Morton Downey, Jr.

Morton Downey, Jr. (December 9, 1932 – March 12, 2001) was an American singer, songwriter and later a television talk show host of the 1980s who pioneered the "trash TV" format on his program The Morton Downey Jr. Show. Legally named Sean Morton Downey, Jr., he dropped "Sean" from his stage name, as his father, Morton Downey had. The film company Ironbound Films produced a biopic about Downey entitled Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie, which premiered April 19, 2012 at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. Downey attended New York University. He was a program director and announcer at a radio station in Connecticut in the 1950s, and later worked in various markets around the U.S., including Phoenix (KRIZ), Miami (WFUN) and Seattle (KJR). Like his father, Downey pursued a career in music, recording in both pop and country styles. He sang on a few records and then began to write songs, several of which were popular in the 1950s and 1960s. He joined ASCAP as a result. In 1958, he recorded "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams", which he sang on national television on a set that resembled a dark street with one street light.


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