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Overview (2)

Born in Flint, Michigan, USA
Birth NameRobert Leland Eubanks

Mini Bio (1)

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.

Spouse (2)

Irma Brown (10 September 1969 - 19 January 2002) (her death) (3 children)
Deborah James (? - present)

Trade Mark (2)

The catchphrase - "Makin' Whoopee".
His silly persona

Trivia (42)

First gained fame as the host of the TV game show The Newlywed Game (1966).
Father of actor/writer Corey Michael Eubanks.
Bob Eubanks was a guest on the new I've Got a Secret (2000) program on the Oxygen Cable Channel in December 2001. His "secret" was that he was Dolly Parton's agent in the 1960s and 1970s.
Has been a commentator of the Tournament of Roses Parade for L.A. television station KTLA from 1978 to present.
Has hosted 4 different versions of The Newlywed Game in as many decades
Helped finance The Beatles' first performance at the Hollywood Bowl.
Sub-hosted for Casey Kasem on "American Top 40" twice -- January 9, 1982 and April 16, 1983.
Was a deejay on Los Angeles radio station KRLA, where he was replaced by Bob Hudson as morning man in 1963.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
He also worked as a doorman and opened limousine doors for stars such as: Elizabeth Taylor, Gary Cooper and Debbie Reynolds.
Was a huge fan of Gene Rayburn's Match Game (1973).
When he was growing up, he enjoyed listening to music the most. At least two singers named him as Eubanks's favorite childhood radio heroes were: Doc Watson and Frank Sinatra.
Ranks fifth behind Bill Cullen, Tom Kennedy, Wink Martindale and Alex Trebek, in the number of game shows hosted at 8, with Geoff Edwards sharing that record.
Was one of the youngest emcees ever to began hosting game shows at age 28, Ryan Seacrest and J.D. Roth both started hosting game shows at age 20.
Executive Producer of Hill-Eubanks Productions from 1979 to 1992.
Before he was a game show host, he was an entertainment promoter and manager at KRLA 1110 in Los Angeles, California, from 1960 to 1968.
Worked with game show announcer Bob Hilton on 3 game shows: Trivia Trap (1984), The New Newlywed Game (1984) and the second incarnation of Card Sharks (1978).
His first wife, Irma Brown, was a ranch forewoman and a gifted artist. They purchased a 20-acre portion of a working cattle ranch, before expanding to 26 acres.
He alongside Chuck Woolery and Jamie Farr was one of the three rotating hosts of the $250,000 Game Show Spectacular at the Las Vegas Hilton, until the show closed in April 2008.
Was the second choice to host the revamp version of Card Sharks (1978) for CBS, when fellow game show host, Jim Perry who was Mark Goodson's first choice to host the show, a second time, when he was already under contract with NBC, hosting the immensely-popular game show Sale of the Century (1983).
Has the distinction of hosting two longest-running game shows in television history for almost 35 years, 1 in front of Alex Trebek, and 2 behind Bob Barker and Wink Martindale. He hosted The Newlywed Game (1966), for more than 30 years, in between ABC and syndication, and Card Sharks (1978), for 4 1/2 seasons on CBS.
Graduated from Pasadena High School in Pasadena, California, in 1955.
He was influenced by: Cary Grant, Howard Hughes, Buddy Hackett, and Bill Cullen, who was his favorite game show host.
A close friend of the Michael Landon, his son Corey Eubanks was involved with almost the majority of Landon's projects until Landon's death in 1991.
Does rodeos and riding in his spare time.
Best known by the public as host of The Newlywed Game (1966) and Card Sharks (1978).
Was employed at Mark Goodson Productions from 1984 to 1989.
His parents were originally from Missouri.
Before he hosted the revamp version of Card Sharks (1978) for CBS, he made a guest appearance on the original Card Sharks (1978) that was hosted by Jim Perry for NBC. At the time, he was there to promote his short-lived game show All Star Secrets (1979).
As a teenager, he grew up watching quiz and game shows that led him to being a game show host.
Ranked #10 as GSN's Top 10 Game Show Hosts of All Time.
His second wife, Deborah James is a wedding/events coordinator in Ventura, California and has her own company, Bella Vita Events.
Ranked #9 on Life's 15 Best Game Show Hosts.
Moved to Pasadena, California in 1940.
He played the guitar.
His parents were John Ortho Leland Eubanks, a barber, and Gertrude Eubanks, a housewife.
Before he was a successful game show host, he used to work at JCPenney Department Stores.
Since he was too busy hosting The New Newlywed Game (1984) at nighttime, the hosting job on Card Sharks (1986) was immediately given to Bill Rafferty.
Like fellow game show hosts Alex Trebek, Jim Perry, Chuck Woolery Dick Clark, Pat Sajak and Bert Convy, Eubanks was one of the game show emcees to host a game show both in daytime and in nighttime.
His mentor was the late Bill Cullen.
As of 2011, he became the first game show host ever to host the same show for 45 years.

Personal Quotes (4)

Chuck Barris was a genius. Crazy, no doubt, but a genius. He never took his shows too seriously because he knew game shows were a silly genre, but at the same time he knew the right mix of creativity and insanity to make them ratings hits. He was one of the true renegades in the business.
Bill (Cullen) took me under his wing and helped me develop my own voice as a host. He was always warm and treated me with respect. What you saw on TV, he was like that in real life as well. A sly sense of humor, very intelligent, made anyone feel like the most important person in the room. A wonderful mentor who I continue to miss today.
There are a lot of dogs in the game show business, and I've hosted my fair share of them. Sometimes you have to put your ego aside and say yes, even when you know it's going to be a disaster. One show in particular, The Diamond Head Game, was such a piece of you know what. They took a poorly designed game, shot it in Hawaii, and thought it a good idea. I hated every minute of hosting it. Luckily, it didn't hurt my career.
I was a smart-ass, snot-nosed kid. I walked with a certain swagger and style that was different from the typical hosts at the time. I was young and into rock and roll. Times were changing and the networks wanted their game shows to push the envelope more, which I was willing to do.

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