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Also Known As: James Kenneth Mcmanus Died: June 7, 2008
Born: September 24, 1921 Cause of Death: natural causes
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: sportscaster, sports anchor

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Jim McKay was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. In 1961, he hosted ABC's influential "Wide World of Sports." In 1994, he was the studio host for the FIFA World Cup coverage. In 1950, he hosted a variety show for CBS in New York. In 1955, he hosted the NBC game show "Make the Connection." In 1947, he joined the TV station WMAR-TV in Baltimore. McKay began his entertainment career acting in films like the comedy "The World's Greatest Athlete" (1973) with Tim Conway. He appeared in a number of television specials, including "The Dorothy Hamill Special" (1976-77), "The Kentucky Derby" (ABC, 1985-86) and "The Preakness Stakes" (ABC, 1985-86). In the eighties, McKay devoted his time to various credits, such as "The Calgary Olympic Holiday Special" (ABC, 1987-88), "U.S. Figure Skating Championships" (ABC, 1987-88) and "100th Tournament of Roses Parade (ABC/89)" (ABC, 1988-89). He also worked on "101st Tournament of Roses Parade (ABC/90)" (ABC, 1989-1990). Additionally, he could be seen on a variety of television specials like "World Figure Skating Championships Presented by MasterCard" (1995-96), "The 11th Annual Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame" (CBS, 1995-96) and...

Jim McKay was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. In 1961, he hosted ABC's influential "Wide World of Sports." In 1994, he was the studio host for the FIFA World Cup coverage. In 1950, he hosted a variety show for CBS in New York. In 1955, he hosted the NBC game show "Make the Connection." In 1947, he joined the TV station WMAR-TV in Baltimore. McKay began his entertainment career acting in films like the comedy "The World's Greatest Athlete" (1973) with Tim Conway. He appeared in a number of television specials, including "The Dorothy Hamill Special" (1976-77), "The Kentucky Derby" (ABC, 1985-86) and "The Preakness Stakes" (ABC, 1985-86). In the eighties, McKay devoted his time to various credits, such as "The Calgary Olympic Holiday Special" (ABC, 1987-88), "U.S. Figure Skating Championships" (ABC, 1987-88) and "100th Tournament of Roses Parade (ABC/89)" (ABC, 1988-89). He also worked on "101st Tournament of Roses Parade (ABC/90)" (ABC, 1989-1990). Additionally, he could be seen on a variety of television specials like "World Figure Skating Championships Presented by MasterCard" (1995-96), "The 11th Annual Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame" (CBS, 1995-96) and "The 123rd Kentucky Derby" (ABC, 1996-97). He also appeared in "The 122nd Preakness Stakes" (ABC, 1996-97) and "The 125th Kentucky Derby" (ABC, 1998-99). McKay last acted in the dramatic sports film "Miracle" (2004) with Kurt Russell. McKay passed away in June 2008 at the age of 87.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Miracle (2004)
2.
 Derby (1995) Himself
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 The World's Greatest Athlete (1973) Himself
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 2002 Olympic Winter Games (2002) Special Correspondent (Primetime) (Primetime) (Opening Ceremony) (Closing Ceremony)
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 Story of Golf, The (2000) Narration
10.
 Super Bowl XXXIV (2000) Correspondent
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Reporter for the <i>Baltimore Sun</i> newspaper
1947:
Joined the TV station WMAR-TV in Baltimore
1950:
Hosted a variety show for CBS in New york
1955:
Hosted the NBC game show "Make the Connection"
1961:
Hosted ABC's influential "Wide World of Sports"
1972:
Covered the Munich massacre at the Summer Olympics for ABC
1994:
Was the studio host for the FIFA World Cup coverage
2002:
Served as a special correspondent for NBC during the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City
2003:
Subject of an HBO documentary, "Jim McKay: My World In My Words"
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Education

Loyola Blakefield High School: Towson , Maryland -
Loyola College: Baltimore , Maryland - 1943

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wife:
Margaret KcManus. Retired reporter. Wrote for BALTIMORE SUN and also a syndicated column.

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son:
Sean Joseph McManus. Executive, former sports agent. President of CBS Sports; married Tracy Torre on May 23, 1998.

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