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Walter Cronkite

Highest Rated:   100% Toots (2008)
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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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
67% The Man Who Saved the World
  • Actor
2015
50% One Pm Central Standard Time
  • Himself (Archival Footage)
2013
92% Our Nixon
  • Actor
$19.7k 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 Avoiding Armageddon
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Proud to Serve
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Heroes of World War II
  • 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
No Score Yet 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!
  • 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 Dinosaur! - Birth of Legend: Tale of An Egg
  • Narrator
1991
No Score Yet Man on the Moon with Walter Cronkite
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet America's Cup 1987: The Walter Cronkite Report
  • NarratorHost
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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RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Host
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002

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