Famous 20th Century TV Presenters

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 1 Pat Sajak

Pat Sajak.
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: October 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Pat Sajak went from being a weatherman to the host of the cult game show Wheel of Fortune. His long stint on the show fetched him three Emmy Awards. He has also hosted The Pat Sajak Show and The Price Is Right, and has written columns for Human Events.

 2 Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth.
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Famous As: Television presenter, Actor, Comedian, Singer
Birthdate: February 22, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Edmonton
Died: August 18, 2017
Bruce Forsyth soared to fame with the show Sunday Night at the London Palladium and later hosted shows such as The Price Is Right and The Generation Game. He also co-hosted Strictly Come Dancing. Forsyth holds a Guinness record for being the longest-tenured male entertainer on TV. 
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 3 Jay Leno

Jay Leno.
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Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: April 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Rochelle
Emmy-winning stand-up comedian Jay Leno is best known for his shows The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Jay Leno Show, both on NBC. The Television Hall of Fame inductee is also an avid car collector and is associated with several charitable initiatives, such as the Love Ride.

 4 Graham Norton

Graham Norton.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clondalkin

Irish television and radio presenter, comedian, and actor, Graham Norton, is an eight-time BAFTA TV Award winner. He is best known for his comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show. His innuendo-laden dialogue and flamboyant presentation style have made him a fan favorite. He is openly gay and is the winner of one Gaytime Award.

 5 Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson.
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Famous As: Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer
Birthdate: January 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Daughter of Nigel Lawson, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigella Lawson has written several bestselling cookbooks and hosted many culinary shows. Winner of the British Book Award and the Guild of Food Writers Award, Nigella has previously worked as an editor and freelance journalist and also owns a cookware range.

 6 Mary Berry

Mary Berry.
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Famous As: Food Writer, TV Presenter
Birthdate: March 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bath, Somerset

Author of over 75 cookbooks, Mary Berry has also hosted several culinary shows, such as Mary Berry Cooks. The Guardian ranked her the second-best-dressed person over 50. A CBE and DBE recipient, she has also received the Guild of Food Writers Lifetime Achievement Award and an honorary degree.

 7 Samantha Bee

Samantha Bee
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Famous As: Journalist, Actor, Television actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto
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 8 Terry Bradshaw

Terry Bradshaw.
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Famous As: Former NFL Star & TV Analyst
Birthdate: September 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shreveport
Drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers in 1970, Terry Bradshaw went on to become a dominant NFL quarterback and led the Steelers to four Super Bowl championships. His career halted after an injury, but Bradshaw soon established himself as a prominent television football analyst for Fox NFL Sunday. Later, he ventured into acting, writing and music.

 9 James May

James May.
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Famous As: TV Presenter
Birthdate: January 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bristol, United Kingdom

James May is an English journalist and television presenter. May is known for co-presenting the popular factual television show Top Gear alongside Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson. James May is credited with co-founding the independent TV production company W. Chump and Sons.

 10 Bar Refaeli

Bar Refaeli.
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Famous As: Fashion Model, TV Host, Businesswoman
Birthdate: June 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hod HaSharon
One of the highest-paid Israeli models, Bar Refaeli topped Maxim’s Hot 100 in 2012 and has worked for GQ and Elle. She has also hosted Germany's Next Top Model, The X Factor Israel, and the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. She faced criticism for avoiding Israel’s mandatory military service recruitment.

 11 Robert Herjavec

Robert Herjavec.
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Famous As: Business People
Birthdate: September 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: VaraĹždin, Croatia
Investor Robert Herjavec founded the internet security software BRAK Systems, which he later sold to AT&T. He also established the Herjavec Group and turned it into one of Canada’s biggest IT security firms. He has also appeared in Dragons' Den and Shark Tank, and has authored several business books.

 12 Meghan McCain

Meghan McCain.
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Famous As: Columnist & TV Host
Birthdate: October 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Phoenix

The daughter of popular American politician John McCain, Meghan McCain has established herself as a noted columnist and TV personality, working for TV channels like Fox News, ABC News, and MSNBC. As an author, she has had a major impact upon the release of books, such as Dirty Sexy Politics and My Dad, John McCain. She also supports gay rights.

 13 Bill O'Reilly

Bill O'Reilly.
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Famous As: Talk Show Host & Radio Personality
Birthdate: September 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City

Bill O'Reilly is an American author, journalist, and former TV host. The host of Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly played a major role in the success of Fox News Channel during his time at the channel. He is also credited with founding the No Spin News podcast, which he has been hosting since 2017.

 14 Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
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Famous As: Talk Show Host
Birthdate: May 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cranston

Retired TV personality and talk show host, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, first gained fame as a contestant on the American version of the TV show, Survivor, in 2001. In the ensuing years, she became a co-host on the daytime talk show, The View, which further added to her popularity and earned her a  Daytime Emmy Award. She is also a published author.

