SAN FRANCISCO â€” Talk show host Tom Snyder, whose smoke-filled interviews were a staple of late night television and an inspiration for Dan Ackroyd on â€œSaturday Night Liveâ€, has died after a struggle with leukemia. He was 71.
Snyder died Sunday in San Francisco from complications associated with leukemia, his longtime producer and friend Mike Horowicz told The Associated Press on Monday.
Known for his improvised, casual style and robust laughter, Snyder conducted a number of memorable interviews as host of NBCâ€™s â€œThe Tomorrow Show.â€ Among his guests were John Lennon, Charles Manson and Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols.
Snyder began his career as a radio reporter in Milwaukee in the 1960s, then moved into local television news. He anchored newscasts in Philadelphia and Los Angeles before moving to late night.