Walter Cronkite (1916–2009)

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Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri, the only child of Helen Lena (Fritsche) and Walter Leland Cronkite, a doctor. Throughout his early career, Cronkite worked with newspapers. During World War II, he served as a news reporter. In 1950, Cronkite became a journalist. He signed up with CBS News in 1962 and retired in 1981.... See full bio »

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Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 Benjamin Franklin
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Walter Cronkite
The Twentieth Century Narrator / Self - Host / Self - Narrator / Self - Reporter / Self - Host and Narrator / Narrator (voice)


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 2009 21 and a Wake-Up
 2002-2003 Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 (TV Series)
Benjamin Franklin
- We the People (2003) ... Benjamin Franklin (voice)
- Going Home (2003) ... Benjamin Franklin (voice)
- The Man Who Wouldn't Be King (2003) ... Benjamin Franklin (voice)
- Born Free and Equal (2003) ... Benjamin Franklin (voice)
- Yorktown (2003) ... Benjamin Franklin (voice)
 1989-1997 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
Walter Cronkite
- And That's the Way It Was? (1997) ... Walter Cronkite
- Ship of Phil's (1993) ... Walter Cronkite (voice)
- Roasted (1989) ... Walter Cronkite
 1993 We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story
Captain Neweyes (voice)
 1982 Spaceship Earth (Short)
2nd Edition Narrator - 1986-1994 (voice)
 1974 The Mary Tyler Moore Show (TV Series)
Walter Cronkite
- Ted Baxter Meets Walter Cronkite (1974) ... Walter Cronkite
 1959 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- White Collar Bandit (1959) ... Narrator
 1954-1956 You Are There (TV Series)
Narrator / Narrated by / Host
- Paul Revere's Ride (April 18. 1775) (1954) ... Host / Narrator
Show Show Editorial department (4 credits)
Show Show Producer (5 credits)
Show Show Writer (2 credits)
Show Show Additional Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (12 credits)
Show Show Self (245 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (218 credits)

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Other Works:

Narrator (recorded voice) for Broadway show How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 2 Interviews | 18 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


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Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Maxwell  (her death)  (3 children)

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Personal Quote:

[About announcing President Kennedy's death] "At that moment I teared up, I just had a little trouble getting the words out." See more »


CBS asked Cronkite to come up with a signature closing line for the evening news. When he came up with "And that's the way it is", CBS was concerned that it would suggest a certain infallability. But Cronkite explained that it would fit any type of story whether it was funny or sad or ironic. See more »


Always closed his newscasts by saying "And that's the way it is" See more »


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