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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 26 February 1927Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Birth NameJim Narz
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tom Kennedy was born on February 26, 1927 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Jim Narz. He is known for his work on The Price Is Right (1972), The Real Tom Kennedy Show (1970) and You Don't Say (1963). He was previously married to Betty Gevedon.

Spouse (1)

Betty Gevedon (7 March 1948 - 12 February 2011) (her death) (3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Wire-rimmed eye glasses

Trivia (4)

He is the brother of Jack Narz.
Appeared on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967), continually saying "You Don't Say!" - title of the game show he was hosting at the time.
Good friends with comedian Vicki Lawrence.
Was Mark Goodson's first choice as host of Super Password (1984), but the job was ultimately given to fellow game show host, Bert Convy, who was a panelist on Password Plus (1979). Kennedy was busy hosting Body Language (1984), at the time, which was also produced by Mark Goodson.

Personal Quotes (6)

[on The $100,000 Name That Tune (1974)'s success]: I didn't dare think it was going to be as big as it was. But I was hopeful, because I remembered the radio show and the early show with George DeWitt, they're talking about. Norman 'Red' Benson did the show, Bill Cullen did the show, and I remembered those days, and I thought if we could recapture some of that, we'll be lucky; and we took off.
[in a 2002 interview on game shows]: Some of them are good, some of them are bad. But, I'll give you a good response to that. I think Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999) is the most perfectly constructed quiz I've ever seen. It is gorgeous. It was a work of art, it was beautifully performed by Regis. Now, I know they're slipping a little bit, but they're trampling the show, and beat it to death. But, it's a great show.
[on Bill Cullen]: He was a master at what he did. People responded to Bill because he set a tone that he liked everybody himself and he really cared about his shows.
[as to how he replaced the deceased Allen Ludden, on Password Plus (1979), in 1980, at the time his brother-in-law should've been host]: Without question, Bill should have become the host of Password Plus (1979). He'd done a great job with the show when Allen was in the hospital. But NBC had signed him to do Chain Reaction (1980), before Allen got sick. The network really considered for a few days having Bill do both shows but decided against it. They really had hopes Chain Reaction (1980) could do well against the CBS soaps and they wanted Bill there. So, that's how I wound up being offered the show.
[about hosting The Price Is Right (1972)] Easily the hardest show I've ever hosted. You have to know the rules of multiple games and you have to figure out where to take the contestants and how to get them there, etc. Bob Barker is a genius. He makes it look so easy and smooth.
I don't like how some game shows today humiliate people and reward contestants for dishonesty. An example of this is The Weakest Link (2000). The host puts down contestants for incorrect responses while the object of the game is to vote off other contestants, mainly those that help the team succeed. I think it's a reflection of how selfish and cynical society today is at large, and I'm not a fan of it at all.

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