3/9/1926 - 1/24/2015
Remembering the life, death and television legacy of Joe Franklin
NEW YORK (AP) — Pioneering radio and TV host Joe Franklin, who gave breaks to the likes of Al Pacino and Bill Cosby on his variety show long before they became famous and who boasted he never missed a broadcast in decades, has died at age 88.
He died Saturday of cancer, which he had had for a few years, longtime producer and friend Steven Garrin said.
Franklin often is credited with developing the standard TV talk show format, sitting behind a desk while interviewing want-to-be...