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Overview (3)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameStephen Henderson Talbot
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Hollywood in 1949, the son of actor Lyle Talbot, Stephen Talbot became a child actor, appearing as Beaver's friend, Gilbert, in more than 50 episodes of the iconic baby boomer series "Leave It To Beaver." He also appeared in many TV shows of the late '50s and early '60s, including "Perry Mason," "Lassie," "The Twilight Zone," "Wanted: Dead of Alive" and "The Lucy Show."

As an adult, Talbot turned to reporting and documentary filmmaking. He began as a producer and on-air reporter for KQED, the public television station in San Francisco. He had early success with two documentaries that set the tone for his career: "Broken Arrow" (1980) an investigation of nuclear weapons accidents, and "The Case of Dashiell Hammett" (1982), a biography of the mystery writer. Both films won George Foster Peabody Awards and established Talbot as someone who could do both investigative reporting and arts films.

Talbot began producing documentaries for the critically acclaimed PBS series, "Frontline," in 1992 with his film on the Bush-Clinton presidential race, "The Best Campaign Money Can Buy," which won a DuPont Award. It was the start of a long association with "Frontline," where he produced and wrote ten documentaries for the series, including "News War: What's Happening to the News" (2007) with reporter Lowell Bergman, "Justice for Sale" (1999) with Bill Moyers, "Spying on Saddam" (1999), "The Long March of Newt Gingrich" (1996) and "Rush Limbaugh's America" (1995) with Peter Boyer, and "The Heartbeat of America" (1993) with Robert Krulwich about the travails of General Motors.

When "Frontline's" executive producer David Fanning launched an international news magazine series, "Frontline World," in 2002, he named Talbot as the Series Editor with a mandate to increase global reporting in the wake of 9/11 and to develop a new generation of younger reporters and producers. From 2002-2008, Talbot was instrumental in recruiting new talent and in commissioning and supervising over 100 broadcast stories for 30 hour-long episodes of the Emmy award-winning series. He also went to Lebanon and Syria to produce his own report about Lebanon's Cedar Revolution, "The Earthquake" (2005) with correspondent Kate Seelye. And he oversaw "Rough Cuts," a series of original videos for the "Frontline World" website.

Throughout his career of nearly 35 years in public television, Talbot has continued to produce history and arts documentaries, alongside his broadcast journalism work. With David Davis, Talbot wrote and directed "The Sixties: The Years That Shaped a Generation," a two-hour history special that aired nationally on PBS in 2005. It was based on Talbot's earlier film, "1968." Talbot has also written and co-produced several biographies of noted writers, including Ken Kesey, Carlos Fuentes, Beryl Markham, Maxine Hong Kingston and John Dos Passos (narrated by actor William Hurt).

In 2008, he formed The Talbot Players, an independent media company in San Francisco, with his brother David and sister Margaret, and created a new music show for PBS, "Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders," executive producing specials in 2010 and 2012 with host Marco Werman and starting an online music series for PBS Digital, "Quick Hits."

Talbot also continues to serve as executive producer for a number of independent documentaries, such as director Mimi Chakarova's expose of sex trafficking in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, "The Price of Sex" (2011). In recent years he has consulted and produced for public media organizations, including the Center for Investigative Reporting and the PBS series Independent Lens. Talbot's latest documentary is a one-hour biography he wrote about the late San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, "Moscone: A Legacy of Change" (2018) for public television.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Pippa Gordon (? - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (20)

