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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 / Himself - Team Captain / Team Captain
(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
(1983-1984)
Match Game PM
Match Game PM Himself - Host
(1975-1981)

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)
 1956 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Show Show Self (48 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (7 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Radio: Had a daily morning radio show on NBC originating from New York City in 1953. See more »

Alternate Names:

Gene & Helen

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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

Trivia:

When he hosted the original The Match Game (1962), in the 1960s, Rayburn mentioned several times that he felt this game was better when he could simply get some laughs to keep it interesting, and that in the beginning, it was very restricting for him. Producer Mark Goodson was reluctant about Rayburn's show, being played for laughs, but Gene did try his best with these restrictions. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently asked some innuendo questions without any embarrassments. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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