David Frost

TV's great interrogator

David Frost, who died Aug. 31 at 74, was much more than the man who interviewed President Nixon. He had a career in the U.K. spanning the possibilities of TV presenting: satire (That Was the Week That Was), entertainment hosting and serious political interviews. But his signature program, the series of interviews with the ex-President in 1977, which became the most watched political interview ever, combined the many aspects of his career. It was part newsmaker interrogation, part psychological inquiry, part drama and a good part theater.

The multisegment interview--chronicled in the play and 2008 movie Frost/Nixon--ended up being a lengthy...

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