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Structural info

  • Full Name: Don Cornelius
  • Net Worth: $15 Million
  • Date Of Birth: September 27, 1936, Chicago, Illinois, United States)
  • Died: February 1, 2012, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Place Of Birth: Chicago
  • Profession: Television producer, TV Personality, Screenwriter, Actor, Television presenter, Announcer, Disc jockey
  • Education: DuSable High School
  • Nationality: United States of America
  • Spouse: Victoria Cornelius (m. 2001–2009)
  • Children: Anthony Cornelius, Raymond Cornelius
  • Nicknames: Donald Cortez Cornelius , Donald Cortez “Don” Cornelius
  • IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004843
  • Awards: Grammy Trustees Award, TV Land Pop Culture Award
  • Movies: Jackie’s Back, Mafia!, Tapeheads, Roadie
  • TV Shows: Soul Train

Quotes

  • [Who toyed with the idea of a Soul Train channel]: We came to the conclusion that we came along a little late to make it happen. There’s also the problem of whether or not I had the energy to start something of that magnitude from scratch.
  • [Who remained grateful to the musicians who made Soul Train (1971), a pop culture African-American show]: The show remains vibrant because the songs are. I figured as long as the music stayed hot and important and good, that there would always be a reason for ‘Soul Train.’
  • [When he went to divorce court]: I am 72 years old. I have significant health issues. I want to finalize this divorce before I die.
  • [on the death of Barry White in 2003]: There was no match for Barry White. His music is just going to live forever. It’s not limited to disco or soul or hip-hop or anything.
  • [on selling Soul Train (1971) in 2008]: The Soul Train legacy and brand are of the utmost importance to me and to Soul Train’s millions of fans. After years of offers, I feel the time is now finally right to pass the torch. The MadVision team understands and respects my vision, and they share my own commitment to seeing the brand rise to the next level.
  • [on Soul Train (1971)’s success]: We just seem to be surrounded on this anniversary show by all of our personal favorites. I have to say that in the first person, because they’re my personal favorites.
  • [About the dancers who care about the music he recorded on Soul Train (1971)]: I figured as long as the music stayed hot and important and good, that there would always be a reason for ‘Soul Train.’
  • It’s always a pleasure to find something that matters.
  • We can’t make it important to anybody else. Some of the audience we serve doesn’t really care about what you did yesterday and you have to be cognizant of that … But it’s important to us.

Facts

  • He was known to be a very private man.
  • Was a close personal friend of Rev. Al Sharpton for over 35 years, since Sharpton was a teenager. Sharpton was a guest on Soul Train (1971).
  • Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes were given to his family.
  • Longtime friend of Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin.
  • Mentor and friend of Shemar Moore.
  • Cornelius retired from hosting Soul Train (1971), at the end of the 22nd season, due to health problems.
  • His show Soul Train (1971) was named after a promotional event he put together in 1969.
  • Was honored at the Chicago Cultural Center by Bruce Dumont in 1998.
  • Was inducted posthumously into the Illinois Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2012.
  • Gladys Knight was his very first guest on Soul Train (1971).
  • During his last years, he suffered seizures.
  • Best remembered by the public as the host of Soul Train (1971).
  • Before he was a successful television host, he joined Chicago’s television station WCIU-TV in 1967, and hosted a news program called, ‘A Black’s View of the News.’.
  • Father of Tony Cornelius.
  • Grandfather of Christina Marie.
  • Passed away on the same day as David Peaston who gave one of his first professional performances on national television courtesy of Soul Train (1971).
  • Had a brain tumor and underwent successful surgery in 1982.
  • Hosted Soul Train (1971) for 22 of the show’s 35 years. In that time, he introduced many unfamiliar artists to a larger audience who would go on to become even more successful, among them are: Gladys Knight (his first guest), Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Barry White, Melba Moore, Al Green, Donna Summer and Mariah Carey.
  • Used $400 of his money to produced and create Soul Train (1971), which was an African-American dance program.
  • Before he was a television host, he did everything from announcer to news reporter to disc jockey.
  • He joined the United States Marine Corps and served 18 months in Korea.
  • Long before Jody Watley became one of the members of the group Shalamar, and a successful solo artist, she used to guest-star on his show as one of the dancers, as a teenager.
  • Went to the same high school as Eddie Harris, Joseph Jerman, Julien Priester and Ronnie Boykins.
  • One-time guest on Soul Train (1971), Arsenio Hall was said to be a teenage television hero of Cornelius’.
  • Graduated from DuSable High School in Chicago, Illinois, in 1954.
  • Before he was a television host, he was once a salesman in Chicago.
  • His show Soul Train (1971) was inspired by New American Bandstand 1965 (1952), a show that featured a variety of bands that was hosted by Dick Clark.
  • He once danced with Mary Wilson on the Soul Train (1971) line, throughout the show’s 35-year-run.
  • Lived not too far from Demi Moore.
  • Sentenced to three years of probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor spousal battery [March 21, 2009].
  • Began and hosted his show, Soul Train (1971), now in its 34th year, on October 2, 1971. It is the longest-running first-run syndicated show in the history of television. His son, Tony Cornelius, who was formerly married to actress Amy Hunter, is the line producer of his show.
  • Discovered by WVON Radio personality Ed Cobb. In the mid-1960s, Cobb while driving ran a traffic violation and was pulled over by Chicago Police officer Don Cornelius. While officer Cornelius was asking him the typical traffic stop questions, Cobb noticed his unique speaking voice and told him that he was in the wrong profession. Cobb suggested that Cornelius come down to the radio station and make a demo tape. Don took him up on it and was hired as an announcer.
  • Ex-father-in-law of Amy Hunter.

