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Arthur Godfrey

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Arthur Morton Godfrey (August 31, 1903 – March 16, 1983) was an American radio and television broadcaster and entertainer who was sometimes introduced by his nickname, "The Old Redhead". No television personality of the 1950s enjoyed more clout or fame than Godfrey until an on-camera incident undermined his folksy image and triggered a gradual decline; the then-ubiquitous Godfrey helmed two CBS-TV weekly series and a daily 90-minute television mid-morning show through most of the decade but by the early 1960s found himself reduced to hosting an occasional TV special. Arguably the most prominent of the medium's early master commercial pitchmen, he was strongly identified with many of his many sponsors, especially Chesterfield cigarettes and Lipton Tea. After many years for Chesterfield (during which Godfrey came up with the idea and slogan "Buy 'em by the carton"), he severed the relationship during one of his television programs, when his doctors convinced him that his lung cancer was due to smoking. Subsequently, he became a prominent spokesman for anti-smoking education. Description above from the Wikipedia article Arthur Godfrey, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Aug 31, 1903 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
26
First Appeared:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Movie The World of Amateur Radio 2011-10-24
Known For
Poster of The Love Boat
Poster of What's My Line?
Poster of Arthur Godfrey and His Friends
Poster of The Ed Sullivan Show
Filmography
Movie The World of Amateur Radio Himself 2011-10-24
Movie Muppets Magic From 'The Ed Sullivan Show!' Himself 2003-01-01
Movie Angels' Brigade Himself 1979-01-01
Movie Flatbed Annie & Sweetie Pie: Lady Truckers Uncle Wally 1979-02-10
Series Flying High Unknown 1978-09-29
Movie The Great Bank Hoax Maj. Bryer (Ret.) 1978-11-01
Series The Love Boat Ned Dunkmuller 1977-09-24
Movie Citizens Band Himself (voice) 1977-09-29
Series Donny & Marie Unknown 1976-01-23
Series Ellery Queen Unknown 1975-09-11
Movie Rickles Unknown 1975-11-19
Movie Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows The Bishop: The 'In' Group 1968-04-10
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Series The Dick Cavett Show Self - Guest 1968-06-06
Series Your All American College Show Unknown 1968-06-22
Movie The Ham's Wide World Narrator 1966-01-01
Movie The Glass Bottom Boat Axel Nordstrom 1966-06-09
Series The Hollywood Palace Unknown 1964-01-04
Movie 4 for Texas Mr. Godfrey 1963-12-25
Series Jackie Gleason and His American Scene Magazine Himself 1962-09-29
Series The Lucy Show Unknown 1962-10-01
Series What's My Line? Self - Mystery Guest 1950-02-02
Series Arthur Godfrey and His Friends Unknown 1949-01-12
Series The Emmy Awards Unknown 1949-01-25
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Series Candid Camera Unknown 1948-08-10