Early life and pre-network career
Nimmo was born in 1917 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He served in the US Army during World War II, receiving the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and Bronze Star Medal. Following a year of diplomatic service in Paris and a shore stint as a teacher, he returned to Cincinnati in 1947 and took a job as overnight disc jockey at WLW-AM, also working at WLWT-TV as an announcer and host of various shows.
Career on national television
In 1950, Nimmo moved to New York and went to work for network television. He was probably best known for two roles. The first was Bill the Bartender on the Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts which appeared on CBS, in which he appeared live during the commercials to promote the sponsor, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. The second, and probably more notable, was as Johnny Carson's sidekick on the show Who Do You Trust?. When Nimmo left the show in 1957, he recommended Ed McMahon as his replacement. Nimmo was also briefly a commercial announcer for The Jackie Gleason Show in 1952-53 and the host of the game shows Keep It in the Family in 1957-1958. and For Love or Money in 1958. When Carson and McMahon moved to The Tonight Show in 1962, Nimmo returned to Who Do You Trust? as announcer-sidekick for new host Woody Woodbury. During this time, Nimmo received the 'Best Announcer' award from The Auctioneers of America.
Career after national television
After a year working on The Regis Philbin Show in Los Angeles, Nimmo returned to Cincinnati for the remainder of his life, where he taught in college and worked for various television and radio stations. Nimmo continued to work until just before his death.
Nimmo was married twice and had three children.
Nimmo died on February 22, 2011. He was preceded in death by both wives: Helen (2008) and Marian (1992), and one son, Doug (1998). He is survived by a son, Geoffrey, a daughter, Jane Lejeune, and six grandchildren. He met Marian when the two co-hosted Be Our Guest on WLWT in 1966.
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