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Walter Cronkite

Biography

Trusted anchor of CBS Evening Current information for more than 30 years that has earned a Peabody Award and a TCA Job Achievement Award. He was a dynamic Boy Scouts member. His information delivery on CBS got him voted one of the most Trusted Man in the us. He wedded Mary Elizabeth Maxwell in 1940, as well as the few had three kids. He reported many essential occasions during his years, like the assassintation of John F. Kennedy.

Quick Facts


Full Name Walter Cronkite
Date Of Birth November 4, 1916
Died July 17, 2009, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Saint Joseph, MO
Height 1.82 m
Profession News Anchor
Education University of Texas at Austin, San Jacinto High School
Nationality American
Spouse Mary Elizabeth Maxwell Cronkite
Children Kathy Cronkite, Walter Leland Cronkite III, Nancy Elizabeth Cronkite
Parents Walter Leland Cronkite, Helen Lena Cronkite
Awards Peabody Award, Nierenberg Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, TCA Career Achievement Award, Evelyn F. Burkey Award
Nominations Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program, Primetime Emmy Award for Best News Commentator Or Analyst, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Special, TV Land "Hey! It's...!" Award, TV Land Most Memorable Male Guest Star in a Comedy as Himself Award
Movies We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, The Dream Is Alive, The U.S. vs. John Lennon, Chelsea on the Rocks, S.O.S. Planet: IMAX, JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America, For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots, Power for the Parkinsons, SS United States: Lady in Waiting, Man on the Moon with Walter Cronkite, Television: The First 50 Years, Silent Wings: The American Glider Pilots of World War II, You Are There: The Outlaws, Dinosaur! The Tale of an Egg, You Are There: The American Revolution Prepares, Rural Electrification in Ohio: Historic REA Films 1940, 1941, G.I. Joe: Ernie Pyle
TV Shows CBS Evening News, You Are There, The Twentieth Century, Liberty's Kids, It's News to Me, Air Power, Great Performances, The Sixties, Two for the Money, Walter Cronkite's Universe, Man of the Week, The Living Century, Wolf Blitzer Reports, The Facts We Face, In Celebration of US, The Learning Channel's Great Books, The Morning Show
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#Fact
1 Inducted into the International Mustache Hall of Fame in 2015 (inaugural class) in the category Film & Television.
2 Release of his audiobook, "Cronkite Remembers". [2000]
3 Release of his book, "Eye on the World". [1971]
4 Undergoes quadruple bypass surgery in a New York hospital. [April 1997]
5 Release of the book, "Walter Cronkite: His Life and Times" by Doug James. [1991]
6 Release of his book, "A Reporter's Life". [1996]
7 Release of his book, "Around America: A Tour of Our Magnificent Coastline". [2001]
8 Inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians in 1999.
9 According to Cronkite's autobiography, his mother Helen Fitzche dated Douglas MacArthur as a teenager. The future general asked her to marry him but her father would not allow it because he felt MacArthur was too old for her. Cronkite asked the General about it one night at a party and his only response was "Ah, yes. Helen Fitzche." and walked away.
10 Longtime boyfriend of Joanna Simon until his death in August, 2009.
11 When he was 16 he went to Chicago's 1933 World's Fair. He volunteered to help demonstrate an experimental version of television.
12 His ancestors had settled in New Amsterdam, the Dutch colony that became New York.
13 Some time before his death Cronkite's family reveled that he was suffering from cerebrovascular disease.
14 Moved to Houston, Texas when he was 10-years-old. Worked at the Houston Post as a copy boy, cub reporter and had a paper route.
15 Provided the voice over introduction "This is the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric".
16 Attended San Jacinto High School in Houston, Texas with Marvin Zindler.
17 Attended Lanier Junior High School in Houston, Texas. Another famous ex-student was Linda Ellerbee.
18 In 1969 when Apollo XI was going to the Moon, Cronkite was on the air 27 of the 30 hours that it took for the flight, which many in the profession called "Walter to Walter" coverage. At the moment that Neil Armstrong stepped off the ladder of the Lunar Module onto the Moon surface, Cronkite was speechless for the first time in his career. All he could say was "Wow!" and "Oh Boy!". Famous words that will live in history.
