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Geoff Edwards

Biography

American television actor, game show host, and radio personality who’s known for such shows as THE BEST Spin and Fun & Lot of money. He worked well at an area radio station like a DJ while a guy. He was presented on an bout of Diff’rent Strokes. He fathered two kids along with his wife, Michael. He rejected the opportunity to sponsor Family members Feud, an present Steve Harvey wouldn’t normally refuse this year 2010.

Quick Facts


Full Name Geoff Edwards
Date Of Birth February 15, 1931
Died March 5, 2014, Saint John's Health Center, Santa Monica, California, United States
Place Of Birth Westfield, NJ
Profession Game Show Host
Nationality American
Nominations Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host
TV Shows The Big Spin, Jackpot, Starcade, Treasure Hunt, Play the Percentages, Shoot for the Stars, Hollywood's Talking, Let's Make a Deal, Chain Reaction, Fun & Fortune, $50,000 a Minute, Cop Out
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1Lifelong friends of: Wink Martindale and Bill Cullen.
2He wasn't a fan of preschool graduations, commercialized holidays or even his own birthday.
3The worst pilot he had ever hosted was "Bride & Groom," which was shot in 100 degree weather.
4At age 32, Edwards moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1963, to continue pursing his career as a radio disc jockey and an actor.
5Prior to his retirement, his final hosting job was the morning host of KSUR in 2003.
6When Chuck Barris made his first (and only) on-camera appearance on The New Treasure Hunt (1973), he threw a pie in Edwards's face.
7Edwards said that during the run of Play the Percentages (1980), the percent sign went out of control when it came up one time and tried to take the rest of the set down with it. It wasn't used beyond the first couple of weeks of the run because of that. Though the bonus round changed a couple of time over the six month run, as did the main game format.
8Had commuted from his house in Los Angeles to New York City every other weekend to host Jackpot (1974) for 1 year. He also did the same when he hosted Shoot for the Stars (1977), which would be the final game show that was taped in New York City.
9Had commuted from his home in Los Angeles to Sacramento, every weekend to host the California Lottery's The Big Spin (1985).
10Was the author of 'Going All The Way, The Good, The Bad, the Weird of a World Cruise,' which foreworded by Gavin MacLeod.
11Replaced Mark Richards as the second host of Starcade (1982).
12Was idolized by: Bob Goen, Pat Finn, Graham Elwood, Todd Newton and Matt Ottinger.
13Was one of the handful of emcees to use a marble-top microphone like: Bob Barker, Gene Rayburn and Bill Cullen.
14Edwards's game show The New Treasure Hunt (1973) was based on Let's Make a Deal (1963) a popular game shows that was similar in concept. Coincidentally, Edwards hosted both Treasure Hunt and Let's Make a Deal (1984), within a decade of each other.
15His birthplace, Westfield, New Jersey, is 13 miles South of Newark, New Jersey.
16Had commuted from his home in Los Angeles to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, every other weekend to host Chain Reaction (1980), for the USA Network.
17Had hosted the pilot of Fun & Fortune, the lottery game show in Missouri (before Rick Tamblyn became the permanent host).
18Before he was a game show host, he was also invited to be a part of the The Bobby Darin Show (1973), where he met Bobby Darin.
19The theme from Edwards' show, Play the Percentages (1980), was later reused on another Barry & Enright game show, Juvenile Jury (1983).
20Was employed with Bob Stewart Productions from 1974 to 1977, and again from 1986 to 1991.
2160 Minutes (1968) profiled Edwards's show, The New Treasure Hunt (1973), in an "expose" segment during its run after a contestant fainted during the show, and he actually lost a few potential gigs as a result of a magazine article about him titled "The World's Cruelest Emcee.".
22The theme from Edwards' show Hollywood's Talking (1973) was later used for another Barry & Enright game show, Hollywood Connection (1977),.
23Prior to his retirement from hosting game shows, Edwards hosted a weekly travel segment on Mark Carbonaro's radio show on KION in Salinas, California, in 2001-2004, and again from 2007-2009.
24He met fellow game show host Jim Lange, while working in the Chuck Barris Studios, in Los Angeles, California, prior to becoming a game show host in 1972. The other host in the same studio was Bob Eubanks.
25He was known to be a very private person.
26Geoff Edwards passed away on March 5, 2014, just one month after his 83rd Birthday.
27Upon his retirement and before his death, he resided in Playa Del Rey, California.
28It was his replacement hip surgery that led to his pneumonia that ultimately took this life.
29Edwards and Meredith MacRae emceed a publicly unnamed, Bob Stewart produced, game show pilot for ABC which did not sell.
