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Gene Rayburn (1917–1999)

Gene Rayburn was born on December 22, 1917, in Christopher, Illinois. After his father died at a very young age, his mother moved to Chicago and married Milan Rubessa, and Gene adopted his stepfather's name. As Gene Rubessa, he acted in high school plays and hoped to follow an acting career. He moved to New York City in the 1930s where he was a ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Match Game
The Match Game Himself - Host / Team Captain / Himself - Guest Team Captain / Host
(1962-1969)
Match Game 73
Match Game 73 Himself - Host
(1973-1982)
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour Himself - Match Game Host / Hollywood Squares Panelist / Himself - Host
(1983-1984)
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show Himself - Announcer / Announcer / Himself / Johnson wax pitchman / Sketch Actor
(1956-1960)

Filmography

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 1979-1982 The Love Boat (TV Series)
George Finley / Lyle / Mason Randolph
- April in Boston/Saving Grace/Breaks of Life (1982) ... George Finley
 1982 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Bob Barclay
- Forget Me Not/The Quiz Masters (1982) ... Bob Barclay
 1981 Aloha Paradise (TV Series)
Jerry
 1980 Here's Boomer (TV Series)
Emcee
- Boomer and Miss 21st Century (1980) ... Emcee
 1968 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Quentin Frazier (1982)
 1959 It Happened to Jane
Gene Rayburn - WTIC-TV Reporter (uncredited)
 1957 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (TV Series)
Announcer
- Episode #2.37 (1957) ... Announcer
 1956 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Bye Bye Birdie. Musical comedy. Book by Michael Stewart. Music by Charles Strouse. Lyrics by Lee Adams. Musical Director: Elliot Lawrence. Music orchestrated by Robert Ginzler. Dance arrangements by John Morris. Additional scoring by Elliot Lawrence. Scenic Design by Robert Randolph. Costume Design by Miles White. Choreographed... See more »

Alternate Names:

Gene & Helen

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

When asked what his greatest fear was, he replied, "Being caught stealing something cheap."

Trivia:

One of his earliest roles on Broadway was in the Neil Simon play "Come Blow Your Horn". The play was somewhat biographical of Neil Simon, and Gene portrayed Neil's father. See more »

Trademark:

His silly persona. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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