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David Sheehan

David Sheehan is a broadcaster, interviewer, host and reporter. Starting in 1970 on CBS, Sheehan was a reviewer and interviewer covering movies and television on a daily local newscast. He went on to host three annual national specials: Summer Movie Magic, Holiday Movie Magic and Academy Awards Movie Magic.[1] Sheehan worked the 70’s and early 80’s on CBS, moved to NBC from ‘84 to ‘94, and finished up his 34 years of daily newscasting back at CBS from 1994 to 2004. Sheehan is the author of the novel Before I Wake, published under the pen-name David Dury.[citation needed]


Sheehan's college education includes Ohio State University, University of Notre Dame and UCLA.


In 1970, Sheehan was a daily newscaster on KCBS-TV (then KNXT). In 1972, also on KNXT, he was the first[citation needed] commentator to host a television critique show, “biting the hand”.[2][3] In 1975, he was the first local newsman to ever work for two networks simultaneously: America Alive on NBC and The Big News on CBS.[citation needed] In 1979, he hosted and produced the first Pay-TV monthly series in history, Backstage in Hollywood on HBO.[citation needed]

In the early 1980s, Sheehan produced and camera-directed Pippin (with Bob Fosse) starring Ben Vereen and Martha Raye---the first Broadway musical filmd by cameras during live stage performance, for Pay-TV, cable TV and home video.[citation needed]

In the 1980s, while at NBC, Sheehan was the first local entertainment reporter to host and produce his own series of network specials, including “Macho Men of the Movies” (with Clint Eastwood, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger) and “Hollywood’s Leading Ladies” (with Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sharon Stone and Barbra Streisand).[citation needed]

Sheehan hosted three national annual specials: “Summer Movie Magic”, “Holiday Movie Magic” and “Academy Awards Movie Magic”, syndicated to over 250 stations through his Hollywood Close-Ups, Inc.[4] production and distribution company.


David Sheehan[5] was a producer-director of the West Coast Premiere of “An Albee Almanac” by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Edward Albee, and the West Coast Premiere of “Little Murders” by noted cartoonist/playwright Jules Feiffer.[citation needed]


After college, Sheehan was a newspaperman with the United Press International syndicate, covering celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and his "Rat Pack" involvement in the 1962 John F. Kennedy presidential campaign.

His magazine writing for Esquire, Playboy, Mademoiselle, and Los Angeles Magazine included interviews with "Tropic of Capricorn" author Henry Miller, mental health pioneer Abraham Maslow, Gestalt Therapy founder Fritz Perls, and Zen interpreter Alan Watts. His articles on philosophers Michael and Dennis Murphy covered 'Human Potentiality Movement' at Big Sur's Esalen Institute and discussed psychedelic experience guided by Sheehan's interview subjects Timothy Leary and Richard ("Baba Ram Dass") Alpert.[citation needed]

Private life

Sheehan is the father of three children. His son Brian is the owner of the Eclectic Wine Bar & Grill in North Hollywood; his daughter Shannon is a Los Angeles real estate developer; and his daughter Kelly is a Los Angeles recording studio producer/engineer. Sheehan resides in Marina del Rey, California.


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