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Overview (3)

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Died in Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA  (colon and breast cancer)
Birth NameRobert Ray Roddy

Mini Bio (1)

Rod Roddy was born on September 28, 1937 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA as Robert Ray Roddy. He was an actor, known for Soap (1977), House of Mouse (2001) and Press Your Luck (1983). He died on October 27, 2003 in Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Trade Mark (3)

Sequin Suits
"Come on Down!" - his catchphrase on The Price is Right
Sign off: "This is Rooooooooooooood Roddy"

Trivia (11)

1957 graduate of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth
Was a DJ at Buffalo's 50,000 powerhouse WKBW 1520 AM from 1963 to 1968. According to current KB DJs, his sense of dress was at least equally as notable then as it was during his career on The Price Is Right (1972).
Had colon cancer surgery in 2001.
Had his left breast removed due to cancer in March 2003.
Official ambassador of Chaing Mai, Thailand.
After CBS programming executive Barbara Hunter suggested Rod Roddy as a possible replacement for Johnny Olson on The Price Is Right (1972), Rod was given the shortest amount of on air audition episodes before the job was offered to him. Rod did not accept the salary offered and had his attorney negotiate for a deal that was beyond what was budgeted for the job. Rod and his attorney stood firm while Mark Goodson Productions briefly resumed the search. In 1986, CBS and Goodson ponied up for what became a very lucrative deal after several renewals. Rod remained on the job for a record 17 years until his passing in 2003.
Worked with game show host Peter Tomarken twice: "Hit Man" on NBC (1983) and "Press Your Luck" on CBS (1983-1986).
When he was just getting his start in television, Rod came to a taping of The Price Is Right (1972) and sat in the audience to watch Johnny Olson.
Rod was good friends with KLIF owner and radio icon Gordon McLendon. Rod also became very good friends with McLendon's wife, Susan Stafford, and after training in the ministry many years ago, she presided at Rod's memorial service in Texas.
Initially wore regular suits when he started announcing on The Price Is Right (1972), but with the encouragement of Bob Barker, he began wearing his flamboyant sequin suits on camera.
In 1988, Rod came out in full drag as Rodweena during a showcase skit on The Price Is Right (1972).

Personal Quotes (1)

I could have prevented all this with a colonoscopy, and of course, that's the campaign I've been on since I had the first surgery. To everybody out there, get a mammogram! It can happen to men, too.

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