Bill Moyers

Birthday: Jun 5, 1934
Birthplace: Not Available
PBS mainstay Bill Moyers single-handedly reinvented televised American journalism during the 1970s, '80s, and '90s. Upholding a distinct tradition of broadcast journalism termed "deep think," which he inherited from the legendary Edward R. Murrow, Moyers specialized in probing sensitive, complex, and multilayered social issues affecting the international climate. Moyers diverged dramatically from Murrow, however, in his soft-spoken, consistently venerable southern delivery -- a delivery that quickly became one of his trademarks. This affable presence, coupled with Moyers' politically progressive stance and his insistence on probing all sides of an issue via extended conversations with international thinkers, helped the journalist draw millions of loyal viewers who stuck with him throughout numerous series runs. In the process, audiences helped turn Moyers into an American icon. Born June 5, 1934, in Hugo, OK, and raised in Texas, Moyers launched several careers, consecutively, as a young man. He started as a cub reporter on the Marshall News Messenger at age 16, and then attended the University of Texas as an undergraduate (the institution later awarded him with the Distinguished Alumni Award) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary as a graduate student, where he earned his Master of Divinity. Moyers subsequently established himself as a print journalist, and received appointments, in the 1960s, as Deputy Director of the Peace Corps for President John F. Kennedy and press secretary to President Lyndon B. Johnson. (An American Journalism Review survey in the early 2000s named Moyers as the finest press secretary in the history of the U.S. government.) Moyers resigned from his post under Johnson in January 1967 to sign on as publisher of Newsday, and spent several years in that role, before debuting as a television presence and personality in the early '70s, with Bill Moyers' Journal (1971-1976, 1979-1981). This intelligent and incisive news magazine program, produced by the PBS affiliate WNET 13 in New York, featured Moyers conducting in-depth conversations with personalities as disparate as Ronald Reagan, Andrew Young, and Jerry Brown. It also featured stories about relevant subjects affecting and shaping the sociopolitical landscape; a few of the many areas of emphasis included religion and spirituality, politics, geography, sexuality, economics, and gender issues. The program's über-conscientious avoidance of sensationalism set it apart from such competitors as 60 Minutes and -- in the late '70s -- 20/20.Alongside this initial success as a broadcast personality, Moyers published a series of instant best-sellers, many consisting of transcriptions of his programs. His bibliography includes the titles Listening to America, The Secret Government, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, Report from Philadelphia, Genesis, Fooling with Words: A Celebration of Poets and Their Craft, A World of Ideas I and II, and most recently, Moyers on America. In 1976, Moyers temporarily withdrew from PBS and wrapped production on the Journal series, signing on as senior news correspondent for CBS -- a position that lasted three years. After Journal resurfaced in 1979 and folded two years later, Moyers produced and hosted such limited-run series programs for PBS as Creativity with Bill Moyers (1982), Our Times with Bill Moyers (1983), and A Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill Moyers (1984). The episode of Creativity with Bill Moyers that featured Maya Angelou (and Moyers accompanying that author on a trip back to her Southern home) became a classic of broadcast journalism and documentary filmmaking, as well as an educational staple. In 1986, Moyers and his wife, Judith Davidson Moyers, co-founded a production company, Public Affairs Television, that has produced and released hundreds of hours of programming through their efforts, largely seen on public-television affiliates. Titles from the mammoth Public Affairs library include The Pow

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

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86% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You Actor $70.6K 2016
No Score Yet The 11th of September: Moyers in Conversation Actor 2001
No Score Yet The Face: Jesus In Art Narrator 2001
No Score Yet The Mythology of Star Wars Actor 1999
No Score Yet Facing the Truth with Bill Moyers Host 1999
No Score Yet Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Bill Moyers Host 1999
No Score Yet Language of Life With Bill Moyers Host 1995
No Score Yet Language of Life With Bill Moyers Host 1995
No Score Yet Language of Life With Bill Moyers Host 1995
No Score Yet Language of Life With Bill Moyers Host 1995
No Score Yet Language of Life With Bill Moyers Host 1995
No Score Yet Language of Life With Bill Moyers Host 1995
No Score Yet Language of Life With Bill Moyers Host 1995
No Score Yet Language of Life With Bill Moyers Host 1995
No Score Yet 20 Years of Listening to America Actor 1994
No Score Yet Moyers: The Power of the Word Host 1994
86% Manufacturing Consent - Noam Chomsky and the Media Actor 1993
No Score Yet Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers Host 1993
No Score Yet Bill Moyers: Healing and the Mind, Vol. 2 - The Mind/Body Connection Host 1993
No Score Yet Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers Host 1993
No Score Yet Moyers: God and Politics Actor 1992
No Score Yet Bill Moyers: Hate on Trial, Part 2 Host 1992
No Score Yet Bill Moyers: Hate on Trial, Part 1 Host 1992
No Score Yet Amazing Grace Actor 1992
No Score Yet Moyers: God and Politics Host 1992
No Score Yet Moyers: God and Politics Host 1992
No Score Yet Spirit and Nature Actor 1991
No Score Yet Moyers/Circle of Recovery Actor 1991
No Score Yet Facing Hate Host 1991
No Score Yet Faithkeeper Actor 1991
No Score Yet Moyers/Beyond Hate Host 1991
No Score Yet Power of the Past with Bill Moyers: Florence Host 1990
No Score Yet Amazing Grace With Bill Moyers Host 1990
No Score Yet A Gathering of Men Actor 1989
No Score Yet Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth Actor 1988
No Score Yet Pure Pete Seeger Actor 1956

TV

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No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet POV
1988
Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Frontline
1982
Reporter Host Screenwriter Appearing Host
  • 2013
  • 2001
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
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  • 2012
  • 2009
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
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  • 2011
  • 2008
  • 2005
No Score Yet Wide Angle
2002-2009
Anchor Appearing Host
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002

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