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Howard Cosell, born on 25 March 1918, was a sports journalist and broadcaster, very well known for his boisterous, cocky personality. He is often cited as one of the most revolutionary broadcasters in history, completely changing how broadcasters spoke and behaved.

Have you ever wondered how rich Howard Cosell rates, as of late 2016? According to authoritative sources, Cosell’s net worth has been estimated at around $5 million, earned during his long career as a journalist and broadcaster which spanned over 40 years. However, Cosell did pass away in 1995, so his net worth is unlikely to change.

Howard Cosell Net Worth $5 Million

Although he was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Cosell was raised in Brooklyn, New York City. He eventually graduated from New York University with a BA degree in English; during his college years he was also a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity. After graduating from NYU, Cosell went to the New York University School of Law, and he was admitted to the State Bar in 1941, but the U.S. soon entered World War II and Cosell enlisted.

Cosell joined the US Army Transportation Corps, and was soon promoted to major. He served his time without much danger, and actually found time to get married. He left the Army in 1945 and went back to practicing law in Manhattan, specializing in union law. He didn’t get into broadcasting until 1953, when he was asked to host a show featuring Little League baseball players.

Cosell hosted that show for three years, never taking any pay. After those three years he decided to leave law behind and fully pursue a career in broadcasting; the President of ABC Radio, Robert Pauley, gave Cosell a chance, and Cosell’s show “Speaking of Sports” began airing. Cosell quickly rose in the broadcasting field and gained fame for his unorthodox style of “tell it like it is” broadcasting. It can be argued that he revolutionized the field with his intellectual analysis and in depth reporting.

Cosell really became famous through his coverage and support of the Tommie Smith and John Carlos “black salute” at the 1968 Olympics medal ceremony, and his defense of Muhammad Ali. When Ali’s championship was stripped due to his refusal of military service during the Vietnam War, Cosell was one of the few voices to defend him. Cosell didn’t just cover Ali however; he was known mainly for his coverage of boxing in general during the ‘70s. This lasted until 1982, when he announced he was done covering boxing, but this period at ringside made him famous and greatly attributed to his net worth.

After abandoning the sport that made him famous, Cosell continued to cover various other sports; he was a featured voice on Monday Night Football as well as at the Olympics. He also launched his own investigative series on ABC – “Sports Beat”, which he used to do some hard investigative reporting on various sports, and won three Emmy awards for excellence in reporting journalism. This show was the first of its kind, and helped to pioneer a new era of sports journalism.

Regarding his personal life, Cosell was married to Mary Abrams from 1944 to 1990; the couple had two daughters. After the death of his wife, Cosell retreated from the public, and spent the next five years in private. He passed away on 23 April 1995.

Quick Facts

Birth date: March 25, 1918
Birth place: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Death date: 1995-04-23
Height:6' 1" (1.85 m)
Profession:Journalist
Education:New York University, School of Law New York University
Nationality:American
Spouse:Mary Abrams (m. 1944–1990)
Children:Jill Cosell, Hilary Cosell
Parents:Nellie Cohen, Isidore Cohen
Siblings:Hilton Cosell
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Had a special friendship with boxer Muhammad Ali, which included being one of the first journalists to address him by his Islamic name after changing it from Cassius Clay.
2Uncle of NFL analyst and NFL Films producer Greg Cosell.
3He was a frequent target of mockery by Mad Magazine.
4Ranked #5 by the American Sportscasters Association in its list of the Top 50 Sportscasters of All-Time (January 2009).
5Inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
6Was said to be a very devout family man who never recovered from his wife's death.
7Was openly against the hiring of ex-athletes for sportscasting roles solely based on their playing fame. He felt that many qualified candidates who never played sports were being unfairly overlooked for these positions. He used the term "jockocracy" to describe this.
8Inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.
9Inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1993 with Marty Glickman.
10In 1983, during a Monday Night Football matchup between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys, he referred to Redskins wide receiver Alvin Garrett as a "little monkey." Following two months of intense public pressure, he resigned from the MNF broadcast team.
11He co-wrote with Peter Bonventre a book called "I Never Played The Game" in which he coined the word "jockocracy" to describe how athletes were given announcing jobs that they had not earned.
12After his law career, he started out as a radio sports reporter before he was hired by ABC to cover sports for TV.
13On Dec. 8, 1980 at 11:30 pm while broadcasting a game between the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), he was the first person to publicly announce the death of John Lennon. This was long before there was the Internet and 24-hour news channels. Concidentally, Lennon had appeared in the broadcast booth on NFL Monday Night Football (1970) exactly five years earlier (Dec. 8, 1975).
14Was a lawyer before becoming a sports announcer.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Commanding, nasally voice
2Strange accent, exaggeratedly impeccable diction, and snarky demeanor