 15 Mark Labbett

Mark Labbett.
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: August 15, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tiverton, Devon, England
Mark Labbett gained fame as the “chaser” on the game show The Chase and its subsequent versions. He is known by his nickname “The Beast” on these shows. He has also appeared on several other shows, such as Mastermind, Countdown, SUDO-Q, Celebrity Juice, and The Radio 1 Breakfast Show.

 16 Mel Giedroyc

Mel Giedroyc.
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: June 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Epsom

Mel Giedroyc is an English TV presenter, actress, and comedian. She is known for co-hosting series like Light Lunch and Mel & Sue. Also known for her humanitarian efforts, Giedroyc contributed to Gareth Malone's All Star Choir, in 2014, in an attempt to raise funds for BBC's charity Children in Need. In 2017, she went on to co-present Children in Need.

 17 Oliver North

Oliver North.
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Famous As: Political Commentator and Television Host
Birthdate: October 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Antonio
Former U.S. marine lieutenant Oliver North was convicted in the Iran-Contra case, which involved selling weapons to Iran illegally. After the charges were dropped, he hosted a radio talk show and War Stories with Oliver North. He has also been the president of the National Rifle Association

 18 Karl Pilkington

Karl Pilkington.
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Famous As: Television Presenter, Radio Producer
Birthdate: September 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manchester

Karl Pilkington is an English comedian, television presenter, radio producer, and actor. He achieved popularity as the producer of Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais' radio program on Xfm. Pilkington is credited with co-founding a TV production company called RiSK Productions. Also known for his charity work, Pilkington designed and signed a card to benefit the Thomas Coram Foundation for Children.

 19 Julie Chen

Julie Chen
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Famous As: Presenter, Television producer, Journalist
Birthdate: January 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Queens

 20 Frank Gifford

Frank Gifford.
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: August 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Monica
Died: August 9, 2015
American football player Frank Gifford is remembered for his 12-year stint with the NFL team New York Giants. The NFL MVP-winning footballer was named to eight Pro Bowls. Following his retirement, he gained fame as a sportscaster on shows such as ABC's Monday Night Football and also won two Emmys.

 21 Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Biographer
Birthdate: February 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Livingston, New Jersey, United States

 22 Anne Hegerty

Anne Hegerty.
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Famous As: TV Presenter
Birthdate: July 14, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
TV personality and quizzer Anne Hegerty is best known as a “chaser” on the game show The Chase. She has also been a participant of the reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! She had initially been a journalist and a feature writer with the South Wales Argus.

 23 Cilla Black

Cilla Black.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vauxhall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Died: August 1, 2015
Priscilla Maria Veronica White, better known as Cilla Black, is best remembered for her chart-topping hits You're My World and Anyone Who Had a Heart. She had her own show, Cilia, and also acted as a comedy actor. She later presented shows such as Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.

 24 Phillip Schofield

Phillip Schofield.
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: April 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oldham, Lancashire, England

Phillip Schofield is an English TV presenter. Over the years, Schofield has been playing an important role in the success of ITV's This Morning and Dancing on Ice. He is also a humanitarian as he has been serving as a patron of Shooting Star Children's Hospices, which aids families of children with terminal illnesses.

 25 Naga Munchetty

Naga Munchetty.
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: February 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Streatham
Journalist Naga Munchetty is known for hosting shows such as BBC Breakfast, Victoria Derbyshire, and Newsnight. She previously hosted BBC World News and Working Lunch and also won Celebrity Mastermind. She is also a skilled golfer and plays jazz trumpet and the piano. She publicly criticized Trump for his racism.

 26 Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe.
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: March 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

Mike Rowe is an American narrator, television host, and former opera singer. He has narrated popular programs on the Discovery Channel, such as How the Universe Works and Deadliest Catch. Also an activist, Rowe joined hands with the 'Association of Equipment Manufacturers' in 2010 in order to create jobs in the manufacturing sector through a campaign named "I Make America".

 27 John Walsh

John Walsh
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Famous As: television presenter, actor
Birthdate: December 26, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Auburn

 28 Charlie Brooker

Charlie Brooker.
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Famous As: Critic, Humourist, Screenwriter
Birthdate: March 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reading

Charlie Brooker is best known for creating the science-fiction series Black Mirror. He has also written for shows such as Brass Eye and hosted shows such as Screenwipe and Gameswipe. He is known for his signature style of sarcastic criticism of society. He is also a creative director of Zeppotron.

 29 Alton Brown

Alton Brown.
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Famous As: TV Personality, Celebrity Chef, Author
Birthdate: July 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Alton Brown soared to fame as the creator of the Food Network culinary show Good Eats. He has also hosted shows such as Iron Chef America and Feasting on Asphalt. He has authored several bestselling cookbooks. He also created two culinary shows on YouTube during the COVID-19 lockdown.

 30 Christine Chubbuck

Christine Chubbuck.
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Famous As: TV Reporter
Birthdate: August 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hudson, Ohio
Died: July 15, 1974

Christine Chubbuck was an American TV news reporter. She was working for WXLT-TV when she shot herself with a revolver, becoming the first person to take one's own life on a live television broadcast. Her suicide was attributed to depression and loneliness. In 2016, Rebecca Hall portrayed Chubbuck in the biographical drama film Christine, which was directed by Antonio Campos.

