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Bill O'Reilly



Known for his confrontational style, political commentator Bill O'Reilly's career in journalism begun in the 1970s, when he worked as a reporter and columnist for several newspapers and local publications during his college years at Boston University. A far cry from his later position as a key figure in mainstream conservative media, some of O'Reilly's early years in broadcasting were spent as a movie critic and entertainment writer for The Miami Herald. After working as a news correspondent for television stations in Pennsylvania and Texas, CBS sent O'Reilly to Argentina to cover the wars in El Salvador and the Falkland Islands.



O'Reilly's career continued to grow throughout the 1980s, but his "big break," so to speak, came in the form of Inside Edition, a tabloid gossip and news program in the same vein as A Current Affair. After replacing David Frost as Inside Edition's anchorman, O'Reilly went on to cover various historic milestones, including the Los Angeles riots and the fall of the Berlin Wall. O'Reilly chose to further his education in the mid-'90s, ultimately earning a master's degree from the prestigious Harvard University. Shortly afterward, O'Reilly met a pivotal figure in his career: Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of the Fox News Channel. Ailes hired O'Reilly to anchor The O'Reilly Factor, which quickly became the standard in a growing arena of political media, particularly among conservatives. The Factor's popularity spawned numerous book deals and contributed heavily to the popularity of O'Reilly's similarly formatted radio show. Perhaps the surest mark of success, Bill O'Reilly's trademark aggression toward his interviewees and a multitude of government figures eventually served as inspiration for Stephen Colbert, who modeled his television persona on the highly popular Colbert Report after O'Reilly. Colbert affectionately referred to O'Reilly as "Papa Bear."



In 2010, O'Reilly was ranked number four on Newsweek's "Power 50" list of the 50 highest-earning political figures of the year.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
11% Man Down
  • Himself
2016
51% Live From New York!
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Killing Lincoln
  • Executive Producer
2013
56% Killing Kennedy
  • Executive Producer
2013
50% Decoding Deepak
  • Actor
2012
0% Last Ounce of Courage
  • Himself
2012
32% Sarah Palin: You Betcha!
  • Actor
2011
35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Bill O'Reilly
2011
72% Iron Man 2
  • Himself
2010
No Score Yet Killer at Large: Why Obesity Is America's Greatest Threat
  • Actor
2009
11% An American Carol
  • Bill O'Reilly
2008
88% War Made Easy
  • Actor
2007
60% Al Franken: God Spoke
  • Actor
2006
57% WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The First Amendment Project
  • Actor
  • Director
2004

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Rizzoli & Isles
2010-2016
  • Himself
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Appearing
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing

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