Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Narrated by Richard Dreyfuss, this two-part cable-TV biography chronicles the life of Theodore Roosevelt, from sickly youth to rugged frontiersman, fearless empire builder, ardent conservationist, crusading political leader, and ultimately President of the United States. Clearly, "T.R." was an enigma by 21st-century standards: An unabashed promoter of the "walk softly and carry a big stick" policy in dealing with foreign interests, he was determined to transform the U.S. into a major world power, even if it meant crushing the life out of any country that dared stand in his way. Yet without Roosevelt, America would have had no National Park system, and the country's municipal governments would have been overrun with thieves and corporate fat-cats. This documentary features interviews with several of Roosevelt's descendants, along with comments from such contemporary political leaders as Bill Clinton. T.R.: An American Lion first aired on January 20 and 21, 2003.