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Actor, Arthur Godfrey, was born Arthur Morton Godfrey on Aug 31, 1903 in New York City, NY. Godfrey died at the age of 79 on Mar 16, 1983 in New York City, NY .



He was honored with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Television, Radio and Recording. In addition, Godfrey was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame .

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After years of being a popular radio personality in Washington, DC, Godfrey tried to get the top execs at CBS Radio to air his radio show on the full network. They turned him down, claiming that he was strictly a local host. However, on April 12, 1945, the network needed someone to serve as commentator for the funeral of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Godfrey was assigned to host the sad event. His remarks were so sincere and heartfelt that CBS finally gave him a nationally broadcast talk/variety series.

At his TV peak in 1953, he starred in three different television shows simultaneously -- "Arthur Godfrey and His Friends" (1949), "Talent Scouts" (1948), and "Arthur Godfrey Time".

Was thought to have been at least the partial inspiration for the character of Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes in Elia Kazan's film A Face in the Crowd (1957). The character of Rhodes was that of a popular TV personality whose folksy image covered up the fact that he was a vicious, manipulative bully privately.

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