Phil Donahue is a popular American media personality. He is the host of the popular show The Phil Donahue Show. It was the first talk show that included the audiences for participation. The show ran for 29 years till 1996. Here are the complete details about career, biography, and net worth of Phil Donahue in 2020.
Early Life & Biography
Phil Donahue was born on 21st December 1935 in New York. His father was a furniture salesman, and his mother used to work in a shoe shop. Phil graduated from Our Lady of Angels in Cleveland. He went to St. Edward High School in Ohio. Then he attended University of Notre Dame and got his BBA degree in 1957.
Phil is married to actress Marlo Thomas, and they married in 1980. Currently, they live in Manhattan. Before marrying Marlo, Phil was married to Margaret Cooney whom he married in 1958 and got divorced in 1975. They have five children. There have been various religious differences in his views that got him mainstream media attention.
Career, Awards, & Nomination
Phil started his career as a production assistant. One fine day, he got the opportunity to become the announcer for a day. That is when he realized his potential. He moved on to do a bank check sorter job. Soon, he became the program director in WABJ radio. Then he became the stringer for CBS Evening News. Phil hosted Conversation Piece which did decently. In 1967, he left his radio job and hosted his own show The Phil Donahue Show on WDTN. The show was a major success, and it ran for nearly three decades at a stretch. He also worked as a contributor in The Today Show on NBC.
Phil co-host the TV discussion show called US-Soviet Space Bridge during the cold war. It ran for three years, and there were mixed reactions about the show. After this, he took a hiatus and came back in 2002. He co-directed the documentary named Body of War. The documentary received Oscar nomination. Phil has 20 Emmy Awards to his name, out of which ten are for being the Outstanding Talk Show Host. He is also the recipient of Peabody Award in 1980. Phil was also inducted in Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 1993.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much net worth do you expect from a media personality whose show ran for nearly three decades successfully? Well, he has a net worth of over $30 million which is huge for any media personality. It is all due to his successful run of the Phil Donahue Show. He has received a great deal for the various other talk shows he hosted henceforth.
Phil takes up only guest roles these shows in various talk shows and discussion panels. He has become a speaker of late in various platforms and expresses his philological views and the current state of affairs. He is one of the most respected TV personalities.