Turned down all offers to appear on "Leave it to Beaver" reunion shows
Son of Lyle Talbot
Brother of journalist David Talbot, editor of Salon.com.
Brother of journalist Margaret Talbot, a staff writer at the New Yorker
Named his son Dashiell after San Francisco mystery writer Dashiell Hammett.
His daughter, Caitlin Talbot, was an actress in New York, after graduating from the American Conservatory of Theater in San Francisco, where she starred in the play, "Orlando.".
In the early 1980s, producer/writer Stephen Talbot and KQED-TV San Francisco won George Foster Peabody Awards for two very different documentaries: an investigative report, "Broken Arrow: Can a Nuclear Weapons Accident Happen Here?" (1981 Peabody) and "The Case of Dashiell Hammett," a biography of the mystery writer (1983 Peabody).
Stephen Talbot's 1982 PBS biography of San Francisco mystery writer Dashiell Hammett won both a George Foster Peabody Award and a special "Edgar Allen Poe" Award from the Mystery Writers of America.
Stephen Talbot was one of four producers cited in winning the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club of America for the 2004 season of the PBS series, Frontline World.
Steve's youngest sister, Margaret Talbot, a staff writer for The New Yorker, has written a family memoir and a biography of their father, actor Lyle Talbot, entitled, "The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father's Twentieth Century" (2012).
A documentary filmmaker
Lives and works in San Francisco. He is married to Pippa Gordon and they have two grown children, Dashiell and Caitlin. From 2002-2008, Talbot was the Series Editor for Frontline/World, the PBS international news magazine. He left to form a San Francisco-based media company, The Talbot Players, with his brother, David, the founder of Salon.com. [November 2008]
Briefly attended Walter Reed Junior High School in North Hollywood, California.
At the age of 9, after begging his reluctant parents to let him act, Steve made his professional debut in 1958, starring in "Admiral in an Outboard," an "industrial" film that was essentially an extended commercial for motorboats shot in Chicago and on Lake Oshkosh, Wisconsin. A young model, Pepe Wonso, played Steve's older sister. Changing her name to Pamela Tiffin, the beautiful young actress went on to become a leading Hollywood starlet in the '60s, co-starring with James Cagney in Billy Wilder's "One, Two, Three.".
Talbot won a DuPont Award from Columbia University for the first documentary he ever produced for the PBS series Frontline: "The Best Campaign Money Can Buy" (1992) about the financing of the Bush-Clinton presidential race.
Coined the tagline for the FRONTLINE World series on PBS: "Stories from a small planet.".
Talbot's 1986 documentary, "World Without Walls," about African aviator Beryl Markham, co-produced with Joan Saffa and Judy Flannery, catapulted Markham's once forgotten memoir, "West with the Night," onto national bestseller lists. Diane Baker's Artemis Productions in Los Angeles then hired Talbot to adapt Markham's book for the screen. The movie was never produced, but his commission allowed Talbot to pay the down payment on a house in San Francisco for his family. He quickly returned to the work he knew best: writing and producing public television documentaries.
Graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where he made his first documentary, March on Washington (1970).
Uncle of Joe Talbot, director of "The Last Black Man in San Francisco.".
Co-starred in playwright William Inge's "Dark at the Top of the Stairs" with Marjorie Lord and John Russell at the La Jolla Playhouse in 1960. Two years before Stephen made his first TV appearance in an episode of the Warner Bros. Western series, "Lawman," which starred Russell.

Personal Quotes (2)

In 1968, Steve was speaking at a town meeting in Connecticut against the Vietnam war, along with other SDS members and some Black Panthers. Someone in the audience asked, "Hey weren't you Gilbert on "Leave it to Beaver"? As Steve recalled, "All heads onstage turned to stare at me. One Panther from Newark lowered his shades to get a better look. I felt like an impostor - an alleged college radical exposed as a child sitcom actor."
"What questions are you going to ask?" Henry Kissinger demanded. Before I could answer he told me any mention of his being a "war criminal" was off-limits.

"If you are going to ask whether I feel guilty about Vietnam, the interview is over. I'll walk out."

Now I was nervous that Kissinger would bolt. I played my best card. I told him I had just interviewed Robert McNamara in Washington. That got his attention. He stopped badgering me, and then he did an extraordinary thing. He began to cry.

But no, not real tears. Before my eyes, Henry Kissinger was acting.

"Boohoo, boohoo," Kissinger said, pretending to cry and rub his eyes. "He's still beating his breast, right? Still feeling guilty." He spoke in a mocking, singsong voice and patted his heart for emphasis.

It was an astonishing moment. I longed for a camera. It may have been bad acting, but it was riveting.

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