Mike Douglas

TV Talk Show Host


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In his three-hour Archive interview, Mike Douglas (1925-2006) talks about his start in television as the host of the local Chicago series Hi Ladies and discusses his career as a singer and a voiceover artist (he provided the singing voice for Prince Charming in the Disney classic, Cinderella.)  He recounts his numerous appearances on television, including work as a regular of Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge and speaks in great detail about his long-running stint as the host of The Mike Douglas Show. He describes moving the show from Ohio to Pennsylvania and finally to California and how each locale affected the program. Douglas details his "casting" by producer Woody Fraser, the rigorous production schedule, and notable guests including Aretha Franklin, Judy Garland, John Lennon and a 2-year-old golf prodigy named Tiger Woods. Karen Herman conducted the interview in Beverly Hills, CA on March 31, 2005.

"The main thing I was there for was to talk to the guests, make it interesting, and draw whatever you could out of them. Never top them, never belittle them, never say, 'you've been into something, you're not right today.'  No put downs. It worked for me and it'll work for you."

Highlights
Mike Douglas on how he got his name
02:43
On doing his own research for his show
00:31
On his personal drive to do The Mike Douglas Show
00:48
On his lengthy television career
00:21
On advice to aspiring hosts
03:01
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early years growing up in Chicago; Kay Kyser giving him his stage name; his childhood; and some of his early professional work
16:54
On his first professional singing jobs on Chicago radio; being hired to host what became The Mike Douglas Show out of Cleveland; working with Woody Fraser and Roger Ailes
12:20

Chapter 2

On the concept of The Mike Douglas Show
13:48
On co-hosts and guest stars on The Mike Douglas Show
15:04

Chapter 3

On The Mike Douglas Show
28:20
On The Mike Douglas Show moving to Philadelphia; on memorable interviews
05:26
On the audience of and typical preparation for The Mike Douglas Show
06:00
On a typical day on The Mike Douglas Show
03:43

Chapter 4

On a typical day on The Mike Douglas Show (continued) and memorable guests
13:44
On the musical segments and house band of The Mike Douglas Show
04:43
On moving The Mike Douglas Show to California and memorable guests
10:16

Chapter 5

On The Mike Douglas Show guests including: Jack Benny, Bill Cosby, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Chuck Berry, The Smothers Brothers, Phil Donahue, David Letterman, Walter Cronkite, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and seven U.S. Presidents
26:25
On the one guest he couldn't get (Frank Sinatra)
01:43

Chapter 6

On The Mike Douglas Show sets and catchphrase; on his favorite moments
04:31
On going off the air in 1982; on Tiger Woods' childhood appearance on The Mike Douglas Show
08:55
On his earlier television work including KTLA
09:35
On voicing "Prince Charming" in the Disney feature film Cinderella; on Walt Disney's legacy
03:29
On his appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1968
02:43

Chapter 7

On appearing on The Carol Burnett Show (airdate: January 1, 1968) NOTE: He did not appear on the premiere telecast in 1967; on Carol Burnett; on Tim Conway
06:53
On his current projects
01:28
On getting recognized; on advice to aspiring hosts
08:33
On his family; on how he'd like to be remembered
03:59
Shows

Carol Burnett Show, The (1967-78)

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Make Douglas appearing on The Carol Burnett Show (airdate: January 1, 1968) NOTE: He did not appear on the premiere telecast in 1967
05:28

Ed Sullivan Show, The aka Toast of the Town

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Mike Douglas on his appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show (airdate: May 26, 1968)
02:43

Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge

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Mike Douglas on how he got his name
02:43

Mike Douglas Show, The

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Mike Douglas on the origin of The Mike Douglas Show; Sammy Davis Jr.'s appearance; and working with Woody Fraser and Roger Ailes
12:20
Mike Doulgas on how The Mike Douglas Show got its start
25:29
Mike Douglas on The Mike Douglas Show
28:20
Mike Douglas on The Mike Douglas Show
28:43
Mike Douglas on various guests on The Mike Douglas Show
28:08
Mike Douglas on his catchphrase "I'll be right back" and The Mike Douglas Show sets
01:52
Mike Douglas on his favorite moments from The Mike Douglas Show
01:46

Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The

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Mike Douglas on guests doing his show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
01:16
Topics

Censorship / Standards & Practices

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Mike Doulgas on the CBS censor on the early days of The Mike Douglas Show
01:31

Characters & Catchphrases

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Mike Douglas on "the mix"
01:20
Mike Douglas on his catchphrase "I'll be right back" and The Mike Douglas Show "asterisk" sets
01:44

Civil Rights Movement

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Mike Douglas on interviewing Martin Luther King, Jr. and the day he was assassinated
01:28

JFK Assassination and Funeral

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Mike Douglas on the assassination of President Kennedy while he was on-air with The Mike Douglas Show
04:57

Minorities

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Mike Douglas on booking African-American acts for The Mike Douglas Show
03:03

Richard M. Nixon

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Mike Doulgas on how television hurt the Presidential candidacy of Richard Nixon
00:58
Professions

Talk Show Host

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Mike Douglas on advice to aspiring hosts
03:01
Mike Douglas on advice to aspiring hosts
00:45
Genres

Talk Shows

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Mike Douglas on The Mike Douglas Show
12:20
Mike Doulgas on the concept of, co-hosts, and guests on The Mike Douglas Show
28:52
Mike Douglas on memorable guests, the audience, and a typical day on The Mike Douglas Show
28:20
Mike Douglas on The Mike Douglas Show music and guests
28:43
Mike Douglas on memorable guests on The Mike Douglas Show
28:08
Mike Douglas on his catchphrase "I'll be right back" and The Mike Douglas Show sets
01:44
People

Roger Ailes

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Mike Douglas on working with producers Woody Fraser and Roger Ailes on The Mike Douglas Show
01:23
Mike Douglas on Roger Ailes' political aspirations while working on The Mike Douglas Show
01:17
Mike Doulgas on how Roger Ailes helped Richard Nixon with his television image
03:24

Don Ameche

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Mike Douglas on co-hosting The Mike Douglas Show with Don Ameche
01:18

Morey Amsterdam

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Mike Doulgas on the story Zsa Zsa Gabor told on The Mike Douglas Show that turned it from a live to taped program
01:31

Paul Anka

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Mike Douglas on booking Paul Anka as co-host for The Mike Douglas Show
00:59

Ann-Margret

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Mike Douglas on how Ann-Margret would want to do his shows before others because she knew Douglas would be nice to her
00:54

Fred Astaire

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Mike Douglas on having Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly on The Mike Douglas Show
03:30

Lucille Ball

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Mike Douglas on interviewing Lucille Ball
04:07
Mike Douglas on Lucille Ball and Mary Tyler Moore
02:03

Jack Benny

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Mike Douglas on comedian Jack Benny
03:07

Milton Berle

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Mike Doulgas on Milton Berle and Richard Pryor appearing together on The Mike Douglas Show
01:01

Chuck Berry

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Mike Douglas on John Lennon and Yoko Ono and Chuck Berry
01:21

Joe E. Brown

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Mike Doulgas on co-hosts for The Mike Douglas Show
00:43

Carol Burnett

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Make Douglas on appearing on The Carol Burnett Show
05:28

Joan Collins

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Mike Douglas on demands Joan Collins made in order to be interviewed
01:46

Tim Conway

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Make Douglas on Tim Conway
01:25

Fred de Cordova

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Mike Douglas on The Tonight Show producer Fred De Cordova
00:43

Bill Cosby

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Mike Douglas on comedian Bill Cosby
02:00

Walter Cronkite

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Mike Douglas on news anchor Walter Cronkite
01:51

Billy Crystal

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Mike Douglas on discovering young comics Billy Crystal and Michael Keaton
01:41

Sammy Davis, Jr.

