Known for movies

Short Info

DiedAugust 18, 2009, Washington, D.C., United States
SpouseGeraldine Novak
FactAnnounced his retirement from the Chicago Sun-Times on August 4, 2008 to focus on his treatment and recovery from his malignant brain tumor.


Robert Novak was an American journalist and political commentator. He was born on February 26, 1931, in Joliet, Illinois, to parents who were both newspaper reporters. Novak attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He began his career as a reporter for the Joliet Herald-News. He later worked for the Associated Press and then for The Wall Street Journal. Novak was a syndicated columnist for United Press International (UPI) from 1963 to 2005. He also wrote for The Evans-Novak Political Report, a newsletter he co-founded with Rowland Evans.

Novak was known for his conservative views and for his role in the Plame affair. In 2003, he revealed the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame in a column, which led to an investigation by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald. Novak was indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, but the charges were later dropped.

Novak suffered a stroke in 2008 and died on August 18, 2009, at the age of 78.

Early Life

Robert Novak was born on February 26, 1931, in Joliet, Illinois, to parents who were both newspaper reporters. His father, Joseph Novak, was of Czech descent and his mother, Lillian (née Schwartz), was of German Jewish descent. Novak had two brothers, Kenneth and Edward.

Novak attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1952.

Career

Novak began his career as a reporter for the Joliet Herald-News. He later worked for the Associated Press and then for The Wall Street Journal.

Novak was a syndicated columnist for United Press International (UPI) from 1963 to 2005. He also wrote for The Evans-Novak Political Report, a newsletter he co-founded with Rowland Evans.

Novak was known for his conservative views and for his role in the Plame affair. In 2003, he revealed the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame in a column, which led to an investigation by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald. Novak was indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, but the charges were later dropped.

Novak suffered a stroke in 2008 and died on August 18, 2009, at the age of 78.

General Info

Full NameRobert Novak
DiedAugust 18, 2009, Washington, D.C., United States
ProfessionActor, Journalist, Author, Commentator, TV Personality
EducationUniversity of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseGeraldine Novak
ChildrenAlex Novak, Zelda Novak
ParentsJane Sanders, Maurice Novak

Accomplishments

TV ShowsCrossfire, Capital Gang

Social profile links

Quotes

#Quote
1My Democratic friends are so happy, they seem to think they've died and gone to heaven. If they'd been around as long as I have, though, they'd realize first that it ain't heaven, and that, second, they won't get to stay forever. - Interview with David Keene, 2008.

Facts

#Fact
1Release of his book, "The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington". [2007]
2Release of his book, "Completing the Revolution: A Vision for Victory in 2000". [2000]
3Release of the book, "Lyndon B. Johnson; The Exercise of Power; a Political Biography" by Novak with 'Rowland Evans'. [1966]
4First journalist to disclose the identity of Valerie Plame Wilson as a CIA operative on July 14, 2003.
5Friend of Frederic W. Barnes.
6Father of daughter, Zelda, and son, Alex.
7Underwent surgery in 2003 to remove a cancerous growth on his kidney and was under medical observation for a possible recurrence.
8Fox News contributor.
9A son of Jewish parents, he converted to Catholicism at age 67 after attending Catholic services for several years.
10Announced his retirement from the Chicago Sun-Times on August 4, 2008 to focus on his treatment and recovery from his malignant brain tumor.
11Announced on 28 July 2008 that he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor.
12Longtime friend of Tim Russert.
13Created the CNN pundit show "The Capital Gang" in 1988. It was modeled after the syndicated show The McLaughlin Group (1982).

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Thomas Crown Affair1999Proctor (as Robert Novak)
The Lovemaster1997
Contact1997Robert D. Novak
Dave1993Robert D. Novak

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dangerous Dynasty: The Bush Legacy2009Video documentary shortHimself (as Robert Novak)
Hype: The Obama Effect2008Video documentaryHimself
Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story2008DocumentaryHimself - TV Host & Columnist
Beyond Nixon2008Video documentary shortHimself (as Robert Novak)
Just In with Laura Ingraham2008TV SeriesHimself - Syndicated Columnist
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself - Fox News Contributor
America's Pulse2008TV SeriesHimself - Syndicated Columnist
Hillary: The Movie2008DocumentaryHimself
Encore with John Palmer2006TV SeriesHimself
Meet the Press1977-2006TV SeriesHimself
Hannity & Colmes2006TV SeriesHimself
The Big Story2005TV SeriesHimself
Crossfire1986-2005TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host
Tragedy to Triumph: The Maryland Terrapin Odyssey2003TV Movie documentaryHimself - Journalist: CNN (as Robert Novak)
Charlie Rose2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
The Last Editor2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Bob Novack)
The Last Debate2000TV MovieHimself, Chicago Sun-Times
Running Mates2000TV MovieHimself (as Robert Novak)
The Capital Gang1988TV SeriesHimself
The McLaughlin Group1982-1987TV SeriesHimself
Firing Line1966TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words2016DocumentaryHimself (as Robert Novak)
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself
Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann2005TV SeriesHimself
60 Minutes2005TV Series documentaryHimself - Columnist (segment "The Outing of Valerie Plame")

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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