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Eamonn Andrews Biography
Eamonn Andrews was born on the 19th December 1922 in Synge Street, Dublin, Ireland. Playwright George Bernard Shaw was born in the same street.
Eamonn worked as an insurance clerk and also boxed in the amateur league. This developed into him becoming a sports commentator for Radio Éireann. In 1950 he left his insurance job and became a full time presenter for BBC television.
First Television Job Of Eamonn Andrews
Eamonn Andrews first presenting role was the popular programme What's My Line? which ran from 1951 until 1963. It returned to TV, again with Eamonn presenting the programme, from 1984 until 1987. Panellists would have to guess the job of guests.
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This Is Your Life Eamonn Andrews
Eamonn is fondly remembered as being the man with the big red book who would disguise himself and surprise a celebrity to appear on This Is Your Life. The celebrity would be whisked off to the studio where their families, friends and work colleagues would be waiting. Each would recall some memories of the guest. Each programme ended with the celebrity being awarded the famous red book with the words This Is Your Life. It ran from 1955 until Eamonn's sad death in 1987. Michael Aspel reprised the role from 1988 until 2003.
On Saturday 2 June 2007 Sir Trevor McDonald became the new host of This Is Your Life in a one off one hour special. The surprise celebrity was Pop Idol judge Simon Cowell.
The Eamonn Andrews Show
In 1964 until 1969 Eamonn had his own programme on ITV called The Eamonn Andrews Show where he interviewed guests and celebrities.
From 1965 until 1968 he presented ITV's World of Sport.
He is also best remembered as a presenter of the children's series Crackerjack.
In 1968 Eamonn Andrews presented the topical TV programme Today. Other programmes that Eamonn presented included Playbox in 1955 and Left Right and Centre in 1959. He made guest appearances several times in To Tell The Truth and also appeared in The Dick Cavett Show and Undermind (episode Intent to Destroy).
Film Roles Of Eamonn Andrews
Eamonn Andrews appeared in three films - Must Wear Tights in 1976, Pantomania: Babes in the Wood in 1957 and Three Cases of Murder in 1955.
During his presenting career on shows such as Crackerjack and The Eamonn Andrews Show he would try and make comical but strange linking to his interviews and guests. This was parodied in the 1960s Radio programme Round The Horne by Bill Pertwee in the Seamus Android Colour supplement. Reruns of this programme can be heard on BBC7.
In 1961 Eamonn Andrews was appointed first Chairman of Ireland's TV governing body the RTE Authority. There is a bronze statue of him outside the Headquarters.
He was awarded Television Personality of the Year four times.
Eamonn Andrews died of heart failure on the 5th November 1987. He was 64 years old and was survived by his wife, Grainne (nee Bourke, born 1951) who died 18 months later.
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