Tom Kennedy, Game Show Host for Name That Tune, Dead at 93
Veteran TV game show host Tom Kennedy, who surpasses Name That Tune and Split Second, died on October 7 at the age of 93, according to a friend, Steve Beverly. The cause of death is unknown, although Beverly posted on Facebook that Kennedy "hasn't been good for the past few months."
A native of Jim Narz, Kennedy, appeared in 1958 with The Big Game and Dr. I.Q. entered the business, which aired throughout the 1958-59 season. His first major hit was NBC's You Don't Say !, which ran from 1963 to 1969. The series was later revived by ABC six years later. In 1972 he hosted the Split Second, created by Monty Hall, and from 1974 to 1981 he invited people to Name That Tune.
Other hosting credits include Break the Bank and 50 Grand Slam in 1976; To say the least from 1977-78; Body language from 1984-86; Pun from 1986-87; and a primetime syndicated version of The Price Is Right from 1985-86.
Kennedy took over the hosting of Password Plus after the illness and the death of his host Allen Ludden.
In addition to game shows, Kennedy hosted the talk show The Real Tom Kennedy Show in 1970 and was a panelist at To Tell the Truth, Hollywood Squares and Liar’s Club. He was also the announcer of the Betty White comedy Date With the Angels from 1957 to 1958.
On the script side, he has appeared in That Girl, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Cannon and Hardcastle and McCormick, among others.
He is survived by three children, a daughter-in-law, a granddaughter and a sister.
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