Known for movies

Short Info

DiedDecember 5, 2002, New York City, New York, United States
SpouseGigi Shaw, Ann Fowler, Joan Heise
FactPresident of ABC News from 1977 to 1998.


Roone Arledge was an American broadcast executive who was the president of ABC Sports, and then the president of ABC News. He is credited with creating the modern Olympics television coverage, and with pioneering the wide-world sports broadcast that has become the standard today. Arledge was also a producer, and won 32 Emmy Awards during his career.

Arledge was born in Forest Hills, New York, on July 8, 1931, to parents who were both schoolteachers. His father, Roone Sr., also coached the football team at Columbia University. Arledge had two older sisters, and the family lived in a comfortable middle-class home. He attended the nearby P.S. 10 elementary school, and then went on to the High School of Music & Art in Manhattan.

Arledge’s first exposure to television came in 1946, when he built a crude receiver out of spare parts and began watching broadcasts from New York City. He was immediately fascinated by the new medium, and began reading everything he could about it. He also became a fan of sports, and followed the New York Yankees and Giants.

After high school, Arledge attended Columbia University on a scholarship. He originally planned to study medicine, but switched to a pre-law curriculum after a year. He continued to follow his passion for sports, working as a stringer for the New York Herald Tribune and writing for the school paper. He also worked at the campus radio station, WKCR.

Arledge’s big break came in 1952, when he was assigned to cover the Helsinki Olympics for CBS Radio. He did such a good job that he was given additional assignments, including the 1954 World Series and the 1955 Rose Bowl.

In 1956, Arledge was hired by ABC to work in their fledgling sports department. He quickly rose through the ranks, becoming head of ABC Sports in 1960. Under his leadership, ABC Sports became a powerhouse, televising events such as the Olympics, the NFL, college football, and horse racing. Arledge also pioneered the use of instant replay and other technical innovations that are now standard in sports broadcasting.

In 1977, Arledge was named president of ABC News, becoming the first person to head both a major news division and a major sports division at a major network. He continued to oversee ABC’s sports coverage, while also expanding ABC News’ reach with programs such as “Nightline” and “20/20.”

Arledge retired from ABC in 1998, but remained active as a producer until his death in 2002. He won 32 Emmy Awards during his career, more than any other individual. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1993.

Arledge was married three times and had four children. His first marriage, to Joan Heisey, ended in divorce. His second marriage, to model Anne Cox Chambers, lasted from 1962 until their divorce in 1978. His third marriage, to journalist Maxine Avis Ewart, lasted from 1980 until his death. Arledge also had an extensive collection of African art, which he donated to the Smithsonian Institution after his death.

Arledge had a net worth of $100 million at the time of his death.

General Info

Full NameRoone Arledge
DiedDecember 5, 2002, New York City, New York, United States
ProfessionFilm producer, Screenwriter, Television producer
EducationWellington C. Mepham High School, Columbia University, Columbia College of Columbia University in the City of New York
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseGigi Shaw, Ann Fowler, Joan Heise
ChildrenRoone Pinckney Arledge II, Susan Lee Arledge, Patricia Lu Arledge, Elizabeth Ann Arledge
ParentsGertrude Agnes Stritmater, Roone Pinckney Arledge, Sr.

Accomplishments

AwardsPeabody Award, International Emmy Founders Award, Sports Lifetime Achievement Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement In Sports Programming, TCA Career Achievement Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Edited Sports Speci...
NominationsTCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sports, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Program Achievement - Special Class
MoviesSinatra – The Main Event
TV ShowsOur World, Primetime, Monday Night Football, 20/20, Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, This Week, America This Morning, Primetime: The Outsiders, Primetime: Basic Instincts

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Quotes

#Quote
1Television is a powerful medium that has to be used for something better than sitcoms and police shows. On the other hand, if you don't recognize the forces that play on what people watch and what they don't then you're a fool and you should be in a different business.
2A lot of people told me that the job of making ABC News competitive was so difficult and so long that it wasn't worth the trouble.

Facts

#Fact
1Inducted into the U.S. Olymic Hall of Fame as a special contributor, 1989.
2Recipient of the Pete Rozelle Award (which rewards exceptional longtime contributions to radio and TV in pro football) in 2001.
3Creator of "Monday Night Football" and "Wide World of Sports" on ABC.
4He introduced many state-of-the-art technologies to sports programming, which include instant replays, slow motion, advanced graphics, plus journalistic values and personalization of athletes to sports broadcasting.
5Winner of 36 Emmys.
6Children (with Heise): son Roone Jr.; daughters Susan, Betsey, Patricia.
7The 36-time Emmy winner was cited as one of the 100 most important Americans of the 20th century by Life magazine in 1990.
8Creator of "20/20", "Prime Time Live", and "Nightline".
9President of ABC News from 1977 to 1998.
10President of ABC Sports from 1968 to 1986.

