Phil Donahue Net Worth


Phillip John Donahue net worth is
$23.5 Million

Phillip John Donahue Wiki Biography

Phillip John Donahue was born on the 21st December 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio USA, of part Irish descent. He earned his net worth and popularity as a TV host and producer, perhaps best known for the creation of the very first talk show – “Donahue” – which included the audience as participants . The show aired for 29 years, from 1967 until 1996. Over the course of his career, Donahue has garnered numerous awards and achievements, including 20 Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award in 1980, and he was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 1993. His career in the media has been active since 1963.

Have you ever wondered how rich Phil Donahue is? According to sources, it is estimated that Phil Donahue`s overall net worth is $23.5 million, an amount acquired through his successful career as a TV personality spanning almost 50 years.

Phil Donahue Net Worth $23.5 Million

Phil was raised in Ohio; his father was a furniture salesman and his mother a shoe store clerk. Regarding his education, Phil belongs in the first class that was educated at St. Edward High School. He then enrolled at the University Of Notre Dame, which was run by the Congregation of the Holly Cross, and graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

Phil`s career began soon afterwards, as he was featured as a production assistant at KYW radio when it first began airing from Cleveland. He soon acquired a position as an announcer, when the regular one didn`t show up one day. However he moved to Dayton and secured a job as the newscaster on WHIO radio, during which time he began to work on his first radio talk show entitled “Conversation Piece”, which subsequently aired from 1963 until 1967. Some of the most famous interviews Phil made during the show included John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, John Frazier, Muhammad Ali and Elton John among many others.

However, Donahue left WHIO radio in 1967 in order to expand his talk show to television, as he joined WLWD-TV. He immediately renamed his show to “The Phil Donahue Show” and with its first episode ratings went through the roof, which announced a bright future for Phil. In 1972 the show became nationally syndicated because of its constant rise in popularity, therefore greatly increasing Phil`s overall net worth. In 1977 came his first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host, which was followed by nine more wins, and he has also won ten Emmy awards for “The Phil Donahue Show”.

Of particular significance during this period, Phil hosted a so-called US-Soviet Space Bridge in 1980, when ordinary citizens from cities in the US and USSR asked each other questions on air – as Donahue said: “ We reached-out instead of lashing out.”

However, with the beginning of the 1990s, the ratings of the show slowly declined in audience numbers, which eventually led to its ending in 1996. The last episode aired on the 13th September 1996.

Donahue briefly retired from the media until 2002, when he came back to host the talk show “Donahue” on the MSNBC television, however, it was cancelled in 2003.

In 2006, Donahue was featured as a director and producer of the documentary film “Body Of War” alongside Ellen Spiro, which also benefited his net worth, as the film was considered for the Oscar nomination.

In 2010, he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, together with other famous hosts Sally Jessy Raphael, Geraldo Rivera, Montel Williams and Ricky Lane. At that time, Oprah declared that “…if it hadn’t been for Phil, the Oprah show would never have happened…”

When it comes to his personal life, Phil has five children with his former wife Margaret Cooney; they were married from 1958 until 1975. Since 1980, Phil has been married to Marlo Thomas, whom he met on his show. The couple resides in New York City.