19 Has a Muppet on Sesame Street (1969) named after him, the grouch journalist "Walter Cranky".
20 On the day of the Kennedy assassination, he said the he had just come back from lunch and was standing at the teletype machine when rang a rare five bells - a bulletin. He shouted "Let's get on the air!" but getting on the air wasn't possible because the cameras had to be placed and then warmed up (after this, the networks always had a camera ready in the newsroom). He went to an audio booth just off the newsroom floor and, interrupting As the World Turns (1956), made an audio announcement over a CBS logo. It took another 20 minutes to get on camera.
21 While attending The University of Texas, one of his pastimes was acting in student plays. In one of them, he co-starred with Eli Wallach. He dropped out of UT to become a journalist.
22 Father was Walter Cronkite Sr., a dentist. Mother was Helen Cronkite who died in 1993 at the age of 101.
23 He is outspoken in his distaste for Oliver Stone's film JFK (1991). Calling the film "Oliver Stone junk" and "A dangerous work of fiction that seriously mid-leads a whole generation of Americans who were not alive at that time".
24 Is a licensed amateur (ham) radio operator with the call sign KB2GSD.
25 On March 15, 2005 he lost his wife of 64 years, Betsy, three weeks before their 65th anniversary.
26 In 1997, released his autobiography, "A Reporter's Life", which coincided with a two-hour TV special, Cronkite Remembers (1997), in which he reminisced about his years as a reporter. A week later, an eight-hour version aired on The Discovery Channel.
27 Father of Kathy Cronkite and Chip Cronkite.
28 He was of English, Scottish, German, and Dutch descent.
29 He met his wife Betsy when he was working at a radio station in Kansas City. The two were paired up to do a cosmetics commercial and married a year later.
30 He is an only child.
31 Betsy Cronkite, his wife, was working as a newspaper journalist when they met.
32 At the birth of television, he and his team at CBS practically invented the institution of the evening news program. In 1951, one of the stage managers at CBS told him to sit at the desk and do the news. Cronkite asked what he meant and the managers simply said "I don't know just do it". His idea was to first just talk to the camera like another person and organize the news stories in the same vein as the newspaper beginning with the top story and working his way down to human interest stories.
33 In 1964 he was fired from his anchorman duties at the Democratic National Convention. CBS had gotten a new president who had never worked on a presidential campaign and had definate ideas about how CBS would be covering it. It turned out to be a mess and as a result Cronkite got some of the blame so the network executives removed him from the coverage but kept him as the anchorman of the evening news. Jokingly Cronkite became buddies with the president of NBC and the people at CBS were horrified that he was being offered a job in the rival network. So when the Republican Convention rolled around Cronkite got to cover it without using the new president's tactics.
34 Father-in-law of Deborah Rush.
35 His mother Helen died in 1993 at the age of 101.
36 The very day he was born, his father immediately left the hospital and went out and voted for President Woodrow Wilson.
37 His stage name during his days in radio was Walter Wilcox.
38 His first job as a journalist was as a cub reporter for the Kansas City Times.
39 CBS asked Cronkite to come up with a signature closing line for the evening news. When he came up with "And that's the way it is", CBS was concerned that it would suggest a certain infallability. But Cronkite explained that it would fit any type of story whether it was funny or sad or ironic.
40 Attended both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in 1928. The former was on a boy scout field trip and the latter was during a visit to his grandparents in Kansas City.
41 Makes a unique claim about his television career. When he attended 1933 World's Fair, he was present at an exhibit displaying an early example of television. At the exhibit, the attendees were allowed to sit in front of the camera and watch themselves on the screen. When Cronkite sat in front of the camera he did an improptu impression of a man he had seen playing two flutes at once. Therefore, he jokingly claims that he was definitely on television decades before his contemporaries.
42 December 2003 - Underwent surgery to repair a previously injured achilles tendon.
43 Satirized by Ray Goulding as "Walter Chronic" in Cold Turkey (1971).
44 Is the 1966 recipient of the prestigious Connor Award given by the brothers of the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity based out of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also an honorary brother of the fraternity.
45 Reported on the Nuremberg Trials of Nazi war criminals in 1945.
46 Was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981. This is the highest honor a U.S. civilian can receive. Was the lead anchor on the CBS Evening News from 16 April 1962 until 6 March 1981.
