Murray Walker  Great Britain

  • Full name Graeme Murray Montague Walker
  • Birth date October 10, 1923
  • Birthplace Hall Green, Birmingham,
  • Current age 94 years 12 days
  • Other roles Author, Commentator
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In more than 40 years of commenatating on motorsport, Murray Walker became synonymous with Formula One, not only in his homeland but also across many countries which took the BBC broadcasts. His style was unique, famed for its enthusiasm as well as often amusing mistakes which have gone into folklore. But he was never rude or even overly critical, preferring to see the best in drivers.

A tank commander in the war, he made his commentating debut in 1948, but it was not until the mid 1970s that Formula One races were broadcast live on British TV and he only went full-time in 1978. Until then he combined his media work with a job in advertising, something he remained doing until the early 1980s.

In the 1980s he formed a surprisingly effective commentary pairing with former world champion James Hunt. The two had almost nothing in common and initially the relationship was cool, but they worked exceptionally well together and continued to do so until Hunt's untimely death in 1993.

In 1997 when the BBC lost F1 rights to ITV it was expected Walker, by then 73, would retire but instead he switched to ITV and continued. He finally retired after the 2001 US Grand Prix at Indianapolis but continued to make occasionally appearances behind the microphone.

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