TV Game Shows in History

Events in Film & TV

  • 1954-09-29 "Masquerade Party" TV game show moves from CBS to ABC for two seasons
  • 1956-11-26 TV game show "The Price Is Right", hosted by Bill Cullen, debuts on NBC
  • 1958-03-11 Charles Van Doren finally loses on US TV game show "Twenty-One" after winning $129,000 - later revealed to be fixed
  • 1958-06-12 "Make Me Laugh" TV Game Show last airs on ABC-TV, syndicated 1979
  • 1958-08-18 TV game show scandal investigation starts
  • 1970-09-28 TV game show "Words & Music" debuts on NBC
  • 1984-06-11 Michael Larson shown winning record $110,237 on American TV game show "Press Your Luck" by memorizing patterns

TV Show Appearance

1987-09-28 Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson appear on TV game show "The $10,000 Pyramid"

  • 1993-06-11 "Scrabble," second run," TV Game Show; last airs on NBC-TV

Film & TV History

2004-06-02 Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated television game show "Jeopardy!"


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1914-02-20 John Daly, South Africa, newscaster/TV game show host (What's My Line)
  • 1915-01-14 Mark Goodson, American radio and TV game show producer, with Bill Todman ("I've Got A Secret"; "The Price Is Right"; "Password"), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1992)
  • 1916-10-04 Jan Murray, American comedian and TV game show host (Treasure Hunt, Who Killed Teddy Bear), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1917-12-22 Gene Rayburn [Jeljenić], American radio performer and TV game show host (Match Game), born in Christopher, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1920-02-18 Bill Cullen, Pitts, TV game show host (over 20 different games)
  • 1921-08-25 Monty Hall, Canadian-American TV game show host (Let's Make a Deal), born in Winnipeg Canada (d. 2017)
  • 1922-11-13 Jack Narz, American TV game show host (Dotto, Video Village), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2008)

Bob BarkerBob Barker (99 years old)

1923-12-12 American TV Game Show Host (The Price is Right, Truth or Consequences), born in Darrington, Washington

  • 1924-05-01 Art Fleming [Fazzin], American actor, and TV game show host (Jeopardy, 1964-75, 1978-79), born in New York City (d. 1995)
  • 1927-03-30 Peter Marshall, American TV game show host (Hollywood Squares), born in Huntington, West Virginia
  • 1929-06-03 Chuck Barris, TV game show producer and host (Gong Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • 1931-02-15 Geoff Edwards, American television game show host, (d. 2014)
  • 1937-08-20 Jim Bowen, British TV game show host (Bullseye) and comedian, born in Heswall, England (d. 2018)
  • 1938-09-26 Lennie Bennett [Michael Berry], British comedian and TV game show host (Lucky Ladders), born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England (d. 2009)
  • 1939-10-31 Tom O'Connor, British comedian and TV game show host, born in Bootle, Lancashire, England (d. 2021)
  • 1940-03-16 Chuck Woolery, Ky, TV game show host (Love Connection)

Alex TrebekAlex Trebek (1940-2020)

1940-07-22 Canadian-American Emmy Award-winning TV Game Show Host (Jeopardy, 1984-2020; High Rollers, 1974-80), born in Sudbury, Ontario

  • 1953-03-24 Louie Anderson, American comedian, Emmy Award-winning actor (Baskets; Life With Louie; Coming To America), TV game show Host (Family Feud, 1999-2002), and writer, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2022)
  • 1955-02-07 Rolf Benirschke, American NFL place kicker and TV game show host (Wheel of Fortune), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1956-02-17 Richard Karn [Wilson], American actor (Home Improvement) and TV game show host (Family Feud), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1970-10-30 Ben Bailey, American host of the TV game show Cash Cab, born in Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • 1983-04-04 Angelle Tymon, American journalist and TV game show host (PlayMania Block), born in Lutcher, Louisiana

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1992-12-18 Mark Goodson, American radio and TV game show producer, with Bill Todman ("I've Got A Secret"; "The Price Is Right"; "Password"), dies of pancreatic cancerat 77
  • 1995-04-25 Art Fleming [Fazzin], American actor, and TV game show host (Jeopardy, 1964-75, 1978-79), dies of pancreatic cancer at 70
  • 1999-11-29 Gene Rayburn [Jeljenić], American radio performer and TV game show host (Match Game), dies of heart failure at 81
  • 2004-10-14 Vlassis Bonatsos, Greek actor, singer, actor, and TV game show host (Kontres - Greek Family Feud), dies of obstructive laryngitis at 54
  • 2005-06-26 Richard Whiteley, British television game show host (b. 1943)
  • 2006-07-02 Jan Murray, American comedian and TV game show host (Treasure Hunt, Who Killed Teddy Bear), dies at 89
  • 2008-10-15 Jack Narz, American TV game show host (Dotto, Video Village), dies at 85
  • 2009-04-08 Lennie Bennett [Michael Berry], British comedian and TV game show host (Lucky Ladders), dies at 70
  • 2017-03-21 Chuck Barris, american TV game show producer and host (Gong Show), dies at 87
  • 2017-09-30 Monty Hall, Canadian-American TV game show host (Let's Make a Deal), dies at 96
  • 2018-03-14 Jim Bowen, British TV game show host (Bullseye) and comedian, dies at 80

Alex TrebekAlex Trebek (1940-2020)

2020-11-08 Canadian-American Emmy Award-winning TV Game Show Host (Jeopardy, 1984-2020; High Rollers, 1974-80), dies of pancreatic cancer at 80

  • 2021-07-18 Tom O'Connor, British comedian and TV game show host, dies from complications of Parkinson's disease at 81
  • 2022-01-21 Louie Anderson, American comedian, Emmy Award-winning actor (Baskets; Life With Louie; Coming To America), TV game show Host (Family Feud, 1999-2002), and writer, dies of cancer at 68