Brian Richard Linehan was a Canadian television host from Hamilton, Ontario. Linehan was best known for his celebrity interviews. Linehan was one of seven children. His estranged Irish father, Les, worked at one of the local steel mills, Dofasco; and his Serbian mother, Sava, was later remarried to a post World War II Serb immigrant, Jovan Rodic Sr. He too, was a steel worker.
Linehan was renowned for his composure, interview skills and meticulous research, often leading to in-depth questions that could last for minutes. His guests often responded to his questions with astonishment saying, "How did you know that?" His interviewing style was parodied on SCTV by Martin Short, as "Brock Linehan".
He was first the host of City Lights, a program produced by CityTV in Toronto, and syndicated throughout Canada and the United States, running from 1973 to 1989.
After taking time off, he spent the early 1990s doing publicity interviews in Hollywood. In the late 1990s, he hosted a second show entitled Linehan, which was produced for CHCH-TV in Hamilton, Ontario. He was also a long-time entertainment reporter on CFRB radio.
Linehan was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2001 and died in 2004.