Television Game Show Hosts

Biographies of 32 Stars


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About the Book

This unique work profiles the private lives and careers of 32 American game show hosts, including the originals (e.g., Bill Cullen, Peter Marshall), the classics (e.g., Bob Barker), and the contemporaries (e.g., Regis Philbin). Organized by host, each chapter includes birth and family information and a complete career history. The most significant developments of each host’s early life and career are highlighted—complete with successes, failures, and scandals. Many of the biographies are accompanied by interviews with the host or his family and friends.

About the Author(s)

Former radio announcer and disc jockey David Baber is a librarian at King College in Bristol, Tennessee. He lives in Bristol, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

David Baber
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 296
Bibliographic Info: 77 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009 [2008]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4573-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0480-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

Introduction      1

Bob Barker      3

Jack Barry      12

Dick Clark      23

Bud Collyer      31

Ray Combs      37

Bert Convy      44

Bill Cullen      50

John Daly      60

Richard Dawson      68

Geoff Edwards      76

Bob Eubanks      86

Art Fleming      96

Monty Hall      104

Art James      114

Dennis James      123

Tom Kennedy      131

Jim Lange      141

Allen Ludden      149

Hal March      158

Peter Marshall      165

Wink Martindale      175

Garry Moore      184

Jack Narz      193

Bert Parks      201

Jim Peck      208

Jim Perry      217

Regis Philbin      226

Gene Rayburn      233

Pat Sajak      242

Peter Tomarken      249

Alex Trebek      260

Chuck Woolery      269

Bibliography      277

Index      283

Book Reviews & Awards

“recommended”—ARBA; “fascinating to read”—Booklist; “one of the best biographical compendiums to come down the pike in a long while…exceedingly worthwhile…captivating”—The Old Radio Times; “unique”—John Kenneth Muir’s Reflections on Film/TV.