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Also Known As: Howard William Cohen Died: April 23, 1995
Born: March 25, 1918 Cause of Death: heart embolism
Birth Place: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA Profession: sports announcer, TV commentator, sports columnist, TV host, sports writer, attorney

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Pioneer in sports journalism on radio and television who gave up a law career to enter broadcasting in 1953 with ABC Radio. Cosell became a media figure as the irascible commentator with his distinctive emphatic speech pattern on "Monday Night Football" for 14 years (1970-84) and "Monday Night Baseball" and televised fights for a total of forty years. He has guested as himself in sitcoms, series and in several made-for-TV movies and also played himself in three Woody Allen movies, "Bananas" (1971), "Sleeper" (1973) and "Broadway Danny Rose" (1984) among others. During the Vietnam War Cosell won a measure of notoriety by championing Muhammad Ali's right to become a conscientious objector. Cosell quit sports broadcasting when he felt that "Pro football has become a stagnant bore" and claimed that "I am tired of the hypocrisy and sleaziness of the boxing scene."

Pioneer in sports journalism on radio and television who gave up a law career to enter broadcasting in 1953 with ABC Radio. Cosell became a media figure as the irascible commentator with his distinctive emphatic speech pattern on "Monday Night Football" for 14 years (1970-84) and "Monday Night Baseball" and televised fights for a total of forty years. He has guested as himself in sitcoms, series and in several made-for-TV movies and also played himself in three Woody Allen movies, "Bananas" (1971), "Sleeper" (1973) and "Broadway Danny Rose" (1984) among others. During the Vietnam War Cosell won a measure of notoriety by championing Muhammad Ali's right to become a conscientious objector. Cosell quit sports broadcasting when he felt that "Pro football has become a stagnant bore" and claimed that "I am tired of the hypocrisy and sleaziness of the boxing scene."

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Johnny Be Good (1988) Himself
3.
 Casey at the Bat (1986) Narration
4.
 Casey at the Bat (1986) Ernie
5.
 Broadway Danny Rose (1984) Himself
6.
 Fighting Back (1980) Himself
7.
 Two-Minute Warning (1976) Himself
8.
 Connection, The (1973) Himself
9.
 The World's Greatest Athlete (1973) Himself
10.
 500-Pound Jerk, The (1973) Himself
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Served in the US Army Transportation Corps during WWII
1946:
Was an attorney in private practice in New York
1953:
Gave up law practice to join ABC radio as a sports commentator
1953:
Hosted first radio program which had Little League baseball players meeting Major League Players
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TV debut as host of "Sports Focus"
1959:
Announcer, "Prime Time Football"
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Worked as sports reporter for WABC, New York
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Was commentator for ABC's "Monday Night Football" for 14 years
1971:
Film debut as himself in "Bananas"
1973:
TV-movie debut as himself, "The Connection" and "The 500 Pound Jerk"
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Hosted "Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell"
1984:
Left TV after quitting "ABC's NFL Monday Night Football"
1986:
Began writing a column for the "New York Daily News"
1986:
Began serving as a faculty member of Brown University
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Hosted syndicated talk show, "Speaking of Everything"
1991:
Operated on to remove a malignant chest tumor
1992:
Retired from ABC radio's daily sportcast, "Speaking of Sports" and half-hour interview program, "Speaking of Everything" at the end of January
1994:
Inducted into the TV Hall of Fame by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
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Education

New York University: New York , New York - 1940

Notes

"Howard Cosell is the sort of sportscaster fans love to hate--loud, outrageous, opinionated, but a seasoned pro." --Tim Brooks ("The Complete Directory to Prime Time TV Stars 1946 to the Present", 1987)

Cosell founded Legend Productions, a TV production company responsible for such sports specials as "A Look Behind the Legend" about Babe Ruth, "Run to Daylight" about the Green Bay Packers championship teams of the 1960s and "One Hundred Yards to Glory" about the history of the Grambling College football program.

Cosell served as national chairperson to the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in 1976.

He was an editor of the New York University "Law Review".

Cosell has a scholarship in journalism at Brown University that was named in his honor (1986).

Cosell served as the historian for the Friars Club.

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wife:
Emmy Cosell. Married in 1944; died in 1990.

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father:
Isadore Cohen. Accountant.
mother:
Nellie Cohen.
brother:
Hilton Cohen. Older.
daughter:
Jill Cohane. Survived him.
daughter:
Hilary Salomon. Survived him.
grandson:
Justin Cohane. Survived him.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Great Moments in Sport: A Sport Magazine Anthology" McFadden-Bartell
"Cosell on Cosell" Playboy Press
"Like It Is" Playboy Press
"I Never Played the Game" William Morrow
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