Art Linkletter

Active - 1945 - 2014  |   Born - Jul 17, 1912 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada  |   Died - May 26, 2010   |   Genres - Comedy, Family & Personal Relationships, Culture & Society, Film, TV & Radio, Spirituality & Philosophy

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  • Was abandoned as an infant and subsequently adopted by a preacher and his wife, John and Mary Linkletter.
  • Is in the San Diego State University Hall of Fame as a basketball player. Also tried out for the 1936 Olympics as a swimmer.
  • His hugely popular show Kids Say the Darndest Things actually started out as a segment on an earlier show called House Party.
  • The popularity of Kids Say the Darndest Things led to a series of books of the same name which were illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, one of the rare non-Peanuts projects he worked on.
  • Has never had an agent or a business manager.
  • At one point, had shows on all three existing television networks at the same time.
  • Was a close friend of Walt Disney and was asked by Disney to host the opening of his theme park, Disneyland.
  • Was named Ambassador to Australia by President Ronald Reagan.
  • Received a Daytime Emmy for lifetime achievement in 2003.