Don Cornelius

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Don Cornelius Wiki Biography

Donald Cortez Cornelius was born on 27 September 1936, in Chicago, Illinois USA, and was an actor, television producer, TV personality and a screenwriter, perhaps best known for hosting “Soul Train” on WCIU-TV for more than 20 years. Regretfully, Don took his own life on 1 February 2012.

So just how rich was Don Cornelius? Don’s net worth is estimated to be $15 million, accumulated mostly from his many appearances on radio and television as a host and broadcaster during a career in the entertainment industry spanning more than 40 years.

Don Cornelius graduated from DuSable High School in 1954, and the same year joined the United States Marine Corps, serving 18 months in Korea. Before he became a widely recognized TV personality, Don Cornelius took up a variety of jobs, such as selling cars and tires, working at an insurance company, and later joining the Chicago Police Department. In 1966, despite having only $400 in his bank account, Cornelius attended a three-month broadcasting course, and the same year landed a job as an announcer, disc jockey and news reporter on Chicago radio station WVON (“The Voice of A Nation”). From that moment forward, Don Cornelius’ salary, as well as net worth began increasing substantially.

In 1967, Cornelius joined WCIU-TV station, where he hosted the news program “A Black’s View of the News”, but it wasn’t until 1970, with the launch of the dance and music franchise “Soul Train”, that Don Cornelius became a recognized face in the industry. “Soul Train”, an American musical television program, became an outlet for many talented Afro-American stars, musicians and dancers to express themselves in a way and manner they loved. The show offered a wide exposure to such musicians as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Michael Jackson. Described by Spike Lee as an “urban music time capsule”, “Soul Train” became an immediate success with a large audience across the United States, and significantly contributed to Don Cornelius’ net worth. The fame of “Soul Train” soon resulted in the “Soul Train Music Awards”, which is an annual show dedicated to honor the best black artists, musicians, actors etc. The first award was presented in 1987, and the annual tradition has been continued to the present day.

However, although legendary and of comfortable means, Don Cornelius led a somewhat controversial life. In 2008, Cornelius was arrested at his Los Angeles home on a felony domestic violence charge. Even though he was released on bail, Cornelius was charged with spousal abuse. In addition, his wife Viktoria Chapman filed two restraining orders against him. Don Cornelius’ life was cut short in 2012, when police officers found Cornelius with a self-inflicted gunshot head wound. It was later revealed by former “Soul Train” host Shemar Moore that Cornelius might have been suffering from either dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. An autopsy affirmed that Cornelius had also been experiencing seizures during the last 15 years of his life, as an eventual result of unsuccessful brain surgery he underwent in 1982. Don Cornelius’ slowly deteriorating health was one of the main reasons he decided to retire from hosting “Soul Train” in 1993, and no doubt depressed him over subsequent years until his untimely death.

In his personal life, Don Cornelius married Dolores Harrison in 1956, and had two sons with her before divorcing. He married Viktoria Chapman (aka Victoria Avila-Cornelius) in 2001, and they divorced in 2009.

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Don Cornelius Quick Info

Full NameDon Cornelius
Net Worth$15 Million
Date Of BirthSeptember 27, 1936, Chicago, Illinois, United States)
DiedFebruary 1, 2012, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of BirthChicago
ProfessionTelevision producer, TV Personality, Screenwriter, Actor, Television presenter, Announcer, Disc jockey
EducationDuSable High School
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseVictoria Cornelius (m. 2001–2009)
ChildrenAnthony Cornelius, Raymond Cornelius
NicknamesDonald Cortez Cornelius , Donald Cortez “Don” Cornelius
IMDBhttp://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004843
AwardsGrammy Trustees Award, TV Land Pop Culture Award
MoviesJackie’s Back, Mafia!, Tapeheads, Roadie
TV ShowsSoul Train

Don Cornelius Trademarks

  1. Deep baritone voice
  2. Shouted the name of the TV show in nearly every theme song.
  3. Closed the show with the catchphrase – “We Wish You Love, Peace & Soul!”
  4. Old Fashioned Round Spectacles

