David McCullough, a beloved television host and award-winning author, died Sunday at his home in Hingham, Massachusetts. He was 89 years old.
David McCullough is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Prize, as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the nation’s highest civilian honor.
HBO has produced TV movies and miniseries based on McCullough’s Pulitzer Prize-winning books Truman and John Adams.
David McCullough, please. Dorie Lawson & Rosalee McCullough, the couple’s daughter
When David McCullough was 17, he met Rosalee Barnes McCullough in Pittsburgh. They later married. Until his death in June 2022, they remained married.
He took the risk of quitting his day job to focus solely on writing history and biographies due to the success of “The Johnstown Flood” and the support of his wife, Rosalee McCullough. The couple raised their five children simultaneously.
He is survived by Melissa McDonald, three sons, David Jr., William and Geoffrey; one brother, George; 19 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by Dorie. Ms McCullough died in June aged 89.
In total, they had five children and 19 grandchildren. He enjoys sports, history and art, especially watercolors and portraits.
Three of McCullough’s five children currently live with him in Hingham, Massachusetts, where he established a home after moving from Back Bay to Boston in 2016. He has a second home in Camden, Maine.
Cause of death of David McCullough: how did he die?
David McCullough’s daughter, Dorie Lawson, has confirmed his death. The cause of death, however, has not been released by the family.
McCullough was born in Pittsburgh, in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Pennsylvania, to Ruth (née Rankin) and Christian Hax McCullough. He is of Irish and Scottish descent. He attended Linden Avenue Grade School and Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, his hometown.
In 1955, Mr. McCullough graduated with honors in literature. He was debating between enrolling in medical school, starting a play or a novel, or continuing as an intern at Sports Illustrated, a publication that had just come out the previous year.
Subsequently, writing and editing jobs began to emerge, first at the United States Information Agency in Washington, then for the historical journal American Heritage.
He wrote 11 more volumes over the next few decades, including “1776”, a collection of his writings that focused on the U.S. military under George Washington, “Brave Companions: Portraits in History”, and earlier ones.
It also functioned as a companion volume to “John Adams” and “In the Dark Streets Shineth: A 1941 Christmas Eve Story”, which discussed the message of hope that Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill shared during their first meeting shortly after Pearl Harbor.
David McCullough’s Earnings
David McCullough’s estimated net worth was $8 million, based on celebrity net worth.
Mr. McCullough has been widely used as an illustration of moral excellence. He has received more than 40 honorary doctorates from academic historical organizations, among other honors. In 2006, the author received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In 1990, Mr. McCullough narrated Ken Burns’ much-loved series “The Civil War.” It was he whose voice was heard repeatedly injecting historical context into the 2003 Hollywood film “Seabiscuit.”
Yale University awarded David Mccullough a degree in English Literature.
The National Endowment for the Humanities selected him to deliver the prestigious Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities in Washington, DC, in 2003.
Mr. McCullough was the host and narrator of the public television series “American Experience” from 1988 to 1999. He also hosted the television magazine Smithsonian World.
The breadth of information and dramatic structure of his writings have inspired television adaptations; “Truman” became an HBO movie starring Gary Sinise, while “John Adams” served as the basis for an HBO miniseries starring Paul Giamatti.
Mr. McCullough was a self-confident and vigorous Scots-Irish man who excelled in television. He also had blue eyes. He was also in demand for off-camera work thanks to his voice and delivery.