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Short Info

Net Worthroughly $2 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 27, 1959
MarkHis "Worst person in the world" award
FactClaimed that he did not vote in the 2008 Presidential election.
PaymentsEarned $4,000,000 /year (2007) from Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann (2003)

Keith Olbermann is an American sports and political commentator and writer. He is currently the host of GQ’s political web series The Resistance with Keith Olbermann. Olbermann spent the first 20 years of his career in sports journalism, first as a sports anchor on CNN and later as a sports correspondent for ABC News and ESPN. He began his career in political commentary with MSNBC in 1997, where he hosted the political talk show Countdown with Keith Olbermann. He left MSNBC in 2011 to host a similar show on Current TV, but returned to MSNBC in 2013.

Olbermann was born in New York City, the son of Marie Katherine (née Tuchman), a teacher, and Theodore Olbermann, a commercial artist. He has one sister, Lynn. Olbermann grew up in a Unitarian household in Westchester County, New York. He graduated from Hackley School in 1975 and from Cornell University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications.

While at Cornell, Olbermann served as sports director for the university’s radio station, WVBR. He also worked as a sports anchor on Ithaca’s local TV station, WENY-TV. Olbermann began his professional career as a sportscaster on UPI Audio’s national radio show Up All Night. He later worked as a sports anchor and reporter for CNN from 1981 to 1984. In 1984, he moved to Los Angeles to work as a sports anchor for KTLA-TV.

In 1988, Olbermann began working for ABC News as a sports correspondent. He covered the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville. He also served as a field reporter for ABC’s Wide World of Sports. In 1992, Olbermann left ABC to join ESPN, where he served as a co-host of SportsCenter and as the anchor of the 11 p.m. ET edition of the program. He also hosted ESPN’s late-night talk show, The Big Show with Keith Olbermann.

In 1997, Olbermann left ESPN to join MSNBC, where he hosted the political talk show Countdown with Keith Olbermann. The show became one of MSNBC’s highest-rated programs. In 2011, Olbermann left MSNBC to host a similar show on Current TV, but returned to MSNBC in 2013.

Olbermann is divorced from his first wife, Katy Tur. He has two children from his second marriage, to Elizabeth Ann Hartstein: a son, Michael (born 2006), and a daughter, Katherine (born 2009).

Olbermann has been described as “one of the most prolific and popular political commentators” on television. He is also known for his “acerbic” commentary style.

General Info

Full NameKeith Olbermann
Net Worthroughly $2 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 27, 1959
Height1.92 m
ProfessionJournalist, TV Personality, Sports commentator, Commentator, Actor, Newscaster
EducationFarragut Middle School, Cornell University, Hackley School


ParentsTheodore Olbermann, Marie Katherine Charbonier Olbermann
PartnerKaty Tur


AwardsEdward R. Murrow Award
NominationsSports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality - Studio Host, News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing
MoviesDead Solid Perfect
TV ShowsCountdown with Keith Olbermann, SportsCenter, MSNBC Live, Football Night in America, 30 for 30, Olbermann

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#Marks / Signs
1His "Worst person in the world" award
2His intense criticism of Fox News,particularly Conservative host Bill O'Reilly
3Rapid fire story summary
4Ends his Countdown programme with "Good night and good luck"
5Crumpling his notes and throwing them at the camera at the end of his show
6Counts the numbers of days since the then-President Bush said mission accomplished (May 1st 2003)
7Grey/silver hair
8His glasses


Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann (2003)$7,500,000 /year (2009)
Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann (2003)$4,000,000 /year (2007)


1[on being fired by Current TV] I screwed up really big... I thought we could do this. It's my fault that it didn't succeed in the sense that I didn't think the whole thing through. I didn't say, 'you know, if you buy a $10 million chandelier, you should have a house to put it in. Just walking around with a $10 million chandelier isn't going to do anybody a lot of good, and it's not going to do any good to the chandelier.' And then it turned out we didn't have a lot to put the house on to put the chandelier in, or a building permit, and I, I should have known that. And it is, it is my fault at heart ... Now, I've been in situations in my lifetime where the second I agreed to something, I got that sinking feeling in my stomach and I said to myself on those occasions, 'Holy goodness, I've just made a huge mistake.'
2[From a series of Boston Market advertisements] Eat something!
3[about a hockey goal] He put the biscuit in the basket!
4[about a home-run hit during a baseball game] It's deep and I don't think it's playable!