Don Cornelius Quotes

  • [Who toyed with the idea of a Soul Train channel]: We came to the conclusion that we came along a little late to make it happen. There’s also the problem of whether or not I had the energy to start something of that magnitude from scratch.
  • [Who remained grateful to the musicians who made Soul Train (1971), a pop culture African-American show]: The show remains vibrant because the songs are. I figured as long as the music stayed hot and important and good, that there would always be a reason for ‘Soul Train.’
  • [When he went to divorce court]: I am 72 years old. I have significant health issues. I want to finalize this divorce before I die.
  • [on the death of Barry White in 2003]: There was no match for Barry White. His music is just going to live forever. It’s not limited to disco or soul or hip-hop or anything.
  • [on selling Soul Train (1971) in 2008]: The Soul Train legacy and brand are of the utmost importance to me and to Soul Train’s millions of fans. After years of offers, I feel the time is now finally right to pass the torch. The MadVision team understands and respects my vision, and they share my own commitment to seeing the brand rise to the next level.
  • [on Soul Train (1971)’s success]: We just seem to be surrounded on this anniversary show by all of our personal favorites. I have to say that in the first person, because they’re my personal favorites.
  • [About the dancers who care about the music he recorded on Soul Train (1971)]: I figured as long as the music stayed hot and important and good, that there would always be a reason for ‘Soul Train.’
  • It’s always a pleasure to find something that matters.
  • We can’t make it important to anybody else. Some of the audience we serve doesn’t really care about what you did yesterday and you have to be cognizant of that … But it’s important to us.

Don Cornelius Important Facts

  • He was known to be a very private man.
  • Was a close personal friend of Rev. Al Sharpton for over 35 years, since Sharpton was a teenager. Sharpton was a guest on Soul Train (1971).
  • Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes were given to his family.
  • Longtime friend of Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin.
  • Mentor and friend of Shemar Moore.
  • Cornelius retired from hosting Soul Train (1971), at the end of the 22nd season, due to health problems.
  • His show Soul Train (1971) was named after a promotional event he put together in 1969.
  • Was honored at the Chicago Cultural Center by Bruce Dumont in 1998.
  • Was inducted posthumously into the Illinois Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2012.
  • Gladys Knight was his very first guest on Soul Train (1971).
  • During his last years, he suffered seizures.
  • Best remembered by the public as the host of Soul Train (1971).
  • Before he was a successful television host, he joined Chicago’s television station WCIU-TV in 1967, and hosted a news program called, ‘A Black’s View of the News.’.
  • Father of Tony Cornelius.
  • Grandfather of Christina Marie.
  • Passed away on the same day as David Peaston who gave one of his first professional performances on national television courtesy of Soul Train (1971).
  • Had a brain tumor and underwent successful surgery in 1982.
  • Hosted Soul Train (1971) for 22 of the show’s 35 years. In that time, he introduced many unfamiliar artists to a larger audience who would go on to become even more successful, among them are: Gladys Knight (his first guest), Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Barry White, Melba Moore, Al Green, Donna Summer and Mariah Carey.
  • Used $400 of his money to produced and create Soul Train (1971), which was an African-American dance program.
  • Before he was a television host, he did everything from announcer to news reporter to disc jockey.
  • He joined the United States Marine Corps and served 18 months in Korea.
  • Long before Jody Watley became one of the members of the group Shalamar, and a successful solo artist, she used to guest-star on his show as one of the dancers, as a teenager.
  • Went to the same high school as Eddie Harris, Joseph Jerman, Julien Priester and Ronnie Boykins.
  • One-time guest on Soul Train (1971), Arsenio Hall was said to be a teenage television hero of Cornelius’.
  • Graduated from DuSable High School in Chicago, Illinois, in 1954.
  • Before he was a television host, he was once a salesman in Chicago.
  • His show Soul Train (1971) was inspired by New American Bandstand 1965 (1952), a show that featured a variety of bands that was hosted by Dick Clark.
  • He once danced with Mary Wilson on the Soul Train (1971) line, throughout the show’s 35-year-run.
  • Lived not too far from Demi Moore.
  • Sentenced to three years of probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor spousal battery [March 21, 2009].
  • Began and hosted his show, Soul Train (1971), now in its 34th year, on October 2, 1971. It is the longest-running first-run syndicated show in the history of television. His son, Tony Cornelius, who was formerly married to actress Amy Hunter, is the line producer of his show.
  • Discovered by WVON Radio personality Ed Cobb. In the mid-1960s, Cobb while driving ran a traffic violation and was pulled over by Chicago Police officer Don Cornelius. While officer Cornelius was asking him the typical traffic stop questions, Cobb noticed his unique speaking voice and told him that he was in the wrong profession. Cobb suggested that Cornelius come down to the radio station and make a demo tape. Don took him up on it and was hired as an announcer.
  • Ex-father-in-law of Amy Hunter.

