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Johnny Gilbert


American game show host who was simply referred to as the announcer and host for the syndicated version of the overall game show Jeopardy. He was a choir youngster for the Lutheran Cathedral in Newport Information, Virginia and afterwards toured being a vocalist with Shelly Harmon and His Orchestra. He continues to be an announcer for most shows like the Emmy Honours as well as the People’s Choice Honours. He has kids along with his wife Sheree. Phil Donahue changed him as web host of the overall game show Fast Pull.

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Date Of Birth July 13, 1924
Place Of Birth Newport News, VA
Height 1.8 m
Profession Game Show Host
Nationality American
Spouse Sheree Gilbert
Nominations Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Editing
Movies Flesh and the Devil, The Big Parade, Queen Christina, The Merry Widow, A Woman of Affairs, He Who Gets Slapped, His Glorious Night, La Bohème, Downstairs, Bardelys the Magnificent, Way for a Sailor, The Captain Hates the Sea, The Phantom of Paris, Fast Workers, Love, Monte Cristo, Cameo Kirby, Man, Woman and Sin, Twelve Miles Out, The Hollywood Revue of 1929, The Busher, Gentleman's Fate, Show People, The Cossacks, Desert Nights, Arabian Love, Four Walls, Truxton King, While Paris Sleeps, The Show, Aloha Oe, The Great Redeemer, The White Heather, West of Broadway, The Servant in the House, The Wolf Man, Shell 43, The Bait, Redemption, Civilization, The Wife of the Centaur, Golden Rule Kate, The Man Beneath, The Masks of the Devil, Ladies Must Live, For A Woman's Honor, The Dawn of Understanding, The White Circle, The Snob, St. Elmo, Deep Waters
TV Shows Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Pyramid, Super Jeopardy!, Chain Reaction, Sports Challenge, Fast Draw, Beat the Odds, Music Bingo, Go, Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Pyramid, Chain Reaction, Sports Challenge, Super Jeopardy!, Fast Draw, Beat the Odds, Music Bingo, Go
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1He was a choir boy in a church in Newport News, Virginia.
2When Gilbert took ill for the final two weeks of the short-lived game show, Blackout (1988), Jay Stewart filled in for him. It was Stewart's final announcing duty. He later committed suicide, the following year.
3Gilbert was associated with Lorimar-Telepictures (before Warner Bros. Television) (working on various game shows): Dream House (1983), $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime (1986), Perfect Match (1986) and Love Connection (1983).
4Friends of: Don Pardo, Jay Stewart, Charlie O'Donnell, Gene Wood, Jack Clark, John Harlan, Bob Hilton, Art James, Jack Narz, Gary Owens, Jack Barry, Mark Goodson, Bill Todman, Bob Stewart, Dinah Shore, Bill Cullen, Bob Eubanks, Alex Trebek, Jim Lange, Chuck Woolery, Bob Goen, Wink Martindale, Geoff Edwards, Dick Clark, David Ruprecht and Betty White.
5While he was still in high school, Gilbert decided to take up a professional singing career and learned from an opera teacher.
6At age 43, Gilbert moved back to New York City, New York, in 1967, to continue pursuing a career as a television personality. He moved to Los Angeles, California, a couple of years later.
7Graduated from Morrison High School (later Warrick High School), in Newport News, Virginia, in 1942.
8Before he was a successful announcer, he was a nightclub singer.
9Replaced Jack Clark as the permanent announcer of The (New) $25,000 Pyramid (1973), for the fourth season, because Clark wanted to continue working on Wheel of Fortune (1975). Clark died in 1988.
10Hobbies: singing, golfing and bowling.
11Replaced Rich Jeffries as the fourth announcer of Love Connection (1983), for the sixth season.
12At age 18, Gilbert moved to Jacksonville, Florida, in 1942, pursuing a career in radio and television personality.
13He sub-announced for either Jack Clark or Charlie O'Donnell on a few episodes of Wheel of Fortune (1983).
14His first announcing assignment was Camouflage (1961).
15Before he was a successful game show announcer, he was a talk show host in Dayton, Ohio, which he stayed for two years until he left Dayton for short notice.
16At age 34, Gilbert moved to New York City, New York, in 1958, to pursue a career in hosting game shows.
17Beat former Barry & Enright contract player, Jay Stewart, as the announcer of the 1984 revival of Jeopardy! (1984), which he's still the announcer of the show.
18After Huntz Hall's death in 1999, Gilbert is the only surviving member of the group, "Dead End Kids," where he joined that group and played throughout the southwestern portion of the United States for 16 weeks. When they played in Norfolk, Gilbert himself even got special billing.
19In his six decades of television, Gilbert announced 29 game shows.
20Before he was a successful game show announcer, he was a singer and emcee on WDSU in New Orleans, Louisiana.
21He was Dinah Shore's announcer/sidekick for Dinah! (1974), for the last 5 years in the 1970s.
22He was selected by producers Mark Goodson and Bill Todman to replace Don Pardo as the announcer and audience host for the original Bill Cullen-hosted version of The Price Is Right (1956), when it moved from NBC to ABC, at that time Gilbert returned to New York City.
23Before Robert Conrad became a successful actor, he used to be one of Gilbert's bandleaders.
24Before he was a successful announcer, Gilbert joined the United States Army's Seventh Army Special Services in Germany, and was cast as the lead in Xanadu: The Marco Polo Musical, an original musical comedy inspired in part by the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem Kubla Khan, which chronicled Marco Polo's trip to China.
25A few years after graduating from high school, Gilbert heard about an audition as regular vocalist for the Dean Hudson Orchestra which was being conducted in Jacksonville, Florida. Unfortunately, Gilbert was confused about the dates and upon his arrival, he learned that the position had already been filled.
26Permanently replaced Jack Clark as the announcer on The (New) $25,000 Pyramid (1973). Clark left to concentrate on his announcing duties on Wheel of Fortune (1975).
27Did not return to announce the PAX version of Supermarket Sweep (1990), because of the residuals the network was paying him.
28Has announced on over 30 game shows, with his two biggest shows being The Price Is Right (1956) and Jeopardy! (1984).
29Recorded an album of popular music selections.



