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Name: Jerry Dunphy  
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Date of Birth: 9th June 1921
Place of Birth: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Profession: Actor
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Jerry Dunphy (June 9, 1921-May 20, 2002) was a longtime television news anchor in the Los Angeles area. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

After distinguishing himself as a pilot in World War II, Dunphy began his television career in 1953, eventually taking the anchor chair in 1960 at the Los Angeles CBS affiliate KNXT (now KCBS-TV). He later moved to KABC, and then to KCAL.

Famous for beginning his broadcasts with the words "From the desert to the sea to all of Southern California, a good evening," he was one of the first newscasters to interview President Richard Nixon after his resignation in 1974. He would later sit down with Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald Ford. Dunphy also performed regular cameos in L.A.-based films including Oh God! (1977), Short Cuts (1993), and Independence Day (1996), and is widely considered the inspiration for the characters of Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Kent Brockman on The Simpsons.

Dunphy was attacked and shot by would-be robbers in 1983, but soon after made a full recovery.

Although he had suffered two previous heart attacks in 1978 and 1991, he had been in good health and had even anchored broadcasts the week before suffering a fatal heart attack on May 20, 2002. He suffered this heart attack on his way to work.

External link

  • Jerry Dunphy at the Internet Movie Database

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