Don Cornelius Filmography

TitleYearStatusCharacterRole
The 10th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards2005TV SpecialWriter
The 8th Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest2005TV MovieWriter
Soul TrainTV Series documentary 7 episodes, 1993 – 2004 writer – 131 episodes, 1971 – 1980 written by – 4 episodes, 1974 – 1975Writer
The 1998 Soul Train Christmas Starfest1998TV MovieWriter
21st Annual Soul Train Music Awards2007TV Special executive producerProducer
The 20th Annual Soul Train Music Awards2006TV Special executive producerProducer
The 10th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards2005TV Special executive producer / producerProducer
The 8th Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest2005TV Movie executive producer / producerProducer
The 19th Annual Soul Train Music Awards2005TV Special executive producerProducer
Soul TrainTV Series documentary executive producer – 45 episodes, 1971 – 2004 producer – 15 episodes, 1971 – 1979Producer
The 18th Annual Soul Train Music Awards2004TV Special executive producerProducer
The 17th Annual Soul Train Music Awards2003TV Special executive producerProducer
The 16th Annual Soul Train Music Awards2002TV Special executive producerProducer
The 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards2001TV Special executive producerProducer
The 1998 Soul Train Christmas Starfest1998TV Movie executive producerProducer
The 9th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1995TV Special executive producerProducer
The 8th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1994TV Special executive producerProducer
Soul Train Comedy Awards1993TV Special executive producerProducer
The 7th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1993TV Special executive producerProducer
The 5th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1991TV Special executive producerProducer
The 4th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1990TV Special executive producerProducer
The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards1989TV Special executive producerProducer
The 2nd Annual Soul Train Music Awards1988TV Special executive producerProducer
The 1st Annual Soul Train Music Awards1987TV Special executive producerProducer
Jackie’s Back!1999TV MovieDon CorneliusActor
Tapeheads1988Mo FuzzActor
Roadie1980Mohammed JohnsonActor
No Way Back1976Actor
Soul Plane2004writer: “Soul Plane”Soundtrack
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps2000writer: “Soul Train Theme”Soundtrack
14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards2000TV SpecialDirector
Soul Train2004TV Series documentary talent executive – 1 episodeCasting Department
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards2012TV Special in memory ofThanks
The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2012TV Movie in memoriamThanks
20th Annual Trumpet Awards2012TV Special in memory ofThanks
Acid Head: The Buzzard Nuts County Slaughter2011special thanksThanks
VH1 Rock Docs2010TV Series very special thanks – 1 episodeThanks
Pacific Inferno1979special thanksThanks
Unsung2012TV Series documentaryHimselfSelf
18th Annual Trumpet Awards2010TV SpecialHimselfSelf
VH1 Rock Docs2010TV SeriesHimselfSelf
BET Awards 20092009TV SpecialHimselfSelf
In the Cutz2006TV SeriesGuestSelf
The 3rd Annual TV Land Awards2005TV SpecialHimselfSelf
The 47th Annual Grammy Awards2005TV SpecialHimselfSelf
The 17th Annual Soul Train Music Awards2003TV SpecialHimselfSelf
Journeys in Black2002TV Series documentaryHimselfSelf
Howard Stern1996-2001TV SeriesHimselfSelf
The 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards2001TV SpecialHimselfSelf
The Howard Stern Radio Show1999TV SeriesHimselfSelf
Mafia!1998Himself (uncredited)Self
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever1998TV Movie documentaryHimselfSelf
Fired Up1997TV SeriesHimselfSelf
Record Row: Cradle of Rhythm and Blues1997TV Movie documentaryHimselfSelf
Soul Train’s 25th Anniversary1995TV Movie documentaryHimselfSelf
The 9th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1995TV SpecialHimselfSelf
The 8th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1994TV SpecialHimselfSelf
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1994TV SeriesHimselfSelf
Soul Train Comedy Awards1993TV SpecialHimselfSelf
Soul Train1971-1993TV Series documentaryHimself – HostSelf
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1990TV SeriesHimselfSelf
It’s Garry Shandling’s Show.1988TV SeriesHimselfSelf
Just Our Luck1983TV SeriesHimselfSelf
Cleopatra Jones1973HimselfSelf
The Seventies2015TV Series documentaryHimself – HostArchive Footage
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic2013DocumentaryHimselfArchive Footage
Don Cornelius: Visionary, Trailblazer & Cultural Icon2012TV MovieHimselfArchive Footage
2010 Soul Train Awards2010TV SpecialHimselfArchive Footage
Unsung2010TV Series documentaryHimselfArchive Footage

Don Cornelius Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieCategory
2005Pop Culture AwardTV Land AwardsSoul Train (1971)Won
1997Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 27 February 1997. At 7060 Hollywood Blvd.Won
2005Pop Culture AwardTV Land AwardsSoul Train (1971)Nominated
1997Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 27 February 1997. At 7060 Hollywood Blvd.Nominated