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Season 2005 2005

  • 2005-09-24T02:00:00+02:00 on A&E
  • 60 mins
  • 1 day, 0 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary

Biography is a documentary television series. Originally produced by CBS in 1962 and hosted by Mike Wallace, the A&E Network later re-ran it and has produced new episodes since 1987. The series has featured biographies on such people as Elvis Presley, Plácido Domingo, Pope John Paul II, Enrico Caruso, Diego Rivera, Mick Foley, Mao Zedong, and Queen Elizabeth II, and fictional characters like The Phantom, Superman, and Santa Claus. The program ended up profiling enough figures, that in 1999 A&E spun the program off into an entire network, The Biography Channel.

29 episodes

2005x01 Chuck Norris

  • Season Premiere

    2005-09-24T02:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

A look at the actor who parlayed his martial arts skills into a successful acting career. We visit Chuck on the set of his new TV movie, Walker, Texas Ranger, giving Chuck the opportunity to return to the Cordell Walker role he played on TV for eight years. Chuck talks about his difficult childhood, his brother's death in Vietnam, his rise to the top of the karate world and friendship with Bruce Lee, and his divorce and remarriage.

2005x05 Genghis Khan: Terror and Conquest

  • 2005-01-02T02:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Among the greatest military leaders of all time was Genghis Khan. His penchant for military expansion produced one of the largest and best-controlled empires in the history of the world. This program tells the story of his conquests that garnered him land holdings throughout the known world of Asia and Europe. The program uses reenactments, artworks, writings, and the opinions of historians to paint a picture of the commander, who was both military strategist and governor of a vast empire.

Profile of the actor whose life story is similar to his greatest screen creation, boxer Rocky Balboa. Though he's best known as an actor, he's a successful writer, director and artist as well. He's also a sculptor - of his own body. His incredible physique set a new standard for action heroes. Like Rocky, his story is one of a man triumphing over incredible odds. This revealing profile will explore the many facets of Sylvester Stallone through film clips, behind the scenes footage and exclusive interviews. With full participation from Sly himself, the result is a unique, intimate and exciting portrait of this Hollywood icon that is not to be missed.

2005x10 Peter

  • 2005-12-12T02:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

One of the original 12 apostles, Peter was present during many of the most important moments of Jesus's ministry. Peter walked on water at Jesus's bidding, denied knowing Jesus in the courtyard of the high priest, drew his sword when Jesus was arrested, and had the privilege of an individual post-resurrection appearance by Jesus. Believed to have been crucified, Peter is said to have asked to be crucified upside down because he didn't think himself worthy of dying the same way as Jesus.

2005x11 Pontius Pilate

  • 2005-12-16T02:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judea during the time of the crucifixion of Jesus, is profiled.

2005x12 Solomon

  • no air date — 60 mins

Story of the third king of Israel who is known for his great wisdom. When his reign began, he asked the Lord for the wisdom to rule well, and God granted him his wish, as well as riches and honor. Solomon built the first Temple and helped the Israelites to enjoy a long period of security and prosperity, but was often distracted by his reputed 700 wives and 300 concubines.

2005x13 ABBA

  • 2005-12-29T02:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

The Swedish pop group ABBA (Agnetha F ltskog, Bj rn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad) had a string of hits in the 70's and 80's before breaking up in 1982. Throughout much of the world, especially Europe and Australia, the ABBA phenomenon never went away, with repackaged hits compilations and live collections continuing to hit the charts long after the group's demise. Their music was revitalized and introduced to a new generation yet again with the premiere of Mamma Mia, a global smash-hit musical based on their catchy tunes. It remains a top draw on Broadway today, proving that truly outstanding music never loses its charm.

He had to battle prejudice, ignorance and his own fear in his search for the truth. More than any other scientist, he changed mankind's view of the world and our place in it. Charles Darwin's theory of evolution stands as one of the most important discoveries in the history of science. Yet in his lifetime, Darwin was reluctant to reveal what he had learned for fear that it would make him and his family despised outcasts. He was right to worry; more than a century later, there are those who cannot accept his findings. At the time, they were viewed by many as heresy. From his historic voyage on the Beagle to his personal anguish over publicizing his findings, this is a fascinating profile of the life and times of the great naturalist. Excerpts from his journals detail his discoveries while leading scientists and scholars, including the author of Charles Darwin: Evolution of a Naturalist, shed light on his private life, public persona and monumental legacy.

2005x17 Calamity Jane

  • 2005-12-11T02:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Profiling frontierswoman Calamity Jane (1852-1903), born Martha Jane Cannary.

2005x19 The Google Boys

  • 2005-04-17T02:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

Google's meteoric rise to internet stardom is one of the great business sagas of our time. The sons of college professors, Larry Page and Sergey Brin - two brainy Stanford University grad students who founded the company - say their goal was to make the entire world's information searchable and instantly accessible. At last count, they were answering 200 million queries a day. As with the invention of the internet, it's changing our lives in ways we couldn't imagine. Google became the world's number one search engine because it returned better, more relevant search results faster than the competition. How it does that is a secret, but enough is known among search engine experts to unlock some of the mysteries of this conceptually simple yet infinitely complex software.

2005x22 Ray Romano

  • 2005-05-14T02:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

Ray Romano becomes the highest-paid actor per episode in TV history

2005x23 Arthur Shawcross

  • 2005-07-30T02:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

Known as The Genesee River Killer, Shawcross was born on June 6, 1945 in Maine. After dropping out of school, Shawcross enlisted in the Army and fought in the Vietnam War.

2005x28 The Onassis Dynasty

  • 2005-12-06T02:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

A profile of Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis (1906-75) also examines the lives of his family members, including his wives, Athina Livanos and Jackie Onassis; and his children, Alexander and Christina.

2005x29 Lech Walesa

  • 2005-06-13T02:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

Lech Walesa heads the Solidarity movement that topples communism in Poland.