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Famous For: 60 Minutes Anchor, Writer, Humorist, Television personality, War Correspondent

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  • 60 Minutes (TV series documentary) Himself - Commentator /(segment "Andy Rooney") - Werner Erhard (3 March 1991) - (as Andy Rooney) - Episode dated 15 October 2006 (15 October 2006) - Himself - Episode dated 12 November 2006 (12 November 2006) - (as Andy Rooney) - Episode dated 4 March 2007 (4 March 2007) - (as Andy Rooney) - Episode dated 15 March 2009 (15 March 2009) - (as Andy Rooney) - Episode dated 5 April 2009 (5 April 2009) - (as Andy Rooney) - Episode dated 7 June 2009 (7 June 2009) - (as Andy Rooney) - Episode dated 11 October 2009 (11 October 2009) - (as Andy Rooney) - Episode dated 18 April 2010 (18 April 2010) - (as Andy Rooney) - In Search of the Jaguar/WikiLeaks' Julian Assange (30 January 2011) - (as Andy Rooney) - After the Wave/Alone on the Wall/Andy Rooney (2 October 2011) - (as Andy Rooney) (also archive footage) as Andy Rooney)
  • That's the Way It Is: Celebrating Cronkite at 90 (TV documentary) Himself (as Andy Rooney) - (2007)
  • Silent Wings: The American Glider Pilots of World War II (documentary) - (2007)
  • Larry King Live (TV series) Himself - Remembering Ed Bradley (2006) ... as Andy Rooney - Episode dated 3 November 2003 (2003) ... as Andy Rooney
  • American Masters (TV series documentary) - Walter Cronkite: Witness to History (2006) ... as Andy Rooney
  • Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater (documentary) ... as Andy Rooney (2006)
  • ESPN SportsCentury (TV series documentary) - Sam Huff (2004) ... as Andy Rooney - Frank Gifford (2000) ... as Andy Rooney
  • Da Ali G Show (TV series) - Realness (2004) ... as Andy Rooney
  • I, Curmudgeon (documentary) ... as Andy Rooney (2004)
  • Modern Marvels (TV series documentary) Reporter, 'Stars and Stripes' - Ball Turret Gunners (2003) ... as Andy Rooney Reporter, 'Stars and Stripes'
  • The 20th Century: Yesterday's Tomorrows (TV documentary) ... as Andy Rooney (1999)
  • CBS: The First 50 Years (TV documentary) ... as Andy Rooney (1998)
  • G.I. Joe: The Ernie Pyle Story (TV documentary) (1998)
  • Biography (TV series documentary) ... as Andy Rooney - Arthur Godfrey: Broadcasting's Forgotten Giant (1996) ... as Andy Rooney
  • Charlie Rose (TV series) Himself - Guest - Episode dated 4 May 1995 (1995) ... as Andy Rooney
  • Rediscovering Will Rogers (TV documentary) ... as Andy Rooney (1994)
  • The 10th TV Academy Hall of Fame (TV documentary) ... as Andy Rooney (1994)
  • Late Show with David Letterman (TV series) - Episode dated 5 November (1993) ... as Andy Rooney
  • Late Night with David Letterman (TV series) - Episode dated 15 February 1982 (1982) ... as Andy Rooney
  • Mr. Rooney Goes to Dinner (TV movie) ... as Andy Rooney (1978)

Authors Description: Writer, correspondent, producer. Born January 14, 1919, in Albany, New York, as Andrew Aitken Rooney, the son of Walter Scott Rooney and Ellinor Reynolds Rooney. Andy Rooney attended the Albany Academy, an independent college-preparatory day school, and later Colgate University in upstate New York. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1941, and began writing for the Stars and Stripes in London a year later. In 1943, he was one of seven correspondents who flew on the second American bombing raid over Germany, and later was one of the first American journalists to visit and write about the German concentration camps. Later, Andy Rooney would comment on how the war had a profound effect on shaping his experience as a writer and reporter.

