Howard Cosell

  • Birth Name: Howard William Cohen
  • Birth Place: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
  • Died: April 23, 1995
  • Profession: Sports broadcaster, TV host, Sportswriter, Author, Attorney
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Fast Facts

  • Was editor of the New York University Law Review.
  • During his pre-TV career as an attorney, he represented Willie Mays.
  • In a 1970s TV GUIDE poll, Cosell was named the most popular — and least popular — sportscaster.
  • Played himself in three Woody Allen films (1971's Bananas, 1973's Sleeper and 1984's Broadway Danny Rose).
  • Was on the faculty of Brown University and lectured at Yale.
  • Authored three autobiographies.
  • Was portrayed by John Turturro in Monday Night Mayhem, a 2002 TV-movie about his years on Monday Night Football with Frank Gifford and Don Meredith.


  • 1974, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Sports Programming: Nominee


  • Jill Cohane — Daughter
  • Nellie Cohen — Mother
  • Hilary Salomon — Daughter
  • Mary Edith 'Emmy' Abrams — Wife
  • Isadore Cohen — Father
  • Hilton — Brother


  • New York University, New York, New York, United States (1940)

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