowitz. He is a producer and writer, known for Saturday Night Live (1975), 30 Rock (2006) and The Kids in the Hall (1988). He has been married to Alice Barry since 1991. They have three children. He was ...

1999

92. Carl Reiner

Actor | Ocean's Eleven

Carl Reiner is a legend of American comedy, having achieved great success as a comic actor, a director, producer and recording artist. He has won nine Emmy Awards, three as an actor, four as a writer and two as a producer. He also won a Grammy Award for his "2,000 Year Old Man" album, based on his ...

1999

93. Fred Rogers

Actor | MisteRogers' Neighborhood

Fred Rogers was the host of the popular long-running public television children's show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. The show debuted in Pittsburgh in 1967 and was picked up by PBS the next year, becoming a staple of public TV stations around the United States. Rogers' mild manner, cardigan sweaters...

1999

94. Fred Silverman

Producer | CBS Summer Playhouse

Fred Silverman was born in 1937, and quickly grew up into the television business. After starting out in the mail-room of ABC-TV in the late 1950s, he rose to director of program development at WGN-TV, Chicago in the early '60s. One day, he abandoned his car during a snowstorm and boarded a plane ...

1999

95. Ethel Winant

Producer | Ronin

Ethel Winant was born on August 5, 1922 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA as Ethel Doris Wald. She was a casting director and producer, known for Ronin (1998), George Wallace (1997) and World War II: When Lions Roared (1994). She was married to H.M. Wynant. She died on November 29, 2003 in West ...

1999

96. Tim Conway

Actor | The Private Eyes

Funny man Tim Conway was born on December 15th, 1933 in Willoughby, Ohio, to Sophia (Murgoiu) and Daniel Conway, a pony groomer. He was a fraternity man at Bowling Green State University, served in the army, and started his career working for a radio station.

Conway got into comedy when he started ...

2002 inductee with Harvey Korman.

97. Harvey Korman

Actor | Blazing Saddles

Harvey Korman was a lanky, popular TV comedy veteran with a flair for broad comic characterizations, who shone for a decade as leading man and second banana par excellence on The Carol Burnett Show (1967).

Harvey Herschel Korman was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Ellen (Blecher) and Cyril Raymond ...

2002 inductee with Tim Conway.

98. John Frankenheimer

Director | The Manchurian Candidate

Born in New York and raised in Queens, John Frankenheimer wanted to become a professional tennis player. He loved movies and his favorite actor was Robert Mitchum. He decided he wanted to be an actor but then he applied for and was accepted in the Motion Picture Squadron of the Air Force where he ...

2002

99. Bob Mackie

Costume_department | Rocketman

Bob Mackie was born on March 24, 1940 in Monterey Park, California, USA as Robert Gordon Mackie. He is known for his work on Rocketman (2019), The Carol Burnett Show (1967) and The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971). He was previously married to Lulu Porter.

2002

100. Jean Stapleton

Actress | All in the Family

Jean Stapleton was born Jeanne Murray in Manhattan, New York City, to Marie A. (Stapleton), an opera singer, and Joseph Edward Murray, a billboard advertising salesman. Her paternal grandparents were Irish. She was a cousin of actress Betty Jane Watson. Other relatives in show business were her ...

2002



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