Johnny Jacobs

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Johnny Jacobs
Born John Byron Jacobs
(1916-06-22)June 22, 1916
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died February 8, 1982(1982-02-08) (aged 65)
Stockton, California
Occupation announcer

John Byron Jacobs (June 22, 1916 – February 8, 1982) was an American television announcer, often for Chuck Barris productions (namely The Newlywed Game and The Dating Game). He was born in Wisconsin.

Early career[edit]

In the early 1950s, he was the emcee of a television show called Bachelor's Haven. Also, he was the original announcer for the last season of I Love Lucy, in 1956. He was a regular on Betty White's comedy show in 1958 and did announcing work for the early 60s revival of The Steve Allen Show. Other shows he worked on included the Gene Autry Show and the Dinah Shore Show. Throughout his career, he occasionally acted in television shows, making guest appearances on Batman(episode 3), Leave It to Beaver and The Munsters. He also appeared as himself in The Gong Show Movie.

Game Shows and Final Years[edit]

He was the first announcer for The Joker's Wild, which starred Jack Barry and debuted on CBS in 1972. Barry employed Jacobs on many Jack Barry/Barry & Enright Productions game shows during the early to mid-1970s, including Blank Check, Break The Bank (ABC 1976) and Hollywood's Talking. Most notably, however, Chuck Barris used Jacobs' voice talents on the aforementioned The Newlywed Game and The Dating Game and other Barris productions like Three's a Crowd and The Gong Show. His last job was announcing a Barris-produced version of Treasure Hunt which was syndicated during the 1981-82 season (Jacobs had also announced Barris' mid-1970s version of Treasure Hunt as well), but illness forced him to step down by late 1981 and he was replaced by frequent Barris fill-in announcer Tony McClay.

The 65-year-old Jacobs died in Stockton, California, where he owned radio station KWG.