Andy Rooney Dead At 92
November 7, 2011 at 3:58 AM (PT)
Longtime CBS NEWS correspondent and "60 MINUTES" commentator ANDY ROONEY died FRIDAY (11/4) of complications after surgery at 92. ROONEY had retired after his final "60 MINUTES" commentary on OCTOBER 2nd.
Best known for his television work and curmudgeonly segments on everyday observations, ROONEY launched his journalism career while serving in WORLD WAR II as a writer for STARS AND STRIPES. He joined CBS in 1949, writing for radio and TV series "ARTHUR GODFREY'S TALENT SCOUTS," later joining "THE GARRY MOORE SHOW" and CBS NEWS shows. A series of critically acclaimed TV essay specials, starting with 1964's "AN ESSAY ON DOORS," aired on CBS, written by ROONEY and narrated by HARRY REASONER, during the 1960's, but when the network declined to air "AN ESSAY ON WAR" in 1970, ROONEY jumped to PBS and did his first on-camera special.
He returned to CBS for a series of prime-time specials, winning a PEABODY Award for "MR. ROONEY GOES TO WASHINGTON." He began "THREE MINUTES OR SO WITH ANDY ROONEY," later renamed "A FEW MINUTES WITH ANDY ROONEY," on "60 MINUTES" in 1978.