June 17, 1944
Queens, New York, U.S.
|Died||August 11, 2012
San Rafael, California
|Occupation||Comedian, game show host|
|Spouse(s)||Regina Miletic (m. 1968–2012) (his death)|
William "Bill" Rafferty (June 17, 1944 – August 11, 2012) was a comedian and impressionist who hosted the game shows Every Second Counts (1984-1985, syndicated), Card Sharks (1986–87, syndication), and Blockbusters (1987, NBC). He was the winner of the 1976 San Francisco International Standup Comedy Competition, beating out a local favorite and soon-to-be superstar named Robin Williams.
Rafferty was born in Queens, New York. He was the 4th and youngest child of Henry Rafferty, Sr. and Martha (Degnan) Rafferty. He married Regina Miletic on May 25, 1968 in Queens, New York. Before his television days he was a Military Policeman in the United States Army. He was also a butcher in Bolinas, California.
Rafferty also did some guest spots on episodes of Laugh-In in the late 1970s version of the show. During his brief game show hosting stints, Rafferty developed several catchphrases, including "dual implication", meaning that either contestant can win the game or match with the next correct answer on Blockbusters and "the land of parting gifts" which was used on both Blockbusters and Card Sharks, meaning that the person who lost the game wins whatever prizes mentioned by the announcer in the closing plug. Rafferty was the host of a television show on Retirement Living TV, called Retired and Wired, which debuted in October 2007.
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