Charles Bradley Templeton
October 7, 1915
|Died||June 7, 2001 (aged 85)|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Education||Parkdale Collegiate Institute|
Princeton Theological Seminary
|Occupation(s)||Evangelist, journalist, radio commentator, author, politician, inventor, cartoonist|
|Notable work||Farewell to God|
|Spouse(s)||Constance Oroczy 1939–1957|
Sylvia Murphy 1959–1976
Madeleine Helen Stevens Leger 1980–2001
|Children||Michael, Deborah, Bradley, and Tyrone|
Charles Bradley Templeton (October 7, 1915 – June 7, 2001) was a Canadian media figure and a former Christian evangelist. Known in the 1940s and 1950s as a leading evangelist, he became an agnostic and later embraced atheism after struggling with doubt. Afterwards he worked at various times in journalism, radio and writing.
In 1932, he was hired to draw "Chuck Templeton's Sportraits", a daily sports cartoon, at age 17 for The Toronto Globe (now The Globe and Mail), leaving high school. His work became syndicated and earned him a comfortable living. He converted to Christianity while working as a cartoonist, quitting his job in 1936 to become a preacher.
After he quit his first job, Templeton became a mass evangelist. From 1936 to 1938, he toured the US and preached in 44 states. He was a top evangelist, internationally renowned. In 1941, Templeton started the Nazarene Avenue Road Church as its preacher, renting a building that formerly housed a Presbyterian church. In 1955, he became the Presbyterian Church in the United States's secretary of evangelism.
Templeton was a close friend of, and shared billing with, fellow evangelist Billy Graham, with whom he co-founded (along with Torrey Johnson) Youth for Christ International. After Templeton converted to agnosticism, they remained friends but became more distant.
In 1959, he quit evangelism and entered a media career. He was hired by the Toronto Star in the same year as its executive managing editor, quitting the position in 1964 to enter politics. Furthermore, he founded the advertising company Technamation Canada, working there until CTV hired him as director of public affairs in 1967. In 1969, he got another job as editor of Maclean's magazine for seven months.
He won two ACTRA Awards for broadcasting. In 1992, he won the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal.
Templeton wrote plays performed on television. Templeton's first novel, The Kidnapping of the President (1974), was a bestseller and was adapted into a 1980 film. He wrote several other novels. In Farewell to God (1995 or 1996), he described his conversion to agnosticism and his reasons for doing so. He won the B'nai B'rith book award.
Templeton made his own unsuccessful designs of a child-resistant medicine cap, a cigarette filter and a pipeline. His design for a teddy bear that could stay warm for many hours was widely manufactured.
While he was an evangelist, Templeton married evangelist and singer Constance Oroczy in 1939. In 1957, they divorced. In 1959, he married singer Sylvia Murphy, whom he met while producing a television drama; they also divorced. In 1980, he married author Madeleine Helen Stevens Leger, staying married until he died. He had four children: Michael, Deborah, Bradley, and Tyrone.
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Dr. Templeton once was a sports cartoonist for The Toronto Globe. He was 17 when he began. He syndicated a daily drawing as 'Chuck Templeton's Sportraits.'
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