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Ted Turner

Biography

Mass media mogul who founded CNN and Turner Broadcasting. He pioneered the thought of a superstation on cable. He was nicknamed The Mouth area from the South and Captain Outrageous. He was an associate of Dark brown University’s controversy and sailing groups. He produced the Atlanta Braves a nationally favorite baseball group and founded the Goodwill Video games. He got over his father’s mass media empire at age 24 when his dad dedicated suicide. He wedded 3 x and got five kids. He was wedded to celebrity and fitness master Jane Fonda, girl of renowned film professional Henry Fonda.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ted Turner
Net Worth 2.3 billion USD
Date Of Birth November 19, 1938
Place Of Birth Cincinnati, OH
Profession Entrepreneur
Education The McCallie School, Brown University
Nationality American
Spouse Jane Fonda, Jane Shirley Smith, Julia Gale Nye
Children Jennie Turner, Rhett Turner, Teddy Turner, Beau Turner, Laura Turner
Parents Robert Edward Turner II, Florence Turner
Siblings Mary Jean
Awards Peabody Award, Sports Lifetime Achievement Award, TCA Career Achievement Award, Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, International Emmy Award for Directorate, News & Documentary Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award, Golden CableACE
Movies Gods and Generals, The Pagemaster
TV Shows WCW Monday Nitro, WCW Thunder, Captain Planet and the Planeteers
Star Sign Scorpio

  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
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#Fact
1Counts former US President Jimmy Carter as a great friend.
2Gone with the Wind (1939) is Turner's favorite movie. This was one of the many films he purchased from MGM in 1986. He also owned a six-screen cinema in Atlanta's CNN Center; one screen was reserved for twice-daily showings of Gone with the Wind.
3Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on April 7, 2004.
4Inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame in 1993 (inaugural class).
5Ex-stepfather of Vanessa Vadim and Troy Garity.
6Graduated from the prestigious McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
7Inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame. [2004]
8Began his own restaurant chain called "Ted's Montana Grill". Its signature meat is bison harvested on Ted's very own land.
9Sold World Championship Wrestling to his competition the World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment). WWF used the brand in their programming for less than a year before retiring this. [March 2001]
10Built his Turner Network from one modest Atlanta television station once known as WTCG Channel 17, and now known as the Super Station. From this one small station, which specialized in reruns of television series, old movies from the "Golden Age of Hollywood", and original programming, he expanded into CNN and eventually created the television channels Turner Network Television, Turner Classic Movies and Turner South.
11Served as best man at Larry King and Shawn Southwick's wedding
12Received an honorary doctorate from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. [2001]
13Former uncle of Bridget Fonda and Justin Fonda.
14Once stated on Larry King Live (1985) that he regretted fathering more than one child, due to his belief that the world is overpopulated.
15On January 29, 2003, he announced he would resign from his position as Vice-President of AOL Time Warner. In November 2001, Turner told cable television executives that he felt sidelined by AOL Time Warner when he was replaced earlier that year as head of Turner Broadcasting Systems.
16His cable television networks include Superstation WTBS, various international versions of Cable News Network (CNN), CNN Headline News, CNN Financial, Turner Network Television (TNT), Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Cartoon Network.
17Created the animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990) as a way to educate children about the negative effects of pollution. Turner was angered for so long about the effect the population had on the Earth, so he created the television series hoping to allow the next generation be more aware of the problems that people cause. [1990]
18With the merger of his company with Time-Warner, and that company's merger with America On-Line, he has become vice-president of AOL Time-Warner, the largest multi-media conglomerate in the world.
19Former owner of the MLB's Atlanta Braves, NHL's Atlanta Thrashers and NBA's Atlanta Hawks. They are currently owned by Time-Warner.
20Was the creator of World Championship Wrestling, which began competing with Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation on Monday nights.
21Is the largest private landowner in the United States with about 1.75 million acres in New Mexico, Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. His ranch empire, based in Montana, raises bison.
22Was the skipper of "Courageous", the boat that won the America's Cup the most prestigious event in yachting. [1977]
23Founded the cable network WTBS Superstation in Atlanta, Georgia. [1970]
24Former brother-in-law of Peter Fonda and Susan Brewer.
25Received an honorary B.A. from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. [November 1989]
26Attended Brown University, but dropped out before graduation. He was expelled his junior year for smuggling a coed into his room.
27Managed the Atlanta Braves for one game (he lost). [1977]
28On September 18, 1997, he announced plans to donate $1 billion to the United Nations over a 10-year period.
29Founder/owner of CNN, WTBS, TNT, and other media properties.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
WCW Monday Nitro1995TV Series creator - 1 episode
Captain Planet and the Planeteers1990-1994TV Series original idea - 87 episodes
Portrait of the World USSR1987TV Movie creator