47 Journalist since 1937; with CBS television since 1950.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Decisions 2009 TV Series Narrator
Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 2002-2003 TV Series Benjamin Franklin George Washington
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story 1993 Captain Neweyes (voice)
Spaceship Earth 1982 Short 2nd Edition Narrator - 1986-1994 (voice)
The VIII Winter Olympics 1960 TV Mini-Series
Armstrong Circle Theatre 1959 TV Series Narrator
You Are There 1954-1956 TV Series Narrator / Host

Editorial Department

Editorial Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Books 1993-2002 TV Series documentary executive editor - 2 episodes
Understanding 1997-2002 TV Series executive editor - 5 episodes
The War of the Worlds: Great Books 1994 Video documentary executive editor
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite 1970 TV Series managing editor - 1 episode

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Books 2000 TV Series documentary executive producer - 1 episode
Cronkite Remembers 1997 TV Mini-Series documentary executive producer
The Cronkite Report: The Faltering Dream 1993 TV Movie documentary executive producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Walter Cronkite at Large 1987 TV Movie
Friends of Mr. Churchill 1965 TV Movie

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America 2009 TV Movie documentary off-screen voice on news bulletin - archive footage, uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hometown Glory 2010 Documentary special thanks
From Pharaohs to Facebook: Egypt Today 2009 Documentary short very special thanks
Out of the Shadows: The Man Who Was Deep Throat 2006 Video documentary short special thanks
Woodward and Bernstein: Lighting the Fire 2006 Video documentary short special thanks
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy 2004 Video documentary special thanks
The Assassination of Richard Nixon 2004 special thanks
Thirteen Days 2000 special thanks
The Dish 2000 thanks: assistance
In Search of Liberty Bell 7 1999 TV Movie documentary special thanks
Apollo 13 1995 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biography 1995-1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Las claves 1999 TV Series Himself - Guest
Modern Marvels 1999 TV Series documentary Himself - Broadcast Journalist
Television: The First Fifty Years 1999 Video documentary Himself / Interviewee
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
NY TV: By the People Who Made It - Part I & II 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Space Shuttle Discovery: John Glenn Launch 1998 TV Movie Himself - Interviewer
War and Civilization 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Narrator
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies 1998 TV Special documentary Himself
Where It's At: The Rolling Stone State of the Union 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
CBS: The First 50 Years 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
We Were There: CBS News at 50 1998 TV Special Himself
Palisades Amusement Park, a Century of Fond Memories 1998 Documentary Interviewee
HBO First Look 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Silicon Valley: A 100 Year Renaissance 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator (voice)
Cold War 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
G.I. Joe: The Ernie Pyle Story 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 TV Special Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1997 TV Special Himself - Master of Ceremonies
4 Little Girls 1997 Documentary Himself - Special Correspondent CBS News
Murphy Brown 1989-1997 TV Series Himself
Cronkite Remembers 1997 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Host
Media Literacy: The New Basic 1996 Documentary Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1996 TV Special documentary Himself - Master of Ceremonies
The 18th Annual CableACE Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996 TV Series Himself
Corwin 1996 TV Movie Himself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 1996 TV Series Himself
The Nuremberg Trial: War Crimes on Trial 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1995 TV Special Himself - Master of Ceremonies
Howard Stern 1995 TV Series Himself
The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Revival of a Play & Regional Theatre Award
Naked News 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
The Holocaust: In Memory of Millions 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1994 TV Special Himself - Master of Ceremonies
The 10th TV Academy Hall of Fame 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993-1994 TV Series Himself
Victory Over Violence 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Host - Narrator
Veillées d'armes 1994 Documentary Himself
Ape Man: The Story of Human Evolution 1994 TV Series documentary Himself - Host
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1993 TV Special Himself - Master of Ceremonies
