Phil Donahue is an American author, entertainer and television talk show host.
Philip Donahue was born on December 21, 1935, in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1957. After college, Donahue worked for television stations in both Cleveland and Dayton, Ohio. He became one of the earliest talk show hosts in television history. His program, The Phil Donahue Show, first aired in 1967. The final show was broadcast almost thirty years later in 1996. From 1991 to 1994, he also co-hosted a show, This Week with Pozner and Donahue, which focused on social and political issues. Donahue returned briefly to talk television in 2002. His show, Donahue, lasted less than one year on MSNBC.