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gods and Generals2003executive producer
World Championship Wrestling: Starrcade2000TV Special executive producer
World Championship Wrestling: New Blood Rising2000TV Special producer
WCW Starrcade1999TV Movie executive producer
WCW Road Wild1999TV Movie executive producer
WCW Souled Out1999TV Movie executive producer
WCW/NWO Superstar Series: Diamond Dallas Page - Feel the Bang!1998Video executive producer
WCW/NWO Starrcade1998TV Special executive producer
WCW/NWO World War 31998TV Movie executive producer
WCW/NWO Halloween Havoc1998TV Special executive producer
WCW/NWO Fall Brawl: War Games1998TV Movie executive producer
WCW/NWO SuperBrawl VIII1998TV Movie executive producer
WCW Thunder1998TV Series executive producer
WCW Starrcade 19971997TV Special executive producer
WCW World War 31997TV Movie executive producer
Halloween Havoc1997TV Movie executive producer
WCW Starrcade 19961996TV Movie executive producer
WCW Halloween Havoc1996TV Movie producer
WCW Bash at the Beach1996TV Movie executive producer
WCW Uncensored1996TV Special executive producer
WCW Starrcade 19951995TV Special executive producer
WCW Monday Nitro1995TV Series executive producer / supervising producer
Starrcade1994TV Special executive producer
Starrcade1993TV Special executive producer
Halloween Havoc1993TV Movie executive producer
Starrcade1992TV Special executive producer
WCW Halloween Havoc1992TV Movie executive producer
WCW Beach Blast1992TV Movie executive producer
Starrcade1991TV Special executive producer
Halloween Havoc1991TV Movie executive producer
Starrcade1990TV Special executive producer
Halloween Havoc1990TV Special executive producer
WCW/NWA Capital Combat1990TV Special executive producer
Starrcade1989TV Special executive producer
Halloween Havoc1989TV Special executive producer
Starrcade1988TV Special executive producer
Starrcade1987TV Special executive producer
Starrcade1986TV Special executive producer
WCW World Championship Wrestling1985TV Series executive producer
Starrcade '85: The Gathering1985TV Special executive producer
Portrait of America1983TV Series documentary executive producer
Turner Doomsday Video1980Documentary short producer - uncredited
WCW Worldwide Wrestling1975TV Series executive producer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Change in the Wind2010Hughes Spalding (voice)
Gods and Generals2003Col. Tazewell Patton (as R.E. Turner)
Arli$$1997TV SeriesTed Turner
Captain Planet and the Planeteers1995TV SeriesFred Lerner
Gettysburg1993Col. Waller T. Patton (uncredited)
The Slugger's Wife1985Darryl Fan (uncredited)

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cold War1998TV Mini-Series documentary series concept

