Heywood Hale Broun


Heywood Hale Broun

Heywood Hale Broun (March 10, 1918September 5, 2001 was an American sportswriter, commentator, and actor. He was born and raised in New York City, the son of writer and film critic Ruth Hale and columnist Heywood Broun. He was educated at private schools and Swarthmore College. His surname is pronounced /IPA|bɹun/ (rhymes with “moon”).

In 1940 Broun joined the staff at the New York tabloid "PM" where he served as a sportswriter. His career was interrupted by World War II in which he served in the United States Army field artillery. When the war ended he returned to the "PM" newspaper and wrote for its successor, The New York Star, which ceased operations in 1949.

Nicknamed "Woodie," he joined CBS News and Sports in 1966 where he worked for 20 years as a color commentator on a wide variety of sporting venues, including Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. He is remembered for his English-language expressions, handlebar mustache and colorful sport coats. In addition, Broun acted in a number of films, such as "For Pete's Sake" and "HouseSitter", and television programs in guest or supporting roles.

Heywood Hale Broun died in Kingston, New York in 2001.

Books:
* "A Studied Madness" (1965)
* "Tumultuous Merriment" (1979)
* "Whose little boy are you? : A memoir of the Broun family" (1983)

External links

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* [http://www.americansportscastersonline.com/brounmemorial.html An obit of Heywood Hale Broun]


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