Quotes

#Quote
1In a December 1976 Playboy interview with OJ Simpson - He's got the most spontaneous reflexes of anyone I've ever seen, he has an uncanny ability to lead his blockers and find that extra inch that will allow him to knife through...
2On O.J. Simpson's running style, in the 1974 George Romero documentary "Juice on the Loose": "[O.J. has] an uncanny instinct for sensing when to make the move, when to make the cut. He can kill you with a headfake, he can kill you with the swiftness of his legs and the ability to be in a direction at any single second. He also kills you with his variation of speed..."
3[While announcing an Monday Night Football game] "Films from tonight's game should be taken to schools all across the country as an example of a study in futility."
4I'm telling it like it is.


Pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1995Lifetime Achievement AwardSports Emmy Awards

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1974Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sports ProgrammingNFL Monday Night Football (1970)


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tall Tales & Legends1986TV SeriesErnie
Broadway Danny Rose1984Howard Cosell
The Fall Guy1983TV SeriesCommentator
Fol-de-Rol1972TV MovieThe Storyteller
Nanny and the Professor1971TV SeriesMiles Taylor
Bananas1971Howard Cosell

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Run to Daylight1964producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour1973TV Series performer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 8-Bit Cup2014Documentary short in memory of
When We Were Kings1996Documentary in memory of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
When We Were Kings1996DocumentaryHimself - ABC Sports
The 1995 ESPY Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
The 10th TV Academy Hall of Fame1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Monday Night Football: 25th Anniversary1994VideoHimself
Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration1992TV SpecialHimself
ESPN Outside the Lines Primetime1991TV SeriesHimself
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHimself
Monday Night Madness: The Very Best of Monday Night Football (20th Anniversary)1989VideoHimself
The Billy Martin Celebrity Roast1989TV MovieHimself
Battle of the Network Stars XIX1988TV SpecialHimself - Host
Johnny Be Good1988Himself
Late Night with David Letterman1982-1987TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1972-1985TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live1985TV SeriesHimself - HostVarious
CBS News Sunday Morning1985TV Series documentaryHimself
Battle of the Network Stars XVII1984TV SpecialHimself - Host
The 12th Annual International Emmy Awards Gala1984TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
1984 American League Championship Series1984TV SeriesHimself - Color Commentator
XVlll Summer Olympic Games Los Angeles1984TV MovieHimself
1984 MLB All-Star Game1984TV SpecialHimself - Color Commentator
Battle of the Network Stars XVI1984TV SpecialHimself - Host
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Mr. T1984TV SpecialHimself
NFL Monday Night Football1970-1983TV SeriesHimself - Color Commentator / Himself - Color Commentator NBC
Battle of the Network Stars XV1983TV SpecialHimself - Host
1983 World Series1983TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Color Commentator / Pregame Host
Happy Birthday, Bob!1983TV SpecialHimself
Battle of the Network Stars XIV1983TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host
1982 National League Championship Series1982TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Color Commentator
Battle of the Network Stars XIII1982TV SpecialHimself - Host
1982 MLB All-Star Game1982TV SpecialHimself - Color Commentator / Pregame Analyst
Greatest Sports Legends1982TV SeriesHimself
Battle of the Network Stars XII1982TV SpecialHerself - Host
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHimself
ABC's Wide World of Sports1965-1981TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Ringside Commentator / Himself - Presenter
Stand Up and Cheer for the National Football League's Sixtieth Year1981TV SpecialHimself
Battle of the Network Stars XI1981TV SpecialHimself - Host
1981 World Series1981TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Color Commentator / Pregame Host / Pregme Host
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself
Battle of the Network Stars X1981TV SpecialHimself - Host
Fighting Back: The Story of Rocky Bleier1980TV MovieHimself
Battle of the Network Stars IX1980TV SpecialHimself - Host
1980 National League Championship Series1980TV SeriesHimself - Color Commentator
1980 MLB All-Star Game1980TV SpecialHimself - Color Commentator / Pregame Analyst
Battle of the Network Stars VIII1980TV SpecialHimself - Host
Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran II1980TV MovieHimself
Battle of the Network Stars VII1979TV SpecialHimself - Host
1979 World Series Video: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Baltimore Orioles1979VideoHimself - Color Commentator / Pregame Analyst
Battle of the Network Stars VI1979TV SpecialHimself - Host
Battle of the Network Stars V1978TV SpecialHimself - Host
Bob Hope's Salute to the 75th Anniversary of the World Series1978TV SpecialHimself
1978 American League Championship Series1978TV SeriesHimself - Color Commentator
1978 MLB All-Star Game1978TV SpecialHimself - Color Commentator / Pregame Analyst
Happy Birthday, Bob1978TV SpecialHimself
Battle of the Network Stars IV1978TV SpecialHimself - Host