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Full NamePhil Donahue
Net Worth$23.5 Million
Date Of BirthDecember 21, 1935
Place Of BirthCleveland, Ohio USA
ProfessionAmerican media personality, writer, film producer, creator , host in the show
EducationUniversity of Notre Dame, St. Edward High School
SpouseMarlo Thomas (m. 1980), Marge Cooney (m. 1958 – 1975)
ChildrenMichael Donahue, Jim Donahue, Daniel Donahue, Mary Rose Donahue, Kevin Donahue
ParentsCatherine Donahue, Phillip Donahue
AwardsPeabody Award (1981), Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host, GLAAD Media Award (2009), Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host
NominationsAcademy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame (1993)
Movies“An Unreasonable Man” (2007), “Skum rocks!” (2013), “Body of War” (2007)
TV Shows“The Phil Donahue Show” (1967-1996), “Donahue” (since 2002), “Sex: The Revolution” (2008)
1Often discusses issues that divide liberals and conservatives
2Mostly wears glasses with his white hair.
3His deep smooth authorize voice.
1[on the death of father-in-law Danny Thomas in 1991] He hit the long ball for such a long time. He would hold an audience for an unprecedented length of time in the imagery of the story he was telling, and suddenly would come the punch line, and the ceiling would crack with laughter. He wove an illusion on the stage with no props, all by himself.
2While being interviewed on Today (1952) by Katie Couric in July 2002: “Don’t be afraid of liberals. Some of them are my best friends. You can call us names, you can picket us but you cannot take our flag. We are as proud of America as anyone else”.
1Release of his book, “Donahue, My Own Story”. [1979]
2Release of the book, “That Girl and Phil: An Insider Tells What Life is Really Like in the Marlo Thomas/Phil Donahue Household” by Desmond Atholl and Michael Cherkinian. [1990]
3Supporting anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan and is protesting the Iraq war. [September 2005]
4Release of his DVD: Body of War” by Phil with Ellen Spiro. [2008]
5Grandfather of Connor Donahue.
6Brother-in-law of producer Tony Thomas and Terre Thomas.
7Son-in-law of actor/producer Danny Thomas and Rose Marie Mantell Thomas.
8His talk show on MSNBC, Donahue (2002), has been canceled [March 2003].
9Graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
101953 graduate of St. Edward High School, located in Lakewood, Ohio.
11In 1994 he succeeded in getting permission from a convicted murderer to film the murderer’s legal execution in the gas chamber. The courts, however, refused to give the FCC permission to air the event.
12First met Marlo Thomas when she was a guest on his show during the seventies. Children with his first wife: Michael, Kevin, Daniel, Jim and Mary Rose.

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Watching the Detectives2008TV SeriesSanta killer
Frasier1999TV SeriesLarry
Danny Thomas: Young & Foolish1978TV Movie


Body of War2007Documentary executive producer / producer


Body of War2007Documentary


Body of War2007Documentary


Sesame Street, Special1988TV Movie performer: “Put Down the Duckie Reprise”


The Eighties2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself – The Phil Donahue Show
Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown2015DocumentaryHimself
Unity2015DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Skum Rocks!2013DocumentaryHimself
Finding Vivian Maier2013DocumentaryHimself – Talk Show Host
Moyers & Company2013TV SeriesHimself – Host
Project Censored the Movie2013Documentary shortHimself – Talk Show Host
Democracy Now!2013TV SeriesHimself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2013TV SeriesHimself
Save KLSD: Media Consolidation and Local Radio2012DocumentaryHimself
Tavis Smiley2008-2012TV SeriesHimself
Piers Morgan Tonight2012TV SeriesHimself
Bob Ross: The Happy Painter2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Anderson Live2011TV SeriesHimself
Gloria: In Her Own Words2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Good Riddance2011DocumentaryHimself – Former Talk Show Host
Hibakusha, Our Life to Live2010DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2010TV SeriesHimself – Guest
The Oprah Winfrey Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Hannity2009TV SeriesHimself
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe2009DocumentaryHimself
Broadcast Blues2009DocumentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2009TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2004-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Sex: The Revolution2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2008TV SeriesHimself
Independent Lens2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
Godless in America2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
An Unreasonable Man2006DocumentaryHimself
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith2005TV SeriesHimself
The O’Reilly Factor2004-2005TV SeriesHimself
The Evolution Will Be Televised2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Fifth Estate2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Hannity & Colmes2004TV SeriesHimself
Preventive Warriors2004DocumentaryHimself
Helen’s War2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tinseltown TV2003TV SeriesHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2003TV SeriesHimself
Donahue2002TV SeriesHost
The Rosie O’Donnell Show2001TV SeriesHimself
The 12th Annual Golden Laurel Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
The Daily Show2000TV SeriesHimself
The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ellen1998TV SeriesHimself
Talked to Death1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
The 1996 Annual Lucy Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with Conan O’Brien1993-1995TV SeriesHimself
Donahue1967-1995TV SeriesHimself – Host / Himself
The 5th Annual GLAAD Media Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
Intimate Portrait1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1993TV SeriesHimself
The 20th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHimself
The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom1993TV MovieHimself – Talk show host
Donahue/Pozner1992TV SeriesHost
Late Night with David Letterman1986-1992TV SeriesHimself / Himself – Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992TV SeriesHimself
In a New Light: A Call to Action in the War Against AIDS1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
Who’s the Boss?1992TV SeriesHimself
Blossom1991TV SeriesHimself
L.A. Law1991TV SeriesHimself – Talk Show Host
Happy Birthday, Bugs!: 50 Looney Years1990TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Howard Stern Show1990TV SeriesHimself
Sing! Sesame Street Remembers Joe Raposo and His Music1990TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 16th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself
Sesame Street, Special1988TV MovieHimself
NBC Investigates Bob Hope1987TV SpecialHimself
The Annual ACLU Honors: A Salute to Michael Douglas1987TV MovieHimself
Sesame Street1985TV SeriesHimself
Bob Hope Buys NBC?1985TV SpecialHimself
First Steps1985TV MovieHimself
Salute!1983TV SeriesHimself
Today1978-1982TV SeriesHimself / Himself – Guest
Donahue and Kids1981TV SpecialHimself – Host
Bozo’s Circus1978TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1978TV SeriesHimself – TV Talk Host
The 5th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself
The 1978 Annual Iris Awards1978TV SpecialHimself – Presenter

