Geraldo is a supporter of Michael Jackson's, citing that he spent an entire week with him and his children, amongst other children that visited his home. During the week, Geraldo saw no indication of wrong-doing.
Geraldo did a story on the excessive drug abusing last days of Elvis Presley on the television news program 20/20.
Geraldo was parodied by longtime friend Cheech Marin as 'Horrendo Revolver' on Cheech & Chong's Wedding Album.
Geraldo paid $10,000.00 to a Washington, D.C. law firm that successfully responded to his challenge to produce a federal case in which anyone was prosecuted for lying about sex. The law firm discovered a case involving a Veteran's Affairs psychiatrist who had sex with one of her patients and lied about doing so under oath.
Geraldo vowed to sue the New York Times if it does not issue a correction of television writer Alessandria Stanley's claim in a write-up accusing him of nudging a rescue worker out of the way so that he could be shown on air aiding an elderly victim of Hurricane Katrina.
Geraldo served as an 'embedded journalist' with the United States forces in Iraq, he drew a map in the sand during a live broadcast on the Fox News Channel, that the Pentagon felt revealed potentially damaging strategic information. The Pentagon announced that they were forcing him out of Iraq. Two days later he left on his own, opting to report the war from Kuwait.
Geraldo contracted with NBC to work as a reporter for 6 years, for the sum of 30 million dollars. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks he accepted a pay cut, and went to work for FOX News Channel, as a war correspondent.
Geraldo went inside the walls of San Quentin Federal Prison to meet and interview Charles Manson, calling him the 'sickest satanic parasite' to 'suck the life out of this world'.
Geraldo was criticized for self-promotion and for inserting himself into stories, having had plastic surgery twice on his show.
Geraldo's nose was broken on-air during his 1988 talk show featuring Nazi skinheads and black activists. This episode sparked Newsweek's characterization of his show as 'trash television'.
Geraldo drew national attention with his story on the abuse of mentally retarded patients at Staten Island's Willowbrook State School. He got his break from being seen there, and started to appear on ABC national programs, such as 20/20 and Good Morning America.
Geraldo hosted the live program The Mystery of Al Capone's Vault in 1986. Chicago's Lexington Hotel was being demolished, and a sealed vault was uncovered. The highlight of the show was the opening of the vault. It was supposedly holding Al Capone's treasure, or possibly his corpse. 30,000,000 million viewers tuned in to see Geraldo find a pile of dirt and an empty whiskey bottle.
Geraldo first gained public recognition as a lawyer defending Harlem's largely Hispanic 'Young Lords' gang.
Geraldo enraged more than a few females when he exposed some of his conquests in his autobiography: Bette Midler, Liza Minelli, Judy Collins, Chris Evert, Margaret Trudeau, as well as at least 1,000 others.
Geraldo wrote a autobiography in 1991, titled Exposing Myself, it debuted at #3 on the New York Times best-seller list.
Geraldo's ex-wife Edie was famous sci-fi writer Kurt Vonnegut's daughter.
In 1991, he was chosen by People magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in the world.
He also attended the University of Arizona.
His Astrological sign is Cancer.
In 1969, he graduated from Brooklyn Law School.
Geraldo: I am a chaser. If you are running, I won't stop and ask why, I will catch now, ask questions later. That's how you get to the bottom of a situation, by the element of surprise. I have 'surprised' many.
Geraldo: I am so proud of the Hispanic population in the Armed Services today, we have really stepped up to defend our country, and integrated with all of the rest of the military.
Geraldo: Rush Limbaugh was under the impression that I was 'out to get him'. He has his nerve, after all of the mean-spirited accusations that he spewed about people. He can sure dish out the investigative reporting, but he can't take it.
Geraldo Rivera: I'm old, but I'm still cute and strong. And very butch.
Geraldo Rivera: Bill Moyers could urinate on a tree and the writers would say, "Oh, how elegant." I could get an interview with Jesus, and they'd say, "He was too hard on him, too soft on him, look at the way he was chummy with him."
Geraldo Rivera: I must be doing something right. I've been around for a long time.
Geraldo Rivera: I speak Spanish to my children and they speak it better than me.
Geraldo Rivera: I'd like to give divorce a good name.
Geraldo Rivera: It's a great pleasure having survived six generations of TV critics.
Geraldo Rivera: Rich people who own mansions on the beach shouldn't get federal subsidies. If you want to stay there, take the risk.