Hugh Downs


July 1, 2020


Hugh Downs was the longtime television personality who was the anchor of the ABC news show "20/20" from 1978 until 1999. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

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Hugh Downs left a mark for himself on Television that he was a longtime personality, began his nine-year run as the host of the "Today" show. Walters was a "Today" colleague for part of that time. She admired Downs and praised his generosity and collegiality. Also, he was, the genial, versatile broadcaster who became one of television's most familiar and welcome faces with more than15,000 hours on the news, game and talk shows. "The Guinness Book of World...

My condolences to the family, close friends, and colleague of Hugh Downs. Being a longtime ABC news and 20/20 fan, may fond memories and God continue to provide comfort, peace and endurance to you today, tomorrow, and always.

To the family, many, many friends, and colleagues of this wonderful man, who was a longtime television personality anchor of the ABC news show "20/20". That is the legacy Mr. Hugh Downs left behind memorable news that will not be forgotten. May the God of comfort bless your grieving hearts with strength, loving kindness and peace as the world copes with loss the of Mr. Downs. May family, friends and extended family cherish his memories.


Hugh and Ruth were wonderful people! I had the privilege of working for them in Arizona. Gracious, talented, intelligent, adventurous, kind, caring, as was their family I met too. Their love for each other and their children and grandchildren showed every day . May they RIP and continue their new adventures!

Hugh Downs was a wonderful person in many ways. He told the news in a very heartwarming and caring manner and was always a gentleman. I loved watching him on the Today and Tonight shows. The journalism field has lost a giant. May you accept my sympathy and wish for peace and comfort from the God of tender mercies.

May God bless and comfort your family during this time of sorrow and loss.
I remember when I was younger watching Hugh on the Today Show,the Tonight Show and my favorite game show Concentration. I even had the home version of the game. My family and I had so much fun playing it. I miss seeing you on all the shows.
RIP Hugh.