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration1978TV SpecialHimself
Battle of the Network Stars III1977TV SpecialHimself - Host
1977 World Series1977TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Color Commentator
The Magic of ABC1977TV SpecialHimself - Guest
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries1977TV SeriesHimself
Battle of the Network Stars II1977TV SpecialHimself
Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Spectacular from Lake Tahoe1977TV SpecialHimself - Cameo
Monday Night Baseball1976TV SeriesHimself (1976-1985)
Carpenters Very First Television Special1976TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Battle of the Network Stars1976TV SpecialHimself - Host
Two-Minute Warning1976Himself
1976 American League Championship Series1976TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Color Commentator
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Dean Martin1976TV SpecialHimself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Muhammad Ali1976TV SpecialHimself
Celebration: The American Spirit1976TV MovieHimself
Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell1975TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Host
The Mike Douglas Show1972-1975TV SeriesHimself - Sports Broadcaster / Himself - Sportscaster / Himself - Special Guest Host
Muhammad Ali vs. Ron Lyle1975TV MovieHimself - Ringside Commentator
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself
The Odd Couple1972-1975TV SeriesHimself
O.J. Simpson: Juice on the Loose1974TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Telly Savalas1974TV SpecialHimself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Bob Hope1974TV SpecialHimself
Frank Sinatra: The Main Event1974TV Movie documentaryHost
Dinah's Place1974TV SeriesHimself
1973 Sugar Bowl1973TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
The Dean Martin Show1971-1973TV SeriesHimself
Bobby Riggs vs. Billie Jean King: Tennis Battle of the Sexes1973TV MovieHimself - Commentator
RCA's Opening Night1973TV MovieHimself
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour1973TV SeriesHimself / Various Characters
The Connection1973TV MovieHimself
The Bob Hope Show1973TV SeriesHimself
The World's Greatest Athlete1973Himself - Announcer
Flip1973TV SeriesHimself
The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters1973TV SeriesHimself
The 500 Pound Jerk1973TV MovieHimself
Laugh-In1972TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1972TV SeriesHimself - TV Personality
The Partridge Family1971TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Host
Fight of the Century1971TV MovieHimself - Audience Member
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesHimself
World Heavyweight Championship Fight: Muhammad Ali vs. Oscar Bonavena1970TV MovieHimself - Ringside Commentator
The 1970 NBA Finals1970TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Pregame Host / Trophy Presentation
The Joe Namath Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Eyewitness News1968TV SeriesNew York Sportscaster (1968-1970)
World's Heavyweight Championship Fight: Floyd Patterson vs. Ingemar Johansson1961Himself
World's Heavyweight Championship Fight: Ingemar Johansson Versus Floyd Patterson1960ShortHimself - Ringside Reporter
Report to New York1959TV SeriesHimself - Sportscaster (1961-1962)
World's Heavyweight Championship Fight: Floyd Patterson Heavyweight Champion of the World versus Ingemar Johansson Heavyweight Champion of Europe1959Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
1958 Bluegrass Bowl1958TV MovieHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra2016TV SeriesHimself
60 Minutes2016TV Series documentaryHimself - Sports Announcer (segment "The Greatest")
The Seventies2015TV Series documentaryHimself - ABC News / Himself - ABC Sports
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
30 for 302009-2013TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - ABC Sports
The Real Rocky2011TV MovieHimself
Six O'Clock News2011TV SeriesHimself
Renée2011DocumentaryHimself
Lombardi2010TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Facing Ali2009DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Thrilla in Manila2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Mike Douglas: Moments & Memories2008VideoHimself
The Bronx Is Burning2007TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith2006TV SeriesHimself
Biography2003TV Series documentaryHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Ali-Frazier I: One Nation... Divisible2000TV Movie documentaryHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Howard Cosell: Telling It Like It Is1999TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
One Day in September1999DocumentaryHimself
Summer of Sam1999Himself - 1977 World Series Announcer (uncredited)
The Sweet Science1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The Best of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts1998TV Movie documentaryHimself - Roaster
Wide World of Sports 35th Anniversary Special1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sonny Liston: The Mysterious Life and Death of a Champion1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
ABC's Wide World of Sports 30th Anniversary Special1991TV MovieHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1983TV SeriesAnnouncer
Sleeper1973Himself - on Wide World of Sports (uncredited)
The Dick Cavett Show1973TV SeriesHimself - Commentator
a.k.a. Cassius Clay1970DocumentaryHimself

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