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Mike Douglas on Sammy Davis, Jr.'s appearance on The Mike Douglas Show
02:13
Mike Douglas on final say for booking guests
01:24

Walt Disney

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Mike Douglas on voicing "Prince Charming" in the Disney feature film Cinderella; on Walt Disney's legacy
03:09

Phil Donahue

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Mike Douglas on talk show host Phil Donahue
01:19

Mia Farrow

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Mike Douglas on interviewing Mia Farrow
01:01

Ella Fitzgerald

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Mike Douglas on "the mix"
01:20

Aretha Franklin

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Mike Douglas on interviewing Aretha Franklin
03:24

Woody Fraser

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Mike Douglas on working with producers Woody Fraser and Roger Ailes on The Mike Douglas Show
04:39
Mike Douglas on producer Woody Fraser
01:08
Mike Douglas on final say for booking guests
01:24
Mike Douglas on producer Woody Fraser's impact on The Mike Douglas Show
02:07

Zsa Zsa Gabor

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Mike Doulgas on the story Zsa Zsa Gabor told on The Mike Douglas Show that turned it from a live to taped program
01:31

Judy Garland

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Mike Douglas on interviewing Judy Garland
05:07
Mike Douglas on his favorite moments from The Mike Douglas Show
01:46

Jackie Gleason

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Mike Douglas on how Jackie Gleason didn't like to rehearse
02:50

Berry Gordy

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Mike Douglas on booking African-American acts for The Mike Douglas Show and working with Motown founder Berry Gordy
01:42

Bob Hope

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Mike Douglas on how Ohio native Bob Hope helped promote The Mike Douglas Show
01:19

Lyndon B. Johnson

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Mike Douglas on President Lyndon B. Johnson
04:23

Michael Keaton

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Mike Douglas on discovering young comics Billy Crystal and Michael Keaton
01:41

Gene Kelly

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Mike Douglas on having Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly on The Mike Douglas Show
03:30

Rose Kennedy

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Mike Douglas on having tea with Rose Kennedy before she appeared on The Mike Douglas Show
01:36

Robert F. Kennedy

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Mike Douglas on interviewing Robert F. Kennedy
00:32

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Mike Douglas on interviewing Martin Luther King, Jr.
01:28

Kay Kyser

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Mike Douglas on how he got his name
02:43

Peter Lawford

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Mike Douglas on co-hosting the show MGM star Peter Lawford on the episode in which Judy Garland appeared
03:15

John Lennon

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Mike Douglas on five shows with John Lennon and Yoko Ono
04:19

Jerry Lester

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Mike Doulgas on co-hosts for The Mike Douglas Show
00:43

David Letterman

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Mike Douglas on late night talk show host David Letterman
01:03

Liza Minnelli

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Mike Douglas on his favorite moments from The Mike Douglas Show
00:40

Mary Tyler Moore

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Mike Douglas on actress Mary Tyler Moore and Lucille Ball
02:03

Richard M. Nixon

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Mike Douglas on Roger Ailes' political aspirations while working on The Mike Douglas Show
01:17
Mike Doulgas on how television hurt the Presidential candidacy of Richard Nixon
00:24
Mike Douglas on interviewing Richard M. Nixon 
00:39

Yoko Ono

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Mike Douglas on five shows with John Lennon and Yoko Ono
04:19

Richard Pryor

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Mike Doulgas on bleeping words on the episode of The Mike Douglas Show on which Richard Pryor appeared
03:01

Frank Sinatra

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Mike Douglas on never having Frank Sinatra on The Mike Douglas Show
01:43
Mike Douglas on Frank Sinatra
05:41

Tom Smothers

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Mike Douglas on The Smothers Brothers
01:33

Dick Smothers

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Mike Douglas on The Smothers Brothers
01:33

Barbra Streisand

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Mike Doulgas on a young Barbra Streisand performing on The Mike Douglas Show
05:34

Ed Sullivan

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Mike Douglas on his appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show (airdate: May 26, 1968)
02:26

Barbara Walters

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Mike Douglas on watching Barbara Walters interview 
01:03

John Wayne

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Mike Douglas on interviewing John Wayne
00:28

Oprah Winfrey

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Mike Douglas on his opinion of Oprah Winfrey
01:44

Tiger Woods

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Mike Douglas on introducing the world to Tiger Woods
01:21
Mike Douglas on Tiger Woods' appearance on The Mike Douglas Show
03:18

Malcolm X

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Mike Douglas on interviewing Malcom X two days before his assassination
01:04

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