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Bob Costas Biography

Birth Name:
Robert Quinlan Costas
Birth Place:
Queens, New York, United States
TV sportscaster, talk-show host

Fast Facts

  • Carries in his wallet a laminated 1958 baseball card of his idol, Mickey Mantle
  • He delivered the eulogy at Mantle's funeral in 1995
  • Doctored his college-radio highlight tape to make himself sound older, leading to a job at KMOX-AM in St
  • Louis, broadcasting ABA basketball
  • At 33, became the youngest winner of the Sportscaster of the Year Award
  • Turned down offers from CBS to be the first host of The Late Late Show and to be a reporter for 60 Minutes
  • Parodied himself in the animated film Cars by lending his voice to a racing announcer named Bob Cutlass
  • Began hosting Olympics coverage for NBC in 1992; was forced to sit out a portion of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi when he developed pinkeye (Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira filled in)
  • Has called the World Series, the NBA Finals and the Super Bowl
  • Has a star on the St
  • Louis Walk of Fame


  • 1994Emmy-Outstanding Informational Series: winner
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Informational Series: nominated


  • Taylor Costas -- Daughter
  • Carole Randall Costas -- Ex-wife
  • John Costas -- Father
  • Jayne Costas -- Mother
  • Valerie Costas -- Sister
  • Keith Costas -- Son
  • Jill Sutton -- Wife