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Alistair Cooke

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Alfred Alistair Cooke (or Alistair Cooke; November 20, 1908 – March 30, 2004) was a British-American journalist and television personality. He presented broadcasts for TV networks. He hosted Masterpiece Theater on PBS between 1971 and 1992. He retired in 1992, but continued to present Letter from America until his death.

Cooke was born in Salford, Lancashire. In 1937 he moved to the United States. In 1973 he was given a knighthood.[1] He died in New York City from lung cancer.


  1. Brogan, Patrick. "Knighthood is conferred on Alistair Cooke" (News). The Times (London). Thursday, 12 April 1973. (58756), col E, p. 1.

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