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Raymond Combs Jr.

Biography

He is most well-known for his part on CBS while second sponsor of the favorite game show Family members Feud from 1988 until 1994. Rather than attending america Armed service Academy, he visited Arizona to provide as a Mormon missionary. He became the 1st U.S. Family members Feud host to transport a cordless mike onstage with him. He wedded his wife Debbie in 1977. He finished his period with Family members Feud in 1994. Louie Anderson would sponsor a relaunch of this program in 1999.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ray Combs
Date Of Birth April 3, 1956
Died June 2, 1996, Glendale, California, United States
Place Of Birth Hamilton, OH
Height 1.73 m
Profession Game Show Host
Nationality American
Spouse Debra Jo Loomis
Children Chelsy Jae Combs, Whitney Nicole Combs, Cody Ryan Combs, Kelly Jo Combs, Kirby Lee Combs, Raymond Neil Combs III
Parents Anita Jean Waters Combs, Raymond Neil Combs, Sr.
Siblings Connie Combs-Riggs
Nominations Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host
Movies The 1984 Los Angeles Comedy Competition with Host Jay Leno
TV Shows Family Challenge, Family Feud
Star Sign Aries

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  • Trademarks
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#Fact
1A decade after his death, his mother, Anita Jean Waters Combs, passed away on April 4, 2006, at age 68.
2Best remembered by the public as the second host of Family Feud (1988).
3Worked with Gene Wood on 2 game shows: Family Feud (1988) and Family Challenge (1995).
4Though he was very happy in meeting the families on Family Challenge (1995), he really wasn't very happy with this hosting project on cable, because for him to revitalized his career as a game show host, he had to start all over again, waiting for bigger and better opportunities, when he actually had committed suicide.
514 years after his death, his father, Raymond Neil Combs, Sr., passed away on February 1, 2010, who lived to be 76.
6His father, Raymond Neil Combs, Sr., was 22, and his mother, Anita Jean Waters Combs, was only 18, when they had him.
7Died on his wife's birthday.
8Actor Lonzo Jones lived in his guest house in Glendale, California.
9The only person, ever, to receive a standing ovation on his first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962). He did a comedy routine.
10Hosted his first game show, Comedy Challenge (1986), in 1986.
11Children: Raymond Neil Combs III (born September 15, 1978); Kelly Jo Combs (born August 25, 1980); Whitney Nicole Combs (born June 26, 1983); Chelsy Jae Combs (born July 2, 1987); Kirby Lee Combs (born October 30, 1988) and Cody Ryan Combs (born March 16, 1991).
12In an attempt to make a post-Family Feud (1988) comeback, he tried out for a proposed talk show that never materialized.
13Shortly before his death, Ray Combs had his last comedy club close due to financial troubles and disputes with business associates, went into debt by several thousand dollars on bank loans and credit cards, all of which led him to suicide.
14On July 4, 1988, Ray Combs was introduced formally to America as the new host of Family Feud (1988).
15After the 1993-1994 season, due to declining ratings, Goodson Productions decided to let Richard Dawson return as host of Family Feud (1988), replacing Combs. The ratings continued to slide, and the show was canceled in 1995.
16Was involved in an automobile accident that nearly left him paralyzed in the summer of 1994.
17Hosted his second and final game show Family Challenge (1995) on The Family Channel, which lasted until his death in 1996. Reruns continued to air until after his death until fall 1996 when future Match Game (1998) host Michael Burger replaced Combs. The show was canceled in early 1997.
18Was a stand up comedian.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vampire in Brooklyn1995Game Show Host
In Living Color1993TV Series
2271988TV SeriesRay Combs
Amen1988TV SeriesHarold Buckner
Overboard1987Elk Cove: Cop at Hospital
The Golden Girls1987TV SeriesBob Henderson
You Again?1986TV SeriesWayne / Delivery Man
The Facts of Life1985TV SeriesTechnican

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Amen1989TV Series production consultant - 4 episodes
Down to Earth1985TV Series audience warmup - 3 episodes

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Me & Mrs. C.1986TV Series story - 1 episode
Comedy Challenge1986TV Movie

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 1984 Los Angeles Comedy Competition with Host Jay Leno2010VideoComedian
Family Challenge1995TV SeriesHimself - Host, (1995-1996)
Howard Stern1995TV SeriesHimself
Survivor Series1993TV SpecialHimself
WWE Raw1993TV SeriesHimself
The 20th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHimself
Family Feud1988-1993TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Larry Sanders Show1992TV SeriesHimself
The Price Is Right1988-1992TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest / Himself / Himself - Guest
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHimself
WrestleMania VIII1992TV SpecialHimself
In Living Color1991TV SeriesHimself
The Billy Martin Celebrity Roast1989TV MovieHimself
The New Hollywood Squares1987TV SeriesHimself
Comedy Challenge1986TV MovieHimself - Host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling2012DocumentaryHimself
Hart and Soul: The Hart Family Anthology2010VideoHimself
The Most Powerful Families in Wrestling2007VideoHimself
WWE WrestleMania: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 22005VideoHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments2002TV SpecialHimself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1993Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Game Show HostFamily Feud (1988)


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#Quote
1[on hosting Family Feud (1988)]: I'm real excited about being on CBS and hosting this show. I have been studying all of the great CBS shows. I think I'm prepared, so if you're ready, let's have the first item up for bids.
2(Trademark shout, when revealing high-scoring answers on Family Feud (1988)) Bam!
3(In 1988, on succeeding Richard Dawson as the host of Family Feud (1988)): "People say those are big shoes to fill. I don't have to wear his shoes. I've got my own".

#Trademark
1His cordless microphone (starting on post-1990 episodes of Family Feud (1988))


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