Bill O'Reilly Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameWilliam James O'Reilly Jr.
Nickname Papa Bear
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Political commentator Bill O'Reilly was born on September 10, 1949 in New York City, to Winifred Angela (Drake) and William James O'Reilly. He was born into a classic Irish Catholic family and attended private Catholic schools.

O'Reilly attended Marist College and studied history. Bill was also in the football club as a punter and wrote for the school newspaper. O'Reilly studied abroad at the University of London, and after coming home played semi professional baseball before graduating with a bachelors in history in 1971.

O'Reilly studied broadcast journalism at Boston University after some time as a teacher in Florida. O'Reilly interned with different newspapers and stations while earning his masters. In the mid 90's O'Reilly earned a degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. O'Reilly's early career included anchor jobs in Scranton, Denver, Portland, Hartford, and Boston. In this time he won a local Emmy and was praised for excellence in investigative reporting.

O'Reilly worked as a WEBS anchor and won a second local Emmy before earning the spot of correspondent for CBS network news. He later worked as a correspondent and assignment reporter for ABC.

O'Reilly became a news star when he was an anchor on "Inside Addition" where he covered the fall of the Berlin Wall and the murder of Joel Steinberg. After leaving the team, he earned his 3rd degree from the Kennedy School of government in 1995.

In 1996, O'Reilly launched "The O'Reilly Factor" the show he has anchored for 17 years. Since then he has used his show to report top political stories and it has become the #1 Cable News Show on TV.

In addition to reporting the news, O'Reilly often dissects it. He has made accusations against organizations and figures for corruption, and has broken barriers in news. He often goes head to head with organizations, politicians, and celebrities in the social media. He has called out judges for court rulings he found to be poor and he has even accused people of being unAmerican.

One of his most famous rivals is the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union). In 1997, 10 year-old Jeffery Curley was kidnapped and murdered by two men. His body was molested and dumped off. The two men claimed they had gotten the inspiration from literature they had read in a library from the NAMBLA, a radical organization that condones male on boy rape and sexual contact. The ACLU then defended the NAMBLA and the men responsible. Outraged, O'Reilly used his media power to shed light on the issue.

However, his most famous head to head encounter was with organizations that raised money for 9/11 victims. Some faulty finances and numbers lead people to believe these organizations stole this money. O'Reilly publicly accused this organization and came head to head,with actor George Clooney, who claimed that O'Reilly was mistaken. Others that are often implicated as O'Reilly "rivals" are Michael Moore, George Soros, Alec Baldwin, and Susan Sarandon. He is also playfully rivaled on late night television with comics Jon Stewart, David Letterman, and Jay Leno.

O'Reilly has some core political beliefs that lean to the right, although he is a registered Independent. O'Reilly has written books and spoken about cultural traditions such as marriage, abortion, and patriotism. He has come to conflicts with Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and George Soros on issues like these.

O'Reilly has also published books about history and politics. He lives in New York and is the father of two children. His wife Maureen and he divorced in 2011.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bobby Hughes

Spouse (1)

Maureen McPhilmy (2 November 1996 - 1 September 2011) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (6)

Often interrupts guests or tells them to shut up
Intense emotional News commentary
Known for speaking freely and critically of world leaders and figures
The "No Spin Zone" segment
His aggressive interview style
Towering height

Trivia (37)

