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Jim Perry, one of the most popular hosts during the heyday of TV game shows, has died. Perry hosted "Card Sharks," an iconic game show in the 70s and 80s. The show still runs on cable. He also hosted "Sale of the Century" for 6 years. Both shows attracted legions of devoted fans. NBC loved Perry, who was a buttoned-up 6'4" dude with not a single hair out of place, and put him on the network for years. »
- TMZ Staff
Perry more or less got his start as the host of the Miss Canada Pageant, a position he held from 1969 to 1980 — the equivalent of Miss USA’s Bob Barker. He then hosted Canada’s Hangman-style game show Definition, from 1974 to its end in 1989.
In 1978, NBC tapped Perry to host its new game show Card Sharks, from 1978 to 1981. He then moved on to host NBC’s revival of $ale of the Century, »
Jim Perry, the quick-talking host of such game shows as Card Sharks and Sale of the Century, died today of cancer in Oregon, Wme said. He was 82. The native of Camden, NJ, worked on Armed Forces Radio during the Korean War and afterward teamed with Sid Caesar for a touring comedy act that played three years in Las Vegas. He later would host the Miss Canada Pageant for 23 years starting in 1967, was the announcer on Joan Rivers’ syndicated <em… »
Jim Perry, who hosted the popular ’70s and ’80s NBC game shows “Card Sharks” and “Sale of the Century,” died Friday at age 82. He began as host of “Card Sharks” in 1978, and then took on the same duties for a reboot of “Sale of the Century” in 1982, which aired for six years on the network and also had a syndicated version. A native of Camden, New Jersey, he served in the Korean War before teaming with Sid Caesar on the comedy circuit. Also Read: Emmys Obit Segment Neglects 'Batman' Star Yvonne Craig, Christopher Lee and 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper His other. »
- Thom Geier
Jim Perry, best known as the host of game shows “Card Sharks” and “$ale of the Century,” died Friday in Oregon following a five-year battle with cancer, surrounded by his wife and children. He was 82.
The Camden, N.J., was a star basketball player while growing up and was nicknamed “Big Jim” at 6-foot-4. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and joined the Special Services, where he worked on Armed Forces Radio during the Korean War.
After his time in the service, Perry teamed with comedian Sid Ceasar, touring as a pair for several years. He served as host of the Miss Canada Pageant, which he emceed from 1967 until 1990; he was the announcer on 1969’s syndicated program “That Show” starring Joan Rivers; and from 1969 to 1972, he was a weekend overnight DJ at Wabc radio in New York.
In 1974, Perry became the host of the CTV game show “Headline Hunters,” then »
- Dave McNary
Jim Perry, who hosted the popular NBC game shows Card Sharks and Sale of the Century in the 1970s and ’80s, has died. He was 82. Perry died Friday in Oregon after a five-year battle with cancer, Wme announced. In 1978, the dapper Perry started as host of Card Sharks, beginning his long-standing relationship with NBC. He hosted a version of the game show and the two pilots that preceded it from April 24, 1978, until Oct. 23, 1981. NBC then named the Perry as the host of a revamped edition of Sale of the Century in 1982.
- Mike Barnes
Jim Perry, the host of many long-running game shows including two of the all-time greats -- "$ale of the Century" and "Card Sharks" -- has passed away at the age of 82. Perry was known to many viewers for his years of emceeing the Miss Canada pageant in the '70s and '80s, but let's be sure to remember him as one of the most primed, capable game show hosts of all time. Nowadays we take preexisting celebrities like Wayne Brady and Drew Carey and turn them into game show hosts; Perry was a consummate quizmaster whose explosive energy and auctioneer-like cadence made his various series thrilling. In this clip from "$ale of the Century," watch as Perry is literally brought to his knees in order to make a contestant consider taking a risky deal. Did I mention he's one of the speediest, yet most articulate game show hosts of all time? »
- Louis Virtel
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