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Arthur Godfrey

Television Actor
Male
Born Aug 31, 1903
Hometown New York City
Died Mar 17, 1983
Death Place New York City

Arthur Morton Godfrey was an American radio and television broadcaster and entertainer who was sometimes introduced by his nickname, The Old Redhead.

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CHILDHOOD

1903 Birth Godfrey was born in Manhattan in 1903. … Read More

TEENAGE

1920 16 Years Old Godfrey served in the United States Navy from 1920 to 1924 as a radio operator on naval destroyers, but returned home to care for the family after his father's death.

TWENTIES

1927 23 Years Old Additional radio training came during Godfrey's service in the Coast Guard from 1927 to 1930.
1929 25 Years Old He passed a stringent qualifying examination and was admitted to the prestigious Radio Materiel School at the Naval Research Laboratory, graduating in 1929. … Read More
1931 27 Years Old Recovering from a near-fatal automobile accident en route to a flying lesson in 1931 (he was already an avid flyer), he decided to listen closely to the radio and realized that the stiff, formal style then used by announcers could not connect with the average radio listener. … Read More

THIRTIES

1934 - 1937 2 More Events
1938 34 Years Old Godfrey was married twice. He and his first wife, Catherine, had one child. He was then married to the former Mary Bourke from 1938 until their divorce in 1982, a year before his death. … Read More
1939 35 Years Old One surviving broadcast from 1939 has Godfrey unexpectedly turning on his microphone to harmonize with The Foursome's recording of "There'll Be Some Changes Made." … Read More
1942 38 Years Old In the autumn of 1942, he also became the announcer for Fred Allen's Texaco Star Theater show on the CBS network, but a personality conflict between Allen and Godfrey led to his early release from the show after only six weeks.

FORTIES

1945 41 Years Old Godfrey became nationally known in April 1945 when, as CBS's morning-radio man in Washington, he took the microphone for a live, firsthand account of President Roosevelt's funeral procession. … Read More
1947 43 Years Old In 1947, Godfrey had a surprise hit record with the novelty "Too Fat Polka (She's Too Fat For Me)" written by Ross MacLean and Arthur Richardson. … Read More
1948 44 Years Old In 1948, Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts began to be simultaneously broadcast on radio and television, and by 1952, Arthur Godfrey Time also appeared on both media. … Read More
1949 45 Years Old In 1949, Arthur Godfrey and His Friends, a weekly informal variety show, began on CBS-TV in prime time. … Read More
1951 47 Years Old 1 More Event
LaRosa joined the cast in 1951 and became a favorite with Godfrey's immense audience, who also saw him on the prime-time weekly show Arthur Godfrey and his Friends. … Read More
On a memorable evening in 1953, up and coming New York TV personality Steve Allen was a last-minute replacement for Godfrey on Talent Scouts. … Read More

FIFTIES

1954 50 Years Old In January 1954, Godfrey buzzed the control tower of Teterboro Airport in his DC-3. … Read More
1956 52 Years Old A similar event occurred while he flew near Chicago in 1956, though no sanctions were imposed. … Read More
1960 56 Years Old In 1960, Godfrey proposed building a new airport by selling the old field and donating a portion of the sale to a local group. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1964 - 1972 2 More Events
1979 75 Years Old He also made a cameo appearance in the 1979 B-movie Angel's Revenge. … Read More
1981 77 Years Old …  A 1981 attempt to reconcile him with LaRosa for a Godfrey show reunion record album, bringing together Godfrey and a number of the "Little Godfreys," collapsed. … Read More
1983 80 Years Old …  He died of the condition at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan on March 16, 1983 at the age of 79. … Read More
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