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Phillip John Donahue was born on the 21st December 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio USA, of part Irish descent. He earned his net worth and popularity as a TV host and producer, perhaps best known for the creation of the very first talk show – “Donahue” – which included the audience as participants . The show aired for 29 years, from 1967 until 1996. Over the course of his career, Donahue has garnered numerous awards and achievements, including 20 Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award in 1980, and he was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 1993. His career in the media has been active since 1963.

Have you ever wondered how rich Phil Donahue is? According to sources, it is estimated that Phil Donahue`s overall net worth is $23.5 million, an amount acquired through his successful career as a TV personality spanning almost 50 years.

Phil Donahue Net Worth $23.5 Million

Phil was raised in Ohio; his father was a furniture salesman and his mother a shoe store clerk. Regarding his education, Phil belongs in the first class that was educated at St. Edward High School. He then enrolled at the University Of Notre Dame, which was run by the Congregation of the Holly Cross, and graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

Phil`s career began soon afterwards, as he was featured as a production assistant at KYW radio when it first began airing from Cleveland. He soon acquired a position as an announcer, when the regular one didn`t show up one day. However he moved to Dayton and secured a job as the newscaster on WHIO radio, during which time he began to work on his first radio talk show entitled “Conversation Piece”, which subsequently aired from 1963 until 1967. Some of the most famous interviews Phil made during the show included John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, John Frazier, Muhammad Ali and Elton John among many others.

However, Donahue left WHIO radio in 1967 in order to expand his talk show to television, as he joined WLWD-TV. He immediately renamed his show to “The Phil Donahue Show” and with its first episode ratings went through the roof, which announced a bright future for Phil. In 1972 the show became nationally syndicated because of its constant rise in popularity, therefore greatly increasing Phil`s overall net worth. In 1977 came his first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host, which was followed by nine more wins, and he has also won ten Emmy awards for “The Phil Donahue Show”.

Of particular significance during this period, Phil hosted a so-called US-Soviet Space Bridge in 1980, when ordinary citizens from cities in the US and USSR asked each other questions on air – as Donahue said: “ We reached-out instead of lashing out.”

However, with the beginning of the 1990s, the ratings of the show slowly declined in audience numbers, which eventually led to its ending in 1996. The last episode aired on the 13th September 1996.

Donahue briefly retired from the media until 2002, when he came back to host the talk show “Donahue” on the MSNBC television, however, it was cancelled in 2003.

In 2006, Donahue was featured as a director and producer of the documentary film “Body Of War” alongside Ellen Spiro, which also benefited his net worth, as the film was considered for the Oscar nomination.

In 2010, he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, together with other famous hosts Sally Jessy Raphael, Geraldo Rivera, Montel Williams and Ricky Lane. At that time, Oprah declared that “…if it hadn’t been for Phil, the Oprah show would never have happened…”

When it comes to his personal life, Phil has five children with his former wife Margaret Cooney; they were married from 1958 until 1975. Since 1980, Phil has been married to Marlo Thomas, whom he met on his show. The couple resides in New York City.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Watching the Detectives 2008 TV Series Santa killer
Frasier 1999 TV Series Larry
Danny Thomas: Young & Foolish 1978 TV Movie

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Body of War 2007 Documentary executive producer / producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Body of War 2007 Documentary

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Body of War 2007 Documentary

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sesame Street, Special 1988 TV Movie performer: "Put Down the Duckie Reprise"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Eighties 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - The Phil Donahue Show
Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown 2015 Documentary Himself
Unity 2015 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Skum Rocks! 2013 Documentary Himself
Finding Vivian Maier 2013 Documentary Himself - Talk Show Host
Moyers & Company 2013 TV Series Himself - Host
Project Censored the Movie 2013 Documentary short Himself - Talk Show Host
Democracy Now! 2013 TV Series Himself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf 2013 TV Series Himself
Save KLSD: Media Consolidation and Local Radio 2012 Documentary Himself
Tavis Smiley 2008-2012 TV Series Himself
Piers Morgan Tonight 2012 TV Series Himself
Bob Ross: The Happy Painter 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Anderson Live 2011 TV Series Himself
Gloria: In Her Own Words 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Good Riddance 2011 Documentary Himself - Former Talk Show Host
Hibakusha, Our Life to Live 2010 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2010 TV Series Himself
Hannity 2009 TV Series Himself
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe 2009 Documentary Himself
Broadcast Blues 2009 Documentary Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2009 TV Series Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2004-2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Sex: The Revolution 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Real Time with Bill Maher 2008 TV Series Himself
Independent Lens 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
The 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
Godless in America 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
An Unreasonable Man 2006 Documentary Himself
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith 2005 TV Series Himself
The O'Reilly Factor 2004-2005 TV Series Himself
The Evolution Will Be Televised 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Fifth Estate 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Hannity & Colmes 2004 TV Series Himself
Preventive Warriors 2004 Documentary Himself
Helen's War 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Tinseltown TV 2003 TV Series Himself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2003 TV Series Himself
Donahue 2002 TV Series Host
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 2001 TV Series Himself
The 12th Annual Golden Laurel Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
The Daily Show 2000 TV Series Himself
The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Ellen 1998 TV Series Himself
Talked to Death 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1996 TV Special Himself
The 1996 Annual Lucy Awards 1996 TV Special Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1993-1995 TV Series Himself
Donahue 1967-1995 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself
The 5th Annual GLAAD Media Awards 1994 TV Special Himself
Intimate Portrait 1993 TV Series documentary Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1993 TV Series Himself
The 20th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1993 TV Special Himself
The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom 1993 TV Movie Himself - Talk show host
Donahue/Pozner 1992 TV Series Host
Late Night with David Letterman 1986-1992 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992 TV Series Himself
In a New Light: A Call to Action in the War Against AIDS 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself
Who's the Boss? 1992 TV Series Himself
Blossom 1991 TV Series Himself
L.A. Law 1991 TV Series Himself - Talk Show Host
Happy Birthday, Bugs!: 50 Looney Years 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Howard Stern Show 1990 TV Series Himself
Sing! Sesame Street Remembers Joe Raposo and His Music 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 16th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1989 TV Special Himself
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Himself
Sesame Street, Special 1988 TV Movie Himself
NBC Investigates Bob Hope 1987 TV Special Himself
The Annual ACLU Honors: A Salute to Michael Douglas 1987 TV Movie Himself
Sesame Street 1985 TV Series Himself
Bob Hope Buys NBC? 1985 TV Special Himself
First Steps 1985 TV Movie Himself
Salute! 1983 TV Series Himself
Today 1978-1982 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Donahue and Kids 1981 TV Special Himself - Host
Bozo's Circus 1978 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1978 TV Series Himself - TV Talk Host
The 5th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1978 TV Special Himself
The 1978 Annual Iris Awards 1978 TV Special Himself - Presenter

