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Bob Costas

Highest Rated:   88% Head Games (2012)
Lowest Rated:   22% The Scout (1994)
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While the majority of professional American sports commentators, such as Mike Ditka and Terry Bradshaw, inherit that job after retiring from the "field," broadcaster extraordinaire Bob Costas marks something of an exception. Though overwhelmingly well-versed in a myriad of sports -- including baseball, basketball, football, and the Olympics -- Costas (at 5' 7," with a slender frame) -- never played any of those games professionally. Yet, ironically, many regard Costas as far better versed than the game-to-sideline "crossovers." When he arrived on the scene in the early '80s, Costas essentially reinvented sports broadcasting by imparting levels of articulation, intelligence, polish, insight, and wit that were, according to one publication, unseen since the retirement of Howard Cosell. But unlike Cosell, Costas projected a congenial aura and probed effectively, without grating. Born March 22, 1952, in Queens, NY, Costas attended Long Island's Commack South High and, as an undergraduate, Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Communications. In the late '70s, he announced games for the Spirits of St. Louis, held a position at KMOX radio in St. Louis, and worked -- very briefly -- for CBS, before NBC signed him as a broadcaster in 1980, under the aegis of Don Ohlmeyer. From that position, Costas' assignments included emceeing NFL, NBA, and MLB games, alongside such legends as Tony Kubek, Bob Uecker, Isiah Thomas, and Bob Trumpy. Sports Illustrated summed up the audience appeal of Costas in 1986 by asserting, "[Costas is] able to pull together an audience. He appeals to the Tommy Dorsey crowd because he can talk about the DiMaggios, worships the old ballparks, and knows when to be reverent.... But he also pulls in the baby-boomers because he's one of them, and he knows when to be irreverent." In late August 1988, Costas expanded his network responsibilities with NBC to include hosting a late-night, Monday-Thursday talk show, Later With Bob Costas. Each 30-minute telecast featured Costas chatting, amiably and casually, with a single guest, usually an actor, actress, sports hero, politician, or newscaster. Memorable bits included conversations with Chevy Chase, Valerie Harper, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mario Cuomo, Steve Allen, Wilt Chamberlain, Dan Rather, Richard Lewis, Wayne Gretzky, and innumerable others. The program debuted on August 22, 1988, and wrapped five and a half years later, on February 25, 1994. Beginning in 2005, Costas signed with HBO to host the sports news magazine program Costas Now. Alongside Costas' obvious contributions to filmed sporting events, his work in feature films and documentaries (like that of Cosell and Uecker) is somewhat limited, predominantly to cameos in such pictures as The Scout and The Paper (both 1994). Costas lent a voice-only cameo, as Jake, to a 1996 episode of Frasier, cameoed as himself in a 1999 episode of The Drew Carey Show, and -- as a close friend of the late, mythic Mickey Mantle -- participated in an extended interview for the eponymous documentary about that superstar, Mantle (2005). Costas also parodied himself by voicing an automobile, Bob Cutlass, in the Disney-Pixar animated feature Cars (2006).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The United States Of Football
  • Actor
2013
88% Head Games
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Chicago Cubs: The Heart and Soul of Chicago
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet On The Shoulders Of Giants
  • Actor
2011
74% Cars
  • Bob Cutlass
2006
No Score Yet Hello Again Everybody---The Harry Caray Story
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Mantle
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Greek Americans
  • Actor
2004
67% Michael Jordan to the Max
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Major League Baseball: All Century Team
  • Narrator
1999
42% BASEketball
  • Himself
1998
No Score Yet The Greek Americans
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Open Season
  • Himself
1996
22% The Scout
  • Himself
1994
88% The Paper
  • Himself
1994
No Score Yet Blood, Sweat & Glory
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet New York Yankees: The Movie
  • Himself
1987

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • Panelist
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
59% Go On
2012-2013
  • Bob Costas Himself
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Rock Center With Brian Williams
2011-2013
  • Reporter
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jim Rome on Showtime
2012-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
50% Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons
2016
  • Guest

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