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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

  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
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#Fact
1 A decade after his death, his mother, Anita Jean Waters Combs, passed away on April 4, 2006, at age 68.
2 Best remembered by the public as the second host of Family Feud (1988).
3 Worked with Gene Wood on 2 game shows: Family Feud (1988) and Family Challenge (1995).
4 Though 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.
5 14 years after his death, his father, Raymond Neil Combs, Sr., passed away on February 1, 2010, who lived to be 76.
6 His father, Raymond Neil Combs, Sr., was 22, and his mother, Anita Jean Waters Combs, was only 18, when they had him.
7 Died on his wife's birthday.
8 Actor Lonzo Jones lived in his guest house in Glendale, California.
9 The 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.
10 Hosted his first game show, Comedy Challenge (1986), in 1986.
11 Children: 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).
12 In an attempt to make a post-Family Feud (1988) comeback, he tried out for a proposed talk show that never materialized.
13 Shortly 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.
14 On July 4, 1988, Ray Combs was introduced formally to America as the new host of Family Feud (1988).
15 After 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.
16 Was involved in an automobile accident that nearly left him paralyzed in the summer of 1994.
17 Hosted 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.
18 Was a stand up comedian.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vampire in Brooklyn 1995 Game Show Host
In Living Color 1993 TV Series
227 1988 TV Series Ray Combs
Amen 1988 TV Series Harold Buckner
Overboard 1987 Elk Cove: Cop at Hospital
The Golden Girls 1987 TV Series Bob Henderson
You Again? 1986 TV Series Wayne / Delivery Man
The Facts of Life 1985 TV Series Technican

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Amen 1989 TV Series production consultant - 4 episodes
Down to Earth 1985 TV Series audience warmup - 3 episodes

Writer

Writer

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

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 1984 Los Angeles Comedy Competition with Host Jay Leno 2010 Video Comedian
Family Challenge 1995 TV Series Himself - Host, (1995-1996)
Howard Stern 1995 TV Series Himself
Survivor Series 1993 TV Special Himself
WWE Raw 1993 TV Series Himself
The 20th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1993 TV Special Himself
Family Feud 1988-1993 TV Series Himself - Host
The Larry Sanders Show 1992 TV Series Himself
The Price Is Right 1988-1992 TV Series Himself - Special Guest / Himself / Himself - Guest
One on One with John Tesh 1992 TV Series Himself
WrestleMania VIII 1992 TV Special Himself
In Living Color 1991 TV Series Himself
The Billy Martin Celebrity Roast 1989 TV Movie Himself
The New Hollywood Squares 1987 TV Series Himself
Comedy Challenge 1986 TV Movie Himself - Host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling 2012 Documentary Himself
Hart and Soul: The Hart Family Anthology 2010 Video Himself
The Most Powerful Families in Wrestling 2007 Video Himself
WWE WrestleMania: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 2 2005 Video Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments 2002 TV Special Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1993 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Game Show Host Family 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
1 His cordless microphone (starting on post-1990 episodes of Family Feud (1988))


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