As of 2001, has said he receives about 30,000 e-mails a day for his show The O'Reilly Factor (1996).
Majored in History at Marist College (Poughkeepsie, New York), earning his B.A. in 1971. He was given an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the school in 2000.
O'Reilly received his M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University in 1975.
Earned his M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1995.
The film rights to his novel, Those Who Trespass, were bought by actor/director, Mel Gibson.
Politically, he has always claimed he is a registered independent on The O'Reilly Factor (1996). But, it was later revealed that O'Reilly was actually a registered Republican in Nassau County in 1994. O'Reilly re-registered as an independent soon after.
During his career, he has been a reporter/anchor in: Boston, Miami, Scranton, Dallas, Denver, Portland (Oregon), Hartford, New York City, and Los Angeles. He has also covered wars in the Falkland Islands, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, and Israel.
Names "Rainy Night in Georgia" by Brook Benton as his all-time favorite song. He also enjoys the music of Luther Vandross, Joe Cocker , The Doors, The Rolling Stones and Earth Wind & Fire.
While at Marist, he claimed to have played quarterback, punter, and kicker on the varsity football team, but Marist did not have a varsity football team until after he graduated. He also was a semi-professional baseball pitcher with the New York Monarchs, and was the goalie on his high school hockey team.
He was a high school teacher from 1971-1973 after graduating from Marist. He taught both History and English at Monsignor Edward Pace High School, a school founded by the Marist Order in Opa-Locka, Florida, located in North Miami-Dade. He also assisted with the school's baseball team.
While he was a reporter at WNEP-TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he also wrote the jokes for "Uncle Ted's Ghoul School," a Saturday night monster movie show.
He has two young children: a daughter, Madeline (born in 1998) and a son, Spencer (born in 2003).
Attended Chaminade High School, Mineola, New York.
In 2002, he successfully started "The Radio Factor"... a 2-hour radio version of The O'Reilly Factor (1996).
On his website he lists the following as his favorite films: The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974), The Producers (1967), Casablanca (1942), Apocalypse Now (1979), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Unforgiven (1992), Shampoo (1975), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Viva Las Vegas (1964), Saturday Night Fever (1977), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Dirty Harry (1971), The Wolf Man (1941), Rocky (1976), Young Frankenstein (1974), A Shot in the Dark (1964), The Alamo (1960), The Blob (1958), Easy Rider (1969).
Wife Maureen was born on May 11, 1966; making her almost 17 years her husband's junior.
Sued by former The O'Reilly Factor (1996) associate producer Andrea Mackris, who accused him of sexual harassment. An out of court settlement was reached 15 days later, O'Reilly reportedly paying Mackris over $2 million without admitting guilt or issuing an apology. No guilt was ever proven on O'Reilly's part, however. (13 October 2004).
His hometown is Levittown, New York.
Favorite songs: "L.A. Woman" by The Doors, "I Love Music" by The O'Jays, "Drive My Car" by The Beatles, "Just Dance" by Lady Gaga, "Kentucky Rain" by Elvis Presley.
His top five favorite films are in descending order Casablanca (1942), Platoon (1986), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Schindler's List (1993) and The Godfather: Part II (1974).
When O'Reilly expressed his staunch opposition to the erection of a mosque near the former site of Manhattan's Twin Towers on The View: Episode dated 14 October 2010 (2010), both Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walked off the set in protest. Shortly after host Barbara Walters defended O'Reilly's right to his opinion, both co-hosts Goldberg and Behar later returned to their seats.
Considers Boston as his second home. Parents met there, he attended school (Boston University, Harvard University) there, first journalist job there.
His wife Maureen is reported to have much more politically liberal beliefs than him.
His first job was, at age 16, at Carvel Ice Cream. Later, had a job as a lifeguard.
Release of his book, "Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama". [2010]
Release of his book, "Culture Warrior". [2006]
Release of his book, "Kids Are Americans Too". [2007]
Release of his book, "The No Spin Zone: Confrontations with the Powerful and Famous in America". [2001]
Release of his book, "Who's Looking Out For You". [2003]
Release of his book, "A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity: A Memoir". [2008]
He is of Irish ancestry, except for one of his maternal great-grandmothers, who was of Colonial American descent, including English and some French Huguenot.
Paid with Fox News and $13 million to settle lawsuits from five women who accused him of sexual harassment.[April 2017].
Several companies pull their ads from his top-rated news show after allegations of sexual harassment rose from several past and present Fox News employees.[April 2017].
Was fired from Fox News Channel after several sexual harassment allegations were raised against him.[April 2017].
His show The O'Reilly Factor generated 3 million to 4 million viewers each night.
Was paid $25 million in an exit deal with Fox News.[April 2017].
His show The O'Reilly Factor was the No. 1 cable news program for 16 years.

