Jim Perry -- 'Card Sharks' Game Show Host ... Dead at 82

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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.
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Jim Perry, Game Show Vet, Dead at 82

Jim Perry, Game Show Vet, Dead at 82
Jim Perry, a host of Card Sharks, $ale of the Century and other game shows, died on Friday after a long battle with cancer, CTV News reports. He was 82.

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,
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Jim Perry Dies: Game Show Host Was 82

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…
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Jim Perry, Host of Game Shows in ’70s and ’80s, Dead at 82

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Jim Perry, Host of Game Shows in ’70s and ’80s, Dead at 82
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.
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Game Show Host Jim Perry Dies at 82

Game Show Host Jim Perry Dies at 82
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
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Jim Perry, Top Game Show Host in the 1970s and '80s, Dies at 82

Jim Perry, Top Game Show Host in the 1970s and '80s, Dies at 82
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.

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Rip Jim Perry, the fastest-talking game show host of all time

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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?
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The 25 Greatest Game Shows Ever, In Honor Of The Daytime Emmys

Big bucks, expensive vowels, and a million cackling Whammies.

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
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Survey Says: 10 Hottest Game Show Hosts Ever!

We rarely associate hotness with game show hosting, but why is that? It takes bravado, rigidity, and charisma to run a good game show, and I'd say the same rubric applies to male strippers and So You Think You Can Dance contestants. In honor of the late Richard Dawson, the original host of Family Feud and an unforgettable Match Game panelist, I'll be tallying the hottest men of televised gaming. Please remember to phrase your cat-calls in the form of question.

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!
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"Mad Men" Fabulous Quotient: Is Joan Don's New Partner in Crime?

It's Christmas in the hellish, whiskey-drowned snoglobe of Mad Men, and you know what that means: A not-particularly-festive malaise! Awwww. Don, thank you, but I'm still using the one you got me last year.

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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