The Angry Beavers1999TV SeriesTV Host
Johnny Bravo1997TV SeriesJackie Jacques
Ellen's Energy Adventure1996VideoJeopardy announcer (voice)
Beverly Hills, 902101995TV SeriesJohnny Gilbert
White Men Can't Jump1992Jeopardy! Announcer (voice)
Cheers1990TV SeriesJohnny Gilbert
2271989TV SeriesAnnouncer
Gidget Goes Hawaiian1961Johnny Spring (uncredited)



Jeopardy!1984-2016TV SeriesHimself - Announcer / Himself - Host
Wheel of Fortune1995-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest Announcer / Himself - Sub-Announcer
Jeopardy!2010Video GameHimself - Announcer (voice)
Jeopardy! DVD Game2007Video GameHimself - Announcer (voice)
Supermarket Sweep1990-2000TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
Jeopardy!1998Video GameHimself - Announcer (voice)
The Golden Girls1992TV SeriesHimself
The $25,000 Pyramid1985-1991TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
The Quiz Kids Challenge1990TV SeriesHimself - Announcer (1990)
Super Jeopardy!1990TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
The Finish Line1990TV MovieHimself - Announcer (voice)
Jackpot1989TV SeriesAnnouncer
The $10,000 Pyramid1982-1988TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
Blackout1988TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
Mama's Family1988TV SeriesHimself
Win, Lose or Draw1987TV SeriesSub-announcer (uncredited)
Money in the Blank1987TV MovieHimself - Announcer (voice)
$1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime1986TV SeriesAnnouncer
Celebrity Double Talk1986TV SeriesAnnouncer
Perfect Match1986TV SeriesAnnouncer
Jackpot1985TV SeriesAnnouncer (1984 CBS Pilot Only)
Headline Chasers1985TV SeriesAnnouncer
Anything for Money1984TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
Every Second Counts1984TV SeriesAnnouncer
Dream House1984TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
Go1983-1984TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
Love Connection1983TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
Fantasy1983TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
Child's Play1982TV SeriesAnnouncer (1982)
Chain Reaction1980TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
Make Me Laugh1979TV SeriesAnnouncer
The New Tic Tac Dough1978TV SeriesSub-Announcer (1981)
Card Sharks1978TV SeriesSub-announcer (1989 CBS Version)
Family Feud1976TV SeriesSub-Announcer (1981)
The Magnificent Marble Machine1975TV SeriesAnnouncer
The Joker's Wild1972TV SeriesSub-Announcer (1972-1973)
Sports Challenge1971TV SeriesAnnouncer
Words and Music1970TV SeriesAnnouncer (1970-1971)
The Movie Game1969TV SeriesHimself / Announcer
Fast Draw1968TV SeriesHimself - Host
Beat the Odds1968TV SeriesHost (1968-1969)
Camouflage1961TV SeriesAnnouncer
Yours for a Song1961TV SeriesAnnouncer (uncredited)
Music Bingo1958TV SeriesEmcee
The Price Is Right1956TV SeriesAnnouncer (1963-1965) / Sub-host (1964-1965)

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