The Cronkite Report: The Faltering Dream 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
Bob Hope: The First 90 Years 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1992-1993 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Beyond 'JFK': The Question of Conspiracy 1992 Documentary Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1992 TV Special Himself - Master of Ceremonies
Titanic: Treasure of the Deep 1992 Video documentary Himself - Host
The Howard Stern Show 1992 TV Series Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1991 TV Special Himself
Benny Hill: The World's Favorite Clown 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Dinosaur! 1991 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Host
The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Favourite News Oriented News Program
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1990 TV Special Himself - Master of Ceremonies
Good Morning America 1990 TV Series Himself
Night of 100 Stars III 1990 TV Movie Himself
Sing! Sesame Street Remembers Joe Raposo and His Music 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1989 TV Special Himself - Master of Ceremonies
Who Shot President Kennedy? 1989 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Total Panic 1989 TV Series Himself
50 Years of Television: A Golden Celebration 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
Later with Bob Costas 1989 TV Series Himself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1981-1989 TV Series Himself
Back to Neverland 1989 Short Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1988 TV Special Himself - Master of Ceremonies
Nova 1988 TV Series documentary Himself - Narrator
Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration 1988 TV Special Himself
Children of Apartheid 1987 Documentary Narrator (voice)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1987 TV Special documentary Himself - Master of Ceremonies
We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala 1987 TV Movie Himself - Host
Walter Cronkite at Large 1987 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Global Newspaper 1987 Documentary Himself - Host
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself - Master of Ceremonies
Liberty Weekend 1986 TV Special documentary Himself - Host
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1985 TV Special Himself - Master of Ceremonies
The Dream Is Alive 1985 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
Spaceflight 1985 TV Series documentary Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1984 TV Movie Himself - Master of Ceremonies
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1983 TV Special documentary Himself - Master of Ceremonies
World in Action 1983 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
I, Leonardo: A Journey of the Mind 1983 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1982 TV Special Himself - Master of Ceremonies
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1982 TV Series Himself
World War II with Walter Cronkite 1982 TV Series documentary Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1981 TV Special documentary Himself - Host
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1980 TV Special Himself - Master of Ceremonies
Universe 1980 TV Series Himself - Anchor
Sadat's Eternal Egypt 1980 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1979 TV Special Himself - Master of Ceremonies
The 16th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner of National Conference of Christians and Jews 1979 TV Special Himself - Honoree
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1979 TV Special Himself - Winner: Governor's Award
The Television Annual: 1978/1979 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite 1962-1979 TV Series Himself - Anchor / Himself
CBS: On the Air 1978 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Host
Super Bowl 1976 TV Movie documentary Himself
Dinah! 1974-1975 TV Series Himself
Frank Sinatra: The Main Event 1974 TV Movie documentary Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Mary Tyler Moore 1974 TV Series Himself
What's It All About? 1973 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford 1973 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)
You Are There 1953-1971 TV Series Himself - Host - Narrator / Himself - Host
Louis Armstrong: 1900 - 1971 1971 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
CBS Reports 1961-1971 TV Series documentary Himself - Reporter / Himself / Narrator
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1969 TV Series Himself - Guest
Man on the Moon: The Epic Journey of Apollo XI 1969 TV Mini-Series Himself - Anchor
Captain Kangaroo 1968 TV Series Himself
The Twenty-First Century 1967-1968 TV Series documentary Himself - Host / Narrator / Himself - Narrator
13 Stars for Channel 13 1968 TV Movie Himself
A CBS News Inquiry: The Warren Report 1967 TV Movie documentary Himself
I've Got a Secret 1966 TV Series Guest star
The Twentieth Century 1957-1966 TV Series documentary Narrator / Himself - Host / Himself - Narrator / ...
