One of the most recognizable faces and names in broadcast news is now gone.
Hugh Downs, best known for co-hosting the ABC News magazine show ’20/20′ over two decades, has recently passed away at the age of 99.
From WEWS News 5 Cleveland:
The Downs family says Hugh died peacefully on Wednesday at his Scottsdale, Arizona home and was surrounded by family.
Downs is a Northeast Ohio native as he was born on Feb. 14, 1921 in Akron.
His career is a lengthy and versatile one as he hosted both news, entertainment, and game shows:
Notably, Downs was a co-host on NBC’s Today from 1962-1971, later he hosted 20/20 on ABC from 1978-1999 and announced for Tonight Starring Jack Paar.
Many younger viewers will also remember seeing Downs with Barbara Walters in the 1990’s on ’20/20′ as it came on Friday nights right after all of ABC’s “TGIF” sitcoms, like this video below:
Now matter how old you were, you would never forget someone as recognizable as Hugh Downs.
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Article Courtesy of ABC15 Phoenix and WEWS News 5 Cleveland
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