Veteran British journalist and broadcaster David Frost, who won fame around the world for his many TV interviews with presidents, prime ministers and movie stars, has died. He was 74.
Frost died of a suspected heart attack Saturday night aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, where he was due to give a speech, the family said. The cruise company Cunard said its vessel left the English port of Southampton on Saturday for a 10-day cruise in the Mediterranean.
Known both for an amiable personality and incisive interviews with leading public figures, Frost had a career in television news and entertainment that spanned almost half a century. He was the only person to have interviewed all six British prime ministers serving between 1964 and 2007 and the seven U.S. presidents in office between 1969 and 2008. Outside world affairs, his roster ranged from Orson Welles to Muhammad Ali to Clint Eastwood.
Frost was born on Apr. 7, 1939, the son of a Methodist preacher. Besides hosting, he set up his own company, which gave birth to many more popular British programs.
“Breakfast with Frost” ran on the BBC for 12 years until 2005, and the game show “Through the Keyhole” from 1987 to 2008. He had recently been working for Al Jazeera International.
Frost was an executive producer on the Euro-western “Charley-One-Eye” – 1973 and was once married to Euro-western actress Lynne Frederick from 1981-1982.