What's My Line? 1956-1966 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest
The Ed Sullivan Show 1956-1966 TV Series Himself
Friends of Mr. Churchill 1965 TV Movie Himself - - Host
November 22nd and the Warren Report 1964 TV Movie documentary Himself
CBS: The Stars' Address 1963 TV Movie Himself
Town Meeting of the World 1963 TV Movie Himself - Moderator
The 15th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1963 TV Special Himself - Host
Eyewitness to History 1960-1963 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself - Host
Armstrong Circle Theatre 1961 TV Series Himself - Narrator
1960 Presidential Debates 1960 TV Series Himself - Panelist
Presidential Countdown 1960 TV Mini-Series Himself (host / interviewer)
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1959 TV Series Himself - Recipient
Where We Stand: 1959 1959 TV Movie Himself - - Host
The Incredible Turk 1958 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator
A Private Little Party for a Few Chums 1957 TV Movie documentary Himself
Playhouse 90 1957 TV Series Himself
Air Power 1956-1957 TV Series documentary Narrator / Himself - Narrator / Himself - Host
Climax! 1955 TV Series Himself - Narrator
Longines Chronoscope 1953-1955 TV Series Himself - Panelist
The Morning Show 1954 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself
Two for the Money 1952 TV Series Quiz Authority (1955-1956)
Man of the Week 1952 TV Series Himself - Moderator
It's News to Me 1951 TV Series Himself (moderator; 1954)
Facts We Face 1950 TV Series Himself - Moderator
The Man Who Saved the World 2014 Documentary Himself
Phonograph Conversations 2013 Himself
SS United States: Made in America 2013 Documentary Himself
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots 2010 TV Movie documentary voice
Moon Beat 2009 Documentary Himself - TV News Broadcaster
Walter Cronkite, America's Newsman 2009 TV Movie Himself
Breaking News: The Collision of Journalism and Consumerism in a Democracy 2009 Documentary Himself - Anchor and Managing Editor: CBS Evening News 1962-1981
SS United States: Lady in Waiting 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Great Performances 1988-2008 TV Series Himself - Host
Cronkite Commentaries 2007 TV Movie Himself - Host
Liberty Memorial: Stories of the Great War Monument 2007 Video documentary Himself
That's the Way It Is: Celebrating Cronkite at 90 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Silent Wings: The American Glider Pilots of World War II 2007 Documentary
Do Not Go Gently 2007 Documentary Narrator (voice)
George Clooney: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2006 TV Movie Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2006 TV Series Himself
Borrowing Time 2006 Documentary Himself
Görings letzte Schlacht - Das Tribunal von Nürnberg 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
The U.S. vs. John Lennon 2006 Documentary Himself
American Masters 1990-2006 TV Series documentary Himself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Toots 2006 Documentary Himself
Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater 2006 Documentary Himself
Texas Monthly Talks 2006 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
'Network': By Walter Cronkite 2006 Video short Himself
Out of the Shadows: The Man Who Was Deep Throat 2006 Video documentary short Himself - Former Anchorman, CBS News
Woodward and Bernstein: Lighting the Fire 2006 Video documentary short Himself - Former Anchorman, CBS News
American Experience 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Apollo 13: The Inside Story 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself - CBS Evening News Anchorman
The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Larry King Live 2001-2005 TV Series Himself
The Shot That Shook the World 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin 2005 Documentary short Himself
Chatham Radio: WCC the Untold Story 2005 Video documentary short Narrator (voice)
The American Ruling Class 2005 Himself - Fmr. CBS News Anchorman
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2004 TV Special Himself
The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Jonathan Dimbleby 2004 TV Series Himself
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy 2004 Video documentary Himself - Journalist
ESPN SportsCentury 2000-2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism 2004 Documentary Himself
ESPN 25: The Headlines 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2004 TV Series Himself
Wolf Blitzer Reports 2004 TV Series Himself
Proud to Serve: The Men and Women of the U.S. Army 2003 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
Journalists: Killed in the Line of Duty 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself (voice)
CBS at 75 2003 TV Special documentary Himself
Avoiding Armageddon 2003 TV Series documentary Himself - Host - Narrator
Jim McKay: My World in My Words 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Living Century 2003 TV Series documentary Himself - Host
S.O.S. Planet 2002 Documentary short Himself, Narrator
Television in America: An Autobiography 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Rocket Science 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony 2002 Documentary Himself (voice)
Korean War Stories 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host - Narrator
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2001 TV Special Himself - Host
The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
60 Minutes 2001 TV Series documentary Himself - Former CBS News Anchor (segment "Special Report")
Late Show with David Letterman 1994-2001 TV Series Himself
Breaking the News 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Ronald Reagan: The Hollywood Years, the Presidential Years 2001 Video documentary Himself
On Common Ground 2001/I Documentary Himself - Commentator
Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2000 TV Special documentary Himself - Master of Ceremonies
Fail Safe 2000 TV Movie Himself - Host
Brother, Can You Spare a Billion?: The Story of Jesse H. Jones 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator
Good Grief, Charlie Brown: A Tribute to Charles Schulz 2000 TV Special Himself - Host
HARDtalk 2000 TV Series Himself
The American President 2000 TV Series documentary George Washington
Uncommon Friends of the Twentieth Century 1999 Documentary Narrator (voice)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1999 TV Special Himself - Master of Ceremonies

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
13th 2016 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Frontline 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
The Eighties 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - CBS News
60 Minutes 2005-2016 TV Series documentary Himself (segment "Andy Rooney") / Himself - News Anchor (segment "First Man") / Himself - News Anchor / ...
Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices 2016 Documentary Himself
I Remember Herb Caen 2016 Documentary Himself
The Seventies 2015 TV Series documentary Himself - CBS News
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Best of Enemies 2015 Documentary Himself
What Happened, Miss Simone? 2015 Documentary Himself
Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock & Roll 2014 Documentary Himself
Stossel 2014 TV Series Himself - CBS News
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - CBS News
The 50 Year Argument 2014 Documentary Himself - Broadcaster
American Experience 2005-2014 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself - CBS News Anchor
Secrets of the Dead 2013 TV Series documentary Himself - CBS Anchorman
Newsflash: Stories That Stopped the World 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself - News Anchor (uncredited)
Khrushchev Does America 2013 Documentary Himself, news anchorman, CBS
Dallas, une journée particulière 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself, reporter, CBS News
Our Man in Tehran 2013 Documentary Himself
The Fifth Estate 2013 Himself (uncredited)
The Butler 2013/I Himself (uncredited)
Moyers & Company 2013 TV Series Himself
Our Nixon 2013 Documentary Himself
Lovelace 2013 Himself (uncredited)
Valentino's Ghost 2012 Documentary Himself
Lorg na gCos: Súil Siar ar Mise Éire 2012 Documentary Himself
Ethel 2012 Documentary Himself
Gloria: In Her Own Words 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011 Himself (uncredited)
Super 8 2011 Himself - CBS News Anchor (uncredited)
Doctor Who 2011 TV Series Himself
The Kennedys 2011 TV Mini-Series Himself
Kennedys' Home Movies 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Reagan 2011 Documentary Himself - CBS News
Lombardi 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
30 for 30 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Have You Heard from Johannesburg: The Bottom Line 2010 Documentary Himself, anchorman, CBS Evening News
Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Inside Edition 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2009 TV Series Himself
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Fall of the Republic: The Presidency of Barack H. Obama 2009 Documentary Himself
JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
Huxley on Huxley 2009 Documentary Himself
Double Take 2009 Documentary Himself - TV Newsman (uncredited)
The Shock Doctrine 2009 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Iran and the West 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Cold Case 2008 TV Series Himself
Milk 2008/I Himself (uncredited)
Frost/Nixon 2008 Himself (uncredited)
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - CBS News
Chelsea on the Rocks 2008 Documentary Himself
Killer at Large 2008 Documentary Himself
Inside the Vietnam War 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
1968 with Tom Brokaw 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Across the River to Motor City 2007 TV Series Himself
Secrets of the Moon Landings 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Oswald's Ghost 2007 Documentary Himself
Twentieth Century Battlefields 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Situation Critical 2007 TV Series documentary Himself - Cbs Newscaster
Sputnik Fever 2007 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death 2007 Documentary Himself
Larry Flynt: The Right to Be Left Alone 2007 Documentary Himself
ITV Morning News 2007 TV Series Himself - CBS News - 22 November 1963
In the Shadow of the Moon 2007 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Chicago 10 2007 Documentary Himself / CBS anchor
20 to 1 2006 TV Series documentary Himself - Newsreader
This Film Is Not Yet Rated 2006 Documentary Himself - 1968 TV Newscaster (uncredited)
The First Miracle: 1960 US Olympic Hockey Team 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Sir! No Sir! 2005 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Call It Democracy 2005 Documentary Himself - CBS News
Inside Deep Throat 2005 Documentary Himself - CBS News Anchor (uncredited)
JFK: Breaking the News 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry 2004 Documentary Himself
Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power 2004 Documentary Himself
Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed 2004 Documentary Himself
Die Chronik des Nürnberger Prozesses 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself - Reporter
Brilliant But Cancelled 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia 2002 Documentary Himself
The Star Dreamer 2002 Documentary Himself - CBS News, 1958
Out of the Blue 2002 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
Path to War 2002 TV Movie Himself (uncredited)
Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot 2001 TV Movie Himself - Announces Death of JFK (uncredited)
