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General Information

Name:  Irv Kupcinet  

Pen Name: None


Born: July, 1912 in Chicago, Il


Illinois Connection

Irv "Kup" Kupcinet lived and worked in Chicago his entire life.

Biographical and Professional Information

After graduating from the University of North Dakota he joined the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. A serious shoulder injury resulted in him giving up football and in 1935 became a sports writer with the Chicago Times. In 1948 Kupcinet was given his own column for the Chicago Sun-Times. Over the years, his column was distributed to more than 100 newspapers around the world. In 1952 Kupcinet became a television talk show host on CBS. Five years later he replaced Jack Parr on NBC’s America After the Dark, which eventually became The Tonight Show.

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-- In 1982, Kupcinet was elected to Chicago's Journalism Hall of Fame.