Person:Michael Dowd (5)

Michael Delaney "Mike Douglas" Dowd, Jr
  1. Michael Delaney "Mike Douglas" Dowd, Jr1920 - 2006
  • HMichael Delaney "Mike Douglas" Dowd, Jr1920 - 2006
  • W.  Genevieve Purnell (add)
m. 1943
Facts and Events
Name[4][5][6] Michael Delaney "Mike Douglas" Dowd, Jr
Alt Name[2][11][12] Michael D Dowd, Jr
Alt Name[3] Michael Dowd
Alt Name[1] Michael Delany Dowd
Alt Name[4][5][11][12][13] Mike Douglas
Gender Male
Birth[1][2][4][5] 11 Aug 1920 Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
Alt Birth[6][11][12] 11 Aug 1925 Illinois, United States
Occupation[6][11][12] Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States pop and big-band singer
Census[3] 1 Apr 1930 Proviso, Cook, Illinois, United States
Military[6][7][11][12] 1942-1945 United States Navy, World War II, served stateside on a munitions ship
Occupation[6] Los Angeles, California, United States pop and big-band singer
Education[6] Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United StatesOklahoma City University
Marriage 1943 to Genevieve Purnell (add)
Occupation[6][11] 1950 voice of Prince Charming in Walt Disney's animated "Cinderella"
Occupation[6][11][12] 1961-1982 Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United Stateshost, Mike Douglas Show
Occupation[6] 1967 Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United Stateswon an Emmy award for the Mike Douglas Show
Residence[2][9] 1996-11 Aug 2006 Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Death[2][4][5][6][11][12] 11 Aug 2006 Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Burial[4] Aft. 11Aug 2006 Tequesta, Palm Beach, Florida, United States

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Michael Delany Dowd, in Birth Certificates Index, 1871-1922, FamilySearch ( : 18 May 2016), Michael Delany Dowd, 11 Aug 1920; Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, reference/certificate 53268, Cook County Clerk, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,309,446., 11 Aug 1920.

    Name Michael Delany Dowd
    Event Type Birth
    Event Date 11 Aug 1920
    Event Place Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
    Event Place (Original) Chicago
    Registration Place , Cook, Illinois
    Gender Male
    Father's Name Michael Delany Dowd
    Father's Birthplace Nashville, Tennessee
    Father's Age 29
    Father's Estimated Birth Year 1891
    Mother's Name Gertrude Elizabeth Smith
    Mother's Birthplace Chicago, Illinois
    Mother's Age 23
    Mother's Estimated Birth Year 1897
    Certificate Number 53268

  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index: Death Master File, database. (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service), FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), Michael D Dowd, 11 Aug 2006; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

    Age 86
    Given Name Michael
    Middle Name D
    Surname Dowd
    Birth Date 11 Aug 1920
    State Illinois
    Last Place of Residence Palm beach, Florida
    Previous Residence Postal Code 33408
    Event Date 11 Aug 2006

  3. 3.0 3.1 Cook, Illinois, United States. 1930 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration Publication T626), FamilySearch ( : accessed 8 December 2017), Michael Dowd in household of Michael Dowd, Proviso, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 2308, sheet 28B, line 94, family 217, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 506; FHL microfilm 2,340,241. .
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Michael Delaney Dowd, Jr, in Find A Grave.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Mike Douglas, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.9 "Douglas, Mike." ["August 11, 1925 - August 11, 2006"]. , in Current Biography (Bio Ref Bank). EBSCOhost, doi:Douglas, Mike (Current Biography (Bio Ref Bank), 1968)., 01 Dec. 2007.
  7. "Douglas Was Genial Talkshow Host." , in Variety. EBSCOhost,,ip,url,cpid&custid=daytonmo&db=brb&AN=510624891&site=ehost-live., vol. 403, no. 13, p. 40, 21 Aug. 2006.
  8.   Michael Dood Junior, in United States. 1940 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T627).