Thirteen Days 2000 Himself (uncredited)
The Dish 2000 Himself (uncredited)
Ali-Frazier I: One Nation... Divisible 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation 1999 Documentary Himself
Image of an Assassination: A New Look at the Zapruder Film 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself - Announces Death of JFK (uncredited)
A Bright Shining Lie 1998 TV Movie Himself - Reports on Ia Drang Battle (uncredited)
From the Earth to the Moon 1998 TV Mini-Series Himself
The Hudson Riverkeepers 1998 Documentary Himself
The Long Way Home 1997 Documentary Himself - UPI, Covers Nuremberg Trial (uncredited)
Diagnosis Murder 1997 TV Series Himself
All Power to the People 1996 Documentary Himself
Apollo 13 1995 Himself (uncredited)
Fame in the Twentieth Century 1993 TV Series documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Real Malcolm X 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself - Announces Death of JFK (uncredited)
Love Field 1992 Himself - Reports on Assassination of JFK (uncredited)
JFK 1991 Himself - Interviewing JFK & Announcing His Death (uncredited)
The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit 1991 Video documentary Himself - CBS News (uncredited)
The Moon Above, the Earth Below 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
Kerouac, the Movie 1985 Documentary Himself - Reports Death of Kerouac (uncredited)
Vietnam: A Television History 1983 TV Series documentary Himself
Showtime Looks at 1981 1981 TV Movie documentary Himself - News Anchor
Network 1976 Himself (uncredited)
All the President's Men 1976 Himself (uncredited)
The Movie Orgy 1968 Documentary Himself - Reacting to Apollo Landing (uncredited)
CBS Reports 1963 TV Series documentary Himself - - Reporter

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010 OFTA TV Hall of Fame Online Film & Television Association Actors and Actresses
2008 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Lifetime Achievement Award (Other)
1997 CableACE CableACE Awards Documentary Series Cronkite Remembers (1997) · Sanford Socolow (executive producer)
· Jonathan Ward (executive producer)
· Chip Cronkite (senior producer)
· Mary Dore (producer)
· Amanda Lowthian (associate producer)
1994 CableACE CableACE Awards Program Interviewer The Holocaust: In Memory of Millions (1994)
1992 Career Achievement Award International Documentary Association
1991 Award of Excellence Banff Television Festival
1986 Career Achievement Award Television Critics Association Awards
1982 Trustees Award Daytime Emmy Awards
1979 Governor's Award Primetime Emmy Awards
1966 Television Award Ondas Awards International Television: Best Presenter - Male (Internacionales de televisión: Mejor locutor)
1963 Personal Award Peabody Awards
1961 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Television Achievement Perry Mason (1957)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Life Achievement (Other)
2007 TV Land Award TV Land Awards The "Hey! It's...!" Award (Favorite Cameo or Guest Star) Mary Tyler Moore (1970)
2004 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 (2002)
2003 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 (2002)
2003 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Most Memorable Male Guest Star in a Comedy as Himself Mary Tyler Moore (1970)
2000 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class Special Great Performances (1971) · Jac Venza (executive producer)
· David Horn (executive producer)
· Richard Schilling (coordinating producer)
· John Walker
· Heidelinde Rudy
1995 CableACE CableACE Awards Public Affairs Special or Series The Cronkite Report: The Faltering Dream (1993) · Sanford Socolow (executive producer)
· Holly Barden Stadtler (coordinating producer)
1995 CableACE CableACE Awards Informational or Documentary Host Ape Man: The Story of Human Evolution (1994)
1993 CableACE CableACE Awards Informational or Documentary Host Dinosaur! (1991)
1957 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best News Commentator


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#Quote
1 Twenty-four hours after I told CBS News that I was stepping down at my 65th birthday I was already regretting it and I've regretted it every day since. It's too good a job for me to have given it up the way that I did.
2 I learned at an early age how to pontificate even when wrong.
3 They're still playing our song and have been for over 60 years. [About his wife Betsy]
4 In broadcasting, I learned the hard way how prepared you need to be to be spontaneous.
5 I am probably not that different from most reporters, highly competitive, always determined to get that big story. The big story is always the one that's just a little bit out of reach.
6 I firmly believe in the necessity of military censorship but there is considerable danger to the democracy when in the guise of military censorship our government engages in political censorship.
