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Jim McKay



An iconic sportscaster whose legacy is deeply intertwined with that of the terrorist kidnappings at the 1972 Munich Olympics (he was one of the very first to bring both the news of the initial assaults/murders and the news of the ill-fated liberation attempt to the viewing public), Jim McKay pioneered sports broadcasting via his longstanding assignment headlining ABC's Wide World of Sports. A native of Philadelphia, McKay served in the Navy during World War II and began his occupational life as a newspaper reporter, then made the short leap to television when The Baltimore Sun paper expanded from print news into broadcasting. Their nascent station had McKay host a daily three-hour sports commentary program, The Sports Parade, which prompted CBS to recruit him for a similar New York-based program, seen on their affiliates. As indicated, however, it was through ABC Sports that McKay made his most enduring mark; the network signed him as an announcer in the early '60s, on a lifetime contract, and it is estimated that (in the days of pre-satellite, pre-digital broadcasting) he journeyed over four million miles around the globe to find interesting and compelling sporting events to cover for the said network. McKay also emceed 12 Olympics (including the aforementioned 1972 games), and was granted special permission by ABC to relinquish his contract for coverage of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games with NBC -- his last Olympic assignment. McKay died of natural causes, at age 86, in June 2008.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Me At The Zoo
  • Executive Producer
2013
No Score Yet Life Support
  • Screenwriter
2006
69% Room
  • Executive Producer
2006
80% Angel Rodriguez
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2005
76% Brother to Brother
  • Producer
2004
80% Miracle
  • Himself
2004
75% Everyday People
  • Director
2004
No Score Yet Stranger Inside
  • Producer
2001
90% Our Song
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2001
79% The Sleepy Time Gal
  • Producer
2001
No Score Yet Nicklaus: A Final March Through the Majors
  • Presenter
2001
88% Spring Forward
  • Producer
2000
94% American Movie
  • Producer
1999
No Score Yet The Story of Golf
  • Actor
1999
88% Girls Town
  • Director
1995
No Score Yet No Alternative
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet The Thrill of Victory
  • Host
1992
No Score Yet The World's Greatest Athlete
  • Himself
1973

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
98% Treme
2010-2013
  • Director
84% Boss
2011-2012
  • Director
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Director
95% Breaking Bad
2008-2013
  • Director
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
  • Director
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Director
48% Hung
2009-2011
  • Director
96% The Wire
2002-2008
  • Director
64% BrainDead
2016
  • Director
96% The Americans
2013
  • Director
85% Big Love
2006-2011
  • Director
84% In Treatment
2008-2010
  • Director
No Score Yet Gossip Girl
2007-2012
  • Director
8% Betrayal
2013-2014
  • Director
42% Zero Hour
2013
  • Director
96% Mr. Robot
2015
  • Director
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Director
96% Rectify
2013
  • Director
72% Power
2014
  • Director

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