Tom Kennedy (television presenter)

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Tom Kennedy
Tom Kennedy game show host
Born James Edward Narz[1]
(1927-02-26) February 26, 1927 (age 89)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Occupation Game show host
Years active 1958–1989
Notable credit(s) You Don't Say (1963-69, '75)
Whew! (1979–1980)
Password Plus (1980–1982)
Body Language (1984–1986)
The Price Is Right (1985–1986, nighttime)
Wordplay (1986–1987)
Spouse(s) Betty Gevedon (1948–2011; her death)
Children 4
Relatives Jack Narz (brother)

James Edward Narz (born February 26, 1927), known professionally as Tom Kennedy, is an American television presenter best known for his work in game shows.[1]

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, he is the younger brother of host Jack Narz. Game shows Kennedy has hosted include You Don't Say!, Split Second and Name That Tune.


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.[2]

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).[2] 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.[2]

As an actor, he made guest appearances on such shows as The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, Cannon, Cybill, Hardcastle and McCormick and Laugh-In.[2]

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.[citation needed]


Kennedy retired in 1989 after several game show pilots produced by his production company failed to sell. In 2003, he appeared on Hollywood Squares during "Game Show Week Part 2".[citation needed]


In 2005, he and his brother, Jack Narz, were co-recipients of the Game Show Congress' Bill Cullen Award for Lifetime Achievement.[citation needed] (Cullen was a brother-in-law to Narz and Kennedy.)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Baber, David (2007). Television Game Show Hosts: Biographies of 32 Stars. McFarland & Co. p. 131. ISBN 0-7864-2926-7. Retrieved February 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Tom Kennedy at the Internet Movie Database
Media offices
New show Host of Split Second
Title next held by
Monty Hall
Preceded by
Dennis James
Host of Name That Tune
Title next held by
Jim Lange
Preceded by
Allen Ludden
Host of Password Plus
Title next held by
Bert Convy
as Host of Super Password
Title last held by
Bobby Van
as Host of Showoffs
Host of Body Language
Show cancelled
Preceded by
Bob Barker
Host of The Price Is Right
(syndicated edition)

Title next held by
Doug Davidson
as Host of The New Price Is Right