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Hugh Downs

Hugh Downs was born on February 14, 1921 in Akron, Ohio, USA as Hugh Malcolm Downs. He is an actor and producer, known for The Jack Paar Tonight Show (1957), 20/20 (1978) and Today (1952). He has been married to Ruth Shaheen since February 17, 1944. They have two children. See full bio »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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 2003 Biography (TV Series documentary)
- Wall Street: Culture & Capitalism (2003) ... Narrator (voice)
 1984 Call to Glory (TV Series)
News Reporter
- Call to Glory (1984) ... News Reporter (uncredited)
 1980 Oh, God! Book II
NBC Newscaster
 1960 Riverboat (TV Series)
Dan Flynn
- The Night of the Faceless Men (1960) ... Dan Flynn
 1957-1959 The Jack Paar Tonight Show (TV Series)
- Episode #2.218 (1959) ... Announcer
- Episode #2.217 (1959) ... Announcer
- Episode #2.216 (1959) ... Announcer
- Episode #2.215 (1959) ... Announcer
- Episode #2.214 (1959) ... Announcer
 1958 The Smile of the Virgin
Narrator (US dubbed version) (voice)
 1957 Caesar's Hour (TV Series)
- Episode #3.30 (1957) ... Announcer
 1942 Roxie Hart
Reporter in Bar (uncredited)
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Other Works:

(2003-06) Infomercial for "Where There's a Will, There's an A" elementary and secondary educational system. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

The Host of Concentration

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A descendant of Davy Crockett, 19th century frontiersman and later congressman from Tennessee. See more »

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