Three-time Emmy Award winner and legit/film reporter Stewart Klein died Sunday of colon cancer at his home in New York. He was 66.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Klein studied journalism at Temple U. while working as a copy boy for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He also worked at the Philadelphia Daily News.
During World War II, Klein served in the Army and, while stationed in Germany, he became editor of his Eight Infantry Division newspaper, Arrow. After the war, Klein became the news director for WCAU radio in Philadelphia before moving to New York, working at ABC News alongside Ted Koppel and Charles Osgood. In 1964, Klein joined New York’s WNEW radio as a reporter.
Klein received numerous awards throughout his career, including an Emmy for his review of the controversial film “Sebastian” in 1978. Klein’s second Emmy came in 1986 for his “Ode to the Mets” salute, a musical tribute to the World Series champs. In 1994 he was awarded a lifetime achievement Emmy and inducted into Emmy’s Silver Circle.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; three children; two grandchildren; and a brother. Donations are suggested to the Actors’ Fund of America, 1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036.