David Frost dies at 74

David Frost dies 74

Journalist best known for interviews with Nixon

British broadcaster David Frost, who was best known for a series of interviews with former President Richard Nixon, has died.

Frost, who was 74, died of a heart attack on Aug. 31 while on board the Queen Elizabeth sailing to the Mediterranean.

During his career, he interviewed six U.S. presidents, eight British prime ministers, several members of the British royal family and a host of celebrities.

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said Frost was “an extraordinary man, with charm, wit, talent, intelligence and warmth in equal measure.”

Frost broke through in Blighty in the 1960s on the BBC’s satirical show “That Was the Week That Was,” which attracted more than 12 million viewers in its prime.

For the next four decades, he was rarely off British TV screens, appearing in docus, chat-shows and quiz shows, as well as hosting a series in the U.S., “Talking With Frost.” He presented more than 20 series, produced nine films, and was a co-founder of two U.K. channels, London Weekend Television and TV-am.

In 1977, he secured a series of exclusive interviews with Nixon, which was the first time he had answered questions on the record since his resignation. The interviews, which Frost sold worldwide, attracted the largest audience for a news interview in television history.

The interviews were recreated in Peter Morgan’s play “Frost/Nixon,” which was adapted as a film starring Michael Sheen and Frank Langella.

Morgan told the BBC: “He was a legendary broadcasting figure and a member of the British broadcasting landscape for two generations and in many ways his success was very un-English.

“He was a pioneer. He combined being a satirist and someone who one satirized. It was an extraordinary, four-dimensional, vivid career … and he was a great lunch.”

Frost and his wife, Carina, had three sons.

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  1. stephanie says:

    I sat in front of the tv with my family when he came on tv. My mother enjoyed his interviews and we would have healthy discussions afterwards. What a loss to the politically engaged community.

  2. I knew and worked withh David for over 40 years, helping him with the distribution of the Frost Nixon Interviews, landing him with and producing the first Mandella interview ahead of the South African presidential election.
    A great man to work with an amazing memory and great sense of humour. A performer, a journalist a superb interviewer and friend. A supporter of people with Learning dificulties as patron of HFT.
    Richard Price MBE FRTS and former BAFTA Chairman.

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