Alistair Cooke (I) (1908–2004)

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British-born American journalist and broadcaster. Cooke was born in Salford, Manchester: his father was an iron-fitter and Methodist lay-preacher. He grew up in Blackpool where his parents ran a guest house. Here he first came into contact with Americans, in the form of GIs on their way to fight in World War One. He won a scholarship to Jesus ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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America Host
Masterpiece Classic Himself - Host
Stingers S.O.G.


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 2000 Stingers (TV Series)
- Second Chance (2000) ... S.O.G.
 1988 Piece of Cake (TV Mini-Series)
- September 1939 (1988) ... (uncredited)
 1957 The Three Faces of Eve
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series)
- The Nature of the Beast (1953) ... Host
 1952 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
- The Distaff Side (1952)
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Other Works:

Column, "Cancer and Smoking," Published in "The Manchester Guardian (UK)," 20 February 1954. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 83 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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[on Douglas Fairbanks] Fairbanks' glory, the mystery of his visual imagination, is that he could throw away all the text book tricks on the makeshift apparatus of ordinary life. To Fairbanks the limb of a tree suggests a hocks-off; a narrow lane with high walls is a risky, but workable, set of parallel bars; a spear is a pole to vault with. See more »


In 1934, Charles Chaplin was scheduled to serve as best man at broadcaster Alistair Cooke's marriage to Ruth Emerson (Ruth Emerson Cooke), but Charlie never showed. Reputedly, he and wife-to-be Paulette Goddard were having such a good time at Southern California's Lake Arrowhead, they decided to stay. See more »

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