- NAME: Howard Cosell
- OCCUPATION: Talk Show Host, News Anchor
- BIRTH DATE: March 25, 1918
- DEATH DATE: April 23, 1995
- EDUCATION: New York University, New York University School of Law
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- PLACE OF DEATH: New York, New York
- Originally: Howard William Cohen
- AKA: Howard Cosell
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Howard Cosell was a sports broadcaster and a part of the original broadcast team for Monday Night Football.
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He stayed with MNF for 14 seasons and generated numerous memorable moments, none more so than on December 8, 1980, when he broke the news to viewers that John Lennon had been shot and killed outside of his apartment in New York City.
While his critics—and there were plenty—slammed his nasal, Brooklyn-infused staccato style of speech, as well as his obvious hairpiece, few could dispute that during the 1970s and early 1980s,
there was no bigger sportscaster in America. He made several movie cameos and even appeared on Saturday Night Live. For a short time, beginning in 1975, Cosell hosted the ABC comedy-variety program Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell.
After leaving Monday Night Football in 1984, Cosell continued to stay busy. He wrote his autobiography, briefly hosted his own sports interview program for ABC Sports, and later returned to his roots by becoming host of a sports radio show.
Health problems plagued Cosell for much of the early 1990s, and in the early morning hours of April 23, 1995, he died of a heart embolism at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City.
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