November 6, 2013 6:41 PM Subscribe
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI (28 comments total)
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For those of us who remember, it's hard to believe that the "Morton Downey Jr." show (and consequently the height of Downey's stardom) lasted just two years. A new documentary
has attempted to fill in the blanks of his life before and after that very brief celebrity.
The son of a famous Irish American Tenor
and a dancer/actress
, Morton would try his hand at a number of different careers (including several stabs as a singer) before he fell into talk radio in the early eighties. Then, at the age of 53, he created the syndicated "Morton Downey Jr. Show" in 1987 and became a star virtually overnight. The documentary "Evocateur" (Trailer
) attempts to make some sense as to how he came to create such an angry spectacle that went on to influence talk television, politics and certain dark corners of the Internet (Netflix currently has the documentary on streaming).
Also: The AV Club did an in-depth look
at one episode of his show for their "A Very Special Episode" series a year ago.
Finally, one brave soul listened to his 1989 record album
so you don't have to (and reported on what he found).