Tom Kennedy (television host)
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Tom Kennedy in the 1960s
James Edward Narz
February 26, 1927
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
|Occupation||Game show host|
|Years active||1958–1989; 2003|
|You Don't Say! (1963–69, 1975)|
Name That Tune (1974–1981)
Password Plus (1980–1982)
Body Language (1984–1986)
The Price Is Right (1985–1986, nighttime)
|Spouse(s)||Betty Gevedon (1952–2011; her death)|
|Relatives||Jack Narz (brother)|
James Edward Narz (born February 26, 1927), known professionally as Tom Kennedy, is an American television host best known for his work in game shows. Game shows Kennedy has hosted include Split Second, Name That Tune, and You Don't Say!
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Kennedy is the son of John Lawrence Narz Sr., and the younger brother of host Jack Narz, whose son, David, related about his uncle's name change that the brothers wanted to avoid the perceived conflict of having two announcers with the same last name promoting competing products. "After a lunch meeting with his agent," he said, "... he emerged as Tom Kennedy."
Kennedy attended the University of Missouri and the University of Kentucky.
While attending the University of Missouri, Kennedy worked at KFRU in Columbia, Missouri. While in Lexington, Kentucky, he worked at WKLX. After moving to Los Angeles, he worked for five years at KPOL and had a part-time job at KGIL.
Kennedy's biggest hit series were You Don't Say! which aired on NBC from 1963 to 1969, and on ABC in 1975; Split Second (1972–75); Name That Tune (1974–81); and Password Plus, which he hosted from 1980 to 1982 following the illness (and later death) of original host Allen Ludden.
His other hosting credits include The Big Game (1958), Dr. I.Q. (1958–59), It's Your Bet (1971–72), Break the Bank (1976), 50 Grand Slam (1976), To Say the Least (1977–78), Whew! (1979–80), Body Language (1984–86), a syndicated nighttime version of The Price Is Right (1985–86) and Wordplay (1986–87). He briefly hosted a talk show, The Real Tom Kennedy Show, in the early 1970s, and appeared as a guest panelist on To Tell the Truth, Hollywood Squares, Liar's Club and other game shows.
- Baber, David (2007). Television Game Show Hosts: Biographies of 32 Stars. McFarland & Co. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-7864-2926-4. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
- Leszczak, Bob (2015). From Small Screen to Vinyl: A Guide to Television Stars Who Made Records, 1950–2000. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 242–43. ISBN 978-1-4422-4274-6. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
- Baber, David (2015-06-14). Television Game Show Hosts: Biographies of 32 Stars. McFarland. pp. 133–34. ISBN 978-1-4766-0480-0. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
- Tom Kennedy on IMDb
|New show|| Host of Split Second
Title next held byMonty Hall
| Host of Name That Tune
Title next held byJim Lange
| Host of Password Plus
Title next held byBert Convy
as Host of Super Password
Title last held byBobby Van
as Host of Showoffs
| Host of Body Language
| Host of The Price Is Right
Title next held byDoug Davidson
as Host of The New Price Is Right