NBC fixture Bob Costas' trademark boyish good looks and reassuring baritone made him a sports broadcasting icon. But after 25 years of having him shoved down their throats every time they try to watch a sporting event, viewers may be forgiven for wanting to hurl the remote at the TV when they see his face.
Born in Queens and raised on Long Island, Costas attended Syracuse before dropping out and landing his first broadcasting job doing play-by-play for the American Basketball Association's Spirits of St. Louis. He moved up to NBC Sports in 1980 and quickly became one of the most prominent sports broadcasters on television, covering MLB, the NBA, the NFL, and the Olympics for the network. He also branched out into other formats, hosting the late-night talk show Later with Bob Costas in the late '80s and early '90s. In 2001, he signed a deal to moonlight for HBO and the MLB Network.
Costas has been married to fellow broadcaster Jill Sutton since 2004. He has two children, son Keith and daughter Taylor, from his 17-year marriage to Carole Randall Krumenacher. [Image via Getty]