Rich Jeffries

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Rich Jeffries
Born Jefferson Ray Richards[1]
(1938-09-01)September 1, 1938
Atlanta, Georgia, United States[1]
Died March 30, 2012(2012-03-30) (aged 73)
Ojai, California, United States
Occupation Announcer and audience warm-up
Years active 1981-1987 (game show announcer); 1981-1989 (audience warm-up)

Rich Jeffries (born Jefferson Ray Richards, September 1, 1938 – March 30, 2012)[1] was an American television announcer.

Early life[edit]

Rich grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and attended Bass High School. After being a drummer in a local band, Rich decided to enter show business and moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career as a TV and movie actor.[1] After appearing in bit roles on various television shows and movies, Rich worked as a lighting technician before beginning work for Mark Goodson Productions.[1]


Jeffries also was the first announcer of Super Password until November 23, 1984, and would substitute sporadically afterwards, while regularly assisting main announcer Gene Wood in warming up the audience.[1] He later went on to announce for the short-lived 1987 revival of Blockbusters which was hosted by Bill Rafferty. Jeffries had also announced the final two weeks of the original Blockbusters in 1982, which was hosted by Bill Cullen.

During this time Jeffries was a frequent substitute announcer. Among the shows he subbed on were Password Plus and The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour, substituting for Wood; Time Machine, where he subbed for Charlie Tuna, and Love Connection, where he subbed for Wood, once again, which was his last substitute announcing job, before the job was given to veteran game show announcer Johnny Gilbert, and later to John Cervenka, one of The Groundlings. Jeffries was also one of the rotation of announcers that took turns announcing for The Price is Right after original announcer Johnny Olson died in 1985, but was passed over in favor of Rod Roddy in 1986.

Personal life and death[edit]

Jeffries was married to Brenda Chitwood, whom he married in 1978, and the two lived in southern California.

Jeffries died on March 30, 2012 from complications due to pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 73.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Richard Jeffries Obituary". Retrieved 4 May 2015. 

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Preceded by
Gene Wood on Password Plus
Voice, Super Password
Succeeded by
Gene Wood (1984-1989)
Preceded by
Gene Wood
Announcer on Love Connection
Succeeded by
Johnny Gilbert (1988-1989)