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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 5 May 1959Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA
Birth NameBrian Douglas Williams
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Brian Williams was born on May 5, 1959 in Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA as Brian Douglas Williams. He is known for his work on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (1970), NBC News Decision 2010 (2010) and Education Nation: Teacher Town Hall (2010). He has been married to Jane Gillian Stoddard since June 7, 1986. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Jane Gillian Stoddard (7 June 1986 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (27)

A native of both New York and New Jersey
Has two children
Lives in Connecticut
Named "Father of the Year" by the National Fathers' Day Committee in 1996
Received honorary doctorate from Elmira College in May 1998
Spent several years as a volunteer firefighter in New Jersey
Has won several Emmys
Will take over for Tom Brokaw on the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (1970) in November 2004 after the elections.
Received an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of America in May 2004, although he never graduated from there.
Attended Mater Dei High School in New Monmouth (Middletown), New Jersey.
Appeared on Saturday Night Live (1975) September 30, 2006, ready to co- anchor the "Weekend Update" segment with Amy Poehler, but is told by Poehler that Seth Meyers will be co-anchoring instead.
At the 2007 Radio and Television Correspondents' Association dinner, Williams was pulled up on stage by Improv comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood and made sound effects as the two comedians performed a skit.
Has appeared on The Daily Show (1996) as a celebrity guest and interviewed by Jon Stewart, who is actually a longtime friend. A gag involving his head being projected on a screen behind Stewart has been used twice since the show moved to a new set on April 9, 2007; during one of these appearances the head actually addressed and made fun of Stewart as part of the joke.
In the sitcom 30 Rock (2006) episode, 30 Rock: The Head and the Hair (2007), Jack and Kenneth are sent to clean up Williams' dressing room while he is apparently at the liquor store - in the room, they find underwear filled with bird seed, and graffiti on the wall reading "Katie Couric Sucks".
Replaced Maury Povich as host of locally produced Washington, DC, talk show "Panorama" in 1985.
He is a big New York Giants fan. On Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993), Williams announced he "bleeds Giants blue".
With the retirements of Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather and the death of Peter Jennings, Williams is, as of this writing, the longest-serving and highest-prated news anchor on television.
Known to have been a big fan of NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt, even visiting Earnhardt a few times (Williams and his son Douglas were at Talladega Super speedway in October 1999 for a race when Williams interviewed Earnhardt for his show).
Worked as an intern during the administration of U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
Father of Allison Williams.
He is nominated in the 2013 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the General Category.
Shares his name with long-time Canadian sportscaster Brian Williams. In a segment taped while they were both in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics, the Canadian Williams said they had exchanged emails in the past but never met in person until then. They visited each other's sets, recorded mock introductions ("Welcome back to our coverage, CTV Prime Time with Brian Williams. I'm Brian Williams, sitting in for Brian Williams") and gave each other a gift. NBC's Williams gave Canada's Williams a jacket emblazoned with his show's logo - and his "own" name.
Had knee replacement surgery in August 2013, announced publicly on several occasions, and spoke about the surgery on several talk shows, including his October 3, 2013 appearance on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) on rival CBS network.
Since taking over as anchor and managing editor of "NBC Nightly News" in 2004, Brian is seen by more U.S. TV viewers, on a daily basis, than any other personality.
He was inducted into the 2014 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the Arts and Letters Category.
He has Irish, Swedish, and German ancestry.

Personal Quotes (4)

[on Wikipedia] And now, apparently because encyclopedias were too exact, we have Wikipedia, the inexact encyclopedia. We don't get hung up on facts. In my entry alone there are seven errors, and I'm completely unimportant.
One of my most enjoyable moments was being around the set of The Sopranos (1999) . . . Just being around those people was a joy, and, all due respect to the issues of stereotypes, it was a terrific portrait of New Jersey and a certain segment of the population that may or may not exist.
[on the loss of Jeff Gralnick] Every other anchorman he worked with was fully formed, I was his lump of clay. And his mentoring, his polishing--often personal, loud, profane, but always right--never stopped.
[when asked on David Letterman's show if Pakistan had prior knowledge of the Osama Bin Laden raid] I'll answer your question with a question. What does it tell you that the White House didn't call Pakistan and say, "Hey, good news -- here are the GPS coordinates, we found him. Would you mind running by a squad car and pick him up?"

Salary (1)

NBC Nightly News (1970) $8,000,000 /year (2007)

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