Thursday, 12 December 2013

Famous game-show hosts

Famous game-show hosts
Famous game-show hosts, As the iconic Bob Barker celebrates his 90th birthday, fans of the retired game-show host ready themselves to see him return to the show he made famous. So, let's explore the careers of other famous television game-show hosts from the 20th century and modern day.

Bob Barker

Barker was a mainstay on CBS's "The Price Is Right," helping it become the longest-running daytime game show in North American television history.  Shortly after celebrating 50 years in television, Barker retired in 2007.

Chuck Barris

The relatively shy Barris produced and served as host of the "The Gong Show," a goofy spoof with hapless contestants that reached cult status during its run.  The show also ran in first-run syndication , often appearing on TV twice a day.

Drew Carey

Before taking "The Price Is Right" reins from Bob Barker, Carey already was an established entertainer . Upon taking over as host, Carey said, "You don't replace Bob Barker," even keeping Barker's closing line about caring for pets.

Dick Clark

Serving as host of the various incarnations of "Pyramid" was just one of many accomplishments during Clark's illustrious career. He also was host of "American Bandstand" from 1957 to 1989 and "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve" from 1974 to 2004 and 2006-12 . Clark died on April 18, 2012.

Richard Dawson

Born Colin Lionel Emm in England, Dawson was the original host of "Family Feud." Using his charm and wit crafted during an already-successful acting career , Dawson helped "Feud" become an instant hit. In just its second season, the show overtook "Match Game"as the highest-rated game show on TV. He died on June 2, 2012.

Bob Eubanks

Eubanks brought a youthful energy to "The Newlywed Game" when Chuck Barris brought him on as the show's first host . The show was ranked in the top three prime-time game shows in each of its first five years. Eubanks had several stints as host over the next several years.

Monty Hall

Nearly two decades after breaking into broadcasting, Hall became the first host of "Let's Make A Deal," a gig he held off and on for years. On the show, Hall offered audience members – referred to as traders – the chance to weigh the possibility of valuable prizes against undesirable items . The show returned in 2009 , and it is broadcast solely in standard definition.

Steve Harvey

Despite his busy schedule, Harvey has found time to be the sixth host of "Family Feud" since 2010. With projects such as "The Steve Harvey Show" and "The Original Kings of Comedy" on his résumé, Harvey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in May 2013.

Howie Mandel

After two years of mulling over quitting show business, Mandel became the host of "Deal or No Deal." Accepting the role became a resurgence of sorts for Mandel, who has made a nice living as one of the hosts of "America's Got Talent" for the past four seasons.

Peter Marshall

Born Ralph Pierre LaCock to a show-business family in 1926, Marshall got his first taste of the life as a theater usher at the age of 14. After years as part of a comedy act , he was recommended by a friend to fill in as host of "The Hollywood Squares." With the easygoing Marshall at the helm, the show enjoyed great success for years to come.

Wink Martindale

Martindale was a fixture on TV game shows for the better part of four decades, most notably for "Tic-Tac-Dough." After a 12-year hiatus, he returned to serve as host of the hidden-camera show "Instant Recall" in 2010. The show ran for eight weeks.

Groucho Marx

Before serving as host of the radio and television quiz show "You Bet Your Life," Marx was a beloved comedian and film and TV star known for his quirky behavior, bushy mustache and eyebrows, cigar and glasses.  Despite his misgivings going in, "You Bet Your Life" became one of the most popular game shows of its time.

Gene Rayburn

Born Eugene Rubessa as the only child of Croatian immigrants, Rayburn was a successful actor  and radio performer before serving as host of a few game shows, including a long off-and-on run on "Match Game." In 2013, TV Guide ranked "Match Game" No. 4 on its list of 60 greatest game shows .

Anne Robinson

Robinson became well-known in her native England and then on prime-time TV in the United States for her acerbic style as the presenter on "The Weakest Link" . Her persona on the show has been likened to that of "Judge Judy."

Pat Sajak

Ever since he took over as host of "Wheel of Fortune," Sajak has been the face of the longest-running syndicated game show in the US . The show has become so popular that Sajak and co-host Vanna White have watched it grow into a worldwide phenomenon with 60 international adaptations, from Argentina to Vietnam.

Marc Summers

After bouncing around as a stand-up comedian and TV producer, Summers got his big break when he began hosting "Double Dare" on Nickelodeon. He returned to an updated version of the show as an executive consultant eight years later.

Alex Trebek

The Canadian-American Trebek has been a mainstay as host of the quiz show "Jeopardy!" . His stoicism and dry humor have been on display for nearly 7,000 episodes  on the show TV Guide rated the No. 1 game show of all time.

Meredith Vieira

After getting her start in radio and then gaining national recognition in TV broadcasting , Vieira was tabbed as the first host of the syndicated version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" She won two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host, becoming the second woman to do so .

Chuck Woolery

After a contract dispute  ended his six-year tenure as the original host of "Wheel of Fortune," Woolery enjoyed a long career as the presenter on "Love Connection." He also served as host for the popular "Scrabble" and "The Dating Game," among others.

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