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Date of Birth 14 February 1921Akron, Ohio, USA
Birth NameHugh Malcolm Downs
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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), Today (1952) and 20/20 (1978). He has been married to Ruth Shaheen since February 17, 1944. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Ruth Shaheen (17 February 1944 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (11)

Got his start in network TV in 1949 when he won the job as announcer on the children's show Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1947).
A descendant of Davy Crockett, 19th century frontiersman and later congressman from Tennessee.
He has a post-Masters degree in gerontology from Hunter College.
The Guinness Book of World Records holder for greatest number of hours on network commercial television (1985).
He is color blind.
He is Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, Chairman of the Board of US Committee for UNICEF, Trustee of the Menninger Foundation, and served as a member of the NASA Advisory Council.
Is the 1982 recipient of the prestigious Connor Award given by the brothers of the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity based out of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also an honorary brother of the fraternity.
Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 135, pages 117-120. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
The auditorium at his high school alma mater, Shawnee High School in Lima, Ohio, is named in his honor.
Co-host, with medical reporter Arthur P. Johnson, of an infomercial for the book, "The World's Greatest Treasury of Health Secrets". [2006]
Co-host, with Joan Lunden, of an infomercial for Steve Scott's "Master Strategies of Super Achievers" personal coaching system. [2006]

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