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Geraldo Rivera Biography

Birth Name:
Gerald Michael Riviera
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Mother misspelled his last name on his birth certificate; he legally restored it to Rivera when he was an adult
  • Began his career uncovering the poor living conditions at the Willowbrook State School for the mentally ill in 1972 while working for WABC; later authored his first book, Willowbrook, based on the scandal
  • Was the first anchor to air the "Zapruder Film" of JFK's assassination on network television in 1975
  • Released his autobiography, Exposing Myself, in 1991
  • Is an avid sailor and donated his sailboat Voyager to the Maine Maritime Academy
  • Donated his Celebrity Apprentice prize winnings to the charity Life's WORC, an organization helping autistic children


  • Craig Rivera -- Brother
  • Wilfredo -- Brother
  • Isabella Holmes Rivera -- Daughter
  • Simone Cruickshank Rivera -- Daughter
  • Solita Liliana Rivera -- Daughter
  • C.C. Dyer -- Ex-wife
  • Edith Vonnegut -- Ex-wife
  • Linda Coblentz -- Ex-wife
  • Sherryl Raymond -- Ex-wife
  • Cruz Rivera -- Father
  • Lillian Rivera -- Mother
  • Irene -- Sister
  • Sharon -- Sister
  • Cruz Grant Rivera -- Son
  • Gabriel Miguel Rivera -- Son
  • Erica Michelle Levy -- Wife