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Bill O'Reilly Biography

Birth Name:
William James O'Reilly Jr.
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
TV host, author

Fast Facts

  • Played QB for Marist College's football team; later played semipro baseball
  • After college (and before earning a master's degree in broadcast journalism), taught at a Catholic high school in south Florida
  • Was a columnist for the Boston Herald in the 1980s
  • Won local Emmy awards while working as a reporter for TV stations in Denver (for a skyjacking story) and New York City (for corruption among city marshals)
  • Covered the fall of the Berlin Wall for Inside Edition
  • In addition to his books of political commentary and his syndicated newspaper column, wrote a children's book (The O'Reilly Factor for Kids: A Survival Guide for America's Families, published in 2004) and a 1998 novel (Those Who Trespass: A Novel of Television and Murder)
  • Was ranked number four on Newsweek's "Power 50" list of the 50 highest-earning political figures of 2010


  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Television Movie: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Television Movie: nominated


  • Madeline O'Reilly -- Daughter
  • William James O'Reilly Sr. -- Father
  • Angela 'Ann' O'Reilly -- Mother
  • Spencer O'Reilly -- Son
  • Maureen McPhilmy -- Wife