Bill Boggs

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Bill Boggs
Born William Boggs III
(1946-07-11) July 11, 1946 (age 69)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Education University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Television journalist

William "Bill" Boggs III (born July 11, 1946) is an American television presenter and journalist.


Boggs was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He was the celebrity correspondent for the syndicated My Generation television show airing on PBS, featuring interviews inspired by his 2007 HarperCollins book, Got What it Takes?: Successful People Reveal How They Made It to the Top. The book includes interviews with Renée Zellweger, Donald Trump, Sir Richard Branson, Clive Davis, Joe Torre, and others. He has also published a novel, At First Sight, with Grosett and Dunlap publishers.[citation needed]

A former news anchorman for WNBC in New York, Boggs also presented several game shows for CBS.[which?][citation needed]

Boggs was host of Midday Live on WNEW-TV (now WNYW) from 1975 to 1986, succeeding Lee Leonard. [1] [2]

He created the first national restaurant review show, TV Diners, for the Food Network, and spent many years hosting the network's first non-cooking show, the celebrity interview show, Bill Boggs' Corner Table. Boggs co-executive produced and hosted TV's first syndicated stand up comedy series, Comedy Tonight in the late 1980s.[citation needed]

He also hosted Championship Boxing Report Update for Showtime, and Historic Traveler and Freeze Frame (an adventure photographer show) for the Travel Channel.[citation needed]

Boggs was also the executive producer of The Morton Downey, Jr. Show and founding executive producer of Court TV (now TruTV).

Boggs appeared in several film and television dramas including Oz and Miami Vice. He appeared as himself in the movie Eyes of Laura Mars.

He debuted a solo stage show called Talk Show Confidential in 2003. The show included stories and rare video clips from his years as a television talk show host.

In addition to his work on television, he is a leadership coach and motivational speaker for Vistage International.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Boggs has been married at least four times. HIs first marriage was to a college classmate, and ended quickly.[3] His second marriage was to Leslie Bennetts, a journalist and columnist for Vanity Fair.[4] His third marriage was to Canadian actress Linda Thorson, and produced a son, Trevor.[5] His fourth marriage was to the former Carol Edmunds Campbell.[6]


  1. ^ Carol Campbell and Bill Boggs wedding notice, May 22, 2005,, accessed 9/9/15.
  2. ^ "Bill Boggs' Official Biography Page". Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ Shister, Gail (30 August 1987), "The Return Of A Native Son Bill Boggs Is A Philadelphian By Birth, Breeding And Inclination", Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) 
  4. ^ Staff (23 July 2008), "Sightings", The New York Post (New York City) 
  5. ^ Boehm, Mike (3 April 2000), "Her Art Imitates Her Life Ex-Avenger Linda Thorson Revisits Trying Times in SCR Role", Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) 
  6. ^ "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Carol Campbell, Bill Boggs", The New York Times (New York City), 22 May 2005 

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