Personal Quotes (21)

You are about to enter a no-spin zone!
And the elites firmly believe that not much has changed in 40 years; that white Christian-Americans must be kept in check, or they will violate minority rights.
Generally speaking, the elite media believe that the majority in this country -- white Christian Americans -- are prone to oppressing the minority. The elites rightfully point to the civil rights struggle as an example of how the majority can hurt a minority until the forces of reason stepped in.
We'd save lives because Mexicans, "wetbacks"- whatever you want to call them-, the coyotes - they're not going to do what they're doing now, so people aren't going to die in the desert. So we save lives, all right, and we seal it down and make it one hundred times harder to come across.
Does anyone know where the Best Men are? I hope they're not in the parking lot stealing our hubcaps.
My father didn't tell me anything. My father just said: 'Shut up. Eat your food. There are people starving in Korea,' but he didn't - he didn't offer a lot of career counseling, but he never discouraged me.
My thesis, you may know, is that nobody should ever talk about their sexuality in any - in any regard ever. You should not define yourself that way. It just makes life a lot rougher. So, therefore, I would probably say, if you're a gay celebrity, shut up about it.
If you get to be as smart and as talented as me, you'll have a show. That won't happen.
Because look ... when 2 percent of the population feels that you're doing them a favor, just forget it, you're not going to win. You're not going to win. And I don't have any respect by and large for the Iraqi people at all. I have no respect for them. I think that they're a prehistoric group that is -- yeah, there's excuses.
When I am dead, my tombstone will read, 'He finally stopped talking.'
Joseph Goebbels was the Minister of Propaganda for the Nazi regime and whose very famous quote was, "If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth." All right? "If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth." And that's what Stuart Smalley and Michael Moore and all of these guys do. They just run around.
The Soros-Lewis mob despises Fox News because we have their number and we report on them accurately. They use the MoveOn web site to smear this network and others with whom they disagree. These people use techniques perfected by Dr. Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi minister of information. They lie, distort, defame, all the time. So it's not surprising that MoveOn objected to a debate sponsored by Fox News and the Nevada Democratic Party.
What's the difference between the KKK and Arianna Huffington? What's the difference? I don't see any difference between Huffington and the Nazis.
[His impression of Harvard University] Well, the faculty at the Kennedy School of Government was pretty good when I was there. The most interesting class I had was 'Persuasion', and I use a lot of the points I learned there on the air to try to get people to listen to you so they understand it.
I've said 'shut up' six times in 12 years and they all deserved it. They were either bloviating, filibustering or lying.
(On the on-going feud with his Fox News competitor, Keith Olbermann, on MSNBC) There is no feud! I've never mentioned the man's name in my life and I will never mention it! There is no feud! There is no nemesis!
I knew Howard [Stern], because he was the only guy in [Boston University] taller than me. And he has a big 'fro. He was always stoned. When I was walking around, I would go, "Oh, there is Howard," you know? We, of course, didn't know he was going to be a big media star, we just hoped he could get to the bathroom. I know what it took for Howard Stern to become successful, because he is like me. No uncle in the business, had to work his way up, cut through a whole bunch of BS. And I admire that. Would I do what he does? No. Do I object to what he does? No.
All of the ideas come to me in the middle of the night, and one night I just woke up and I went "Killing Jesus". And I believe, because I'm a Catholic, that comes from the Holy Spirit. My inspiration comes from that and so I wrote "Killing Jesus" because I think I was directed to write that.
[on the inspiration for the book "Killing Jesus"]I'm not the chosen one, I'm just one of many who've been given gifts. I can write and I can bloviate on TV. So I'm trying to use the gifts in a positive way. And I believe that's all directed and that's why I'm here on the planet.
[His advice to the youth of America] Young pinheads: work hard, be honest, get off the internet, travel as much as you can, find your passion, find out what your good at: make money doing it.
[on leaving Fox News]I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers. I wish only the best for Fox News Channel.

Salary (2)

The O'Reilly Factor (1996) $10,000,000 /year (2009)
The O'Reilly Factor (1996) $10,000,000 /year(2004-2009)

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