Obituary: David Frost was most illustrious TV inquisitor of his generation
Broadcaster probably interviewed more world figures than any other
Outside world affairs, his roster ranged 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.
His Sunday morning interview programme Breakfast with Frost ran on the BBC from January 1993 until May 2005. The programme originally began in this format on TV-am in September 1983 as Frost on Sunday and ran until the station lost its franchise at the end of 1992. Later it transferred briefly to BSB before moving to the BBC.
Later he was to work for Al Jazeera English and had recently interviewed F1 driver Lewis Hamilton.
Among his awards were two Emmy Awards (for The David Frost Show), the Royal Television Society Silver Medal and the Richard Dimbleby Award in the United Kingdom and internationally, the Golden Rose of Montreux.
American audiences took to him as enthusiastically as British ones, a considerable achievement because more often than not megastars on the British TV screen flop hopelessly in the United States.
The Chicago Tribune once wrote of him: “Few interviewers have been as consistently well-prepared, bright and engaging as David Frost.”
The Christian Science Monitor also spoke of his programmes producing “results that are often more revealing than anything on prime-time news”, while New York Newsday wrote: “He has become an Anglo-American broadcasting phenomenon.”
During one hectic period in his life, Sir David was virtually commuting on a weekly basis to present coast-to-coast programmes in the United States and returning to Britain to host programmes here. He was undoubtedly the busiest, and certainly the most energetic, television personality of his generation.
Over the years, Sir David wrote 17 books, produced several films and started two television networks, London Weekend Television and TV-am.
In 1983, he married Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard, second daughter of the Duke of Norfolk. There were three sons.
He was awarded an OBE in 1970 and received his knighthood in 1993.