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John Walsh Biography

Birth Place:
Auburn, New York, United States
TV-series host, producer, child-protection advocate, author, actor

Fast Facts

  • Was a successful hotel developer in the 1970s and early '80s
  • Suffered a family tragedy in 1981 when his 6-year-old son Adam was abducted from a Florida shopping mall and was found murdered 16 days later
  • The case remained unsolved until December 16, 2008, when police named Ottis Toole---a convicted murderer who died in prison in 1996---as Adam's killer
  • Was portrayed by Daniel J
  • Travanti in two made-for-TV movies that chronicled his son's abduction and his family's crusade for children's rights: Adam (1983) and Adam: His Song Continues (1986)
  • Cofounder of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, established in 1984
  • Began hosting America's Most Wanted in 1988
  • The long-running reality series has been responsible for more than 1000 captures
  • Named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine in 1996
  • Featured in Outsiders: Wanted, the third volume of a DC Comics series of graphic novels
  • Honored by the U
  • S
  • Marshals, the FBI and several U
  • S
  • presidents for his child-protection efforts, which resulted in the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006
  • The act was signed by President George W
  • Bush on the 25th anniversary of Adam's abduction


  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Children's Program: nominated