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Short Info

Net Worth$35 million
Date Of BirthJuly 23, 1940
SpouseDeirdre Imus, Harriet Showalter
MarkCowboy hats
FactIs an avid landscape photographer.

Don Imus is an American radio personality, comedian, and author. He is the host of The Imus in the Morning radio program, which is syndicated nationally by Cumulus Media Networks. The program airs on more than 60 radio stations in the United States, as well as on the American Forces Radio Network.

Imus was born in Riverside, California, on July 23, 1940. His parents were John Donald Imus Sr., a stockbroker, and Frances E. (née Franks) Imus. He has two older brothers, Fred and John Jr., and two younger sisters, Frances and Elizabeth. Imus was raised in a Methodist household.

Imus attended Riverside Polytechnic High School, where he played football and was a member of the track team. He graduated from high school in 1958.

Imus began his broadcasting career while still in high school, working as a disc jockey at a local radio station. He attended Rancho Alamitos Community College for one semester before dropping out to focus on his radio career.

In 1968, Imus launched his morning radio show, The Imus in the Morning, on WNBC in New York City. The show quickly became popular, and in 1971 it was syndicated nationally.

In the 1980s, Imus became known for his controversial humor, which often included racial and ethnic slurs. In 1988, he was fired from WNBC after making racist and sexist remarks on the air.

Imus returned to radio in December 1996 with a new morning show on WABC in New York City. The show was later syndicated nationally by ABC Radio Networks.

In April 2007, Imus was diagnosed with stage 2 prostate cancer. He underwent surgery to remove his prostate gland and underwent radiation therapy. In December 2007, Imus announced that he was cancer-free.

In October 2008, Imus was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.

Imus has been married three times. His first marriage, to Harriet Showalter, ended in divorce in 1979. He married his second wife, Deirdre Coleman, in 1994. The couple divorced in 2009. Imus married his third wife, Mika Brzezinski, in May 2018.

Imus has four children: two sons from his first marriage, Frederick and Zachary; a daughter from his second marriage, Ashley; and a son from his third marriage, Lucas.

Imus has an estimated net worth of $35 million. His annual salary is $10 million.

General Info

Full NameDon Imus
Net Worth$35 million
Date Of BirthJuly 23, 1940
Height1.88 m
ProfessionTV Personality, Photographer, Comedian, Talk show host, Philanthropist, Humorist, Radio personality


SpouseDeirdre Imus, Harriet Showalter
ChildrenFrederick Wyatt Imus, Elizabeth Imus, Ashley Imus
ParentsFrances E., John Donald Imus Sr.
SiblingsFred Imus


AwardsNAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame
TV ShowsImus in the Morning, Imus at Night

Social profile links


#Marks / Signs
1Cowboy hats


1I'm Howard Stern with a vocabulary. I'm the man he wishes he could be. [NYT 29 Sept. 1993]


1Friend of Hank Williams Jr., Dick Gregory, Barbara Walters, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Paul Begala.
2Licensed ordained minister with the Universal Life Church, since April 1971.
3Favorite songs: "I've Always Been Crazy" by Waylon Jennings.
4Was a brakeman on the Southern Pacific Railroad. After hearing a morning disc-jockey, went to the nearby radio station and persuaded the owner to hire him. Thus began his career as a radio disc jockey on June 28, 1968 at radio station KUTY in Palmdale, California.
5Raised on a sprawling cattle ranch called "The Willows", neared Kingman, Arizona, which was a few miles from Jeannette Walls's grandmother.
6Hometown is Greenwich, Connecticut.
7Battling stage two prostate cancer [March 16, 2009].
8Served in the Marine Corps as a bugler from 1957 to 1960.
10Along with his brother, Fred Imus, and his wife, Deirdre Coleman Imus, Don Imus founded the "Imus Ranch for Kids with Cancer" in 1999 in Ribera, New Mexico.
11Of Welsh ancestry.
12Hired as DJ for the Sacramento station KXOA, Imus once (in about 1969) called a local fast-food restaurant while on the air and ordered 1,200 hamburgers to go, giving specific instructions on how he wanted them prepared. As a result, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that disc jockeys must identify themselves when they telephone listeners.
13Don Imus was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989.
14Children with Harriet Showalter: Nadine Imus, Tony Imus, Elizabeth Imus (born on April 29, 1975) and Ashleigh Imus.
15Is an avid landscape photographer.
16Has written several comic novels, including "God's Other Son".
17In the 1970s, he recorded a series of albums that featured recordings of his on-air telephone pranks (including trying to reserve a Formula 1 race car from a auto rental agency), and material from his radio shows.
18Older brother of Fred Imus.
19(July 3, 1998) Son, with Deirdre Coleman Imus, was born, named Frederick Wyatt Imus, but referred to as Wyatt.
20Actor Luke Reilly portrayed Imus in the film Private Parts (1997).
21Used to be a co-worker of Howard Stern.
22Hosts a talk radio program in New York City called "Imus In The Morning".



Odd Jobs1986Monty Leader


Good Night America1973TV Series announcer


Imus in the Morning2013-2015TV SeriesHimself - Host
The O'Reilly Factor2014TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2014TV SeriesHimself
Hannity2009TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Live2007TV SeriesHimself
The Barbara Walters Summer Special2007TV SeriesHimself
60 Minutes2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Radio Host (segment "Imus")
The View2004TV SeriesHimself
Hardball with Chris Matthews2004TV SeriesHimself
The American President2000TV Series documentaryAndrew Johnson
Imus in the Morning on MSNBC1996TV SeriesHost
The History of Talk Radio1996Video documentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1994TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1991TV SeriesHimself - Guest
VH1 Music Videos1985TV SeriesHimself - Video Jockey
This Is America1977DocumentaryHimself - Host Ms. All-Bare America 1975 (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Imus in the Morning2014TV SeriesHimself - Host
The O'Reilly Factor2007-2013TV SeriesHimself - Talk Radio Host / Himself
Looking for Lenny2011DocumentaryHimself - Radio Host
Penn & Teller: Bullshit!2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Rome Is Burning2008TV SeriesHimself
On the Record w/ Brit Hume2008TV SeriesHimself
ESPN Outside the Lines Sunday2007TV SeriesHimself - Radio Host
Pardon the Interruption2007TV SeriesHimself


Nominated Awards

1996GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Spoken Comedy AlbumFor the album "God's Other Son".

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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