William Franklin "Billy" Graham, Jr. (born November 7, 1918) is an American Christian evangelist, ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, who rose to celebrity status in 1949 with the national media backing of William Randolph Hearst and Henry Luce. His sermons were broadcast on radio and television, some still being re-broadcast today.
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''Read the Bible. Work hard and honestly. And don't complain.''Billy Graham (b. 1918), U.S. evangelist. Message to the Chinese. International Herald Tribune (Paris, April 18, 1988).