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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 12 August 1932Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of Death 1 November 2010Sherman Oaks, California, USA  (heart failure)
Nickname Charlie O

Mini Bio (1)

Charlie O'Donnell was born on August 12, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is known for his work on Wheel of Fortune (1983), Hot Potato (1984) and Press Your Luck (1983). He was married to Ellen Lerner and Mary Jane Ryan. He died on November 1, 2010 in Sherman Oaks, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Ellen Lerner (7 May 1989 - 1 November 2010) (his death)
Mary Jane Ryan (24 May 1952 - 4 June 1984) (her death) (4 children)

Trivia (6)

Prolific announcer of over 20 game shows.
Most famous as Dick Clark's announcer/sidekick on "American Bandstand."
Charlie is best known known as the "voice" of Wheel Of Fortune, a job he had done for a total of 28 years on both the Daytime and syndicated shows.
Children: Son Dennis O'Donnell works in music publishing; daughter Patricia O'Donnell-Rough manages the Instructional Media Collections and Services for UCLA; son Michael O'Donnell is a set dresser for the movie industry; and youngest child Bridgid O'Donnell is a digital motion picture restoration artist.
Married Ellen Lerner O'Donnell, May 7, 1989. Knew each other for years in the music business then reconnected years later. Fixed up by director Jeff Margolis and wife Leslie.
He is also featured on the Simon and Garfunkel song "7 O'Clock News/Silent Night" as the news announcer.

Personal Quotes (1)

I am very lucky that I have had such a wonderful home base at Wheel of Fortune. Throughout my 40 plus years working as an announcer, I have had the honor to have worked with some of the leading entertainers in the world.

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