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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 "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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Joined the TV station WMAR-TV in Baltimore
Hosted a variety show for CBS in New York
Hosted the NBC game show "Make the Connection"
Hosted ABC's influential "Wide World of Sports"
Covered the Munich massacre at the Summer Olympics for ABC
Was the studio host for the FIFA World Cup coverage
Served as a special correspondent for NBC during the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City
Subject of an HBO documentary, "Jim McKay: My World In My Words"