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Alistair Cooke (I) (1908–2004)


British-born American journalist and broadcaster. Cooke was born in Salford, Manchester: his father was an iron-fitter and Methodist lay-preacher. He grew up in Blackpool where his parents ran a guest house. Here he first came into contact with Americans, in the form of GIs on their way to fight in World War One. He won a scholarship to Jesus ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

Omnibus
Omnibus Himself - Host / Host / Himself / Everyman / Himself - commentary
(1952-1961)
The Congress
The Congress Himself - Journalist
(1988)
Masterpiece Classic
Masterpiece Classic Himself - Host
(1971-2008)

Filmography

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 2000 Stingers (TV Series)
S.O.G.
- Second Chance (2000) ... S.O.G.
 1988 Piece of Cake (TV Mini-Series)
- September 1939 (1988) ... (uncredited)
 1973 Hitler: The Last Ten Days
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1957 The Three Faces of Eve
Narrator
 1952-1956 Omnibus (TV Series)
Host / Everyman
- The American Musical Comedy (1956) ... Host
- The Nature of the Beast (1953) ... Host
- The Battler (1953) ... Host
- A Tale of Two Cities (1953) ... Everyman
- Vive! (1953) ... Host
 1952 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
- The Distaff Side (1952)
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Show Show Self (30 credits)
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Other Works:

Column, "Montreal Welcomes End of Segregation," Published in "The Manchester Guardian (UK)," 20 May 1954. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 83 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »
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Personal Quote:

On television, if you're getting intimate, you must look in people's eyes, which is why I've never used a teleprompter. You see the camera's eye is the eye of the audience, and you must look into it. For the "Masterpiece Theater" segments. I do six or seven a day, memorizing each one before it's to be filmed. See more »

Trivia:

A memorial service was held for him at London's Westminster Abbey on 15th October 2004. See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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