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EntertainmentJim Fowler, Host of 'Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom,' Dies at 89

23:05  09 may  2019
23:05  09 may  2019 Source:   hollywoodreporter.com

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Jim Fowler , the naturalist and longtime co- host and host of the TV show Mutual of Omaha ' s Wild Kingdom , died Wednesday at his home in Norwalk, Connecticut, his family announced. He was 89 . Fowler , an Emmy winner for his work on the nature program, also made more than 100 appearances

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Jim Fowler, the naturalist and longtime co-host and host of the TV show Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, died Wednesday at his home in Norwalk, Connecticut, his family announced. He was 89.

Fowler, an Emmy winner for his work on the nature program, also made more than 100 appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, served as a wildlife correspondent for the Today show and showed up (with a hawk) as a guest on a talk show hosted by Kramer (Michael Richards) out of his apartment on a 1997 episode of Seinfeld.

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" Wild Kingdom " host Jim Fowler died on Wednesday, according to a tribute on the show's website. He was 89 . Fowler co- hosted Mutual of Omaha ' s " Wild Kingdom " with Marlin Perkins beginning in 1963. He was also known for being a regular guest on "The Tonight Show With Johnny.

( Mutual of Omaha ’ s Wild Kingdom / Mutual of Omaha ? s Wild Kingdom ). He also hosted a successor program, “ Mutual of Omaha ’ s Spirit of Adventure,” served as the wildlife correspondent for NBC’s “Today” show and was a frequent guest of television hosts such as Carson, often appearing

Fowler and fellow zoologist Marlin Perkins worked on Wild Kingdom starting with the pilot episode that aired on Jan. 9, 1963, through Perkins' retirement in 1985. Fowler then went it alone for a few years and returned to the show when it was revived in 2002.

Jim Fowler, Host of 'Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom,' Dies at 89 © 2013 NBCUniversal Media, LLC Born on April 9, 1930, in Albany, Georgia, Fowler grew up on his family farm. He excelled on his high school baseball and football teams and was offered a contract by the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees. He attended Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, earning degrees in zoology and geology.

The 6-foot-6 Fowler worked at a raptor sanctuary in Florida and forged a reputation as an authority on predatory birds when he became the first man to successfully trap a harpy eagle and bring it back alive to the U.S. Perkins, who had hosted a Chicago-based TV show called Zoo Parade, spotted him with a harpy eagle on Today and asked him if he’d like to co-host a new show, Wild Kingdom, for NBC.

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(AP) — Jim Fowler , a naturalist who rose to fame on the long-running television program " Wild Kingdom " and who famously bantered with Johnny "His memory will remain through the work he did on Mutual of Omaha ' s Wild Kingdom , as well as through the many parks, wildlife centers and nature

Mr. Fowler was a key part of “ Wild Kingdom ” (also known as “ Mutual of Omaha ’ s Wild Kingdom ”), which had its premiere on NBC He invited Mr. Fowler to join him on “ Wild Kingdom .” Mr. Perkins, 25 years older than Mr. Fowler , was the host , and Mr. Fowler was his sidekick, often doing the bulk of

The program, which also played in syndication for years, was filmed all over the world and featured the pair interacting with creatures in their natural habitats.

"I worked with animals well before I was on Wild Kingdom, and I learned that if you're gonna fool around with them, you better know what the danger points are," Fowler said in a 2015 interview with Connecticut Magazine.

"For example, a big anaconda down in the Amazon, you gotta know that it'll wrap you tail-first. You don't want to hold the head and leave the tail out there, because if it gets you with the tail around your neck or waist, one that weighs 200-some pounds, you’re done for. When you work with a snake that’s as big around as an ale keg, you better know what you're doing."

Fowler said that when he went on The Tonight Show, he "understood that the animal was the real guest and Johnny was the star. And he was brilliant because he never tried to do something funny with the animal. He knew the unpredictable was what would be funny."

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Jim Fowler , the wildlife expert and longtime host of nature series “ Mutual of Omaha ’ s Wild Kingdom ,” died Wednesday at the age of 89 .A naturalist and zoologist who founded the Chehaw Park and Zoo in Albany, Georgia, Fowler was “never one to shy away from danger

Jim Fowler , Host of ' Mutual of Omaha ' s Wild Kingdom ,' Dies at 89 09 May 2019 | The Hollywood Reporter. If you, like myself. enjoy watching well-produced wildlife/nature shows, then the super-thrilling " Wild Kingdom " TV series, which successfully ran from 1963-1988, should be of some real

After Carson retired, Fowler said he and his wife, Betsey, took the host, his wife and their two sons on a trip to Africa.

Survivors include his wife, a wildlife artist, and their children, Mark and Carrie. Donations in his name can be made to the Chehaw park in Albany earmarked for a “Jim Fowler Experience.”

On the Wild Kingdom website, a page devoted to Fowler says his mission "was to educate the public about wildlife species throughout the world and how to preserve environments for both animals and humans.

"Whether presenting to a group of fellow animal experts or elementary school students, Fowler's message remained the same: 'What we have to do is ask ourselves, "What’s in it for me?" Only then will we realize that the continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is ultimately important to the quality of life of humans.'"

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