Vintage Game Show Hosts

by JEFJR | created - 09 Jan 2017 | updated - 26 Nov 2017 | Public

1. Groucho Marx

Actor | A Night at the Opera

The bushy-browed, cigar-smoking wise-cracker with the painted-on moustache and stooped walk was the leader of The Marx Brothers. With one-liners that were often double entendres, Groucho never cursed in any of his performances and said he never wanted to be known as a dirty comic. With a great love...

You Bet Your Life (1950-61)

2. John Daly

Actor | The Front Page

John Daly was born on February 20, 1914 in Johannesburg, South Africa as John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly. He was an actor, known for The Front Page (1949), The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1956) and What's My Line? (1950). He was married to Virginia Warren and Margaret Criswell Neal. He died on ...

What's My Line? (1950-67)

3. Garry Moore

Actor | It Happened to Jane

Garry Moore was born on January 31, 1915 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Thomas Garrison Morfit. He was an actor, known for It Happened to Jane (1959), Fireside Theatre (1949) and I've Got a Secret (1952). He was married to Mary Elizabeth Knoernschild deChant and Eleanor Borum Little. He died on ...

I've Got a Secret (1952-66) To Tell the Truth (1975-77)

4. Bud Collyer

Actor | The New Adventures of Superman

Most of Clayton's family was in show biz, but he initially decided to go into his father's field, law. He worked his way through Fordham University as a radio actor and singer, then took a job as a law clerk. Two years later, realizing that radio was very much more lucrative a career, he changed ...

To Tell the Truth (1956-68)

5. Bob Barker

Producer | The New Price Is Right

For 35 years Bob Barker had been the host of The Price Is Right (1972) game show. Not only is it the highest-rated daytime game show, it's also the longest-running game show in TV history, surpassing the prime-time hit What's My Line? (1950), which ran for 18 years. He also served the show's ...

Truth or Consequences (1956-74) The Price is Right (1972-2015)

6. Bill Cullen

Self | Three on a Match

Bill Cullen was born on February 18, 1920 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as William Lawrence Cullen. He was an actor, known for Three on a Match (1971), Blockbusters (1980) and It Happened to Jane (1959). He was married to Ann Cullen, Carol Ames and Ruth Elizabeth Harrington. He died on July 7, ...

The Price is Right (1956-65) $25,000 Pyramid (1974-78) The Joker's Wild (1984-86)

7. Jack Barry

Actor | Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask

Jack Barry was born March 20, 1918 in Lindenhurst, New York, the son of Cecelia (Hepner) and Max Solomon Barasch. In his adult years, he did saloon work until Dan Enright said they should go into game shows. He hosted Winky Dink and You, the first example of interactive TV. He later went on to host...

Twenty One (1956-57) The Joker's Wild (1972-84)

8. Jack Narz

Actor | The Farmer's Daughter

Jack Narz's career in television spanned nearly 30 years. After the service and a short but productive stint in local radio, Narz started in television late in 1950 as announcer on early-TV classics like Space Patrol (1950) and Life with Elizabeth (1952). Moving on to host the trouble-prone Dotto (...

Dotto (1958) Beat the Clock (1969-72) Concentration (1973-79)

9. Allen Ludden

Self | Password

Allen Ludden was born on October 5, 1917 in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, USA as Allen Packard Ellsworth. He was an actor, known for Password (1961), It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman! (1975) and Futureworld (1976). He was married to Betty White and Margaret Frances McGloin. He died on June ...

Password (1962-75, 79-81)

10. Hugh Downs

Self | Live From Lincoln Center

Hugh Downs was born on February 14, 1921 in Akron, Ohio, USA as Hugh Malcolm Downs. He is an actor and producer, known for Live From Lincoln Center (1976), Car 54, Where Are You? (1961) and Concentration (1958). He was previously married to Ruth Shaheen.

Concentration (1958-69)

11. Gene Rayburn

Self | Match Game 73

Gene Rayburn was born on December 22, 1917, in Christopher, Illinois. After his father died at a very young age, his mother moved to Chicago and married Milan Rubessa, and Gene adopted his stepfather's name. As Gene Rubessa, he acted in high school plays and hoped to follow an acting career. He ...

The Match Game (1962-84)

12. Monty Hall

Producer | Let's Make a Deal

Monty Hall was born Maurice Halperin on August 25, 1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba in 1945. He's the father of Tony Award winner Joanna Gleason, television writer/director Sharon Hall, and Emmy Award winner ...

