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Born: January 14, 1919 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Albany, New York Profession:

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Cantankerous TV writer, correspondent and producer whose non-fiction segments on themes as seemingly mundane as doors, umbrellas or idioms have held the public's interest during his long tenure, from 1978 on, at the weekly TV news show "60 Minutes" (1968- ). Prior to "60 Minutes", Rooney was a TV writer, and then a writer-producer for CBS News Specials narrated by Harry Reasoner, including "An Essay on Hotels" (1965) and "The Strange Case of The English Language" (1968).Over the years, Rooney's crotchety broadcasts which close "60 Minutes" each week, and his other bully pulpit, his twice-a-week column for the Tribune Media Services, have made Rooney a constant in the popular culture of an older generation. With beetled brow, hangdog expression, sardonically droning his quips and cracker-barrel philosophy, Rooney is in many ways presented as a Will Rogers for the TV age. Unlike Rogers, though, who "never met a man he didn't like", Rooney has aroused the ire of minorities including African-Americans and gays and lesbians with his off-the-cuff remarks. At one point the furor even kept him off the air for a period of several months. Rooney's often amusing brand of sour humor on the topic of current...

Cantankerous TV writer, correspondent and producer whose non-fiction segments on themes as seemingly mundane as doors, umbrellas or idioms have held the public's interest during his long tenure, from 1978 on, at the weekly TV news show "60 Minutes" (1968- ). Prior to "60 Minutes", Rooney was a TV writer, and then a writer-producer for CBS News Specials narrated by Harry Reasoner, including "An Essay on Hotels" (1965) and "The Strange Case of The English Language" (1968).

Over the years, Rooney's crotchety broadcasts which close "60 Minutes" each week, and his other bully pulpit, his twice-a-week column for the Tribune Media Services, have made Rooney a constant in the popular culture of an older generation. With beetled brow, hangdog expression, sardonically droning his quips and cracker-barrel philosophy, Rooney is in many ways presented as a Will Rogers for the TV age. Unlike Rogers, though, who "never met a man he didn't like", Rooney has aroused the ire of minorities including African-Americans and gays and lesbians with his off-the-cuff remarks. At one point the furor even kept him off the air for a period of several months. Rooney's often amusing brand of sour humor on the topic of current events and his opining about the minutiae of daily life, though, has captivated many readers as well as his loyal TV watchers, with his 1981 book "A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney" which reached best-sellerdom.

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 Holocaust: The Untold Story (2001) Interviewee
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 60 Minutes at 30 (1998)
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 G.I. Joe: The Ernie Pyle Story (1998) Interviewee
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 CBS: The First 50 Years (1998) Interviewee
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wife:
Marguerite Rooney.

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daughter:
Emily Rooney. News producer. Married to TV newscaster Kirby Perkins; born c. 1948.
brother:
Brian Rooney. News correspondent.

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"The Fortunes of War"
"A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney" Atheneum
"Word for Word" G.P. Putnam's Sons
"Sincerely, Andy Rooney"
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