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
TCM: Twenty Classic Moments2014TV Movie documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rooted in Peace2016DocumentarySocial Activist & Media Pioneer
The Eighties2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Founder, CNN
The Monday Night War: WWE vs. WCW2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Population Boom2013DocumentaryHimself
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Founder: CNN
Piers Morgan Tonight2012TV SeriesHimself
The Men Who Built America2012TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Media Mogul
20th Annual Trumpet Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
Oprah's Master Class2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Andrew Young Presents2010TV Series documentaryHughes Spalding
Larry King Live2010TV SeriesHimself
Global Eugenics: Using Medicine to Kill2009DocumentaryHimself
Pozner2009TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
President2009/IDocumentaryHimself
Meet the Press2008TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2008TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2005-2008TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
60 Minutes2008TV Series documentaryHimself (segment "Ted Turner")
Stephen Fry in America2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Charlie Rose2004-2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate Anthology2006VideoHimself
The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Feeding the Beast: The 24-Hour News Revolution2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
2001 World Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
Fidel2001DocumentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2000TV Series documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies1998TV Special documentaryHimself
4th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
The Race to Save 100 Years1997DocumentaryHimself
Mundo VIP1997TV SeriesHimself
The 17th Annual CableACE Awards1995TV SpecialHimself
The 11th Annual Television Critics Association Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
Oscars 19951995TV MovieHimself
Naked News1995TV Series documentaryHimself
The Annual American Friends Hebrew University Scopus Awards Honoring Ted Turner1995TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
The 10th TV Academy Hall of Fame1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 16th Annual CableACE Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
The 5th Annual Legacy Awards1993TV SpecialHimself
1993 Environmental Media Awards1993TV SpecialHimself
The 12th Annual Golden Boot Awards1993TV SpecialHimself
Clash of the Champions XX: 20th Anniversary1992TV MovieHimself
MGM: When the Lion Roars1992TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The 13th Annual CableACE Awards1992TV SpecialHimself
Planned Parenthood Benefit1991TV MovieHimself
1st Annual Environmental Media Awards1991TV SpecialHimself
The 12th Annual CableACE Awards1991TV SpecialHimself
Later with Bob Costas1989TV SeriesHimself
Hope News Network1988TV MovieHimself
The 8th Annual Cable ACE Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Winner
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1986TV SeriesHimself
Southern Voices, American Dreams1985DocumentaryHimself
Bob Hope Buys NBC?1985TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1982TV SeriesHimself
People of the Year1982TV MovieHimself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1981TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1977TV SeriesHimself - Media Tycoon

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gabo, la creación de Gabriel García Márquez2015DocumentaryHimself
TCM: Twenty Classic Moments2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
New World Order Bible Versions2014DocumentaryHimself - Honorary Chair, World Religion Summit
The Monday Night War: WWE vs. WCW2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Fantástico2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Bloomberg Game Changers2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Owner, CNN
Nuclear Tipping Point2010DocumentaryHimself
WWE: The Rise and Fall of WCW2009VideoHimself
Starrcade: The Essential Collection2009Himself
Nature Boy Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection2008VideoHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest on The Charlie Rose Show / Himself - 'Pinhead' (segment "Pinheads & Patriots")
THS Investigates: Hazing2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement2007Video documentaryHimself
Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann2006TV SeriesHimself
WWE: McMahon2006VideoHimself
The American Dream: The Dusty Rhodes Story2006VideoHimself
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...2006TV SeriesHimself
Hannity & Colmes2005TV SeriesHimself
The Monday Night War: WWE Raw vs. WCW Nitro2004Video documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows1998TV Movie documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Lifetime Achievement AwardNews & Documentary Emmy Awards
2014Lifetime Achievement AwardSports Emmy Awards
2004Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 7 April 2004. At 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
2003Silver Medallion AwardTelluride Film Festival, US
2002CINE Lifetime Achievement AwardCINE Competition
1999Humanitarian AwardWomen in Film Crystal Awards
1998Personal AwardPeabody Awards
1996Career Achievement AwardInternational Documentary Association
1996Lifetime Achievement Award in TelevisionPGA Awards
1995Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
1993Golden BootGolden Boot Awards
1992Governor's AwardPrimetime Emmy Awards
1992Special AwardNational Board of Review, USA
1991Global Television Outstanding Achievement AwardBanff Television FestivalUSA.
1987Golden CableACECableACE Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1994Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
1992Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
1991Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
1990Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards

TitleSalary
Gods and Generals (2003)$636

#Quote
1The biggest thing I learned from losing? Winning's better.
2The best day of my life was my wedding night. The first one. The others weren't so bad either!
3[on the 2008 government bailout saving car companies instead of the restaurant industry] People would rather eat than drive cars!
4One summer, I made $50 a week, and my father charged me $25 a week rent. I asked him if that wasn't a little high. He said that if I could do better than that for food and lodging seven days a week I could move out.
5[asked what his personal motto was] Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise!
6Even when I started in 1970, I knew that television was having a negative effect on our society.
7If I only had a little humility I would be perfect.
8Men should be disqualified for public office. Women should run the planet. They're better than us.

#Trademark
1Licensing classic black-and-white movies to colorize them (the process is sometimes referred to as "Turnerizing", frequently in a derogatory context)

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