14. Ron Burgundy’s Got His Look From A Real-Life Journalist
Learning about the Jessica Savitch documentary, it’s clear to see that the character of Veronica Corningstone was based on her, with Ron Burgundy parodying the likes of Mort Crim and other colleagues of Savitch’s at the time.
However, the iconic look of Burgundy is based on a different news anchor from the 70s, Harold Greene, or at least that’s what Greene believes.
Many people believe that Burgundy’s look is a broad stereotype of newsreaders from this time period, but Greene is convinced that he was the inspiration for Will Ferrell’s character and confronted him about when they bumped into each other in the street.
Ferrell denied that Greene was the sole inspiration, to which Greene apparently replied that he didn’t believe him. To be fair, Greene was a news anchor that worked in San Diego during the 1970s and judging by pictures of him compared to Burgundy, you can see where he is coming from.