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Making of Trump 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
The O'Reilly Factor 2005-2015 TV Series Himself
Sunshine Superman 2014 Documentary Himself
Killer Legends 2014 Documentary Himself
Our Nixon 2013 Documentary Himself
Lovelace 2013 Himself (uncredited)
American Masters 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling 2012 Documentary Himself
Ayn Rand: In Her Own Words 2011 Video documentary Himself
Secrets from Another Place: Creating Twin Peaks 2007 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death 2007 Documentary Himself
Manufacturing Dissent 2007 Documentary Himself
The Barbara Walters Summer Special 2006 TV Series Himself
Stardust: The Bette Davis Story 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Inside Deep Throat 2005 Documentary Himself - Talk Show Host uncredited
Princess Diana: The Uncrowned Queen 2001 Video documentary Himself
Biography 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life 1997 Documentary Himself - Interviews Ayn Rand (uncredited)
Man of the Year 1995 Himself (uncredited)
One Nation Under God 1993 Documentary Himself
Sex Violence & Values: Changing Images 1986 TV Movie Himself
Cathode Fuck 1986 Video documentary Himself - Talk Show Host
Captain Kangaroo and His Friends 1985 Video Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007 Audience Award Hamptons International Film Festival Best Documentary Body of War (2007) · Ellen Spiro
1996 Lifetime Achievement Award Daytime Emmy Awards
1993 Special Recognition Award Daytime Emmy Awards
1988 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Talk/Service Show Host The Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1986 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Talk or Service Show Host The Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1985 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Host in a Talk or Service Series The Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1983 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk or Service Show The Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1982 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk or Service Series The Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1982 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Daytime Star of the Year
1981 Personal Award Peabody Awards
1980 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk, Service or Variety Series The Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1979 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk, Service or Variety Series The Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1978 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk, Service or Variety Series The Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1977 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk, Service or Variety Series The Phil Donahue Show (1967)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures Body of War (2007) · Ellen Spiro
1996 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Talk Show Host The Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1995 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Talk Show Host The Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1994 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Talk Show Host The Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1993 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Talk Show Host The Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1992 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Talk/Service Show Host The Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1991 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Talk/Service Show Host The Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1990 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Talk/Service Show Host The Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1989 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Talk/Service Show Host The Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1987 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Talk or Service Show Host The Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1984 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk or Service Series The Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1981 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk or Service Show The Phil Donahue Show (1967)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007 People's Choice Award Toronto International Film Festival Body of War (2007) · Ellen Spiro


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#Fact
1 Release of his book, "Donahue, My Own Story". [1979]
2 Release of the book, "That Girl and Phil: An Insider Tells What Life is Really Like in the Marlo Thomas/Phil Donahue Household" by Desmond Atholl and Michael Cherkinian. [1990]
3 Supporting anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan and is protesting the Iraq war. [September 2005]
4 Release of his DVD: Body of War" by Phil with Ellen Spiro. [2008]
5 Grandfather of Connor Donahue.
6 Brother-in-law of producer Tony Thomas and Terre Thomas.
7 Son-in-law of actor/producer Danny Thomas and Rose Marie Mantell Thomas.
8 His talk show on MSNBC, Donahue (2002), has been canceled [March 2003].
9 Graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
10 1953 graduate of St. Edward High School, located in Lakewood, Ohio.
11 In 1994 he succeeded in getting permission from a convicted murderer to film the murderer's legal execution in the gas chamber. The courts, however, refused to give the FCC permission to air the event.
12 First met Marlo Thomas when she was a guest on his show during the seventies. Children with his first wife: Michael, Kevin, Daniel, Jim and Mary Rose.

#Quote
1 [on the death of father-in-law Danny Thomas in 1991] He hit the long ball for such a long time. He would hold an audience for an unprecedented length of time in the imagery of the story he was telling, and suddenly would come the punch line, and the ceiling would crack with laughter. He wove an illusion on the stage with no props, all by himself.
2 While being interviewed on Today (1952) by Katie Couric in July 2002: "Don't be afraid of liberals. Some of them are my best friends. You can call us names, you can picket us but you cannot take our flag. We are as proud of America as anyone else".

#Trademark
1 Often discusses issues that divide liberals and conservatives
2 Mostly wears glasses with his white hair.
3 His deep smooth authorize voice.
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