30An avid radio listener, he became a broadcaster with the help of his idol Gene Rayburn.
31When he began hosting game shows, it was his choice to never wear a tie, he favored jeans over suits.
32He was physically healthy and active until contracting the pneumonia which caused his death at age 83.
33Geoff Edwards died on March 5, 2014, just one week after friend and fellow game show host Jim Lange died.
34Missed out on being hired for the hosting job of The New Tic Tac Dough (1978) to friend and fellow game show host Wink Martindale.
35Survived by his wife, Michael Feffer, and stepsons Justin and Jason Feffer. Survivors also include his ex-wife, Suzanne, and their children Todd, Shawn and Chess, and nine grandchildren.
36Hosted his own travel website and travel podcasts with his wife, Michael Feffer.
37Edwards was once ranked fifth behind Bill Cullen, Tom Kennedy, Wink Martindale and Alex Trebek, in the number of game shows hosted at 8, with Bob Eubanks sharing that record. However, by the end of his career, he had hosted ten different game shows himself.
38During the run of The New Treasure Hunt (1973), without any cue cards, Edwards had to memorize something like sixty skits and perform them, depending on which box was selected.
39Worked with Meredith MacRae on an episode of Petticoat Junction (1963) and on Mid-Morning L.A. (1978) when he replaced Bob Hilton, who used to work with Edwards on Play the Percentages (1980).
40Years before Peter Tomarken's death, for a short time, Edwards rotated hosting duties with Tomarken, Bob Eubanks, and Charlie Chase on "The $25,000 Game Show," a traveling game show owned and produced by Eubanks.
41Prior to being a successful game show host, he also worked at KMPC Radio in Los Angeles, California.
42He hosted Chain Reaction (1980) and Jackpot (1989) at the same time in 1989.
43Just days before Bobby Darin's death, Edwards visited him in the hospital.
44Attended Duke University.
45Before he was a successful game show host, while in college, he was a drummer in a jazz band and played clubs on weekends.
46His hobbies were: traveling, writing, listening to music and tennis.
47At a very young age, he was a drummer, playing with a band during his summer vacations.
48First met Chuck Barris when he hosted a pilot for a game show that did not sell.
49When the third incarnation of Jackpot (1989) returned to the United States, producer Bob Stewart hired Edwards back, replacing Mike Darrow.
50After he hosted The Big Spin (1985), over the period from late 1985 through to the end of the 1995 season, he retired from hosting game shows at age 63.
51Over his career, he hosted ten game shows.
52Worked with game show announcer Johnny Jacobs on both Hollywood's Talking (1973) and The New Treasure Hunt (1973).
53He guest-starred on the last episode of Trapper John, M.D.: Elusive Butterfly (1986), which was broadcast on September 4, 1986, where he played the host of a lottery game show.
54Replaced Chuck Woolery, as the second host of The Big Spin (1985), while the show was still in its first year of production, and stayed with the show for ten seasons, through his announced retirement at the end of the show's eleventh season in 1995.
55(November 24, 1963) While being a radio news reporter, he found himself involved in the year's biggest story not long after he arrived, being dispatched to Dallas to cover the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. While covering the story, he was present when Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, and in fact, was interviewed by NBC's national correspondent, Tom Pettit, for NBC's coverage of the incident.
56Before he was a successful game show host, he did everything from being a radio announcer, to radio news reporter, to local TV talk show host, to local television news anchor, to being an actor.
57Geoff once substituted for Bill Cullen for two weeks on Chain Reaction (1980), because Cullen was filling in for an ailing Allen Ludden on Password Plus (1979). When "Chain Reaction" returned to USA, Edwards himself replaced Blake Emmons for the second week, because the shows had been filming in Montreal.
58At age 18, he graduated from Westfield High School in Westfield, New Jersey, in 1949.
59Before he was a successful game show host, while in college, he was a radio announcer for a station in Albany, New York, continuing for a few years after graduating, then moving to California by 1956.
60Best known by the public as the host of The New Treasure Hunt (1973) and Chain Reaction (1980).
61He was Chuck Barris' first choice to be host of The New Treasure Hunt (1973), where he hosted for the show's entire run, from 1973-1977. Previously he had hosted two short-lived game shows, Cop Out! (1972), which lasted less than one month, and Hollywood's Talking (1973), which lasted for only three months.
62Before he was a successful game show host, he was a radio disc jockey at KFMB-AM in San Diego, California, hosting an evening show alone, and co-hosting the drive time "Don Ross/Geoff Edwards Show".