1His idol when he was very young was Norman Lloyd.
2Fired by Al Gore's Current TV [March 30, 2012].
3Hired by Al Gore's Current TV [February 9, 2011].
4Has departed from MSNBC [January 20, 2011].
5Suspended indefinitely without pay by MSNBC after it learned that he contributed money to three Democrat candidates for the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections, a violation of the MSNBC contribution disclosure policy. The suspension was ended, and Olbermann resumed hosting 9 November 2010, after a petition circulated and was signed by over 250,000 supporters. [November 2010]
6In a technique similar to that of former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite in connection to the Iran Hostage Crisis, Olbermann finishes his program by counting the days since May 1, 2003, the day that President George W. Bush declared the end of "major combat operations" in Iraq under a banner that read "Mission Accomplished".
7Uses the phrase "Good night and good luck" as a tribute to Edward R. Murrow.
8His father was of approximately one half German, one quarter Polish, and one quarter Ukrainian, descent. His mother's ancestry included German, Dutch, Belgian, English, Irish, and French.
9Keith Olbermann's father, Theodore, died on March 13, 2010 of complications from colon surgery in September 2009. His mother also died months before.
10Since beginning Countdown's "Worst Person in the World" segment in July 2005, Olbermann has given rival Fox News host Bill O'Reilly the dubious honor (repeatedly).
11During a period in the mid-1990s, Olbermann appeared in a series of Boston Market advertisements, in which he would instruct a group of underweight models to "Eat something!".
12Briefly dated conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham in the 90's. She is a frequent recipient of Olbermann's "Worst Person in the World" awards.
13Fan of Howard Stern.
14Claimed that he did not vote in the 2008 Presidential election.
15Before the 2010 Massachusetts special election, Olbermann called Republican candidate Scott Brown "an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, Tea Bagging supporter of violence against women, and against politicians with whom he disagrees". He apologized shortly after the statement.
16In November 2008, it was announced that Olbermann had signed a four-year contract extension worth an estimated $30 million.
17Is a huge fan of comedy, frequently referencing Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding, The Simpsons (1989), "Monty Python" and George Carlin (the inspiration for his trademark "Worst Person in the World" segment) as well as more obscure sources such as Bill Hicks and "The Kids in the Hall". His favorite sitcom of all time is the BBC series The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976).
18Is a fan of Family Guy (1999) and did a voice for the episode "It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One". He has since become good friends with Seth MacFarlane.
19Outspoken critic of President George W. Bush.
20Since making amends with ESPN, he has emerged back on ESPN's Dan Patrick radio show. Olbermann shares a daily one-hour segment with Patrick that they call "The Big Show." It is a reference to a time, in the mid-1990s, when Olbermann and Patrick were the staple anchors of ESPN Sportscenter's most important time slot, 11p.m., East Coast time.
21In 2004, was voted #1 sexiest male newscaster by Playgirl magazine.
22Has never been married and has no children
23He has Celiac disease and must eat a gluten-free diet
24Shoe size is 13 1/2
25Is Mike Tyson's cousin by marriage. The niece of Tyson's adoptive father, Cus D'Amato, married Olbermann's father's brother, making Keith and Tyson cousins.
26Worked for CNN, WCVB in Boston, & KTLA and KCBS in Los Angeles before working for ESPN. Ramped up ESPN2's SportsCenter. Also worked for KFWB Radio, FOX Sports, ABC Radio, and MSNBC.
27Doesn't drive because of a loss of depth perception caused by a head injury. In 1980, he hit his head on the top of a subway door while running into the waiting car.




