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G. Gordon Liddy

George Gordon Battle Liddy (born November 30, 1929) is an American radio talk show host, actor, and political operative. Liddy's right-wing radio talk show is syndicated in 160 markets and he is perhaps the second-best known conservative talk show host, behind Rush Limbaugh.

He was born in Hoboken, New Jersey and educated at Fordham University[?]. Liddy graduated in 1952 and joined the US Army, serving for two years as an artillery officer during the Korean War. He returned home in 1954 to study law at Fordham. Graduating in 1957, he went to work for the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover. Also in 1957 he married Frances Ann Purcell.

He left the FBI in 1962 and worked as a lawyer in New York City and Dutchess County, New York. In 1966 he organised the arrest and unsuccessful trial of Timothy Leary. He ran unsuccessfully for the post of District Attorney and then for the House of Representatives in 1968. But he used his political profile to run the presidential campaign of Richard Nixon in the 28th district of New York.

After serving several positions in the Nixon administration, Liddy became Nixon's campaign political intelligence director in 1972. For his role in the Watergate scandal, in which he headed up Nixon's "plumbers" along with E. Howard Hunt[?], Liddy was convicted of conspiracy, burglary, and illegal wiretapping and served five years in prison before being pardoned by President Jimmy Carter.

In 1982, Liddy published an autobiography, titled Will, which sold more than a million copies and was made into a television movie.

He first appeared as an actor on a made-for-TV movie called The Highwayman. He also appeared on the TV series Miami Vice and in the movies When Nature Calls (1985), Super Force (1990), Street Asylum (1990) and Adventures in Spying (1992).



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