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Jean Shepherd (I) (1921–1999)

Raised in Hammond, Indiana, Jean Shepherd went on to work in the steel mills and was a veteran of the Army Signal Corps before entering the arts. In the 1950s, he began a long career as a radio personality telling stories of his youth, commenting on current topics and performing silly songs. While at WOR-AM in New York, he also broadcast live ... See full bio »

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A Christmas Story Ralphie as an Adult
It Runs in the Family Narrator / Ralph as an Adult


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 1994 It Runs in the Family
Narrator / Ralph as an Adult (voice)
 1980-1991 Sesame Street (TV Series)
All Characters in 'Cowboy X' segment
- Episode #23.8 (1991) ... All Characters in 'Cowboy X' segment (voice)
- Episode #21.65 (1990) ... All Characters in 'Cowboy X' segment (voice)
- Episode #19.69 (1988) ... All Characters in 'Cowboy X' segment (voice)
- Episode #12.2 (1980) ... All Characters in 'Cowboy X' segment (voice)
 1988 Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss (TV Movie)
Ralph, the Man / Scott
 1987 Chicago White Sox a Visual History (Video)
 1983 A Christmas Story
Ralphie as an Adult (voice)
 1982 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Ralph / Narrator
 1980 Flickers (TV Mini-Series)
Narrator in new introduction
- Episode #1.6 (1980) ... Narrator in new introduction (uncredited)
 1978 The Phantom of the Open Hearth (TV Movie)
Ralph Parker
 1976 The Phantom of the Open Hearth (TV Movie)
Narrator / Ralph Parker (as a man)
 1976 Visions (TV Series)
Narrator / Adult Ralph
- The Phantom of the Open Hearth (1976) ... Narrator / Adult Ralph
 1973 No Whistles, Bells, or Bedlam (Short)
Narrator, on camera
 1971 Tiki Tiki (voice)
 1970 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
- America, Inc. (1970)
 1964 General Electric Carousel of Progress (TV Series)
Father, John (1993-) (voice)
 1964 Light Fantastic
 1958 Shadows
Man at Party (uncredited)
 1954 New Faces (uncredited)
Show Show Writer (13 credits)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (15 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (4 credits)

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In the Sixties his voice was heard for hours each late night into the following morning on WOR radio, serving the New York metropolitan area, in a show in which he extemporaneously editorialized on whatever subject struck his fancy and regaled listeners with anecdotes from his Hammond, Indiana, youth. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Jean Shepard | J. Shepherd

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I don't make the news, I just report it. See more »


In 1976, the International Platform Association awarded him its Mark Twain American Humor award, which is given in honor of one of our most famous IPA members. The award is presented to "Mark Twain's Successor As America's Most Delightful Entertainer, Gentle Depictor of the Virtues and Weaknesses of Humanity with Humor's Paintbrush.". See more »



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