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Stephen Talbot

Stephen Talbot is an American award-winning TV reporter, writer, and producer and TV child actor of the 1950s and 1960s.
Birth name: Stephen Henderson Talbot
Date of birth: February 28, 1949
Birth location: Los Angeles, California
Height: 5-Feet, 11-Inches
Other name(s): Steven Talbot
Official site: None
Notable role(s): Gilbert Bates in
Leave it to Beaver
Spouse: Pippa Gordon

Stephen Talbot, (born, Stephen Henderson Talbot on February 28, 1949, in Los Angeles, California, USA), is an American award-winning TV reporter, writer, and producer and TV child actor of the 1950s and 1960s. See TV (disambiguation) for other uses and Television (band) for the rock band European networks National In much of Europe television broadcasting has historically been state dominated, rather than commercially organised, although commercial stations have grown in number recently. ... A reporter is a type of journalist who researches and presents information in certain types of mass media. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ... See TV (disambiguation) for other uses and Television (band) for the rock band European networks National In much of Europe television broadcasting has historically been state dominated, rather than commercially organised, although commercial stations have grown in number recently. ... The term child actor is generally applied to a child acting in motion pictures or television, but also to an adult who began his or her acting career as a child; to avoid confusion the latter is also called a former child actor. ... February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1,290. ... This article or section seems not to be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry. ... February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1,290. ... See TV (disambiguation) for other uses and Television (band) for the rock band European networks National In much of Europe television broadcasting has historically been state dominated, rather than commercially organised, although commercial stations have grown in number recently. ... A reporter is a type of journalist who researches and presents information in certain types of mass media. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ... See TV (disambiguation) for other uses and Television (band) for the rock band European networks National In much of Europe television broadcasting has historically been state dominated, rather than commercially organised, although commercial stations have grown in number recently. ... The term child actor is generally applied to a child acting in motion pictures or television, but also to an adult who began his or her acting career as a child; to avoid confusion the latter is also called a former child actor. ...


Talbot had a minor career playing minors between 1959 and 1963. He is best known for the early TV sit-com Leave it to Beaver, in which he had the semi-regular role as Gilbert Bates, best friend of Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver (Jerry Mathers). Talbot has not embraced his LITB heritage in recent years, having turned down numerous Leave it to Beaver "reunion" offers and resorting to writing a piece as to how hard it is to be taken serously with it in his past. A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... This article or section seems not to be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry. ... Jerry Mathers (born June 2, 1948 in Sioux City, Iowa, USA), is best known for his role in the television sitcom series Leave it to Beaver (1957-1963), in which he starred as Theodore Beaver Cleaver, a child living in a somewhat ideal family. ...


He is an accomplished and award-winning "behind the scenes" contributor to the Public Broadcasting Service and its Frontline series, where most of his energies have been directed. The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a non-profit public broadcasting television service with 349 member TV stations in the United States, with some member stations available by cable in Canada. ... FRONTLINE is a public affairs television program of varying length produced at WGBH in Boston, Massachusetts, and distributed through the Public Broadcasting Service network in the United States. ...

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Biography

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Early beginnings

Having spent his early prepubescent years in front of the cameras on Leave it to Beaver as Gilbert Bates (56-episodes), Stephen Talbot has all but abandoned the character today.


"In the interests of historical accuracy I should say that, yes, Gilbert was a troublemaker and an occasional liar, but my character was certainly no Eddie Haskell -- that leering teenage hypocrite who spoke unctuously to parents ('Well, hello Mrs. Cleaver, and how is young Theodore today?') and venomously to the Beav ('Hey, squirt, take a powder before I squash you like a bug')."! [1]


"I have spent my adult life trying to conceal my Leave it to Beaver past or correcting the historical record. Either way the series has become inescapable. When I was a kid, I loved acting; in fact, I badgered my father and mother until they allowed me to work. But how could I have known as an innocent 9-year-old that I was taking part in a television program that would live on for 40 years as an icon for baby boomers? In the early '80s, I turned down an offer to revive my role as Gilbert in a dreadful Beaver reunion series. "I'm trying to establish myself as a documentary filmmaker and an investigative reporter," I explained to the producers. "I can't go back to being Gilbert."! [1]

   
Stephen Talbot
(Gilbert is) the blond kid with big ears who usually manipulated the
gullible Beaver Cleaver into committing some minor transgression.
   
Stephen Talbot

Talbot guest-starred on many TV shows of the period, including M Squad, Perry Mason and The Lucy Show. Talbot appeared in two The Twilight Zone episodes, which guarantees him an immortality in the sci-fi genre. Image File history File links Cquote1. ... Image File history File links Cquote2. ... M Squad was an American television series that ran from 1957 to 1960 on NBC. Set in Chicago, Illinois, it starred Lee Marvin as police lieutenant Frank Ballinger of the Chicago Police Departments special M Squad. ... Perry Mason is a fictional defense attorney who originally appeared in detective fiction by Erle Stanley Gardner. ... Lucille Ball in still from a 1966 episode of The Lucy Show The Lucy Show was Lucille Balls follow up show to I Love Lucy. ... The Twilight Zones original opening The Twilight Zone was a television anthology series created (and often written) by its narrator and host Rod Serling. ...

