Duke Struck, Director for 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' and 'The NFL Today,' Dies at 82

Duke Struck
Courtesy of Victoria Benson Struck

Duke Struck

He also helmed Super Bowls, World Series and Olympics for CBS Sports and worked on 'Good Morning America.'

Duke Struck, a 14-time Emmy winner and CBS Sports veteran who directed installments of The Oprah Winfrey Show, The NFL Today, Good Morning America and The MacNeil/Lehrer Report, has died. He was 82.

Struck died Oct. 21 of respiratory failure in a hospital near his home in Parkland, Florida, his wife of 28 years, Victoria, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Struck began directing for CBS' The NFL Today studio show on Sundays in 1974, when it was anchored by Jack Whitaker and Lee Leonard and aired live for the first time. (Brent Musburger, Phyllis George and Irv Cross would be hired the following year.)

When Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer, who had covered the 1973 Watergate hearings, began The MacNeil/Lehrer Report in 1975, Struck signed on as the director of the PBS nightly news program.

He returned to The NFL Today in 1980 and stayed for more than a decade, and he worked for CBS on four Super Bowls, seven World Series, Final Fours, college football and NBA games, the Albertville Winter Olympics and at The CBS Morning News as its original director.

He also directed more than 800 installments of the syndicated Oprah Winfrey Show and spent five years with ABC's Good Morning America.

Arthur Newell Struck Jr. was born in Detroit and raised in Fairfax County, Virginia. His father was a stagehand for the TV variety program The Jimmy Dean Show who went on to direct public service spots for the U.S. government.

Struck, who also worked on the Dean show, graduated with a degree in English from American University in Washington. He landed a job as a stage manager for CBS and WTOP in the city before directing coverage of the Watergate hearings.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his daughter, Sydney.