Robert Earle

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Robert Earle
Born (1926-01-05) January 5, 1926 (age 88)
Baldwin, New York, U.S.
Occupation Game show host
Years active 1962–1975

Robert Earle (born January 5, 1926 in Baldwin, New York) is a former host of G.E. College Bowl, an American game show that was broadcast first by CBS, later by NBC. Earle was the second host of the show, succeeding Allen Ludden, who left the show in 1962 to host Password. Earle hosted College Bowl during its entire NBC run, from 1962 to 1970.

Following his seven-year success as host of G.E. College Bowl, he hosted a game show pilot for ABC in 1975 called King of the Hill (not related to the popular Fox cartoon of that name). The pilot did not sell, though its end game, "The Money Hill", would later be adopted by an unrelated game show that debuted three years later in 1978, Card Sharks.[1]

In the early 1950s, Earle was also an announcer and news anchor for Utica, New York television station WKTV. After he left the station, he was replaced at the anchor desk by another up-and-coming television personality—Dick Clark.[2]

Earle currently resides with his wife in Ithaca, NY.

Preceded by
Allen Ludden
G.E. College Bowl host
Succeeded by
(Show cancelled)


  1. ^ Game Show Pilot Light-King of the Hill
  2. ^ Rock, Roll and Remember, by Dick Clark and Richard Robinson (New York, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1976)