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Alistair Cooke

  • Birthplace: Salford, Lancashire, England
  • Birthday: November 20
Date of passing: 
March 30, 2004

Obituary

Obituary: 

Alistair Cooke was a British-American journalist, television personality and broadcaster.

Outside his journalistic output, which included Letter from America and Alistair Cooke's America, he was well known in the United States as the host of PBS's Masterpiece Theatre from 1971 to 1992. After holding the job for 22 years, and having worked in television for 42 years, Cooke retired in 1992, although he continued to present Letter from America until shortly before his death.

Alistair Cooke was a British-American journalist, television personality and broadcaster.

Outside his journalistic output, which included Letter from America and Alistair Cooke's America, he was well known in the United States as the host of PBS's Masterpiece Theatre from 1971 to 1992. After holding the job for 22 years, and having worked in television for 42 years, Cooke retired in 1992, although he continued to present Letter from America until shortly before his death.

In 1952, Cooke became the host of CBS's Omnibus, the first commercial network television series devoted to the arts. It featured appearances by such personalities as Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Gene Kelly, Leonard Bernstein, and Jonathan Winters.

Cooke died March 30, 2004, in New York City, New York. He was 95.

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Alistair Cooke

Alistair Cooke

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AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

2 Nominations 1 Emmy 1 Honor