    Name: Michael Dood Junior [Michael Dowd]
    Age: 19
    Estimated birth year: abt 1921
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Birthplace: Illinois
    Marital Status: Single
    Relation to Head of House: Son
    Home in 1940: Forest Park, Cook, Illinois
    Map of Home in 1940: View Map
    House Number: 7532
    Inferred Residence in 1935: Forest Park, Cook, Illinois
    Residence in 1935: Same Place
    Resident on farm in 1935: No
    Sheet Number: 4B
    Occupation: Entertainer
    Attended School or College: No
    Highest Grade Completed: High School, 2nd year
    Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 10
    Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work
    Weeks Worked in 1939: 13
    Income: 819
    Income Other Sources: No
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    Michael Dood 49
    Gertude Dood 42
    Michael Dood 19

  9. Michael D Dowd, in U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1. (United States), 1996.

    Name: Michael D Dowd
    Birth Date: 11 Aug 1920
    Address: 5 Church Ln Apt 153, North Palm Beach, FL, 33408-2949 (1996)

    Source Information: U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings.

  10.   Michael Delaney Dowd Jr, in United States. Social Security Administration. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936–2007. (Provo, UT, USA: Operations, 2015), 16 Aug 2006.

    Name: Michael Delaney Dowd Jr [Michael Douglas Jr] [Michael Dowd Jr]
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Birth Date: 11 Aug 1920
    Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois
    Death Date: 11 Aug 2006
    Father: Michael D Dowd
    Mother: Gertrude E Schmidt
    SSN: 352059310
    Notes: Mar 1937: Name listed as MICHAEL DELANEY DOWD JR; : Name listed as MICHAEL DOUGLAS; 16 Aug 2006: Name listed as MICHAEL D DOWD

    Source Information: U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.

  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 "TV pioneer Mike Douglas dies", in Press-Register (Mobile, Alabama), article by Michael Heaton, Newhouse News Service, 12 Aug 2006 (accessed 14 Jan 2018).

    Daytime talk show pioneer Mike Douglas died Friday at a hospital in North Palm Beach, Fla., on his 81st birthday. Douglas apparently suffered a heart attack, his wife, Genevieve, said. The "Mike Douglas Show" aired every weekday for two decades, bringing a mix of talk, entertainment and information to millions of American households. During more than 4,000 shows, Douglas used his easy charm and self-effacing manner to bring out the best in actors, comedians, musicians, scientists, athletes, authors and politicians - including seven presidents - as well as delight his wide audience. For an entertainer, success came late in life for Douglas. Before landing the "Mike Douglas Show" at age 36, the singer worked with big bands and in nightclubs. He performed on radio and in a series of television shows. And he was the singing voice of the prince in Walt Disney's animated "Cinderella." He had two hit songs when he was singing with Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge, "The Old Lamplighter" and "Ole Buttermilk Sky." In 1960, Cleveland's KYW television producer Woody Fraser had an idea for a live talk and entertainment show. All he needed was the right host. He remembered Douglas from a short-lived Chicago television show on WGN called "Hi Ladies." Douglas was on the West Coast working nightclubs when he got the call from Fraser. At the time, Douglas was considering getting out of show business and into real estate. He flew to Cleveland to tape a pilot show for the Group W Westinghouse station. Several more auditions followed. "The Mike Douglas Show" began airing Dec. 11, 1961. The first show featured a banjo-playing priest as a guest. Douglas was paid $400 a week. Within months, the show was No. 1 in its time slot and airing in several major markets. A year later, the show was syndicated. In two years, the 90-minute show was No. 1 in daytime ratings all across the country. Douglas never looked back. For the next 20 years, everybody who was anybody appeared on his show. In every field of endeavor, Douglas interviewed the giants. In comedy, it was Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason and Bill Cosby. In dance, it was Rudolf Nureyev, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. In jazz, it was Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. Female vocalists Pearl Bailey, Barbra Streisand and Aretha Franklin all shared an afternoon or more with Douglas. So did actors Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman and Robert DeNiro. Guests of the show crossed racial, ethnic, religious and gender lines. Age was no barrier either. Jimmy Durante came on well into his 80s. Tiger Woods was 2 years old when he made his TV debut in a golf demonstration on the show. "Mike and his producers discovered me," Bill Cosby said. "I will be forever grateful for the exposure. He was a wonderful, regular guy who made his guests feel at home. I was so relaxed with Mike I once actually sang a song on the show." The show initiated the concept of the weekly co-host. Each week a celebrity guest co-hosted and appeared all week long, taking part in songs, skits or other entertainment. The show made headlines in 1972 when John Lennon and Yoko Ono joined Douglas for a week. Later in the decade, Douglas broadcast a rare interview with Mother Teresa, which he always said was the proudest moment of his career. The Douglas show was also the first daytime program to feature live remote broadcasts from different parts of the country and around the world. Douglas was born Michael D. Dowd Jr. on Aug. 11, 1925, in Chicago. Band leader Kay Kyser changed his name from Dowd ("too Irish") to Douglas. He met his wife of 60 years, Genevieve Purnell, while working at a radio station in Oklahoma City. He served in the Navy during World War II aboard the SS Carole Lombard, a munitions transport. Douglas is survived by his wife; children Christine Voinovich of Bainbridge Township, Ohio, Michelle Dowd of Port Hope, Fla., and Kelly Ann Donahue of Palm Beach, Fla.; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 "Mike Douglas: 1925 - 2006 Singer, TV talk show host was a household favorite Daytime program welcomed stars, newsmakers", in Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), 12 Aug 2006 (accessed 14 Jan 2018).