Movies

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nightline Up Close2002TV Series line producer
Primetime Thursday1999TV Series executive producer
ABC's Wide World of Sports1961-1997TV Series executive producer - 82 episodes
20/201996TV Series executive producer
Turning Point1993TV Series documentary executive producer
World News Now1992TV Series executive producer
Ironman Triathlon World Championship1985TV Movie executive producer
1984 Summer Olympics Highlights1984Video executive producer
Battle of the Network Stars XVI1984TV Special producer
Battle of the Network Stars XV1983TV Special producer
Battle of the Network Stars XIV1983TV Special executive producer
US Open1982TV Movie executive producer
Winter Olympics '80: The World Comes to America1980TV Special executive producer
1980 XIII Olympic Winter Games Lake Placid1980TV Movie executive producer
America Held Hostage1979TV Series executive producer
The American Sportsman1979TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
NCAA Football1979TV Series executive producer
Battle of the Network Stars V1978TV Special producer
20/201978TV Series documentary executive producer
Battle of the Network Stars IV1978TV Special producer
Battle of the Network Stars III1977TV Special executive producer
Battle of the Network Stars1976TV Special executive producer
XII Olympic Games at Innsbruck1976TV Series executive producer
Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell1975TV Series executive producer
Frank Sinatra: The Main Event1974TV Movie documentary producer
Bobby Riggs vs. Billie Jean King: Tennis Battle of the Sexes1973TV Movie executive producer
Munich 1972: Games of the XX Olympiad1972TV Mini-Series executive producer - 1972
NFL Monday Night Football1970TV Series executive producer / producer
19th Summer Olympic Games1968TV Movie executive producer
10th Winter Olympic Games1968TV Mini-Series executive producer
ABC's College Football1966TV Series executive producer - 1966
IX. Olympische Winterspiele Innsbruck 19641964Documentary executive producer: ABC network coverage
A Tribute to John F. Kennedy from the Arts1963TV Movie producer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
ABC News NightlineTV Series 1 episode, 2011 creator - 1 episode, 2002
20/201978TV Series documentary creator

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
One Day in September1999Documentary thanks
ABC's Wide World of Sports 30th Anniversary Special1991TV Movie special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...2007TV SeriesHimself
ESPN SportsCentury1999-2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Howard Cosell: Telling It Like It Is1999TV Movie documentaryHimself (Exec. Producer ABC Sports 1961-1986 / President ABC News 1977-1997)
23rd Annual International Emmys Gala Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
ABC's Wide World of Sports 30th Anniversary Special1991TV MovieHimself
The Odd Couple1975TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
30 for 302009TV Series documentaryHimself - ABC Sports Programming Director
Jim McKay: My World in My Words2003TV Movie documentaryHimself

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2003Lifetime Achievement AwardSports Emmy Awards
2002Lifetime Achievement AwardNews & Documentary Emmy Awards
1998Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
1985Personal AwardPeabody AwardsTo the president of ABC News and Sports.
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Edited Sports SeriesABC's Wide World of Sports (1961)
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Live Sports SeriesNFL Monday Night Football (1970)
1974Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sports ProgrammingABC's Wide World of Sports (1961)
1973Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sports ProgrammingABC's Wide World of Sports (1961)
1973Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sports ProgrammingMunich 1972: Games of the XX Olympiad (1972)
1972Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sports ProgrammingABC's Wide World of Sports (1961)
1971Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sports ProgrammingABC's Wide World of Sports (1961)
1970Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sports ProgrammingABC's Wide World of Sports (1961)
1969Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sports Programming19th Summer Olympic Games (1968)
1968Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sports Programming - ProgramsABC's Wide World of Sports (1961)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1997Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
1996Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
1995Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
1994Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
1993Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
1992Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
1991Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
1990Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
1989Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
1986TCA AwardTelevision Critics Association AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sports
1986Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
1980Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Program Achievement - Special ClassWinter Olympics '80: The World Comes to America (1980)
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Live Sports SeriesABC's College Football (1966)
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Live Sports Series
1974Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sports ProgrammingNFL Monday Night Football (1970)
1974Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sports ProgrammingBobby Riggs vs. Billie Jean King: Tennis Battle of the Sexes (1973)
1973Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sports ProgrammingNFL Monday Night Football (1970)
1973Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sports ProgrammingABC's College Football (1966)
1972Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sports ProgrammingNFL Monday Night Football (1970)
1971Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sports ProgrammingNFL Monday Night Football (1970)
1969Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sports ProgrammingABC's Wide World of Sports (1961)
1968Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sports Programming - Programs10th Winter Olympic Games (1968)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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