Walter Cronkite

Highest Rated: 100% Toots (2008)
Birthday: Nov 4, 1916
Birthplace: Not Available
Regarded by millions as the paragon of on-air trustworthiness, intelligence, professionalism, and unabashed integrity, Walter Cronkite single-handedly invented American television news as a CBS correspondent during the 1950s, with the medium still in a somewhat embryonic state. A former United Press correspondent from St. Joseph, MO -- who would purportedly "go anywhere and do anything for a story, even ride a bomber or a glider into combat" -- Cronkite moved to CBS at the behest of the legendary Edward R. Murrow circa 1952, a position he held for 10 years. In that role, Cronkite carried American audiences through the Cold War, Korea, and other pivotal currents of the 1950s. He simultaneously hosted the eccentric, Sidney Lumet-directed series You Are There (CBS, 1953-1957), which featured reenactments of historical events presented as news broadcasts with Cronkite serving as anchor. As such, the venerable newsman concluded each broadcast with the now-infamous wrap-up: "What sort of a day was it? A day like all days, filled with those events that alter and illuminate our times -- and you were there."Cronkite graduated to head anchor of the CBS Evening News in 1961, a post he retained for 20 years, until Friday, March 6, 1981, when Dan Rather inherited the job. During that time, Cronkite famously reported on such subjects as the Kennedy assassinations, the Civil Rights movement, Vietnam, the Vietnam-era protests, the Arab-Israeli Six Day War, Watergate, and the Menachim-Begin peace accords. In fact, a large percentage of Americans who learned of those subjects from nightly news broadcasts did so through Cronkite's efforts simply because they trusted him.Save a role in 1980s little-seen drama A Private Battle, and voiceover work as Captain New Eyes in 1993's animated We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, Cronkite's feature film appearances are virtually nonexistent. His filmed work predominantly (and unsurprisingly) began after his retirement from full-time CBS work in 1981 and consists almost exclusively of hosting duties on dozens of documentary videos that intelligently treat a whirlwind of subjects, everything from South African segregation (Children of Apartheid, 1987) to welfare (Making Welfare Work, 1994) to homeland evangelical Christianity and its disturbing intersection with right-wing political factions (The Cronkite Reports: Christianity Reborn -- Prayer and Politics, 1995). Like many of his peers in the newsroom, Cronkite also made a handful of humorous guest appearances as himself on the popular CBS series Murphy Brown: one in 1989, one in 1993, and one in 1997. Cronkite died of cerebral vascular disease in July 2009.

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MOVIES

CREDIT
67% The Man Who Saved the World Actor 2015
50% One Pm Central Standard Time Himself (Archival Footage) 2013
No Score Yet We Choose Space! Actor 2012
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty Actor 2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots Actor 2010
71% Chelsea on the Rocks Actor 2009
No Score Yet JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America Actor 2009
No Score Yet Killer at Large: Why Obesity Is America's Greatest Threat Actor 2009
100% Toots Actor 2008
No Score Yet SS United States: Lady in Waiting Actor 2008
88% War Made Easy Actor 2007
No Score Yet Silent Wings: The American Glider Pilots of WWII Actor 2007
77% The U.S. vs. John Lennon Actor $1.1M 2006
No Score Yet Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater Actor 2006
No Score Yet The American Ruling Class Actor 2005
No Score Yet Journalists Killed In The Line Of Duty Actor 2005
No Score Yet Ronald Reagan: His Life and Times Actor 2004
No Score Yet Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed Himself 2004
85% Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism Actor $0.3M 2004
86% Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed Actor 2004
No Score Yet America's Choir: The Story of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Narrator 2004
No Score Yet Journalists Killed In The Line Of Duty Actor 2003
No Score Yet Heroes of World War II Actor 2003
No Score Yet Proud to Serve Actor 2003
No Score Yet The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia Actor 2002
No Score Yet On Common Ground Actor 2001
No Score Yet Images Century in Review Host 2000
No Score Yet Images Century in Review Host 2000
No Score Yet Images Century in Review Host 2000
No Score Yet 1968 Actor 1998
No Score Yet American Presidents: The Most Powerful Man on Earth Narrator 1998
No Score Yet War and Civilization Actor 1998
No Score Yet Ape Man: The Story of Human Evolution Host 1998
100% 4 Little Girls Actor 1997
100% The Troubles We've Seen: A History of Journalism in Wartime Actor 1994
No Score Yet Home Away from Home: The Yanks in Ireland Introduction 1994
No Score Yet Holocaust: In Memory of Millions Host 1994
No Score Yet Dinosaur! Narrator 1993
38% We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story Captain NewEyes 1993
No Score Yet Dinosaur! - Birth of Legend: Tale of An Egg Narrator 1991
No Score Yet Dinosaur! Narrator 1991
No Score Yet Dinosaur! The Tale of a Bone Actor 1991
No Score Yet Dinosaur! Narrator 1991
No Score Yet Dinosaur! The Tale of an Egg Actor 1991
No Score Yet Man on the Moon with Walter Cronkite Actor 1989
No Score Yet America's Cup 1987: The Walter Cronkite Report Narrator Host 1987
No Score Yet Vietnam War with Walter Cronkite Actor 1986
No Score Yet The Dream Is Alive Narrator 1985
No Score Yet Remembering Life Actor 1985
No Score Yet Vietnam: Chronicle of a War Narrator 1981

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CREDIT
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Host
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Avoiding Armageddon
2003
Appearing Narrator
  • 2003
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
Guest Voice Himself
  • 1997
  • 1993
  • 1989
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1970-1977
Himself
  • 1974

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