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Charles Van Doren

Charles Lincoln Van Doren came from a family of intellectual achievers. His father was the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mark Van Doren (1894-1973). His mother, Dorothy Graffe Van Doren, was a novelist and writer, and his uncle, Carl Clinton Van Doren (1885-1950), was a noted historian and author. Van Doren himself earned his B.A. at St. John's ... See full bio »

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Today Himself
Twenty-One Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show


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 1951 Frontiers of Faith (TV Series)
- Acres of Diamonds ... Narrator
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 1992 American Experience (TV Series documentary) (special thanks - 1 episode)
- The Quiz Show Scandal (1992) ... (special thanks)
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 1959 Today (TV Series)
- Episode dated 20 May 1959 (1959) ... Himself
 1957 The Arlene Francis Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.54 (1957) ... Himself
 1957 The Jack Paar Tonight Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.82 (1957) ... Himself
 1956-1957 Twenty-One (TV Series)
- Episode dated 11 March 1957 (1957) ... Himself
- Episode dated 5 December 1956 (1956) ... Himself
- Episode dated 28 November 1956 (1956) ... Himself
 1957 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (TV Series)
Himself - Cameo
- Episode #2.17 (1957) ... Himself - Cameo
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 2008 Pioneers of Television (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- Game Shows (2008) ... Himself
 2006 20 to 1 (TV Series documentary)
- Hoaxes, Cheats and Liars (2006) ... Himself
 2002 Brilliant But Cancelled (TV Movie documentary)
 1999 Modern Marvels (TV Series documentary)
- Television: Window to the World (1999) ... Himself
 1992 American Justice (TV Series documentary)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Book (ed., w/Carl Carmer): "American Scriptures", 1946 See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 3 Articles | See more »

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

(addressing Columbia's Class of 1959 at their 1999 reunion): "Despite the abrupt caesura in my academic career that occurred in 1959, I have gone on teaching the humanities almost continually to students of all kinds and ages... I remind you that according to Aristotle, happiness is not a feeling or sensation but instead is the quality of a whole life. The emphasis is on 'whole,' a life from ... See more »


Portrayed by Ralph Fiennes in Quiz Show (1994).

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