7 I got along pretty well with Nixon. Whenever he promised me an interview he delivered and I didn't make his famed "Enemies List". I'm still sort of ambivalent about that.
8 I only met Martin Luther King on a few occasions but I was always struck by the obvious force, the power of his character which is clearly what the Civil Rights movement needed at that point.
9 [The day President Harding died] "The Kansas City Times had a big picture of President Harding with a black border around it. So I ran down the street to my best friend's house and I said 'Alfred, take a look because that's the last picture you'll ever see of President Harding'. I don't know where I got that crazy idea but it proved early in life that I could pontificate even when wrong."
10 [Looking back at the 20th Century] "I had a pretty good seat at the parade. I was lucky enough to have been born at the right time to see most of this remarkable century."
11 [About announcing President Kennedy's death] "At that moment I teared up, I just had a little trouble getting the words out."
12 [About Oliver Stone's JFK (1991)] Stone combines real and fictional footage in a very clever way that completely obliterates the truth. He uses my announcement of the President's death to provide an air of reality that he avoids for the rest of the picture. His preposterous theory is that top echelons of the United States government committed the Kennedy murder in order to put Lyndon Johnson in the White House. That work of fiction is dangerous, it seriously misleads a whole generation of Americans who were not alive at that time.
13 [About President Kennedy] "Kennedy could be as charming in public as he had been in private. But he had another side, a certain attitude of superiority, an arrogance that I found disturbing."
14 [About President Eisenhower] "Eisenhower made political enemies of course but he never lost the aura of the war hero. In doing his memoirs for television with me, he revealed a great deal more detailed knowledge of the arcane decisions of his administration than the press generally gave him credit for."
15 [About President Truman] "Truman never shucked the image of a country boy in the big city. But in his self-confident righteousness, he impressed you with the courage of a lion"
16 [About FDR] "With his radio talks and his fireside chats he brought all Americans into the White House. At the times I saw him, at his informal news conferences, he could be tough with questioning reporters but he usually ended the exchange with a wide grin or with a hearty laugh. He seemed to say, in the manner of a sporting man, 'Well tried, sir'"
17 [About President Hoover] "Herbert Hoover seemed to me about as stiff in person as he was in public. A highly intelligent man, dedicated to public service who just couldn't connect with the average man"
18 [About President Reagan] "In Reagan, what you saw was what you got. Without surrendering the dignity of the office he maintained that hail-fellow comradeship of the locker room. He was fun to be with, shady stories and all."
19 [About President Carter] "Carter, I think, was the brainiest President of my time, not in political ability but intelligence that could store and recall an incredible amount of complicated material."
20 [About President Ford] "Ford was the genuine good fellow well met. He was the guy you wish you had known in college."
21 [About President Nixon] "Nixon, to me, never seemed comfortable in the Presidency. He always seemed to be acting out a rehearsed role. I thought I could see his knees knocking with stage fright"
22 [About President Johnson] "It has been said, and truthfully so, that Lyndon Johnson was larger than life. You felt in his presence that here was raw power capable of lifting great weights and crushing enemies."
23 [About the Presidents that he met] "They were all giant egos, anxious about their place in history"
24 [About President Clinton] "Clinton, I've not come to know that well, but in my one sit-down interview with him, I found him forthcoming and humorous."
25 [About George Bush] I like George Bush, he seemed to be a straight arrow, the sort you'd like to have as your lawyer or your banker or as a friend. And of course, he had Barbara.
26 Everything is being compressed into tiny tablets. You take a little pill of news every day - 23 minutes - and that's supposed to be enough. [on the superficiality of television news]
27 And that's the way it is, March 6, 1981. [Sign-off line on his last night as anchor]
28 The great sadness of my life is that I never achieved the hour newscast, which would not have been twice as good as the half-hour newscast, but many times as good.
29 It is increasingly clear that the only rational way out will be to negotiate, not as victors but as an honorable people who lived up to the pledge to defend democracy." (Cronkite's famous quote after the disastrous North Vietnamese Tet Offensive, which many say was the turning point in the Vietnam Conflict. President Lyndon Johnson, upon hearing Cronkite pull his support for further military involvement, is quoted as saying, "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost Middle America.

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1 Always closed his newscasts by saying "And that's the way it is"

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