Trademarks

  • Deep baritone voice
  • Shouted the name of the TV show in nearly every theme song.
  • Closed the show with the catchphrase – “We Wish You Love, Peace & Soul!”
  • Old Fashioned Round Spectacles

Filmography

Writer
Title Year Status Character
The 10th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 2005 TV Special
The 8th Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2005 TV Movie
Soul Train TV Series documentary 7 episodes, 1993 – 2004 writer – 131 episodes, 1971 – 1980 written by – 4 episodes, 1974 – 1975
The 1998 Soul Train Christmas Starfest 1998 TV Movie
Producer
Title Year Status Character
21st Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2007 TV Special executive producer
The 20th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2006 TV Special executive producer
The 10th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 2005 TV Special executive producer / producer
The 8th Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2005 TV Movie executive producer / producer
The 19th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2005 TV Special executive producer
Soul Train TV Series documentary executive producer – 45 episodes, 1971 – 2004 producer – 15 episodes, 1971 – 1979
The 18th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2004 TV Special executive producer
The 17th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2003 TV Special executive producer
The 16th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2002 TV Special executive producer
The 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2001 TV Special executive producer
The 1998 Soul Train Christmas Starfest 1998 TV Movie executive producer
The 9th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1995 TV Special executive producer
The 8th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1994 TV Special executive producer
Soul Train Comedy Awards 1993 TV Special executive producer
The 7th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1993 TV Special executive producer
The 5th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1991 TV Special executive producer
The 4th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1990 TV Special executive producer
The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1989 TV Special executive producer
The 2nd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1988 TV Special executive producer
The 1st Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1987 TV Special executive producer
Actor
Title Year Status Character
Jackie’s Back! 1999 TV Movie Don Cornelius
Tapeheads 1988 Mo Fuzz
Roadie 1980 Mohammed Johnson
No Way Back 1976
Soundtrack
Title Year Status Character
Soul Plane 2004 writer: “Soul Plane”
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 2000 writer: “Soul Train Theme”
Director
Title Year Status Character
14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2000 TV Special
Casting Department
Title Year Status Character
Soul Train 2004 TV Series documentary talent executive – 1 episode
Thanks
Title Year Status Character
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 TV Special in memory of
The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2012 TV Movie in memoriam
20th Annual Trumpet Awards 2012 TV Special in memory of
Acid Head: The Buzzard Nuts County Slaughter 2011 special thanks
VH1 Rock Docs 2010 TV Series very special thanks – 1 episode
Pacific Inferno 1979 special thanks
Self
Title Year Status Character
Unsung 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
18th Annual Trumpet Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
VH1 Rock Docs 2010 TV Series Himself
BET Awards 2009 2009 TV Special Himself
In the Cutz 2006 TV Series Guest
The 3rd Annual TV Land Awards 2005 TV Special Himself
The 47th Annual Grammy Awards 2005 TV Special Himself
The 17th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
Journeys in Black 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Howard Stern 1996-2001 TV Series Himself
The 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
The Howard Stern Radio Show 1999 TV Series Himself
Mafia! 1998 Himself (uncredited)
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Fired Up 1997 TV Series Himself
Record Row: Cradle of Rhythm and Blues 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
Soul Train’s 25th Anniversary 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 9th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1995 TV Special Himself
The 8th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1994 TV Special Himself
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1994 TV Series Himself
Soul Train Comedy Awards 1993 TV Special Himself
Soul Train 1971-1993 TV Series documentary Himself – Host
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989-1990 TV Series Himself
It’s Garry Shandling’s Show. 1988 TV Series Himself
Just Our Luck 1983 TV Series Himself
Cleopatra Jones 1973 Himself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
The Seventies 2015 TV Series documentary Himself – Host
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic 2013 Documentary Himself
Don Cornelius: Visionary, Trailblazer & Cultural Icon 2012 TV Movie Himself
2010 Soul Train Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
Unsung 2010 TV Series documentary Himself

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