Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Pat Robertson is Dead at 93: A Force in Evangelical Republican Media Failed in Run for President 1988


Pat Robertson is dead.

The 93 year old was perhaps the most famous Evangelical Christian ever on television. He tried to translate that popularity into politics as a very right wing Republican. In 1988, he even tried to run for President, but failed.

But he was no failure. Robertson’s decades-long run on his syndicated show, “The 700 Club,” is proof of that. There wasn’t a time before appointment TV that you didn’t flip past his talking head on the Christian Broadcasting Network. He was a constant presence until not that long ago, and it meant so much to a lot of people (and, conversely, nothing to the same amount of people).

His career instincts paid off for Robertson. A former Baptist minister, his net worth is estimated at around $100 million.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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