September 3, 2013 1:55 PM EST
Sir David Frost Died At 74: David Cameron Leads Social Media Tributes [PHOTOS/VIDEOS]
Following news of the 74-year-old Sir David Frost's death (August 31), his friends and colleagues - from fellow journalists to politicians - have paid tribute to the honoured broadcaster. Sir David leaves behind his wife Carina and three sons.
Sir David Frost, journalist, and comedian mixed political satire programmes with serious big name interviews - the most noteworthy of which was with Richard Nixon and provided the inspiration for an Oscar-nominated Hollywood movie.
Born on April 7, 1939, the son of a Methodist preacher, at Tenterden, Kent, he was educated at Gillingham Grammar School, Wellingborough Grammar School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. At Cambridge he joined the famous revue society Footlights and got his first experience doing television for the regional station in Norwich with a programme called Town and Gown.
His big break came when he co- produced and hosted satirical show That Was The Week Was in the early 1960s. Recently, Sir David Frost had hosted Breakfast with Frost on Sunday mornings (1993-2005) and panel game show Through The Keyhole (1987-2008).
Sir David Frost had recently interviewed the Chilean novelist Isabel Allende and F1 driver Lewis Hamilton and was currently working for Al Jazeera English and had recently interviewed the Chilean novelist Isabel Allende and F1 driver Lewis Hamilton. Sir David's list of interviewees included almost every US president and British prime minister during his 40 years career in television. During his series of five interviews with Nixon, former president dramatically admitted that he had "let down the country".
His appeal to American audiences saw him become one of the Concorde's most assiduous users, and he claimed to have been on the supersonic plane "somewhere between 300 and 500 times".
Remarkable historic moments in his career included a uptight interview with Margaret Thatcher over the sinking of the Argentine warship the Belgrano during the Falklands conflict in which he suddenly introduced the word "bonkers".
He was the last person to interview Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran. Except world affairs, his list include from Orson Welles, Tennessee Williams, Noel Coward, Peter Ustinov, Woody Allen, Muhammad Ali, the Beatles, Clint Eastwood, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir John Gielgud, Norman Mailer, Warren Beatty and many more.
British Prime Minister David Cameron instantly paid tribute, followed by his foreign minister, William Hague. We have collected various tweets of tribute to Sir David Frost from various accounts:
My heart goes out to David Frost's family. He could be - and certainly was with me - both a friend and a fearsome interviewer.
David Frost, one of the finest broadcasters of his generation. He will be hugely missed. Sad news
RIP David Frost. Met the man for the first time at the Ashes test at Lord's. What a legend.
Frostie was a Giant to me in an industry now full of Pygmies.Broadcasting will never see his like again.The.King of versatility
Oh heavens, David Frost dead? No!! I only spoke to him on Friday and he sounded so well. Excited about a house move, full of plans ... how sad
"I let down my friends. I let down the country" Nixon to Frost. David Frost RIP
Always looked forward to interviews with #davidfrost - tough questions, with a smile. My thoughts are with his family
David Frost versus Emil Savundra. One of my favourite TV moments http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wWeq2cX0lms ...
Sad to hear of David Frost's passing. One of my favourite interviews was with @PaulMcCartney: some lovely moments. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=w_9L0zzeA-M&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dw_9L0zzeA-M ...
Wow! Captivating... 'David Frost interviews Margaret Thatcher about the sinking of the Belgrano' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eu1W4iQKQzo&sns=tw ...
David Frost was a long-standing friend and colleague. I'm stunned and saddened. Sincerest condolences to Carina and the family.
Sad news about Sir David Frost passing away. RIP
I am truly sorry to hear about the death of former colleague Sir David Frost. Kind, honest, encouraging and always a complete professional.
#RIP Sir David Frost. Journalist, broadcaster, man of style.
Countless on Twitter, where David Frost's name was a top trending topic recently, simply said they had lost their favourite interviewer and that broadcasting would be a great loss to the entire world.
May your soul Rest In Peace 'Sir David Frost'! Our prayers go to his family and friends in this hard time.