Let's Make a Deal (1963-75)

13. Tom Kennedy

Actor | Witness

Tom Kennedy was born on February 26, 1927 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as James Edward Narz. He is known for his work on Witness (1985), You Don't Say (1963) and Hardcastle and McCormick (1983). He was previously married to Betty Jane Gevedon.

Birth name is Narz (brother of Jack Narz) You Don't Say (1963-69)

14. Art James

Actor | Mallrats

Art James was born on October 15, 1929 in Dearborn, Michigan, USA as Artur Simon Efimchik. He was an actor, known for Mallrats (1995), Raw Justice (1994) and Hotel (1983). He was married to Sandra Petron and Jane Hamilton. He died on March 28, 2004 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

Say When! (1963-65)

15. Art Fleming

Self | Airplane II: The Sequel

Art Fleming was born on May 1, 1924 in New York City, New York, USA as Arturo Volk Fazzini. He was an actor, known for Airplane II: The Sequel (1982), International Detective (1959) and A Hatful of Rain (1957). He was married to Rebecca Lynn, Peggy Ann Ellis and Mildred Lauretta Goodrich. He died ...

Jeopardy (1964-73)

16. Jim Lange

Self | Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Jim Lange was born on August 15, 1932 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA as James John Lange. He was an actor, known for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Shoot the Moon (1982) and Amazing Stories (1985). He was married to Nancy Fleming and Fay Marie Madigan. He died on February 25, 2014 in Mill ...

The Dating Game (1965-78)

17. Bob Eubanks

Actor | Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Bob Eubanks was born on January 8, 1938 in Flint, Michigan, USA as Robert Leland Eubanks. He is an actor and producer, known for Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), Payback (1991) and Johnny Dangerously (1984). He is married to Deborah James. He was previously married to Irma Brown.

The Newlywed Game (1966-74)

18. Peter Marshall

Self | The Hollywood Squares (Daytime)

Peter Marshall was born on March 30, 1926 in Huntington, West Virginia, USA as Ralph Pierre LaCock. He is an actor and writer, known for The Hollywood Squares (Daytime) (1965), Annie (1982) and Reel to Reel (1998). He has been married to Laurie Marshall since August 19, 1989. He was previously ...

Hollywood Squares (1966-80)

19. Dick Clark

Producer | Bandstand

Dick Clark was born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York on November 30, 1929 to Julia Fuller and Richard Augustus Clark. He had one older brother, Bradley, who was killed in World War II. At the age of 16, Clark got his first job in the mailroom of WRUN, a radio station in Utica, New York, which ...

$__,000 Pyramid (1973-91)

20. Chuck Woolery

Actor | Six Pack

Chuck Woolery originally set his sights on a career in the music industry but had a change of heart when he joined the U.S. Navy instead. After two years military service, he attended college in his home state of Kentucky and afterward held various jobs including a stint as a sales rep at Pillsbury...

Wheel of Fortune (1975-81) Love Connection (1983)

21. Wink Martindale

Producer | Second Honeymoon

Wink Martindale was born on December 4, 1933 in Jackson, Tennessee, USA as Winston Conrad Martindale. He is an actor and producer, known for Second Honeymoon (1987), Bumper Stumpers (1987) and The Lively Set (1964). He has been married to Sandy Ferra since August 2, 1975. They have four children. ...

Las Vegas Gambit (1976-80) The New Tic Tac Dough (1978-85)

22. Richard Dawson

Actor | The Running Man

Richard Dawson was born Colin Lionel Emm on November 20, 1932 in Gosport, Hampshire, England. When he was 14, he joined the Merchant Marines and served for three years. During that time, he made money boxing. He had to lie about his age and remain tough so the older guys would not hassle him. In ...

Family Feud (1976-85)

23. Pat Sajak

Self | Wheel of Fortune

Pat Sajak was born on October 26, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Patrick Leonard Sajdak. He is an actor and producer, known for Wheel of Fortune (1983), Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) and The A-Team (1983). He has been married to Lesly Brown since December 31, 1989. They have two children. He ...

Wheel of Fortune (1983-present)

24. Alex Trebek

Producer | Jeopardy!

Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Trebek graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in Philosophy. After his first decision to become a newscaster, he joined the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company), Canada's premier network in 1961. As he was working, he helped organize national news ...

Jeopardy! (1984-present)



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