 31 Gerald Durrell

Gerald Durrell.
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Famous As: Naturalist, Conservationist
Birthdate: January 7, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jamshedpur, India
Died: January 30, 1995
Naturalist, author, TV presenter, and zookeeper Gerald Durrell, the youngest brother of author Lawrence Durrell, was the founder of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Jersey Zoo. His memoirs were made into the series My Family and Other Animals and The Durrells. He was also a skilled Illustrator.

 32 Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite.
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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: November 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Joseph
Died: July 17, 2009
TV journalist Walter Cronkite, named “The most trusted man in America," is remembered for his 19-year association with CBS Evening News and his catchphrase "And that's the way it is.” His U.S. space program reports made him the only non-NASA person to receive the Ambassador of Exploration award.

 33 Jamie Hyneman

Jamie Hyneman
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Famous As: Television presenter, Journalist, Linguist, Wrangler, Machinist
Birthdate: September 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marshall

 34 Billy Mays

Billy Mays
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Famous As: American salesperson
Birthdate: July 20, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 28, 2009

 35 Kennedy Montgomery

Kennedy Montgomery.
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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: September 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Political commentator and host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, began her career as MTV VJ “Kennedy” on the alternative rock shows 120 Minutes and Alternative Nation. She has authored two books and has also hosted Fox network shows such as Kennedy and Outnumbered. She has also been a panelist on The Five.

 36 Lara Spencer

Lara Spencer.
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Famous As: TV Anchor, Journalist
Birthdate: June 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Garden City, New York, United States

Best known as the co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America, TV journalist and anchor Lara Spencer was a competitive diver in her early days. She has also hosted Antiques Roadshow and loves turning yard-sale goods into show-pieces. She has also authored books on designing homes with vintage artifacts.

 37 Gene Rayburn

Gene Rayburn.
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Famous As: Radio & Television Personality
Birthdate: December 22, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Christopher, Illinois
Died: November 29, 1999

TV and radio host Gene Rayburn gained fame as the host of Match Game for more than 20 years. He also played the lead in the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie and received the ATAS Lifetime Achievement Award. A prominent liberal, he supported Planned Parenthood and was concerned about overpopulation.

 38 Noel Edmonds

Noel Edmonds.
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: December 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ilford, Essex, England

 39 Larry Wilmore

Larry Wilmore
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Famous As: Actor, Screenwriter, Comedian, Television actor, Journalist
Birthdate: October 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 40 Dick Clark

Dick Clark.
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Famous As: Radio personality
Birthdate: November 30, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, United States
Died: April 18, 2012
Emmy-winning radio and TV personality Dick Clark is best remembered as the host of American Bandstand for more than three decades. He had also hosted shows such as The $10,000 Pyramid and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. He also appeared in movies and co-owned theaters and music-themed restaurants.

 41 Fearne Cotton

Fearne Cotton
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Famous As: Television presenter, Voice actor, Journalist, Disc jockey
Birthdate: September 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Northwood

 42 Ray Bolger

Ray Bolger
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 10, 1904
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA
Died: January 15, 1987

 43 Carnie Wilson

Carnie Wilson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 44 Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson
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Famous As: Television producer, Television actor, Film actor, Comedian, Actor, Novelist, Children's writer
Birthdate: August 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Homerton

 45 Katie Couric

Katie Couric.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arlington, Virginia, U.S.

Regarded as “America’s Sweetheart”, Katherine Couric has been a familiar face on top US television networks for decades. The journalist and presenter had a long stint with NBC News before she switched over to CBS News and then to ABC News. She is also known for co-hosting programmes on Today. She co-founded multimedia news and production company Katie Couric Media.

 46 Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan.
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: September 28, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: October 13, 1974
Sports reporter and TV personality Ed Sullivan is best remembered as the host and creator of the variety show named The Toast of the Town, later renamed The Ed Sullivan Show. One of TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time, he was also a skilled columnist.

 47 Paula Yates

Paula Yates
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: April 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Colwyn Bay, Wales
Died: September 17, 2000

 48 Joey Essex

Joey Essex.
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: July 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Southwark, United Kingdom

 49 Jimmy Savile

Jimmy Savile.
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Famous As: DJ, Television & Radio Personality
Birthdate: October 31, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leeds
Died: October 29, 2011
Jimmy Savile gained fame after hosting BBC’s Jim'll Fix It and Top of the Pops. He initially worked in coal mines and dabbled in wrestling, before establishing himself as a professional DJ. Following his death, countless people accused him of sexual abuse. Subsequently, his was Madame Tussauds statue was melted. 

 50 Kerry Katona

Kerry Katona
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Famous As: Actor, Television presenter, Singer, Writer, Autobiographer
Birthdate: September 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Warrington