Tom Kennedy (television presenter)
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (February 2016)|
|Born||James Edward Narz
February 26, 1927
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
|Occupation||Game show host|
|Notable credit(s)||You Don't Say (1963-69, '75)
Password Plus (1980–1982)
Body Language (1984–1986)
The Price Is Right (1985–1986, nighttime)
|Spouse(s)||Betty Gevedon (1948–2011; her death)|
|Relatives||Jack Narz (brother)|
Kennedy's biggest hit series were You Don't Say!, which aired on NBC from 1963–69, and on ABC in 1975; Split Second (1972–75); Name That Tune (1974–81); and Password Plus, which he hosted from 1980–82 following the illness (and later death) of original host Allen Ludden.
His other hosting credits include The Big Game (1958), Doctor IQ (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 panelist on To Tell the Truth.
Before beginning his game show career, he was announcer on the Betty White sitcom, Date with the Angels. His brother, Jack Narz, had been the announcer on White's former series Life With Elizabeth.
- Baber, David (2007). Television Game Show Hosts: Biographies of 32 Stars. McFarland & Co. p. 131. ISBN 0-7864-2926-7. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
- Tom Kennedy at the Internet Movie Database
|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