Archive Footage

The Making of Trump2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
The O’Reilly Factor2005-2015TV SeriesHimself
Sunshine Superman2014DocumentaryHimself
Killer Legends2014DocumentaryHimself
Our Nixon2013DocumentaryHimself
Lovelace2013Himself (uncredited)
American Masters2012TV Series documentaryHimself
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling2012DocumentaryHimself
Ayn Rand: In Her Own Words2011Video documentaryHimself
Secrets from Another Place: Creating Twin Peaks2007Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death2007DocumentaryHimself
Manufacturing Dissent2007DocumentaryHimself
The Barbara Walters Summer Special2006TV SeriesHimself
Stardust: The Bette Davis Story2006TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Inside Deep Throat2005Documentary Himself – Talk Show Host uncredited
Princess Diana: The Uncrowned Queen2001Video documentaryHimself
Biography1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life1997DocumentaryHimself – Interviews Ayn Rand (uncredited)
Man of the Year1995Himself (uncredited)
One Nation Under God1993DocumentaryHimself
Sex Violence & Values: Changing Images1986TV MovieHimself
Cathode Fuck1986Video documentaryHimself – Talk Show Host
Captain Kangaroo and His Friends1985VideoHimself

Won Awards

2007Audience AwardHamptons International Film FestivalBest DocumentaryBody of War (2007)
1996Lifetime Achievement AwardDaytime Emmy Awards
1993Special Recognition AwardDaytime Emmy Awards
1988Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Talk/Service Show HostThe Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1986Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Talk or Service Show HostThe Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1985Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host in a Talk or Service SeriesThe Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1983Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk or Service ShowThe Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1982Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk or Service SeriesThe Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1982Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsDaytime Star of the Year
1981Personal AwardPeabody Awards
1980Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk, Service or Variety SeriesThe Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1979Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk, Service or Variety SeriesThe Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1978Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk, Service or Variety SeriesThe Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1977Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk, Service or Variety SeriesThe Phil Donahue Show (1967)

Nominated Awards

2008PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion PicturesBody of War (2007)
1996Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Talk Show HostThe Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1995Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Talk Show HostThe Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1994Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Talk Show HostThe Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1993Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Talk Show HostThe Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1992Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Talk/Service Show HostThe Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1991Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Talk/Service Show HostThe Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1990Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Talk/Service Show HostThe Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1989Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Talk/Service Show HostThe Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1987Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Talk or Service Show HostThe Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1984Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk or Service SeriesThe Phil Donahue Show (1967)
1981Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk or Service ShowThe Phil Donahue Show (1967)

3rd Place Awards

2007People’s Choice AwardToronto International Film FestivalBody of War (2007)

Known for movies


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1935-12-21 Academy Award Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame (1993) American media personality Andy Samberg April 20 Associated Press Brooklyn Cat Deeley Catherine Donahue Celebrity Chicago Sun-Times Chris Matthews Chuck Jackson Cleveland creator Daniel Donahue Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host Donahue Donald Trump Ellen Spiro Elton John Emmy Award Film producer George W. Bush Geraldo Rivera GLAAD Media Award (2009) Greenville Helen Jackson Hollywood host in the show Jesse Jackson Jim Donahue John F. Kennedy John Frazier John Linley Frazier Kevin Donahue Los Angeles Malcolm X Margaret Cooney Marge Cooney (m. 1958–1975) Mark Davis Marlo Thomas Marlo Thomas (m. 1980) Mary Rose Donahue Michael Donahue Microsoft Montel Williams Muhammad Ali My Own Story (1979) Ohio USA Peabody Award (1981) Peabody Award winners Phil Donahue Phillip Donahue Primetime Emmy Award Ricky Lane Sally Jessy Raphael South Carolina St. Edward High School Tabloid talk show Talk show Television The Human Animal (1985) University of Notre Dame Writer


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