Hugh Downs, the avuncular, adaptable TV character, whose profession extended back to the introduction of TV, passed on at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Wednesday. He was 99.
Downs’ long TV list of references incorporated both news and amusement. He facilitated NBC’s “Today” appear from 1962 to 1971, was late-night have Jack Paar’s long-lasting broadcaster/sidekick on “The Tonight Show,” showed up in many plugs and even facilitated the daytime test show “Focus” for longer than 10 years.
Hugh was popular as the co-host of ABC’s newsmagazine
Downs was maybe most popular as the co-host of ABC’s newsmagazine “20/20,” collaborating with Barbara Walters, with whom he’d worked at “Today.” They additionally co-facilitated the fleeting coordinated daytime show “Not for Women Only.”
His TV vocation started in 1950 as a commentator for the NBC cleanser “Hawkins Falls” and never appeared to stop until he resigned in 1999.
Hugh was also the Guinness Book of World Records holder
In 1985, Downs was guaranteed by the Guinness Book of World Records as holding the record for the most hours on arranging business TV (more than 15,000) — a record that remained until it was broken by Regis Philbin in 2004.
His better half, Ruth Shaheen Downs, passed on in 2017 at 95 years old. They were hitched for a long time.
Downs is made due by his girl, Deirdre; his child, Hugh R. “H.R.” Downs; two grandkids and four incredible grandkids.