Jul. 13th, 1924
Newport News, Virginia, USA
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One of television's legendary and beloved game show announcers, Johnny Gilbert got his start in show business in high school as a singer, comedian and master of ceremonies. He soon toured the nightclub circut as a featured attraction; he even parlayed his success into an recorded an album of pop standards. Soon, he delved into the world of television, where he worked at stations in Nashville and New Orleans. In 1958, he hosted his first TV game show, "Music Bingo" (1958). However, he is best known for his announcing duties on game shows. His first successful game show came during the ABC run of _"Price is Right, The" (1956)_. After a few hosting duties for unsuccessful game shows, and several locally-produced programs in Los Angeles, Gilbert settled into his role as game show announcer.
His best-known announcing duties include "The Joker's Wild" (1972), "The $10,000 Pyramid" (1973), "Supermarket Sweep" (1990) and "Jeopardy!" (1984). He also served as announcer for many TV awards shows, Dick Clark specials and Circus of the Stars specials.
- Has announced on over 30 game shows, with his two biggest shows being "The Price is Right" and "Jeopardy!"
- Was the only game show announcer to lend his skills to both the 1956 and 1972 versions of "The Price Is Right." He was TPiR's regular announcer during its ABC run, where he also appeared as substitute host on occassion; and was one of several substitute announcers who cried "Come on down!" after Johnny Olsen's death in 1985 (until Mark Goodson Productions ultimately chose Rod Roddy in early 1986).
- Recorded an album of popular music selections.
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