Stephen Talbot





2/28/1949 , Los Angeles, California

Birth Name

Stephen Talbot




Stephen Talbot is a veteran public television documentary writer and producer, who contributes frequently to the PBS series Frontline. His Frontline films include, "The Best Campaign Money Can Buy" about the 1992 presidential race; "Rush Limbaugh's America"; "Spying on Saddam" about the UN weapons inspectors in Iraq; and "Justice for Sale" with Bill Moyers. He has also written and produced PBS biographies of writers Dashiell Hammett, Beryl Markham, Ken Kesey, Carlos Fuentes, Maxine Hong Kingston and John Dos Passos. He is currently Series Editor of the international news maagzine, Frontline World (

As a child actor, Talbot portrayed "Gilbert" in "Leave it to Beaver" and appeared in many TV shows in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including the Twilight Zone, Perry Mason, Lassie, Wanted: Dead or Alive.

Stephen's father, Lyle Talbot, appeared in over 150 movies -- starting at Warner Bros. in the 1930s -- and countless TV programs, including "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" in which he played Ozzie's neighbor, Joe Randolph.