Howard Cosell

Howard Cosell

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1918-03-25 · Deathday: 1995-04-23 (77 years old) · Gender: Male

12 Movies · 12 TV shows

Biography

Howard William Cosell (; né Cohen; March 25, 1918 – April 23, 1995) was an American sports journalist and author. Cosell became prominent and influential during his tenure with ABC Sports from 1953 until 1985.Cosell was widely known for his blustery, confident personality. Cosell said of himself, "Arrogant, pompous, obnoxious, vain, cruel, verbose, a showoff. There's no question that I'm all of those things." when he was nicknamed Humble Howard by the Buffalo Bills. In its obituary for Cosell, The New York Times described Cosell's effect on American sports coverage:He entered sports broadcasting in the mid-1950s, when the predominant style was unabashed adulation, [and] offered a brassy counterpoint that was first ridiculed, then copied until it became the dominant note of sports broadcasting.His style contrasted greatly with Ray Scott, who is understated, and often used very few words. He also brought an antagonistic, almost heel-like commentary, notably giving unfounded criticism of Terry Bradshaw when Cosell was introducing him in an interview.In 1993, TV Guide named Howard Cosell The All-Time Best Sportscaster in its issue celebrating 40 years of television.

Early Life

Cosell was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to accountant Isidore Cohen and his wife Nellie (Rosenthal) Cohen; his parents were Jewish. The grandson of a rabbi, he was raised in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Brooklyn public schools, including Alexander Hamilton High School. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from New York University, where he was a member of Pi Lambda Phi fraternity and Phi Beta Kappa. He then earned a law degree at New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the law review.The name of Cosell's grandfather was changed by immigration authorities when he entered the United States; Howard Cosell said he changed his name from "Cohen" to "Cosell" while a law student as a way to honor his father and grandfather by reverting to a version of his family's original Polish name.

Movies & TV shows

2019.

1 TV show
TV
What's My Name | Muhammad Ali

What's My Name | Muhammad Ali

2019
Ali had recordings of his own voice. The two-part documentary paints an intimate portrait of a man who was a beacon of hope and a symbol of humanity and understanding in his later years.

2011.

1 Movie
The Real Rocky

The Real Rocky

2011
Chuck Wepner is from New Jersey. He was abused by Sonny Liston, got his nose broken by Muhammad Ali, and inspired the movie "Rocky" which won three Academy Awards. After being left out of the "Rocky" ...

1998.

1 Movie
The Best of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts

The Best of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts

1998
Dean Martin hosts a video series that highlights memorable moments. "Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts" were a series of specials in the 1970s and 1980s that roasted famous people, such as Muhammad Ali and...

1996.

1 Movie
When We Were Kings

When We Were Kings

2
1996
It's 1974. Many people think Muhammad Ali is past his prime. George is ten years older than the champion of the world. Don King wants to make a name for himself and offers both fighters five million d...

1988.

1 Movie
Johnny Be Good

Johnny Be Good

1988
Johnny Walker is America's hottest young football prospect despite being short and scrawny. His dilemma: should he take one of the many offers from college talent scouts or should he attend the local ...

1985.

1 TV show
TV
Tall Tales & Legends

Tall Tales & Legends

1985
The success of her first series, Faerie Tale Theatre, led to the creation of Tall Tales & Legends. Nine episodes were adapted from American-based stories of bravery and ran from 1985- 1987 on The Disn...

1982.

1 Movie
Night of 100 Stars

Night of 100 Stars

1982
The most expensive and exhausting videotaping session in television history took place at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The event, for which ticket-buyers payed up to $1,000 a seat (tax-deductible...

1976.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Two-Minute Warning

Two-Minute Warning

1976
There is a plan to kill a lot of people at a football game. The police, led by Captain Peter Holly and Sergeant Button, rush to the scene after learning of the plot. As an all-star cast is lined up in...
TV
Battle of the Network Stars

Battle of the Network Stars

1976
Battle of the Network Stars was a series of competitions where television stars from ABC, CBS, and NBC would compete in various sporting events. A total of nineteen of these competitions were held, al...

1975.

1 TV show
TV
Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

6.36
1975
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...

1974.

2 Movies
Frank Sinatra: The Main Event

Frank Sinatra: The Main Event

1974
The Main Event was filmed live at Madison Square Garden, a venue usually reserved for sporting events and rock 'n' roll concerts.
O.J. Simpson: Juice on the Loose

O.J. Simpson: Juice on the Loose

1974
There is a documentary on the career of O.J. The upcoming running back for the Buffalo Bills is Simpson.

1973.

2 Movies
The Connection

The Connection

1973
An out-of-work newspaperman in need of money becomes the go-between for a jewel thief and an insurance company that wants to settle.
The World's Greatest Athlete

The World's Greatest Athlete

1973
Unless he can reverse the school's athletic fortunes, the college coach faces the ax. An African vacation with his assistant answers Archer's prayers when he sees the athletically gifted Nanu. Sam thi...

1971.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour

6
1971
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour is an American variety show starring Cher and her husband, Sonny Bono. The show ran on CBS in the US. The show was canceled in 1974 due to the couple's divorce, but the du...
Bananas

Bananas

3.5
1971
When a New Yorker is dumped by his activist girlfriend, he travels to a tiny Latin American nation and becomes involved in its latest rebellion.

1970.

2 TV shows
TV
The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple

6
1970
Felix and Oscar are no longer together. Felix and Oscar are neat and tidy. They share an apartment in Manhattan.
TV
The Flip Wilson Show

The Flip Wilson Show

4
1970
The Flip Wilson Show is a variety show that aired in the U.S. NBC aired from September 17, 1970 to June 27, 1974. One of the first American television programs starring a black person in the title rol...

1968.

2 TV shows
TV
The Dick Cavett Show

The Dick Cavett Show

1968
The Dick Cavett Show is a talk show hosted by Dick Cavett on various television networks.
TV
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

5
1968
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In is an American sketch comedy television program that ran for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968, to March 12, 1973, on the NBC television network. It was hosted by comedians ...

1965.

1 TV show
TV
The Dean Martin Show

The Dean Martin Show

6.67
1965
The Dean Martin Variety Show ran from 1966 to 1974 on TV. Dean Martin hosted it. The theme song for the series was "everybody loves somebody".

1964.

1 Movie
Run To Daylight

Run To Daylight

1964
A documentary is based on a book. The B & W film is a behind-the-scenes look at the Green Bay Packers from the beginning to the end of training camp in 1964.

1948.

1 TV show

Unknown Year.

1 TV show
TV
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts aired on NBC. In 54 specials and shows, Martin would roast a celebrity. The roasts were hosted by the New York Friars' Club. The format of The Dean Martin Show was to ...
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