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Career

Talbot is the Series Editor for Frontline/World, the international news magazine airing on the PBS series, Frontline. A frontline is a line of confrontation in an armed conflict, most often a war. ...


In a career of more than 25 years in public television in the USA, Stephen Talbot has reported, written and produced more than thirty documentaries, including two Peabody Award winners. With David Davis, Talbot wrote and directed The Sixties: The Years That Shaped a Generation, a two-hour history special that aired nationally on PBS in 2005. The George Foster Peabody Awards, more commonly known as simply the Peabody Awards, are annual international awards given for excellence in radio and television broadcasting and cable television. ... David Davis The Right Honourable David Michael Davis (born December 23, 1948) is a British politician, Conservative MP for Haltemprice and Howden and Shadow Home Secretary. ...


Talbot has also written and co-produced several biographies of noted writers, including Ken Kesey, Carlos Fuentes, Beryl Markham, Maxine Hong Kingston and John Dos Passos. Ken Kesey - 1970 By Robert Altman Ken Elton Kesey (September 17, 1935 – November 10, 2001) was an American author, best known for his novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, and as a (counter) cultural figure who, some consider, was a link between the beat generation of the 1950s... Carlos Fuentes Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes Macías (born November 11, 1928) is one of the best-known living novelists and essayists in the Spanish-speaking world. ... Beryl Markham (October 26, 1902 - August 3, 1986), was a British author and adventurer. ... Maxine Hong Kingston (湯婷婷) (born October 27, 1940) is a Chinese American writer. ... John Rodrigo Dos Passos (January 14, 1896 — September 28, 1970) was an important American novelist and artist. ...

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Personal life

Stephen Talbot is the son of lifelong character actor the late Lyle Talbot; brother of journalist David Talbot, editor of Salon.com and of journalist Margaret Talbot, a staff writer at the The New Yorker. Lyle Talbot as Commissioner Gordon in the 1949 Batman and Robin serial. ... David Talbot is a pioneer of online journalism. ... Screenshot of Salon. ... The New Yorker is an American magazine that publishes reportage, criticism, essays, cartoons, poetry, and fiction. ...


Stephen Talbot lives in San Francisco and is married to Pippa Gordon. They have two children, Dashiell and Caitlin. Talbot named his son Dashiell after San Francisco mystery writer Dashiell Hammett. Samuel Dashiell Hammett (May 27, 1894 – January 10, 1961) was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories. ...

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Select filmography

Stephen Talbot (l) as Gilbert Bates in Leave it to Beaver with Jerry Mathers (c) as "the Beav" and the late Stanley Fafara (r) as Hubert "Whitey" Whitney, circa 1962.
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Stephen Talbot (l) as Gilbert Bates in Leave it to Beaver with Jerry Mathers (c) as "the Beav" and the late Stanley Fafara (r) as Hubert "Whitey" Whitney, circa 1962.
See the complete Stephen Talbot filmography at IMDB
Year Title Role
1957 Leave it to Beaver
1959-1963 56-episodes (TV)
Gilbert Bates
1961 The Twilight Zone
Static (TV)
The Boy
1962 The Twilight Zone
The Fugitive (TV)
Howie
1982 The Case of Dashiell Hammett
(TV)
Writer
Director
1989 Crossing Borders: The Journey of Carlos
Fuentes

(TV)
Writer
1992 Frontline
The Best Campaign Money Can Buy (TV)
Director
2004 Frontline
Diet Wars (TV)
Host
2005 The Sixties: The Years That Shaped
a Generation
(TV)
Director
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This article or section seems not to be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry. ... Jerry Mathers (born June 2, 1948 in Sioux City, Iowa, USA), is best known for his role in the television sitcom series Leave it to Beaver (1957-1963), in which he starred as Theodore Beaver Cleaver, a child living in a somewhat ideal family. ... This article or section seems not to be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry. ... The Twilight Zones original opening The Twilight Zone was a television anthology series created (and often written) by its narrator and host Rod Serling. ... “Static” is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. ... The Twilight Zones original opening The Twilight Zone was a television anthology series created (and often written) by its narrator and host Rod Serling. ... “The Fugitive” is an episode of the television series The Twilight Zone. ... FRONTLINE is a public affairs television program of varying length produced at WGBH in Boston, Massachusetts, and distributed through the Public Broadcasting Service network in the United States. ... FRONTLINE is a public affairs television program of varying length produced at WGBH in Boston, Massachusetts, and distributed through the Public Broadcasting Service network in the United States. ...

Notes

  1. ^ a b Talbot, Stephen. Living Down Beaver. Mothers Who Think. Retrieved on 2006-10-08.
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2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 8 is the 281st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (282nd in leap years). ...

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