92 (passed away Jul. 17th, 2009)
Nov. 4th, 1916
St. Joseph, Missouri, USA
Walter Cronkite's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Fall of the Republic: The Presidency of Barack H. Obama
2008 - Milk
2008 - Killer at Large
2008 - Frost/Nixon
2007 - In the Shadow of the Moon
2006 - The U.S. vs. John Lennon
2006 - This Film Is Not Yet Rated
2005 - Sir! No Sir!
2004 - Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
2000 - The Dish
2000 - Thirteen Days
1997 - 4 Little Girls
1995 - Apollo 13
1993 - We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story
1991 - JFK
1985 - The Dream Is Alive
1976 - All the President's Men
1976 - Network
Guest TV Roles
Himself (segment "Andy Rooney")
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- 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.
- When he was 16 he went to Chicago's 1933 World's Fair. He volunteered to help demonstrate an experimental version of television.
- He is outspoken in his distaste for 'Oliver Stone (I)' (qv)'s film _JFK (1991)_ (qv). 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".
- Betsy Cronkite, his wife, was working as a newspaper journalist when they met.
- Father was Walter Cronkite Sr., a dentist. Mother was Helen Cronkite who died in 1993 at the age of 101.
- Attended Lanier Junior High School in Houston, Texas. Another famous ex-student was 'Linda Ellerbee' (qv).
- Attended San Jacinto High School in Houston, Texas with 'Marvin Zindler' (qv).
- 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 (I)' (qv) 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.