Bennett in 1946.
|Born||October 19, 1921|
|Died||May 29, 2014
San Pedro, California
Bern Bennett (October 19, 1921 – May 29, 2014) was an American radio and television announcer.
For nearly sixty years, beginning in 1944, Bennett was a staff announcer at CBS Radio and television. In the 1940s and 1950s, he was closely associated with Bud Collyer, as announcer on three Collyer-hosted game shows, Winner Take All, Beat the Clock, and To Tell the Truth, all produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman.
In 1957, Bennett was the subject of a contest on Clock in which viewers were asked to "Draw the Masked Announcer" (meaning draw what they thought Bennett looked like). Bennett, who was never seen on-camera, made an appearance with the winner, Edward Darnell of Columbus, Indiana, who had been flown to New York to be a contestant on Clock. Collyer often kidded Bennett about the tendency for his voice to break when introducing "America's number-one clock watcher... BUD COLLYER", and his voice breaking on the word "Collyer." Bennett was announcer on Clock until it moved from CBS to ABC in 1958. Bennett served as fill-in announcer on such shows as The Ed Sullivan Show (1948-1971) and What's My Line? (1950-1967).
In 1960, Bennett was transferred to Los Angeles, where he was heard as announcer on such shows as The Danny Kaye Show, Your Surprise Package, the Tournament of Roses Parade, and, most notably, the soap operas The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. He also announced for the short-lived soap opera The Clear Horizon. In 1975, he subbed for a week on Match Game for its regular announcer Johnny Olson. He appeared on other networks: as the voice of a television announcer in an episode of The Flintstones (ABC) titled "Fred Flintstone: Before and After"; on The Facts of Life (NBC) in an on-camera appearance; and as a "central subject" on the 1991 NBC version of To Tell the Truth.
Bennett died on May 29, 2014 at the age of 92 in San Pedro, Los Angeles. His death was not announced in the media until October.
- Delayed remembrance for longtime CBS staffer, dailynews.com; accessed October 28, 2014.
- The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows by David Schwartz, Steve Ryan, and Fred Wostbrock (Volume 3)
- Bern Bennett profile, IMDb.com; accessed October 28, 2014.