Andy Rooney joined CBS (the Columbia Broadcasting System) in 1949 as a writer for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, which was a hit on radio and television, reaching No. 1 in the television ratings in 1952. From 1959 to 1965, he wrote for The Garry Moore Show, which also became a hit TV program for CBS. During this time Andy Rooney began focusing more on serious writing, penning pieces for CBS News public affairs programs such as The 20th Century. In 1968, he joined the staff of the new CBS current affairs program 60 Minutes, working as a producer for Harry Reasoner during the show's first few seasons. He also wrote two CBS News specials that year as part of the series Of Black America. One of them, the segment "Black History: Lost, Stolen, or Strayed," won him his first Emmy Award. It was during this time that Andy Rooney also won his third Writers Guild Award, for his work on the news special "An Essay on War." But CBS was not pleased with the controversial, morally questioning piece, and Andy Rooney resigned from CBS when the network refused to air the special. The program was later broadcast on PBS's The Great American Dream Machine, and Andy Rooney headed to ABC, teaming up with Harry Reasoner to create an award-winning series of television essays.
Andy Rooney returned to CBS in 1972, again working for 60 Minutes. He also wrote, produced and narrated a series of broadcasts for CBS News on various aspects of America and American life, including "Mr. Rooney Goes to Washington," for which he won a Peabody Award in 1975. In 1978, Andy Rooney would become a Sunday night TV staple when he put together a segment for the conclusion of 60 Minutes, entitled "A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney." In Andy Rooney's short commentary, the writer sat behind a walnut desk, which he built himself, and offered a satirical (some might say "grumpy"; others would say "blunt") view of trivial, everyday themes ranging from umbrellas and current events to shoelaces and salad dressing. The short clips aired each week as a summer replacement for the debate segment "Point/Counterpoint" featuring Shana Alexander and James Kilpatrick, but the segment became a hit with viewers, and replaced "Point/Counterpoint" the end of the 19781979 season. Andy Rooney's unique essays also won him Emmy Awards in 1979, 1981 and 1982. With his beetled brow, sour humor and curmudgeonly outlook on life, Andy Rooney's 60 Minutes essays became a Sunday-night ritual for many Americans.

Yet Andy Rooney's career has not been without controversy. In 1990, he was suspended for three months after remarking that too much alcohol, food, drugs, cigarettes and homosexual unions lead to a premature death. He was reinstated just four weeks later, after 60 Minutes' ratings had fallen 20 percent. Andy Rooney has also been accused of making racist remarks. He commented that he thought it was "silly" for Native Americans to complain about team mascot names like the Washington Redskins because they're angry their country was taken away from them. He also commented on how names like Rodriguez are more common among baseball stars today than more familiar names, like Ruth and Gehrig. However, in the 1940s, he was arrested for sitting in the back of a segregated bus in protest, and in 2008 he applauded the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States "simply because [American citizens] thought he was the best choice."
Andy Rooney continues to appear each week on 60 Minutes and, in 2003, he snagged an Emmy award for Lifetime Acheivement. He also writes a regular column for Tribune Media Services that runs in more than 200 papers country-wide.
In 2004, Andy Rooney's wife of 62 years, Marguerite "Margie" Rooney, died of heart failure. Andy Rooney grieved deeply at the loss of his wife. Since her passing, he has not written about her, saying that to write her name is just too painful. He has four children: Brian, 58, is an ABC News West Coast correspondent; Emily, 59, hosts a public television talk show in Boston; Emily's twin, Martha, works at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland; and Ellen, 62, is a photographer in London. Andy Rooney also enjoys two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He has written, "It seems to me that grandfathers are a lot younger than they used to be before I got to be one."

Andy Rooney retired from his weekly commentary work on 60 Minutes in October 2011. He announced his plans to produce only occasional pieces for the show after he completed his 1,097th essay for the news program.
A month later, on November 4, 2011, after suffering health complications from a minor surgery at a New York hospital, Andy Rooney died. He was 92 years old.

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