63Was friends with: Chuck Barris, Gavin MacLeod, Michele Lee, Dick Clark, Gary Owens, Bob Barker, Bob Goen, Bill Cullen, Wink Martindale, Bob Eubanks, Alex Trebek, Bob Stewart, Jack Barry, Jim Lange, Jim Perry, Chuck Woolery, Meredith MacRae, Pat Sajak, Pat Finn, Richard Dawson, Tom Kennedy, Ralph Edwards and Monty Hall.
64The first game show he hosted was 'Lucky Partners,' a pilot produced by Bob Barker, which did not sell.
65Edwards was one of four game show hosts to have emceed a game show in the United States and another in Canada at the same time. The other three were Howie Mandel, Alex Trebek and Jim Perry. Mandel and Trebek are native Canadians, and Perry, although born in New Jersey USA, had legal residency status in Canada, due to his family living in Toronto for most of the 1970s, and maintaining a home in Toronto, even after moving back to the USA. Because of no legal ties to Canada, Edwards was the only one required, by the Canadian Government, to have a Canadian co-host.
66Filled-in, over one full week of five episodes, for Monty Hall on Let's Make a Deal (1984), due to Hall's suffering from laryngitis. However, this was not five actual days of work, due to game shows typically filming multiple episodes in one day.
67Co-hosted a weekly radio travel show called 'The Touring Company,' with his wife Michael Feffer, and journalists Paul & Elizabeth Lasley.
68His favorite game show was the short lived Play the Percentages (1980). Geoff got the job as its host, without auditioning, because of his friendship with producer and show owner Jack Barry of Jack Barry-Dan Enright Productions.
69Because his wedding ceremony took place on his birthday, he and his wife, Michael Feffer, celebrated both his birthday, and their wedding anniversary, every February 13 for forty-one years, from 1973 until he died in March 2014.
70He met fellow game show host, Wink Martindale, when they were both working at KMPC Radio in Los Angeles, California, prior to Edwards becoming a successful game show host in 1971. Also among the staff at that station were Gary Owens, Dick Whittinghill, Robert W. Morgan and Sonny Melendrez.
71In 2009, he received the Ralph Edwards Award for Service to Broadcasting at the Game Show Congress Convention in Los Angeles, California.
72He was in the Air Force for a short time during the Korean War.
73Father of Todd Edwards, Chess Edwards & Shawn Edwards, none of whom went into the entertainment business.
74When he replaced Mark Richards, as host of video arcade game show, Starcade (1982), in September 1983, Geoff had not yet played video games. Unlike Richards, he grew to love video games, continuing to play them until he died. His favorites, back in the day, were "Sinistar;" Le Bagnard (1982); Hamburger (1982); Super Burger Time (1990); and Change Lanes (1983). He had a difficult time with Donkey Kong Jr. (1982) and Pengo (1982).
75On February 13, 2013, he and his wife, Michael Feffer, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. They tied the knot on February 13, 1973, Geoff's forty-second birthday.
76He was offered the job of hosting the original Family Feud (1976), before Richard Dawson was hired, but had to decline because of his commitment to Bob Stewart Productions and NBC.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Drive1997Game Show Host
Small Wonder1988TV SeriesGuy Dwyer
Trapper John, M.D.1986TV SeriesTV Lottery Host
The Outlaws1984TV MovieRoger Demarest
Double Trouble1984TV SeriesThe Host
The Paper Chase1983TV SeriesJeffers
Madame's Place1982TV SeriesBiff Willis
Treasure Hunt1981TV SeriesHost (1981-1982)
Diff'rent Strokes1980TV SeriesTV Reporter
Police Woman1978TV Series
Three on a Date1978TV MovieEmcee
The New Treasure Hunt1973TV SeriesHost (1973-1977)
The Bobby Darin Show1973TV SeriesCast Member
WUSA1970Irving - Disc Jockey
The Comic1969Late Night Movie Host (uncredited)
How We Feel About Sound1969ShortNarrator (voice)
Petticoat Junction1968TV SeriesJeff Powers
Good Morning, World1967TV SeriesPatrolman Nichols
I Dream of Jeannie1967TV SeriesBank Teller
That Girl1966TV SeriesT.V. Announcer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Petticoat Junction1968TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sliders1995TV SeriesHimself
Jackpot1989TV SeriesHost (1989-1990)
$50,000 a Minute1985TV MovieHimself - Host
The Big Spin1985TV SeriesHimself - Host (1985-1995)
Let's Make a Deal1984TV SeriesSub-Host (1984)
Starcade1983-1984TV SeriesHimself - Host
Chain Reaction1980TV SeriesHost (1986-1991)
Play the Percentages1980TV SeriesHost (1980)
The $10,000 Pyramid1975-1978TV SeriesHimself
Shoot for the Stars1977TV SeriesHost (Jan. 3-Sep. 30, 1977)
Dinah!1974-1976TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Sweepstakes1974-1975TV SeriesHimself
Jackpot1974TV SeriesHost (1974-1975)
The Bobby Darin Show1973TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood's Talking1973TV SeriesHost (Mar. 26-Jun. 22, 1973)
Dean Martin Presents: The Bobby Darin Amusement Co.1972TV SeriesHimself
Cop Out!1972TV MovieHimself - Host
Dream Girl of '671967TV SeriesHimself - Bachelor Judge

