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Heywood Hale Broun (March 10, 1918 – September 5, 2001) was an American sportswriter, commentator, and actor. He was born and raised in New York City, the son of writer and activist Ruth Hale and columnist Heywood Broun. He was educated at private schools and Swarthmore College. His surname is pronounced /ˈbruːn/ (rhymes with “moon”).

In 1940, Broun joined the staff at the New York tabloid PM where he served as a sportswriter. His career was interrupted by World War II in which he served in the United States Army field artillery. When the war ended he returned to the PM newspaper and wrote for its successor, The New York Star, which ceased operations in 1949.


TV career

Nicknamed "Woodie", he joined CBS News and Sports in 1966 where he worked for 20 years as a color commentator on a wide variety of sporting venues, including Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. He is remembered for his English-language expressions, handlebar mustache and colorful sport coats. A selection of his Saturday night sports feature stories were compiled in the ESPN Classic series Woodie's World; 36 episodes were released between 2002 and 2005. Woodie's World was re-released in 2009 on (ESPN Classic), obscure footage of Woodie on the road with Dempsey Hovland's Barnstrom female Basketball Team that played and won against men often on NBA courts(1949-1977) is included in the feature stories. The team was of personal interest to Broun who also reported on the team on CBS nightly news segmants.

Film career

Broun acted in a number of films such as:

As well as television programs in guest or supporting roles.

Heywood Hale Broun died in Kingston, New York in 2001.


  • A Studied Madness (1965)
  • Tumultuous Merriment (1979)
  • Whose little boy are you? : A memoir of the Broun family (1983)

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