Marv Albert, also known as the “voice of basketball”, is an American sports reporter. He was honored for his work as a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. He is also popularly known as the “Voice of New York Knicks. In addition to basketball, he has announced other sports such as American football, horse racing, ice hockey, boxing, and tennis. He has also announced a series of NBA finals, Super Bowls, and Stanley Cup finals. Albert currently works for TNT and CBS. He is a legend in his field and has received several awards and honors throughout his life.
Marv Albert Bio
Marv Albert was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 12, 1941, as Marvin Philip Aufrichtig, the son of a Jewish family. He attended Abraham Lincoln High School before attending the Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University from 1960 to 1963 and later New York University in 1965. Albert began his career as a ball boy for the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden. Afterward, he was assistant to Marty Glickman. He made his first call for the Knicks on January 27, 1963, on WCBS Radio when Glickman was on a visit to Europe.
Since that breakthrough, he has been the voice of the Knicks on radio and television for 35 years, beginning in 1967. He lost his job in 2004 when he openly criticized the Knicks’ poor performance on air. He had also hosted the earlier MSG nightly sports news report. Albert also appeared on the Letterman’s Late Show, which was hosted by David Letterman, his contribution was called “Albert Achievement Awards”.
Albert was arrested for sexual assault and charged with violent sodomy in 1997. He pleaded guilty to the crime of assault and received a 12-month suspended sentence. Due to the scandal, he lost his job at NBC. However, Albert later resumed his job at NBC after two years and was the network’s leading play-by-play man for two seasons and the finals (2000-2001, 2001-2002). Albert called Monday Night Football and was the lead play-by-play voice for NFL coverage of Westwood One radio station from 2002 to 2009.
He joined CBS Sports on June 6, 2011, and was usually with Rich Gammon to call the NFL on CBS. On May 29, 2014, he resigned from The NFL on CBS to focus on basketball assignments for TNT and CBS.
For someone who has been at the forefront of his craft for many years, it is no surprise that Marv has accumulated more than the average earnings. Marv Albert’s net worth is $25 million, and his estimated annual salary is about $2 million.
Family, Wife, Sons
Marv Albert has married twice; his first marriage was to Benita Oberlander in 1965. The couple had four children together, Kenny, Denise, Brian, and Jackie, but both went separate ways in 1992 for unknown reasons best known to them.
Heather Faulkner began a relationship with him after Albert and his wife separated in New York on September 9, 1998, and the two of them tied the knot of marriage. Faulkner, who was born in October 1957, was a freelance television producer for the ESPN show Outside the Lines. The two are still happily married.
Some of Marv Albert’s children followed in his footsteps; his first son and the most popular of Albert’s children, Kenny Albert, is also a well-known sports reporter, and he currently works for the major professional sports leagues in the U.S. and Canada (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL). He was born on February 2, 1968, and is married to Barbara Wolf. Together they have two daughters (Amanda and Sydney).
Albert’s daughter, Denise Albert, also ventured into radio. She is an award-winning journalist and television producer. Denise, who survived breast cancer, is also divorced. She is the mother of two boys (Jaron and Jaylan) and co-founder of a multi-platform brand, The Moms. Denise attended Boston University and was co-host of a sports talk show on WTBU radio.
Not much is known about Brian except that he is an entrepreneur and his sister Jackie, a cook.
What is His Height?
Although he has a larger-than-life voice behind the scenes, Marv Albert can be considered of average height. Marv is 1.82 meters and 11 centimeters tall; there is no information about his weight or body statistics.
Other Facts About Marv Albert
- Growing up, his family members owned a grocery store called Autfrichtigs on Brighton Beach Avenue.
- His younger brothers, Steve Albert and Al Albert are both announcers and sports commentators. The former was the announcer for the Phoenix Suns before his retirement, while the latter was the former announcer for the New York Nest.
- During his stay in Syracuse, he worked as the voice of the AAA Syracuse Chiefs.
- Albert has made 126 appearances as a guest on David Letterman’s late-night show.