Stephen Talbot

Stephen Talbot

producer, writer, actor

Stephen Talbot was born on Feb 28, 1949 in USA. Stephen Talbot's big-screen debut came with Leave It to Beaver - Season 3 directed by Norman Tokar in 1959, strarring Gilbert Bates / Gilbert / Gilbert Harrison / .... Stephen Talbot is known for Moscone: A Legacy of Change directed by Nat Katzman, Willie Brown stars as Self and John Burton as Self. Stephen Talbot has got 3 awards and 6 nominations so far. The most recent award Stephen Talbot achieved is News & Documentary Emmy Awards. The upcoming new movie Stephen Talbot plays is Moscone: A Legacy of Change which will be released on Nov 05, 2018.

Born in Hollywood in 1949, the son of actor Lyle Talbot, Stephen Talbot became a child actor, appearing as Beaver's friend, Gilbert, in more than 50 episodes of the iconic baby boomer series "Leave It To Beaver." He also appeared in many TV shows of the late '50s and early '60s, including "Perry Mason," "Lassie," "The Twilight Zone," "Wanted: Dead of Alive," "The Donna Reed Show," and "The Lucy Show."As an adult, Talbot turned to reporting and documentary filmmaking. He began as a producer and on-air reporter for KQED, the public television station in San Francisco. He had early success with two documentaries that set the tone for his career: "Broken Arrow" (1980) an investigation of nuclear weapons accidents, and "The Case of Dashiell Hammett" (1982), a portrait of the mystery writer. Both films won George Foster Peabody Awards and established Talbot as someone who could do both investigative reporting and biographies.Talbot began producing documentaries for the critically acclaimed PBS series, "Frontline," in 1992 with his film on the Bush-Clinton presidential race, "The Best Campaign Money Can Buy," which won a DuPont / Columbia University Award. It was the start of a long association with "Frontline," where he produced and wrote ten documentaries for the series, including "News War: What's Happening to the News" (2007) with reporter Lowell Bergman, "Justice for Sale" (1999) with Bill Moyers, "Spying on Saddam" (1999), "The Long March of Newt Gingrich" (1996) and "Rush Limbaugh's America" (1995) with Peter Boyer, and "The Heartbeat of America" (1993) with Robert Krulwich about the travails of General Motors.When "Frontline's" executive producer David Fanning launched an international news magazine series, "Frontline World," in 2002, he named Talbot as the Series Editor with a mandate to increase global reporting in the wake of 9/11 and to develop a new generation of younger reporters and producers. From 2002-2008, Talbot was instrumental in recruiting new talent and in commissioning and supervising over 100 broadcast stories for 30 hour-long episodes of the Emmy award-winning series. He also went to Lebanon and Syria to produce his own report, "The Earthquake," about Lebanon's Cedar Revolution with correspondent Kate Seelye. Talbot also oversaw "Rough Cuts," a series of original videos for the "Frontline World" website.Throughout his career of more than 40 years in public television, Talbot has continued to produce history documentaries and biographies, alongside his broadcast journalism work. With David Davis, Talbot wrote and directed "The Sixties: The Years That Shaped a Generation," a two-hour history special that aired nationally on PBS in 2005. It was based on Talbot's earlier film, "1968." Talbot has also written and co-produced several biographies of noted writers, including Ken Kesey, Carlos Fuentes, Beryl Markham, Maxine Hong Kingston and John Dos Passos (narrated by actor William Hurt).In 2008, he formed The Talbot Players, an independent media company in San Francisco, with his brother David and sister Margaret, and created a new music show for PBS, "Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders," executive producing specials in 2010 and 2012 with host Marco Werman and starting an online music series for PBS Digital, "Quick Hits."Talbot also continues to serve as senior producer or executive producer for a number of independent documentaries, such as director Mimi Chakarova's expose of sex trafficking in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, "The Price of Sex" (2011). In recent years he has consulted and produced for public media organizations, including the Center for Investigative Reporting and the PBS series Independent Lens.Talbot's recent documentaries include a one-hour biography he wrote for public television about the late San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, "Moscone: A Legacy of Change" (2018) and four documentaries he co-wrote and produced for the NBC series "Bay Area Revelations," including "Loma Prieta Earthquake: 30 Years Later" (2019) and "Riding the Waves" (2020) about surfing in northern California.

  • Birthday

    Feb 28, 1949
  • Place of Birth

    Los Angeles, California, USA
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Known For


3 wins & 6 nominations

News & Documentary Emmy Awards
Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a News Magazine
Winner - Emmy
Frontline/WorldSaddam's Road to Hell (0)
Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards
Frontline (1983)
Winner - duPont-Columbia Award
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