    Mike Douglas, a genial former big-band singer who hosted a popular daytime television talk show for more than two decades, died Friday, his 81st birthday. Mr. Douglas, who was born in Chicago, had entered a hospital in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., on Thursday, said publicist and friend Warren Cowan. The cause of death has not been determined. "The Mike Douglas Show," which was launched as a local program in Cleveland in 1961 and moved to Philadelphia a few years later, ran until 1982. The 90-minute program, which in 1967 became the first syndicated show to win an Emmy, was TV's daytime destination for millions of Americans. "Dishes go unwashed and shirts remain unironed when Mike Douglas comes on," TV Guide once reported, referring to Mr. Douglas' homemaker-heavy audience. Viewers tuned in to see celebrity guests, who ranged from Bette Davis to Jackie "Moms" Mabley and from Muhammad Ali to a 2-year-old Tiger Woods, who prompted fellow guest and golfer Bob Hope to quip, "I don't know what kind of drugs they've got this kid on, but I want some." Although the tenor of his show was usually light, Mr. Douglas also tackled serious issues with a mix of guests that included Malcolm X, Richard Nixon, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., George Wallace and the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. With its mix of singing, dancing, skits, stunts and cooking segments, "The Mike Douglas Show" was more than just a talk show. At the helm was the always gracious, always affable Mr. Douglas, who once told Time magazine: "I don't smoke, I don't drink, I get home every night. I'm square." In 1966, Mr. Douglas, the father of three daughters, scored a top-10 hit with his sentimental song about fatherhood, "The Men in My Little Girl's Life." Mr. Douglas, who always sang on his show--solo and with guests such as Sammy Davis Jr. and Sarah Vaughan--estimated that he hosted more than 6,000 programs and interviewed more than 40,000 people during his talk show heyday. "I tried to make everybody look good and be comfortable because the better they looked, the better the show was going to come off," he once said. Actor Burt Reynolds, a frequent guest, recalled that Mr. Douglas "just had a way about him that very, very few people have--that is, he knew how to listen." The son of a railway freight agent, Mike Douglas was born Michael Delaney Dowd Jr. on Aug. 11, 1925, in Chicago. At age 9, he earned extra money by strolling into taverns and singing for the patrons. "I just started singing Irish songs; you know they never miss," he told Irish America magazine in 2000. "And the coins just started flying at me. Even some paper money." By 11, he was singing on a Chicago radio station, including an amateur program called "The Irish Hour." After graduating from high school, he worked as a singing master of ceremonies aboard a cruise ship in the Great Lakes. He was attending Oklahoma City University during the day and singing at night on a local radio show before serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, Mr. Douglas became a featured singer with the Kay Kyser band, which included appearances on "Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge" on radio and television and recording songs such as "The Old Lamplighter" and "Ole Buttermilk Sky." It was Kyser who changed Mr. Douglas' surname. "He didn't even tell me," Mr. Douglas recalled in the 2000 interview with Irish America. "I was about to do a number and Kyser introduced me as Mike Douglas. I had to look behind me to see if there was someone else about to go on." In 1953, Mr. Douglas was back in Chicago, hosting a radio show called "Hi, Ladies." He also appeared on a TV variety show called "Club 60" and was a frequent guest on the network radio show "Breakfast Club." But by 1961 he was earning $125 a week singing in a Los Angeles nightclub and taking a course on how to succeed in real estate before he landed the job as a TV talk show host in Cleveland. "This was definitely the last fling," he told Newsweek in 1967. "If it hadn't gone over, I don't know what I would have done." Mr. Douglas is survived by his wife of 53 years, Genevieve, and his daughters, Michelle Dowd, Christine Voinovich and Kelly Donohue.

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