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Paul Coates (I) (1921–1968)

Born in New York, Coates worked as a press agent, drama critic, and crime reporter before heading west to work in Hollywood. He caught on as a columnist for a newspaper and became the widest read man in the city. Coates broke into TV as a celebrity interviewer in Los Angeles, a job he maintained in addition to his main duties as a crusading ... See full bio »

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Known For

Flashback Writer
Ten-Fifteen File
The Red Skelton Hour
The Red Skelton Hour Hypnotist / Interviewer


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 1958 Ten-Fifteen File (TV Series) (writer)
 1956 Unit One (TV Series)
 1954 Flashback (TV Series)
 1953 George Putnam and the News (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- George Putman and the News (1953) ... (writer)
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 1958 Ten-Fifteen File (TV Series)
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
- Portrait of a Murderer (1958) ... Narrator (uncredited)
 1956-1957 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Interviewer / Hypnotist
- Clem in New York (1957) ... Interviewer
- Stages of Evolution (1956) ... Hypnotist
 1956 Unit One (TV Series)
 1955 Confidential File (TV Series)
- Barbiturates (1955)
- Barbiturates (1955)
 1954 Flashback (TV Series)
 1953 George Putnam and the News (TV Series)
Hide Hide Show Show Self (5 credits)
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Himself - Host
- The Rank and File (1959) ... Himself - Host
 1953-1958 Confidential File (TV Series)
Himself - Host / Himself Host / Himself - Hoast / ...
- Are Homosexuals Criminals (1958) ... Himself Host
- Story of a Hollywood Starlet (1958) ... Himself - Hoast
- Childhood Mental Illness (1957) ... Himself - Hoast
- Crime Beat (1956) ... Himself - Host
- The Numbers Racket (1956) ... Himself - Host
 1957 The Tijuana Story
Himself - the Narrator
 1957 Tonight! America After Dark (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1957) ... Himself
 1956 Unit One (TV Series)
Himself - Host
- Episode dated 26 October 1956 (1956) ... Himself - Host

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He was a columnist for the Los Angeles Mirror (and, when that paper folded in 1962, for the Times). Times-Mirror's TV station, KTTV, presented his weekly "Confidential File," comprised of a 15-minute filmed documentary on this controversial topic or that, followed by a 15-minute live interview related to the topic. The show began in 1953 and ended in 1958. See more »

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