BoJack Horseman2014-2016TV SeriesTom Jumbo-Grumbo
The Jim Gaffigan Show2015TV SeriesKeith Olbermann
30 Rock2009TV SeriesSportscaster
Big Love2007TV Series
Family Guy2007TV SeriesBob Grossbeard
Dead Solid Perfect1988TV MovieGolf Commentator


The 8-Bit Cup2014Documentary short special thanks


2006 LA Area Emmy Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
Howard Stern on Demand2006TV SeriesHimself
Jeopardy!2004-2005TV SeriesHimself - Clue Giver / Himself - Guest Contestant
Last Call with Carson Daly2004-2005TV SeriesHimself
Hardball with Chris Matthews2005TV SeriesHimself
The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments2004TV MovieHimself - Commentator
ABC News Nightline2002TV SeriesHimself - Correspondent
Star-Crossed2002TV SpecialHimself (Sports broadcaster)
2000 National League Championship Series2000TV SeriesHimself - Pregame Host
Hollywood Squares1999TV SeriesHimself
1999 MLB All-Star Game1999TV SpecialHimself
Arli$$1999TV SeriesHimself
1998 MLB All-Star Game1998TV SpecialHimself
The Big Show1997TV SeriesHimself
1997 World Series1997Video documentaryHimself - Pregame Host
MSNBC Live1996TV SeriesAnchor (2003)
Fox Sports News1996TV SeriesHost
MLB on Fox Pregame Show1996TV SeriesHimself (1999-2000)
Sports Tonight1980TV SeriesHimself - Host
SportsCenter1979TV SeriesHimself (1992-1997)
The Hobby: Collecting America's Pastime2016Documentary
Chelsea2016TV SeriesHimself
The View2016TV SeriesHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2008-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman2006-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Breaking Theater Door / ...
Bill Maher: Live from D.C.2014TV Special documentaryHimself
Mike & Mike2013TV SeriesHimself - ESPN
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006-2013TV SeriesHimself
The Soup2007-2013TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Arrested Development Documentary Project2013DocumentaryHimself
30 for 30 Shorts2013TV Series documentary shortHimself
Larry King Now2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hating Breitbart2012DocumentaryHimself
This Week2012TV SeriesHimself - Roundtable Panalist
Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann2005-2012TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
Addicted to Fame2012Documentary'Countdown' Anchor
Good Morning America2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Conan2011TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009-2011TV SeriesHimself
The Colbert Report2006-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Rachel Maddow Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Baseball2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell2010TV SeriesHimself
30 for 302010TV Series documentaryHimself
The Daily Show1997-2010TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2004-2009TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2009TV SeriesHimself
Mile High: How to Win... and Lose... the White House2009DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee
Martha2008TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
NBC Sunday Night Football2007-2008TV SeriesHimself - Halftime Show Reporter / Himself - Halftime Show Analyst / Himself - Halftime Show Commentator
The Decline and Fall of America2008DocumentaryHimself
Commander 'N Thief2007DocumentaryHimself
The Simpsons2007TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1998-2007TV SeriesHimself
Strange Culture2007DocumentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Media Buzz2014-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Host, Olbermann
Mike & Mike2014TV SeriesHimself - ESPN
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Mad As Hell2014DocumentaryHimself
60 Minutes2012-2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Host, MSNBC (segment "Stealing History")
Occupy Unmasked2012DocumentaryHimself
Top Priority: The Terror Within2012DocumentaryHimself - MSNBC Host
Game Change2012TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Looking for Lenny2011DocumentaryHimself
20/202011TV Series documentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2011TV SeriesHimself
Miss Representation2011DocumentaryHimself
30 for 302010TV Series documentaryHimself
Obama in NC: The Path to History2010DocumentaryHimself
Glenn Beck2009TV SeriesHimself
NASCAR: The Ride of Their Lives2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hype: The Obama Effect2008Video documentaryHimself
Larry King Live2006TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

1995CableACECableACE AwardsSports HostSportsCenter (1979)

Nominated Awards

2015EmmySports Emmy AwardsOutstanding Sports Personality - Studio Host
2010EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: WritingCountdown w/ Keith Olbermann (2003)
1997EmmySports Emmy AwardsOutstanding Sports Personality - Studio Host
1995EmmySports Emmy AwardsOutstanding Sports Personality - Studio Host
1994CableACECableACE AwardsSports HostSportsCenter (1979)

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