A radio broadcaster who is often called Mr. Canada, he is most known for his work as the host of the Canadian radio program Morningside.
He attended the University of Toronto and became the editor of the student newspaper The Varsity while he was a student.
He became the host of the Canadian television series 90 Minutes Live, in 1976, which aired on CBC television.
He had five children with his first wife Jennie Lissaman and one son who was born in 1961 from an extra-marital relationship.
He and Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels both attended the University of Toronto.