Peter Marshall
At Our Next Luncheon: MAY 16, 2014

Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters President Chuck Street will present its Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award to veteran TV host, radio personality, singer and actor Peter Marshall at the next celebrity luncheon May 16 in the Sportsmen’s Lodge Empire Room.

Born Ralph Pierre LeCock in Huntington, West Virginia to a show business family, our honoree changed his name to Peter Marshall (derived from the college in his hometown, Marshall College). While a teenager and following the death of his father, the family moved to New York City. His mother was a costume designer and his older sister, Joanne Dru, was an actress who appeared in several films.

Early in his show business career, Pater earned his living as part of a comedy act with Tommy Noonan, appearing in night clubs, on television variety shows and in films. But it was his friend Morey Amsterdam who recommended him to fill in for Bert Parks, who had emceed the pilot show, as the host of The Hollywood Squares in 1966. He was a hit and the show had a long run on daytime network TV and in syndication, making Peter Marshall as familiar to viewers as the celebrities who appeared on the show.

After The Hollywood Squares left the air in 1981, Peter continued working in game shows and playing character roles on film, stage and TV. One of his memorable post-Squares roles was a cameo in the 1982 film version of the musical “Annie,” playing fictional radio personality “Bert Healy.” His Broadway credits include “Skyscraper,” “La Cage aux Folles” and “The Music Man.”

Peter has also been a real-life radio personality, hosting a popular show on “The Music of Your Life” national radio network in collaboration with PPB’s Past President Chuck Southcott. He is married to his third wife, Laurie Stewart, and has four children and two stepchildren from his previous marriages. His son, Pete LaCock, is a former major league baseball player.

Surprise Guests


Honoree: Colleen Williams & Chuck Henry

PPB President Chuck Street presented two Art Gilmore Career Achievement Awards at our March 28 celebrity luncheon in Sportsmen's Lodge. Multi-award-winning NBC4-LA news anchors Colleen Williams and Chuch Henry were honored for their decades of service to Los Angeles area audiences, and attendees were entertained as they were saluted by several friends and colleagues. Comedian Norm Crosby was inducted into PPB's Diamond Circle.

An award winning journalist of more than 30 years, Colleen Williams is one of the most-recognized anchors in Southern California. She is the recipient of numerous industry honors, including multiple Emmy and Golden Mike Awards in the category of ‘Best Newscast 30 Minutes or Under.’ Additional awards include an L.A. Emmy and Golden Mike for her work on NBC4’s special ‘LA Riots: Rubble to Rebirth;’ and a Golden Mike and Associated Press Award for her coverage of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games Centennial Park bombing for ‘Best Live Coverage of a News Story.’

Prior to joining NBC4 in 1986, Colleen co-anchored the 5 p.m. news at KCBS-TV, and before that she served as co-anchor of the noon and weekend newscasts at KPIX-TV in San Francisco. Earlier in her career, she co-anchored the 5 p.m. newscast at WOWT-TV in Omaha.

Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Williams moved across the United States and Canada as an Air Force “brat.” She met her husband, then an Air Force major, while on assignment during the Persian Gulf War. They have a grown son and reside in Pasadena.

Known for his versatility, Chuck Henry has been lauded for both his hard news reports and for his lighter stories. Prior to joining NBC4 in 1994, Henry was a news anchor/reporter for KABC-TV in Los Angeles from 1982 to 1993 and from 1971-1978.

From 1978 to 1982, Henry was an anchor and reporter at NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV in Chicago. He began his career in broadcasting in 1966 at KHVH-TV in Honolulu, where he was a reporter and anchor. He also worked briefly at KENI-TV in Anchorage, Alaska.

Chuck has won dozens of awards and honors for his work as an anchor, host, reporter, director and producer. These include Los Angeles Area Emmys, Golden Mikes, Los Angeles Press Club Awards and a national Cable Ace Award for Best Host of a Series.

A native of Los Angeles, Henry has been married for over thirty years and has four children.

On the Dais: Front Row: Fritz Coleman, Honoree Colleen Williams, Honoree Chuck Henry, Rick Dees, PPB Board Chair Jeanne De Vivier Brown, Back Row: Alex Calder, Steve Carlston, PPB President Chuck Street, Jeff Wald, Kelly Lange, (David Keeler photo)

Would you like to join the PPB and attend the Peter Marshall Luncheon on May 16, 2014? If you have worked in Broadcasting or in any related field for 20 years or more, please e-mail our Membership Committee with your request to join us to honor Peter Marshall. Please include your name and daytime telephone numbers.

PPB Members receive their Luncheon Notice and Reservation Form by mail before the date of each luncheon, and send in their request for table seating along with their check.

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