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Overview (4)

Born in Akron, Ohio, USA
Died in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA  (heart failure)
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. He was an actor and writer, known for Live from Lincoln Center (1976), Car 54, Where Are You? (1961) and Concentration (1958). He was previously married to Ruth Shaheen. He died on July 1, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.

Family (1)

Spouse Ruth Shaheen (17 February 1944 - 28 March 2017)  (her death)  (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).
He was the son of Edith (Hicks) and Milton Howard Downs, who worked in business. He was a descendant of Davy Crockett, the 19th century frontiersman and later congressman from Tennessee.
He had 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 was Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, Chairman of the Board of US Committee for UNICEF, and Trustee of the Menninger Foundation. He also served as a member of the NASA Advisory Council.
He was 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 was 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]
Survived by his two children, Hugh Raymond, Deirdre Lynn Downs, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

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