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Mime's Life2009Himself
Faux Pause1998TV SeriesHimself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1976Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess - Game or Audience Participation ShowJackpot (1974)


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#Quote
1[upon returning to New York to resume his musical career, when he became a successful musician] I went to the Union Hall in New York, and a guy named Phil Urso, who was a very famous - at that time-tenor player... great guy, played with Woody Herman, standing there with a little drizzle coming down... and he says, 'Hey, man...You know where I can get a gig?' And I thought, 'You know, maybe this isn't what I want to pursue.'
2One day, when I was with William-Morris, I got a call, and they said, 'Monty Hall is sick. Can you do Let's Make a Deal?' Now you have to understand that I had never done a major television game... (Let's Make a Deal) is the hardest game show there is to do. I don't know why they asked me. So I said, 'Okay.' I practiced at home, I had the script, I had my kids being contestants. I went and I did the show. The first one went pretty well. The second one; I had a lady, and...what happens on Let's Make a Deal is, no matter what you say, the people on the floor are going to do it. So I said, 'Do you want this or that?' She said, 'That.' I said, 'Well, let's take a look at that!' And I take a look at the floor manager, who went 'Aaaaah!' What I had done was I left myself in a place where I had given away the end of the deal. So I said, 'Well, I'll tell you what you can have. You can have that, or you can have what's in my pocket.' And what was in my pocket was an empty hand sweating. Monty got well really fast.
3I love comedy in television, but the goofy comedy of running into a tree, and falling down is not necessarily my favorite, but I came across a show on Showtime, and it's called 'Episodes.' It is just so funny, so well-liked, and so well-written, it's just amazing, and the story of it is, these two writers in London, and they have a hit show over there, 'Well, there's some kind of party, or something!,' and the network guy said, 'I want your show or my network, I woke up this morning,' I said, 'I need it on my network,' Well, they just walked in LA to put their show on. One of the stars of the show was the Headmaster of the Boys School, and they guided in English, a little beard, but they said, we want him to read for us, he reads and he said, 'Very, very good,' and then, they call these two people up [who are now in LA], and they said, 'We found a big star who wants to do your show ... Matt LeBlanc, the guy who played Joey on 'Friends'.
4[on his all-time favorite game show] It was Play The Percentages, and we had six circular thing-set, when we went to do the bonus round, somebody pressed the button and the spinning thing came out of the stage set Play The Percentages or something, and one day, we're on the set, and the guy pressed the button and the thing didn't come up and starting pulling the whole stage up, behind it, so, we didn't do that anymore, but that was kind of weird.

#Trademark
1Thick curly, gray hair.
2His catchphrase - "Right, you are!"


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