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,
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
The Daytime Emmys are this Sunday, and for the first time ever, there’s a gay nominee for Best Game Show Host — the marvelous and frightfully funny Billy Eichner. Wahoo! To celebrate, let’s rank the 25 best game shows of all time. Get out your purse and prepare to buy some vowels, gents.
25. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?: Sorry Double Dare, but Carmen Sandiego is the greatest kids’ game ever. It made geography cool while highlighting the glamorous felonies of a femme fatale. I wish more TV shows concluded with the entire cast yelling in unison, “Do it, Rockapella!”
24. Let’s Make a Deal: Carol Merrill and Monty Hall could woo you into anything. Though if you’re already wearing a chicken outfit, you probably don’t need much coercing.
23. Sale of the Century: Jim Perry
10. Jeff Probst, Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Though he only hosted VH1's Jeopardy! spinoff from 1998 to 2001, Jeff Probst's dimpled cuteness and conversational hosting style were enough to substantiate him as a great emcee. Naturally he's better remembered for hosting Survivor for all of its 5,700 cycles, but he looked mighty fine standing behind Trebek's podium.
9. Richard Dawson, Family Feud
Richard Dawson was most known for smooching contestants and calling out "Survey says!
The post-Thanksgiving season is sinister: Lane Pryce, who is Rango, decided to embezzle a little Scdp money. That rascal-y, owl-y dude! Joan was served divorced papers by her Very Manly, Thank You husband Greg, who is doing a great job over at the Vietnam Macho War Camp War he loves so much. And Harry Crane meets up with onetime Freedom Rider Paul Kinsey, who, since being cut from Scdp, has taken up a new life with some Hare Krishnas. And can you believe this: Paul's still a douchebag. "Remember how anxious, how insecure, how terrified I was of living life?" he asks Harry. "It's gone. Can you imagine living that way?" He may as well have
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