Mostly Credited As: Walter Winchell
Birth Name: Walter Winchel
Date Of Birth: April 07, 1897 (Age 74)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New York City
Date Of Death: February 20, 1972
Cause Of Death: prostate cancer
Height: 5' 7" (1.7 m)
Famed newspaper gossip columnist and radio host who wielded immense power during his heyday in the 1940's and 50's. Best remembered by television audiences as the staccato voiced narrator of the classic 1959-63 ABC crime drama The Untouchables.
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Character played by Burt Lancaster in 1957 film Sweet Smell of Success was based on Winchell.
Fugitive gangster Louis "Lepke" Buchalter turned himself into Winchell in 1940.
Internet gossip monger Matt Drudge once said that he patterned himself after Winchell.
Was a strong supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal during the 1930's but got more conservative as the years went by eventually becoming a supporter of Red baiting Senator Joseph McCarthy.
Began his show biz career in vaudeville as a dancer.
Only one person, his daughter, Walda, attended his funeral.
Favorite hangout on the New York nightclub scene was the Stork Club.
Desilu Studios hired Winchell as narrator for The Untouchables even though he had earlier branded studio co-owner Lucille Ball as a member of the Communist Party.
Son Walter Winchell, Jr. committed suicide in 1968.
Walter Winchell Quotes
Winchell: (opening of his radio broadcasts) Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. America, and all the ships at sea. Let's go to press.