Downey written a book of poetry, “Quiet Thoughts Make the Loudest Sound,” to express his despair over the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.

Downey has claimed in interviews that he began to turn away from his liberal leanings in the 70s over the right to life dilemma, which he very freely supported.

His infamous talk show lasted less than two years: Former talk show host Richard Bey summed up Downey’s short reign at the helm of trash TV to a tee: “He rose like a rocket and he fell the same as a stick.” Before Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly, right wing extremists had Morton Downey Jr. Having a studio audience collectively known as The Beast, Downey’s mic – known as The Loudmouth – was their soapbox.

Through the show’s traditional slant, Downey radiated a fury that drew folks in.

Debuting in October 1987, “The Morton Downey Jr. Show” tapped into that by deliberately provoking confrontation among guests.

His performance of “Danny Boy” will transfer one to tears: Downey was a crooner in his own right.

In the 1970s, Downey formed a music group that released a fairly popular folk rock tune called “Lonely Man” and even went on tour.

Mortified by his past chainsmoking ways, Downey talked before Congress about the dangers of tobacco and used that system to humbly beg for forgiveness from the generation he once flaunted his smokes in the front of.

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